Dan Holmes is a copper connoisseur of the 1st order, and his collection of middle-date cents is a strong reflection of his tastes - many condition-census coins and finest-known coins can be found among the 654 lots that were sold.
I was fortunate enough to attend this sale, and I even managed to bring home a few of the lots. Attendance for the auction was very much in line with what I have seen at past auctions of major copper collections. The bidding was generally strong, but not incredibly impressive. The median hammer price was about 40% higher than the pre-sale estimate. There were a number of coins that brought many multiples of their pre-sale estimates, and yet some of the marquee coins in the sale fell short of their pre-sale estimates.
Below I will attempt to capture some of the "surprises" in the Holmes part-2 auction, from my perspective. Please keep in mind that, while the reported hammer prices reflect reality, the opinions are mine alone.
In reflecting upon this sale, I have this to say:
As always, quality & rarity ruled the day, but there were many surprise bargains among the marquee coins in this sale. One of the biggest surprises for me was the strength in low-grade coins in rare die-state. This is an area of early copper to watch closely!