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Heritage Signature Auction #1167

U.S. Coins

Featuring: The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters The Aspen Collection of Proof Coinage

February 2-5, 2012 | Long Beach


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Dear Bidder: Welcome to Long Beach! This is the first of our three Official Auctions of the Long Beach Expo for 2012, and with this event, Heritage is getting its California auction schedule off to a great start. This event has more than 5000 lots that came to us from close to 200 consignors, including a pair of Featured Collections. We invite you to read about them below:

The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters


More than 50 years ago, a young boy began collecting Standing Liberty quarters from circulation. Even at that early age, he was drawn to the designs beauty. As he learned about other coins and their designs, his belief that the Standing Liberty quarter was Americas most beautiful coin only strengthened. His collection grew as he did, with steady upgrades through the years. When the PCGS Registry opened, he took on the challenge with remarkable results. The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters is the best PCGS Registry set of the series ever to come to auction. The North Shore Collection, as it is known in the PCGS Registry, is the #2 All-Time Finest Collection in the Basic Set, Circulation Strikes category. (Louis Eliasbergs Standing Liberty quarters, by comparison, are fifth-finest in the all-time rankings.) The collection earned PCGS recognition with a Best of the Registry award in 2007. The collections 1918-D is the single finest PCGS-certified example, and 12 more, including several keys, are tied for finest known. The vast majority of the rest are a single grade point away from being finest certified. The coins also reflect the consignors emphasis on great eye appeal. Their mix of bold strikes, strong luster, and colorful toning will appeal to even the most selective collectors. The consignor would like to thank Jay Cline, David Schweitz, and David Lawrence for their guidance in assembling the set.

The Aspen Collection of Proof Coinage


This tightly edited collection packs considerable rarity and value into just 11 lots. It focuses on quality silver and gold proof coinage of the 19th and 20th centuries, with dates ranging from 1859 (a marvelous dime, PR68 Cameo NGC) to 1911 (a PR67 PCGS, CAC quarter eagle). Superb Gem and better pieces are the rule, and many of the silver coins offer colorful patina. In addition to the 1859 dime and 1911 quarter eagle proofs, other prominent pieces in the collection include an 1898 quarter, PR68+ Ultra Cameo NGC, CAC; an 1896 dollar, PR67 NGC, CAC Gold Label; a 1901 quarter eagle, PR68 Cameo NGC; an 1887 three dollar, PR66 PCGS, CAC; and an 1895 double eagle, PR65 Cameo NGC.

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Greg Rohan President

Todd Imhof Executive Vice President

Denomination Index
Early American Coins ...................................................... 3001-3035 Half Cents ........................................................................ 3036-3055 Large Cents ..................................................................... 3056-3098 Small Cents ................................................... 3099-3206, 3836-3939 Two Cent Pieces .............................................................. 3207-3216 Three Cent Silver ............................................................. 3217-3231 Three Cent Nickels .......................................................... 3232-3245 Nickels .......................................................... 3246-3269, 3940-3975 Half Dimes ....................................................................... 3270-3303 Dimes ........................................................... 3304-3426, 3976-4003 Twenty Cent Pieces ......................................................... 3427-3436 Quarters ....................................................... 3437-3557, 4004-4074 Half Dollars ................................................... 3558-3747, 4075-4137 Silver Dollars ..............................3748-3809, 4138-4391, 4511-4536 Trade Dollars ................................................................... 3810-3835 Gold Dollars .................................................................... 4581-4616 Quarter Eagles ................................................................ 4617-4705 Three Dollar Pieces ......................................................... 4706-4746 Half Eagles ...................................................................... 4747-4846 Eagles .............................................................................. 4847-5014 Double Eagles ................................................................. 5015-5097 Territorial Gold ................................................................ 5098-5120 Silver Commemoratives ................................................... 4392-4448 Gold Commemoratives ................................................... 4449-4474 Modern Issues ................................................................. 4475-4499 Patterns ........................................................................... 4555-4580 Coins of Hawaii ............................................................... 4500-4507 Medals and Tokens .......................................................... 4508-4510 Errors ............................................................................... 4537-4550 Miscellaneous .................................................................. 4551-4554

SESSION ONE
Floor, Telephone, Heritage Live!, Internet, Fax, and Mail Signature Auction #1167 Thursday - Sunday, February 2-5, 2011 | 7:00pM pT | Long Beach, California | Lots 3001 - 3835
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Colonials
Choice aU 1652 Pine Tree Threepence, noe-34 Ex: Boyd, Ford Collections

3004 (1670-75) st. Patrick Farthing VG10 PCGs. Breen-208, W-11500. The Breen Encyclopedia entry without sea beasts, annulets, martlets, or numerals beneath the king. Medium brown overall with a well centered brass splasher on the crown. Mildly granular, as usual for the grade, and the obverse is a few grade points sharper than the reverse. Listed on page 39 of the 2012 Guide Book.(#42) 3005 (1670-75) st. Patrick Farthing VF25 PCGs. Breen-212, W-11500. A triangular group of dots appears after REX. Walter Breen in his 1988 Encyclopedia refers to the dot triangle as Masonic punctuation with no further elaboration. The fields display deep brown toning and are moderately granular. Listed on page 39 of the 2012 Guide Book.(#42)

Thick Planchet Ms63 Brown london Elephant Token, W-12040


3001 1652 Pine Tree Threepence aU55 PCGs. Crosby 1-a1, noe34, W-630, R.4. Ex: Ford. Pellets at trunk. 18.7 gn per Ford catalog appearance. Toned rich gunmetal-gray overall with glimpses of lighter tan-gold on the reverse. The centering favors the lower reverse and upper obverse, with a few letters on each side partly or mostly off the flan. All but the tip of the tree is present. A minimally abraded example of this scarce denomination. The centers are wavy due to rocker press manufacture. Listed on page 37 of the 2012 Guide Book. Population: 13 in 55, 2 finer (1/12). Ex: F.C.C. Boyd Collection; John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, Part XII (Stacks, 10/2005), lot 139, which realized $8,625. (#21) 3002 1652 Pine Tree sixpence Holed nGC Details. VF. Crosby 1-a, noe-33, W-670, R.3. 32.2 gn. Pellets at trunk. A round hole affects the letter M and the opposite area of the reverse. Moderately wavy, as coined from a rocker press, and the slate-gray surfaces lack noticeable marks except near the hole. The obverse is misaligned toward 11 oclock, usual for Noe-33. Listed on page 37 of the 2012 Guide Book.(#22) 3006 (1694) london Elephant Token, Thick Planchet Ms63 Brown PCGs. Hodder 2-B, W-12040, R.2. Ex: Miller. This evenly struck chocolate-brown Elephant token retains glimpses of mint red within GOD PRESERVE LONDON, unusual for the issue. Both sides display pinpoint planchet imperfections, and seven faint hair-thin marks are noted on the field above the pachyderm. Listed on page 44 of the 2012 Guide Book. Population: 16 in 63 Brown, 5 finer (12/11). (#55)

attractively Toned aU large Planchet 1652 Pine Tree shilling, noe-1

1723 Rosa americana Penny, Ms63 Brown Breen-122, Ex: Crosby, Garrett

3003 1652 Pine Tree shilling, large Planchet aU50 PCGs. CaC. Crosby 12-i, noe-1, W-690, R.2. Pellets at trunk. An evenly struck and attractive representative of this important silver colonial type. Attractive apple-green, golden-brown, and gunmetal-blue toning embraces mildly granular surfaces. The reverse has ideal centering and full legends, while the obverse is a few degrees offset toward 6 oclock affecting the tops of MA. A late die state with advanced cracks on the 16 in the date and from the 2 to the N in AN. Listed on page 37 of the 2012 Guide Book. (#23)

3007 1723 Rosa americana Penny Ms63 Brown PCGs. Breen-122. Impressively pedigreed with an appearance to match. The welldefined obverse melds light copper-gold and orange shadings with hints of mushroom-brown; the latter color covers the reverse more extensively, with lighter tones at the margins and protected areas of the devices. A highly attractive and important survivor. Listed on page 41 of the 2012 Guide Book. Ex: Sylvester S. Crosby; The Garrett Collection III, (Bowers and Ruddy, 10/1980), lot 1244; Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2008), lot 9. (#125)

Session One, Auction #1167 | Thursday, February 2, 2012 | 7:00PM PT

Gem Red and Brown 1723 Hibernia Halfpenny, M. 4. 104-Gb. 10

3013 1788 Machins Mills Halfpenny XF45 PCGs. Vlack 23-88a, W-8100, R.2. Toned medium to deep brown with moderate high point wear and generally pleasing surfaces. One small obverse rim nick is noted at 9:30. Nicely centered with full legends. Listed on page 64 of the 2012 Guide Book. Population: 5 in 45, 2 finer (1/12). (#472) 3014 1786 new Jersey Copper, narrow shield, Curved Beam XF40 PCGs. CaC. M. 23-P, W-4940, R.4. Ex: George M. Parsons. A smooth specimen with pleasing light olive surfaces shows tiny splashes of maroon and dark brown toning. The usual tiny planchet marks and surface blemishes are present. Listed on page 66 of the 2012 Guide Book.(#496) 3015 1786 new Jersey Copper, narrow shield, straight Beam XF45+ PCGs. CaC. M. 16-l, W-4840, R.2. The protruding tongue obverse with a die break near the snout and a large die lump at 2:30 on the obverse. A charming walnut-brown example without spots or abrasions. The centers are lightly impressed and retain traces of the planchet surface. Listed on page 66 of the 2012 Guide Book. (#496) 3016 1787 new Jersey Copper, outlined shield aU50 PCGs. M. 48-g, W-5275, R.1. A lovely chocolate-brown state copper that boasts an even and well centered strike. The few minor marks are relegated to the upper right obverse quadrant. The minor planchet striations are customary for the series. Listed on page 66 of the 2012 Guide Book.(#503)

3008 1723 Hibernia Halfpenny Ms65 Red and Brown PCGs. CaC. M. 4.104-Gb.10, R.5. Broad 3, 11 harp strings, no stop before H. Substantial mint red brightens the borders and harp strings, though the fields and devices are generally steel-gray. Free from marks, and spots of any size are nearly absent. Certified in a green label holder, and listed on page 43 of the 2012 Guide Book. (#181) 3009 1773 Virginia Halfpenny, Period Ms65 Red and Brown PCGs. n. 25-M, W-1580, R.2. Bright orange-red fills the lettering and other recesses, particularly on the reverse. The portrait, obverse field, and central reverse are deep brown. An unmarked and attractive Gem of this popular colonial type. An unrelated 1950s Richard Picker flip for a 1723 Hibernia halfpenny is included. Listed on page 43 of the 2012 Guide Book.(#241)

Choice aU P Below Bust nelson-13 1760 Voce Populi Halfpenny

1787 outlined shield new Jersey Copper near-Mint Example, Maris 46-e, W-5250

3010 1760 Hibernia-Voce Populi Halfpenny, P Below Bust aU55 PCGs. CaC. n. 13, Z. 14-M, W-13960, R.2. The HiberniaVoce Populi coinage is thought to be the work of a Mr. Roche, from Dublin, Ireland. Some examples were likely exported to America, where they were valued by weight. This is a lovely chocolate-brown halfpenny with smooth surfaces and excellent eye appeal. From early, perfect dies. The reverse is misaligned a few degrees toward 5 oclock. Listed on page 47 of the 2012 Guide Book. (#268) 3011 1788 Massachusetts Cent, Period XF45 PCGs. Ryder 10-l, W-6280, High R.2. A mark-free mahogany-brown commonwealth copper. CENT is sharp, though the types show light wear. Laminations are prominent at 9 oclock on the reverse, behind the Indians neck, and near 5 oclock on each side. Listed on page 57 of the 2012 Guide Book.(#311) 3012 1788 Connecticut Copper, Mailed Bust Right XF40 nGC. M. 2-D, W-4405, R.1. A sharply defined medium brown example of this final-year variety. Late dies with a bisecting obverse crack and a die break at the shoulder. Smooth overall despite thin field marks near the nose and subtle aqua granularity between the LI in LIB. An unrelated 1950s collector flip for a 1787 Connecticut copper is included. Listed on page 60 of the 2012 Guide Book. (#397)

3017 1787 new Jersey Copper, outlined shield aU58 PCGs. CaC. M. 46-e, W-5250, R.1. The usual die state with clash marks from the shield above the plow, and a prominent bulge (from a sunken die) near the 17 in the date. Mostly chocolate-brown with a hint of gunmetal on the highpoints of the horse. An unabraded near-Mint example with substantial satin luster. According to the Whitman reference, William Anton has recorded a half dozen examples of this variety. Listed on page 66 of the 2012 Guide Book. Population: 7 in 58, 8 finer (1/12). Ex: Houston Signature (Heritage, 11/2007), lot 60019. (#503) 3018 1786 Vermont Copper, VERMonTEnsiUM Environmental Damage nGC Details. VF. RR-6, Bressett 4-D, W-2020, R.2. A dark brown Vermont Republic Landscape copper with granular surfaces and a deep roundish depression over the E in STELLA. Struck several degrees off center toward 3:30. Listed on page 68 of the 2012 Guide Book.

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1786 Vermont Ryder-9 Copper, VF25 Popular Baby Head Variety

Pewter Rhode island ship Token Wreath Below ship, W-1745, Choice XF

3019 1786 Vermont Copper, Baby Head VF25 PCGs. RR-9, Bressett 7-F, R.3. The popular Baby Head variety is nearly always found with rough surfaces, usually much worse than on this olive-brown example. Minor lamination is evident on each side with an old diagonal scratch in the left obverse field, nicely blended with the surrounding surface. The obverse is sharper than the reverse as usual. Listed on page 68 of the 2012 Guide Book. (#548) 3020 1786 Vermont Copper, Bust left Fine 15 nGC. RR-10, Bressett 8-G, R.4. A two-tone example with olive-tan on the high points of the design, and deep steel patina in the fields on each side. Both sides show slight surface roughness but no serious imperfections. Listed on page 68 of the 2012 Guide Book.(#551) 3021 1783 nova Constellatio Copper, Pointed Rays, large Us aU50 nGC. Crosby 1-a, W-1860, R.4. The scarcest 1783 variety, and also the only variety of the date with large letters in US. Light golden-brown and olive toning drapes unmarked and evenly defined surfaces. Struck a few degrees off center toward 6 oclock. Listed on page 52 of the 2012 Guide Book.(#804) 3022 1787 Fugio Cent, sTaTEs UniTED, 4 Cinquefoils, Pointed Rays VF30 PCGs. n. 16-n, W-6925, R.3. This middle grade Fugio cent is medium brown with glimpses of deeper gray. Mildly granular, but marks are confined to a few thin lines near the sundial. A late dies example with a couple of slender reverse cracks. Listed on page 83 of the 2012 Guide Book.(#883) 3023 1787 Fugio Cent, UniTED sTaTEs, Cinquefoils XF40 PCGs. n. 8-B, W-6740, R.3. This olive-brown, rose-red, and gunmetalblue example is void of abrasions but has a spot on the E in STATES. The flan appears thin near 5 oclock on the obverse and 11 oclock on the reverse, where faint planchet striations persist. Listed on page 83 of the 2012 Guide Book.(#889) 3024 1787 Fugio Cent, sTaTEs UniTED, Raised Rim VF25 PCGs. CaC. n. 19-Z, W-6975, R.5. The very scarce variety with raised rims on the reverse label. Likely one of the first reverse dies made, following the extremely rare American Congress reverse. Although Newmans revision lists only perfect dies, the present piece has a radial die crack at 8 oclock on the reverse and appears to have a large die break over the central reverse, although that area may also be a lamination. One small rim ding on the reverse at 5:30, and a few minor pinscratches are near the first 7 in the date. Listed on page 84 of the 2012 Guide Book.(#895)

3025 1778-1779 Rhode island ship Token, Wreath Below, Pewter XF45 PCGs. Breen-1142, W-1745, High R.6. The Rhode Island ship token was a British propaganda issue, intended to keep the Dutch from entering the Revolutionary War. A majority of pieces were struck with the incorrect legend VLUGTENDE beneath the ship. The offending word was scraped from examples prior to issue. Additional medals were struck with a wreath ornament where VLUGTENDE had once resided on the die. The tokens are usually encountered in brass or copper; pewter examples are rare. This nicely defined piece shows deep steel-gray toning and no relevant marks. A few small roundish spots are scattered, typical for the alloy and type. Listed on page 48 of the 2012 Guide Book. (#585)

VF short Worm 1783 Chalmers shilling W-1785, Elusive Early american silver Type

3026 1783 Chalmers shilling, short Worm VF20 nGC. Breen1011, W-1785, High R.4. A cream-gray example with clear types and legends. Smooth aside from a single small mark atop the A in CHALMERS. John Chalmers was an Annapolis, Maryland, silversmith who coined a series of rare silver issues to help relieve his community of cut and worn-out Spanish colonial pieces. The curious motif of two birds sharing a worm is likely related to the U.S. Constitution implemented that year. Listed on page 49 of the 2012 Guide Book. (#596)

Session One, Auction #1167 | Thursday, February 2, 2012 | 7:00PM PT

Choice aU Bar Copper, Breen-1145 likely Revolutionary War Memento

Very Rare Cent Weight Mott Token Ex: Roper, Ms63 Brown

3029 1789 Mott Token, Cent Weight Ms63 Brown PCGs. CaC. Breen-1022. In its December 1983 Stacks catalog appearance as lot 337 from the legendary collection of John L. Roper, the present medium brown Mott token was described as 233.4 grains. Struck on a very thick planchet, the heaviest this cataloger has ever encountered. The late die state with a large die break from the upper left clock corner and an indistinct appearance (from die wear) on the central reverse. The reverse is misaligned toward 9 oclock, with a portion of the left-side legend off the flan. Listed on page 70 of the 2012 Guide Book. (#605) 3030 1794 Talbot, allum & lee Cent, nEW YoRK Ms62 Brown nGC. Fuld-4, W-8590, R.1. A mark-free medium brown representative of this popular Early American token. Minor buildup accompanies design recesses. Listed on page 72 of the 2012 Guide Book.(#634)

Choice Proof Talbot, allum & lee Mule stork Reverse, Rare lonDon Edge

3027 (1785) Bar Copper aU55 PCGs. Breen-1145, W-8520, R.4. Not a great deal is known about the enigmatic Bar coppers, but their simplicity is appealing and their symbolism unmistakable, the 13 Colonies united into one United States of America. The design is a near-match to a Continental Army uniform button, and it would not be a great surprise to someday learn that an American or British buttonmaker produced the pieces as a memento of the Revolutionary War (1775-1783). This charming olive-gold representative is struck a couple of degrees off-center toward 2:30. The two primary diagnostic markers are present, a small spur from the end of the second bar and a threadlike die crack between two central bars. A small mark on the S provides an identifier. Listed on page 70 of the 2012 Guide Book. Population: 18 in 55, 22 finer (12/11). Ex: Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2009), lot 977, which brought $12,075. (#599) 3028 1787 immunis Columbia Piece, Eagle Reverse XF40 nGC. W-5680, High R.4. The New York-related Immunis Columbia/ Eagle copper is a scarce late Federation-era private issue. This is a richly detailed deep olive-brown copper with unabraded and evenly granular surfaces. Struck a few degrees off center toward 5 oclock. Listed on page 53 of the 2012 Guide Book.(#841)

3031 1794 Talbot, allum & lee Mule, stork Reverse, lonDon Edge PR64 Brown nGC. Breen-1044, W-8690, R.5. Designated by NGC as its Dalton & Hamer attribution of HampshirePetersfield 52a. We could also add that is listed by Rulau as NY-884. The scarcer of the two edge variants, with LONDON visible on the edge instead of LIVERPOOL. Fully struck with reflective fields and a mark-free appearance. Toned deep brown with rose and aqua undertones. The various Talbot, Allum & Lee mules were struck during the late 18th century as additional varieties to sell to early Conder token collectors. (#973)

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Ms63 Brown 1791 Washington Cent large Eagle, Baker-15

HalF CEnTs
1793 Half Cent, aU53, C-4, B-4 light, Even Wear With Faint Red Remaining

3032 1791 Washington large Eagle Cent Ms63 Brown PCGs. Baker-15, W-10610, R.2. This precisely struck example exhibits exemplary surfaces beneath deep powder-blue and golden-brown toning. The 1791 Washington cents were struck in England with the purpose of securing a coinage contract with the United States. President Washington, however, preferred a Federal Mint. Listed on page 77 of the 2012 Guide Book. Population: 24 in 63 Brown, 35 finer as Brown or Red and Brown (1/12). (#702)

near-Gem Brown 1791 Washington Cent Baker-15, large Eagle

3033 1791 Washington large Eagle Cent Ms64 Brown PCGs. CaC. Baker-15, W-10601, R.2. Faded mint red illuminates the legends and other recesses. The fields are sea-green, and the high points are chocolate-brown. A crisply struck and virtually mark-free nearGem of this well-made Washington variety. Peter Getz of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, later imitated the design on his rare 1792 patterns. Listed on page 77 of the 2012 Guide Book. (#702) 3034 1795 Washington Grate Halfpenny, small Buttons, Reeded Edge Ms62 Brown PCGs. Baker-29D, W-10950, R.4. Heavy die rust and die cracks are noted on the obverse. An attractive example with satin luster, this piece shows considerable faded mint red on each side. The strike is typical with weakness at the top of the head. Unusual die polishing lines and an apparent arc from a planchet cutter are noted at the central obverse. Listed on page 79 of the 2012 Guide Book.(#749) 3035 Undated Washington success Medal, large size, Reeded Edge aU53 PCGs. Baker-265B, W-10900, R.6. An early die state without the usually seen diagonal die crack through Washingtons nose. The brassy olive-gold surfaces are mark-free and display only a few tiny spots. The centers are lightly brought up, as expected for the variety. Listed on page 80 of the 2012 Guide Book. (#780)

3036 1793 aU53 nGC. C-4, B-4, low R.3. Three major types were produced in 1793 for the large cents, but the half cent saw just a single type, the Liberty Cap design, but with the head facing to the left instead of to the right, as would occur on the 1794-97 issues. Unlike most examples of the C-4 die pairing, this piece is in surprisingly high grade. The brown surfaces display a subtle underlying presence of red. Numerous small and medium abrasions are scattered about, mostly confined to the obverse. The obvious obverse marks include a planchet flaw over the denticles above ER, shallow planchet fissures through RTY and into the field beyond, and a few contacts in the right field. The devices are well defined and show light, even wear. Our EAC grade VF35. (#1000) 3037 1795 lettered Edge Environmental Damage nGC Details. VF. C-1, B-1, R.2. Manley Die State 1.0. This Liberty Cap half cent has chocolate-brown high points and medium brown fields. Somewhat granular between 2 and 3 oclock on the obverse, but marks are surprisingly nonexistent save for a tiny obverse rim nick at 10 oclock. Our EAC grade VG8.

Session One, Auction #1167 | Thursday, February 2, 2012 | 7:00PM PT

1795 C-4, B-4 Half Cent, VG10 Plain Edge, Punctuated Date

3041 1797 1 above 1, Plain Edge VF25 nGC. C-1, B-1, R.2. Manley Die State 3.0 with mint-made obverse bulges. A light to medium brown example of this blundered date marriage. The legends and types are clear and there are no consequential marks. Two small spots are on the hair and the obverse rim at 8 oclock. Our EAC grade Fine 15.(#1042) 3042 1797 Plain Edge VG10 PCGs. C-3a, B-3c, R.3. Low Head. The head is far below LIBERTY and crowds the date. This splendid olive-brown example has smooth surfaces with a few minor marks on each side. Our EAC grade Good 6.(#1036) 3043 1800 aU55 nGC. C-1, B-1, R.1. Manley Die State 4.0 with an intermittent horizontal die break from the E in UNITED to the C in CENT. The only dies. A partly lustrous olive-brown Choice AU example with unabraded surfaces and a minor lamination at 9:30 on the reverse. Our EAC grade XF40.(#1051) 3044 1802/0 Reverse of 1802 Genuine PCGs. C-2, B-2, R.3. The PCGS number ending in .97 suggests Environmental Damage as the reason, or perhaps one of the reasons, that PCGS deemed this coin not gradable. In our opinion, this coin has the details of a Good specimen that has been corroded. Deep steel surfaces show typical roughness with indistinct central reverse details. The upper left reverse is also weak. Our EAC grade AG3. 3045 1804 spiked Chin aU58 nGC. C-6, B-6, R.2. Manley Die State 9.0. Early copper specialists have delighted in acquiring the myriad die states of Cohen-6, which has extensive cuds across the reverse periphery. The Spiked Chin obverse only increases the appeal. A nicely struck mahogany-brown half cent with minimal wear and only a couple of minor marks on the right obverse field. Our EAC grade XF45.(#1075) 3046 1806 large 6, stems Ms61 Brown nGC. C-4, B-4, R.1. Manley Die State 1.0. A satiny medium brown Draped Bust type coin with minimally abraded surfaces. The strike is even save for softness on the top of the wreath and the second S in STATES. Our EAC grade AU55.(#1099) 3047 1806 large 6, stems Ms62 Brown anaCs. C-4, B-4, R.1. Attractive olive-brown surfaces display considerable cartwheel luster with a splash of dark toning at the left obverse border. Scattered surface marks are visible with the usual weak strike at the drapery and upper left portion of the rotated reverse. Our EAC grade XF45.(#1099)

3038 1795 Plain Edge, Punctuated Date VG10 PCGs. C-4, B-4, R.3. Although well worn and weakly defined at the central reverse as usual, this pleasing example has smooth light to medium brown surfaces A few trivial marks on each side are consistent with the grade. Our EAC grade Good 6. (#1012) 3039 1795 Plain Edge Fine 12 nGC. C-6a, B-6a, R.2. A light to medium brown example with clear legends and types. No marks are visible to the unaided eye aside from a small tick beneath the chin. A loupe reveals only wispy abrasions and inconspicuous granularity near HALF CENT. Our EAC grade Good 6.(#1018)

smooth VF30 1795 Half Cent Plain Edge, C-6a

3040 1795 Plain Edge VF30 nGC. C-6a, B-6a, R.2. No pole, and no trace of a Talbot, Allum & Lee undertype. A medium brown Liberty Cap half cent with unusually problem-free surfaces for an example with midgrade sharpness. An unimportant rim ding at 2 oclock on the reverse is mentioned solely as an identifier. Our EAC grade Fine 15. (#1018)

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Ms62 Red and Brown 1806 Half Cent large 6, stems, C-4

3050 1835 Ms65 Brown nGC. C-1, B-1, R.1. Manley Die State 2.0 with prominent clash marks before the portrait. This precisely struck Gem displays potent luster and lovely mahogany-red and steel-blue toning. Marks are nearly absent, and no carbon is visible. Our EAC grade MS62.(#1168) 3051 1835 Ms64 Red and Brown nGC. C-2, B-2, R.1. Manley Die State 3.0, scarce. A satiny peach-red near-Gem that boasts an intricate strike and only moderate carbon. One shallow strikethough is noted on the jaw. Close to a full Red designation despite a hint of gray toning on the cheek. Our EAC grade MS62. (#1169) 3052 1835 Ms64 Red and Brown PCGs. C-1, B-1, R.1. Manley Die State 2.0. A predominantly orange-red example with sufficient steel-gray toning on the portrait and near the profile to ensure a Red and Brown designation. Free from visible marks, and carbon near star 6 corresponds to the grade. Our EAC grade MS62. (#1169)

3048 1806 large 6, stems Ms62 Red and Brown nGC. CaC. C-4, B-4, R.1. Manley Die State 1.0. Brick-red persists in design crevices though the open fields and devices are deep brown. Void of any consequential contact. The strike is good despite bluntness on the bust tip and opposite at the top of the wreath and on the second S in STATES. Our EAC grade MS60. (#1100)

Gem Red and Brown 1835 Half Cent, C-1

Red near-Gem 1833 Half Cent, C-1 Rare in Full Red

3049 1833 Ms64 Red PCGs. C-1, B-1, R.1. Manley Die State 2.0. This fully struck near-Gem Classic type coin is mostly peach-red, with slight mellowing noted on the lower central obverse. Lustrous and essentially void of contact. The 1833 is fairly plentiful in Mint State due to a hoard obtained by the Guttag brothers during the Great Depression. However, full Red pieces are rare. Our EAC grade MS63. Population: 12 in 64 Red, 2 finer (1/12). (#1164)

3053 1835 Ms65 Red and Brown nGC. C-1, B-1, R.1. Manley Die State 2.0. This needle-sharp Gem offers substantial fire-red, especially on the reverse. The Red designation is denied by steelblue toning on the portrait and, to a lesser degree, on the obverse field. Only trivial carbon is present, and relevant contact is limited to a few wispy grazes on the cheek. Our EAC grade MS63. (#1169) 3054 1854 Ms64 Red and Brown PCGs. C-1, B-1, R.1. Orange-red outlines design recesses, while the cheek and open fields are ebonybrown. Well struck aside from the TY in LIBERTY, and contact is confined to a few tiny ticks on the portrait. Our EAC grade MS62. (#1231) 3055 1857 Ms64 Red and Brown nGC. C-1, B-1, R.2. Brick-red iridescence is especially prevalent on the reverse, though the open fields and portrait are steel-gray. The strike is crisp save for the upper obverse dentils, and no marks are remotely close to consequential. Our EAC grade MS62.(#1240)

Session One, Auction #1167 | Thursday, February 2, 2012 | 7:00PM PT

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laRGE CEnTs

1793 Chain aMERiCa Cent, s-3, B-4 Choice XF, Excellent Type Coin

3056 1793 Chain aMERiCa XF45 PCGs. s-3, B-4, low

R.3. The 1793 Chain large cents were the first coins of any denomination minted at the first Philadelphia Mint, and the Mint would strike only copper coinage until 1794, when it made its first issuances of silver dollars, half dimes, and half dollars. The Mint made only copper half cents and large cents in 1793, the half cents of a single design type today called Liberty Cap, Head Facing Left, and the large cents falling into three main types: Flowing Hair, Chain Reverse; Flowing Hair, Wreath Reverse; and the Liberty Cap type, which continued through 1796, when it was superseded by the Draped Bust type. Five die pairings are known of the 1793 Chain cents, of which the S-1, B-1 is the famous abbreviated 1793 Chain AMERI. cents. The other four Chain cents, S-2 through S-4 and the noncollectible Sheldon-NC1, feature the spelled-out AMERICA on the reverse. The S-3, B-4 die pairing of the present piece can be easily attributed by the large, high, rightleaning R in LIBERTY, with the bases of RT more closely spaced than the other letters. The date is closely spaced, with the tops of the 1 and 9 above those of the 7 and 3. This Choice XF example shows deep, even brown patina over each side with charcoal outlining the reverse devices. A couple of minor rim bumps appear on the obverse, a double bump at 4 oclock on the obverse and a smaller one at 8:30. Libertys hair strands are relatively well-defined and show a pleasing amount of detail. As is usual for the type, however, the chain on the reverse is much better-defined than the obverse device. The S-3 is somewhat more available than the S-4 variety at High R.3, making this piece an excellent selection for type purposes. Our EAC grade VF25. Ex: Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 2/2007), lot 2097, where it brought $51,750. (#1341)

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1793 s-9 Wreath Cent Vine and Bars Edge

3060 1794 Head of 1794 VF20 anaCs. s-46, B-36, R.3. The diagonal die break from the E in CENT aids attribution of this second-year cent. The medium brown surfaces are evenly struck. A straight mark is noted in front of the chin, and the reverse displays slender abrasions near the N in UNITED and the CEN in CENT. Housed in an ANA cache holder. Our EAC grade VG10. (#901374)

1794 s-41, B-30 Cent, VF35

3057 1793 Wreath Cent, Vine and Bars Genuine PCGs. s-9, B-12, R.2. The PCGS number ending in .97 suggests Environmental Damage as the reason, or perhaps one of the reasons, that PCGS deemed this coin not gradable. In our opinion, this coin has the details of a VF specimen that has been corroded with an obverse rim nick. Both sides have deep steel patina with maroon and blackish-green corrosion. A sharp rim nick appears at 8 oclock on the obverse, with additional rim blemishes on both sides. Our EAC grade VG7.

VF sharpness 1793 Wreath Cent s-9, Vine and Bars Edge

3061 1794 Head of 1794 VF35 PCGs. CaC. s-41, B-30, R.3. A thin planchet lamination crosses the upper obverse from the cap to ER of LIBERTY. The surfaces are medium brown with streaks of olive and dark brown, exhibiting the usual grade-consistent handling marks. The reverse has two heavy die cracks. Although S-41 is common, most survivors are lower grade, and this piece just misses the condition census. Our EAC Grade VF20. (#901374) 3062 1795 Plain Edge Fine 12 nGC. s-78, B-8, R.1. This Liberty Cap type coin has a light brown portrait and medium brown and mahogany fields. Evenly struck aside from softness near 3 and 9 oclock on the reverse. Smooth except for a small obverse rim nick at 11 oclock. Our EAC grade VG8.(#1380) 3063 1795 Plain Edge VF35 anaCs. s-78, B-8, R.1. At least five sets of overlapping clash marks (as made) are prominent on the reverse field. This ebony-brown Choice VF representative is void of visible marks and has attractive eye appeal. Our EAC grade VF20. (#1380) 3064 1795 Plain Edge Rim Damage nGC Details. XF. s-78, B-8, R.1. An impressively detailed medium brown Liberty Cap type coin. The right obverse rim is damaged between 2 and 3 oclock, with lesser damage between 3 and 4 oclock. The corresponding area of the reverse rim is also affected. The reverse rim has a minor ding at 9:30. Our EAC grade Fine 15.

3058 1793 Wreath Cent, Vine and Bars Tooled nGC Details. VF. s-9, B-12, R.2. A medium to dark brown representative of the single-year Wreath type. All legends are readable but the fields are granular and verdigris has joined the final A in AMERICA with the nearby leaf. Certain elements of the wreath and hair have been carefully strengthened to give the appearance of a higher grade. Our EAC grade VG7. (#1347) 3059 1794 Head of 1794 Fine 12 PCGs. s-57, B-55, R.1. This deep mahogany-brown cent is unabraded aside from two faded marks near the Ns in ONE CENT. The surfaces are somewhat granular and display gray verdigris near the pole. Housed in a green label holder. Our EAC grade Good 6.(#901374)

Session One, Auction #1167 | Thursday, February 2, 2012 | 7:00PM PT

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The Edward Maris 1799 s-189 Cent, VF20

3065 1799 VF20 PCGs. s-189, B-3, R.2. The 1799 large cents,

including two overdate varieties and one normal date variety, are the most important coins in the entire large cent series, with 1793 and 1804 following close behind. According to Del Bland, this specimen carries a grade of VF25, and it is tied for the sixth position in his Condition Census, with at least eight other pieces that also grade VF25. The majority of the 904,585 large cents struck in 1799 were actually dated 1798, while the exact mintage of pieces bearing the 1799 date is unknown. However, that original production was undoubtedly extremely small, as few survive today, and most survivors are in low grades, being placed in collections when more common dates, such as 1798, were discarded. Today it is estimated that only 900 to 1,000 cents bearing the 1799 date still exist. The current population implies an original mintage of 20,000 to 30,000 coins. Throughout the second half of the 19th century, several stories attempted to explain the rarity. One of those stories suggested that the coins went from the Mint to Africa, being traded for female natives. Both sides of this remarkable cent have mottled steel, tan, and maroon color with some weakness at the center of the reverse. Traces of deep green corrosion are barely visible. This important cent does have a few minor abrasions, but none of any significance. The surfaces have acquired a hard, glossy appearance over a long time interval. Highly unusual among the 1799 cents, the date and LIBERTY are both complete and full. The obverse is extremely sharp, and graded separately has the details of XF. The reverse is a little blunt, with the sharpness of VF20. Overall, although the coin is graded VF25 by Del Bland and listed as such in Walter Breens Large Cent Encyclopedia, we prefer a conservative grade of VF20. Breen suggested that the 1799 Normal Date cents might have actually been struck in 1800, on the basis of a comparison of planchet quality with the cents dated 1800. Our EAC grade VF20. Ex: Dr. Edward Maris (H.P. Smith, 6/1886), lot 276; later, Federal Brand Enterprises (1/1963), lot 51A; later, Stuart A. Levine (4/3/1992); John B. MacDonald (1/1997); Robert C. Clark (Bowers and Merena, 8/2000), lot 285; later, Heritage (5/2009), lot 65. (#1443)

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3066 1800/79 VF30 PCGs. s-192, B-6, R.4. Medium brown overall with glimpses of lavender on the portrait highpoints. The minutely granular surfaces lack visible abrasions and Libertys hair is richly detailed. Our EAC grade Fine 15.(#1455) 3067 1802 VF30 PCGs. s-230, B-8, R.1. A later die state with obverse clash marks and a few die cracks on the upper reverse. The deep brown surfaces are lightly abraded and display moderate buildup in design recesses. Our EAC grade Fine 15.(#1470) 3068 1803 small Date, large Fraction XF40 nGC. s-260, B-19, R.1. The second T in STATES leans right, and the 3 does not touch the bust. This deep chocolate-brown example has an even strike and is smooth aside from two minor thin marks on the hair and neck. Moderate build-up rests within reverse crevices. Our EAC grade VF20.(#1485) 3069 1804 Corroded anaCs. VF20 Details. s-266c, B-1, R.2. A late die state with breaks over RTY and MERI. The medium brown surfaces are evenly porous but free from abrasions. The only Sheldon marriage for this rare date. Our EAC grade Good 5.(#1504) 3070 1805 XF40 PCGs. s-269, B-3, R.1. Luster emerges from the hair and legends on this well defined deep brown Classic Head cent. Clashed beneath the chin, as made, and we note a few inconspicuous marks on Libertys neck. Our EAC grade VF20. (#1510) 3071 1807/6 large 7 XF40 anaCs. s-273, B-3, R.1. A later die state with prominent mint-made bulge behind the shoulder curls. This walnut-brown overdated cent has noticeable luster and only trivial marks. A narrow strike-through (as made) is between the ME in AMERICA. Our EAC grade VF25.(#1528) 3072 1807/6 large 7 XF45 nGC. s-273, B-3, R.1. This evenly struck medium brown Draped Bust cent has refreshingly smooth surfaces and displays splendid hair detail. S-273 receives its own Guide Book listing, since it is the sole Large 7 overdate for the year. Our EAC grade VF25.(#1528) 3073 1807 large Fraction Environmental Damage nGC Details. aU. s-276, B-6, R.1. This golden-brown cent possesses noticeable luster, particularly within the hair, legends, and wreath. The reverse displays areas of pitting, most evident near the CA in AMERICA and the T in CENT. Our EAC grade VF30.

