The personal 1907 Ultra High Relief double eagle owned by renowned artist Augustus Saint-Gaudens — the world’s first gold coin to sell for more than $1 million — and a silver dollar-covered 1949 Buick “Woodie” station wagon highlighted the Santa Clara Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo.
“This will be the first Northern California exhibit of the 1907 Ultra High Relief that originally was owned by its designer, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and later part of the famous Norweb Collection. In 1999 it became the first gold coin to sell for more than a million dollars,” said Ronald J. Gillio, Santa Clara Expo General Chairman.
Ohio philanthropist Albert Fairchild Holden obtained the coin in 1907 directly from the family of sculptor Saint-Gaudens. Holden’s daughter, Emery May, inherited it in 1913 and it became a centerpiece of the legendary collection she and her husband, U.S. Ambassador R. Henry Norweb, assembled over the decades.
Described as “the ultimate American gold coin,” it sold for a record-setting $1.21 million in May 1999. Less than two dozen Ultra High Relief specimens are known to exist, and this is one of the finest known.
Graded PCGS PF-67, the coin now is privately owned by an anonymous collector, and will be displayed in Santa Clara courtesy of Torrance, California dealer, Mike Bobb.
Another numismatic attraction at the Santa Clara Expo will be the appearance of the Harolds Club “Woodie,” a 1949 Buick station wagon decorated with 430 silver dollars. Originally owned by Reno, Nevada casino owner, Harold “Pappy” Smith, the car toured extensively at rodeos, county fairs and parades across the United States during the 1950s.
The Expo was sponsored by the Professional Coin Grading Service, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation, eBay, Inc., Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc., British Royal Mint, Spanish Royal Mint, UBS Numismatics of Basel & Zurich, World Money Fair Basel, Coin Link, CoinFacts.com, and the Cupertino Coin Club.
For additional information about the Santa Clara Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo, contact Expos Unlimited, 1103 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Phone: (805) 962-9939. Web:www.SantaClaraExpo.com.
For immediate release News media contacts:
Ronald J. Gillio (805) 962-9939
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Editor’s note: There is no apostrophe in the title, Harolds Club.