"There has been great anticipation within the industry for our auction of the condition census #4 1794 Silver Dollar," said Greg Roberts, CEO of Bowers and Merena. "We started to see bidding activity about two weeks before the live action began with multiple bidders moving the coin from its opening bid to $750,000 where the lot opened on the live auction floor. It then quickly moved up $300,000 at increments of $50,000. When the bid hit $1 million on Saturday, the gasp from the crowd was riveting, and with two of the four bidders live in the room, the intensity was overwhelming."
The silver dollar first struck in 1794 and was intended to replace the Spanish, English, Dutch and French coins that dominated local commerce. Only 140 surviving examples of the 1794 silver dollar coin are estimated throughout the world.
"Bowers and Merena welcomes the opportunity to be a part of transactions like the auction just completed for Martin Logies," said Roberts. "Not only are these coins a marquee attraction for collectors around the world, but highly visible auctions like the one we just hosted in Boson on Saturday, raise awareness to an audience that might not be familiar with the history and value of these rare coins."
Bowers and Merena hosts its next auction at the Baltimore Coin and Currency show in November which will feature U.S. coins and paper money, as well as world and ancient coins and paper money. Many coin enthusiasts are anticipating Bower and Merena's upcoming auction in Hong Kong this December, where an assortment of rare coins from China and Hong Kong will be auctioned from the Wa She Wong collection.
Bowers and Merena Auctions was founded in 1983 and has grown to become one of the world's preeminent numismatic auctioneers with more than half a billion dollars in rare coin and currency sales. They continue their service as Official Auctioneer of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expos three times every year. Bowers and Merena has handled four of the five most valuable United States coin collections ever sold, including the Louis E. Eliasberg Sr. Collection, the Harry W. Bass Jr. Collection, the Garrett Collection for The Johns Hopkins University and the Norweb Collection. In 2008, Bowers and Merena Auctions acquired Ponterio & Associates, Inc., which now serves as Bowers and Merena's auction division for world and ancient coins and currency. Bowers and Merena Rare Coin Galleries offers direct buying and selling of exceptional quality gold and silver rare coins.
Source: PRNewswire, Bowers and Merena Auctions.