Lots 123-200 are a proof set extravaganza. Kenny Vilkin, founder of Blue Moon Coins, welcomes a veritable hoard of 1951-1964 proof sets this month. From the collection of one of the company’s longest-standing clients emerge hundreds of envelopes, many of which are still sealed with original U.S. Mint seals, containing never-circulated sets of cents, nickels, dimes, quarters and half dollars. Representing a potential treasure chest waiting to be opened, these envelopes may contain great value. Everything must sell. According to the July 11, 2012 PCGS Price Guide online, a 1964 Washington $.25 (PCGS) Proof Cameo 69 is valued at $650. A 1954 $.01 PCGS Proof 68 Deep Cameo is valued at $15,000. Blue Moon Coins reminds bidders that these values are provided for informational purposes and are not intended to make any promise of actual value.
From the boisterous Irish wake to the solemn and soul-focused Hebrew shivah, the traditions to mark the passing of loved ones are as varied as the human tribe itself. Much of mourning is private, clan-centered and solemn, but eventually the mourners must re-enter life. In 1861, Prince Albert of England died of typhoid, and Queen Victoria never fully emerged from her mourning. Having always been fond of fine jewelry, Queen Victoria wore jewelry made from garnets and jet the rest of her life. The practice became stylized as a symbol of public mourning that lasted throughout her reign.
Lot 103, a fantastic four-piece set of Bohemian garnet mourning jewelry, includes one pendant, one ring, one link bracelet and one bangle bracelet. The ring is hallmarked “JV 585” and the link bracelet is hallmarked “JR 800.” The bangle bracelet and pendant are not hallmarked.
Always in search of a way to satisfy customers, Blue Moon Coins has customized an American Silver Eagle Anniversary set to marry both the inherent beauty of coin collecting and the historical nature of the 25th 2011 ASE Anniversary. The winner of lot 3 will find one 1986 proof American Silver Eagle, a beautiful specimen of the first year of the product’s appearance, one rare 2011 proof American Silver Eagle in original mint box with packaging and paperwork, and three simulated reverse-proof 2011 American Silver Eagles. This set of five gorgeous coins is displayed in an original 2011 25th Anniversary box. This set symbolically captures the concept of the American Silver Eagle in its broadest sense: a noteworthy quarter century of production, the beauty of the coins in general, the rarity of the reverse proofs and a specimen from the first year of minting.
Lot 101 is a women’s square Sartego watch adorned with 108 diamonds. The child of a Spanish watchmaker, Sarrano Telo Gomez, named Sartego by his classmates, was born in in 1835. Sartego spent his childhood in his father’s home-based watchmaking shop. By the age of 12 he had crafted his own watch, which he wore until his death; by 18 he traveled to Switzerland where he apprenticed with his father’s friend, Van Der LeHures. Returning to Spain, Sartego carried on the family tradition and became one of Spain’s fine chronographers. Swiss quartz chronograph movement fuels the three sub-dials and silver tone hands. Luminous markers dot the hours but are no match to the 108 diamonds that gracefully adorn the bezel. This chronograph is water resistant to 164 feet and the bracelet and case are made of 316L stainless steel. The case measures 1 1/4 inches in diameter and three-eighths of an inch thick.
Lot 99 is an antique filigree Art Deco old mine-cut diamond ring that the auctioneer believes was engagement ring. Two antique mine-cut diamonds sit atop this two-tone, filigree 14-karat gold band. It is size 7 1/4.
Bidders are invited to post absentee bids early through LiveAuctioneers.com.
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