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Sheridan Downey, Numismatist
                          4100-10 Redwood Rd. #398 • Oakland, CA 94619
                                        510-479-1585        800-597-9403


The annual American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money kicks off Tuesday August 11, 2015 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. As in years past I am pleased to present a delectable sampling of rare and high grade bust halves for your bidding pleasure. And don’t overlook a pair of rare bust dimes, the last two lots in the Sale.


Only when I finished the catalog did I realize how special this Sale is. I trust you’ll agree. Do not let your senses be dulled by the number or rare and high grade coins in the Sale. View the Sale as an opportunity to choose from an assortment of showpiece coins. With that in mind, be assured that the Sale is geared for collectors, respite from the spate of super gem bust halves seen in recent Heritage and Stack’s/Bowers sales. Instead of MS 66 bust halves, look for lovely XF, AU and MS 60-64 pieces. Virtually all are graded by PCGS. Many were consigned with CAC’s seal of approval.

The Sale closes Wednesday August 12, 2015 at 7 PM CDT. Get your bids to me by phone or email before then. You may, of course, drop off a bid sheet at my bourse table any time before the Sale closes.


At this writing the 20 page catalog is at the printers. Hard copies go in the mail Monday July 27. If you have been a regular bidder the last couple of years expect a copy to appear in your mailbox. If you are new to my auctions and intend to enter bids in the Sale please don’t hesitate to request a copy. In the meantime, everyone may view and download the catalog by clicking here or on the link above. Be sure to read the Terms of Sale, found here and above. There will be a quiz on use of the Maximum Expenditure and One-Lot-Only options. ☺ Photos of every lot appear in the catalog and may be viewed on your computer here

Principal consignors to the auction are well known to bust half collectors. Chuck Link contributed a panoply of high grades coins, including Condition Census examples of some R.4 and R.5 coins. Keith Davignon and Steve Nomura again favor us with coins offering staggering eye appeal. Do the names James Pryor, Buddy Byers, Gehring Prouty, Dale Friend, James Brilliant, Elton Dosier and Eugene Gardner ring a bell? You will find their names in the provenance of many offerings.


The last 25+ years brought us The Internet, grading services and enhanced digital photography. A consequence is reduced interest in hands-on preview of auction lots. Nonetheless, I encourage collectors to examine lots before bidding on them. If you cannot make it to Rosemont and would like to preview one or more lots in the sale via overnight mail or Fed Ex please get in touch without delay. You pay the shipping, I pay the insurance. No photo, 3rd-party grader or catalog description can substitute for personal examination of a coin in the comfort of your home or office.


My Fixed Price List is now updated to display the coins sold and those that remain. Bust halves, dimes, quarters and dollars – even a glorious 1860 Transitional Pattern half-dime - are in the June 2015 Fixed Price List. Just click here or on the link above. You will be taken to the complete list, including Lance Keigwin’s photos of every coin. Note that almost every coin has been graded by PCGS. A number of coins come with CAC stickers. I have not adopted the habit of submitting everything to CAC. I know there are collectors who limit their acquisitions to CAC certified coins. If their legions grow I will eventually bow to the whims of the marketplace.

As always, you have 5 days from receipt of any coin to return it for a full refund. Past experience tells me there will be few if any returns. I do my best to be honest with the descriptions and Lance’s photos are the best in the business for capturing surfaces and color. Still, there is no substitute for personal examination.

To place an order simply call or email. The order phone is 510-479-1585. My email address is sdowney3@aol.com. If we’ve done business before I will happily ship coins to you on approval. If you are responding for the first time I will ask for payment before shipping. No sales tax is due unless you live in California and your order is less than $1,500. Costs of postage and insurance are added to each order.


I look forward to seeing many of you in August at the ANA Convention. Get those hotel reservations now! You may do so by visiting the ANA web site at the link shown above.