1807 s-271 Cent, Ms61 Brown Popular Comet Variety

3074 1807 Comet Ms61 Brown nGC. s-271, B-1, R.1. Breen Die State VI. A rather late die state with the Comet die flaw prominent above the hair ribbon. Other die flaws, clash marks, bulges, and cracks are also present on this lovely specimen. The Comet cent is one of few die states (rather than varieties) to have a separate Guide Book listing. The earliest die states, before the Comet develops, are sometimes called Eclipsed Comet coins and are also popular with collectors. This lustrous dark chocolate and mahogany specimen has a few splashes of lighter tan that is faded from original red mint color. The surfaces have just a few marks that are mostly on the reverse. Our EAC grade AU50. Census: 1 in 61 Brown, 3 finer (12/11). (#1531) 3075 1810/09 XF40 nGC. s-281, B-1, R.1. This deep brown Classic Head cent is from a late die state with flowlined surfaces. Lightly circulated but surprisingly void of abrasions aside from faint slide marks on the portrait. Our EAC grade VF35.(#1552) 3076 1810 VF25 nGC. s-283, B-4, R.2. Medium brown surfaces host traces of mahogany toning with a few scattered marks on each side. Our EAC grade VF20.(#1549)

Session One, Auction #1167 | Thursday, February 2, 2012 | 7:00PM PT

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1811 s-287 Cent, Ms63 Brown normal Date

1814 Classic Head Cent, aU55 s-295, B-2, Plain 4

3080 1814 Plain 4 aU55 nGC. s-295, B-2, R.1. This later die state has a curved crack at the lower right obverse and a die chip at the throat, sometimes giving rise to the Mumps nickname for late die state pieces. The surfaces are dark chocolate with a few scattered, grade-consistent marks. Our EAC grade XF40. (#1576) 3081 1816 Ms63 Brown anaCs. n-2, R.1. An intermediate die state with a break on the dentils between stars 11 and 12, but no die crack through STATES OF. A lustrous chocolate-brown cent with outstanding surfaces aside from a minor obverse spot at 11:30. Our EAC grade AU55.(#1591) 3082 1817 13 stars aU58 PCGs. CaC. n-9, R.2. Obverse with date as 18 17, reverse cracked through (STAT)ES OF AMERICA. Violet and blue overtones visit glossy deep brown surfaces with just a touch of rub. Lot includes an old-time envelope and storage pouch, the former with erroneous label N-2. Our EAC grade AU50.(#1594) 3083 1817 15 stars XF45 PCGs. n-16, High R.1. A deep brown example of this conditionally rare Guide Book variety. The leaves and curls display moderate wear but traces of luster persist. A few tiny marks are scattered beneath the toning. Our EAC grade VF35. (#1597) 3084 1819 small Date Ms62 Brown PCGs. n-9, R.1. Substantial faded brick-red is present, though the open fields and portrait are olive-brown. A minimally abraded example of a conditionally elusive Matron Head date. Our EAC grade AU55. (#1606) 3085 1819 small Date Ms63 Brown PCGs. n-9, R.1. A chocolatebrown Select Matron cent that has satin luster and only minor marks, limited to the cheekbone and the central reverse field. A minor retained lamination is noted through the 9 in the date. Our EAC grade AU55.(#1606) 3086 1820 large Date Ms64 Brown nGC. n-13, R.1. A splendid olive-brown cent that undoubtedly once resided within the Randall Hoard. Satiny and nearly devoid of marks with a sharp strike at the centers and moderate incompleteness on peripheral elements. Our EAC grade MS60.(#1615) 3087 1820 large Date Ms66 Brown nGC. n-13, R.1. Faded brickred luster outlines design elements, while the fields and devices are predominantly gunmetal-gray. A magnificently preserved Randall Hoard example with a solitary small spot to the left the O in ONE. Well struck at the centers with minor incompleteness on peripheral elements. Our EAC grade MS63. Ex: Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 2/2001), lot 5389, which realized $1,150.(#1615) 3088 1820 large Date Ms65 Red and Brown PCGs. CaC. n-13, R.1. This Randall Hoard representative displays dynamic luster and is well struck aside from the upper stars. No marks are visible, and both sides are at least one-third Red, although shades of gunmetal-gray are also prominent. The obverse is moderately strike doubled. Our EAC grade MS63.(#1616) 3089 1821 XF40 PCGs. n-2, R.1. Only two die varieties are known for this much better Matron Head date. N-2 is identified by a slender die line near the bust tip. The present walnut-brown cent has attractive definition and is smooth aside from a few faint marks at 9:30 on the reverse. Our EAC grade VF30.(#1621)
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3077 1811 Ms63 Brown PCGs. CaC. s-287, B-1, R.2. A scarce Classic Head date with two known varieties identified as Normal Date and Overdate varieties. Unevenly struck from misaligned dies; the obverse border is wide at the right and absent at the left, with a properly centered reverse impression. The stars along the left border are flat, with all other design elements sharply defined. Both sides have frosty cartwheel luster with lovely steel-brown and iridescent surfaces showing traces of faded mint red. Our EAC grade MS60. Population: 4 in 63 Brown, 2 finer (1/12). (#1555) 3078 1812 large Date VF35 PCGs. s-288, B-3, R.2. A chocolatebrown Choice VF representative of the conditionally elusive Classic Head design. The hair and leaves exhibit only moderate wear, and the reverse is nearly unabraded. Obverse marks are inconsequential save for a thin line behind the eye. Our EAC grade VF25.(#1564) 3079 1813 improperly Cleaned nGC Details. aU. s-292, B-2, R.2. This better grade Classic cent is moderately glossy beneath deep olive-brown toning. The right obverse field is slightly granular. Free from consequential marks. Our EAC grade VF25.

Popular 1823/2 Cent, n-1, aU Details

3097 1855 Upright 5s Questionable Color Genuine PCGs. Unc. Details. n-4, R.1. Grellman Die State a. This Mature Head type coin has been recolored but the obverse has since toned predominantly olive-brown. The reverse is faded orange-red and lilac. Well struck aside from the upper stars. One shallow strikethrough above the N in ONE. Our EAC grade AU50. 3098 1855 slanting 5s Ms64 Red PCGs. n-10, R.1. Grellman Die State b with a clogged star 6, the so-called 12 star variety. Tilting the coin reveals only a partial outline of the star, which was present on the die but clogged by debris. Undoubtedly an extremely rare die state in the present quality. Beautiful orange-gold surfaces with one small spot at 3:30 on the reverse. Our EAC grade MS64. (#1912)

3090 1823/2 obverse scratched nGC Details. aU. n-1, low R.2. The sole overdated die pair for the year, represented here by an example better-defined at right than left. Blue-violet overtones enrich deep brown surfaces. The reverse has a clean appearance, though the obverse has shallow scratches at bottom right and a few deeper cuts on the cheek. Our EAC grade VF30.

FlYinG EaGlE CEnTs


Famous 1856 Flying Eagle Cent XF45 sharpness, snow-3 Dies

1824 Matron Head Cent, n-2, Ms65 Brown Even, Deep Brown surfaces

3091 1824 Ms65 Brown nGC. n-2, R.1. A beautiful Matron Head cent with impressively unperturbed golden-brown fields. The strike is exacting aside from a few upper right stars. The dies are moderately rotated counterclockwise. Exceptional quality worthy of the finest specialist cabinet. Our EAC grade AU55. Census: 5 in 65 Brown, 0 finer (12/11). Ex: FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2007), lot 410. (#1636) 3092 1825 aU58 PCGs. n-2, High R.2. The late die state with light cracks near star 7, the 1 in the date, and the wreath stem. The deep brown surfaces are satiny and minimally abraded. Light friction on the cheek confirms a momentary stint in commerce long ago. Our EAC grade AU50.(#1642) 3093 1839 Type of 1840 Ms62 Brown nGC. n-8, R.1. A lovely chocolate-brown example. Well struck aside from the curls above the ear and shoulder. Abrasions are few and inconsequential aside from a thin mark above the hairbun. Our EAC grade AU50. Ex: J.R. Frankenfield, 6/1989; March Wells Collection (Superior, 2/2000), lot 2068.(#1817) 3094 1846 small Date Ms66 Brown nGC. n-6, R.1. Grellman Die State c. Faded red outlines the legends and stars. The obverse is primarily powder-blue and olive-green, and the open reverse fields are steel-gray. Boldly struck except for a few star centers. Nearly void of contact or carbon. Our EAC grade MS62. (#1865) 3095 1852 improperly Cleaned nGC Details. Unc. n-3, R.1. Grellman Die State c. This satiny cent is faded brick-red with glimpses of steel-blue. Nicely struck and nearly unabraded with only minor carbon. Our EAC grade AU50. 3096 1853 Ms65 Red and Brown PCGs. CaC. n-25, R.1. Grellman Die State b. Iridescent orange-red dominates though blushes of light steel-gray are also present with deeper toning at 10 and 11 oclock on the reverse. Unabraded and nicely struck with a strikethrough on the reverse rim at 9 oclock. Our EAC grade MS63. (#1902)

3099 1856 Cleaned anaCs. XF45 Details. snow-3. This key date cent has been recolored to pass as Uncirculated, but has partly retoned and now displays both steel-gray and peach hues. Minor wear on the eagles breast and tail confirms light circulation. Both sides appear unabraded. The Snow-3 marriage is associated with original (1856) business strikes. The first and rarest date of the small cent denomination. (#2013) 3100 1857 Ms64 PCGs. Scattered surface marks and minor carbon flecks appear on the lustrous tan surfaces of this sharply detailed cent. An ideal type coin from the first year of full scale small cent production.(#2016) 3101 1857 Doubled Die obverse Ms64 PCGs. snow-4, Fs-101. Die doubling is evident near the CA in AMERICA and the T in UNITED. Missing wing tip hub. Lustrous and crisply struck with wheat-gold toning. The reverse is immaculate, and the obverse field displays only unobtrusive abrasions.(#2017) 3102 1858/7 Reverse Damage nGC Details. aU. snow-1, Fs-301. Large Letters, High Leaves, Closed E in ONE. The corner of the 7 at top right of the final 8 is faint, but the diagnostic die dot in the field above the date is plain. A tan-brown example with light wear on the eagles breast and minor gray debris in protected regions. A small comet-shaped mark beneath the C in CENT corresponds to the NGC notation.(#2022) 3103 1858/7 aU50 nGC. snow-1, Fs-301. Large Letters, Broken Wing hub, High Leaves, Closed E in ONE. The top of the 7 is faintly evident, and the die dot above the date further confirms the overdate. Toned medium to deep brown with mildly granular margins. Ex: Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 2/2009), lot 7275, which realized $1,006.25.(#2022)

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Choice 1858/7 Flying Eagle Cent sole overdate of Type

PRooF FlYinG EaGlE CEnTs


Proof 1856 Flying Eagle Cent, snow-9

3106 1856 Genuine PCGs. Proof. snow-9. The PCGS number ending in .98 suggests Damage as the reason, or perhaps one of the reasons, that PCGS deemed this coin not gradable. In our opinion, this coin has the details of a Fine specimen that has been damaged. Abrasions or tooling has removed the T in CENT and affects the E in ONE. The upper left obverse field is mildly granular and toned steel-gray. Otherwise, this is an evenly circulated walnut-brown example of this important and coveted first-year small cent. Snow9 is associated with proofs struck for collectors during the late 1850s, but the present specimen nonetheless entered commerce and must have provided a delightful moment for a long-ago cherrypicker.

XF sharpness Proof snow-9 1856 Flying Eagle Cent

3104 1858/7 Ms64 nGC. snow-1, Fs-301. Large Letters, Broken Wing hub, High Leaves, Closed E in ONE. The upper right corner of the underdigit 7 is obvious, and the requisite die dot is present between the eagle and the first 8 in the date. This is a satiny pumpkin-gold and olive-green Choice overdated cent that is devoid of any abrasions or spots. Minor mint-made strikethroughs are near ONE CENT and the I in UNITED, and appear to be all that limit the grade. A good strike overall with lightness of impression limited to the cotton leaves. Among the finest technical quality examples of this scarce and conditionally rare key date. Census: 44 in 64, 6 finer (1/12). (#2022) 3105 1858 small letters Ms64 PCGs. Low Leaves Reverse. Open E in ONE. A dusky peach-gold Choice cent that has a sharp strike and exemplary preservation. Struck from moderately rotated dies, and encapsulated in an old green label holder.(#2020)

3107 1856 improperly Cleaned nGC Details. Proof XF. snow9. The open obverse field is hairlined, though the reverse has an original appearance. Olive-brown overall with lighter mahogany color on the central obverse. Substantial plumage detail remains on the eagle despite its stint in 19th century commerce. Snow-9 is the proof issue struck by the Mint in the late 1850s for collector sale. Although secured by numismatists who undoubtedly prized this famous rarity, some specimens were undoubtedly spent by heirs unaware of their value and historic importance.

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Famous 1856 Flying Eagle Cent snow-3, PR45

PR61 small letters 1858 Cent low leaves Reverse

3108 1856 PR45 PCGs. snow-3. This die variety is associated with original business strikes struck for distribution to Washington officials. In recent years, however, the grading services have certified most 1856 Flying Eagle cents as proofs, including the present specimen. This is a dusky golden-brown cent with moderate wear on the eagles breast and other high points. The only remotely noticeable mark is relegated to the reverse exergue. (#2037)

PR62 Cameo 1857 Flying Eagle Cent snow-PR3, Doubled Die obverse

3111 1858 small letters PR61 anaCs. snow-PR2. Low Leaves, Open E in ONE, Broken U in UNITED. A die line in the dentils beneath the right ribbon end identifies the die pair. The proof status is confirmed by reflective fields and an intricate strike on the veins of the cotton leaves and on the high points and extremities of the eagle. An orange-gold example with uncommon eye appeal for the PR61 level. Rick Snow opines that Snow-PR2 was struck for inclusion in the 12-piece cent pattern sets of 1858. (#2043)

Rare PR62 small letters 1858 Cent High leaves Reverse

3109 1857 PR62 Cameo PCGs. snow-PR3. Eagle Eye Photo Seal, card included. This proof die variety is identified by a diagonal die line through the N in UNITED. Minor obverse die doubling is also present. This fully struck specimen exhibits obvious contrast between the luminous motifs and the moderately reflective fields. Peach-gold fills design elements though the open fields display iceblue tints. (#82040)

select Proof large letters 1858 Cent

3112 1858 small letters PR62 PCGs. snow-PR1. High Leaves, Closed E in ONE. Rick Snow (2001) lists four die pairs of Small Letters proofs, but the other three varieties (Snow-PR2 through PR4) have a Low Leaves reverse. Fully struck with impressive field reflectivity and an absence of contact marks. A loupe reveals a few pinpoint obverse flecks, though fewer than expected for the designated grade. (#2043)

1858 PR63 Flying Eagle Cent low-Mintage small letters Variant

3110 1858 large letters PR63 PCGs. snow-PR1. High Leaves, Closed E in ONE. The only Large Letters proof 1858 die pair listed in the 2001 Snow reference. Much rarer than the more famous proof 1856 Flying Eagle cent since only 50 survivors are estimated from the initial mintage of approximately 100 pieces. The strike is needle-sharp and the olive-green, rose-red, and sun-gold fields are evenly and moderately mirrored. Devoid of contact, though a few tiny reverse spots limit the grade. (#2042)

3113 1858 small letters PR63 PCGs. Eagle Eye Photo Certificate. The 1858 Small Letters Flying Eagle cent boasts a tiny proof mintage of about 200 pieces, including both High Leaves and Low Leaves varieties. The issue is rare today in all grades. The present coin represents the more available Low Leaves variety, with the leaves in the wreath below the top of O in ONE. The surfaces of this Select example are nicely reflective, with light goldenbrown color. The devices are strongly impressed, and a few spots of dark color on the reverse are the only mentionable distractions. Population: 8 in 63, 45 finer (1/12). (#2043)

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Fantastic 1858 small letters Cent PR64 Cameo Beauty

Beautiful Ms65 1859 Cent

3118 1859 Ms65 nGC. A solidly struck Gem with dazzling luster and a mark-free appearance. Small spots on the M in AMERICA and on the obverse rim at 5 oclock are all that deny numismatic perfection. It is curious that the Laurel Wreath reverse was struck for only one year, but then again its Flying Eagle predecessor was coined for just two years, patterns excepted. (#2052)

Remarkable Ms66+ 1859 Cent single Finest PCGs-Certified

3119 1859 Ms66+ PCGs. CaC. The present lot is the single-finest PCGS-certified business strike 1859 cent, a fact that increases in significance since the issue is a single-year design subtype. Potent luster sweeps minimally abraded chestnut-gold and sea-green surfaces. Fully struck aside from trivial incompleteness on the reverse denticles. (#2052) 3114 1858 small letters PR64 Cameo nGC. The A and M of AMERICA show clear separation on this Small Letters proof Flying Eagle cent. The piece is boldly struck and flashy with a streaky pattern on the reverse, which has copper-gold and pink as dominant hues. A long strike-through thread curves through the right obverse field and crosses the C in AMERICA, but this has no impact on the technical grade, unlike the coins scattered minor flyspecks. The proof Flying Eagle cents of 1858, regardless of letter size, are prized as rarities. This is one of only eight Cameorated specimens of the Small Letters variety within the combined certified population (1/12). (#2044)

Gem Pointed Bust 1860 Cent, Ms65

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3115 1859 Ms64 nGC. Dazzling luster, a sharp strike, and smooth sungold surfaces ensure the eye appeal of this first-year near-Gem. A small strike-through near the O in ONE is of mint origin. Encased in a prior generation holder.(#2052) 3116 1859 Ms64 PCGs. A lustrous Choice Mint State piece with mottled tan and dark brown toning, this piece shows adequate detail with weakness at the feather tips. The surfaces have scattered, grade-consistent marks without carbon. Minor die rust is evident on the obverse.(#2052) 3117 1859 Ms64 PCGs. CaC. Vibrant mint luster is the dominant visual characteristic of this attractive Choice specimen, with razorsharp definition on the design elements and accents of champagnegold toning.(#2052)

3120 1860 Pointed Bust Ms65 nGC. Fs-401. Much scarcer than its Rounded Bust successor. This lustrous orange-gold Gem is pristine aside from the infrequent pinpoint fleck and a solitary tiny tick on the cheek. The strike is generally sharp, with slight softness relegated to the lower obverse and upper reverse. Census: 8 in 65, 3 finer (12/11). (#2056) 3121 1861 Ms65 nGC. An impressive Gem with frosty mint luster and above average design definition, this pleasing piece has delicate rose toning over golden-tan surfaces.(#2061)

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strongly struck 1861 Cent, Ms66 Rich Reddish-orange Color

3133 1867 Ms65 Red and Brown nGC. The copper-gold surfaces of this Gem display vibrant luster on the obverse, while the reverse is slightly muted by the depth of golden-tan and crimson patina. This is a sharply struck piece, including the diamonds and feather tips. (#2089)

1867 Red indian Cent, Ms65 scarce Early Date

3122 1861 Ms66 PCGs secure. CaC. This copper-nickel cent has delightful reddish-orange color that offers a smooth mix of mellowness and fire. The intricate diamond details of the ribbon are well-impressed, and the surface preservation is excellent with just a few small variations into brown on the reverse. Population: 56 in 66, 11 finer (1/12). (#2061) 3123 1862 Ms65 nGC. A satin Gem with light tan surfaces and splashes of delicate gold toning on the reverse, this piece has a sharp strike and reflective surfaces.(#2064) 3124 1862 Ms65 PCGs. A lovely Gem despite some weakness on the feather tips. This piece has light tan surfaces with brilliant luster and splashes of delicate champagne and lilac toning. (#2064) 3125 1863 Ms66 nGC. Beautiful golden-tan luster graces this Civil War-era Premium Gem. The design elements are sharply struck, including all four diamonds and most of the feather tips. Both sides are impeccably preserved. A crack travels through the shield. Census: 36 in 66, 2 finer (12/11).(#2067) 3126 1864 Copper-nickel Ms65 nGC. Honey-gold dominates, particularly on the reverse, though fire-red and olive-green blend throughout the cheek and left obverse field. This intricately struck Gem has vibrant satin luster and no indication of contact. The obverse die is misaligned toward 8:30 but the design is intact. Encapsulated in a former generation holder.(#2070) 3127 1864 Copper-nickel Ms65 nGC. Highly lustrous surfaces yield attractive champagne-gold color and are strongly impressed on the devices. Both sides are devoid of significant marks or unsightly spots. NGC has seen just 16 pieces finer.(#2070) 3128 1864 Bronze no l Ms65 Red PCGs. Lustrous copper-gold surfaces are visited by soft reddish-brown patina on the reverse. Except for minor softness on the feather tips, the design elements are well brought up, including all four diamonds. There are no mentionable marks or spots. PCGS has graded just 35 coins finer (1/12).(#2078) 3129 1865 Fancy 5, Doubled Die Reverse improperly Cleaned nGC Details. aU. snow-2, Fs-1801. Cherrypickers prices this variety at $1,500 in XF40 relative to $50 for an ordinary Fancy 5 cent. The reverse is widely die doubled west, with the spread most obvious on ONE CENT. The surfaces are slightly glossy but actual wear is minimal. The cheek and left obverse field are steel-gray while straw-gold shimmers from protected areas. 3130 1866 Ms65 Red and Brown nGC. CaC. Eagle Eye Photo Seal, card included. Luminous surfaces offer a balance between fresh copper-orange and colors such as violet and sage. Well struck with smooth surfaces and great charm.(#2086) 3131 1866 Ms64 Red PCGs. Eagle Eye Photo Seal, card included. A precisely struck, mark-free and coruscating Choice cent. The apricot-gold and rose surfaces are only marginally mellowed. Population: 47 in 64 Red, 28 finer (1/12).(#2087) 3132 1867 Ms65 Brown PCGs. CaC. This Gem has a bold strike that shows weakness only at the upper right corner of the shield on the reverse. Full feather tips and leaf details are visible. The surfaces are tan and olive with traces of faded mint red.(#2088)

3134 1867 Ms65 Red PCGs. Ex: Richard. Bold and lustrous with only the slightest mellowing in the exposed areas of the obverse, the balance of the coin being a vibrant wheat-gold. An interesting raised die line (as made) spans from the base of the neck to the nose, and awaits a compelling numismatic nickname. Few issues in the Indian cent series can compare with the rarity of the 1867 at this impressive grade level. Population: 19 in 65 Red, 1 finer (1/12). Ex: Richard Collection (Heritage, 1/2004), lot 4252, which realized $8,050. (#2090) 3135 1868 Ms65 Red and Brown nGC. CaC. Eagle Eye Photo Seal, card included. Well-defined with vibrant orange-copper surfaces that turn to violet-brown in the center. Though a small carbon fleck appears in front of Libertys lips, this Red and Brown Gem is well-preserved otherwise. Ex: The Tigard Oregon Small Cent Collection (Heritage, 9/2006), lot 263.(#2092) 3136 1869 Ms63 Red and Brown anaCs. snow-4. The 69 is nicely repunched, a variety overshadowed by the similar but more prominent Snow-3. Lustrous and nicely struck with mark-free surfaces. Generally peach-gold and steel-blue with one spot on the sixth feather tip.(#2095) 3137 1869 Ms64 Red and Brown anaCs. snow-10. The 1 is lightly repunched south. This lustrous and intricately struck Choice better date Indian cent has orange-gold borders and steel-blue toning on the Indians cheek. Void of contact, though a few minute flecks are noted.(#2095)

1869 Cent, Ms66 Red among the Finest

3138 1869 Ms66 Red nGC. A large portion of the 1869 Indian Head cent mintage (6.4 million pieces) was apparently released into circulation at the time of issue, as the nation was still emerging from the coin shortage of the Civil War, and there were real needs for coinage in the channels of commerce. Additionally, relatively few pieces were saved, as the fairly large mintage resulted in no special attention given to the date by collectors. The orange-gold surfaces of this Premium Gem are laced with wisps of light green, crimson, and sky-blue. A full strike is seen throughout, including strong detail in all four diamonds and in the feather tips. Both sides are devoid of mentionable contacts or unsightly spots. Census: 2 in 66 Red, 0 finer (12/11). Ex: FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2009), lot 3604. (#2096)
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3139 1869/9 Ms63 Red and Brown anaCs. RPD. Fs-301. snow3. Thirty years ago this was considered a 9/8 and was highly pursued by collectors. Curiously, once it became known it was a 9/9, demand did not significantly diminish. As the FS reference states, [it] is frequently considered a mainstay of the series. The surfaces display bright red and deep, streaky blue coloration. Well, but not fully struck, there are no mentionable abrasions on either side. (#37475) 3140 1870 Ms64 Red and Brown nGC. Bold N hubbed over Shallow N. A satiny and mark-free near-Gem with orange-red borders and olive-green centers. The strike is slightly soft on the extremities of the devices. Housed in a prior generation holder.(#2098) 3141 1870 Ms65 Red and Brown nGC. Bold N. An apricot-gold example with slight mellowing to gunmetal-gray on the open fields. Lustrous and unmarked with a well struck obverse and minor inexactness of strike across the reverse periphery. A fairly large die lump on Libertys neck is unlisted in the Snow reference to the series.(#2098) 3142 1871 Ms63 Red and Brown PCGs. Bold N. This better date cent has butter-gold and orange-red borders. The centers have moderately mellowed in olive-brown shades. A few pinpoint flecks on the reverse are all that limit the grade.(#2101) 3143 1872 Ms64 Brown PCGs. Bold N. This low mintage Choice cent is predominantly olive-brown but also displays faded peach-red. Nicely struck and mark-free with satin luster. Housed in a green label holder.(#2103) 3144 1873 Closed 3 Ms64 Red and Brown PCGs. snow-4. The 18 in the date is lightly but clearly repunched. Rick Snow lists the variety as an Open 3 and notes this is one of the dies where it is difficult to tell whether it is a Close 3 or an Open 3. This variety was originally listed as a Closed 3 (Snow-3) and duplicated as an Open 3. Lustrous and boldly struck with substantial apricot-gold color accompanied by a hint of olive-green.(#2110) 3145 1873 Closed 3 Ms64 Red and Brown PCGs. CaC. Lustrous copper-gold surfaces show just a wisp of light tan patina at the margins. The design elements are well struck save for a couple of feather tips. This piece is well preserved throughout. (#2110) 3146 1873 Closed 3 Ms66 Red and Brown nGC. Eagle Eye Photo Seal, card included. This orange-red representative approaches a Red designation but Libertys cheek and neck are slightly mellowed apple-green. Unabraded, carbon-free, crisply struck, and lustrous. (#2110)

Famous snow-1 Doubled liBERTY 1873 indian Cent, Ms64 Brown

3147 1873 Doubled liBERTY, Closed 3 Ms64 Brown nGC. snow1, Fs-101. Eagle Eye Photo Seal, card included. The eye and profile are also nicely die doubled. Fivaz and Stanton give the 1873 Doubled Liberty cent particularly glowing praise in their Cherrypickers Guide: This variety, considered the chief of all Indian Head cent varieties, is in very high demand. It is always sought by collectors, in all grades. The present precisely struck and satiny near-Gem is essentially devoid of spots or marks. Although designated as Brown by NGC, this piece offers considerable faded pumpkin-gold to counterbalance its violet-brown areas. Housed in a prior generation NGC holder. (#2115)

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3148 1874 Ms65 Red and Brown nGC. CaC. The design elements are well struck, including clarity in all four diamonds. Splashes of crimson and tan patination adhere to lustrous surfaces. A few tiny specks of greenish residue are noted on the reverse. (#2119) 3149 1877 Genuine PCGs. The PCGS number ending in .92 suggests Cleaning as the reason, or perhaps one of the reasons, that PCGS deemed this coin not gradable. In our opinion, this coin has the details of an XF specimen that has been cleaned. The coin is a bit light in color, but much brown is seen over both sides and the piece would fit nicely in a high-end circulated set. (#2127) 3150 1877 VF20 nGC. Deep blue-brown with the characteristic shallow corner of the N in ONE on the reverse. An appealing midrange example with few severe marks, though minor abrasions are present.(#2127) 3151 1877 VF20 anaCs. A few old scratches are blended with the surrounding surface of this moderately worn medium brown cent. (#2127) 3152 1877 VF20 nGC. A pleasing example of the low-mintage key 1877 Indian cent, this piece has smooth, problem-free surfaces with attractive chestnut-brown patina.(#2127) 3153 1877 VF35 nGC. Even brown patina covers both sides of this low-mintage key. Only a few small, unobtrusive field marks are noted. Nice midgrade coin.(#2127) 3154 1877 VF35 nGC. CaC. The 1877 Indian cent is the most sought-after issue of the series. This Choice VF specimen displays glossy brown surfaces, with just a few insignificant abrasions, and evenly worn design elements.(#2127) 3155 1877 XF40 nGC. Light wear diminishes the fine detail, leaving the major design elements clearly visible. This attractive example has smooth medium brown surfaces with trivial, grade-consistent marks.(#2127) 3156 1877 XF40 PCGs. Subtle bluish overtones visit the deep brown surfaces of this XF key-date Indian cent. The few scattered marks on each side are consistent with light circulation.(#2127) 3157 1877 XF45 PCGs. Shallow N. A deep mahogany-brown example with rose-red and olive undertones. The feathertips and OF AME show incompleteness, but the strike is generally crisp. Mildly granular left of the ear. A minimally abraded and attractive example of this coveted low mintage key.(#2127) 3158 1877 improperly Cleaned nGC Details. aU. Shallow N, customary for business strikes of this low mintage date. This is a recolored medium brown representative that shows ample glimpses of satin luster. We note minor marks on the upper left obverse rim and moderate build-up within the E in CENT.(#2127) 3159 1877 Environmental Damage, Cleaned nGC Details. aU. Shallow N. Recolored in dusky orange-red shades, but moderate wear is present and a number of tiny spots are noted on the lower right obverse and the top of the shield.(#2127)

near-Mint 1877 indian Cent The Ever-Popular Key

3160 1877 aU58 nGC. This near-Mint example of the popular 1877 Indian cent key is decently detailed save, of course, for the diagnostic weak lower corner of the N in CENT. Violet overtones grace mahogany-brown surfaces that show only the mildest wear across the high points and a handful of tiny flecks. A great coin to slot into an otherwise Mint State set. (#2127)

Red and Brown Ms63 1877 Cent

3161 1877 Ms63 Red and Brown anaCs. Shallow N. A thoroughly lustrous example of this important small cent rarity. Generally peach-gold and olive with gunmetal-gray limited to the high points. Only a tiny tick or two is present. The feathertips and wreath ribbon show lightness of strike, but most of the design is well impressed. (#2128) 3162 1886 Type one Ms66 Brown nGC. The Type One cents are slightly more plentiful than the Type Two but are still conditionally rare. This pleasing Premium Gem has considerable orange mint color despite the Brown designation. Sharply struck with satiny luster. Census: 13 in 66 Brown, 3 finer (12/11).(#2154)

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1887 indian Cent, Ms66 Red snow 2, Repunched 8

1888/7 Cent, VF20 High-Demand overdate

3164 1888/7 VF20 anaCs. Fs-301. snow-1. Magnification is required, but the bottom of the 7 underdigit is plain beneath the lower loop of the third 8. According to the Fivaz-Stanton reference: This variety is the #1 cherrypick among Indian Head cents. About 30 examples are known and demand is high. The surfaces show even wear and there are the usual abrasions present from handling from commercial usage. (#2169) 3165 1894 Doubled Date Ms62 Brown PCGs. CaC. snow1, Fs-301. The most dramatic repunched date variety of the Indian cent series. Though designated as Brown, this coin has considerable peripheral orange around violet-brown centers. One thin mark noted near the mouth. Ex: Houston Signature (Heritage, 12/2010), lot 3217, which realized $1,610.(#92187)

snow-1 1894 Doubled Date Cent surprising Ms65 Red Example

3163 1887 Ms66 Red PCGs secure. snow 2. The first 8 in the date shows an extra curve within the top loop, suggesting that the digit, or the date, was lightly repunched. Richard Snow assigns a single star to this variety, indicating that it deserves a slight premium over normal dies coins. Advanced die cracks are seen on both sides and heavy clash marks appear on the reverse. All business strike Indian cents that retain full mint color are rare, and that is especially true for the 19th century issues. Rich coppery orange surfaces are highly lustrous with fully brilliant mint frost. A hint of deeper reddish-orange toning appears along the borders. The strike is sharp although not full. Population: 14 in 66 Red, 2 finer (1/12). (#2159)

3166 1894 Doubled Date Ms65 Red anaCs. snow-1, Fs-301. A wide repunching has left secondary images northeast of the date digits, most obviously the final two. Copper-gold and orange luster remains mostly bright on this ANACS Red Gem, a strongly struck piece that is housed in a small-format holder with a five-digit serial number. (#92189) 3167 1899 Ms66 Red PCGs. CaC. Minor repunching is noted on the 18 in the date. Highly lustrous and well struck with peach-gold and olive-green toning. Virtually void of carbon, and visible marks are confined to faint grazes near the N in ONE. Housed in a green label holder.(#2204)

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1899 indian Cent, Ms67 Red Flashy, Pristine surfaces

Ms65+ Red 1908-s Cent

3173 1908-s Ms65+ Red PCGs. CaC. A high grade for this low mintage branch mint issue. The butter-gold surfaces are lustrous and devoid of marks. The obverse is essentially perfect aside from minor incompleteness of strike on the upper feather tips. The reverse has only a couple of pinpoint specks and tiny tan freckles. Population: 2 in 65+ Red, 35 finer (1/12). (#2234)

Ms66 Red 1908-s Cent none Finer at Either service

3174 1908-s Ms66 Red nGC. This pumpkin-gold San Francisco cent exhibits dynamic luster and possesses mark-free surfaces. The strike is crisp save for the uppermost feathertips. Carbon is essentially absent, though we note two small obverse areas of olive-gray at 1 and 7 oclock. Encased in a prior generation holder. Census: 24 in 66 Red, none finer (12/11). (#2234) 3168 1899 Ms67 Red PCGs. CaC. Any Superb Gem Red Indian cent is a more or less conditionally rare item, sure to be at the top of many collectors want lists, whether they be series specialists, type collectors, or fans of high-grade coinage in general. The date 1899 may provide extra appeal as the last issue nominally within the 19th century, and the surfaces on this coin are sure to boost its desirability in collectors eyes. Flashy luster prevails overall, with bright reddish-orange surfaces that boast nary a distraction. Only a few tiny ticks are in concert with the high grade, and carbon is simply a nonissue on this piece. Population: 7 in 67 Red, 3 finer (12/11). (#2204) 3169 1900 Ms66 Red PCGs. CaC. Crisply struck with considerable copper-orange fire. Of interest is a tiny cud accompanied by a partial wire rim at the upper obverse. Population: 67 in 66 Red, 6 finer (12/11).(#2207) 3170 1901 Ms67 Red and Brown nGC. Spectacular orange, red, and lime-green colors illuminate this gorgeous and lustrous Superb Gem. Exceptionally preserved, and well struck aside from the upper right corner of the shield. A die break is noted near the right pendant of the T in CENT. Census: 4 in 67 Red and Brown, 0 finer (12/11).(#2209) 3171 1901 Ms66 Red nGC. Abundant cartwheel luster is this lovely coins chief attribute, complementing orange-gold surfaces that appear nearly distraction-free, save for a couple of trivial reverse flecks. The frosty surfaces are well but not fully struck. Census: 26 in 66 Red, 2 finer (12/11).(#2210) 3172 1906 Ms67 Red and Brown nGC. The faded orange obverse of this Superb Gem has toned to light brown, while the reverse has full orange mint brilliance. Both sides are sharply detailed with no evidence of carbon. Census: 2 in 67 Red and Brown, 0 finer (12/11).(#2224)

Ms66 Red 1908-s Cent low-Mintage semiKey issue

3175 1908-s Ms66 Red PCGs. The first branch mint issue waited until the penultimate date of this half-century series. It is a low mintage semi-key but always available at a price. In the present remarkable quality, however, the 1908-S is rare. The lustrous surfaces are pristine and display consistent wheat-gold color. The strike is bold aside from occasional feathertips and the final A in AMERICA. Population: 35 in 66 Red, none finer (1/12). (#2234) 3176 1909 Ms66 Red PCGs. This high grade final-year type coin has dynamic luster and a crisp strike. Mostly light peach-gold with moderately deeper orange-red color on the portrait. Housed in a first generation holder.(#2237) 3177 1909 Ms66 Red nGC. An amazing Premium Gem, this fully brilliant Indian cent exhibits light yellow mint luster with splashes of bright orange. The satin surfaces host bold design definition. Census: 58 in 66 Red, 2 finer (12/11).(#2237)

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3178 1909-s Ms63 Red and Brown nGC. The portrait and left obverse field have lilac patina, but the bright and original orange color is evident elsewhere. A few tiny carbon flecks do not detract from the unabraded surfaces.(#2239) 3179 1909-s Ms64 Red and Brown nGC. CaC. Light copper-orange acts as a base on each side, though speckles of violet and mahogany visit the obverse. Well struck and attractive for this elusive finalyear issue.(#2239)

1909-s indian Cent, Ms66 Red no Finer Red Coins at nGC

1909-s indian Cent, Ms65 Red and Brown an Excellent Key-Date Example

3184 1909-s Ms66 Red nGC. A spectacular Premium Gem example from the last year of the Indian design, this coin is one of the finest survivors from the small mintage of 309,000 pieces. The original red surfaces are free of mentionable contact marks and the design elements are sharply rendered. Census: 9 in 66 Red, 0 finer (12/11). (#2240)

3180 1909-s Ms65 Red and Brown PCGs. This Gem displays more copper-gold luster than it does tan patination. All four diamonds are sharp as are the other design elements, save for the usual softness in the feather tips. Neither side reveals mentionable marks or spots. PCGS has seen only three finer, and NGC eight better. An excellent key-date example. (#2239) 3181 1909-s Ms64 Red nGC. Both sides of this near-Gem cent are awash with copper-gold luster. The design elements are sharp except for the often-seen softness on the reverse bow. There are no significant marks or spots.(#2240) 3182 1909-s Ms64 Red PCGs. Even mint red covers the coin with occasional speckled blue that overlays each side. Sharply struck. Curiously, the PCGS insert makes no mention of the color of the coin, but the PCGS number 2240 equates to a Red coin. (#2240)

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1861 indian Cent, PR64 important Early issue

Gem Red 1909-s indian Cent low-Mintage Key

3185 1861 PR64 nGC. A sharply detailed near-Gem proof with light cameo contrast. Fully mirrored fields and lustrous devices accompany the tan color. A small planchet mark is noted on the Indians jaw line. A few additional minor imperfections are present on the cheek. NGC has certified just 50 finer pieces (1/12). (#2256)

1861 Cent, Deeply Mirrored PR66

3183 1909-s Ms65 Red nGC. The final year of the Indian cent design, with a low mintage of 309,000 pieces.The original red surfaces show a few hints of light brown and lilac, with satiny mint luster and well-detailed design elements. Visual appeal is quite strong. Census: 51 in 65 Red, 9 finer (12/11). (#2240)

3186 1861 PR66 nGC. The 1861 is most frequently located with shallow mirrors, but that is definitely not the case on this piece. The fields are deeply reflective and the the devices display pinpoint definition. The surfaces are iridescent blue, brown, and red. Vividly toned and one of the finest 1861 proofs we have seen recently. Census: 12 in 66, 0 finer (12/11). (#2256) 3187 1862 PR64 nGC. A lovely golden-tan Choice proof with a small mark on the cheek and minor carbon flecks in the fields. A hint of cameo contrast adds to the aesthetic appeal of this splendid cent. (#2259) 3188 1862 PR65 nGC. CaC. A needle-sharp Gem with satin luster and flashy fields. Cameo contrast is noticeable although not pronounced. Sun-gold is predominant, although the borders display pastel peach patina. A scant 550 proofs were produced. Housed in a pre-hologram NGC holder.(#2259)

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Premium Gem Proof 1862 Cent only 550 Pieces struck

Red Gem Proof Bronze no l 1864 indian Cent

3189 1862 PR66 nGC. A memorable Premium Gem from a low proof mintage of 550 pieces, this coin displays well-detailed frosty design elements that stand out against deeply reflective fields. The pleasing surfaces mix original nickel-white with attractive greenish-gold and lavender hues, with no mentionable signs of contact. Census: 52 in 66, 10 finer (12/11). (#2259)

3193 1864 Bronze no l PR65 Red PCGs. Eagle Eye Photo Seal, card included. The Guide Book estimates the proof Bronze, No L cent has a mintage of just 150+ pieces. Most specimens are now Brown or Red and Brown, but the present coin has a honey-gold obverse and a rose-red and sun-gold reverse. Population: 7 in 65 Red, 2 finer (1/12). (#2278)

1862 Cent, PR65 Cameo Excellent Design Detail

1865 PR65 Red indian Cent seldom seen in Gem Condition

3190 1862 PR65 Cameo PCGs. The frosty devices of this Gem proof stand out amidst the reflective fields, yielding excellent Cameo contrast. Excellent definition is noted on the design elements, including all four diamonds and most of the feather tips. Hints of tan-rose and yellow-gold adorn both sides. This is a well preserved piece. (#82259) 3191 1863 PR63 PCGs. The golden-tan surfaces of this Select proof display mild contrast when the coin is tilted under a light source and are sharply struck throughout. No significant marks or spots are evident.(#2262)

