1913 Type I PCGS Proof-68, $75,900

(Irvine, California) — The beautiful and condition-rarity proof Buffalo Nickels in the Captiva Collection helped make the Bowers and Merena August 2005 Baltimore Auction a resounding success. The sale realized a total of $1.8 million.

Prices realized for all lots are listed on the Bowers and Merena website, www.bowersandmerena.com.

According to Bowers and Merena President Steve Deeds: “Time and again, Bowers and Merena has proven that we deliver the strongest prices possible for Registry Set collectors. This auction of the Captiva Collection of proof Buffalo Nickels at the Baltimore Coin & Currency Convention is further evidence of this fact. This eight-coin set, ranked number two on the current and All-Time PCGS Set RegistrySM, realized an impressive $280,000.”

Highlights of the Captiva Collection include:

• 1913 Type I PCGS Proof-68, $75,900 • 1913 Type II PCGS Proof-68, $66,700 • 1914 PCGS Proof-68, $33,350 • 1916 PCGS Proof-68, $36,800 • 1936 Type I PCGS Proof-68, $10,063 • 1936 Type II PCGS Proof-68, $31,050 • 1937 PCGS Proof-68, $20,700

“We also witnessed extremely active bidder competition on our U.S. currency and Canadian coinage offerings in Baltimore,” stated Jeff Ambio, Bowers and Merena’s Director of Numismatics.

“Highlights of our currency offerings include an 1861 Fr. 6 $10 Demand Note graded PCGS Fine-12 that netted $3,105. Among our extensive selection of Canadian coinage is a 1900 50 Cents that sold for $19,550, and a beautifully toned 1903-H 50 Cents that required $21,850 from the winning bidder. These two Half Dollars were certified by PCGS with grades of MS-64 and MS-66, respectively.”

Additional Highlights • 1799 Washington Funeral Urn Medal in Gold, AU, $26,450 • 1793 Half Cent PCGS EF-40, $19,550 • 1793 S-12 Liberty Cap Cent Fine-12, $29,900 • 1856 Snow-5 Flying Eagle Cent PCGS Proof-64, $19,550 • 1796 Dime MS-62, $16,675 • 1856-S Gold Dollar NGC MS-64, $37,950 • 1805 Quarter Eagle PCGS AU-58, $29,900

All prices quoted above include the 15 percent buyer’s fee.

Bowers and Merena is a division of Greg Manning Auctions, Inc., (NASDAQ: GMAI).

For more information on the Bowers and Merena August 2005 Baltimore Auction, visit the firm’s website,www.bowersandmerena.com, or call toll free at (800) 458-4646.


For immediate release August 15, 2005, News media contacts: Steve Deeds or Jeff Ambio, (800) 458-4646