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Press Release - July 6, 2020

Heritage Auctions Sells More U.S. Coins than All Other Auctioneers Combined During First Six Months of 2020

World's largest numismatic auctioneer also sets record price for year's most valuable U.S. coin

DALLAS, Texas (July 6, 2020) — A review of the U.S. rare coin market through the first six months of 2020 shows Heritage Auctions leading the trade with world record-setting sales and the most valuable coin sold so far this year. Of the $167 million worth of U.S. coins sold publicly so far in 2020, Heritage sold $97,248,747 — or 58 percent — during the first six months of 2020, according to a report issued by the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) on Monday, July 6.

Record Sale: $2,160,000 for a 1927-D Saint-Gaudens gold $20
(Double Eagle) sold by Heritage Auctions in January 2020
"Our year to date market share is a higher percentage for us than any year since the PNG began surveying auction sales in 2013," said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions. "Our online bidding platform allows buyers and sellers to safely and securely purchase both volume and value."

PNG described the state of the 2020 market as "active amidst pandemic-related closures of many retail locations and cancelation of dozens of coin shows and numismatic conventions around the country."

According to information gleaned from the 11 largest U.S. Coin auctioneers, Heritage also sold the most valuable U.S. coin so far this year: a 1927-D Saint-Gaudens gold $20 (Double Eagle), graded PCGS Mint State 65+ CAC, for $2,160,000 in January, an all-time world record price for that rarity in any grade even though several others had previously been auctioned in Mint State 66 or 67.

More recent highlights include an April sale of a 1858 Liberty Eagle, PR64 Ultra Cameo NGC, CAC, for $480,000. In February, Heritage found a buyer for a 1875 Liberty Eagle, AU50, for $360,000.

"Our private U.S. Rare Coin sales have actually increased this year as well, largely as a result of soaring online sales via our website," Rohan said. "We are extremely grateful to our clients all over the world who trust us for their buying and selling needs during this time."

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world's largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

Heritage also enjoys the highest online traffic and dollar volume of any auction house on earth (source: SimilarWeb and Hiscox Report). The Internet's most popular auction-house website, HA.com, has more than 1,250,000 registered bidder-members and searchable free archives of five million past auction records with prices realized, descriptions and enlargeable photos. Reproduction rights routinely granted to media for photo credit.

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