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Lulu Collection Of Walking Liberty Halves Earns Nearly $1 Million In Stack's Bowers Auction

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PCGS - (Costa Mesa, CA) - The magnificent Lulu Collection of Walking Liberty half dollars realized over $971,000 in the Stack's Bowers Galleries June 2021 Costa Mesa Auction, setting a new benchmark for quality and value in this popular short set category. A short set comprises the second part of the two-folder set for Walking Liberty half dollars popularized by Whitman Publishing in the mid-20th century. The first folder contains most of the series from 1916 through 1940, with the balance included in the second "shorter" folder. Many decades later, this short-set format has been embraced by modern collectors and continues to be a highly competitive approach to the series, as demonstrated by the exceptional results in the Stack's Bowers Galleries sale.

This 1943 PCGS MS68+ took $120,000 in the Stack's Bowers Galleries June 2021 Auction. Image is courtesy of PCGS TrueView. Click image to enlarge.

Listed as the #1 all-time finest PCGS Walking Liberty half dollar Short Set, 1941-1947, nearly all 20 coins in the Lulu Collection ranked at the very top of the PCGS Population Report. Thirteen of the coins set new auction records for their respective issues, with many realizing multiples of the PCGS Price Guide values listed at the time of the sale. The 1943 PCGS MS68+ was the undisputed highlight of the session, realizing $120,000 and establishing a new record for any date in the short set category. The 1944 PCGS MS68 set a record for the issue at $84,000, over twice the PCGS Price Guide value. The 1942 PCGS MS68+ more than doubled the prior record with a result of $78,000 and the beautiful 1942-D PCGS MS68 realized over three times the PCGS Price Guide value at $72,000.

With nine coins graded MS68 or MS68+ and nearly $1 million in prices realized, Stack's Bowers Galleries' sale of the Lulu Collection represents the single-most important public offering of short set dates. Results from this collection contributed to over $7.8 million in prices realized for the firm's June 2021 Auction, the first to be hosted at the state-of-the-art auction gallery and studio in their Costa Mesa, California, headquarters. With such stellar results to kick off the summer auction season, the firm is now looking ahead to their official auction for the ANA World's Fair of Money in August, which will showcase further selections from the Lulu Collection and much more. To consign to the August Auction or for questions about the Lulu Collection, please contact Stack's Bowers Galleries by telephone at 800-566-2580.

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 Posted 06/25/2021  5:36 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hokiefan_82 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wow, that's simply amazing. While coins of this stature are unobtainable by a majority of collectors, it's great to see the strong auction results for very high-grade and rare coins in the past months; I truly believe that the attention these events receive in the general press will benefit and heighten interest in our hobby in general.
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Though not part of the Lulu collection...another one in the short set that just ended last night
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