As Bitcoin Booms, Old-fashioned Coins Still Attract Young Collectors, Lark Mason Associates Offers Up a Veritable Treasure Chest of Gold and Other U.S. Coins and Jewelry on

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  • January 24, 2022

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An American Arts Commemorative gold coin set, 1980-1984 (estimate: $8,000-10,000)
Lark Mason Associates

With nearly 95 lots of gold and other coins, Lark Mason Associates is presenting two auctions–in New York and New Braunfels–featuring a large collection of coins, which date from the 18th to 21st centuries. Now live on, through January 25th, the first sale includes a 1787 New Jersey - no sprig above plow camel head copper coin estimated (estimate: $800-1,200); an uncirculated 1884 American one dollar Liberty head - Morgan silver dollar, from the Carson City Mint (estimate: $150-250); four American twenty-dollar double eagle gold coins, each estimated between $1,500 and $4,000; and an American Arts Commemorative gold coin set, 1980-1984 (estimate: $8,000-10,000).

In the second sale, now open for bidding through February 8th, 75 lots of gold, silver and other old coins are available. Among the highlights are a Mexican Philip V, 1 escudo gold coin, circa 1711 (estimate $300-500); four 18th-century Mexican 8 reales better known as Pieces of 8 (estimate: $150 to $1,000); an assortment of British gold sovereigns and half sovereigns that includes a set of six, circa 1871-1925 (estimate: $2,500-3,500) and a 1887 British 5 Sovereign Gold Coin estimated at $2,000-3,000.  In addition, a selection of Mexican gold pesos that includes two 50 pesos coins (estimate between $1,500-3,000); an 1811 Napoleon I 20 francs gold coin (estimate $400-600), and a lot of ancient coins some of which predate Christ.

  A pair of Jadeite and Diamond Earrings (estimate: $15,000-20,000)
Lark Mason Associates

Says Lark Mason III: “As bitcoin sweeps the nation’s attention, old-fashioned coin collecting is attracting millennials and Gen-Zs who prefer the tactile and aesthetic qualities of coins. These two sales of American and world coins are excellent examples of how currency allows us a glimpse into the past and show how the tradition carries into current times.”

Lark Mason Associates also presents their Winter Jewelry Auction, now live through February 1st. This sale offers approximately 62 lots of jewelry and watches by the luxury purveyors Tiffany, Rolex, and other makes that include collection of enticing treasures and includes a Pair of Jadeite and Diamond Earrings estimated at $15,000-20,000; a Ladies White Gold Omega Wristwatch, (estimate: $1,500-2,000); and a unique 18K Gold, Colombian Emerald and Diamond Ring ($7,000-8,000).

The coins and jewelry are on view at Lark Mason Associates, at 210 West Mill Street, New Braunfels, TX.  The exhibition is open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. and by appointment only in the New York salesroom, at 229 East 127th Street. For more information please visit:

About Lark Mason

With locations in New Braunfels, Texas and New York City, Lark Mason Associates, the eponymous, auction house specializing in Asian, ethnographic, and ancient works of art, was founded by Lark Mason after many years as an expert at Sotheby's New York.

Mason served as a General Appraiser from 1979 until 1985, and as a Senior Vice President and specialist in Chinese art with Sotheby's Chinese Works of Art Department from 1985-2003. From 2000-2003 he concurrently was a Director of Online Auctions for He also served as a consulting curator at the Trammel and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas, Texas from 2003-2009. He is a generalist in American and European works of art and paintings, as well as an expert in the field of Chinese art and has valued and advised many private collectors and institutions.

Lark Mason Associates regularly hosts auctions on the iGavel Auctions platform and has an established history of record sales of Chinese and other works of art and holds the record for the highest price achieved for any work of art in an online sale, for a painting sold in May 2014 that realized close to $4.2m. Mason, the owner and CEO of iGavel Auctions, is noted for his regular appearances on "The Antiques Road Show."







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