First Major Auction of S.S. Republic Coins In Bowers and Merena’s ANA National Money Show™ Sale

(Irvine, California) – The first major public sale of treasure recovered from the S.S. Republic, including what is believed to be the finest known 1862 Liberty Eagle, was conducted in Kansas City, Missouri, April 7 and 8, by Bowers and Merena, the official auctioneer of the American Numismatic Association’s National Money Show™.

Recently recovered from the S.S. Republic shipwreck and believed to be the finest known example, this 1862 Liberty Eagle, graded NGC MS-64, is among the first Republic treasure coins to be offered in a major public auction.  Photo: Bowers and Merena

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The S.S. Republic portion of the sale will be presented in a separate catalog during the final session of the three-part, two-day sale. It also includes one of the finest known 1853/2 overdate Double Eagles. The Republic sank in 1865 while sailing from New York City to New Orleans, and was discovered in the summer of 2003.

“In addition to the eagerly-anticipated shipwreck treasure, several fabulous collections will be anchoring this year’s ANA National Money Show Auction, one of which is Part III of the Rod Sweet Collection,” said Bowers and Merena President, Steve Deeds.

“Among other important rarities, this collection features several high-quality early Mint, Proof, and Commemorative Sets. The 1834 Partial Mint Set is complete for all minor and silver denominations, and it also includes examples of the first-year Classic Quarter Eagle and Half Eagle. There is also an 1846 Partial Mint Set, as well as an 1865 minor and silver-coin Proof Set. Finally, the Rod Sweet 1915 Panama-Pacific Commemorative Set is comprised of an example of each Panama-Pacific Commemorative coin, an original leather presentation case, and an original copper frame by Shreve & Co.”

Bowers and Merena Director of Numismatics, Jeff Ambio, stated: “The Robert Moreno Collection in our April 2005 ANA National Money Show Auction has been assembled by a collector who only pursued NGC and PCGS-certified coins. Mr. Moreno hand-picked the coins himself, and many of the pieces in his collection are high end or premium quality for the assigned grade.”

“The core of the Moreno Collection is three fabulous NGC Registry Sets. The Proof Buffalo Nickel Set is currently ranked number one on the NGC Registry, and the Business Strike Buffalo Nickel and Standing Liberty Quarter Sets rank number two on the same registry. Also of note is the fact that Mr. Moreno’s Business Strike Buffalo Nickel Set received a 2003 Best Classic Set Award from NGC,” said Ambio.

“Specialists in the Lincoln Cent series, especially those assembling PCGS Registry Sets, will delight in Bowers and Merena’s offering of the Los Altos Collection,” continued Ambio. “This important collection is the finest PCGS-certified set of 1934-1958 Lincoln Cents ever offered at auction, and it includes numerous top-of-the-pop examples.”

“Our 2005 ANA National Money Show Auction includes two particularly important offerings for gold collectors,” said Deeds. “The first is the High River Collection, which specializes in high-grade and/or Condition Census gold from the Southern branch mints at Charlotte and Dahlonega. The second is our Treasures of the S.S. Republic Sale, which is being offered in a separate catalog. The lovely Eagles and Double Eagle from the wreck of this historic steamship are being offered at the start of Session Three.”

Highlights from the Rod Sweet Collection

  • 1834 Capped Bust Half Dime NGC MS-68
  • 1834 Capped Bust Quarter PCGS MS-66
  • 1834 Small Date, Stars, and Letters Capped Bust Half Dollar NGC MS-67
  • 1834 Classic Quarter Eagle NGC MS-66 *
  • 1834 Plain 4 Classic Half Eagle NGC MS-65
  • 1865 Seated Liberty Quarter NGC Proof-68 * Ultra Cameo
  • 1865 Gold Dollar NGC Proof-66 Ultra Cameo
  • 1865 Liberty Quarter Eagle NGC Proof-66 * Ultra Cameo
  • 1915-S Panama-Pacific $50 Round NGC MS-64
  • 1915-S Panama-Pacific $50 Octagonal NGC MS-64

