African Wildlife Preserve Gains $299,001 at Heritages Inaugural Houston Signature Auction

Dallas, TX: The Khumbula Thina Trust, a wildlife preserve in the Zulu lands, was the beneficiary of selected lots from the Fleur Wales-Baillie Collection, auctioned by Heritage Auction Galleries in Houston, November 29-30, 2007. This was Heritage’s inaugural Signature Auction at the Money Show of the Southwest. Descriptions and images of all lots are currently posted at in the Permanent Auction Archive. Current prices realized from the entire Houston auction exceed $4.7 million, and will push well past $5 million after Post Auction Buys and Final Session results are included.

According to Heritage President Greg Rohan, “Among the most interesting anchors we have had in some time, Fleur Wales-Baillie dedicated proceeds from some of her most important coins to benefit the Khumbula Thina Trust. This is a U.S. 501(c)(3) Private Operating Foundation working in the Zulu lands of Africa. These funds will be used to expand the territory for existing wildlife, and establish a water system of lakes and ponds for aquatic birdlife following their successful drilling of a rich well in that parched landscape. I encourage you to view their fascinating website at for additional details and plenty of photographs of the important work that is being done there.”

Concluded Rohan: “Our year-end auction events continue to be very successful, and our schedule this year included two Signature events during November – the first in Dallas, and the second in Houston, which together exceeded $13 million.”

November 2007 Houston U.S. Coin Highlights From The Fleur Wales-Baillie Collection, benefiting the Khumbula Thina Trust:

Lot 60284: 1831 Half Dime, PR67 NGC, V-1, LM-6, R.8Proofs are known for all 1831 denominations coined, and the half dime is the second-rarest proof denomination; this may be the sole surviving proof LM-6 and is the single finest certified example.Realized: $86,250

Lot 60305: 1831 Dime PR65 NGC, JR-2, R.7This is a magnificent proof type coin with full definition on the portrait and eagle; one of a handful of survivors.Realized: $32,200

Lot 61381: 1903 Louisiana Purchase/Jefferson Gold Dollar MS66 PCGSThis gold dollar has the eye appeal that demands obviously original surfaces.Realized: $2,760

Lot 61385: 1903 Louisiana Purchase/McKinley Gold Dollar MS66 PCGSThe 1901 assassination of William McKinley led to his inclusion in this centennial commemorative issue, which was originally supposed to show only the image of Thomas Jefferson, as the President who presided over the Louisiana Purchase.Realized: $2,070

Lot 61387: 1904 Lewis and Clark Gold Dollar MS66 NGCThe 1904 Lewis and Clark dollars are inextricably linked to their 1903 counterparts; this Premium Gem is an uncommonly fine survivor of this early commemorative issue.Realized: $12,650

Lot 61392: 1905 Lewis and Clark Gold Dollar, MS66 PCGSStruck in Philadelphia in 1904 and 1905, the Lewis and Clark gold dollars made their way to Portland, Oregon, where Farran Zerbe offered them through a mail-order agent and local concessionaires. PCGS has certified a mere two finer pieces.Realized: $24,150

Lot 61394: 1915-S Panama-Pacific Gold Dollar, MS66 PCGSA frosty and lustrous Premium Gem, with brilliant yellow-gold luster and outstanding surfaces.Realized: $3,738

Lot 61396: 1915-S Panama-Pacific Quarter Eagle MS66 NGCThis is a fully lustrous Premium Gem with outstanding orange-gold luster and nearly pristine surfaces.Realized: $9,775

Lot 61401: 1915-S Panama-Pacific $50 Round, MS64 NGCThe ambitious commemorative coin program spearheaded by Farran Zerbe was out of reach for all but the wealthiest patrons of the Exposition.Realized: $94,875

Lot 61403: 1916 McKinley Gold Dollar MS66 PCGSShimmering luster illuminates the lovely golden-rose coloration, that changes to lime-green near the borders of this boldly struck Premium Gem.Realized: $2,070

Lot 61405: 1917 McKinley Gold Dollar MS66 PCGSThe 1916 & 1917 gold dollars were created to raise money for an effort to create a memorial to the assassinated McKinley in his hometown of Niles, Ohio.Realized: $3,450

Lot 61408: 1922 Grant No Star Gold Dollar MS66 PCGSA premium example of the Grant no Star gold dollar, with unusually crisp striking definition.Realized: $4,025

Lot 61409: 1922 Grant With Star Gold Dollar MS66 PCGSJust 5,000 examples of the Grant with Star gold dollar variety were produced, along with 5,000 pieces of the Grant no Star version.Realized: $4,888

Lot 61415: 1926 Sesquicentennial Quarter Eagle MS66 PCGSLike its half dollar counterpart, the quarter eagle is prized for its perceived elusiveness in Gem, and finding an example above that level presents an even greater challenge.Realized: $16,100

For more information about Heritage’s auctions, and a complete record of prices realized, along with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit

To reserve your copy of any Heritage auction catalog, please contact Client Services at 1-800-872-6467, ext. 1150, or visit to order by email.