3194 1865 PR65 Red PCGs. Housed in a green-label PCGS holder, this glittering Gem proof exhibits bold design definition on both sides, with satiny luster on the devices in a deeply mirrored frame of orange mint color. Both sides are exceptionally attractive with slight mellowing of the mint red on the devices. Population: 8 in 65 Red, 1 finer (1/12). (#2284)

Remarkable PR66 Red 1866 Cent notable Condition Rarity

1864 indian Cent, PR65 Cameo last Copper-nickel issue

3192 1864 Copper nickel PR65 Cameo nGC. The 1864 has the lowest proof mintage of all the copper-nickel cents with only 370 pieces struck. While much scarcer than the 1862, the production quality is similar with deeply mirrored fields and several high-grade examples that exhibit frost on the devicessuch as this piece. The surfaces display an attractive layer of red and lilac patina over each side. Census: 8 in 65 Cameo, 7 finer (12/11). (#82265)

3195 1866 PR66 Red PCGs. Primarily copper-gold and orange with occasional dappled green. This crisply detailed Premium Gem proof is an unusual fully Red specimen from the period immediately after the Civil War, impressively preserved by any surface standard. PCGS has graded three coins as PR66 Red and no numerically finer Red specimens (1/12). (#2287) 3196 1870 PR64 Red and Brown anaCs. Shallow N. This fully struck and flashy Choice proof is predominantly peach-gold though the centers display light lilac toning. Unmarked, undisturbed, and scarcer than suggested by the proof mintage of 1,000 pieces, since unsold sets were melted.(#2298) 3197 1871 PR66 Red and Brown nGC. Shallow N. Cherry-red adorns the obverse margin of this fully struck Premium Gem. The remainder of the surfaces are orange-gold with dashes of lime on the highpoints. A satiny and undisturbed specimen.(#2301)

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Key 1877 indian Cent, PR64 With Red and Brown surfaces

1901 indian Cent, PR67 Red and Brown Brilliant orange obverse

3198 1877 PR64 Red and Brown PCGs. The 1877 Indian cent is the most challenging date of the series in business-strike format, and only 900 proof examples were struck to complement the meager supply. This well-detailed Choice proof displays mingled hues of original red and light brown on the moderately reflective surfaces. (#2319) 3199 1878 PR64 Cameo PCGs. CaC. Mirrored fields highlight the satiny devices of this near-Gem proof Cameo, and a well directed strike leaves sharp definition on the design features. This appealing specimen is devoid of bothersome marks or spots. Population: 5 in 64 Cameo, 13 finer (1/12).(#82323)

3204 1901 PR67 Red and Brown nGC. The obverse of this Superb Gem proof is fully brilliant with rich orange mint color and deeply mirrored fields. The reverse is toned reddish-blue with subdued mirrors. both sides exhibit sharp design definition on this lovely display piece that highlights the obverse design. (#2391) 3205 1905 PR65 Red PCGs. Light pinkish-orange mint surfaces show slight field to design contrast on both sides. A few tiny carbon specks limit the grade. Population: 27 in 65 Red, 15 finer (12/11). (#2404) 3206 1907 PR66 Red and Brown PCGs. The yellow-gold surfaces of this Premium Gem proof Indian cent show splashes of reddishorange and minimal carbon. The overall appearance is suggestive of a full Red designation. Sharply struck save for a hint of softness at the tips of the feathers on the headdress. Excellent visual appeal. Population: 13 in 66 Red and Brown, 4 finer (1/12). (#2409)

1879 indian Cent, PR67 Red only Two Finer Red Coins at nGC

TWo CEnT PiECEs


near-Gem small Motto 1864 Two Cent Exemplary Preservation

3200 1879 PR67 Red nGC. This spectacular Superb Gem Indian cent displays sharp definition on all design elements and copperygold reflective fields that show a few hints of pale green at the peripheries. No mentionable signs of contact are evident on either side. From a proof mintage of 3,200 pieces. Census: 6 in 67 Red, 2 finer (12/11). (#2326) 3201 1883 PR65 Red nGC. A delightful Gem proof example, from a mintage of 6,609 pieces. This coin displays sharply detailed design elements and mirrored fields, with original red surfaces that show hints of lavender. Census: 20 in 65 Red, 10 finer (12/11). (#2338) 3202 1900 PR65 Red nGC. This turn-of-the-century copper-gold example has watery fields and minimal patina save for a single spot to the right of the date. For a Gem proof, this coin has an intangible magnetism, an X-factor. Census: 32 in 65 Red, 26 finer (12/11).(#2389) 3203 1901 PR66+ Red and Brown nGC. Magnificent cherry-red and peach color attests to the quality of this fully struck Premium Gem. Lustrous and void of contact with one tiny spot near the O in ONE. (#2391)

3207 1864 small Motto Ms64 Brown PCGs. CaC. Fs-401. An essentially unabraded chocolate-brown near-Gem of this briefly issued introductory design subtype. Perhaps the Mint superintendent believed there was too much white space on the banner, or that the newly introduced Motto merited more prominent lettering. Crisply struck except on the S in TRUST, where the die was apparently clogged. The rarest regular issue of the type except for the low mintage 1872. (#3579) 3208 1870 Ms64 Red nGC. The minor repunching on the date is unlikely to secure a future Cherrypickers listing, but the present Choice two cent piece has dynamic luster and splendid orange and straw-gold color.(#3608) 3209 1872 Environmental Damage nGC Details. Unc. This sharply struck and mark-free example displays streaks of sungold but is predominately dark brown. The final business strike issue, limited to 64,000 pieces and rare with Mint State sharpness. (#3612)

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PRooF TWo CEnT PiECEs


3210 1864 large Motto PR64 Red and Brown nGC. Soft golden-tan patination graces both sides of this near-Gem proof. The design elements are sharply struck, and there are no significant marks to report. Census: 28 in 64 Red and Brown, 41 finer (12/11). (#3622) 3211 1867 Cameo PR65 Red and Brown nGC. The copper-orange surfaces display hints of light tan but are nicely contrasted. This sharply struck piece exhibits no mentionable marks or spots. (#83634)

1870 Two Cent Piece, PR65 Red Deeply Mirrored

1869 Two Cent Piece, PR66 Red and Brown Remarkably Deep Mirrors

3214 1870 PR65 Red PCGs. An even 1,000 proofs were struck of the 1870 two cent piece. Examination of this coin shows heavy die lapping as seen by the deep polish in the fields and attenuated details at the top of the shield. The surfaces are bright overall with more orange on the obverse and deeper red on the reverse. Traces of a fingerprint can be seen on the lower obverse. Population: 36 in 65 Red, 8 finer (1/12). (#3644)

1871 Two Cent Proof, Gem lovely Full Red Example


3212 1869 PR66 Red and Brown PCGs. The bright golden-orange fields are deeply mirrored and the surfaces are only mellowed in the center of the reverse. Scattered minuscule carbon flyspecks are noted. There is a tiny lintmark (as struck) above the 1 in the date. A fully struck Gem. Population: 11 in 66 Red and Brown, 2 finer (1/12). Ex: New York Signature (Heritage, 7/2002), lot 6285. (#3640)

1869 Two Cent Piece PR66 Red and Brown


3215 1871 PR65 Red PCGs secure. Only 960 proofs were struck in 1871 as the utility and mintage of business strikes began to wind down. This is a marvelous proof that displays bright yellowish centers that are surrounded by deeper cherry-red at the margins. The fields are nicely reflective and there are no mentionable contact marks. Population: 39 in 65 Red, 13 finer (1/12). (#3647) 3216 1872 PR62 Red anaCs. Soft reddish-gold color resides on both sides of this sharply struck proof. A scattering of toning flecks determines the numerical grade.(#3650) 3213 1869 PR66 Red and Brown PCGs. CaC. The obverse of this delightful Premium Gem proof has delicate blue toning on the devices, with full orange mint color elsewhere. The reverse has considerable blue and violet toning with splashes of orange color. This piece features a bold strike and light cameo contrast. Population: 11 in 66 Red and Brown, 2 finer (1/12). (#3640)

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THREE CEnT silVER


3217 1854 Ms65 PCGs. Walnut-brown, ice-blue, and apple-green shades encompass this lustrous and fully struck Gem. The fields display clash marks but are unabraded. Housed in an old green label holder. Population: 45 in 65, 10 finer (1/12).(#3670)

Unclashed 1867 Three Cent silver, Ms66 Tied for Finest at nGC

1855 Three Cent silver, Ms65 scarce Type Two issue

3218 1855 Ms65 nGC. Repunched 855. Breen wrote in his Encyclopedia that all proofs and nearly all business strikes were from the same obverse die with the date repunched. He also noted that the proofs were coined first, and the business strikes were produced later with only traces of the repunching visible beneath the 55. However, the present piece shows clear repunching of the 855 and is in the same die state as the proofs. The present example is fully brilliant with frosty mint luster, bold design definition, and heavy reverse clash marks. Census: 10 in 65, 6 finer (12/11). Ex: Baltimore Signature (Heritage, 3/2009), lot 385. (#3671) 3219 1858 Ms65 nGC. Frosty luster shines through deep blue, gray, and gold toning on both sides of this impressive Gem. The obverse exhibits heavy clash marks and die bulges. Census: 46 in 65, 28 finer (12/11).(#3674)

Gorgeous superb Gem 1859 Three Cent

3220 1859 Ms67 PCGs. CaC. Beautiful frosty luster lights up the pale to moderate patina gracing each side of this Superb Gem trime. Pale silver-blue is the rule through the centers, while the margins have green-gold and orange patina of varying thickness. The deepest colors appear in narrow crescents on the obverse borders. Population: 3 in 67, 0 finer (1/12). (#3677) 3221 1862/1 Ms65 nGC. The underdigit 1 is visible along the left side of the 2. As a Guide Book variety, this overdate appeals to a broad range of collectors, and a Gem such as the present piece is a prize for the most discerning of numismatists. Rich cobalt-blue and lavender toning bathes both sides.(#3681) 3222 1863 Ms65 PCGs. CaC. After 1862, nearly all surviving three cent silver pieces are proofs, with low business strike mintages. Just 21,000 business strikes were minted in 1863, the second highest production from that year through the end of the series. This Gem has frosty luster beneath lovely gold and iridescent toning. Population: 14 in 65, 16 finer (12/11).(#3682)

3223 1867 Ms66 nGC. The Mint made few examples of the 1867 three cent silver to start with only 4,000 pieces and, as the Guide Book says, Nearly the entire production of non-Proof coins from 1863 to 1872 was melted in 1873. The present Premium Gem is one of four submissions at this grade level at NGC, and there are none finer (12/11). A band of iridescence appears at the lower obverse of this Type Three piece, while the reverse is largely untoned. Clash marks are absent, although the small dark spot at 10:30 on the reverse margin may have precluded an even finer grade, as little contact appears on either side. The strike is sharp but not full. A rare and desirable example of this diminutive type. (#3687)

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PRooF THREE CEnT silVER


1860 Three Cent silver, PR65 scarce in Gem Condition

PR67 Cameo 1869 Three Cent silver Deeply Contrasted surfaces

3224 1860 PR65 PCGs. The official mintage for the 1860 proof three cent silver was 1,000 pieces, and all were struck on March 8. Almost half the mintage was melted as unsold at years end. The obverse on this piece is dusky gray and rose-blue with subdued mirrors; the reverse is bright in the center with peripheral color. The reverse shows striking softness on some of the design. Population: 7 in 65, 0 finer (1/12). (#3709)

1861 silver Three Cent, PR67 only Two Finer at nGC

3225 1861 PR67 nGC. A stunning Superb Gem proof with obvious cameo contrast, although the depth of toning prevents such a designation. The obverse has cobalt-blue toning on the central device within a frame of light yellowish-gold. The central reverse is light to medium intensity lilac, with a frame of peripheral blue and sea-green. Census: 2 in 67 , 2 finer (12/11). (#3710) 3226 1867 PR65 PCGs. This fully struck Gem has flashy fields and iridescent ocean-blue and apricot-gold toning. Infrequent pinpoint carbon denies perfection. Encapsulated in an old green label holder. A scant 625 proofs were produced.(#3717) 3227 1868 PR64 Cameo nGC. The silver-white surfaces of this nearGem proof display wonderful contrast and sharply struck devices. A couple of faint lint marks are visible on the obverse. Census: 7 in 64 Cameo, 11 finer (12/11).(#83718)

3229 1869 PR67 Cameo nGC. About one-seventh as many proofs were made as of business strikes for the 1869 three cent silver pieces, 600 proofs to 4,500 circulation coins, a nominal proof production but one that does double duty in filling in for the seldom-seen high-grade currency pieces. Even though minuscule, the 1869s business strike production would exceed that of the next three years, 1870 through 1872 inclusive, and the series would end with a whimper in the proof-only 1873. The present Superb Gem Cameo proof 1869 boasts incredibly deep mirrors over surfaces with much brilliant reflectivity present, complementing pale pastel rose and lilac toning on each side. The devices display a thick layer of mint frost. Census: 3 in 67 Cameo, 1 finer (12/11). (#83719) 3230 1872 PR65 nGC. CaC. Aquamarine centers are framed by peripheral rose-red and straw-gold tints. Flashy and well struck with exemplary eye appeal. Housed in a pre-hologram holder. Only 600 proofs were produced.(#3723) 3231 1873 PR65 nGC. Beautiful sea-green toning dominates the obverse center, while the periphery is straw-gold. The reverse displays a navy-blue and lavender margin that encompasses a peach interior. Just 600 proofs were struck for this final-year proof-only date.(#3724)

1869 Three Cent silver, PR66 low Mintage, High Eye appeal

THREE CEnT niCKEls


3228 1869 PR66 nGC. The upper left obverse and lower right reverse show swaths of blue-green and lavender toning, while dots of similar color grace the margins. The central obverse has a faint rose-gold tint, while the reverse is gleaming silver-white. Great eye appeal for this issue of just 600 pieces. Census: 18 in 66, 7 finer (12/11). (#3719) 3232 1865 Ms66+ PCGs. CaC. Highly lustrous, color-free impeccably preserved surfaces endow this high-end Premium Gem. This is a well struck piece, save for minor weakness in some of the lines in the denomination. Population: 1 in 66+, 2 finer (12/11). (#3731)

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3233 1873 open 3 Ms64 PCGs. Pale green and nickel-gray patina blankets the surfaces of this well-detailed three cent nickel, with vibrant satiny mint luster. Population: 33 in 64, 32 finer (1/12). (#3740) 3234 1876 Ms65 PCGs. Hints of light gold are apparent the obverse of this sharply struck Gem. That side exhibits soft frosty luster, while the reverse displays semiprooflike fields that highlight the motifs. This is a very nicely preserved coin. Population: 28 in 65, 4 finer (1/12).(#3744) 3235 1879 Ms65 PCGs. Essentially untoned surfaces yield pleasing luster and well struck devices, including fullness in the lines of the denomination. Both sides are devoid of significant marks or spots. Population: 37 in 65, 42 finer (1/12).(#3747) 3236 1880 Ms66 PCGs. CaC. This impressive Premium Gem has a nearly full strike with satiny nickel-gray surfaces and a complete absence of toning. Exceptional eye appeal. Population: 51 in 66, 32 finer (1/12).(#3748) 3237 1884 Ms61 anaCs. From a tiny mintage of just 1,700 pieces, the 1884 three cent nickel is a rare issue in Mint State. This attractive nickel-gray example exhibits hints of green and lavender toning, with slightly subdued luster, and well-detailed design elements. (#3752)

3242 1874 PR66 Cameo nGC. CaC. Light almond-gold patina graces lustrous fields and moderately frosty motifs. Devoid of contact or carbon, and a wonderful type specimen. Only 700 proofs were distributed. Census: 27 in 66 Cameo, 8 finer (12/11). (#83770) 3243 1883 PR67 PCGs. Only a small number of higher grade 1883 proof three cent pieces have been certified. This example has bold design motifs with reflective fields. It is an excellent example for the grade. Population: 63 in 67, 4 finer (1/12).(#3779) 3244 1886 PR66 Deep Cameo PCGs. A proof-only issue from a seemingly substantial mintage of 4,290 coins. However, the present piece is the single finest Deep Cameo proof that PCGS has certified (12/11). This example has brilliant light gray surfaces with subtle iridescence. Deeply mirrored fields serve to frame the lustrous devices.(#93782) 3245 1888 PR67 Cameo nGC. A magnificent Superb Gem three cent nickel, from a generous proof mintage of 4,582 pieces. The reflective surfaces are accented by shades of pale green toning and the design elements are well-detailed.(#83785)

sHiElD niCKEls
3246 1866 Rays Ms65+ nGC. The first year of issue for the nickel fivecent piece, and this unabraded Gem is a high grade representative of the two-year Rays subtype. Both sides are light gray with satin luster and delicate golden-gray toning. Census: 1 in 65+, 25 finer (12/11). Ex: Houston Signature (Heritage, 12/2010), lot 3321, which realized $2,300.(#3790) 3247 1871 Ms64 PCGs. One of the difficult dates in the Shield nickel series. Whispers of tan-gold toning adhere to the radiantly lustrous surfaces of this near-Gem. Well preserved, with suitably struck design elements. Population: 31 in 64, 37 finer (12/11). (#3798) 3248 1879 aU55 PCGs. From a mintage of just 25,900 pieces, highgrade business-strike examples are much more elusive than proofs. This Choice AU specimen shows traces of gray and gold toning, with few signs of contact.(#3808) 3249 1881 Ms62 PCGs. CaC. The well-detailed design elements of this attractive MS62 example are set off by lightly marked, slightly reflective surfaces. Population: 12 in 62, 99 finer (1/12). (#3811)

PRooF THREE CEnT niCKEls


3238 1866 PR66 Cameo nGC. The reflective surfaces of this welldetailed Premium Gem are patinated in attractive shades of champagne-gold and lavender. Census: 18 in 66 Cameo, 1 finer (12/11).(#83762)

1868 Three Cent nickel, PR66 Deep Cameo Tied with one other for Finest Certified

3239 1868 PR66 Deep Cameo PCGs. CaC. A stunning Premium Gem Deep Cameo proof from the early three cent nickel era. Dates prior to the mid-1870s usually had little or no contrast, and any Deep Cameo example is extremely rare. This piece has wonderful field-to-device contrast with brilliant light gray surfaces. Population: 2 in 66 Deep Cameo, 0 finer (1/12). (#93764) 3240 1872 PR65 Cameo PCGs. Green-gold tints grace this moderately contrasted and highly appealing three cent nickel Gem proof. The obverse shows more tiny planchet flakes than post-striking flaws. Population: 23 in 65 Cameo, 7 finer (1/12).(#83768) 3241 1872 PR66 Cameo PCGs. Delicate honey-gold toning graces this unabraded and undisturbed Premium Gem. The design elements are boldly defined, and although the depth of mirrored reflectivity is modest, there is noticeable contrast on each side. Population: 7 in 66 Cameo, 0 finer (12/11).(#83768)

3250 1881 Ms64 PCGs. The 1879, 1880, and 1881 Shield nickels are rarities in circulation strike format, while each date is common in proof. The 1881 is the least rare of that trio but still in great demand. This pleasing near-Gem is sharply struck with dusky gold toning over its satin luster.(#3811)

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1866 shield nickel, PR67 Cameo Popular Rays Type, none Certified Finer

3253 1869 PR66 Cameo nGC. Both sides of this lovely Premium Gem Cameo proof are fully brilliant with nickel-gray surfaces and no evidence of toning. Census: 8 in 66 Cameo, 2 finer (12/11). (#83823)

1876 nickel, PR67 Cameo Popular Centennial issue

3254 1876 PR67 Cameo nGC. High-grade proof examples are always eagerly sought by collectors. This minimally toned Superb Gem proof has coruscating spot-free fields that provide a high degree of contrast against the frosty devices. The date and IN GOD WE TRUST are lightly strike-doubled. Census: 2 in 67 Cameo, 1 finer (12/11). Ex: Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 2/2005), lot 5851. (#83830) 3255 1880 PR67 nGC. The second 8 in the date is widely repunched south. Splendidly toned in peach, powder-blue, and lilac tints. Fully struck and satiny with a pristine appearance. Census: 3 in 67 , 2 finer (as 67 Cameo and 68 Cameo) with a Star designation (12/11).(#3835)

liBERTY niCKEls
3256 1885 aU50 nGC. Light champagne and pale blue toning appears over the light gray surfaces of this higher circulated grade key Liberty nickel. Most survivors are proofs, with circulation strike pieces seldom encountered.(#3846) 3257 1886 Ms62 nGC. This key-date representative exhibits well struck devices save for the usual softness in the corn left of the bow knot. Freckles of gold-brown toning are more prevalent on the obverse. A couple pin-points of aqua are visible on the obverse. (#3847) 3258 1893 Ms65 PCGs. CaC. This sharply detailed Gem Mint State specimen shows typical weakness at the lower left wreath, but defines a virtual full strike everywhere else. Both sides have frosty nickel-gray luster with subtle gold toning. Population: 79 in 65, 14 finer (1/12).(#3854) 3259 1908 Ms66 nGC. Apricot and nickel-gray overall with a few lavender and peach elements. The obverse stars show central lines, though the left ear of corn is weak on the reverse. Census: 7 in 66, 1 finer (12/11).(#3869) 3260 1912-s aU53 nGC. Satin surfaces and light gray patina host splashes of darker gray toning with faint blue highlights. The 1912-S is rarely found in high circulated grades. NGC and PCGS have each graded one AU53 example. Typical examples grade VG or lower, although a number of Mint State pieces exist. (#3875)

3251 1866 Rays PR67 Cameo nGC. While proof 1866 Shield nickels may not be as scarce as the official mintage of 600 pieces suggests, they are definitely a challenge to locate with black and white superb cameo surfaces such as those seen on this coin. Brilliant throughout, the surfaces are exceptionally clean and the contrast is stark between the fields and devices. The two diagnostic die alignment marks are seen at the center of the obverse and reverse. The Rays design only lasted two years, making this date extremely popular with type collectors. Census: 7 in 67 Cameo, 0 finer (12/11). (#83817)

stone-White PR65+ Cameo no Rays 1867 nickel

3252 1867 no Rays PR65+ Cameo nGC. This essentially brilliant Gem has flashy fields and a full strike. Only the infrequent tiny spot denies an even finer grade. Although post-1877 Shield nickel dates had high proof mintages, the 1867 No Rays proof production was just 600+ pieces. Census: 1 in 65+ Cameo, 5 finer as Cameo, 1 finer as Ultra Cameo (12/11). (#83821)
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PRooF liBERTY niCKEls


3261 1885 PR63 nGC. The flag of the 1 is repunched. This key date nickel displays rich orange-gold and gunmetal-blue toning. Sharply struck and satiny with a solitary flan flake within the prominent V. Encased in a pre-hologram holder.(#3883)

EaRlY HalF DiMEs


Choice XF 1794 Half Dime Better V-2, lM-2 Variety

1886 PR67 liberty nickel Delicately Toned surfaces

3262 1886 PR67 nGC. CaC. Delicate lavender, mint-green, and blue shadings visit the gleaming surfaces of this fully detailed Superb Gem proof. Simply outstanding eye appeal. Neither NGC nor PCGS has graded a numerically finer survivor (1/12). Ex: U.S. Coin Auction Signature (Heritage, 10/2009), lot 261. (#3884) 3263 1887 PR66+ Cameo PCGs. CaC. Exquisitely detailed with appreciable contrast, even if the fields have a degree of cartwheel to the reflective luster. Faint glimpses of green-gold are more visible on the reverse. Population: 2 in 66+ Cameo, 1 finer (1/12). (#83885) 3264 1892 PR66 Cameo PCGs. Unusually deep violet, steel-blue, and apricot-gold coloration adorns both sides of this crisply detailed premium Gem proof. A pristine specimen that boasts the most colorful surfaces that this cataloger has seen, for a proof Liberty nickel. Population: 19 in 66, 0 finer (1/12).(#83890) 3265 1892 PR66 Cameo PCGs. CaC. This fully struck Premium Gem Cameo proof has attractive light gray surfaces with full design details. The contrast borders on a Deep Cameo designation. Population: 19 in 66 Cameo, 0 finer (1/12).(#83890) 3266 1897 PR67 Cameo nGC. Deeply mirrored fields and satiny devices combine to create a wonderful cameo appearance. This Superb specimen has nickel-gray surfaces with lovely iridescent toning. Census: 7 in 67 Cameo, 4 finer (12/11).(#83895) 3267 1900 PR66 nGC. CaC. This well-detailed Premium Gem displays deeply mirrored fields with just a hint of light gold toning and exceptional eye appeal. Census: 65 in 66, 27 finer (12/11). (#3898) 3268 1902 PR65 Cameo PCGs. CaC. This impressive proof survives from an era that saw limited production of Cameo coins, and that designation is highly important to modern collectors. Both sides are sharply defined with brilliant, untoned nickel-gray surfaces. Population: 6 in 65 Cameo, 12 finer (1/12).(#83900) 3269 1906 PR66 Cameo PCGs. Cameo proofs from the first decade of the 20th century are extremely rare. This Premium Gem Cameo proof has lustrous and boldly defined devices with impressive iridescent toning. Population: 20 in 66 Cameo, 15 finer (1/12). (#83904)

3270 1794 XF45 nGC. V-2, lM-2, R.5. The second-scarcest among the four known 1794 varieties. Deep dove-gray and lavender toning dominates, though the reverse margin also displays sun-gold and blue-green. Unabraded save for a couple of hair-thin marks near the profile and above the left (facing) wing. (#4250)

1797 V-2, lM-1 Half Dime, Ms62 15 stars obverse

3271 1797 15 stars Ms62 nGC. V-2, lM-1, R.3. Most numismatic students consider the 15 Stars coins the first 1797 half dimes minted from an obverse die that was actually created the previous year, prior to the entry of Tennessee to the U.S. in June 1796. Next were the 16 Stars coins from an obverse that was most likely engraved in 1797, and finally the 13 Stars were coined last. Typical of most or all survivors, this pleasing Mint State piece is weak at the centers with heavy clash marks. Negligible adjustment marks are noted at the top of the obverse . The satiny surfaces are fully lustrous with a combination of brilliant silver and peripheral gold and blue toning. Census: 10 in 62, 22 finer (12/11). (#4258)
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Rare Choice XF 1805 Half Dime Challenging V-1, lM-1 Variety

1832 V-12, lM-4 Half Dime, Ms66 Possibly Finest Known

3272 1805 XF45 nGC. V-1, lM-1, R.4. Only a single die pair is known for this challenging Heraldic Eagle date. Most of the coin is crisply brought up, though the O in OF is absent as it is directly opposite the bust tip. Glimpses of luster fill the eagle and curls. Toned cream-gray and golden-brown with an unabraded reverse and only a few wispy obverse marks near the profile and star 6. (#4272)

3276 1832 Ms66 nGC. V-12, lM-4, R.4. An early stage of the scarce V-12 die marriage, with a crack through the cap, struck before the area above the crack forms a retained cud. This Premium Gem is possibly one of the finest known examples of the die marriage. Both sides have frosty luster and iridescent toning, mostly gold on the obverse and blue on the reverse. Census: 66 in 66, 14 finer (12/11) for all 14 1832 half dime varieties. (#4279)

BUsT HalF DiMEs


3273 1829 Ms64 nGC. CaC. V-2, lM-3, R.2. Golden-brown, firered, and electric-blue patina endows this satiny and smooth Choice Capped Bust type coin. Marks are confined to a faint field graze northwest of star 12.(#4276) 3274 1831 Ms65 nGC. V-1, lM-6, R.1. Beautiful autumn-gold, navy-blue, and cherry-red toning graces the peripheries of this crisply struck Gem. Although undesignated as such by NGC, the fields are prooflike and demonstrate contrast with the icy devices. (#4278)

1836 small 5C Half Dime, Ms67 V-2, lM-4

1832 V-9, lM-7 Half Dime, Ms65 Probable Census specimen

3277 1836 small 5C Ms67 nGC. V-2, lM-4, R.2. Stars 11 and 12 are sharply recut, and the R in AMERICA is also repunched. That combination is diagnostic for the variety. This lovely Superb Gem has lovely satin luster with delicate champagne toning over full mint brilliance and bold design motifs. Census: 1 in 67, 1 finer (12/11), for all 1836 varieties. (#4288)

sEaTED HalF DiMEs


1837 no stars Half Dime, Ms66 small Date
3275 1832 Ms65 nGC. V-9, lM-7, R.2. A short, curved die line extends upward from the top leaf above the branch, diagnostic for the variety. This lovely Gem has brilliant silver luster with full mint frost and bold design motifs on each side. A hint of champagne toning appears on the reverse. (#4279)

3278 1837 no stars, small Date (Flat Top 1) Ms66 nGC. This late state shows heavy die flow with a prominent die crack from the obverse border at 5 oclock extending inward to Libertys gown. The reverse die is similarly late. Most design elements are bold, although the reverse border is weak at 9 oclock. Fully brilliant and frosty silver luster with pristine surfaces and no toning. (#4312)

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1838 large stars Half Dime, Ms67 only one Finer at nGC

1844-o Half Dime, Ms62 Medium o, low Mintage issue

3279 1838 large stars, no Drapery Ms67 nGC. The 1838 Seated Liberty half dime enjoyed a large mintage of 2.2 million pieces, making the date available and popular with type collectors. The present coin is a spectacular Superb Gem, with full details evident on all design elements. The surfaces are brilliant and lustrous, with just a hint of ice-blue patina. At the Superb Gem level the date is quite rare. Census: 19 in 67, 1 finer (12/11). (#4317)

3282 1844-o Ms62 nGC. Medium O. The 1844-O is a much better date and the only New Orleans issue struck between 1843 and 1847. The present Uncirculated example has gunmetal-gray devices and legends. The open fields are aquamarine, and golden-brown toning clings to design crevices. Smooth overall with a few wispy abrasions on the field above the denomination. Census: 1 in 62, 2 finer (12/11). (#4334) 3283 1852 Ms66 nGC. Iridescent shades of ice-blue, amber, and champagne-gold toning grace the surfaces of this impressive Premium Gem. Vibrant mint luster adds to the terrific eye appeal. Census: 12 in 66, 5 finer (12/11).(#4349)

1839-o V-2B Half Dime, Ms66 latest Die state seen

1853 arrows Half Dime, Ms67 lustrous and Evenly Toned

3280 1839-o no Drapery Ms66 nGC. V-2B. Repunched Date. In addition to its remarkable preservation, this is a fabulous piece for the advanced Seated half dime specialist. The 1 and 9 are each boldly recut below, much sharper than the illustration on page 38 of Al Blythes half dime reference. The reverse die is shattered, further than described in Valentine for his variety 2B. A crack through the first T in STATES extends to the wreath, and another, through the left side of the O extends to the L in HALF, the left upright of the M in DIME, and continues to the left ribbon loop. A branch of that crack extends through the right upright of the M to the lowest group of leaves and the right stem, to the border. Both sides of this sharply defined Premium Gem have satin luster beneath deep steel-blue and iridescent toning. Only a few insignificant marks are evident. Census: 2 in 66, 1 finer (12/11). (#4320)

3284 1853 arrows Ms67 nGC. This short-lived design type is needed by all 19th century type collectors. In MS67 this example is unexcelled. The mint luster glows brightly beneath the gray-golden patina that covers each side. The strike is strong throughout and the reverse shows slight evidence of die clashing. Census: 12 in 67, 0 finer (12/11). (#4356) 3285 1854 arrows Ms65 nGC. Lovely dappled olive-gold, lilac, iceblue, and emerald-green toning adorns this coruscating and fully struck Gem. A high grade representative of the briefly issued Arrows subtype. Encapsulated in a prior generation holder. Census: 54 in 65, 19 finer (12/11).(#4358)

1844 Half Dime spectacular Ms67 Example

Delicately Toned Ms67 1854 Half Dime

3281 1844 Ms67 PCGs secure. CaC. This is among the finest of this early With Stars date. Only 10 have been certified in MS67. The striking details are complete and the mint luster is bright and satiny. The centers are either brilliant or light golden with a wide rim of golden-russet and deep blue at the margins. Terrific quality. (#4333)

3286 1854 arrows Ms67 nGC. The half dime has only one With Arrows period, for the same 1873 legislation that forced the second weight change also abolished the denomination. The 1854 has the second-highest mintage within the Arrows series and is a valid choice for type enthusiasts. This Superb Gem seems destined for an elite collection, thanks to generous semireflective luster under a dusting of green-gold patina. Die polishing lines should not be mistaken for marks or damage. (#4358)

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1859 Half Dime, Ms67 Hollow stars obverse

1867 seated Half Dime, Ms67 Prooflike Tied for Finest Certified

3287 1859 Ms67 nGC. This amazing Superb Gem is fully brilliant with no evidence of toning on either side. Faint clash marks are evident with a bold strike, including full head and toe detail on the obverse and sharp feathers and claws on the reverse. Microscopic diagonal striae is noted on the reverse. Census: 16 in 67, 4 finer (12/11). (#4371)

1860 Half Dime, Ms67 Cereal Wreaths Debut

3291 1867 Ms67 Prooflike nGC. The 1867 Seated Liberty half dime is an elusive issue in all grades. This spectacular specimen displays sharply detailed design elements, with brightly reflective fields and just a hint of light gold toning. Prominent clash marks are evident in the fields. From a tiny mintage of just 8,000 pieces, this magnificent Superb Gem, with Prooflike surfaces, is tied with one other coin for finest certified honors at NGC, while PCGS has graded a single example in MS67. (12/11). (#4390) 3292 1868 Ms65 PCGs. Rich golden-brown toning is predominant but cedes to forest-green across the reverse periphery. Satiny and unabraded with a sharp strike except on the usually indistinct upper left portion of the wreath. Certified in a first generation holder. Population: 13 in 65, 11 finer (1/12).(#4392) 3293 1871 Ms66 nGC. The obverse of the frosty Premium Gem is thickly toned with blue, green, violet, russet, and gold, while the reverse is essentially brilliant with only light peripheral gold. Census: 17 in 66, 3 finer (12/11).(#4398) 3294 1872-s Mintmark Below Bow Ms66+ PCGs. CaC. A fully struck Premium Gem with potent luster and exemplary preservation. Brilliant aside from a few freckles of tan and green at the margins. Struck from clashed dies. Population: 2 in 66+, 6 finer (1/12).(#4401) 3295 1873-s Ms66 nGC. Light multicolored patina adorns the lustrous surfaces and a well directed strike leaves sharp definition on the design elements. Both sides are well cared for. Census: 6 in 66, 1 finer (12/11).(#4405)

3288 1860 Ms67 nGC. First year of the redesigned obverse and reverse. On the obverse, the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA replaces the 13 stars, and on the reverse a wreath of cereals replaces the simple laurel wreath and peripheral legend. The lustrous surface of this Superb Gem displays electric-blue, purple, and gold-orange at the borders, along with sharply struck devices. Nicely preserved throughout. Census: 22 in 67, 5 finer (12/11). (#4377) 3289 1863 Ms66 PCGs. CaC. The 18 is repunched south. Lustrous with light golden-gray toning. Pristine save for a subtle spot east of the E in DIME. Due to Civil War hoarding and the advent of fractional currency, only 18,000 pieces were struck. Population: 13 in 66, 18 finer (1/12).(#4382) 3290 1864 Ms63 PCGs. Ex: Teich Family Collection. This low mintage Select half dime is void of abrasions, though both sides display bold clash marks. The sun-gold toning is more evident on the obverse than the reverse. Just 48,000 pieces were struck.(#4384)

PRooF sEaTED HalF DiMEs


Border-Toned Gem Proof 1859 Half Dime

3296 1859 PR65 nGC. The reverse and the interior obverse are mildly contrasted with little color aside from skiffs of cloud-white and silver-blue. A more overt green-gold hue is present at the obverse borders, particularly toward the right. A boldly struck Gem proof from early in the regular sales series. Census: 48 in 65, 23 finer (12/11). (#4438)

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1859 Half Dime, PR65 Undesignated Cameo Proof

1861 Half Dime, PR66 Just Three Finer nGC Coins

3297 1859 PR65 nGC. The date is repunched, especially visible at the bottom of the 1. This lovely Gem has light cameo contrast that results from the fully mirrored fields and lustrous devices, although there is no designation because of the heavy iridescent toning, gold on the obverse and sea-green on the reverse. Census: 48 in 65, 23 finer (12/11). (#4438)

3299 1861 PR66 nGC. CaC. This lovely Premium Gem proof has light field-to-device contrast with multi-hued toning. The obverse combines light gold at the borders, with violet and pale blue. The reverse has delicate gold and violet at the centers, with deep blue peripheries. Census: 11 in 66, 3 finer (12/11). (#4444) 3300 1864 PR65 Cameo PCGs. CaC. Ex: Teich Family Collection. A beautiful Gem Cameo proof, this Civil War era half dime exhibits brilliant silver surfaces with hints of violet toning at the borders. Population: 8 in 65 Cameo, 3 finer (12/11). Ex: Stacks.(#84447)

Border-Toned Gem Proof 1859 Half Dime

1867 seated liberty Half Dime, PR67 only 625 Pieces struck

3298 1859 PR65 PCGs. CaC. Deep cerulean patina forms an arc along the lower obverse of this gleaming earlier Gem proof half dime. An interior secondary arc is gold-orange, a hue shared by the reverses peripheral toning. The upper and center zones on each side are pale silver with just a faint skiff of patina and mild contrast. Population: 23 in 65, 10 finer (1/12). (#4438)

3301 1867 PR67 PCGs. CaC. A sharply detailed Superb Gem proof Seated Liberty half dime, with reflective surfaces under mottled shades of gray, champagne-gold, and cerulean-blue toning. A short die crack is visible to the right of the date, from the base of the rock to the rim. Only 625 proof half dimes were struck in 1867. Population: 5 in 67, 0 finer (1/12). (#4450) 3302 1869 PR66 nGC. Dappled navy-blue, plum-red, and stone-gray endow this crisply struck Premium Gem, with the deepest shades relegated to the peripheries. A flashy and undisturbed high grade half dime. Just 600 proofs were produced.(#4452) 3303 1873 PR64 Cameo PCGs. CaC. The reflective fields of this Choice proof specimen provide ample Cameo contrast with the frosty, sharply detailed design elements. Shades of champagne-gold toning add to the visual appeal. Population: 13 in 64 Cameo, 7 finer (1/12).(#84456)

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EaRlY DiMEs

Choice 1796 Draped Bust Dime, JR-6 Exceptional strike and Eye appeal Popular First Year of Denomination

3304 1796 Ms64 PCGs. JR-6, R.3. The 1796 Draped Bust, Small

Eagle dime is the first 10 cent coin issued for circulation by the U.S. Mint, although a pattern disme was struck in 1792. According to Mint records, only 22,135 pieces were produced in 1796, but some numismatists believe 1796-dated dimes were also struck in 1797. The 1796 is an extremely important date for type collectors, as well as early dime specialists, because it represents the first date of the denomination, and the Small Eagle reverse was only used for two years. As a result, the 1796 is one of the most sought-after and valuable dates of the series. There are six die varieties known for the date, with this coin representing the JR-6 variety, characterized by the widely spaced letters in LIBERTY and the die break through the date. This coin is from a late state of the dies, with an extensive network of die cracks on both sides. The JR-6 is the second most available of the six die varieties, accounting for about 30 percent of the surviving population. The 1796 dime was a well-produced issue and a surprising number of specimens have survived in high grade. However, the issue is quite rare at the MS64 level. This delightful Choice example displays prooflike reflectivity in many areas, despite being a late die state. The surfaces are attractively toned in iridescent shades of gold and blue-steel. The surfaces show few signs of post-strike contact, but a few light adjustment marks can be detected on the right obverse edge and on Libertys profile. The strike is exceptional for an early dime, with sharp definition on Libertys hair and the eagles breast feathers. This coin combines high technical quality, outstanding eye appeal, and terrific historical interest. The lot slip from the 1989 FUN Sale accompanies the coin. Population: 8 in 64, 12 finer (12/11). Ex: 1989 FUN Sale (Mid-American Rare Coin Auctions, 1/1989), lot 2593 (#4461)