Highlights from the Robert Moreno Collection

  • 1913 Type II Buffalo Nickel NGC Proof-68 (NGC Census: 5/0)
  • 1914 Buffalo Nickel PCGS Proof-68 (PCGS Pop: 8/0)
  • 1914/3 Buffalo Nickel PCGS MS-64
  • 1915 Buffalo Nickel NGC Proof-69 (NGC Census: 1/0)
  • 1918/7-D Buffalo Nickel PCGS MS-64
  • 1918-S Buffalo Nickel PCGS MS-65
  • 1925-S Buffalo Nickel PCGS MS-65
  • 1926-S Buffalo Nickel NGC MS-65
  • 1937-D 3-Legged Buffalo Nickel NGC MS-66
  • 1938-D/S Buffalo Nickel NGC MS-68 (NGC Census: 1/0)
  • 1916 Standing Liberty Quarter NGC MS-67
  • 1918/7-S Standing Liberty Quarter NGC MS-64 FH
  • 1927-D Standing Liberty Quarter NGC MS-67 FH (Combined NGC and PCGS Pop: 1/0)
  • 1927-S Standing Liberty Quarter NGC MS-65 FH

Highlights from the Los Altos Collection

  • 1934 Lincoln Cent PCGS MS-68 RD (PCGS Pop: 7/0)
  • 1935 Lincoln Cent PCGS MS-68 RD (PCGS Pop: 5/0)
  • 1939-D Lincoln Cent PCGS MS-68 RD (PCGS Pop: 8/0)
  • 1946 Lincoln Cent PCGS MS-67 RD (PCGS Pop: 4/0)
  • 1948 Lincoln Cent PCGS MS-67 RD (PCGS Pop: 5/0)
  • 1953 Lincoln Cent PCGS MS-67 RD (PCGS Pop: 3/0)
  • 1954 Lincoln Cent PCGS MS-67 RD (PCGS Pop: 3/0)

Highlights from the High River Collection

  • 1851-D Gold Dollar PCGS MS-63
  • 1855-D Liberty Quarter Eagle PCGS MS-60
  • 1860-C Liberty Quarter Eagle NGC AU-58
  • 1841-D Tall D Liberty Half Eagle PCGS MS-62
  • 1860-C Liberty Half Eagle PCGS MS-62
  • 1860-D Liberty Half Eagle PCGS MS-61

Highlights from the Treasures of the S.S. Republic

  • 1862 Liberty Eagle NGC MS-64
  • 1850-O Doubled O Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU-55
  • 1853/2 Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU-58
  • 1865 Liberty Double Eagle NGC MS-65

Additional Highlights

  • 1859 Transitional Seated Liberty Half Dime, Judd-232, PCGS Proof-65
  • 1797 13 Stars Draped Bust Dime PCGS MS-61
  • 1821 Capped Bust Dime PCGS Proof-65
  • 1845-O Seated Liberty Dime PCGS MS-69
  • 1859 Transitional Seated Liberty Dime, Judd-233, PCGS Proof-66
  • 1815 Capped Bust Quarter NGC MS-67
  • 1827/3 Restrike Capped Bust Quarter NGC Proof-65
  • 1796 16 Stars Draped Bust Half Dollar NGC VG-8
  • 1836 50/00 Lettered Edge Capped Bust Half Dollar PCGS MS-64
  • 1839 Gobrecht Dollar, Judd-104 Restrike, NGC Proof-63
  • 1831 Capped Head Left Quarter Eagle NGC MS-66 *
  • 1860 Three-Dollar Gold NGC Proof-66 Cameo
  • 1805 Capped Bust Right Half Eagle PCGS MS-65
  • 1834 Plain 4 Capped Head Left Half Eagle NGC MS-61
  • 1800 Capped Bust Right Eagle PCGS MS-62
  • 1920-S Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle PCGS MS-63

“We are delighted that the ANA selected Bowers and Merena as the Official Auctioneer of their 2005 Kansas City National Money Show,” said Deeds. “It is a wonderful honor to work with the ANA to promote the diverse programs through which they bring numismatic experience to collectors across the country. It is my hope that bidders in this sale will also take great pride in the opportunity they have to support the leading organization in the numismatic hobby.”

To view the online catalogs for the ANA National Money Show Auction and the Treasures of the S.S. Republic Sale, visit the Bowers and Merena website, Internet bids are also being accepted at that address. To order printed catalogs, to register for other bidding methods, or to find out about the lot viewing schedule, contact Bowers and Merena toll free at (800) 458-4646.

For immediate release, News media contact: Steve Deeds, (800) 458-4646