Coins, rare antiques and fine collectibles discovered in Minnesota estate

More than 400 cataloged lots of coins, rare antiques and fine collectibles from two estates are expected to result in a banner sale Feb. 27, 2011 for the James Peterson Co. of Edina, Minn.

Among the discoveries include English bronze mantle clocks, an 1802 Liberty gold coin, an Italian carved marble bust, diamond rings and a rare $1,000 greenback.

Auctioneer Jim Peterson said he expects this sale to be his main sale of the year.  "It’s out of a lake home – a Minnesota mansion," he said.

Patterson was surprised to find a personalized, leather bound edition of Adolf Hitler’s "Mein Kampf" in the family’s collection. The book was inscribed in 1937 by the Bürgermeister of Hamburg Germany. The book is accompanied by a rare German photo postcard of the infamous Nazi leader. "All are in mint condition," Patterson said.

This sale features a number of important jewelry pieces. "There’s an 18 karat gold 1972 Rolex valued at $25,000, Brietlings and a lot more," Patterson added. A Victorian gold ring with a garnet center and six side diamonds (4.1 grams) is offered early in the sale as is a vintage Tiffany & Co. sterling silver bracelet still retaining its original box and bag. An interesting find is a 14 karat gold custom made diamond studded fly featuring 25 round, full cut diamonds. Weighing 4.1 grams, the brooch carries a low estimate of $1,000.

The top jewelry lot is likely to be lot 31, a 14 karat gold white diamond bracelet with approximately 4 carats of diamonds. The bracelet carries a low estimate of $4,000.

Select consignors contributed a number of 20th century collectibles. An unusual Flash Gordon STA-N-PLACE puzzle, dated 1949, features the time traveling hero surrounded by colorful dwarfs. Wizard of Oz fans will delight in finding two copies from L. Frank Baum’s whimsical series. The first is "The Patchwork Girl of Oz" and "Rinkitink." Both are dated to 1916.

Bidding for the Feb. 27 auction is available online at To view the entire color catalog or to register to bid, visit Peterson’s page.

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