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1798/7 JR-1 Dime, aU55 16 Reverse stars

attractively Toned Ms62 1805 Dime Four Berries, JR-2

3305 1798/97 16 stars on Reverse aU55 nGC. JR-1, R.3. The overdate with 16 stars on the reverse suggests that both dies were engraved in 1797, since the dimes of that previous year exist with either 16 or 13 stars on the obverse. The possibility of a Heraldic Eagle reverse engraved in 1797 would force a revision to numismatic research. This impressive Choice AU specimen has nearly full luster beneath a lovely display of rainbow toning. Trivial grade-limiting marks appear on each side. (#4468)

3309 1805 4 Berries Ms62 nGC. JR-2, R.2. This Draped Bust type coin has moderate, pleasing, and original toning. Golden-brown fields separate cobalt-blue borders from the gunmetal-gray devices. Well struck for the issue with softness chiefly confined to the center of the shield. Satiny and impressively free from marks with one tiny obverse rim nick noted at 9:30 solely to provide an identifier. (#4477)

XF sharpness 1800 Dime, JR-1

1807 JR-1 Dime, Ms65 Earlier Than Usual Die state

3306 1800 smoothed Genuine PCGs. XF Details. JR-1, R.4. A splendidly detailed example of this difficult Heraldic Eagle date. Both sides are evenly whizzed and the obverse rim near 2 oclock is repaired and lightly filed. However, the coin has attractively retoned with cream-gray centers and sea-green borders. (#4470) 3307 1803 Bent anaCs. Fair 2 Details. JR-1, R.7. A very rare die variety of this better Heraldic Eagle date. A bend near the base of Libertys neck causes uneven wear, with the central-right obverse worn nearly smooth while the opposite area of the reverse stars has Fine sharpness. The date and AMERICA are also distinct and allow for definitive attribution.(#4473)

Colorful Mint state 1805 Dime JR-2, Four Berries

3308 1805 4 Berries Ms61 nGC. JR-2, R.2. This Uncirculated Heraldic Eagle dime has bright satiny surfaces. No marks are remotely consequential for the grade. Dappled autumn-gold, plummauve, and jade-green toning further increases the eye appeal. Well struck aside from central portions of the eagles shield. (#4477)

3310 1807 Ms65 nGC. JR-1, R.2. The typical 1807 JR-1 dime, from the only known die pair of the date, is found with heavy clash marks and severe die bulges on each side. While this example shows heavy obverse clash marks and lighter reverse die clashing, it lacks the usual late die state bulges seen on most examples. The left obverse border and entire reverse border are weak, as usual. This splendid Gem has frosty silver luster with full mint brilliance and delicate peripheral gold toning that is barely evident. Census: 13 in 65, 3 finer (12/11). (#4480)

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BUsT DiMEs
Gem 1809 Capped Bust Dime, JR-1 low-Mintage, First-Year Key none Finer at nGC

1821 small Date Dime, JR-10 lightly Toned, Reflective Gem

3311 1809 Ms65 nGC. JR-1, R.4. A series-low mintage of 44,710 Capped Bust dimes was accomplished in 1809, the first year the design was used on the denomination. Most numismatists agree that the 6,355 dimes delivered in 1810 were also dated 1809, for a grand total of 51,065 pieces for the date. As might be expected, there is only one die variety known for this issue, and coins in Gem condition are extremely rare. This is only the second Gem 1809 dime Heritage has been privileged to offer, although another MS65 example has been offered on several occasions. The present coin is a spectacular Gem, with well-detailed design elements that show just a touch of softness on the stars and eagles claws. Both sides are darkly toned in warm shades of golden-brown and cobalt-blue. Vibrant mint luster adds to the considerable eye appeal. Census: 4 in 65, 0 finer (12/11). (#4486)

3312 1821 small Date Ms65 nGC. JR-10, R.2. The JR-10 is one of only three Small Date varieties known for the 1821 dime, compared to seven Large Date pairings. On the JR-10, the second 1 in the date is not beneath the curl; star 8 points to the lower edge of a denticle and touches it. On the reverse, the 0 in 10C is level with the 1 and C; T1 is high and T2 is low. (This reverse was reused in 1823 for the JR-1.) The well-struck, unabraded surfaces on this Gem show a light tinge of gold and pinkish color with bluish accents, and the fields are prooflike on both sides. The upper reverse darkens into deeper pink and blue. The dime book notes that the obverse is sharper than the reverse on this pairing; that is true here, but both sides are appealing and distraction-free on this Guide Book-listed variety. (#94496)

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1827 JR-3 Dime, Ms64 Plentiful Variety, scarce Grade

1834 JR-1 Dime, Ms66

3313 1827 Ms64 PCGs. JR-3, R.1. A plentiful variety, although no Capped Bust dimes are easily located in Choice Mint State or finer grades. This satiny specimen has some weakness on the curls below the cap, with the branch, claws, and arrows also weak. The surfaces are pleasing with only a few trivial marks. Population: 45 in 64, 13 finer (1/12), for all 1827 varieties. (#4504)

3316 1834 large 4 Ms66 nGC. JR-1, R.1. The upper arrow on the reverse has a doubled shaft, identifying the JR-1 die marriage. A colorful and lustrous coin with green and blue-violet outer toning and plum and tan patina at the interiors, with the obverse showing a loosely concentric pattern. Census: 5 in 66, 6 finer (11/11). (#4526)

1830 JR-8 Dime, Ms64 scarce Die Marriage

1835 Dime, Ms64, JR-6 Heavy Toning With Good luster

3314 1830 Medium 10C Ms64 nGC. JR-8, R.3. An obverse crack from the border below star 13 extends upward through the back parts of several hair curls. This Choice Mint State specimen has lovely gray surfaces with delightful gold, green, and turquoise toning over satin luster. Census: 34 in 64, 7 finer (12/11), for all 1830 dime varieties. (#4516)

1833 Dime, JR-9, Ms64 Bright surfaces With Mottled Toning

3317 1835 Ms64 PCGs. JR-6, R.4. This very scarce variety shows the digit 1 low and leaning right in the date, with a block 8 and a curved flag on the 5. Two points of star 8 are doubled. The reverse displays 10C rather high in the field, with half the upright of the 1 under the feather. The 0 in the denomination is tilted left and closer to the 1 at the top. This near-Gem exhibits nice luster that pops through despite heavy toning, russet-gold and turquoise. The strike is sharp, showing nearly full claws on the eagle, and no abrasions are visible. (#4527)

near-Gem 1835 Dime, JR-5 seldom seen in High Grades

3315 1833 Ms64 nGC. JR-9, R.2. The bright surfaces on this nearGem boast mottled golden and turquoise toning. The strike is decent, although some softness appears on the hair curls, the left (facing) side of the shield, and the eagles right (facing) claw. A thin scratch is barely apparent at just the right angle on the obverse parallel to the jawline. A nice coin with good aesthetic appeal. Census: 52 in 64, 33 finer (1/12). (#4522)

3318 1835 Ms64 nGC. JR-5, R.1. This near-Gem of this available variety would make an excellent addition to a type, date, or variety set, as the populations thin markedly at the Gem level. The strike is sharp around the peripheries but slightly soft in the centers, most notably the hair curl under LIB. Only slight softness appears on the reverse. The medium reddish toning is lighter in the centers, deepening to gold at the margins. A couple of faint marks occur in the left obverse field. (#4527)

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Bright near-Gem 1837 Dime, JR-4, Ms64

1839-o no Drapery Dime, Ms66+ Bisecting Reverse Die Crack, Fortin-104a

3319 1837 Ms64 nGC. JR-4, R.1. A transitional-year variety, the 1837 JR-4 Capped Bust dime is the most available of the four varieties that constitute the last of the series. The surfaces on this near-Gem are bright, with reddish-gold color in the centers ringed by deep blue around the margins. A large large die crack runs to the right of the 7 to the lowest set of hair curls. The coin is well-struck overall but shows uniform softness over the high points. (#4529)

sEaTED DiMEs
3320 1838 large stars Ms64 PCGs. Sharply detailed and naturally toned in shades of dove-gray and cerulean-blue, this charming MS64 specimen retains ample mint luster and outstanding eye appeal. Population: 64 in 64, 53 finer (12/11).(#4568) 3321 1838 large stars Ms64 nGC. Fortin-111. This sharply detailed Choice example displays the bisecting die crack of Obverse number 3. The lustrous surfaces are toned in attractive shades of champagne-gold and blue. Census: 72 in 64, 86 finer (12/11). (#4568) 3322 1838 large stars Ms64 nGC. Fortin-105. This sharply detailed Choice example shows the characteristic die flaw at the central reverse. The lustrous surfaces are toned in attractive shades of sea-green and blue. Census: 72 in 64, 86 finer (12/11). (#4568) 3323 1838 large stars Ms64 PCGs. Fortin-102. Iridescent shades of champagne-gold, lavender, and gray patina blanket the surfaces of this lustrous, sharply detailed Choice specimen. Population: 64 in 64, 53 finer (12/11).(#4568) 3324 1838 small stars Ms63 nGC. Fortin-101a. This well-detailed Select example displays the extensive die crack through the date and stars and the prominent doubling on the D in DIME. The lustrous surfaces display light gray patina. Census: 12 in 63, 21 finer (12/11).(#4569) 3325 1839-o no Drapery Ms66+ nGC. Fortin-104a, R.4. On the obverse star 8 is boldly repunched, as is the Large O mintmark on the reverse. A die crack bisects the reverse, starting from the rim-downstroke of the I in UNITED, crossing through the wreath, DIME, and meandering downward to the rim again near the C in AMERICA. Besides the interesting variety this is a lovely Premium Gem on its own, with gold and aqua tones prevailing on both sides over original, unperturbed surfaces. A boldly struck example of this low-mintage antebellum New Orleans issue, produced in the extent of 1.3 million coins. Census: 1 in 66+, 4 finer (12/11). (#4572) 3326 1840 no Drapery Ms64 nGC. This delightful Choice example is darkly toned in attractive shades of gray and violet, with sharply detailed design elements and strong mint luster, under the toning. Census: 16 in 64, 24 finer (12/11).(#4573) 3327 1841 Ms64 nGC. F-102. Iridescent shades of champagne-gold and cerulean-blue patina enliven the surfaces of this well-detailed Choice example, with some slight recutting on the first 1 in the date. Census: 19 in 64, 13 finer (12/11).(#4579)

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luminous Gem 1841 Dime iridescent Toning

Colorful Premium Gem 1853 no arrows Dime

3328 1841 Ms65 PCGs. CaC. The broad luster and solid strike of this well-preserved Gem are praiseworthy, but the real story of the coin is its patina, particularly the iridescent obverse. The reverse hues are more muted with gold-orange and pale blue-gray most prominent. Great charm for this earlier date. Population: 7 in 65, 1 finer (1/12). (#4579) 3329 1843-o VF30 PCGs. CaC. Dusky rose and blue overtones visit medium-gray surfaces on this midrange O-mint dime. This heavily circulated issue of just 150,000 pieces is a condition rarity even at the VF30 level, though it is underrated compared to a number of its peers, most famously the 1844. Population: 8 in 30, 19 finer (12/11).(#4584) 3330 1844 XF45 nGC. Fortin-102. The famous Little Orphan Annie dime, an historically scarce issue, with the characteristic die lines between the rim and legend on the reverse. Census: 4 in 45, 13 finer (12/11).(#4585) 3331 1847 Ms62 nGC. Fortin-102. This impressive Seated dime shows the date touching the rock and a spidery die crack from the ribbon bow through ED and S in the legend. The 1847 is very rare in Mint State. Census: 5 in 62, 4 finer (12/11).(#4589) 3332 1850 Ms64 nGC. Per the consignors notes, the die pair is unlisted, and research at seateddimevarieties.com confirms this. The obverse is noteworthy for bold die lines near the left base of the rock. This is a satiny and essentially stone-white near-Gem with clean surfaces and occasional incompleteness of strike on the motifs.(#4593)

3334 1853 no arrows Ms66 nGC. CaC. On this crisply detailed Premium Gem, softly swirling luster blossoms at the proper angle to the light. The patina is particularly praiseworthy, peach, silvergreen, and green-gold with a partial dappled pattern. Only 95,000 1853 dimes were struck before the changeover to the Arrows type, and better-than-Gem pieces are condition rarities. Census: 9 in 66, 6 finer (12/11). (#4599) 3335 1856-s improperly Cleaned nGC Details. XF. A slate-gray example of this early San Francisco Mint rarity. A scant 70,000 pieces were struck, and none were given numismatic consideration until decades later. The present representative has a subdued appearance but is well defined and free from marks or spots. (#4613) 3336 1857-o Ms65+ nGC. Large O. A remarkable Gem with a sharp strike, this piece has full head details with sharp stars and toes on the obverse. The surfaces are brilliant with frosty silver luster and hints of peripheral gold and blue toning. Census: 1 in 65+, 16 finer (12/11).(#4615) 3337 1859-s VF30 nGC. Both sides of this middle grade scarcity have light gray surfaces with hints of delicate gold toning. Just 60,000 were minted, and the typical survivor is a mid-level VF, much like this piece.(#4621) 3338 1860-s aU58 nGC. The sharply detailed design elements show only a trace of actual wear, and the lightly abraded surfaces are visited by shades of light gold and ice-blue toning. Census: 9 in 58, 7 finer (12/11).(#4622)

1851 Dime, Ms65+, Fortin-105a Repunched and Misplaced Date

1860 Dime, Ms67 Bright, nearly Brilliant surfaces

3333 1851 Ms65+ PCGs. Fortin-105a. The base of the 51 is clearly repunched, and the flag of a 1 is misplaced in the shield. Light golden-brown toning graces this lustrous, nicely struck, and essentially immaculate Gem. Perhaps the single finest example of this obscure but interesting RPD/MPD variety. Population for all 1851 dimes by PCGS: 1 in 65+, 1 finer (1/12). (#4595)

3339 1860 Ms67 nGC. In spite of the generous mintage of 607,000 pieces, high-grade examples are remarkably difficult. Only three MS67 coins have been certified by both services combined. Pronounced die striations in the fields give this coin brightness that borders on semiprooflikeness. The strike is complete, and each side is mostly brilliant with just a tinge of light golden patina. Census: 2 in 67, 0 finer (12/11). (#4631) 3340 1860-o Good 6 PCGs. Light gray highpoints accompany pewter gray fields on this pleasing low-grade example. Internal obverse detail includes three visible letters of LIBERTY with an outlined wreath on the reverse.(#4632) 3341 1861-s XF45 PCGs. An important Seated dime issue with pewter-gray surfaces and splashes of darker toning and scattered marks. This piece is a little above average for the issue, assuming an example can be found at all. Population: 6 in 45, 12 finer (1/12). (#4634)

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lightly Toned Gem 1864-s Dime

1874-CC arrows Dime, Fine 15 Key to the seated Dime series

3342 1864-s Ms65 nGC. This frosty San Francisco Gem from the Civil War era is mainly silver-white with light green-gold elements scattered on the obverse and a more intense version of the same color on the reverse. A shallow luster scrape below the word DIME on the reverse contributes to the grade. Census: 2 in 65, 2 finer (12/11). (#4640)

1865 seated Dime, Ms64 Rare Civil War Ending issue

3343 1865 Ms64 PCGs. Light clash marks on the obverse include clashing within the date that gives the appearance of repunching. This impressive Choice Mint State piece has fully brilliant and satiny silver luster with delicate violet, blue, and gold toning. Struck at the end of the Civil War, the 1865 Seated dime is an important condition rarity. Population: 9 in 64, 9 finer (1/12). (#4641) 3344 1873 arrows Ms64 PCGs. CaC. Blue-violet patina over the obverse margins with peach echoes at the reverse periphery. Silver interiors are luminous and pleasingly preserved for the time. Population: 31 in 64, 15 finer (1/12).(#4665) 3345 1874-CC arrows Fine 15 PCGs. The Carson City Mint produced just 10,817 dimes in 1874, all from a single die pair. This pleasing midgrade specimen is typical, with the obverse a couple of grades sharper than the reverse. This specimen has VF obverse details and VG reverse details, resulting in the PCGS assigned grade of Fine 15. Nearly all survivors are extensively circulated, with a small number of Mint State examples known. Although minor imperfections are noted, this tan and dark gray piece is virtually problem-free with excellent eye appeal. At Seateddimevarieties. com, Gerry Fortin writes that these coins are almost always encountered with surface problems and that they are under strong collector demand with problem free examples bringing in excess of trend sheet prices. (#4669) 3346 1876 Ms66 PCGs. CaC. Type One Reverse. Golden-brown and tan-gray toning blankets this lustrous, boldly struck, and pristine Premium Gem. A remarkable example of this Centennial issue. Population: 17 in 66, 4 finer (1/12).(#4679) 3347 1876-CC Ms64 PCGs. Fortin-101, R.6. Type Two Reverse, and the only such die pair known for 1876-CC dimes. The difference between the Type One and Type Two is subtle, but distinguished by the proximity between the E and ONE and the border of the wreath. Crisply struck and prooflike with deep navy-blue, orangegold, and rose-red toning.(#4680)

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Premium Gem 1876-s seated Dime none Certified Finer at PCGs

1879 Dime, Bright Ms68 Prooflike surfaces

3348 1876-s Ms66 PCGs. CaC. A large mintage of more than 10.4 million Seated Liberty dimes was accomplished at the San Francisco Mint in 1876, but few examples have survived in Premium Gem condition. This well-detailed specimen displays attractive shades of pale blue and champagne-gold toning, with vibrant cartwheel mint luster. Population: 8 in 66, 0 finer (1/12). (#4681)

3351 1879 Ms68 nGC. From a meager mintage of 14,000 pieces, the 1879 Seated Liberty dime is scarce in all grades. The present coin is a Superb Gem example of unbelievable quality. The pristine fields are reflective and prooflike, and all devices are sharply rendered. Census: 3 in 68, 0 finer (12/11). (#4687) 3352 1880 Ms65 PCGs. CaC. An attractive Gem Seated dime, from a mintage of just 36,000 pieces. The well-detailed design elements are complemented by reflective prooflike surfaces that show hints of gold and amber toning. Population: 24 in 65, 31 finer (1/12). (#4688) 3353 1882 Ms66 nGC. Glimmers of pale green peripheral toning grace this broadly lustrous Premium Gem from the last decade of Seated dime production. Great detail with just a few small, scattered marks. Census: 41 in 66, 28 finer (12/11).(#4690) 3354 1882 Ms66 PCGs. CaC. Darkly toned in shades of golden-brown and greenish-gray, this impressive Premium Gem is well-detailed, with no mentionable contact marks and slightly subdued mint luster. Population: 32 in 66, 17 finer (1/12).(#4690)

Patinated Ms66 1877-CC Dime Repunched Date, Fortin-109

3349 1877-CC Ms66 PCGs. Fortin-109, R.4. Type Two Reverse. The 77 in the date is lightly repunched. This lustrous Carson City Seated type coin has vibrant luster and a bold strike. The tan-gold and cream-gray fields and devices are framed by rich peripheral seagreen patina. Population: 22 in 66, 4 finer (1/12). (#4683)

3355 1884 Ms66 nGC. A frosty and brilliant Premium Gem with full luster beneath light gold toning and deeper iridescence near the borders. A common date that is seldom encountered so fine. Census: 36 in 66, 26 finer (12/11).(#4692) 3356 1885-s VF30 nGC. A low-mintage key to the late date Seated Liberty dimes, this piece combines light gray centers with darker gray peripheries, the reverse hosting faint champagne toning. (#4695) 3357 1885-s Environmental Damage, Cleaned nGC Details. XF. Fortin-101. Just one die pair is known for this uncommonly low mintage issue. Both sides are subdued from cleaning, and the reverse is granular. Gerry Fortin calls the 1885-S the key date for With Legend San Francisco dimes.(#4695) 3358 1886 Ms66 nGC. CaC. This deeply toned Premium Gem is highly attractive with a blend of gold, blue, and iridescent toning. Most subsidiary silver coins of the 1880s are low mintage issues due to Morgan dollar production, although the Philadelphia Mint coined 11 million dimes in 1886.(#4696)

1879 seated Dime, Ms67 only Three Finer at nGC

3350 1879 Ms67 nGC. Watery fields and faintly frosted devices are evocative of a proof, though this gorgeous Superb Gem specimens other characteristics point to a business strike. Pale silver-blue color is visible within the reverse wreath, but the rest of the coin is minimally toned. Great eye appeal, as indicated by the Star designation. Census: 9 in 67 , 3 finer (12/11). (#4687)

3359 1887 Ms66 nGC. CaC. Beautiful lemon-gold, lime-green, and powder-blue shades consume the obverse. The reverse is rose-red and aquamarine with myriad pinpoint russet freckles. Lustrous and mark-free with a bold strike. Ex: Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2006), lot 1247; Baltimore ANA Signature (Heritage, 8/2008), lot 8009, which realized $1,495. (#4698) 3360 1889-s Ms64 nGC. CaC. Blue, violet, and crimson-gold border toning enriches both sides, but especially the obverse. Silver-gray interiors are subtly frosted and attractive. Great design detail and eye appeal. Census: 16 in 64, 8 finer (12/11).(#4703)

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1837 no stars Dime, PR64 Rare Early Proof Popular Two-Year Design Type

1859 seated Dime, PR65 Final stars obverse Proof issue

3362 1859 PR65 nGC. This stunning Gem proof has obvious cameo contrast as a result of deeply mirrored fields and lustrous devices, the latter showing bold details. Both sides are toned, the obverse in light gold with blue and violet peripheries. The reverse has light silver brilliance within a peripheral frame of blue and gold. (#4748) 3363 1859 PR64 Cameo nGC. Production of proof coins increased in 1858 as the Mint began sales to collectors. Records indicate that 800 proof dimes were struck in 1859. This lovely Choice Cameo proof has delicate champagne and iridescent toning over mirrored fields and lustrous devices. Census: 4 in 64 Cameo, 15 finer (12/11). (#84748)

1859 Dime, PR67 Cameo Elusive With stars Proof Dime

3361 1837 no stars PR64 PCGs. According to Walter Breen, 30 proof Seated Liberty dimes were struck on June 30, 1837. The mintage was intended for presentation purposes, to demonstrate the advantages of the new design to Treasury officials and other influential parties. The simple design, with no obverse stars, could be entirely engraved into the hub, leaving only the date logotype to be added by hand on the working dies. The 1837 No Stars proof dime enjoyed a high survival rate, but many specimens are in impaired condition. The coin offered here is an attractive Choice specimen, with razor-sharp definition on all devices and moderately reflective fields. Both sides are blanketed in shades of greenish-gold and lilac patina, with exceptional eye appeal. Population: 7 in 64, 3 finer (12/11). (#4718)

3364 1859 PR67 Cameo nGC. Long overlooked as a type coin, there are basically only two years available to collectors of the With Stars design in proof format, 1858 and 1859. The fields are deep and display watery reflectivity of unfathomable depth. The devices show a moderate amount of mint frost, and when set against the depth of mirrored flash in the fields gives the coin a pleasing two-toned cameo effect. Generally brilliant, but there is just the slightest hint of color on this splendidly preserved proof dime. Census: 5 in 67, 0 finer (12/11). (#84748)

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1859 seated Dime, PR68 Cameo Finest at nGC

1861 Dime, PR66 only one Finer at PCGs

3366 1861 PR66 PCGs. A boldly detailed Premium Gem, this fully mirrored specimen has obvious cameo contrast beneath its deep blue and violet patina, although there is no Cameo designation on the holder. It is an attractive and sharply detailed specimen with exceptional eye appeal. Population: 4 in 66, 1 finer (1/12). (#4754)

1861 seated Dime, PR66 only one Finer at nGC

3367 1861 PR66 nGC. A deeply toned Premium Gem with excellent eye appeal, this piece exhibits deep violet, gold, and blue-green toning on the obverse. The reverse is mostly violet and deep blue. Light cameo contrast is evident through the toning, although this piece carries no designation on the holder. Census: 10 in 66, 1 finer (12/11). (#4754) 3365 1859 PR68 Cameo nGC. The year 1859 is the first for which the mintage of proof dimes is fairly certain, 800 coins; the estimate of 300+ for the 1858 is speculative. Even so, this piece is clearly among the few finest survivors, a coin with extremely deep mirrors and pronounced mint frost on the devices. The central obverse is brilliant but shows gradations of reddish-russet and blue patina around the margin. The reverse is not quite brilliant in the center, more a bit golden with the same peripheral color as the obverse. Diagonal striations from die polishing appear in the reverse fields. A small cluster of planchet flakes on the obverse, in the field to the right of Libertys right (facing) arm, are the only mentionable flaws. Census: 1 in 68 Cameo, 0 finer (1/12). From The Aspen Collection of Proof Coinage. (#84748) 3368 1866 PR66 nGC. A spectacular Premium Gem from a small proof mintage of 725 pieces. The well-detailed design elements are boldly outlined against the deeply reflective fields, under attractive shades of gold and cobalt-blue toning. Census: 11 in 66, 5 finer (12/11). (#4759) 3369 1867 PR64 PCGs. Deeply dappled gunmetal-gray and forestgreen toning embraces this boldly struck and undisturbed Choice proof. Encapsulated in an old green label holder. A meager 625 proofs were struck.(#4760) 3370 1868 PR65 PCGs. The obverse of this Gem proof exhibits mottled gold and violet toning over silver surfaces, while the reverse is mostly gold toned. A lovely specimen with a hint of cameo contrast on each side. Population: 17 in 65, 3 finer (1/12). (#4761)

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1868 Dime, PR67+ Undesignated Cameo Contrast

1870 seated Dime, PR66+ Cameo only Two Finer at nGC

3371 1868 PR67+ nGC. The combination of the Plus and Star designations means that this Superb Gem is an amazing specimen. The only thing missing is a deserved Cameo designation, as this beauty has frosty devices and fully mirrored fields. The obverse is mostly brilliant with light gold and cobalt-blue peripheral toning. The reverse displays gold toning at the center, changing to russet, cobalt-blue, and turquoise. Census: 1 in 67+ , 1 finer (12/11). (#4761) 3372 1869 PR66 PCGs. A delightful undesignated Premium Gem Cameo proof with deep lilac patina that hides the contrast on each side. This sharply defined specimen offers exceptional eye appeal. Population: 4 in 66, 1 finer (1/12).(#4762) 3373 1869 PR65 Cameo PCGs. This is a sensational Gem Cameo proof with fully brilliant silver surfaces, deeply mirrored fields, and highly lustrous devices. The amount of contrast suggests to us that this beauty should have been given a Deep Cameo designation. Population: 4 in 65 Cameo, 3 finer (1/12).(#84762) 3374 1870 PR64 nGC. The ice-blue and autumn-gold toning is delicate on the obverse and more prominent on the reverse. Free from contact and precisely struck. Scarcer than suggested by the published proof mintage, since unsold sets were melted. Encapsulated in a prior generation holder.(#4763)

3376 1870 PR66+ Cameo nGC. An even 1,000 proof dimes were struck in 1870 and Breen (1977) offers a possibility that two sets of dies were used. This piece appears to be from the usually seen die pairing and shows a crack connecting the lower ribbon ends. Each side is deeply mirrored with frosted devices. The centers are brilliant with golden-russet and blue peripheral toning. Census: 1 in 66+ Cameo, 2 finer (12/11). (#84763) 3377 1871 PR66 Cameo nGC. Both sides of this stunning Premium Gem Cameo proof exhibit brilliant silver surfaces with deeply mirrored fields and fully lustrous devices. It is a borderline Ultra Cameo specimen with amazing eye appeal. Census: 5 in 66 Cameo, 1 finer (12/11).(#84764) 3378 1874 arrows PR64 nGC. Fully mirrored fields contrast nicely with the satin devices of this Choice proof With Arrows dime. Both sides have light gold toning at the center with splashes of peripheral iridescence.(#4770)

Pleasing Premium Gem Proof 1876 Dime

1870 seated Dime, PR66 only one Finer at PCGs

3375 1870 PR66 PCGs. The obverse of this lovely Premium Gem proof exhibits intermingled violet, blue, and gold toning, while the reverse is mostly violet and blue with some splashes of light silver. Both sides are fully mirrored with a hint of contrast visible through the toning. Population: 6 in 66, 1 finer (1/12). (#4763)

3379 1876 PR66 PCGs. CaC. Thanks to the Mint exhibit at the Centennial Exposition, mintages of proof silver coins were relatively high in 1876, creating more opportunities for highend examples. This mildly contrasted Premium Gem is one such coin, peripherally toned gold and blue with lightly patinated silver interiors. Gleaming mirrors are among the pieces greatest assets. Housed in a green label holder. Population: 6 in 66, 0 finer (1/12). (#4773) 3380 1879 PR65 PCGs. This example is a borderline Cameo proof with brilliant silver surfaces and a hint of peripheral gold toning that is slightly heavier on the reverse.(#4776) 3381 1881 PR65 nGC. A lovely Gem Seated Liberty dime from a proof mintage of 975 pieces. This sharply detailed Gem is spectacularly toned in shades of champagne-gold and violet over deeply reflective fields. Census: 42 in 65, 43 finer (12/11).(#4778) 3382 1881 PR64 Cameo nGC. A stunning presentation, this Choice Cameo proof has light silver centers within a frame of violet and deep blue on the obverse. The reverse is mostly brilliant silver with splashes of gold, rose, and blue. Census: 19 in 64 Cameo, 23 finer (12/11).(#84778) 3383 1882 PR66 PCGs. The 1882 proof Seated Liberty dime enjoyed a generous mintage of 1,100 pieces. This impressive Premium Gem displays sharply detailed design elements, deeply mirrored fields, and attractive champagne-gold and lavender toning. Population: 14 in 66, 10 finer (1/12).(#4779)

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1882 Ten Cent, PR68 Cameo one of Three Finest Certified

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3390 1892 Ms66 nGC. CaC. Apple-green, ruby-red, and powder-blue embrace this first-year Barber dime. Well-defined and unabraded with booming luster. Housed in a prior-generation holder. Census: 65 in 66, 23 finer (01/12).(#4796) 3391 1896 Ms65 nGC. CaC. Deep blended forest-green, rose-red, and tan-gray toning encompasses this smooth, satiny, and razor-sharp Gem. A small but interesting die break appears below the bust tip. Housed in an early pre-hologram holder. Census: 17 in 65, 8 finer (12/11).(#4809) 3392 1898 Ms66 nGC. An incredible 1898 dime from a substantial 16 million coin mintage with a low high-grade survival rate. This piece has frosty silver luster that shines through pastel gold, green, and iridescent toning with a bold strike. Census: 21 in 66, 7 finer (12/11).(#4815)

3384 1882 PR68 Cameo nGC. Sharply struck frosted motifs stand out against the mirrored fields, and untoned surfaces are virtually pristine. The 1882 dime is one of just 1,100 proofs. This is one of the three finest Cameos certified by NGC; PCGS has graded none at this or a higher level (12/11). (#84779) 3385 1884 PR66 nGC. A spectacular Premium Gem proof Barber dime, with razor-sharp definition on all design elements and deeply mirrored surfaces, with just a few accents of pale gold toning. Census: 42 in 66, 21 finer (12/11).(#4781)

1900-s Barber Dime, Ms66 Darkly Toned Prooflike surfaces

1884 seated Dime, PR67 only Two Finer at nGC

3393 1900-s Ms66 nGC. This spectacular Premium Gem is darkly toned in shades of champagne-gold and violet, with well-detailed design elements and fields that show prooflike reflectivity when the coin is tilted in the light. No mentionable contact marks are evident. Census: 6 in 66, 0 finer (12/11). (#4823) 3394 1905-o Micro o aU53 PCGs. The normal New Orleans Mintmark is tall and oval-shaped, while the rare Micro O is much smaller and nearly round. The present gunmetal-gray example has partial satin luster and is free from any consequential contact. Population: 3 in 53, 7 finer (1/12).(#94836)

3386 1884 PR67 nGC. While always available for a price as a circulation strike (more than 3.3 million pieces were coined), the proof strikings are available on a much more restricted basis as only 875 pieces were produced. This is a lovely, brightly mirrored example. The obverse is essentially brilliant in the center and surrounded by sea-green margins. The reverse, on the other hand, has a rose-colored center with deep blue peripheral color. Census: 19 in 67 Cameo, 2 finer (12/11). (#4781) 3387 1888 PR66 Cameo nGC. The obverse of this beautiful Premium Gem Cameo proof is fully brilliant and silver-white, while the reverse displays delicate champagne toning. Deeply mirrored fields frame the satiny devices. Census: 10 in 66 Cameo, 8 finer (12/11). (#84785) 3388 1890 PR64 nGC. CaC. The central reverse is brilliant, while the remainder of this reflective near-Gem is moderately patinated in freckles of golden-brown and navy-blue. A mere 590 proofs were issued. Ex: Brian Loncar Collection (Heritage, 5/2003), lot 5777. (#4787) 3389 1891 PR66 PCGs. CaC. An outstanding example with noticeable contrast beneath rainbow toning. The obverse has central gold toning with peripheral blue and amber. The reverse has deeper blue and steel toning. A lovely Premium Gem. Population: 20 in 66, 8 finer (1/12).(#4788)

1906 Barber Dime, Ms67 superb Type Coin

3395 1906 Ms67 PCGs secure. CaC. Spectacular surface appeal is a given on this coin, one of only a handful of MS67 examples of this issue at PCGS. Certain to be of interest to Barber dime Registry Set collectors, while other numismatists will merely bask in the tremendous aesthetics. Super luster complements tinges of pastel pink, gold, lilac, and ice-blue, and the surfaces are distraction-free, as expected. Population: 5 in 67, 0 finer (12/11). (#4838) 3396 1906-D Ms64 PCGs. Green-gold peripheral toning is more prominent on the obverse. Silver-gray interiors are luminous on this well-defined first-year Denver dime. Population: 39 in 64, 23 finer (1/12).(#4839) 3397 1906-o Ms65 PCGs. Vibrant cartwheel mint luster shines through light gold, gray, and violet patina on this delightful Gem Barber dime. The design elements are well-detailed and the surfaces show few signs of contact.(#4840)

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Richly Toned 1906-o Dime, Ms67

1912-s Dime, Ms67 none Certified Finer

3398 1906-o Ms67 nGC. The surfaces of this late O-mint Barber dime are remarkably reflective under translucent gold, green, blue, and violet patina. The strike is similarly impressive, particularly on the reverse. Add the exquisite preservation, and this is a Superb Gem to remember. Census: 6 in 67, 1 finer (12/11). (#4840) 3399 1906-s Ms65 nGC. A rare Gem example of the 1906-S Barber dime, with well-detailed design elements and satiny mint luster under shades of gray, pale green, and gold toning. Census: 16 in 65, 10 finer (12/11).(#4841) 3400 1907-D Ms65 PCGs. Deep forest-green and golden-brown toning embraces this satiny and razor-sharp Gem. Devoid of contact, and among the nicest survivors of this early Denver Mint issue. Population: 6 in 65, 6 finer (1/12).(#4843) 3401 1907-o Ms65 nGC. The 1907-O Barber dime is an elusive issue in Gem condition. This impressive specimen displays vibrant mint luster and razor-sharp definition on the design elements. Census: 16 in 65, 16 finer (12/11).(#4844) 3402 1908 Ms66 nGC. The 1908 Barber dime was produced in large numbers, but relatively few examples were saved by collectors, making the date quite rare in MS66 condition. This lustrous Premium Gem is well-detailed, with pale green patina. Census: 16 in 66, 4 finer (12/11).(#4846) 3403 1909-o Ms64 nGC. An impressive Choice specimen from the last year of operations at the New Orleans Mint. This welldetailed example exhibits pale green and lavender toning, with underlying satiny mint luster. Census: 22 in 64, 20 finer (12/11). (#4852) 3404 1909-o Ms65 PCGs. This delightful Gem is sharply detailed throughout, with vibrant mint luster under intermingled shades of blue, gray, and gold patina. The 1909-O is quite rare in Gem condition. Population: 15 in 65, 14 finer (1/12).(#4852)

3406 1912-s Ms67 nGC. Ex: Duckor. While the 1912-S is not an issue that immediately springs to mind at the forefront of Barber dime rarities, at the Superb Gem level examples are seldom seen. The marvelous John C. Hugon Collection (Heritage, 1/2005, lot 4066) contained only an MS66 example of the issue. The present piece is brilliant silver-white, remarkably bright throughout with semiprooflike fields. Both sides show a few scattered dark speckles of color, but magnification is required to discern them. A nearflawless coin, perfect for a type, date, or specialized collection. Census: 1 in 67, 0 finer (1/12). (One MS67 Prooflike is certified at NGC.) (#4862)

1913 Dime, Ms67 one of Four Finest

3407 1913 Ms67 nGC. The 1913 dime, with a mintage approaching 20 million pieces, is readily available in all grades through Gem, though Premium Gems become scarce. Superb Gems such as the current offering are seldom encountered. Delicate champagne-gold toning is accented with sky-blue, and sharp detail is seen on the devices. Both sides are immaculately preserved. NGC has seen only four at this level and none finer, while PCGS has graded none above MS66. (#4863) 3408 1915 Ms66 PCGs. The 1915 Barber dime is seldom encountered in high Mint State grades. This delightful Premium Gem is sharply detailed, with vibrant mint luster and accents of green and amber toning. Population: 9 in 66, 0 finer (1/12).(#4868)

Frosty Ms67 1912 Dime

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3409 1895 PR64 nGC. The lower business strike mintage of 690,000 means that proofs are in demand for specialized collections, in addition to the popularity by means of association with the famous 1895 Morgan dollar. This pleasing Choice proof has lovely iridescent toning on both sides with excellent eye appeal. (#4879) 3410 1895 PR64 Cameo nGC. CaC. The sharply detailed design elements of this attractive Choice example display rich mint frost that contrasts boldly with the deeply reflective fields. The surfaces are lightly toned in shades of champagne-gold and lavender. Census: 10 in 64 Cameo, 36 finer (12/11).(#84879) 3411 1895 PR66+ Cameo nGC. All 1895 proof coins are popular with collectors, due in part to the fame of the Morgan dollar. This splendid specimen combines nice contrast with the Plus designation. The fields are fully mirrored with lustrous devices and wispy toning on essentially brilliant white surfaces. Census: 2 in 66+ Cameo, 13 finer (12/11).(#84879)
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3405 1912 Ms67 nGC. Frosty and minimally toned with just a hint of blue to the pale silver luster. Great design definition and eye appeal. The 1912 dime is a condition rarity this fine, despite a mintage that approaches 20 million pieces, and neither NGC nor PCGS has graded an MS68 or better representative (1/12). (#4860)

1896 Dime, PR67 low Proof Mintage

Multicolored PR68 1900 Barber Dime Tied for numerically Finest Graded

3412 1896 PR67 nGC. The 1896 had the lowest proof mintage at 762 pieces since the series inception, although later issues would plummet further. This splendid Superb Gem displays captivating lilac and saffron obverse patina, with jade, cinnamon, and aqua on the reverse. Evidence of contact is extremely minor. Census: 14 in 67, 1 finer (11/11). (#4880) 3413 1898 PR66 nGC. The upper right obverse and lower right reverse exhibit brilliant silver with vibrant gold and iridescent toning elsewhere. This Premium Gem has deeply mirrored fields with a hint of contrast. Census: 34 in 66, 33 finer (12/11). (#4882)

1899 Barber Dime, PR66 Cameo only seven Finer Cameo Coins at nGC

3414 1899 PR66 Cameo nGC. The design elements of this magnificent Premium Gem display razor-sharp definition throughout, with exquisite detail on the ribbon bow and leaf veins. The thick mint frost on the devices provides dramatic Cameo contrast with the reflective fields. A few hints of champagne-gold toning add to the outstanding visual appeal. Census: 13 in 66 Cameo, 7 finer (12/11). (#84883)

