Recluse’s gold coins sell for $3.2 million
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The last of a fortune of coins found in the Carson City garage of a recluse who died last summer has been auctioned off for more than $3.2 million — but not before bidders got assurances they could return any of the rare $20 gold pieces that some collectors spotted as counterfeit.
Brittany Carlson of Silver State Coin in Reno made the winning bid Tuesday on three of the six lots, including one with 880 $20 gold Saint Gaudens that went for nearly $1.8 million. Allen Rowe of the Carson City-based Northern Nevada Coin and Bullion bought two lots of $20 gold Liberty Heads and Indian Heads for a total of about $800,000.
The Illinois-based Rare Coin Company of America bought one lot for $630,000.
The other half of the estate sold at auction in February for about $3.5 million.
Cleaning crews found the rare coins after Walter Samaszko died in June 2012.