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Press Release - August 15, 2002

Heritage World Coin Auctions Tops $1 Million in New York City;
Now Accepting Consignments for FUN 2003

Dallas, Texas: Heritage World Coin Auctions, in its first official auction as a unit of Heritage Numismatic Auctions on July 30, realized more than $1 million in its premier New York City auction. HWCA’s next sale is scheduled as part of the FUN 2003 show sponsored by the Florida United Numismatists. Heritage has been the official auctioneer of FUN since 1991.

According to HWCA Director Warren Tucker, “It seems curious to refer to NYC as our ‘first’ auction, or even to FUN as our ‘second,’ since Heritage has been auctioning world coins for decades. Still, the new name is an important sign that we intend to participate in this important market much more vigorously in the future under our new name. While we do have decades of experience, our strength is providing consignors with our up-to-the-minute Internet marketing capabilities. To realize top prices at auction, you simply cannot underestimate or ignore the demand of some 57,000 registered bidder members at”

HWCA’s NYC event started with the St. Petersburg Collection of Russian Imperial Currency, one of the greatest collections of Russian currency to ever cross the auction block. Formed over a span of three decades, the 164 different pieces were highlighted by a 100 rubles note of 1851, Pick-A40, R-395; graded Very Good, this extremely important note rated by Ryavchenko as unique, brought $6,613. Dr. Joseph M. Seventko’s Collection of Ancient Coinage anchored more than 600 lots of early coinage, cataloged by Dr. Paul Rynearson and Warren Tucker. A collection remarkable for its depth and breadth, an eager crowd of collectors vied for ownership in competition that became quite heated at times. Lot 11175, a Ptolemaic Egypt gold octodrachm of 180-116 BC, realized $7,475. Among the 1000+ lots of world coins, Lot 11763, a 1945 Canada $1 graded SP68 by PCGS, realized $14,375, and Lot 12106, a gold pattern crown of Charles II, 1662 with Lettered Edge, realized $39,100.

Concluded Tucker: “If you have been thinking of selling ancients, world coins or currency, we are currently accepting consignments for our next important auction at the FUN 2003 convention. Heritage has always offered wonderful world and ancient items at FUN, but next January will be something really special. The Florida United Numismatists show always provides an outstanding crowd anxious to buy world coins, and we intend to satisfy that demand.” Warren can be contacted at Heritage’s Dallas world headquarters, at 1-800-872-6467 Ext. 287.

Prices realized for all lots in the New York Signature Sale and Bullet Auction are available online at

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