3415 1900 PR68 nGC. This turn-of-the-century Barber dime issue was made in the amount of 912 pieces, one of the larger proof mintages of the series, no doubt due to the numerologically inclined. The speckled, deep multicolor patina that covers each side prevents the profound mirrors from being seen, unless the coin is tilted at just the correct angle. As demanded at the PR68 grade level, there are no discernible flaws on either side. This piece, among nonCameo coins, is tied for numerically finest certified with five other submissions at NGC; in addition, there are three PR68 Cameo and one PR68 Ultra Cameo (1/12). From The Aspen Collection of Proof Coinage. (#4884) 3416 1901 PR66 nGC. Dusky toning runs over both sides of this Premium Gem. This is a sharply struck and nicely preserved piece. Housed in a prior generation holder. Census: 46 in 66, 15 finer (12/11).(#4885) 3417 1901 PR66 nGC. Splashes of lavender and bluish-green toning adorns this luminous proof. Both sides are sharply struck and reveal no mentionable marks. Census: 46 in 66, 15 finer (12/11). (#4885) 3418 1902 PR66 PCGs. Gold, green, and blue overtones saturate this Premium Gem proof. Strongly detailed with bold mirrors through the patina, though contrast is minor. Population: 15 in 66, 5 finer (12/11).(#4886) 3419 1903 PR66 nGC. The obverse of this Premium Gem proof has deep steel and blue toning, with vivid cobalt-blue on the reverse. Both sides have deeply mirrored underlying surfaces with evidence of light cameo contrast. Census: 35 in 66, 10 finer (12/11). (#4887)

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3420 1903 PR66 nGC. Soft purple toning on the obverse cedes to delicate cobalt-blue on the reverse. Well preserved surfaces exhibit sharply struck devices. Census: 35 in 66, 10 finer (12/11). (#4887) 3421 1905 PR65 nGC. Blue hues prevail in the centers on each side of this reflective Gem proof. The obverse is edged in green, while the reverse has violet border color. Census: 36 in 65, 54 finer (12/11). (#4889) 3422 1907 PR66 PCGs. Both sides of this impressive Premium Gem proof exhibit intermingled turquoise and gold toning with hints of light orange and pale blue. The fully mirrored fields surround satiny devices, imparting light cameo contrast.(#4891) 3423 1909 PR65 PCGs. Sharply detailed with noticeable cameo contrast visible beneath deep blue-green and iridescent toning. Population: 32 in 65, 46 finer (1/12).(#4893)

1911 Dime, PR68 Cameo Untoned silver surfaces

1910 Barber Dime, PR67 only Three Finer at nGC

3426 1911 PR68 Cameo nGC. The NGC Census Report shows four examples similarly certified, with one finer piece (12/11), although it is hard to imagine any that have more eye appeal than this brilliant, untoned Superb Gem Cameo proof. Both sides have excellent field-to-device contrast with frosty, sharply defined devices. (#84895)

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3427 1875-CC aU50 anaCs. The only collectible Carson City issue of the twenty cent series. Reddish-gold and sky-blue toning gathers on the remarkably clean surfaces that exhibit well defined devices. (#5297) 3428 1875-CC aU55 nGC. The upper part of the left (facing) wing is indistinct as almost always. Finding an example with that wing fully detailed is a major hurdle for collectors today. This near-Mint specimen has light gold at the obverse border with steel-gray across much of the reverse.(#5297) 3429 1875-s Ms63 nGC. Fs-301. The top of a presumed 8 is misplaced in the dentils beneath the 8 in the date. A satiny chestnut-tan piece with clean surfaces and an above average strike. A wire rim is noted on the right peripheries.(#5298) 3430 1875-s Ms63 PCGs. A sharply defined Select Mint State piece, this example has splashes of gold and blue toning over ivory surfaces with brilliant mint frost. The reverse is extensively die cracked through the peripheral lettering.(#5298)

3424 1910 PR67 nGC. This gorgeous Superb Gem proof has satin devices with fully mirrored fields resulting in light cameo contrast that is insufficient for such a designation. This piece has a bold strike with lovely pale gold and iridescent toning on each side. Census: 13 in 67, 3 finer (12/11). (#4894)

1911 Dime, PR67 only seven Finer at nGC

1875-s Twenty Cent Piece, Ms65

3425 1911 PR67 nGC. This low-mintage date is always popular, especially when it can be located at or near the price of a type coin. This is a splendid proof striking. Both sides are completely free from color and shine with uncommon radiance with strong contrast noted between the fields and devices. A few tiny planchet flakes are noted in the reverse fields. Census: 17 in 67 Cameo, 7 finer (12/11). (#4895)

3431 1875-s Ms65 nGC. The typical 1875-S is in circulated or low Mint State grades, with Choice, Gem, and finer pieces seldom encountered. A hint of champagne toning is barely visible on this brilliant Gem twenty cent piece. Both sides have bold design features with frosty silver luster. Light clash marks are evident on the reverse. (#5298)

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1875-s Twenty Cent Piece, Ms66 only seven Finer at nGC

PR62 Cameo 1877 Twenty Cent Moderate Contrast

3432 1875-s Ms66 nGC. With a mintage of 1.155 million coins, the 1875-S twenty cent piece is the most readily available date in the series through MS64. Gems can be located with patience and a little searching, but Premium Gems, according to the population data, are elusive, and anything finer is quite rare. This MS66 coin displays white, minimally abraded surfaces. The strike brings out sharp definition on almost all of the design elements, save for the usually seen softness in Libertys hair and top of the eagles wing. Census: 50 in 66, 7 finer (12/11). (#5298)

3435 1877 PR62 Cameo PCGs. The third year of twenty cent production, 1877, also marked the beginning of proof-only coinages for the unpopular denomination. Just 350 specimens were struck, among them this PR62 Cameo survivor. Though a number of hairlines pass through the minimally toned fields, the coins moderate contrast is pleasing. (#85305)

1877 Twenty Cent Piece, PR65 Cameo only 350 Proofs Minted

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1876 Twenty Cent Piece, PR64

3433 1876 PR64 PCGs. A well-detailed Choice specimen from a proof mintage of 1,260 pieces, the present coin displays lightly marked fields, highlighted by shades of gray, amber, and greenishgold patina. The fields display hazy reflectivity under the toning. Population: 86 in 64, 33 finer (1/12). (#5304)

3436 1877 PR65 Cameo nGC. Profound field-device contrast is the most obvious attribute of this spectacular Gem proof twenty cent piece. The fully struck, frosty devices are framed by liquid, deeply mirrored fields. A few hints of gold toning are noted amidst the brilliant surfaces. For the first time, the twenty cent mintage was limited to proof format in 1877, with 350 pieces struck. Census: 14 in 65 Cameo, 7 finer (11/11). (#85305)

1876 Twenty Cent Piece, PR66 a Centennial Condition Rarity

3434 1876 PR66 nGC. The brightly reflective fields of this Premium Gem twenty cent piece shine through the mottled green and blue patina to establish a strong aesthetic appeal. The razor-sharp strike imparts crisp definition to all design elements and no mentionable distractions are evident. Census: 5 in 66, 6 finer (12/11). (#5304)

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EaRlY QUaRTERs
1796 Quarter, B-2, VF25 Pleasing and Problem Free

1805 Quarter, B-2, XF 45

3439 1805 XF45 nGC. B-2, R.2. This cream-gray representative is minimally abraded and displays bold mint-made clash marks. The centers are lightly brought up, but circulation wear is moderate. The first readily collectible date of the denomination, since the 1796 and 1804 are rarities. (#5313) 3440 1806/5 Fine 15 PCGs. B-1, R.2. Pastel blue and iridescent toning is evident on both sides of this mid-grade early quarter. The surfaces are smooth with light, grade-consistent marks on each side. (#5315)

Choice XF 1806/5 Quarter, B-1

3441 1806/5 XF45 nGC. B-1, R.2. The lower half of the underdigit is obvious. Dusky walnut-brown and dove-gray toning embraces this attractive and impressively unabraded early quarter. The strike is above average for the type, though one of the stars above the eagle is absent as it is opposite Libertys high relief shoulder. An important survivor of this conditionally scarce type. (#5315) 3437 1796 VF25 PCGs. B-2, R.3. The B-2 variety shows star 15 slightly farther away from the bust than on the B-1. Also, the 6 in the date is high and nearly touches the bust, and the upper-left serif of the Y in LIBERTY is slightly above the upper-right serif of the T. The B-1 is slightly scarcer than the B-2, but most collectors would love to own a 1796 Bust quarter of either variety. Indeed, a collection of U.S. type coinage cannot be considered complete without an example of this one-year type coin. Both sides of this VF25 example display pleasing contrast between the light silver-gray devices and the darker fields. The latter consist of a medley of deep gray, electric-blue, and reddish patination, which also resides in the recesses of the design elements. Libertys hair, facial features, and drapery show considerable detail, as do the eagles wing feathers. The dentilation is strong, especially on the obverse, which is always the case for the type. The surfaces are remarkably clean for a coin having seen circulation. Overall, this piece exhibits great overall eye appeal and is problem-free for the grade. (#5310) 3438 1805 VF30 PCGs. B-2, R.2. The reverse has heavy clash marks. Aside from minor scratches in the right obverse field, this example is attractive with deeply toned, original surfaces.(#5313) 3442 1806 VF35 nGC. B-3, R.1. Tompkins Die State 2/2. Goldenbrown and slate-gray dominate the fields and devices, while the peripheries display deeper cobalt-blue and gunmetal toning. The centers and right borders are softly impressed, but left-side design elements appear to have XF sharpness.(#5314)

Toned XF 1806 Quarter, B-2 substantial Mint luster

3443 1806 XF40 nGC. B-2, R.2. Mid-to-late die state with a crack through the arrows. Rich golden-brown and steel-gray toning blankets this pleasing Draped Bust quarter. Marks are relatively few, though we note a roundish mark in front of the nose. Luster is prevalent within design recesses. (#5314)

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1806 B-9 Quarter Dollar, Ms66 Ex: Eliasberg Collection

3444 1806 Ms66 nGC. B-9, R.1. The obverse has a bisecting crack

from the lower border through the 1 and hair, lightly to the E in LIBERTY. The reverse has a small rim break over the second T in STATES. There are no clash marks evident on either side, indicating that this example is quite an early die state. The upper hair is detailed and the second curl at star 1 is complete, further confirming its early die state. The B-9 die marriage is the most common among all 1806 quarters and probably ranks as the single most common Draped Bust quarter of any date. However, the present coin is finer than any other examples of the variety. Only about half a dozen examples of the entire design type from 1804 to 1807 are equal to this piece or finer. It is truly a prize for the collector and will prove to be a real showpiece for its next owner. This incredible Premium Gem carries a provenance from Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., and was off the market for several decades until it appeared in the 1997 sale of that collection. Both sides are highly lustrous with brilliant mint frost and traces of champagne toning. There are no blemishes on either side. Slight peripheral weakness is noted along the right side of the obverse and reverse with central weakness evident on the reverse, the latter from subtle adjustment marks in that area. Minor planchet streaks are present on this piece, as they are on most or all high-grade B-9 quarters. Ex: Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. (Bowers and Merena, 4/1997), lot 1363; American Numismatic Rarities (12/2005), lot 543. (#5314)

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BUsT QUaRTERs
3445 1815 XF40 nGC. B-1, R.1. Toned cobalt-blue and autumn-gold with the former color more prevalent on the obverse. The hair curls display moderate wear but the designs are generally sharp. Void of visible abrasions.(#5321) 3446 1818/5 VF30 nGC. B-3, R.3. B-3 is from the same obverse die as the 1818/5 B-1, but most examples of B-3, including the present piece, show scant evidence of the underdigit 5. This is an unmarked example with vibrant electric-blue, lilac, peach-gold, and olive-green patina. The strike is consistent except on the eagles upper neck.(#5323)

3448 1818 VF30 PCGs. CaC. B-6, R.4. Rich dove-gray and goldenbrown toning encompass this scarcer variety Bust quarter. There are no remotely relevant abrasions, and although the curls and wings exhibit wear, ample design detail remains.(#5322)

Patinated 1818 Quarter, Ms62 scarce B-7 Marriage

1818/5 Quarter, Ms64+, B-1 With original Toning


3449 1818 Ms62 nGC. B-7, High R.4. The middle die state with a bold die crack through the left upright of the N in UNITED. This unabraded better variety example displays dusky gunmetal-gray and caramel-gold toning. The strike is pleasing overall although the right claw and the curls near the ear display minor blending. (#5322)

1821 B-5 Quarter Dollar, Ms64 Prooflike surfaces

3447 1818/5 Ms64+ nGC. B-1, R.2. The 1818/5 overdate quarter is popular not only for its overdate status but as well due to the existence of a considerable quantity of high-grade specimens, occasionally reaching up to the Gem level. The Eliasberg Collection specimen in our recent FUN Signature was an MS66 PCGS example, one of two at that service. Guide Book variety collectors will also find the 1818/5 listed there. This piece is not far in quality from the top-graded examples, but will certainly be somewhat more affordable. The original surfaces host mauve, gold, and pinkish tones, with excellent eye appeal and few mentionable signs of contact. It is perhaps only the most minor strike softness, visible on the high points of the hair and the eagles right (facing) claw on the reverse, that keeps this piece from a Gem grade. Census: 1 in 64+, 11 finer (12/11). (#5323)

3450 1821 Ms64 PCGs. B-5, High R.4. Star 6 is recut, and that is the only identification necessary for this scarce die marriage. The obverse appeared only with a single reverse die to form the B-5 die marriage. Most examples of this die marriage also have a die line from the lower drapery to the 1 in the date. Despite its scarcity, a number of higher-grade examples are known, including proofs. This specimen is tied for seventh finest, according to the ReaKoenings-Haroutunian Census published in Early Quarter Dollars of the United States Mint. Proofs and circulation strikes are known from this die pair. Both sides exhibit prooflike surfaces with noticeable cameo contrast. The strike is sharp and the surfaces host delightful gold, blue, and iridescent toning. It is possible that this was a proof strike. Ex: Robinson Collection (Bowers and Merena, 1/2003), lot 251. (#5331)
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3451 1822 VF25 PCGs. CaC. B-1, R.2. Rotation of this deeply toned Bust quarter beneath a light reveals pastel powder-blue, lime-green, and lavender undertones. Free from noticeable marks. The curls are worn but the plumage definition is considerable.(#5332) 3452 1824/2 Good 4 nGC. B-1, R.3. A much better date represented by a single Browning variety. Almond-gold and slate-gray with moderately deeper toning on the reverse. The stars and peripheral legends are complete, though E PLURIBUS UNUM is worn smooth. LIBERTY is clear except for the base of the L.(#5335)

Rare large o 1843-o Quarter XF45, among Finest Certified

Choice aU 1825/4 Quarter substantial Mint luster


3458 1843-o large o XF45 PCGs. CaC. Fs-501. Breen called this variety very rare and added, always in low grades; unobtainable choice. Breen apparently had not seen the present example, which retains traces of luster and is well defined. Toned deep dove-gray overall with forest-green borders. No marks are consequential. Population: 2 in 45, 0 finer (1/12). (#395927)

1844 Gem Uncirculated Quarter Very Rare in High Grade


3453 1825/4 aU55 nGC. B-2, R.2. Three 1825 quarter varieties are known, and each is an overdate. This example displays pastel olive-gold, cream-gray, and powder-blue patina. Well defined with noticeable luster throughout raised areas. The surfaces are minimally abraded aside from a few delicate field marks near the beak. (#5336) 3454 1834 aU58 PCGs. B-1, R.1. A late, lapped die state without a trace of the former O over F repunching on the reverse legends. An arc-shaped die crack traverses the lower obverse. This sharply struck representative displays deep cobalt-blue centers and peachgold margins. A few minor abrasions are inconspicuous beneath the patina.(#5353) 3455 1838 aU58 nGC. B-1, R.1. Rich golden-brown toning blankets this lightly abraded and partly lustrous Borderline Uncirculated final-year Bust quarter. A few stars lack full centril detail, but the strike is otherwise sharp.(#5357)

sEaTED QUaRTERs
3456 1840-o Drapery VG10 PCGs. Small O. The first New Orleans issue of the denomination presents three distinct (and scarce) varieties: No Drapery, Large O; Drapery, Large O; and Drapery, Small O. Cream-gray overall with somewhat deeper toning near the rims. Only lightly abraded. The BER in LIBERTY is bold, with the other letters faint but partly present.(#5398) 3457 1842 large Date Ms61+ nGC. The crossbar of the 4 extends right of the base, which distinguishes the Large Date from the rare Small Date proof. This is a prooflike example with icy motifs that provide noticeable cameo contrast. The margins display autumngold, ruby-red, and forest-green toning. A thin diagonal mark is noted on the chin.(#5401)

3459 1844 Ms65 nGC. The mintage of 421,200 pieces has no correlation to the number of high-grade 1844 quarters that are available. Few were set aside and preserved at the time of issue and today only four pieces have been certified in Gem condition at both services (two apiece). This is a deeply toned example that shows gray, blue, and reddish tones on each side. The strike is sharply defined on each side. Identifiable by a couple of horizontal field marks on the obverse out from the 3 oclock position. (#5406) 3460 1849-o Graffiti nGC Details. XF. The noted graffiti consists of three small triangle shapes on the obverse, a larger one on the reverse that cuts through some metal in the eagles left (facing) wing. Pretty gold, russet, and blue toning and excellent detail remaining make this a coin that still exerts much attraction. (#5414)

Rare 1849-o Quarter, aU53

3461 1849-o aU53 nGC. Deep dove-gray and walnut-brown toning blankets this lightly worn but partly lustrous New Orleans quarter. Void of any detrimental marks. No mintage was separately recorded for the 1849-O, but given its rarity in all grades, the production must have been minimal. Census: 3 in 53, 10 finer (12/11). (#5414)

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3462 1853 arrows and Rays Ms63+ nGC. Autumn-gold and apple-green enrich the borders of this unmarked and attractive Select example. Luster fills the reverse and brightens the obverse motif and margins. The only year for this busy design subtype. (#5426)

1857 no Motto Quarter, Ms67 a Brilliant superb Gem Type Coin

1853 Quarter Dollar, Ms65 arrows and Rays

3463 1853 arrows and Rays Ms65 nGC. Silver coinage began to circulated again when the weight was reduced in 1853. As a result, high grade Mint State pieces are seldom encountered. This impressive Gem is sharply detailed with frosty luster beneath lovely golden toning. Census: 28 in 65, 9 finer (12/11). (#5426)

1854 arrows Quarter, Ms65 Conditionally Rare

3464 1854 arrows Ms65 nGC. The 1854 Arrows quarter can be located in most grade levels, as might be expected from its generous 12.3 million piece mintage. The NGC/PCGS population declines significantly from MS64 to MS65, the condition of the present offering. A subtle blend of low to medium intensity blue, gray, lavender, gold, and crimson toning covers lustrous surfaces that exhibit well struck design features. Some unobtrusive marks concealed within the toning are not worthy of individual mention. Spindly peripheral die cracks are visible on both sides. Census: 17 in 65, 6 finer (12/11). (#5432)

1854-o Huge o Quarter, VF30 Deeply Toned

3466 1857 Ms67 nGC. It is impossible to convey the gorgeous eye appeal of this piece in mere words. Were it not for some slight weakness of definition, this coin would easily make the MS68 grade, based on its appearance alone. It only takes a second for the viewer to reach the same conclusion that we have this is a stunning coin that will surely excite even the most jaded collector. Both sides are completely brilliant, and it appears this coin was recently ejected from the coining dies. Bold, swirling, cartwheel luster emanates from each side, even in low light. Close examination of the fields reveals slight clashing and numerous striations resulting from an impression from freshly maintained dies. Simply put, this coin is a real beauty. Census: 18 in 67, 1 finer (12/11). Ex: Dallas Signature (Heritage, 12/2004), lot 5885; Joseph Thomas/ Central States Signature (Heritage, 4-5/2009), lot 394; Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 9/2010), lot 3925. (#5442) 3467 1857-o VF30 PCGs. The obverse field is dark gray and the reverse field is pewter-gray, with lighter silver high points and traces of champagne toning. A pleasing mid-grade specimen of an issue that is rarely found in any grade.(#5443)

3465 1854-o Huge o VF30 nGC. Briggs 1-a, Fs-501. The mintmark was obviously hand engraved into the die, creating a unique occurrence in U.S. numismatics. The surfaces are deeply toned with light accents over the high points of the devices. Close examination will show a number of tiny abrasions (hardly surprising on a VF) with a notable cluster above the eagles right (facing) wing. Census: 5 in 30, 11 finer (12/11). (#5434)

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1858 Quarter, lightly Toned Ms65 Popular as a no Motto Type Coin

1863 seated Quarter, Ms66 Bright and semiprooflike

3468 1858 Ms65 nGC. The 1858 is one of the few No Motto quarters that can be found in a wide variety of Uncirculated grades, even MS65. This is a brightly frosted example whose luster is evident even through the pinkish-rose and gray patina seen on each side. The central striking details are soft, this being the only mentionable flaw on this Gem. Census: 29 in 65, 18 finer (12/11). (#5445) 3469 1859-s VG10 PCGs. CaC. The 1859-S Seated Liberty quarter boasts a mintage of just 80,000 pieces and few examples were saved for numismatic purposes. This evenly worn survivor retains all major detail, with only L and Y in LIBERTY unclear. Population: 5 in 10, 37 finer (1/12).(#5450) 3470 1859-s Fine 12 nGC. The First San Francisco Mint was a cramped facility that concentrated on double eagle production, the principal monetary unit of the West Coast economy. Only 80,000 quarters were coined there in 1859, and none are known in Mint State. This stone-white and charcoal-gray example is unmarked and displays a clear LIBERTY.(#5450) 3471 1860-s Corroded, Cleaned anaCs. Good 6 Details. Probably the rarest San Francisco issue, though the 1872-S is nearly as difficult. This collectible example is stone-white with ebony patina that is more prominent on the reverse. Hairlines are noted on the upper reverse rim and the obverse rim has a mark at 9:30. (#5453) 3472 1862 Ms64 PCGs. CaC. This lustrous well struck near-Gem is essentially devoid of toning. A few minor grazes do not disturb. Population: 44 in 64, 20 finer (12/11).(#5456)

3473 1863 Ms66 PCGs secure. Many high-grade 1863 quarters show remarkable sharpness of strike, as seen on this piece. Another commonly seen trait are die polishing lines in the fields. On this coin they are heavier on the reverse than the obverse, but both sides are bright and semiprooflike. The obverse is nearly brilliant, the reverse also retains much brilliance but there is also light golden color around the margins with a couple of dabs of blue near the right side. Population: 6 in 66, 0 finer (1/12). (#5458) 3474 1865 Ms63 PCGs. The upright of the 1 is lightly repunched. Sharply struck and satiny with tobacco-brown and cobalt-blue toning across the margins. A scant 58,800 pieces were struck for this Civil War issue.(#5461)

1869-s Quarter, Choice aU Rarely seen in aU

3475 1869-s aU55 nGC. The 1869-S was heavily circulated and Choice AU coins, such as this one, are infrequently encountered. In fact, this is the only NGC AU55 and only seven pieces are finer (1/12). The obverse shows the ever-present die crack at the top of that side, and the surfaces overall present the washedout appearance usually encountered. Each side has light gray patina with charcoal outlines around the devices. The mintmark is especially strong, unlike the S seen on many low-grade 1869-S quarters. (#5475)

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Key-issue 1870-CC seated Quarter Choice VF, Rare so Fine

3477 1872-CC Damaged, Cleaned nGC Details. Fine. The slate-gray surfaces are somewhat bright and granular. The obverse displays only a faint slender scratch on Liberty, but the reverse has edge damage at 12 oclock and a deep scratch through TRUST. A rare early Carson City issue.(#5482)

1874-s Quarter, Ms66 Two-Year With arrows Type

3478 1874-s arrows Ms66 nGC. Approximately 30 years ago a quantity (a roll?) of 1874-S quarters was uncovered and entered the market in the early 1980s. The coins we have seen were of uniformly high quality, and these pieces have subsequently been used for type purposes. Many of the hoard coins are brilliant or nearly so, but this example has significant gray and blue toning over each side. The underlying mint luster is thick and frosted, as always, and there are few abrasions that can be seen even with a loupe. Census: 20 in 66, 9 finer (12/11). (#5495) 3479 1876-CC Ms63 PCGs. Type Two Reverse. Small CC. This coruscating Carson City quarter displays deep golden-brown and steel-gray toning. The reverse border exhibits glimpses of jade-green. No marks remotely challenge the Select grade.(#5502) 3480 1876-s Ms64 PCGs. Type Two Reverse. Medium walnut-tan toning adorns this lustrous and nearly unabraded near-Gem. The strike is precise aside from incompleteness on the left-side stars. One small spot noted behind Libertys foot.(#5503) 3481 1876-s Ms64 PCGs. Type Two Reverse. Faint chestnut toning adorns lustrous and impressively unabraded surfaces. This Centennial year near-Gem is nicely struck despite softness on stars 3 to 6.(#5503)

3476 1870-CC VF35 PCGs. The 1870-CC Seated quarter is a very rare coin in any grade and considered the key of the collectable issues of the series, according to Larry Briggs, Seated quarter expert. Briggs estimates that only 75-85 examples survive today out of the original mintage of 8,340 pieces not all of which may have been released into circulation. The average grade for the issue is only VF20 or so, and porosity is a common problem among the 1870-CC through 1873-CC quarters; Briggs notes that the Carson City Mint in those early days would shortcut the annealing process and make the coins using pure Comstock Lode silver instead of the required 90:10 silver:copper alloy. The surfaces on this Choice VF piece do show some porosity but it is minor, and there are some signs of contact consistent with the grade. Abundant eye appeal is nonetheless evident on the surfaces, purple-tinted on each side, well-struck, and with little mentionable distraction a coin that any Seated quarter aficionado would be proud to own, and certainly at the top end of certified survivors. Population: 4 in 35, 8 finer (12/11). (#5477)

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3482 1877-CC Ms63 PCGs. Briggs 2-B, Fs-301. Large wide CC. The base of the 77 is widely repunched. A sharply struck and lustrous example of this interesting Cherrypickers variety. Generally brilliant aside from a blush of mildly granular charcoal-gray patina throughout STATES.(#5505) 3483 1877-CC Ms65 nGC. Large CC with a narrow mintmark interior. This fully struck Carson City type coin displays lovely peach-gold, plum-red, and navy-blue patina. Lustrous and well preserved with exemplary eye appeal.(#5505) 3484 1878-CC Ms64 PCGs. Well-defined with scattered peach overtones and an umber streak through the eagles neck and ribbon. A pleasing Carson City near-Gem with a shallow cut at Libertys midsection largely determining the grade. Population: 59 in 64, 23 finer (12/11).(#5509) 3485 1881 Ms65 PCGs. A lightly toned and lustrous Gem with a pristine reverse. Well struck except for the upper left side stars. A popular low mintage issue, as only 12,000 business strikes were produced. In a green label holder. Population: 15 in 65, 18 finer (1/12). E x : N e w Yo r k S i g n a t u r e ( H e r i t a g e , 7 / 2 0 0 2 ) , l o t 7 8 1 5 . (#5513) 3486 1887 Ms62 nGC. Among the late date Seated quarters, the 1887 is a particularly elusive date, especially in Mint State grades. This lovely piece has a sharp strike with brilliant surfaces in a green and iridescent frame.(#5519)

1889 Quarter Dollar, Ms67 low Business strike Mintage

3487 1889 Ms67 nGC. The 1889 is a well-known low mintage issue with only 12,000 business strikes produced. It is encountered in MS63-65 condition but it is seldom seen in Superb condition. Sharply struck throughout, the mint luster is heavily frosted and its cartwheel effects are abundantly clear as a result of its untoned appearance. Census: 25 in 67, 2 finer (11/11). Ex: FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2006), lot 2328. (#5522)

1891 Quarter Dollar, Ms66 outstanding Eye appeal

3488 1891 Ms66 PCGs. CaC. Semiprooflike fields on this Premium Gem highlight the exquisitely struck design elements, and whispers of electric-blue and reddish-gold patina visit both sides, slightly more extensive on the reverse. This is an impeccably preserved piece with outstanding eye appeal. Population: 23 in 66, 3 finer (1/12). (#5524)

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Choice Proof 1845 seated Quarter

Rare Proof Date, 4-6 Pieces Known Ex: Earle/Ryder

3489 1845 PR64 nGC. The 1845 proof Seated Liberty quarter

is a very rare issue, with no recorded mintage figures and an extremely small supply of surviving specimens. After a diligent search of auction records, we can account for only four examples that are certainly extant today. Walter Breen believed there were six coins still available in 1977, but the fourth and fifth coins on his list turned out to be the same specimen. Larry Briggs also estimated there were six survivors, so the two additional appearances documented in the roster below may actually represent different coins, rather than duplicate citations of the coins in the main roster. NGC records six certification events, possibly including some duplicate submissions, while PCGS has graded a total of five specimens, and estimates there are actually only 4-6 pieces known (1/12). The present coin is a delightful Choice example with razorsharp definition on all design elements. The fields are brightly reflective under iridescent shades of antique-gold, lime-green, and blue-steel toning. The date shows the diagnostic doubling of the last three numerals, which were recut after being initially placed too far to the left. This lot combines absolute rarity, high technical quality, and intense historic interest. Census: 3 in 64, 3 finer (1/12). Roster of 1845 Proof seated liberty Quarters:

1. PR66 nGC. Menjou Collection (Numismatic Gallery, June 1950), lot 715; John J. Pittman (David Akers, May 1998), lot 1711, as part of a complete 1845 proof set; the Phil Kaufman Collection (Heritage FUN Sale, 1/2008), lot 3030; FUN Signature Auction (Heritage, 1/2009), lot 3765. 2. PR65 nGC. William Dickinson Collection (Chapman Brothers, March 1894) lot 387; J. M. Clapp; Clapp Estate (1942); Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr.; Eliasberg Estate (Bowers and Merena, April 1997), lot 1437; Phil Kaufman; Rarities Sale (Bowers and Merena, January 1999), lot 1112. 3. PR64. George Earle Collection (Henry Chapman, 6/1912), lot 3088; Ryder Collection; Wayte Raymond; 49th Sale (New Netherlands, June 1957), lot 1152; the present coin. 4. Proof. Smithsonian Institution. additional appearances: a. PR64. Harmer Rooke (November 1989). B. Brilliant Proof. Howard R. Newcomb Collection (Morgenthau, 2/1945), lot 614. (#5539)

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1859 Quarter, PR67 Type Two Reverse

1864 Quarter Dollar, PR65

3490 1859 PR67 nGC. Type One Obverse, Type Two Reverse. Exquisitely preserved, particularly for the relatively early proof date, and flat-out gorgeous. The obverse has gleaming champagnegold and orange mirrors framed in violet, and the effigy of Liberty contrasts mildly with the fields. The reverse has zones of dusky peach and blue-green toning that let that side shine only at certain angles. Census: 3 in 67, 4 finer (12/11). (#5555)

3493 1864 PR65 nGC. Both sides of this lovely Gem proof exhibit light gold toning at the center, within a frame of peripheral blue and violet. A highly attractive example with sharply defined, satiny devices. The light toning subdues the cameo contrast of this specimen. Census: 13 in 65, 14 finer (12/11). (#5560)

1864 Quarter Dollar, PR65 Cameo low Mintage Civil War issue

Cameo-Contrasted Gem Proof 1859 Quarter

3491 1859 PR65 Cameo nGC. The official mintage for proofs from 1859 is 800 pieces, but it is doubtful that many were actually sold. Proofs can always be found for a price, but pieces with cameo contrast are seldom encountered. Most of each side of this deeply mirrored example is brilliant, and the devices show significant cameo contrast. Census: 4 in 65 Cameo, 10 finer (12/11). (#85555)

3494 1864 PR65 Cameo PCGs. A richly toned specimen that retains substantial contrast, aided by strong frosty luster on the sharply struck devices. The mirrors also offer deep reflectivity. On the obverse, the toning is light gold-gray with an arc of cobalt-blue at the right rim, while the reverse shows a more even blend between the two colors. Population: 4 in 65 Cameo, 1 finer (12/11). (#85560)

1861 seated Quarter, PR66 only one Finer at nGC

PR66 Cameo 1864 Quarter low-Mintage Date

3492 1861 PR66 nGC. The obverse of this delightful Premium Gem proof exhibits deep gold and violet on the central motif, with violet-gold and dark blue nearer the borders. The central reverse motif is light gold with mirrored gray-gold, violet, and blue peripheries. Census: 8 in 66, 1 finer (12/11). (#5557)

3495 1864 PR66 Cameo nGC. Proofs were difficult to order and expensive to purchase during the Civil War. Collector demand and mintage figures declined accordingly, with only 470 Seated Liberty quarters struck in 1864. This Premium Gem displays fully struck devices and brilliant mirrored fields, with excellent cameo contrast. Census: 4 in 66 Cameo, 1 finer (12/11). (#85560)

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Border-Toned 1869 Quarter, PR67 Cameo

3500 1875 PR64 PCGs. The design elements of this attractive 19th century proof show razor-sharp definition throughout, with reflective fields that are blanketed in shades of goldenbrown and violet toning. Population: 35 in 64, 11 finer (1/12). (#5576) 3501 1880 PR65 nGC. Type One Reverse. Chestnut-gold fields are encompassed by cherry-red and navy-blue borders. The devices are evenly frosty and appear to merit a Cameo designation, though NGC has decided otherwise. One strike-through noted on the obverse rim at 5:30.(#5581) 3502 1882 PR64 nGC. Beautifully toned with an orange-red obverse and multicolor peach, violet, aquamarine, and honey shades on the reverse. Flashy and fully struck with a few trivial hairlines on the right obverse field and a solitary drop of residue at 7:30 on the reverse.(#5583) 3503 1882 PR64 Cameo PCGs. Ex: Teich Family Collection. An impressive near-Gem Cameo proof, this 1882 quarter is mostly brilliant with delicate peripheral gold toning on each side. Nice contrast is evident between the fields and devices. Population: 13 in 64 Cameo, 21 finer (12/11).(#85583)

3496 1869 PR67 Cameo nGC. The cores on each side show magnificent contrast between frost-white devices and gleaming, minimally toned mirrors. Gold-to-orange patina forms the innermost layer of color, yielding to violet and blue with faint greenish elements on parts of the rims themselves. Magnificent preservation and eye appeal. (#85568)

1870 seated liberty Quarter PR64 Deep Cameo

Peripherally Toned PR67 Cameo 1882 Quarter

3497 1870 PR64 Deep Cameo PCGs. CaC. A stunning near-Gem with Deep Cameo contrast, this lovely proof has a sharp strike with full details on both sides. The central obverse and reverse are brilliant white with peripheral blue, violet, and gold. Population: 1 in 64 Deep Cameo, 2 finer (1/12). (#95569) 3498 1873 no arrows PR65 PCGs. CaC. A stunning Gem of the No Arrows type struck early in the year, this piece has light gold and violet toning over portions of the obverse and reverse surfaces with obvious cameo contrast.(#5572)

3504 1882 PR67 Cameo nGC. Strongly contrasted at the interiors, particularly the reverse. Silver interiors give way to gold-orange and blue-violet border toning that is patchy on the obverse but encircles the reverse. Carefully preserved and undeniably appealing. NGC has graded only one numerically finer Cameo representative (1/12). (#85583)

1884 Quarter, PR66 low-Mintage Date

1873 arrows Quarter, PR64 important Two-Year Type

3499 1873 arrows PR64 PCGs. First of only two years of the Arrows type, and an important and highly collectible coin in proof format. While circulation strikes are normally found with weak details on Libertys head, no such problem is encountered with proof strikings. This piece has several layers of gray, blue, indigo, and rose toning enough toning to subdue much of the flash from the mirrored fields for the casual observer. However, when the coin is angled beneath a light, the full reflectivity of the proof finish flashes forcefully through the layers of color. An important proof type coin. Population: 35 in 64, 14 finer (12/11). Ex: Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 9/2007), lot 1239. (#5574)

3505 1884 PR66 nGC. The golden-brown obverse field resides within a frame of emerald-green and cherry-red. The reverse border exhibits ocean-blue and plum-lilac toning. A high-grade and needle-sharp specimen. Only 8,000 business strikes and 875 proofs were minted. Census: 40 in 66, 22 finer (11/11). (#5585) 3506 1887 PR65 PCGs. The ocean-blue centers are framed by slender peripheral bands of caramel-gold. Crisply struck overall despite lightly brought up centers on stars 8 through 11. Encased in an old green label holder.(#5588)

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1887 Quarter, PR67 Cameo Popular, low-Mintage Year

3512 1894-s aU58 PCGs. Green-to-gold patina covers most of this near-Mint San Francisco quarter from an underrated issue. The luster is largely intact, and abrasions are few.(#5609) 3513 1895 Ms64 PCGs. CaC. Blushes of orange-gold and sky-blue visit the highly lustrous surfaces of this sharply struck near-Gem. Both sides are well preserved. Population: 52 in 64, 32 finer (12/11). (#5610)

1896 Quarter Dollar, Ms67 among Finest Certified

3507 1887 PR67 Cameo nGC. This brilliant, high-grade proof striking shows no surface flaws, as one would expect from a PR67. The cameo contrast is stark on each side and made more so by the lack of toning. Only 710 proofs were struck plus 10,000 strikes for circulation in this seldom-available year. Census: 4 in 67 Cameo, 0 finer (12/11). (#85588) 3508 1890 PR64 PCGs. From a small proof mintage of 590 pieces, this well-detailed Choice specimen displays moderately reflective fields, with only a few minor signs of contact. Population: 49 in 64, 59 finer (1/12).(#5591) 3514 1896 Ms67 nGC. The highly lustrous surfaces of this Superb Gem display cobalt-blue and crimson toning around the margins. A solid strike brings out sharp detail in all design elements, enhancing the coins eye appeal. Both sides are nicely preserved. Unimprovable at either major grading service. Census: 3 in 67, 0 finer (12/11). (#5613)

Gem Proof 1890 seated Quarter Rare Deep Cameo specimen

1896-s Quarter Dollar, VF25 a Well-Defined, Key-Date Example

3509 1890 PR65 Deep Cameo PCGs secure. The proof 1890 Seated Liberty quarters are known for their high quality, and this delightful Gem is definitely a case-in-point. The design elements are sharply detailed throughout, with thick mint frost that provides profound Cameo contrast with the mirrored fields. Only a few minor hairlines prevent an even higher grade. Population: 5 in 65 Deep Cameo, 7 finer (12/11). (#95591)

3515 1896-s VF25 PCGs. The light golden-gray and sky-blue surfaces of this key-date representative display traces of luster and well defined design elements. Indeed, all letters in LIBERTY and E PLURIBUS UNUM are quite strong. A moderate mark on Libertys cheek is the only blemish of note. (#5615)

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3510 1892 Ms65 PCGs. Dappled peach, green, and blue patina enriches each side of this lustrous Gem. Great eye appeal for the first year of Barber quarter production.(#5601)

1901 Quarter, Ms66 only one Certified Finer

superb Gem 1892-o Quarter Beautiful Multicolor Toning

3516 1901 Ms66 PCGs. Type Three Reverse. Untoned or nearly so, with a bright, frosty sheen and excellent definition on even the finest details. The supply of 1901 quarters above the near-Gem level dwindles rapidly, with Gems easily scarce and MS66 pieces rarities. Population: 13 in 66, 1 finer (1/12). (#5628) 3511 1892-o Ms67 nGC. Type One Reverse. Medium golden-brown, apple-green, fire-red, and cream-gray toning embraces this lustrous and fully struck first-year Superb Gem. Essentially pristine and virtually unimprovable. A remarkable New Orleans example that will never require an upgrade. Census: 3 in 67, 1 finer (12/11). (#5602)
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3517 1901-s Corroded, scratched, Cleaned anaCs. Good 6 Details. The 1901-S is the key to the series and is usually encountered heavily worn. This example has a sharp date and a clear mintmark. Ebony patina rests in design recesses and the surfaces are mildly granular and bright from cleaning. The portrait displays light hairlines but no scratches are consequential despite the ANACS notation.(#5630)

3521 1907 Ms65 PCGs. Silver interiors give way to gold and green at the margins. Swirling luster is partly flashy on the obverse but satiny through the reverse. Population: 39 in 65, 17 finer (12/11). (#5645)

1909 Barber Quarter, Ms67 Tied for Finest Certified

VF Details 1901-s Barber Quarter The Definitive series Key

3522 1909 Ms67 nGC. This spectacular Superb Gem Barber quarter is sharply detailed throughout, with vibrant satiny mint luster and exceptional eye appeal. The virtually pristine surfaces are mostly brilliant, with the tiniest hint of gold toning on the reverse. Census: 2 in 67, 0 finer (12/11). (#5653)

