“The true collectors really showed up here at the Long Beach Expo,” said Long Beach Expo Sales Director Taryn Warrecker. “When we looked around the bourse floor, we saw that so many of the people who attended were diehard collectors looking for new acquisitions – many had their hands full with purchases. We wanted those who come to find a place to buy, sell, and trade with the unique blend of collectibles dealers we bring each time,” Warrecker commented, adding, “You simply won’t find a variety of collectibles dealers and experts like those we host here anywhere else.”
The Heritage Auctions sale of the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection of rare gold coins and pattern coinage brought record-smashing hammer prices for some of the most valuable treasures known to coin collectors. Among the rarities that traded for seven figures was an 1821 Capped Head Left Half Eagle gold coin graded PR65CAM by PCGS – the only such piece in private hands – that sold for $4,620,000. The auction marked the first public offering of a collection that drew countless visitors when it was on public exhibition for two decades at the American Numismatic Association Money Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado.