(Costa Mesa, California) – Stack’s Bowers Galleries is proud to present the Lulu Collection, the #1 all-time finest PCGS Walking Liberty Half Dollars Short Set, 1941-1947, in their June 2021 Auction. Nearly all 20 half dollars in the Lulu Collection Short Set rank at the very top of the PCGS Population Report, with the majority also of pieces also accompanied by Certified Acceptance Corporation (CAC) stickers. Assembled with a focus on strong luster and beautiful toning, the Lulu Collection matches exceptional eye appeal with superior surface quality. With an amazing nine coins graded PCGS MS68 or MS68+, the Lulu Collection represents perhaps the most important offering of short set dates in decades. Highlights from this impressive cabinet include MS68+ examples from 1942 and 1943, a 1943-S in MS-67+, and a 1944 in MS68.
A short set comprises the second part of the two-folder set for Walking Liberty Half Dollars produced by Whitman in the mid-20th century. The first folder contained 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 the short set includes the wartime issues of 1942-1945, it draws significant demand from World War II enthusiasts as well.
Consisting of just 20 coins, the short set can be readily completed in lower Mint State grades but is a significant challenge at the highest levels of preservation and production quality. The Lulu Collection, at the very pinnacle of these standards, will be a landmark offering for Walking Liberty Half Dollar specialists.
The Lulu Collection of Walking Liberty Half Dollars Short Set, 1941-1947 will be featured in the Stack’s Bowers Galleries June 2021 Showcase Auction hosted at the firm’s state-of-the-art auction gallery in their new Costa Mesa, California, headquarters. The Stack’s Bowers Galleries June sale arrives on the heels of record-setting auctions in March and April that saw combined prices realized above $60 million. With seven lots from these events exceeding $1 million, the numismatic market clearly remains strong heading into the firm’s summer auction season. For questions about the Lulu Collection or to order a copy of the printed catalog, please contact Stack’s Bowers Galleries by telephone at 800-566-2580 or by email at [email protected].
About Stack's Bowers Galleries
Stack's Bowers Galleries conducts live, internet, and specialized auctions of rare U.S. and world coins and currency and ancient coins, as well as direct sales through retail and wholesale channels. The company's 85-year legacy includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable United States coin and currency collections to ever cross an auction block, including The D. Brent Pogue Collection, The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The Joel R. Anderson Collection, The Norweb Collection, The Cardinal Collection and The Battle Born Collection — to name just a few. World coin and banknote collections include The Pinnacle Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection of World Gold Coins, The Kroisos Collection, The Alicia and Sidney Belzberg Collection, The Wa She Wong Collection, and The Thos. H. Law Collection.
Topping off this amazing numismatic history is the inclusion of the world record for the highest price ever realized at auction for a rare coin, the 1794 Flowing Hair Dollar graded PCGS SP66 that realized over $10 million, part of their sale of the famed Cardinal Collection. The company is headquartered in Santa Ana, California, with offices in New York, Wolfeboro, Hong Kong, and Paris. Stack's Bowers Galleries is an Official Auctioneer for several important numismatic conventions, including American Numismatic Association events, the New York International Numismatic Convention, the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring, Summer and Winter Expos, and its April and August Hong Kong Auctions.