Bonhams to auction The Tacasyl Collection of gold coins in September

Bonhams announce the sale of “The Tacasyl Collection of Magnificent United States Proof Gold Coins” on September 23 in Los Angeles. This collection of 27 lots represents a nearly complete collection of every major gold design type issued in Proof in the US between 1836 and 1915.

Each lot in this collection could be considered a highlight in its own right. Every coin is either the finest known example, or one of the finest of its type, and the majority have been cited in various standard reference books either by virtue of their rarity or impeccable condition. The entire collection was graded a number of years ago by the Numismatic Guaranty Company (NGC) and the tally of grades is amazing, with the least well preserved coin being a Gem Proof-65 (there are only two of these, both of which are either the finest known of the date or tied for that honor with a single other example). Another three coins are graded Proof-66 and are also either the finest or tied for finest known of their date. Of the remaining 22 lots, 12 coins are graded Proof-67, an astonishing nine pieces are Proof-68, and the last coin, a Saint-Gaudens MCMVII high relief is an incredible Proof-69.

The Tacasyl Collection of Magnificent United States Proof Gold Coins” will be exhibited at Bonhams offices in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. The coins will also be shown at major trade shows in 2013, including the American Numismatic Association’s World Fair of Money, in Chicago August 2013. Private viewing will be available by appointment.

The illustrated auction catalog for the sale will be available online for review and purchase in the weeks preceding the sale at For more information about the department, please visit