Gem 1913 Barber Quarter low-Mintage Date, Rare in High Grade

3523 1913 Ms65 nGC. Both sides of this powder-gray 1913 Barber quarter show remarkably few abrasions (other than a couple of tiny ones on the cheek), with generous luster and faint pinkish-gold tinges. The strike is close to full, with weakness solely on the right (facing) shield corner. Seldom seen in finer grades, unsurprisingly so, given the mintage of less than a half-million pieces. Census: 9 in 65, 1 finer (12/11). (#5664)

3518 1901-s improperly Cleaned nCs. VF Details. While it does not have the lowest mintage among Barber quarters (the 1913-S holds that honor), the 1901-S is the dominant key date of the series, for its five-figure production was little-noticed until well after the coins had gone into circulation. This moderately worn example has a mix of charcoal, sage, and pale gray shadings. Both sides show hairlines from cleaning; perhaps a misguided past owner attempted to clear away the patina and was only partly successful. Scattered abrasions and a few rim flaws are as expected for the level of wear, while several parallel lines at the upper left cap may be slide marks. In any event, the 1901-S is a great popular rarity, and many collectors would be thrilled to own this VF Details example. (#5630) 3519 1902-o Ms64 PCGs. Satiny and well-defined with streaks of light gray toning across both obverse and reverse. O-mint coins from this era served as true workhorse coins, and despite a mintage in excess of 4.7 million pieces, Mint State survivors are elusive. Population: 27 in 64, 17 finer (12/11).(#5632) 3520 1907 Ms65 PCGs. Faint champagne toning enhances the eye appeal of this sharply detailed Gem Barber quarter. Considered a common date but rarely seen in MS65 or finer grades. Population: 39 in 65, 17 finer (1/12).(#5645)

1913-D Quarter, Ms67 Tied for Finest Certified

3524 1913-D Ms67 nGC. An amazing Denver Mint Barber quarter, this Superb Gem is tied for the finest ever certified. Both sides are boldly defined with satin silver luster and brilliant, untoned surfaces. A hint of field reflectivity is visible on each side. Census: 2 in 67, 0 finer (12/11). (#5665) 3525 1913-s Good 4 PCGs. The 1913-S Barber quarter is a lowmintage key, prized by collectors in any grade. This well-worn example retains a bold date and mintmark, but much of the rims are worn flat.(#5666)

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superb Gem 1915 Barber Quarter single Finest Certified specimen

1892 Quarter, PR68 Cameo Popular First-Year issue

3526 1915 Ms67 nGC. This well-detailed Superb Gem shows just a touch of softness on the eagles claw and arrows, with sharp definition in all other areas. The brilliant surfaces display vibrant mint luster, with just a hint of pale gold toning. Eye appeal is extraordinary. This coin is the single finest certified at either of the leading grading services (1/12). (#5670) 3527 1916-D Ms66 PCGs. CaC. Pale silver luster has just a hint of blue overall. Two small crimson dots are hidden in the denticles at the upper right obverse. Great eye appeal for this end-of-series issue. PCGS has graded only six coins as Superb Gems or better (1/12). (#5674)

3530 1892 PR68 Cameo nGC. Type Two Reverse. The 1892 Barber quarter boasts a series high proof mintage of 1,245 pieces. The present coin is a magnificent Superb Gem, with deep mirrors and frosty devices that provide ample Cameo contrast. The surfaces are lightly toned in shades of green and lavender, with a few darker spots on the obverse. Census: 2 in 68 Cameo, 0 finer (12/11). (#85678)

1893 Quarter Dollar, PR67 Cameo Borderline Ultra Cameo

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1892 Barber Quarter, PR65 Popular First-Year issue

3531 1893 PR67 Cameo nGC. This piece should be called Ultra Cameo in our opinion, but NGC has elected to assign the modest Cameo designation. A Superb Gem proof, it exhibits fully brilliant silver surfaces with no toning on either side. The devices are frosty and highly lustrous. Census: 9 in 67 Cameo, 5 finer (12/11). (#85679) 3528 1892 PR65 PCGs. CaC. Type One Reverse. A sizeable majority of 1892 proofs are from the Type Two reverse hub. The reverse legends are lightly die doubled, as often seen on 1892 Barber issues. The devices are fully struck and the surfaces are frosted with light golden-brown peripheral patina. Certified in a first generation holder. (#5678)

Boldly Contrasted 1893 Quarter, PR67 Cameo

1892 Quarter, PR67 Rarely Finer

3532 1893 PR67 Cameo nGC. The frost over the devices has a thick, almost creamy character, particularly on the obverse. Light gray overtones have little influence on the reflectivity of the interior fields, though the blue-violet and green-gold wisps at the borders are more opaque. Great all-around eye appeal, as suggested by the Star designation. This second-year proof Barber quarter issue is a condition rarity this fine. (#85679) 3529 1892 PR67 nGC. Type Two Reverse. This Superb Gem proof is essentially color-free on the obverse while having a veil of smoky golden-gray patina on the reverse. Both sides exhibit noticeable field-device variance, somewhat more so on the obverse. Fully struck and marvelously preserved. Census: 24 in 67, 9 finer (12/11). (#5678)

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1895 Quarter, PR68 Cameo none Certified Finer

1897 Quarter, PR68 Ultra Cameo none Certified Finer

3533 1895 PR68 Cameo nGC. Few proof Barber quarters in any contrast category are so magnificently preserved as this Superb Gem beauty. Though the frost on the devices is lighter than is often seen, both sides offer powerful contrast. Magnificently preserved with just a hint of golden patina at the rims. The Barber design proved unpopular with collectors and sales of proof sets for the silver denominations fell from previous levels; the 1895 official mintage of 880 pieces is the same across all denominations and influences the availability of the more prominent 1895 Morgan dollar as well. Census: 10 in 68 Cameo, 0 finer (12/11). (#85681)

3536 1897 PR68 Ultra Cameo nGC. Both sides are completely untoned. The devices are incredible with complete design definition, enhanced by highly lustrous and fully brilliant mint frost. For the type collector who desires a Superb Gem proof with exceptional contrast, this 1897 is an ideal choice. Census: 3 in 68 Ultra Cameo, 0 finer (12/11). (#95683)

1898 Quarter Dollar, PR68 Cameo only one Finer

Cameo PR68 1895 Quarter Condition Rarity

3534 1895 PR68 Cameo nGC. Appreciably contrasted on each side, though more so on the reverse. Boldly mirrored fields are effectively color-free, though the rims show distinct green-gold elements. A crisply struck specimen with great charm. The 1895 quarter is a considerable condition rarity at the PR68 Cameo level. (#85681)

3537 1898 PR68 Cameo nGC. The proof mirrors on this piece highlight the satiny devices, all of which are exquisitely sharply defined, including the upper-right shield corner and the arrow feathers and adjacent claw, elements that are sometimes soft. Whispers of reddish-gold and cobalt-blue are most pronounced at the margins. This coin is among the finest certified, with only one finer. Census: 8 in 68 Cameo, 1 finer (12/11). (#85684)

1897 Quarter, attractively Toned PR68 Cameo Tied for Finest Certified

3535 1897 PR68 Cameo nGC. CaC. In terms of relative scarcity, the 1897 is only a moderately difficult date among proofs in the Barber quarter series. But it is one of the better-produced dates and as such is popular for type purposes. This is an extraordinary coin that shows illimitable depth of mirrored reflectivity in the fields and noticeable contrasting mint frost on the devices, all this abundantly evident through the scattered russet and blue toning. Close examination with a loupe fails to reveal any contact marks. Census: 3 in 68 Cameo, 0 finer (12/11). (#85683)

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1898 Quarter, PR68+ Ultra Cameo incredible Technical and aesthetic Quality

Toned PR68 1901 Barber Quarter Defect-Free and Highly Reflective

3538 1898 PR68+ Ultra Cameo nGC. CaC. The silver proof coins of 1896 and 1898 are renowned for their marvelous high technical and aesthetic quality, and that quality, while most noteworthy among silver dollars, is certainly not limited to that series. Take note of the five qualifiers on this coin: PR68 NGC; Plus; Star; Ultra Cameo; and the CAC green label approval. Needless to say, this coin appears essentially perfect, with incredible eye appeal, to boot. The fields are deeply mirrored, with heavy mint frost on the devices. The centers are brilliant, ceding to reddish-russet and blue at the margins. Both sides appear mark-free. Census: 1 in 68+ Ultra Cameo, 5 finer (1/12). From The Aspen Collection of Proof Coinage. (#95684)

3540 1901 PR68 nGC. The 1901 Barber quarter proof, with a nominal mintage of 813 pieces, perhaps boasts a little added cachet due to its proximity to the key 1901-S circulation strike. This incredibly high-grade PR68 piece exhibits remarkably deep fields, the obverse showing streaky russet and blue toning at the top and around the rim on the bottom, with much brilliance remaining in-between. The reverse sports powder-blue patina with a yellow-gold arc around bottom rim. As demanded at this grade level, the surfaces are defect-free. This piece is one of six submissions at this grade at NGC, with none finer (1/12). (#5687) 3541 1903 PR64 nGC. A delightful Choice example of this lowmintage proof issue, with sharply detailed design elements and deeply reflective fields, under attractive shades of gray-violet and green toning.(#5689)

1900 Quarter, PR67 Cameo Dazzling and nearly Brilliant

3539 1900 PR67 Cameo nGC. Of the 912 proofs struck in this popular year, only 13 others have achieved the PR67 Cameo level by NGC, and there are only three pieces finer (12/11). To many observers this immaculate proof will appear all-brilliant, but there actually is slight patina present on the obverse, while the reverse is indeed bright and dazzling. An exceptional, contrasted proof striking. (#85686)
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1903 Quarter, Deeply Toned PR67

Gem Proof 1907 Quarter lavish original Toning

3542 1903 PR67 nGC. Struck in the all-brilliant method of proofing that began the previous year, this deeply reflective example has equally deep toning. Golden and deep blue marginal color is seen on the obverse, while the reverse is almost turquoise with a few dabs of golden. Irrespective of the depth of the toning, the deep mirrors flash forcefully through both sides of this essentially perfect proof striking. Census: 41 in 67, 10 finer (12/11). (#5689) 3543 1904 PR64 PCGs. This near-Gem proof displays mild field-motif contrast, more so on the reverse. Whispers of lavender and cobaltblue gravitate to the margins of this sharply impressed, nicely preserved piece.(#5690)

3547 1907 PR65 PCGs. Rich ocean-blue and apricot-gold consume the obverse. The reverse displays pastel lime-green and orange shades. The strike is sharp except on the right (facing) claw and fletchings. Imperfections are confined to a couple of small spots on the lower reverse legends. A scant 575 proofs were issued. (#5693)

1907 Quarter Dollar, PR68 Beautifully Toned

1904 Quarter Dollar, PR67 Cameo none Finer at nGC

3544 1904 PR67 Cameo nGC. Occasional glimpses of translucent golden color grace the lower margins, but this Superb Gem specimen is otherwise untoned. While the frost across the sharply struck central devices is not strong, it does set up readily appreciable contrast on each side. Census: 5 in 67 Cameo, 0 finer (12/11). (#85690) 3545 1906 PR66 nGC. A spectacular Premium Gem, from a proof mintage of 675 pieces, this coin is well-detailed, with mirrored fields and accents of gold and blue patina. Census: 49 in 66, 33 finer (12/11).(#5692) 3546 1906 PR64 Cameo PCGs. This delightful near-Gem Cameo proof has brilliant surfaces with faint champagne toning on each side. The fields are completely and deeply mirrored, and the satiny devices are gorgeous. Population: 3 in 64 Cameo, 3 finer (12/11). (#85692)

3548 1907 PR68 nGC. A moderate amount of contrast shows on this magnificent Superb Gem proof. Medium intensity gunmetalblue toning runs over the obverse, ceding to a medley of lighter gunmetal-blue, lavender, and reddish-gold on the reverse. The design elements are sharply struck save for often-seen softness in the upper-right shield corner and on the arrow feathers and adjacent claw. Totally blemish free. Census: 9 in 68, 0 finer (12/11). (#5693)

PR66 Cameo 1907 Quarter outstanding obverse Contrast

3549 1907 PR66 Cameo nGC. The ice-white portrait exhibits remarkable contrast with the glassy obverse field. The eagle is nearly as frosty and also compares favorably with the darkly mirrored reverse field. Dappled tobacco-brown and navy-blue toning fills the margins and encroaches upon the reverse center. (#85693) 3550 1908 PR66 nGC. This sharply detailed Premium Gem exhibits brilliant silver surfaces and a sharp strike with light cameo contrast beneath delicate champagne toning.(#5694)

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1909 Quarter, PR68 Tied for Finest Certified

1911 Quarter, PR67 Cameo only 543 Proofs Minted

3551 1909 PR68 nGC. Splashes of rainbow patina visit the bluishviolet surfaces of this Superb Gem proof and a decisive strike imparts sharp detail to the design elements. Virtually pristine surfaces serve to enhance the coins captivating eye appeal even more. Census: 11 in 68, 0 finer (12/11). (#5695) 3552 1909 PR65 Cameo PCGs. Just a few hints of color gravitate to the borders of this Gem proof, and sharply struck design elements stand out against the mirrored fields. No marks of consequence are evident. Population: 10 in 65 Cameo, 14 finer (1/12). (#85695)

3556 1911 PR67 Cameo nGC. The devices are glowing with frost, and the fields are deeply mirrored on each side. The strike is razorsharp, and this is an essentially untoned representative with clean surfaces and spectacular eye appeal. The emission of 543 proofs ranks among the lowest mintages of the type. Census: 13 in 67, 12 finer (12/11). Ex: Heritage (8/2006), lot 1257; 2007 FUN Auction (Heritage, 1/2007), lot 4101. (#85697)

1912 Quarter, PR67 Exquisitely Preserved

1909 Quarter, PR67 Cameo only one Finer at nGC

3553 1909 PR67 Cameo nGC. The frosted devices contrast with the dark, glassy fields. This fully impressed Superb Gem is close to brilliant, although traces of pale rose are lightly draped around the margins of each side. A mere 650 proofs were produced of this issue. Census: 10 in 67 Cameo, 1 finer (12/11). Ex: FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2007), lot 4093. (#85695) 3554 1910 PR66 nGC. This sharply detailed Premium Gem proof has fully mirrored fields with frosty devices, creating light cameo contrast. The strike is sharp and both sides exhibit splashes of gold and iridescent toning.(#5696) 3555 1910 PR64 Cameo PCGs. Boldly contrasted and sharply struck. The obverse shows little patina, though cobalt-blue crimson toning is dappled prominently in the reverse fields. Population: 23 in 64 Cameo, 30 finer (12/11).(#85696)

3557 1912 PR67 nGC. The mirrored fields of this Superb Gem highlight the satiny motifs at all angles, and a solid strike delivers strong delineation to all design elements. Soft multicolored toning bathes both sides, each of which has been exquisitely preserved. Census: 9 in 67, 4 finer (12/11). (#5698)

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XF Details 1794 Half Dollar, o-101 First Year of Denomination

Choice Fine 1795 Half Dollar s over D Variety, o-129a

3559 1795 2 leaves Fine 15 PCGs. o-129a, R.4. The variety with an S over D in STATES, mentioned in the 2012 Guide Book but without a separate listing. The bisecting crack on the reverse is faint but apparent. Toned deep caramel-gold and cream-gray. The eagles plumage is worn but much hair detail remains. The few thin marks are consistent with the grade. Housed in an old green label holder. (#6052)

1795 o-110 Half Dollar, VF30 Early Die state

3558 1794 improperly Cleaned nGC Details. XF. o-101, R.4. An intermediate die state with a die crack at 9:30 on the reverse, though no crack is evident through the F in OF. The typical 1794 half dollar is cleaned and grades VG to Fine, but the present piece is considerably sharper and displays substantial detail within the hair, wings, and tail. A couple of minor adjustment marks (as made) are noted on the obverse center. However, post-strike abrasions are essentially absent. Tilting the coin reveals faint hairlines, but the pastel cream-gray, apricot-gold, and ice-blue toning is attractive. The introductory Flowing Hair type was struck for only two years, with the 1794 much more elusive than its 1795 successor. (#6051)

3560 1795 2 leaves VF30 PCGs. o-110, R.3. Minor clash marks are evident on each side of this plentiful Flowing Hair half dollar variety. Both sides have pewter-gray surfaces that are blended with gray-brown toning, showing steel-blue peripheries. An impressive piece for a variety specialist or type collector. (#6052)

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XF 1795 Half Dollar, o-105a Rich Green-Gold Toning

1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar, aU55 Popular Type issue, scarce o-113a

3561 1795 2 leaves XF40 PCGs. o-105a, R.4. The vertical die crack from the rim to the B in LIBERTY aids attribution of this well detailed and slightly glossy Flowing Hair type coin. Rich forestgreen and caramel-gold toning adds to the eye appeal. Minimally abraded for the grade despite an inconsequential obverse rim nick at 3 oclock and a faint thin mark between stars 4 and 5. (#6052)

XF Details 1795 Half Dollar Two leaves Reverse, o-117

3562 1795 2 leaves improperly Cleaned nGC Details. XF. o-117, R.4. Splashes of deep orange, ruby-red, and emerald-green dominate the upper reverse. The remainder of this Flowing Hair half has stone-gray centers and tan-gold borders. Though the reverse toning is unnatural, the surfaces are minimally abraded and lack offensive hairlines. Moderate mint-made adjustment marks are relegated to the left reverse margin. (#6052)

3563 1795 2 leaves aU55 nGC. o-113a, R.4. The 1795 Flowing Hair half dollar is the more available date of this popular two-year design type, with a mintage of 299,680 pieces and 32 die varieties known for the date. This coin represents the scarce O-113a variety, characterized by the A in STATES struck over an E, and some die imperfections on the surfaces between stars 12-15. This attractive Choice AU specimen displays just a touch of wear on the welldetailed design elements, with vibrant mint luster under shades of violet, gray, and champagne-gold patina. A few minor contact marks do little to detract from the considerable eye appeal. Census: 30 in 55, 79 finer (12/11). (#6052)

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1795 Two leaves Half Dollar, a over E, o-113a The Eliasberg Collection Coin, Ms63 likely the sole Finest Graded

3566 1795 Two leaves, a over E, o-113a, R.4 Ms63 nGC.

Ex: Eliasberg. The obverse is easily identified by the star 1 just piercing the loop of the curl, and more specifically by the die lump diagnostic between the 5 in the date and the last star. The reverse is also readily attributed by the original spelling of STETES, with the A punched atop but serifs of the E clearly seen beneath. The later (and rarer) die state O-113a is characterized by the rough breaks or defects at stars 12 to 15 per Overton here appearing most prominently as diagonal protuberances from the two lowest points of star 12 as well as the two die cracks, one joining LIB, a separate one connecting ERTY. This piece was cataloged as an MS63 in the Eliasberg Collection, and was subsequently in an MS64 NGC holder before landing in its current MS63 NGC holder. For such an important and historic coin, the grade of the slab is virtually irrelevant in comparison to its obvious aesthetic quality. Q. David Bowers wrote of it, in part: Somewhat lightly struck at the centers, particularly at the eagle on the reverse. A over E feature very bold. Brilliant and highly lustrous with just a whisper of delicate golden toning. An extremely pleasing coin from a visual aspect. This coin could not have appeared much different during the era in which it was struck! ... The Eliasberg Collection specimen is far superior to any other examples of this variety currently identified. We are aware of only one other Mint State example, an MS-60 is our 1987 ANA sale, offered in recent times.

(#6052)

We would add little to the description above except to mention the mint luster glowing beneath yellow-golden and gray patina, with the pronounced die lump between the 5 and star 15 and evident metal flow around the peripheries. Evidence of die rust is normal on this variety, and the goldengray interiors contrast against peripheral blue color. A single identifying mark appears below the R in LIBERTY. Even though the NGC Census Report lists an example in MS64, we believe that to be this same coin (please see the provenance below), which almost certainly remains the finest certified today. Ex: Eliasberg Collection (MS-63) (Bowers and Merena, 4/1997), lot 1668, which brought $68,750; Southwest Collection/Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 2/2008), lot 526, as MS64 NGC, which realized $126,500; Joseph C. Thomas Collection/Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2009), lot 2386, which realized $86,250.

3565 1795/1795 2 leaves scratched anaCs. Fine 15 Details. o-112, R.4. The date was first entered too low, touching the dentils, then entered a second time in the proper position. The lavender-gray surfaces are smooth aside from several scratches clustered near the N in UNITED.(#6055)
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1797 Half Dollar, o-101a, VF30 a sharp, Terminal Die state Example

3566 1797 VF30 PCGs. o-101a, High R.4. The appearance

at auction of a 1796 or 1797 half dollar is always a cause for excitement. One is necessary to complete a U.S. type set, and both dates are required by half dollar specialists attempting to put together a date set of early halves. The current 1797 offering would be suitable not only for the above purposes, but is also an excellent choice for variety specialists because it represents the terminal die state of the 1797 Overton-101 variety (O-101a). This specimen is special in this regard because most of the major cracks are still visible on the shattered reverse. Indeed, even the first crack to develop on this reverse can be seen on this coin, albeit faintly. It runs from the upper-right serif of E in STATES to the top curve of the last S and then intersects the heavier vertical crack between the S and O in OF. Research by Heritage cataloger Jon Amato shows this incipient crack to have developed on this reverse die when it was paired with the 1796 15 Stars obverse. Silver-gray patina with subtle sky-blue and champagnegold undertones graces both sides of this VF30 example, each of which displays traces of luster in the recessed areas. The design elements are sharply defined, including strong detail on Libertys hair and drapery and the eagles wing feathers. Even the talons on the right (facing) leg are fully delineated. The overall design detail is such that this coin might have claims to XF. Only a few minute marks are visible, and these are mentioned solely for pedigree purposes. There is a small spot between the chin and star 13, a shallow scrape from the upper-right point of star 12 to the rim, a light vertical scratch from the bottom horizontal part of the right (facing) wing, and a diagonal mark right of the 2 in the fraction. One cannot go wrong on this coin, regardless of its intended purpose in a collection. It has the right combination of toning, detail, originality, and history to make it the hallmark of an advanced collection. Housed in a green label holder. Ex: Superior Galleries (5/1991), lot 899. (#6060)

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3567 1801 Fine 12 anaCs. o-101, R.3. The more available of the two varieties, identified by die lumps on the lower left reverse. Toned cream-gray overall with glimpses of almond-gold at the borders. There are no detrimental marks.(#6064) 3568 1801 Rim Filing nGC Details. VF. o-101, R.3. A small obverse rim ding at 5 oclock has been filed, and slender marks are noted near the chin and on the shield. Otherwise, this is a collectible example of this much better Draped Bust date, with cream-gray centers and gunmetal borders.(#6064) 3569 1803 large 3, small Reverse stars VF35 nGC. o-101, R.3. Golden-brown and stone-gray toning encompasses this unmarked and attractive Draped Bust half. All letters in E PLURIBUS UNUM are sharp, and the strike is even except near the junction of the right (facing) wing with the shield.(#6066) 3570 1803 large 3, small Reverse stars XF45 nGC. o-101, R.3. Short die cracks are visible at the tops of L, IB, and ERT in LIBERTY. The reverse has minor die rust in various locations. A stone-gray half dollar with even definition and glimmers of white luster in design crevices. No marks are consequential. (#6066) 3571 1805 Cleaned anaCs. XF40 Details. o-111, R.2. This pearl-gray Bust half displays glimpses of luster within protected areas. Slightly bright, and a few mint-made adjustment marks are noted on the reverse periphery. Above the cleavage are faint pinscratched numbers 101 and 25.(#6069)

aU sharpness no stem, Pointed 6 1806 Half Dollar, o-109

3575 1806 Pointed 6, no stem Environmental Damage nGC Details. aU. o-109, R.1. A darkly toned but well defined example of this popular Guide Book blundered die variety. The engraver forgot to add the requisite stem to the branch. Deep golden-brown, forest-green, and plum-mauve patina has been added to conceal occasional inconspicuous surface granularity. (#6073) 3576 1806 Pointed 6, stem VF30 PCGs. o-119, R.3. Deep gunmetalblue and tan-brown toning blankets this middle grade Draped Bust half. Impressively unabraded aside from a couple of minor thin marks near the shoulder curls. The reverse has a convex appearance, as made, which concentrates wear on the eagles neck and the left (facing) wing near the shield. Moderately granular near the STAT in STATES.(#6071) 3577 1806 Pointed 6, stem XF40 nGC. o-116, R.3. Heavy obverse die cracks are advanced from their appearance on O-115a. The reverse is cracked through the tops of UNITED STAT. This pleasing piece has light gray surfaces with traces of luster.(#6071) 3578 1806 Pointed 6, stem XF45 nGC. o-115a, R.2. A heavy crack through the bottom of the date extends to the first few stars at the left, with a branch crack through stars 1, 2, and 3. Pleasing gray surfaces host considerable grayish-gold toning with a few faint hairlines and other minor blemishes.(#6071)

1805 o-109a Half Dollar, aU55 late Die state

1806 o-118 Half Dollar, aU50 Pointed 6, stem Through Claw


3572 1805 aU55 nGC. o-109a, R.4. This late die state specimen has heavy reverse die cracks that include a retained cud through the tops of ITE in UNITED. Other reverse cracks are also prominently visible. Both sides have considerable luster with light gray surfaces and splashes of dusky gold toning on the reverse. (#6069) 3573 1806 Knobbed 6, large stars VF35 PCGs. o-105, R.2. An earlier die state of the O-105 without the crack through left-side stars. Deep gold, rose, and mauve toning over most of each side with patches of lighter color at the worn high points.(#6074) 3574 1806 Knob 6, large stars XF45 nGC. o-105a, R.2. The sole Knob 6, Large Stars die marriage. Rich chestnut-gold and steel-blue embrace this unblemished and attractively defined early half dollar. The strike is good aside from the stars northeast of the eagles head. (#6074) 3579 1806 Pointed 6, stem aU50 PCGs. o-118, R.3. The reverse is cracked from the border to the left facing claw, and through the tops of TED STATE. The ribbon bows behind the head are outlined with no other detail, and the reverse shows weakness opposite the ribbons. All other design motifs are stronger. This pleasing piece has satin luster with light gray surfaces that exhibit gold and iridescent toning. (#6071) 3580 1807 Draped Bust XF45 nGC. o-110a, R.2. Peripheral die cracks surround the entire obverse and part of the reverse on this Choice XF specimen. Both sides have hints of luster with gold and iridescent toning over light gray surfaces.(#6079)

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3581 1807 large stars, 50 over 20 VF35 PCGs. o-112, R.1. The surfaces are light gray and olive with aqua-blue accents. Well struck with minor to moderate wear over the high points and a thin mark noted near Libertys temple. Ex: New York Signature (Heritage, 7/2004), lot 6450; Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 2/2007), lot 3366; FUN (Heritage, 1/2009), lot 2790.(#6086) 3582 1807 large stars, 50 over 20 XF40 nGC. o-112, R.1. A pleasing piece with light gray surfaces and lovely iridescent peripheries. Scattered surface marks and light wear limit the grade. (#6086)

1811 o-105a Half, Ms64 late Die state

1807 o-113a Half Dollar, Ms61 Capped Bust, small stars

3589 1811 small 8 Ms64 nGC. o-105a, R.2. A highly lustrous Choice Mint State half dollar, this piece has natural medium gray surfaces with vibrant gold, russet, and blue toning on each side. This example likely ranks among the top two dozen of a plentiful variety. Census: 33 in 64, 31 finer (12/11), for all 1811 varieties. (#6097)

1812/1 o-101 Half Dollar, XF40 Early Die state

3583 1807 Capped Bust, small stars Ms61 nGC. o-113a, R.3. Both sides have peripheral die cracks that are described for the a die state of O-113. This lovely Mint State specimen has satin luster with gray, gold, and iridescent toning on both sides. This example probably ranks among the top 10 for the variety and it is one of the four or finest of the late die state. Census: 7 in 61, 25 finer (12/11), for all 1807 Capped Bust varieties. (#6087) 3584 no lot 3585 1810 aU55 nGC. o-110, R.2. A trace of wear appears on the high points of this attractive pewter-gray specimen with splendid peripheral iridescence.(#6095) 3586 1811/10 XF45 nGC. o-101, R.1. Noticeable wear is present with slight strike weakness. This pleasing Choice XF has light gray surfaces with splashes of deeper gray toning. Hints of powder-blue add to its eye appeal.(#6099) 3587 1811/10 XF45 PCGs. o-101, R.1. Steel-gray and chestnut-tan with freckles of russet near peripheral elements. An unmarked and nicely detailed example of this relatively early Capped Bust date. Luster shimmers throughout the reverse legends. Ex: Long Beach (Heritage, 2/2007), lot 8359; Central States (Heritage, 4/2011), lot 3634.(#6099) 3590 1812/1 large 8 XF40 nGC. o-101, R.5. There are no visible die cracks on the obverse of this early die state piece. High-point wear is evident and the strike is imperfectly centered. The light gray surfaces host splashes of champagne and steel-blue toning with minor grade-consistent marks on each side. This important Guide Book variety is infrequently available in any grade. (#6102)

1812 o-104 Half Dollar, Ms63 Rotated Dies

1811 Half Dollar, Ms63 small 8, o-110


3591 1812 Rotated Dies Ms63 nGC. o-104, R.1. NGC describes this piece as a Mint Error for its Rotated Dies. Both sides of this Select Mint State piece combine gold and gray patina with lovely blue peripheral toning. The underlying surfaces are highly lustrous with frosty mint brilliance. (#6100)

3588 1811 small 8 Ms63 nGC. o-110, R.1. The O-110 die marriage is common in all grades with a high level condition census as expected. A number of Choice and Gem examples survive, with this Select Mint State piece just below that group. Both sides have gray-brown surfaces with satin luster and considerable dark steel toning on the obverse. (#6097)

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1812 o-108 Half, Ms65

1815/2 Half Dollar, Ms61 Popular single-Variety Year

3592 1812 Ms65 nGC. o-108, R.2. The obverse has the first 1 high and out of place, while the reverse has most of the azure lines extending beyond the right shield border. A wonderful Gem with bold design definition and satiny luster. Both sides exhibit ivory surfaces with considerable blue, lilac, and gold toning that deepens near the borders. Census: 16 in 65, 20 finer (11/11), for all 1812 Normal Date varieties. (#6100) 3593 1814 aU50 nGC. o-109, R.2. Heavy clash marks are evident on both sides of this light gray specimen with a few splashes of slightly darker toning. Satin surfaces retain hints of luster. (#6105) 3594 1815/2 obverse Damage nGC Details. Good. o-101a, R.3. Small graffiti reminiscent of a Euro symbol is noted on the left obverse field. Both sides are thickly hairlined, and the vertical shield lines have been strengthened. Still an example of the rarest date within the Capped Bust series.

1815/2 o-101a Half Dollar, VF35 Key Capped Bust Half

3595 1815/2 VF35 nGC. o-101a, R.3. All 1815 half dollars are overdates from a single die pair and they are known in two die states. The usual light clash marks are visible on both sides of this late die state specimen. This example has moderate wear with light gray high points and deeper grayish-gold toning in the fields. Darker verdigris is evident on each side. (#6108)

3596 1815/2 Ms61 nGC. o-101, R.2. The dies are prominently clashed, but the die crack through the denomination marking the O-101a subvariety has not yet formed. This overdated die pair is the only variety for the year, and the 1815/2 is widely considered to be the key to the date set of Bust halves. Few survivors are as attractive as this MS61 coin. It offers pleasing overall detail with only a touch of weakness noted at the stars to the right. Warm gold, orange, and pink shadings embrace much of the surfaces, while the rest is silver-gray. Excellent eye appeal. Census: 3 in 61, 21 finer (1/12). (#6108)

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1815/2 Capped Bust Half, Ms62 scarce late Die state, o-101a

1818/7 o-103 Half, Ms62 scarce overdate Variety

3599 1818/7 large 8 Ms62 nGC. o-103, R.3. The O-103 die marriage of the Large 8 overdate is scarcer than the other two overdate varieties. This piece ranks easily in the top 10 for the variety. Both sides have satiny gray surfaces with splashes of gold toning and ivory luster. Census: 9 in 62, 39 finer (12/11), for all three overdate varieties. (#6115) 3600 1818 Ms61 nGC. o-107, R.1. A sharp strike and full satin luster characterize this attractive, light golden toned specimen. A small curved scratch over the eagles head appears to be the gradelimiting blemish.(#6113)

1818 o-107 Half Dollar, Ms64 Probable Census specimen

3597 1815/2 Ms62 nGC. o-101a, R.3. The 1815/2 Capped Bust half dollar claims a small mintage of 47,150 pieces, all delivered on January 10, 1816, just one day before the Mint suffered a crippling fire. All 1815 half dollars were struck from the same pair of overdated dies, and this coin shows the extensive network of die cracks on the reverse that characterizes the scarcer late O-101a die state. The 1815/2 is a sought-after key for both date and variety collectors, and Mint State examples are especially prized. The present coin is an impressive MS62 specimen, with welldetailed design elements and interesting heavy clash marks on both sides. The surfaces are attractively toned in shades of champagnegold and cerulean-blue, with vibrant mint luster under the patina. Only a few minor contact marks prevent an even higher grade. (#6108)

3601 1818 Ms64 nGC. CaC. o-107, R.1. A diagonal die line inside TY and two short spikes up from the eagles beak identify the O-107 die marriage. This Choice Mint State piece exhibits frosty luster with entirely untoned silver surfaces. A small number of MS64 or finer pieces exist of this variety. The present piece is likely at the low end of the Condition Census. Census: 25 in 64, 7 finer (1/12), for all 1818 varieties. (#6113) 3602 1820 square Base Knob 2, large Date aU53 PCGs. o-104, R.4. This well defined half dollar is stone-gray and light tan with a small area of struck-in grease on the left (facing) claw. Glimpses of luster brighten design elements, and only a faded thin mark on the left obverse field is remotely worthy of mention.(#6122)

1817 o-106 Half Dollar, Ms63 Early Die state

1822 o-113 Half, Ms63 among the Top Ten o-113 Half Dollars

3598 1817 Ms63 nGC. o-106, R.2. A prominent raised die line from the border above star 8 to the upper part of the cap identifies this die marriage. Light clash marks are visible on each side of this example. Both sides have pleasing silver-gray surfaces with satin luster and delicate peripheral blue and gold toning. (#6109)
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3603 1822 Ms63 nGC. o-113, R.3. A scarce die marriage, the O-113 has a moderately low census with only a small number of survivors in grades finer than the present specimen. Both sides of this Select Mint State piece have satiny luster shining through gold toning with pewter gray high points. A lovely example and an excellent opportunity for the specialist. (#6129)

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1823 o-110 Half Dollar, Ms63 Early Die state

Gem 1825 Capped Bust Half, o-115 Vivid Color and Eye appeal

3604 1823 Ms63 nGC. o-110, R.2. An early die state before the 3 was patched, forming the so-called Ugly 3 die state. This Select Mint State specimen has frosty silver luster with splashes of gold and iridescent toning on each side. Sharply defined with excellent eye appeal. Census: 44 in 63, 38 finer (12/11) for all 1823 varieties. (#6131) 3605 1824 aU58 nGC. o-115, R.2. Orange-gold toning enriches the borders, though the centers are nearly brilliant. This lustrous Borderline Uncirculated half dollar is crisply struck and impressively unabraded. The eye appeal is equivalent to many examples certified as Mint State.(#6137) 3606 1824/4 aU58 nGC. o-109, R.2. The recut 4 in the date is plain, and on the reverse, AMERICA shows two distinctive features, a die line between the R and I and recutting on the C. Only a hint of high point friction affects this attractive example, softly lustrous beneath ample silver-blue and rose-gold patina. For all 1824/4 varieties, Census: 19 in 58, 27 finer (1/12).(#6140)

3610 1825 Ms65 PCGs. o-115, R.3. A lovely Gem Capped Bust half dollar with vibrant mint luster under iridescent shades of ice-blue, apricot-gold, and violet patina. The design elements are welldetailed, with most of the peripheral devices being stretched out to the rims. Eye appeal is outstanding. Population: 12 in 65, 4 finer (1/12). (#6142) 3611 1826 Ms62 nGC. o-108a, R.1. Deep cobalt-blue, mauve, and gunmetal toning encompasses the obverse. The reverse has lighter colors that consist of peripheral navy-blue and forest-green with a dusky cream-gray center.(#6143) 3612 1826 Ms62 nGC. o-112a, R.2. A later die state with small breaks within the N in UNITED and the first S in STATES. Rich dove-gray, forest-green, and almond-gold encompass this lightly abraded half dollar. The strike is sharp aside from softness on the claws.(#6143)

Richly Toned near-Gem 1826 Half, o-110

1824/4 o-109 Half Dollar, Ms63 a Top Ten specimen

3607 1824/4 Ms63 nGC. o-109, R.2. This variety has a recut 4 in the date, rather than an overdate. It is a scarce die marriage that is infrequently found in Mint State grades. The present Select specimen ranks among the top 10 of the variety. Both sides are deeply toned in gray-gold, with blue peripheral toning that is especially prominent on the obverse. (#6140) 3608 1825 Ms61 nGC. o-102, R.1. Luster dominates the reverse and illuminates the obverse design. Slightly dusky sun-gold toning cedes to gunmetal-gray on the portrait. Marks are minimal for the MS61 level. An evenly struck and attractive example.(#6142) 3609 1825 Ms61 nGC. o-108, R.3. Although the stars are mostly flat, this is a nicely detailed example with lustrous silver surfaces and lovely bluish-gold toning on each side. Trivial marks are scattered over the surfaces.(#6142)

3613 1826 Ms64 nGC. o-110, R.2. A small die dot over the right (facing) claw distinguishes the O-110 reverse and thus the die pair. This luminous near-Gem has primarily peach patina with a hint of blue to the overtone. Well-defined in the centers, if not on the stars surrounding the portrait. Quality eye appeal. (#6143)

Colorful Ms66 1826 Half, o-110

3614 1826 Ms66 nGC. o-110, R.2. Golden-brown, navy-blue, and rose-red patina graces this satiny and beautifully mark-free high grade Bust half. The strike is intricate aside from a few star centers. Per Dr. Peterson, O-110 is distinguished by recutting on the upper left inside of the 8 in the date and a tiny die dot above the right (facing) claw. (#6143) 3615 1827 square Base 2 Ms63 nGC. o-112, R.2. Golden-brown fields and devices are framed by deeper powder-blue margins. The strike is intricate except on the hair curls just right of the ear. No marks are remotely consequential, and ample satin luster illuminates design elements.(#6144)
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1828 o-122 Half Dollar, Ms65 square Base 2, small 8

1829 small letters Half Dollar, o-105, Ms66 among the Finest Known

3616 1828 square Base 2, small 8, large letters Ms65 nGC. o-122, R.3. Die lines left of the date help identify the variety. Deep aquamarine, mauve, and rose-red encompass this satiny and carefully preserved Gem. A few stars are incompletely brought up, but the major devices are well struck. An outstanding example of this Square Base 2 marriage. (#6151) 3617 no lot

1829 o-111 Half, Ms64 Recut sTaTEs

3618 1829 small letters Ms64 PCGs. o-111, R.2. Most letters in STATES are boldly recut on this early die state specimen. Both sides have frosty silver luster that shines through the lovely champagne toning. The obverse has a frame of peripheral iridescence. A lovely example for a type set or advanced variety collection. (#6154)

3619 1829 small letters Ms66 nGC. o-105, R.1. This available die pairing is attributed by the position of key stars on the obverse, although the bolder-struck left-side stars are typical. On the reverse, the denomination 50C is high, and the top arrow shaft and the stand of the 5 are recut. This Premium Gem example shows few signs of contact on either side, and the appealing surfaces boast subtle bluish-gray color with glints of gold and pink. The strike is well-executed on both sides save for the obverse stars as mentioned, and minor softness on the denomination. This piece is certainly among the finest known of the variety, tied in grade (and with better eye appeal, in our opinion) with the Eliasberg-Kaufman MS66 NGC coin that brought $9,775 in our Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2009), lot 2442, the top piece listed in our most recent Stephen Herrman reference. Census: for all 1829 varieties, 11 in 66, 1 in 66 , 0 finer (12/11). (#6154)

