Mail Bid Sale 51 is coming together. Finally. Descriptions of the coins are now posted alongside the photos of lots 1-100. Part 2 of the sale, bust half memorabilia, will be posted later. Live bidding will commence after Part 2 is posted.
The scope and importance of this sale is extraordinary. I recall nothing like it in the 31 years since my first sale in October 1989. Registry Set, Red Book, date and die variety collectors will enjoy a field day. Condition Census pieces abound. Imposing provenances add to the depth to the sale. It was not unusual to spend an hour researching the history and significance of a particular lot. I hope you enjoy the little stories that accompany many of the offerings. A hard-copy catalog will be mailed in early January. I have posted a closing date for the sale of Sunday, January 24, 2021. That could change. I will keep you posted.
In the meantime please consider previewing lots you find of interest. You might ask, “How?” During the pandemic and with the cancellation of major coin shows we harken to days of yesteryear, before the Internet and digital photography began to displace in-person examination of auction lots. Consider how nice it would be to hold a coin in your hand before finalizing a bid. The cost of lot preview via overnight US Priority Express Mail is modest, far less than the air fare, hotel bill and food cost we absorb when attending a show.
Starting Monday December 28 it would be my pleasure to send a package of auction lots -- no more than 12 at a time please -- to your home or office. Your job will be to return them the day after arrival via US Express Mail or Fed Ex, your choice. I pick up the insurance both ways. You pay only my cost, $26 postage, and the return postage or shipping charge. All I need is a list of the lots you would like to see and your shipping address. Email or call if you have any questions about the process.
Sheridan Downey, Numismatist 4400 Keller Ave.,
Suite 140, PMB 398 Oakland, California 94605 email@example.com (510) 479-1585