Quarter-dollar gold coin, $41,000, Holabird-Kagin
Gavels ‘n’ Paddles
Recent Auctions from Near & Far
By Ken Hall
An experimental head quarter-dollar gold coin (BG-209A) sold for $41,000, over four times the high estimate, at an Americana Auction held Apr. 12-13 by Holabird-Kagin in Reno, Nev. Also, an 1854 octagonal half-dollar gold coin (BG-304A) changed hands for $48,000 (more than double the high estimate); and a gorgeous Panamint Birds and Turtle bowl hammered for a record-setting $11,000. Overall, the sale netted over $2 million. Prices include a 17.5 percent buyer’s premium for numismatics and a 19.5 percent buyer’s premium for Americana.