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Gem 1831 Half Dollar Possibly single Finest o-112

Choice 1832 small letters Half, o-106 Multicolor obverse Toning

3620 1831 Ms65 nGC. o-112, R.3. This lovely Gem Bust half has dynamic luster and mark-free surfaces. Well struck aside from a few star centers and the B in PLURIBUS. Toned medium to deep golden-brown with lavender toning near the rims. Perhaps the finest known for the variety. Stephen J. Herrmans quarterly reference lists four examples as Mint State, none above MS64. The finest attributed by NGC is an MS62, and the single highest designated as O-112 by PCGS is AU53 (1/12). (#6159)

3622 1832 small letters Ms64 nGC. o-106, R.1. Repunching on star 1 helps attribute this collectible Capped Bust Overton marriage. Autumn-gold, powder-blue, and lilac-red dominate the obverse, while the reverse is untoned aside from a peripheral glimpse of navy-blue and russet. Lustrous and unmarked with a good strike despite slight blending on the portrait high points. (#6160)

1831 o-102 Half Dollar, Ms65 Census level

1832 Half Dollar, o-106, Ms66 Ex: Eliasberg

3621 1831 Ms65 nGC. o-102, R.1. The N of UNITED is filled inside its right angle as always on this die marriage. Both sides have frosty silver luster with sharp design definition. A dark toning line through star 7 will aid pedigree research. Census: 47 in 65, 15 finer (12/11) for all 1831 die marriages. (#6159)

3623 1832 small letters Ms66 nGC. o-106, R.1. A remarkable Premium Gem that traces its history to the famous Eliasberg Collection, this coin is sharply detailed in most areas, but a little softness shows on the eagles claws, olive branch, and denomination. The prooflike surfaces are patinated in shades of golden-brown and mint-green. An unobtrusive hairline scratch on Libertys cheek is the only mark of note. Census: 7 in 66, 4 finer (12/11). Ex: Louis Eliasberg Collection (Bowers and Merena, 4/1997), lot 1877. (#6160)

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1832 o-103 Half, Ms66 Condition Census specimen

Choice 1833 Half Dollar, o-108 Exquisite Concentric Toning

3625 1833 Ms64 nGC. o-108, R.1. Splendidly toned with goldengray centers and a wide peripheral band of navy-blue and rosered. This crisply struck Choice half dollar has good luster and is unabraded save for a brief vertical mark on the chin. A desirable example of this available Overton marriage. (#6163)

near-Gem 1834 Half Dollar o-105, large Date, small letters,

3626 1834 large Date, small letters Ms64 nGC. o-105, R.1. A bold die line before OF is the easiest identifier for this obtainable Overton variety. This lustrous representative exhibits rich goldentan toning with glimpses of gunmetal-blue and lilac-red at the borders and on the high points of the portrait. No marks are remotely consequential. (#6165) 3624 1832 small letters Ms66 nGC. o-103, R.1. Most easily attributed by the die lump on Libertys drapery fold and the recutting on the upright of the 5 in the denomination. Quite a few high-grade pieces are known of this variety, but this one appears tied with two other MS66 NGC pieces as possibly the finest known. The mint luster is thick and frosted and the obverse shows rich, deep violet, blue, and citrine toning, while the reverse is a more subdued gray-lilac. Outstanding eye appeal and overall preservation of surfaces. Worthy of the finest quality die variety, date, or type collection. (#6160)

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1834 Capped Bust Half, o-106, Ms65 only one Coin Finer at PCGs

REEDED EDGE HalF DollaRs


3630 1837 Ms62 nGC. Mottled gold and iridescent toning appear on both sides of this sharply detailed and lustrous half dollar. The obverse is cracked through the date, drapery, and left-side stars, and the reverse is shattered.(#6176)

Gem 1837 Reeded Edge Half Dollar sharp Details, Vibrant luster

3627 1834 large Date, small letters Ms65 PCGs. o-106, R.1. A spectacular Gem Bust half, with vibrant mint luster and attractive, iridescent gold and lavender patina. The devices are sharply detailed in most areas, but the typical flatness shows on the stars. No mentionable distractions are evident on either side. Population: 12 in 65, 1 finer (1/12). (#6165) 3628 1834 small Date, small letters Ms61 nGC. o-120, R.4. Peachgold and apple-green compete for territory across this well detailed Capped Bust half. The strike is crisp except on the left-side stars. Visible marks are relegated to a single faint line behind the eagles head.(#6166) 3629 1834 small Date, small letters Ms63 nGC. o-120, R.4. A lovely specimen with frosty silver luster and delicate gold toning that gathers at the upper obverse and over much of the reverse. Probably a condition census specimen.(#6166) 3631 1837 Ms65 nGC. This delightful Gem displays razor-sharp detail on all design elements, with vibrant cartwheel mint luster and exceptional eye appeal. The obverse shows extensive clash marks and the reverse exhibits a die crack that travels half way around the coins surface, through the denomination and the left side of the legend. (#6176) 3632 1839-o improperly Cleaned nGC Details. Unc. The usual 39-O obverse die with a sharply repunched mintmark. This is a fully struck New Orleans Capped Bust half without any visible marks. Medium to deep golden-brown, powder-blue, and lilac toning embraces satiny surfaces.(#6181)

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PRooF REEDED EDGE HalF DollaR

Gem Proof 1839-o Half Dollar Extremely Rare Branch Mint Proof Finest of Four Examples Known

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3633 1839-o PR65 nGC. The 1839-O proof half dollar is a mysterious, little known rarity from the second year of operations at the New

Orleans Mint. The issue is often compared to its more famous predecessor, the 1838-O half dollar, which is one of the marquee rarities in American coinage. The two issues have much in common, as both were produced in proof format, ostensibly at the newly established New Orleans Mint. The same reverse dies were used to coin both issues, and both obverse dies featured the prominent O mintmark, characteristic of this short-lived two-year design type. The histories of these two issues diverged broadly shortly after their production, however, as the 1838-O became one of the most celebrated issues in the U.S. series, while the 1839-O languished in obscurity. This lack of recognition may stem from the fact that the 1839-O proofs were accompanied by a large business-strike emission, while the 1838-O was never struck in regular-issue format. The 1839-O proof is actually a much rarer issue, with only four confirmed survivors, compared to at least nine examples of the 1838-O. The 1839 -O is so rare that it has been out-of-sight, out-of-mind in the numismatic community for most of its history. Although the four confirmed examples have all appeared at auction in the last four years, precious little has been written about them, and much of the published information is ambiguous or questionable. When Walter Breen studied this issue for his proof reference in the 1970s, he made mention of a specimen he examined in the Philip Straus Collection that was struck in medal turn, with the devices aligned in a 360 degree rotation. By the time he wrote his Complete Encyclopedia in 1988, he believed that all examples were struck in medal turn. This is definitely not the case for the four examples we have tracked in our roster below, all being struck in the normal 180 degree coin turn. The Straus example has never surfaced, and we are convinced Breen must have been in error about the die alignment. It was always believed that the 1839-O proofs were all coined at the same time, since they were struck from the same dies. Comparing the four coins that have appeared at auction recently casts some doubt on that piece of conventional wisdom, as well. The coin in lot 2163 of the Long Beach Signature Auction (Heritage, 9/2008) shows incomplete detail in the hair around Libertys ear, and the stars appear spindly and small when compared to the devices on the other specimens in the roster. The coin is sharply struck, but the dies themselves seem to lack the fine detail seen on the other coins. This is probably the result of lapping, to remove die cracks or clash marks. The proof dies were used to strike regular issue coins as well as proofs in 1839. It seems likely that some proofs were struck from newly delivered, polished dies. Then the dies were used in business-strike production, developing some cracks or clash marks, and subsequently lapped and polished before striking a few more proofs. No records were kept of specific proof strikings during this period, so it is impossible to say exactly when the 1839-O proofs were struck. We know the obverse dies were not delivered until March 1839, and the reverse dies were effaced on February 21, 1840, so there is no possibility of a restrike issue at a later date. The present coin is a magnificent Gem, with a razor-sharp strike that imparts fine definition to each individual hair strand in Libertys curls. All the stars have full centrils and the date is bold. The mintmark is double-punched, with the extra outline showing along the lower curve. The reverse is equally sharp, with exquisite definition on the eagles feathers and talons. The surfaces are toned in iridescent shades of blue, champagne-gold, russet, green, and violet in a stunning play of colors. The fields are brightly reflective under the patina, and show only the most insignificant signs of contact. Visual appeal is terrific. This coin is the finest known specimen of this rare and important proof issue and it should find a home in the finest collection of Capped Bust, Reeded Edge half dollars. Census: 1 in 65, 0 finer (12/11).

Census of Proof 1839-o Half Dollars This census contains the four distinct proof 1839 O half dollars known, as well as two earlier, untraced sightings that may or may not correspond with those below. 1. PR65 nGC. Ellis Robison Collection (Stacks, 2/1982), lot 1607; Queller Family Collection (Stacks, 10/2002), lot 448; Pre-Long Beach Sale (Ira and Larry Goldberg, 2/2008), lot 2177; the present coin. 2. P R64 nGC . Salisbury/Woo ds Collections (Bowers and Merena, 9/1994), lot 1214; Baltimore ANA Signature Auction (Heritage, 7/2008), lot 1690. 3. PR63 nGC. Krouner Collection (Lester Merkin, 2/1971), lot 736; Public Auction Sale (Stacks, 9/1992), lot 358; George Byers Collection (Stacks, 10/2006), lot 1098; Long Beach Signature Auction (Heritage, 9/2008), lot 2164; Los Angeles Signature Auction (Heritage, 7/2009), lot 1119. The Breen Proof Encyclopedia Plate Coin. 4. PR62 nGC. Long Beach Signature Auction (Heritage, 9/2008), lot 2163. additional appearances a. Proof. F.C.C. Boyd; Worlds Greatest Collection (Numismatic Gallery, 5/1945), lot 411; Christian Allenburger (B. Max Mehl, 3/1948), lot 1936; R.E. Cox (Stacks, 4/1962), lot 1875. Walter Breen believed these descriptions were all of the same coin, but the first two appearances were not plated, and the catalogers of the Cox specimen report that the consignor was told it was the Allenburger coin, but they could not verify that claim. The plate of the Cox coin shows an unsightly planchet void near the eagles head. Considering the painstaking process employed in striking proofs of this era, it seems unlikely that the coiners would select a damaged planchet to strike a proof coin. The Cox specimen may be a prooflike business-strike. B. Proof. An unverified example that Breen reported in the Philip G. Straus Collection, circa 1951. The coin remains unseen since that time and is likely one of the four listed above. (#6253)

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1839 seated Half Dollar, Ms65 First-Year Drapery Design

1842 WB-106 Half Dollar, Ms65 Blundered Medium Date, large letters

3635 1842 Medium Date, large letters Ms65 nGC. WB-106. The 8 in the date is repunched, and a misplaced digit is right of the shield point. Cobalt-blue and golden-brown bands grace the borders, while the fields and devices are nearly brilliant. Well struck with modest field reflectivity and a few minor marks. Census: 4 in 65, 0 finer (11/11). (#6239)

select 1842 Half Dollar With scarce small Date, large letters Mix

3636 1842 small Date, large letters Ms63 PCGs. CaC. The Large Letters or Reverse of 1842 has gigantic reverse lettering but a tiny date. This bright silver example with pale cloud-white toning fits the bill. Scattered light abrasions are within bounds for the Select designation, while a rim cud over the TAT of STATES adds further interest. Population: 7 in 63, 7 finer (1/12). (#6240) 3634 1839 Drapery Ms65 nGC. The Seated Liberty design made its first appearance on the half dollar denomination in 1839, with two major subtypes known for the date. This coin represents the popular Drapery type, produced later in the year, with an extra fold of drapery at Libertys right (facing) elbow. The Seated Liberty design was produced in large numbers in 1839, but few examples were saved for numismatic purposes, and Gems are very rare. The present coin is a rare Gem example, sharply detailed in most areas, but showing some flatness on the stars. The surfaces display a slightly reflective quality, with shades of dark green, amber, and violet toning. Census: 4 in 65, 0 finer (12/11). (#6232) 3637 no lot

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1846 WB-104, Fs-301 Half, Ms63 6 over Horizontal 6

1850-o Half Dollar, Ms64 Pleasing Eye appeal

3641 1850-o Ms64 PCGs. CaC. Mint State 1850-O half dollars are very scarce, and are particularly elusive in Gem and finer grades. This MS64 example displays cobalt-blue, lavender, and grayish patination which is slightly deeper on the reverse. Moreover, the design elements are sharply impressed, adding to the coins pleasing eye appeal. Population: 26 in 64, 7 finer (1/12). (#6265)

1850-o seated liberty Half Dollar Rare Gem specimen

3642 1850-o Ms65 nGC. This remarkable Seated Liberty half is sharply detailed in most areas, but some of the stars are a little flat. Some stars also show recutting. The surfaces are brightly lustrous, with hints of greenish-gold toning and only minor signs of contact. Census: 6 in 65, 1 finer (12/11). (#6265) 3638 1846 6 over Horizontal 6 Ms63 PCGs. CaC. WB-104, Fs-301. Ex: Dick Osburn Collection. The popular variety with the 6 first punched horizontally, then corrected. The obverse of this Select Mint State piece has two small rim cuds below the date, and a die crack through UNIT in this intermediate die state. Later states have a full rim break over those letters. This specimen is fully lustrous and boldly detailed with light gray-gold centers and deeper gold and iridescent toning along the borders. Scattered grade-consistent surface marks are evident on each side. Population: 2 in 63, 0 finer (1/12). (#6254) 3639 1846-o Tall Date VF30 PCGs. Deep dove-gray toning encompasses this rare variety New Orleans Seated half. All letters in LIBERTY are bold. Smooth aside from a light diagonal mark on the reverse shield and a tiny obverse rim nick at 6:30. (#6256) 3640 1850 aU55 PCGs. Semireflective luster is light gray and gold at the interiors with deeper blues at the margins. Lightly rubbed with a line of reed marks just off Libertys raised knee, but still a pleasing example of this pre-Civil War half dollar issue that is conditionally scarce so fine. Population: 10 in 55, 35 finer (1/12). (#6264) 3643 1852 XF45 nGC. A scarce date struck during a period of high silver prices when subsidiary coinage was hoarded and melted. This lightly worn example has natural gold and iridescent toning with scattered, grade-consistent marks.(#6268)

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1853 arrows and Rays Half, Ms66 none Finer at nGC

1858 seated liberty Half Dollar, Ms65 Rare issue in Gem Condition

3645 1858 Ms65 PCGs. Despite a generous mintage for its era, the 1858 half dollar is difficult to locate in Gem Mint State. This fully struck and satiny example is deeply toned. The centers are mauve and orange while the margins exhibit steel-blue and olive-green. One solitary mark is noted between stars 4 and 5. Population: 13 in 65, 5 finer (1/12). (#6293) 3646 1858-o aU58 PCGs. CaC. Broadly lustrous with only minor rub across the high points and scattered small abrasions. Hints of green-gold appear at the borders, while the interiors remain silverwhite.(#6294)

luminous Ms64 1859-o Half Dollar

3644 1853 arrows and Rays Ms66 nGC. Although the 1853 Arrows and Rays half dollar is a common issue with a mintage exceeding 3.5 million coins, most examples seen are in the lower reaches of AU or lower-end Uncirculated. Many examples of the issue are darkly toned, or have excessive contact marks or indifferent luster. This piece, however, has thick, satinlike surfaces that are nearly flawless. In fact, the only surface anomalies we see are some pronounced clash marks on each side that occurred at the time of striking. The coin is fully brilliant and untoned with a soft silverwhite appearance. The strike is adequate if not bold, with the mentionable softness on stars 12 and 13 and Libertys exposed foot near the rim. Radiant cartwheel luster abounds on both sides, and it is difficult to imagine an example of the issue that offers more eye appeal than the present example. First-year type coins, such as the present piece are perennial favorites among large segments of the collecting public, and they also appear to have a future that is equally bright. Census: 16 in 66, 0 finer (12/11). (#6275)

3647 1859-o Ms64 nGC. CaC. An elegant near-Gem representative of a late antebellum half dollar issue, this piece is more luminous than bright under peach and apricot patina but has strong eye appeal nonetheless. Excellent definition through the centers, though the peripheral devices are a trifle blunt. Census: 21 in 64, 13 finer (12/11). (#6297)

1860-o Half Dollar, Ms65+ only Three Finer nGC Coins

3648 1860-o Ms65+ nGC. The 1860-O half dollar issue was the last Seated half production strictly under federal authority, as the 1861O manufacture was split between the three entities after Louisiana seceded and then joined the Confederate States of America. New Orleans would make no more half dollars until the Barbers of 1892. This splendid Gem 1860-O has received the Plus designation from NGC, recognizing its high eye appeal. Rich luster radiates from well-struck, silver-white surfaces that appear distraction-free. Census: 1 in 65+, 3 finer (12/11). (#6300) 3649 1860-s aU58 PCGs. WB-102. Medium S. Rich stone-gray toning envelops this unmarked and partly lustrous San Francisco Seated half. The strike is bold except on star 8. Nearly a No Drapery example, though a single strand is present beneath the elbow. Population: 12 in 58, 26 finer (1/12).(#6301)
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Choice XF 1861-o Half Dollar Confederate obverse

3652 1875 Ms64 nGC. The high-mintage 1875 half is one of the more available and more attractively produced issues in the series. This lustrous example is sharply struck throughout and each side has even gray-golden toning with no obvious or detracting abrasions. (#6349)

Richly Toned near-Gem 1875-CC Half Dollar

3650 1861-o Csa obverse XF45 nGC. The four known 1861 Confederate half dollars were struck from the same Federal obverse die that shows a vertical die crack from the rim to the bridge of Libertys nose. The same crack is present here and provides strong evidence of Confederate manufacture. This is a well defined example with medium tan-gold toning aside from a mildly granular steel-gray reverse border. (#39968)

1873-CC no arrows Half, Ms61 Wiley-Bugert: R.7 in Uncirculated

3653 1875-CC Ms64 nGC. Strongly struck with rich blue and violet overtones across most of each side. The reverse adds a ring of forest-green at the margins. A lustrous example of this early-middle Carson City half dollar issue, among the best survivors out of just over a million pieces struck. Census: 26 in 64, 3 finer (12/11). (#6350)

Pleasingly Toned Ms65 1877-s Half Dollar Ex: Dick osburn Collection

3654 1877-s Ms65 nGC. Ex: Dick Osburn Collection. A semireflective Gem representative of this higher-mintage San Francisco half dollar issue that is nonetheless a borderline condition rarity at the MS65 level. All-around detail is strong under dappled rose and blue-gray patina with gold-orange peripheral elements on the reverse. Census: 43 in 65, 25 finer (12/11). (#6357)

3651 1873-CC no arrows Ms61 PCGs. Carson City 1873 No Arrows. Series aficionados know it seldom gets much better than this. All of the 1873-CC No Arrows halves were made with the Closed 3 style, paired with a reverse featuring a small CC mintmark. This piece seems conservatively graded, perhaps due to the satiny luster, weak but complete with no breaks in the fields or on the device high points. The surfaces are largely brilliant, complementing occasional accents of golden-russet at the margins. The strike is sharp, close to full, and there are no obvious abrasions. A nice coin for the issue and grade. Population: 1 in 61, 10 finer (1/12). (#6338)
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series Key 1878-s seated Half, XF40 seldom-seen Midgrade Example

3655 1878-s XF40 PCGs. WB-101. Very small mintmark. The

many collectors who specialize in Seated Liberty halves need no introduction to the 1878-S half dollar, but neophytes in the series might be surprised to find just how rare the issue truly is. In a much more widely collected series, the Morgan dollars, the 1878-S is among the most common issues in the entire series. Therein lies the rub. It is not solely the 1878-S Morgan dollars that are to blame, although they were coined in the amount of nearly 9.8 million pieces. Part of the blame may lie equally in the nearly 4.2 million Trade dollars that San Francisco struck in 1878, the 10.5 million 1878-dated Morgan dollars coined in Philadelphia, or the 2.2 million struck in Carson City. This was an era when the Philadelphia Mint produced coinage dies for the branch mints as well, and all 12,000 1878-S Seated halves are known to have been struck from a single pair of dies. Was the small production strictly a capacity issue, or was it also a function of their being but a single die for half dollars at hand? Randy Wiley and Bill Bugert write of the 1878-S in The Complete Guide to Liberty Seated Half Dollars: This date is the key to a date/mint set of Liberty Seated half dollars and seldom comes on the market. Most likely, the rarity is due to the implementation of the BlandAllison Act of 1878 which required mints to purchase vast amounts of silver bullion and mint silver dollars.

The authors rank the 1878-S at R.5 in all grades and R.7 in XF/AU. This XF40 PCGS piece seems an excellent balance between affordability and quality, one of two in this grade with 14 submissions finer (likely including numerous duplications) (1/12). The surfaces are mostly slate-gray, save for some silver tinges in the central reverse. The diagnostic die chip to the left of the first vertical shield stripe is plain. No mentionable sign of contact appears on either side, and this well-struck piece retains abundant design detail for the grade. Offerings of midgrade 1878-S Seated halves seldom occur, and series aficionados seize them eagerly. (#6360)

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Ms66 Prooflike 1881 Half Dollar

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luminous PR61 1847 Half Dollar Remarkable Early Proof issue

3656 1881 Ms66 Prooflike nGC. This flashy high grade half dollar is from a low business strike mintage of 10,000 pieces. The obverse is fully brilliant, while the reverse displays peripheral golden-brown and navy-blue patina. Sharply struck and minimally abraded. Census: 1 in 66 Prooflike, 3 finer as 67, none finer as Prooflike or Deep Prooflike, none finer with a Star designation (12/11). (#6363) 3657 1882 VF20 PCGs. CaC. Cream-gray and slate toning embrace this low mintage Seated half dollar. All letters in LIBERTY are readable though the middle letters are faint. Evenly circulated and problem-free for the designated grade.(#6364) 3658 1885 VF30 PCGs. The seventh consecutive low mintage date for the denomination, with just 5,200 business strikes issued. This example has surprising luster extent for a VF30. Mostly pearl-gray with almond-gold at the borders and granularity noted near the R in AMERICA.(#6367) 3659 1886 Ms64 nGC. From a low mintage of just 5,000 pieces, this Choice Seated Liberty half dollar is well-detailed, with moderately reflective surfaces that show hints of gold and lavender patina. Census: 31 in 64, 14 finer (12/11).(#6368)

Premium Gem 1886 seated Half Prooflike surfaces

3660 1886 Ms66 nGC. Only 5,000 Seated Liberty half dollars were struck in 1886 and examples in Premium Gem condition are very rare. This well-detailed specimen shows some incomplete detail in the eagles feathers, possibly due to die lapping. The prooflike reflective surfaces display a few wisps of gold toning. Census: 5 in 66, 0 finer (12/11). (#6368) 3661 1887 aU58 PCGs. The luminous surfaces of this near-Mint State half display light champagne-gold toning with cobalt-blue and reddish-gold accents at the margins. Both sides are nicely struck and reveal a few minor circulation marks. From a low mintage of 5,000 circulation strikes.(#6369) 3662 1891 Ms64 PCGs. Mintages at Philadelphia finally began to pick up in 1891 following 12 years of minimal business strike production. The issue is nonetheless scarce at the Choice level. Lustrous and untoned with a good strike aside from Libertys hair and nearby stars. Population: 44 in 64, 35 finer (1/12).(#6373)

3663 1847 PR61 nGC. The proof mintage for 1847 half dollars is unknown but undoubtedly low. The profound sharpness of detail on this specimen defines its proof status, with the coins tonedover reflectivity providing more of an assist. A single tiny dark spot appears over Libertys left (facing) shoulder; otherwise, light gold-gray patina covers surfaces that have their faults, such as numerous minor hairlines and a pinscratch to the right of Libertys figure. These faults, however, cannot take away from the historic importance of this coin. Census: 2 in 61, 13 finer (12/11). (#6391)

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1861 seated Half, PR67 The Finest Certified specimen

1865 seated Half, PR67 Cameo only one Finer

3664 1861 PR67 nGC. A stunning Superb Gem proof, this Seated half dollar exhibits obvious field-to-device contrast with deeply mirrored fields and satin devices, all beneath gorgeous violet, blue, and amber toning on the obverse. The reverse has ivory at the center, with russet, violet, and blue closer to the borders. Both sides have bold design motifs. Amazing eye appeal is offered to the connoisseur. The net mintage or distribution of 1861 Seated half dollars to collectors is likely in the range of 300 to 400 coins. Census: 1 in 67, 0 finer (12/11). (#6415)

1863 Half Dollar, PR65 Excellent Eye appeal

3666 1865 PR67 Cameo nGC. In the introduction to April 1865: The Month That Saved America, author Jay Winik states that ... what emerges from the panorama of April 1865 is that the whole of our national history could have been altered but for a few decisions, a quirk of fate, a sudden shift in luck. The year that marked the end of the Civil War was also the last year No Motto proof half dollars were minted. This example displays remarkable toning. Splashes of aquamarine and sky-blue near the obverse rim, outlined by copper and mahogany to the inside, focus attention to the dovegray center. The same blues and greens form a toning halo on the reverse, rimmed on the inside by dark copper that fades to an untoned silver-gray center. Census: 1 in 67 Cameo, 1 finer (12/11). (#86419) 3667 1867 PR64 nGC. Golden overtones grace almost all of the reverse and much of the obverse, the latter side showing blue near the margins. A strongly reflective near-Gem with warm eye appeal. Census: 43 in 64, 33 finer (12/11).(#6425) 3668 1868 PR63 PCGs. Cream-gray surfaces transform to autumn-gold when the coin is rotated beneath a light. Glimpses of cherry-red and navy-blue are confined to the margins. A well struck and flashy specimen.(#6426)

3665 1863 PR65 nGC. Cobalt-blue and lavender toning clings to the margins of this Gem proof, leaving the centers silvery with soft champagne hues. The design elements are sharply impressed and display a degree of contrast with the mirrored fields. This piece has been well cared for and is exudes excellent eye appeal. Census: 12 in 65, 6 finer (12/11). (#6417)

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near-Gem Proof 1871 Half Dollar Well-Contrasted obverse

Peripherally Toned PR63 Cameo arrows 1873 Half Dollar

3669 1871 PR64 PCGs. By 1871, silver proof mintages had recovered from their Civil War swoon, and 960 proof half dollars were struck. This PR64 example has a virtually Cameo obverse, though the reverse is not so contrasted. Pale golden-brown peripheral patina has a richer russet echo in the right obverse field, while the reverse has delicate yellow tints as a broad overtone. Population: 29 in 64, 17 finer (1/12). (#6429)

3672 1873 arrows PR63 Cameo nGC. WB-106. Large Arrowheads. Light to medium chestnut-gold toning visits the margins but the fields and devices are close to brilliant. Fully struck and flashy with consistent frost throughout the motifs. Careful rotation beneath a lens reveals faint field hairlines. A very scarce proof subtype with significant cameo contrast. (#86434)

Gem Proof 1871 seated liberty Half 960 Examples struck

arrows 1873 Half Dollar, PR63 Cameo Two-Year Proof subtype

3670 1871 PR65 nGC. The design elements of this impressive Seated Liberty proof are sharply detailed throughout, while the fields show a hazy reflectivity, under shades of grayish-gold and cobalt-blue patina. The surfaces show few signs of contact. From a mintage of 960 pieces. Census: 15 in 65, 8 finer (12/11). (#6429)

3673 1873 arrows PR63 Cameo nGC. WB-106. Large Arrowheads. The Arrows, Motto proof type is scarce as it was struck only in 1873 and 1874 with a combined mintage of 1,250 pieces. The 1873 mintage is less than its 1874 successor. The present sharply struck specimen has frosty motifs, flashy fields, and a hint of tan-gray toning. (#86434) 3674 1876 PR63 PCGs. Type One Reverse. Part of a letter C is raised on the base of Libertys neck, perhaps caused by die damage from a dropped C (for Carson City) mintmark punch. The apricot-gold toning is most apparent near the rims. Well struck and unmarked with moderate frost on the devices and slightly subdued field reflectivity.(#6437)

1873 no arrows Half, PR65 Deeply Mirrored, Frosted Example

Peripherally Toned 1876 Half Dollar Gorgeous PR66 Cameo

3671 1873 no arrows PR65 nGC. Since almost all of the 600 proof halves struck in 1873 that lack arrowheads at each side of the date have a Closed 3 in the date, it stands to reason they were struck in the early part of the year. The change to the Open 3 style occurred around April 1. This is a deeply reflective example whose devices display significant mint frost. Most of each side is untoned with just the faintest trace of golden patina around the margins. Census: 19 in 65, 22 finer (12/11). (#6431)

3675 1876 PR66 Cameo PCGs. Strongly contrasted at the small silver cores and through the rings of blue-to-green patina surrounding them on each side. A carefully preserved centennial-year coin with great charm and a condition rarity thanks to its mix of surface quality and contrast. Population: 5 in 66 Cameo, 0 finer (1/12). (#86437) 3676 1877 PR63 nGC. Type Two Reverse. Light honey-gold patina graces this Select half dollar. Crisply struck aside from the eagles left (facing) ankle. White-on-black contrast is evident although no such designation is noted on the insert. One of just 510 proofs struck.(#6438)
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3677 1878 PR64 PCGs. Medium cobalt-blue toning concentrates at the borders of this near-Gem proof, yielding to lavender and champagne-gold in the centers. No mentionable marks are evident on this well struck half.(#6439)

1881 seated liberty Half, PR66 Proof Mintage of 975 Pieces

Elusive Gem Proof 1878 Half Dollar

3678 1878 PR65 nGC. Both sides are appreciably contrasted, though the coins considerable patina precludes a Cameo designation. Gold-gray patina of moderate opacity drapes mirrors and frosted devices alike, while the obverse rims show deeper reddish-orange color. A light blemish in the right obverse field contributes to the grade. Census: 22 in 65, 17 finer (12/11). (#6439)

3682 1881 PR66 nGC. The design elements of this impressive Premium Gem are well-detailed, with just a little softness showing on the eagles claws. The fields show slightly hazy reflectivity, under shades of light gold and cobalt=blue toning. From a mintage of 975 pieces. Census: 24 in 66, 5 finer (12/11). (#6442)

Eye-Catching PR66+ 1885 Half Dollar

1878 seated Half, PR66 only Three Finer at nGC

3683 1885 PR66+ PCGs. Richly toned gold, green, and blue with close to Superb Gem surface quality. The sharply struck central devices retain their frosty texture, though the patina renders the contrast minimal. An elite late-date proof Seated half for the toning aficionado. Population: 1 in 66+, 2 finer (1/12). (#6446) 3679 1878 PR66 nGC. Razor-sharp striking definition with beautifully preserved surfaces that show slivers of reflectivity peeking through blankets of patina. Subtle slate-gray shadings mingle with turquoise at the margins and subtle golden tints at the centers. Census: 14 in 66, 3 finer (12/11). (#6439) 3684 1886 PR64 Cameo PCGs. A lovely Choice Cameo proof with fully mirrored fields and lustrous, sharply defined devices, this Seated half has delicate peripheral gold and blue toning. (#86447)

1878 Half Dollar, PR64 Cameo Very Pleasing Contrast

1887 Half Dollar, PR67 Cameo low Total-Mintage Year

3680 1878 PR64 Cameo nGC. CaC. This near-Gem proof displays very pleasing field-motif contrast at all angles, and a solid strike leaves crisp definition on the design elements. Both sides yield silver-white color. An unobtrusive hair-thin mark on the central reverse is of undetermined origin. Census: 27 in 64 Cameo, 24 finer (12/11). (#86439) 3681 1879 PR64 PCGs. Type One Reverse. Deep golden-brown, lavender, navy-blue, and sea-green toning enriches this well struck and undisturbed Choice proof. First of the low mintage Philadelphia-only dates, likely due to the Mints duty to coin unprecedented quantities of silver dollars.(#6440)

3685 1887 PR67 Cameo nGC. The proof mintage was a moderate 710 pieces for the 1887 half dollar, but only 5,000 business strikes were produced as a complement. This Superb Gem proof Cameo coin boasts splendid ice-white surfaces with light touches of gold on each side. The surfaces are essentially pristine, but the strike is a bit blunt at the upper obverse on Libertys forehead and the nearby stars. Still a lovely coin with generous eye appeal. Census: 6 in 67 Cameo, 0 finer (12/11). (#86448)

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3686 1892 Ms64 nGC. The surfaces of this sharply detailed Choice example are blanketed by attractive champagne-gold and bluishgray patina. Vibrant mint luster is evident, under the toning. (#6461) 3687 1892 Ms64 nGC. CaC. The obverse of this near-Gem is deeply toned with underlying mint frost and the reverse is lightly toned with brilliant frosty luster and delicate peripheral iridescence. (#6461)

Choice 1893-s Barber Half low-Mintage Key

Premium Gem 1892 Barber Half Dollar Popular First Year of Design
3691 1893-s Ms64 PCGs. This piece is virtually a Gem, save for the faintest hairlines and striae on Libertys cheek. Otherwise, all aspects are exceptional. Both sides have fully brilliant satin luster with faint champagne toning and deeper golden-brown and steel color along the borders. Every detail of Barbers design is fully visible, including the star details on the obverse and the feather details on the reverse. This is a key-date in the series with a limited mintage of just 740,000 coins. Few finer examples have been certified, and the Set Registry collector will immediately recognize its importance. It has a certain amount of additional desirability due to the rarity of its big brother, the 93-S silver dollar. Population: 15 in 64, 6 finer (12/11). (#6467)

3688 1892 Ms66 nGC. This lovely Premium Gem 1892 half dollar, the first of the new Barber design, is an attractive example for type purposes, as it is fully struck throughout both sides. Neither the often-weak juncture of the hair with the forehead of Liberty, nor yet the eagles right (facing) claw and right shield corner and wing, betray the slightest sign of weakness. A further complement to the broad appeal is deep original patina, orange-gold and gunmetalgray with glints of jade on each side. Census: 34 in 66, 8 finer (12/11). (#6461)

Border Toned Gem 1894-o Half Dollar

Moderately Toned Ms66+ 1892 Half Dollar

3692 1894-o Ms65 PCGs. The borders display rich freckled mahogany-red and apple-green toning, but the centers show only lighter pearl-gray and tan shades. This lustrous and nicely struck scarcer date New Orleans half dollar is well preserved and nearly unobtainable any finer. Population: 8 in 65, 4 finer (1/12). (#6469)

3689 1892 Ms66+ PCGs. At first glance, this moderately toned firstyear Barber half marvel could be taken for a Superb Gem, though a few small blemishes, such as a small vertical abrasion on the neck, are half-hidden by the patina. Pink, gold, green, blue, and violet iridescence covers most of each side. The luster is strong with a frosty element and moments of flash. Population: 3 in 66+, 11 finer (1/12). (#6461) 3690 1893-o Ms64 nGC. This lovely near-Gem is mostly brilliant with satin luster and splashes of light gold toning on each side. An important condition rarity in the Barber half dollar series. Census: 28 in 64, 8 finer (12/11).(#6466)

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Premium Gem 1895-s Barber Half spectacular Mint luster and Thick Frost

3695 1898-o XF45 PCGs. CaC. Scattered surface marks on each side are consistent with the Choice XF grade of this scarce issue, a date that is often on collector want lists. This piece exhibits dark gray surfaces with peripheral olive-gold toning.(#6481) 3696 1898-s Ms61 PCGs. Luminous surfaces exhibit well struck devices, save for minor weakness in the upper-right shield corner. Minute marks are visible in the lower part of Libertys neck. (#6482)

Pristine Premium Gem 1899-s Half Rich Multicolor Toning

3697 1899-s Ms66 nGC. Deep golden-brown toning consumes this sharply struck Barber half, with apple-green and lavender shades attending the reverse margin. Despite the comprehensive patina, cartwheel luster dominates both sides. Essentially immaculate, though we note faint parallel roller marks on the cheek. Census: 8 in 66, 3 finer (12/11). (#6485) 3698 1901 Ms64 nGC. The design elements of this attractive Choice specimen are well-detailed, with just a touch of softness on the stars and eagles claw. The surfaces display bright mint luster and a few hints of gold toning. Census: 30 in 64, 11 finer (12/11). (#6489)

smooth 1902-o Barber Half, Ms65

3693 1895-s Ms66 nGC. Barely more than 1.1 million 1895-S Barber halves were struck, and today the issue is a series semikey in any grade, but especially in the higher Mint State grades. At the Premium Gem level of the present piece, PCGS has seen two submissions with two finer, while NGC has seen four with a single MS67 finer (1/12). This piece is liberally coated in spectacular mint luster, with thick mint frost over the devices and bright fields that show slight reflectivity. A loupe reveals a couple of insignificant obverse marks. One of the nicest pieces of this in-demand issue we have seen. (#6473)

Gem 1896-s Half Dollar sharply struck and lustrous

3699 1902-o Ms65 nGC. Delicate straw-gold toning graces this lustrous and lightly abraded Gem. The strike is typical for the New Orleans Mint, but both sides are pristine aside from minor chatter on the right obverse field. The MS65 grade is where this postVictorian issue transitions from scarce to rare. Census: 9 in 65, 6 finer (12/11). (#6493)

3694 1896-s Ms65 nGC. Rich autumn-gold, lime-green, and powerblue patina embraces this lustrous and sharply struck better date Barber half. Only a single tick on Libertys temple precludes an even higher grade. Delicate parallel roller marks on the cheek are strictly of mint origin. Census: 5 in 65, 6 finer (12/11). (#6476)

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1902-o Gem Half Dollar Dazzling luster

3706 1906-s Ms64 nGC. The 1906-S Barber half dollar is seldom encountered in Choice condition. This attractive example features well-detailed devices, with just a touch of softness on the stars and eagles claw. The surfaces are brightly lustrous, with pleasing light gold toning. Census: 17 in 64, 15 finer (12/11).(#6507) 3707 1906-s Ms64 PCGs. Satiny surfaces are gold-gray to near-orange with additional crimson at the top reverse border. Pleasing for a near-Gem, though the upper hair is soft. Population: 33 in 64, 17 finer (12/11).(#6507)

Gem 1906-s Barber Half Rare issue in High Grade


3700 1902-o Ms65 nGC. Dazzling luster endows this Gem half and just the slightest hints of gold color make brief appearances at the coins margins. the design elements are relatively well struck for a New Orleans issue though the usual weakness is visible on the upper-right shield corner and right (facing) claw. Well preserved throughout. Census: 9 in 65, 6 finer (12/11). (#6493)

semireflective Ms66 1902-s Half Dollar


3708 1906-s Ms65 nGC. The 1906-S Barber half dollar claims a mintage of 1.7 million pieces, but few examples were saved for numismatic purposes and high-grade survivors are quite rare in todays market. This impressive Gem exhibits well-detailed design elements, with vibrant mint luster and attractive highlights of gold toning. Census: 9 in 65, 6 finer (12/11). (#6507)

1908-s Barber Half Dollar, Ms65 only Five Finer PCGs Coins
3701 1902-s Ms66 nGC. CaC. Green-gold at the margins with pale blue overtones across silver interiors. Semireflective surfaces give this S-mint example plenty of flash. With fewer than 1.5 million pieces struck and few of them saved, the 1902-S is a conditionally rare, yet underrated issue in MS66. Census: 6 in 66, 1 finer (12/11). (#6494) 3702 1903 aU58 PCGs. CaC. A small luster break appears on the cheek of this virtual Mint State piece. Both sides have frosty white surfaces with splashes of gold and blue toning at the right obverse border and on the reverse.(#6495) 3703 1903 Ms63 PCGs. This attractive Select Barber half is welldetailed, with a touch of softness on the lower portion of the eagles body. The surfaces show slightly subdued mint luster, with pale gray and silver patina. Population: 14 in 63, 33 finer (1/12). (#6495) 3704 1903-o Ms63 nGC. Pale silver luster with light golden peripheral accents and a cloudy blue-gray circle centered on the upper right obverse star. Strongly struck with a handful of grade-defining slide marks. Census: 14 in 63, 45 finer (12/11).(#6496) 3709 1908-s Ms65 PCGs. The 1908-S Barber half dollar is an elusive issue from a mintage of 1.6 million pieces. This delightful Gem features well-detailed design elements, with just a touch of softness on the right shield tip and talon. The surfaces are primarily goldenbrown, with hints of violet and lavender patina. The vibrant satiny mint luster adds to the excellent eye appeal. Population: 9 in 65, 5 finer (12/11). (#6515) 3710 1910 Ms65 nGC. Beautiful silvery luster with a small dot of deep color at the juncture of the E in UNITED and the overlapping wing. Bluntly struck on the right talon but well-defined elsewhere with few interior abrasions but a rim defect near 12 oclock on the reverse. Census: 7 in 65, 1 finer (12/11).(#6519) 3711 1914 XF40 nGC. The second of three consecutive Philadelphia Mint scarcities in the Barber half dollar series, this piece has pleasing light gray surfaces with faint hairlines and trivial marks. (#6530) 3712 1914 aU58 nGC. The 1914 Barber half dollar claims a low mintage of 124,230 pieces, and lightly circulated near-Mint specimens are quite scarce. This well-detailed AU58 example shows bright mint luster and light gold toning.(#6530) 3705 1903-o Ms65 PCGs. The 1903-O is scarce in Mint State and rare as a Gem despite a mintage of more than 2 million pieces. The present suitably struck high grade example is brilliant aside from glimpses of pale obverse olive-gold toning. Smooth save for a solitary graze on the right obverse field. Population: 6 in 65, 4 finer (1/12). (#6496)

White Gem 1903-o Half Dollar

PRooF BaRBER HalF DollaRs


3713 1892 PR64 Cameo nGC. A hint of champagne toning appears on each side of this delightful Choice Cameo proof. Both sides are fully mirrored with satin devices and sharp design motifs. (#86539)
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1892 Barber Half, PR65+ Rare Cameo Example

1898 Half Dollar, PR68 Tied for numerical Finest

3714 1892 PR65+ Cameo nGC. The richly frosted devices of this high-end Gem contrast boldly with the mirrored fields to produce a startling black-on-white Cameo flash when the coin is tilted in the light. The design elements are sharply detailed throughout and eye appeal is outstanding. Census: 1 in 65+ Cameo, 38 finer (12/11). (#86539) 3715 1893 PR62 nGC. This lower level proof is deeply toned with gray, steel, and iridescent patina on both sides. The mirrored fields and lustrous devices are noticeably subdued.(#6540)

3718 1898 PR68 nGC. The Morgan proof silver dollars of 1896 and 1898 are acknowledged to be some of the most stunning of the series, but this Barber half proof from 1898 is equally likely to convert legions of collectors. The Star award could be merited merely by the deep but unacknowledged cameo contrast on each side, or perhaps due to the incredible golden-rose and lilac iridescence abounding on the reverse. The obverse is completely brilliant. As expected, there are no signs of contact or other distraction. A fully struck and essentially perfect coin, one that will never need upgrading in even the finest collection. (#6545)

1893 Half Dollar, PR66 Deeply Toned, Deeply Mirrored

Cameo Gem Proof 1898 Half Dollar

3716 1893 PR66 nGC. Spectacular shades of golden-brown and violet toning grace the pristine surfaces of this delightful Premium Gem. The design elements display razor-sharp definition, except for a small area of softness where the shield meets the right (facing) wing. The fields are brightly reflective under the toning, and eye appeal is outstanding. Census: 30 in 66, 18 finer (12/11). (#6540)

3719 1898 PR65 Cameo nGC. Exemplary white frost on the portrait and eagle ensure the Cameo designation. On its own, the obverse may have qualified as an Ultra Cameo, since its white-on-black contrast is exquisite. Brilliant save for a trace of almond-gold tints on the reverse. Intricately impressed and a desirable specimen from the proof mintage of 735 pieces. (#86545)

1898 Barber Half Dollar, PR66+ only 735 Examples Coined

3717 1898 PR66+ nGC. CaC. This high-end Premium Gem proof Barber half is delightfully toned in shades of violet and goldenbrown. The design elements are sharply detailed throughout, and the fields are deeply reflective, with terrific eye appeal. From a mintage of just 735 pieces. Census: 1 in 66+, 27 finer (12/11). (#6545)

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1898 Half Dollar, PR68 Cameo Rim-Toned With silver Centers

1901 Half Dollar, PR66 First Year at the Third Mint

3722 1901 PR66 nGC. Delightful cinnamon and steel-blue toning accents surfaces that are otherwise silver-gold. Neither side reveals any significant contact marks, and the strike is only slightly weak in the usual places. Breen notes that both design hubs had minor modifications for this year. Census: 46 in 66, 23 finer (12/11). (#6548)

1901 Barber Half, PR66 obvious Cameo Contrast

3723 1901 PR66 nGC. This sharply struck Premium Gem proof Barber half dollar has obvious cameo contrast on both sides, with thickly frosted devices and fully mirrored fields. Both sides have intermingled violet and blue toning with mint brilliance. Census: 46 in 66, 23 finer (12/11). (#6548) 3720 1898 PR68 Cameo nGC. Please also see the companion to this piece in the proof Barber quarters, an 1898 in PR68+ Ultra Cameo. Both it and the present Barber half, graded PR68 Cameo, are products of the felicitous proof mintage of 1898, totaling 735 pieces. The silver proof coins of 1896 and 1898 are among the choicest, most desirable productions of the 19th century in terms of their technical and aesthetic qualities. This piece boasts deeply reflective fields complementing lots of frost over the devices. The centers are brilliant, with thin rings of russet and blue at the margins on each side. There are no mentionable or discernible flaws, and the strike is uniformly sharp. Census: 3 in 68 Cameo, 0 finer (1/12). From The Aspen Collection of Proof Coinage. (#86545)

1901 Barber Half Dollar, PR68 no Coins Certified in Higher numeric Grades

Cameo PR66 1899 Half Blatant White on Black Contrast

3724 1901 PR68 nGC. Spectacularly patinated in shades of violet, gray, and golden-tan, this magnificent Barber half dollar possesses enormous eye appeal. The design elements are fully struck and the fields are deeply mirrored. From a mintage of just 813 pieces. Census: 6 in 68, 0 finer (12/11). (#6548)

3721 1899 PR66 Cameo nGC. Light straw-gold toning denies full brilliance, but the major devices nonetheless exhibit impressive mint frost. The fields are mirrored and display only trivial imperfections. The strike is intricate, with full detail present on the fletchings, claws, and shield tips. A high grade example of this scarce proof date. (#86546)
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Gleaming Gem Proof 1902 Half Dollar

Multicolor 1903 Half Dollar, PR66

3725 1902 PR65 PCGs. This proof from early in the brilliant era has a minimally contrasted obverse but a minor cameo effect on the reverse. Silver interiors give way to golden overtones at the outer fields, with richer orange and umber hues noted at the upper obverse rim. Carefully preserved and desirable. Population: 25 in 65, 30 finer (1/12). (#6549)

3728 1903 PR66 nGC. Remarkable cobalt-blue, orange, lavender, and straw-gold shades encompass this precisely struck high grade proof Barber half. No imperfections are detected beneath the palette of lavish colors. A prize for the enthusiast of original toning. Only 755 proofs were produced. (#6550)

1902 Half Dollar, PR67 Great Eye appeal

superb Gem Proof 1903 Half Mild Contrast

3726 1902 PR67 nGC. This luminous proof displays a degree of fielddevice contrast when tilted beneath a light source. Just a hint of light gold color appears under magnification, and the design elements are nicely defined, save for minor softness in the upperright shield corner. Great overall appeal. (#6549)

3729 1903 PR67 nGC. Impressively mirrored with just a hint of fielddevice contrast. The coin has a mild gold overtone, strongest near the rims, with additional orange and violet elements there. An amply appealing specimen from early in the brilliant-proof era, conditionally rare as a Superb Gem. Census: 22 in 67, 3 finer (12/11). (#6550)

1903 Barber Half, PR66 Richly Toned, From a Mintage of 755 Pieces

Choice Proof 1904 Barber Half Rare Cameo Example

3727 1903 PR66 PCGs. A rare Premium Gem example of the 1903 proof Barber half dollar, from a tiny mintage of 755 pieces. This coin possesses tremendous eye appeal, with sharply detailed design elements and reflective fields, under a rich patina of emerald-green, lavender-gray, and ice-blue. Population: 16 in 66, 8 finer (1/12). (#6550)

3730 1904 PR64 Cameo nGC. This delightful Choice specimen displays razor-sharp definition on all design elements and the devices exhibit an unusual amount of mint frost, which contrasts boldly with the mirrored fields. The Cameo effect is seldom encountered on proofs of this era. Census: 1 in 64 Cameo, 10 finer (12/11). (#86551) 3731 1905 PR64 PCGs. Well-mirrored, if low-contrast, with pale green-gold outer toning and a circle of translucent rose at the left separating dot on the reverse. Intricately detailed but with gradedefining slide marks on the cheek.(#6552)

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1905 Barber Half, Gem Proof Rich Peripheral Toning

Colorful Gem Proof 1907 Half

3732 1905 PR65 nGC. Richly toned in electric-blue, magenta, and beige-gold, all of which dominate around the borders, leaving the centers nearly color free. The strike is complete throughout and the fields are deeply reflective. A hair-thin mark is visible on Libertys lower right cheek. Census: 34 in 65, 38 finer (12/11). (#6552)

3736 1907 PR65 PCGs. Apple-green, rose-red, powder-blue, and peach toning adorns the obverse. The reverse is nearly as colorful, and exhibits similar if lighter shades. This precisely struck Gem has pristine fields and a few hair-thin criss-cross die lines on the portrait. Proof production generally diminished across the years of the Barber series, and by 1907, only 575 proofs were issued. (#6554)

1906 Barber Half Dollar, PR67 From a Mintage of 675 Pieces

1907 Half Dollar, speckled Toned PR65

3733 1906 PR67 nGC. Few 1906 proof Barber half dollars can match the appeal of this stunning Superb Gem. The design elements are razor-sharp and the deeply reflective fields are blanketed in shades of green, gold, blue, and purple. Only 675 proof Barber half dollars were struck in 1906. Census: 18 in 67, 3 finer (12/11). (#6553)

3737 1907 PR65 PCGs. Golden-brown, forest-green, and gunmetalblue consume this flashy and intricately struck Gem. No spots or hairlines are evident. A magnificent silver proof type coin, encased in an old green label holder. A scant 575 proofs were struck. Population: 18 in 65, 21 finer (12/11). (#6554)

1908 Half Dollar, PR67 only Three Finer at PCGs

1906 Half Dollar, Deeply Mirrored PR67

3734 1906 PR67 nGC. Light on contrast but heavy on eye appeal, this Superb Gem proof deserves its Star designation and then some. Profoundly mirrored fields show the faintest hint of canaryyellow patina, and exactingly struck devices are carefully preserved. Census: 1 in 67 , 5 finer (12/11). (#6553) 3735 1906 PR64 Cameo nGC. Cameo contrast is seldom seen on proof coins of this era, but the sharply detailed devices of this impressive Choice example display rich mint frost and stand out boldly against the deeply mirrored fields. Attractive hints of golden-brown and violet patina accent both sides. Census: 2 in 64 Cameo, 5 finer (12/11).(#86553)

3738 1908 PR67 PCGs. The obverse is dramatically toned in cobaltblue, cherry-red, and olive shades. The reverse has a light gold area framed on each side by ruby-red and blue-green. Precisely struck and undisturbed with exceptional eye appeal. Population: 8 in 67, 3 finer (12/11). (#6555) 3739 1909 PR64 PCGs. Light champagne toning is noted on both sides of this attractive Choice proof. The fields are fully mirrored with satin devices, imparting light cameo contrast.(#6556)

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Gem Proof 1909 Half Dollar Rare Cameo specimen

1911 Barber Half, PR65 Cameo only 543 Pieces struck

3740 1909 PR65 Cameo nGC. The richly frosted devices are sharply detailed and provide a bold white-on-black Cameo flash when this coin is tilted in the light. The fields are brightly mirrored and show subtle highlights of champagne-gold toning. A tiny contact mark near Libertys ear is the only mentionable flaw. Census: 10 in 65 Cameo, 21 finer (12/11). (#86556)

3743 1911 PR65 Cameo PCGs. Only 543 proof Barber half dollars were struck in 1911, the third-lowest mintage of the series. This spectacular Gem is sharply detailed throughout, with richly frosted devices that contrast boldly with the deeply reflective fields. A few hints of light gold toning accent the pristine surfaces. Population: 14 in 65 Cameo, 15 finer (12/11). (#86558)

1909 Fifty Cent, PR66 Cameo outstanding Eye appeal

1912 Cameo Half Dollar, PR65 all-Brilliant, scarce as such

3741 1909 PR66 Cameo PCGs. CaC. The satiny motifs of this Premium Gem proof appear to float over the deep watery fields, yielding very impressive field-motif contrast. Silvery-white surfaces are remarkably well preserved and exhibit razor-sharp design detail. These attributes add up to outstanding overall eye appeal. Population: 15 in 66 Cameo, 8 finer (1/12). (#86556)

1911 Half Dollar, PR68 only one Certified Finer

3744 1912 PR65 Cameo nGC. Struck toward the end of the series, but before proof mintages really plummeted. This is an all-brilliant example that exhibits deeply mirrored fields. Similarly, the devices are nicely frosted and the combination yields strong cameo contrast. The only mentionable defect we see is Mint-made, a Y-shaped lint mark on the cheek of Liberty. Census: 2 in 65 Cameo, 7 finer (12/11). (#86559) 3745 1913 PR64 PCGs. Pale golden overtones grace surfaces with moderate milky patina. Strongly mirrored with appreciable, if not Cameo-grade contrast. PCGS has graded 52 numerically finer specimens (12/11).(#6560) 3746 1915 PR64 PCGs. Partial patina shifts from green to gold and orange. Better-mirrored on the reverse with just a few light hairlines half-hidden by the toning. One of just 450 proofs struck. Population: 45 in 64, 30 finer (1/12).(#6562) 3747 1915 PR64 PCGs. Intensely toned gold, blue, and green, with the first color prevailing on the obverse but playing third fiddle to the other two on the reverse. Well-defined with a strong proof gleam despite the patina. Population: 45 in 64, 30 finer (12/11). (#6562)

3742 1911 PR68 nGC. A meticulously preserved specimen that incorporates swirling shades of powder-blue, amber, and violet toning. Despite the relative richness in color, glassy mirrors shine forcefully through each side and require inspection with a glass to locate even the slightest disturbance. The proof mintage from this year of 543 pieces is among the lowest in the Barber half dollar series and only a handful of coins have attained a coveted PR68 rating. Census: 5 in 68, 1 finer (1/12). (#6558)

EaRlY DollaRs
3748 1795 Flowing Hair, Three leaves Genuine PCGs. B-5, BB-27, R.1. The PCGS number ending in .94 suggests Altered Surfaces as the reason, or one of the reasons, that PCGS deemed this coin not gradable. In our opinion, this coin has the details of a VG specimen that has been repaired, tooled, and cleaned. The surfaces appear whizzed and exhibit intermittent moderate granularity. Subsequently retoned gunmetal-blue and cream-gray.

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Popular Three leaves Flowing Hair Dollar 1795 B-5, BB-27 Die Pair, Fine 12

1795 Flowing Hair Dollar, XF40 Favorite Type Coin, B-5, BB-27

3749 1795 Flowing Hair, Three leaves Fine 12 nGC. B-5, BB-27, R.1. Bowers-Borckardt Die State II/III; the die crack off the stem is close to the rim, if not all the way there. The B-5, BB-27 is the single most accessible Flowing Hair die pair with Three Leaves reverse. Gold-gray and slate-blue patina descends over surprisingly luminous surfaces on the obverse, while the reverse adds greenish elements. (#6852)

1795 Flowing Hair Dollar, VF25 B-5, BB-27 Variety

3752 1795 Flowing Hair, Three leaves XF40 PCGs. B-5, BB-27, R.1. Bowers-Borckardt Die State II. The BB-27 variety is a favorite choice of type collectors because attractive mid-grade examples, like the present coin, are not difficult to locate. This popular variety is most often identified by the diagonal bar in the obverse field, near the top curl of Libertys hair. Like most examples of the BB-27, this coin shows some weakness in the details of the central devices. Q. David Bowers believes this was caused by the high relief of Libertys profile, which caused this motif to wear down quickly. The peripheral design elements show little wear, and the surfaces are remarkably free of contact marks. Pleasing blue-steel patina blankets both sides, with attractive highlights of gold. (#6852)

Choice XF 1795 Flowing Hair Dollar Three leaves Type, B-5, BB-27

3750 1795 Flowing Hair, Three leaves VF25 nGC. B-5, BB-27, R.1. The BB-27 variety is easily recognized by the die line in the obverse field opposite star 5. This moderately worn VF25 specimen displays attractive pale gold, gray and blue-steel patina, with some light adjustment marks on the reverse. The 1795 Flowing Hair dollar is the only practical choice for most type collectors, because the 1794 is so rare and expensive. (#6852)

1795 Three leaves Dollar, B-5, BB-27 VF30, Popular Type issue

3753 1795 Flowing Hair, Three leaves XF45 nGC. B-5, BB-27, R.1. Bowers-Borckardt Die State II with the die crack from the left stem reaching toward the rim but not yet to it. The B-5 or BB-27 is the most common (but still immensely desirable) Three Leaves variety with the diagonal bar in the left obverse field, level with the top strand of hair. This variety is seen nearly as often as every other die marriage combined, and as such it is the ideal candidate for a type collection. Both sides have exquisite gold and iridescent toning over satiny luster, and aside from a rim bump near 2 oclock on the obverse, the coin is well-preserved for the grade. (#6852)

3751 1795 Flowing Hair, Three leaves VF30 PCGs. B-5, BB-27, R.1. A splendid example of the plentiful B-5 die marriage, the usual choice of date and type collectors because of its availability in nearly any desired grade. This original midgrade specimen has deep gray-brown toning with a few splashes of steel-blue. The surfaces are exceptional for the grade. (#6852)

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near-Mint 1795 Flowing Hair Dollar Challenging Type in such High Grade B-7, BB-18

1795 Flowing Hair Dollar, XF40 Popular B-2, BB-20 Variety

3755 1795 Flowing Hair, Two leaves XF40 nGC. B-2, BB-20, R.3. The BB-20 variety is recognized by the bar in the obverse field near star 4 (as opposed to the bar near star 5 on BB-27). The BB-20 is usually seen in lower circulated grades, with most examples grading no better than Fine. This attractive XF piece displays smooth surfaces, with even wear and pleasing bluish-gray patina. Census for the variety: 5 in 40, 9 finer (12/11). (#6853)

Choice XF 1795 Flowing Hair Dollar Two leaves Reverse, B-2, BB-20

3754 1795 Flowing Hair, Three leaves aU58 nGC. B-7, BB-18, R.2. Die State I. The final star is fully below the bust truncation, and the reverse features seven berries on each branch. Apricot and battleship-gray patina embraces this momentarily circulated example, which has noticeable satiny luster throughout the legends and devices. The reverse has a faint handling mark near 2 oclock, a minute rim ding at 5 oclock, and a tiny sky-blue toning fleck below the left (facing) wing. Neither side has any other relevant abrasions, which is noteworthy for such a large silver coin. High grade Flowing Hair dollars are among the most challenging type issues among the early series, and this Three Leaves example offers a magnificent opportunity. (#6852)

3756 1795 Flowing Hair, Two leaves XF45 nGC. B-2, BB-20, R.3. Though lightly worn, this Two Leaves Flowing Hair dollar remains amply lustrous in its peach-gold and blue-violet fields. Libertys portrait is well-outlined if softly struck, and aside from a few old pinscratches at the right obverse, the surfaces are surprisingly markfree. A beautiful and historic Flowing Hair dollar that would make an ideal selection for the type or date collector. (#6853)

Centered Draped Bust 1795 Dollar Choice XF B-15, BB-52 Coin

3757 1795 Draped Bust, Centered XF45 nGC. B-15, BB-52, R.2. Bowers-Borckardt Die State V, lightly cracked through the tops of ICA on the reverse. This still-luminous example is primarily peachgray, the balance shifting between the two colors on each side, with the palest colors on the worn spots of the high points. Minimally abraded with strong all-around appeal. (#6858)

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VF Details 1795 Draped Bust Dollar The left-set Bust, B-14, BB-51

VF Details 1797 Dollar, B-3, BB-71 The sole 10x6 stars Die Pair

3758 1795 Draped Bust, off Center improperly Cleaned nGC Details. VF. B-14, BB-51, R.2. The light blue and gold-gray patina on the once-cleaned obverse turns much deeper on the more subdued reverse. Scattered light marks are present on this midrange example from the first year of the Draped Bust dollar design, a coin that shows the bust shifted far to the left. (#96858)

B-14, BB-51 1795 Draped Bust Dollar The off-Center Type, VF Details

3761 1797 10x6 stars, large letters improperly Cleaned nGC Details. VF. B-3, BB-71, R.2. Bowers-Borckardt Die State III, as usually seen, with lapped lower edges on several right-side leaves on the reverse. This midrange example has partly retoned gold and blue-gray, though the surfaces remain glossy after a cleaning. Lightly scraped on the cheek with a rim bruise under the 1 in the date, yet a pleasing coin for what it is. (#6865)

1797 Draped Bust Dollar, XF Details low-Mintage Date, B-3, BB-71

3759 1795 Draped Bust, off Center improperly Cleaned nGC Details. VF. B-14, BB-51, R.2. The off-center or set left obverse die, one of two distinct versions for the Draped Bust dollar in 1795. This moderately worn example shows a gloss after a past cleaning, though dusky gold-orange and blue hues ameliorate the appearance. Strongly defined for a VF Details coin. (#96858)

1795 B-14, BB-51 Draped Bust Dollar, VF25 off Center Bust

3762 1797 10x6 stars, large letters Environmental Damage nGC Details. XF. B-3, BB-71, R.2. Always in demand because of the low reported mintage of 7,776 pieces, the 1797 Draped Bust dollar is one of the most popular dates of the Small Eagle design type. The BB-71 variety is easily recognized by the arrangement of the obverse stars in a 10x6 pattern. This interesting example shows little actual wear, but the entire obverse surface, and most of the peripheral areas on the reverse, are darkly stained by some unknown environmental process. It appears that some solvent was used to remove the stain from the central reverse. Some minor corrosion is noted on the obverse stars, but most of the surfaces remain smooth, and the coin retains much of its original detail.

3760 1795 Draped Bust, off Center VF25 PCGs. B-14, BB-51, R.2. The bust is left of center on the obverse of this distinctive variety. The surfaces have natural light gray color with pewter toning. Faint hairlines are evident and light adjustment marks are noted in various directions on the obverse. (#96858)

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3763 no lot 3764 1798 large Eagle, Pointed 9 VG8 PCGs. CaC. B-27, BB-113, R.2. Deep gunmetal-gray and walnut-brown toning blanket this collectible Heraldic Eagle dollar. The reverse exhibits an occasional hint of granularity, and a few faded marks are noted near the chin. (#6873) 3765 1798 large Eagle, Pointed 9, Four Berries VF20 nGC. B-8, BB-125, R.2. This middle grade Draped Bust dollar has light gray high points with slightly deeper pewter-gray fields. Trivial surface marks and moderate wear limit the grade.(#6873)

1798 Draped Bust Dollar, XF40 Heraldic Eagle, B-23, BB-105

1798 B-15, BB-112 Dollar, XF45 Perfect Dies


3770 1798 large Eagle, Pointed 9, Wide Date XF40 nGC. B-23, BB-105, R.3. Bowers-Borckardt Die State III. The BB-105 variety is identified by the position of the 8 in the date touching the bust and several die imperfections between the letters in STATES. This lightly worn XF example displays pleasing violet-gray patina, with traces of original mint luster. A minor rim bruise is visible near 9 o,clock on both sides. (#6877)

B-1, BB-142 1799/8 Dollar, XF Details Very scarce 13 stars Reverse


3766 1798 large Eagle, Pointed 9 XF45 PCGs. B-15, BB-112, R.3. The obverse and reverse dies are both perfect, with no evidence of die cracks, clash marks, or lapping. This Choice XF specimen has light gray surfaces with considerable luster that suggests a higher grade. Scattered grade-consistent marks are evident. (#6873) 3767 1798 Knob 9, 4 stripes improperly Cleaned nGC Details. Fine. B-3, BB-94, R.5. A rare die pair with wide gap between the Y in LIBERTY and the nearby star and a leaf that points between the R and I in AMERICA on the reverse. Faint pink retoning softens the appearance of a past cleaning. Deep lines through the eagle are adjustment marks, though scrapes on and near the shield and at the I of AMERICA are post-striking.

aU Details 1798 large Eagle Dollar 10 arrows, B-13, BB-108

3771 1799/8 13 stars Reverse Reverse improperly Cleaned nGC Details. XF. B-1, BB-142, R.4. Bowers-Borckardt Die State III, the typically seen late state with die crumbling around the I in AMERICA. Despite minor wear, this example retains an inherently prooflike character to silver-gray surfaces with blue-violet and golden-tan peripheral toning. The reverse has faint hairlines and too glossy a character, hence the Reverse Improperly Cleaned designation. (#6884) 3772 1799 7x6 stars Fine 12 anaCs. B-16, BB-158, R.2. BowersBorckardt Die State IV. Many lengthy obverse die cracks identify this later die state. Stone-gray devices accompany forest-green, apricot-gold, and lilac fields. The obverse displays faint hairlines, but visible marks are relatively few and minor.(#6878) 3773 1799 7x6 stars improperly Cleaned nGC Details. VF. B-5, BB-157, R.2. Bowers-Borckardt Die State II. The stone-gray surfaces display almond-gold toning once rotated beneath a light. Both sides display wispy hairlines, and two small pits are noted on the lower right obverse field. Considerable design definition is present.(#6878)

3768 1798 large Eagle, Pointed 9, 10 arrows Cleaned anaCs. aU Details, net XF40. B-13, BB-108, R.2. Bowers-Borckardt Die State IV. This well defined Bust dollar displays plentiful satin luster. Toned steel-blue and peach-gold. The reverse center has a few light adjustment marks, as made. Hairlined and slightly glossy from a long-ago cleaning, but the appeal to the unaided eye is significant relative to what it will likely bring at auction. (#6876) 3769 1798 large Eagle, Wide Date, Pointed 9 Cleaned anaCs. VF30 Details. B-23, BB-105, R.3. Bowers-Borckardt Die State III. A glossy cream-gray Heraldic Eagle dollar with moderate wear and a couple of faded thin marks on the right obverse field. All letters in E PLURIBUS UNUM are bold.(#6877)

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1799 B-5, BB-157 Dollar, VF30 Usual intermediate Die state

1799 7x6 stars Dollar, near Mint Condition B-17, BB-164

3774 1799 7x6 stars VF30 PCGs. B-5, BB-157, R.2. BowersBorckardt Die State III, a frequently seen die state with several reverse cracks. Nearly all examples of the B-5 dollar are die states II and III. State I apparently does not exist, and State IV is quite scarce. This pleasing original dollar has greenish-brown and steelblue toning with smooth surfaces that show only a few scattered marks and minor reverse residue. (#6878) 3775 1799 7x6 stars obverse scratched, improperly Cleaned nCs. XF Details. B-21, BB-169, R.3. Bowers-Borckardt Die State III. Caramel-gold and cream-gray toning enriches this wide date Heraldic Eagle dollar. Four thin scratches at the obverse center correspond to the NGC notation, otherwise smooth save for a small reverse rim nick at 5:30. Mildly granular, but traces of luster are present.(#6878)

1799 Draped Bust Dollar, XF40 apostrophe Variety, B-9, BB-166

3776 1799 7x6 stars XF40 PCGs. B-9, BB-166, R.1. The BB-166 variety is easily recognized by the Apostrophe die break after the final S in STATES. This lightly worn XF40 specimen retains much of its original detail and traces of mint luster cling to the central devices. The pleasing surfaces are blanketed in dark gray, blue-steel and light gold patina. A few thin scratches near Libertys nose are the only marks of note. Housed in a green label holder. (#6878)

3778 1799 7x6 stars aU58 nGC. B-17, BB-164, R.2. The usually seen intermediate die state with a prominent die crack through UNITED ST. Other minor cracks and die flaws are evident on each side. This sharply defined specimen is nicely centered with complete borders, strong star details, and visible breast and tail feathers. The surfaces are frosty and lustrous with friction only visible on the high points. Both sides have lovely iridescent toning over the frosty luster. With only four or five Mint State pieces known, the present example is a clear candidate for the Condition Census. (#6878)

1799 Draped Bust Dollar, XF Details 7x6 stars, B-12, BB-160

3777 1799 7x6 stars Environmental Damage nGC Details. XF. B-12, BB-160, R.3. The BB-160 variety has star 1 positioned far from the bust and no berries on the olive branch. This specimen retains the sharpness of an XF coin, but the surfaces are darkly stained by some environmental process. An attempt was made to restore the reverse, resulting in a dramatic two-toned effect. (#6878)
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1799 B-17, BB-164 Dollar, Ms63 Census level specimen Unrecorded late Die state

3780 no lot 3781 1800 aMERiCai VG8 nGC. B-19, BB-192, R.2. Lilac, gunmetal-gray, and almond-gold toning embraces this early dollar, with the deepest shades near the rims. Well circulated but problemfree aside from a couple of faded thin marks near the hair ribbon. (#6892) 3782 1800 Dotted Date scratched Genuine PCGs. XF Details. B-14, BB-194, R.3. Bowers-Borckardt Die State IV. The distinctive Dotted Date variety, attributable at a glance due to the lumps near the first 0 in the date. Thin scratches are present on the shield and the right (facing) wing. A few faded thin marks are noted on the field near the profile and star 13. Deep navy-blue and golden-brown toning embraces this well defined Draped Bust dollar.

1801 B-1, BB-211 Dollar, VF30 Early Die state

3783 1801 VF30 PCGs. B-1, BB-211, R.3. This early die state has a perfect obverse with no cracks, clash marks, or lapping. The reverse shows a few delicate die cracks that are easily missed without magnification. The surfaces have natural light gray patina with deeper gray along the borders. (#6893)

3779 1799 7x6 stars Ms63 nGC. B-17, BB-164, R.2. All reverse die cracks recorded in the Bowers-Borckardt reference are present on this piece, with an additional unrecorded die crack through the base of ATES to the right, curving below an unrecorded die bulge, and continuing to join O and F. Another unrecorded reverse crack connects the centers of clouds 1 through 3. In addition to the late die state, this specimen appears to be one of the five or six finest known examples of the variety, with strong satin luster shining through deep blue, gold, and iridescent toning. A few small splashes of darker toning appear on the obverse. The strike is excellent with only minor localized weakness on each side. This is an extremely important opportunity for the advanced early dollar specialist. (#6878)

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GoBRECHT DollaRs
1836 Judd-60 Restrike Dollar, Toned PR55 Die alignment iV

3787 1843 aU55 nGC. Lightly rubbed across the high points but still luminous with coffee, sage, and green-gold overtones. The modestly abraded reverse adds blue-green jewel-tones.(#6929) 3788 1843 aU55 PCGs. Pewter-gray surfaces show splashes of deeper steel and iridescent toning with considerable satin luster. Traces of wear appear on the highest design points of this sharply struck specimen.(#6929) 3789 1843 aU55 nGC. CaC. The fields of this Choice AU specimen exhibit steel-blue and light gray toning with tan devices. Considerable satin luster is still visible on each side with only a few trivial marks.(#6929) 3790 1845 aU55 nGC. An attractive Choice AU specimen from a low mintage of 24,500 pieces. This lightly circulated example shows only a trace of wear on the devices and only minor abrasions in the fields. Census: 25 in 55, 45 finer (12/11).(#6931) 3791 1846 aU53 PCGs. Golden-brown and pearl-gray toning blankets this well defined No Motto silver dollar. The fields display only wispy abrasions aside from a faded thin mark beneath the beak. (#6932)

1849 seated Dollar, Ms63+ scarce in Better Grades

3784 1836 name on Base, Judd-60 Restrike, Pollock-65, R.5, PR55 nGC. Silver. Plain Edge. No Stars Obverse, Stars Reverse. Die Alignment IV (head of Liberty opposite the F in OF after a medal turn). The Die Alignment IV coins are related to the Die Alignment II coins, and of the approximately 600 coins struck in medallic alignment it is estimated that 70% are in Die Alignment IV, like this coin. These strikings were apparently from two sets of reverse dies. Those produced in the original period, believed struck in March 1837, do not show any trace of reverse die cracking. The restrikes do. This piece shows no die cracking at the bottom of DOLLAR or any other reverse letters. The fields are moderately reflective and each side has medium gray patina with occasional dabs of magenta and lilac beneath the gray. Sharply struck overall, the only loss of detail is from light handling as seen on the high points of the obverse design and the center of the eagles breast. A few short marks are seen on the neck and figure of Liberty. (#11227)

3792 1849 Ms63+ nGC. CaC. The 1849 dollar had a sufficiently large mintage of 62,600 pieces but very few were preserved in mint condition. As with most Seated dollars from the 1840s and 1850s this piece displays bright semiprooflike fields on each side. Much brilliance remains and the devices are surrounded by rich golden toning. Well, but not fully struck with slight softness seen on the peripheral details. Census: 2 in 63+, 18 finer (12/11). (#6936) 3793 1859-o aU58 PCGs. This attractive near-Mint Seated dollar retains much of its original luster and design detail, with hints of light gold toning and excellent eye appeal for the grade. (#6947) 3794 1859-s VF35 PCGs. CaC. The light gray surfaces of this Choice VF dollar exhibit well defined devices. Both sides are m minimally abraded.(#6948) 3795 1870 XF45 PCGs. This lovely Choice XF displays relatively clean light gray surfaces. All design elements are well defined. (#6963) 3796 1870-CC VG8 PCGs. Breen-5485, Variety 3-a. The rare Close CC reverse. The 1870-CC Seated dollar was the first issue struck at the Carson City Mint, and the low mintage of 12,462 pieces ensures survivors are elusive. Toned gunmetal-gray and powderblue with only a hint of surface granularity. One minor rim nick noted at 4:30 on the reverse.(#6964)

sEaTED DollaRs
3785 1842 aU50 nGC. Luminous surfaces remain mildly reflective despite light wear and intense gold and blue-green patina. A rim bump at the top of the obverse contributes to the grade, but this is a fundamentally pleasing coin.(#6928) 3786 1842 aU53 nGC. This lightly circulated Seated Liberty dollar shows a touch of wear on the well-detailed design elements, with pleasing gray, gold, and light blue patina. A few imperfections are evident, the most notable being a thin line near star 2.(#6928)

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1870-CC silver Dollar, aU55 opening of Carson City Mint

1871-CC seated Dollar, aU Details Just 1,376 Pieces Minted

3797 1870-CC aU55 PCGs. CaC. An historically important silver dollar from the opening year of the Carson City Mint. More 1870-CC dollars survive than for any of the other denominations, and they are also the most affordable examples of that first years coinage. This Choice AU specimen has splashes of gold toning over reflective gray surfaces. The fields and devices have scattered marks that are expected for the grade. Population: 36 in 55, 30 finer (1/12). (#6964) 3798 1871 aU50 PCGs. This pearl-gray Seated type coin exhibits bright pockets of luster within the drapery, legends, and plumage. Abraded between the right (facing) wing and AMERICA. (#6966)

XF Details 1871-CC Dollar Very low Mintage issue

3799 1871-CC improperly Cleaned, stained nGC Details. XF. The second-year 1871-CC is the lowest mintage Carson City dollar. A mere 1,376 pieces were struck, and survivors are coveted in all grades. The present representative is well defined except on the upper obverse. Luster glimmers from the drapery, plumage, and legends. Moderately granular in places despite a slightly glossy appearance from cleaning. The obverse is darkly toned tobaccobrown and steel-blue. The reverse displays lighter pearl-gray and walnut-brown patina. (#6967)

3800 1871-CC obverse scratched nGC Details. aU. Only 1,376 silver dollars were coined at Carson City, Nevada, in 1871, and few of those survive today since the entire production was placed into circulation. Perhaps only 50 to 100 survivors exist in all grades. This piece has graffiti-like scratches in the right obverse field. It is sharply detailed with strong head detail on the obverse and excellent feather and claw detail on the reverse. The obverse has hints of blue with lighter gray toning on the reverse.. Traces of luster remain on each side. (#6967) 3801 1872 aU50 PCGs. Traces of luster reside in the recesses of the well defined design elements. Light gray surfaces are only lightly abraded.(#6968)

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seldom-seen PR62 1840 seated Dollar First Year of the seated Dollar series

1861 seated Dollar, PR66 only Two Finer at nGC

3802 1840 PR62 nGC. The year 1840 was the first for regular-issue silver dollars since the Bust dollars ended several decades earlier with the 1803 mintage (the 1804 dollars are another story entirely), unless one counts 600 of the Judd-60 1836-dated Gobrecht silver dollars, struck in December 1836 in proof format but intended for circulation. The 1840 Seated dollars, despite the marvelous Flying Eagle reverse of the Gobrecht dollars, debuted with a morefamiliar and less-artistic reverse design. The 1840 proof silver dollars have no recorded mintage, like most pre-1858 proofs, but are presumably quite rare. Q. David Bowers provides an estimate of 20-30 proofs made, although that figure seems on the low side, given the certified populations. This piece displays deep gray-blue patina that subdues the proof flash of the surfaces. Only a few minor signs of contact dot the surfaces of this well-preserved coin. Census: 5 in 62, 20 finer (12/11). (#6981) 3803 no lot

3804 1861 PR66 nGC. Both sides of this Premium Gem are exceptionally appealing. The obverse has russet toning at the center, gradually changing to violet, blue, and amber. The reverse is mostly gold with peripheral violet and blue, the rim showing light amber. A splendid specimen, the underlying surfaces have deeply mirrored fields with lustrous devices and excellent contrast, despite the lack of a Cameo designation. Although the recorded mintage of the 1861 proof silver coins is pegged at 1,000 coins each, most numismatic students agree that the net mintage (the number of coins distributed to collectors) is substantially smaller. Census: 1 in 66 , 2 finer (12/11). (#7004)

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1866 seated Dollar, PR64 Cameo First Year With Motto

1870 Dollar, PR64 Cameo strong Field-Device Contrast

3805 1866 Motto PR64 Cameo nGC. Only 725 proof Seated Liberty dollars were struck in 1866, the first year to feature the motto IN GOD WE TRUST. This sharply detailed Choice example displays richly frosted devices that contrast boldly with the reflective fields. The surfaces are attractively toned in shades of champagne and golden-brown. This specimen shows the often-seen patch of frosty surface under Libertys chin. Census: 18 in 64 Cameo, 14 finer (12/11). (#87014) 3806 1867 obverse spot Removed nGC Details. Proof. This Seated dollar has a razor-sharp strike and moderate frost throughout the motifs. A small spot near star 2 is lightly hairlined, and the field reflectivity is somewhat subdued. Stone-gray overall with sea-green and golden-brown borders.

3808 1870 PR64 Cameo PCGs. CaC. Each side of this near-Gem Cameo displays strong field-motif contrast at all angles. Wisps of faint reddish-gold patina gravitates to the margins, and a solid strike imparts sharp definition to the design elements. Numerous lint marks are visible on the upper obverse. Population: 17 in 64 Cameo, 11 finer (12/11). (#87018)

1873 seated Dollar, Deeply Mirrored PR63

Choice Proof 1869 seated Dollar Rare Deep Cameo specimen

3809 1873 PR63 PCGs. Dazzling, untoned mirrors, although discreetly hairlined over both sides, display appreciable contrast with the devices. This, of course, generates excellent eye appeal. Popular final year of issue, one of just 600 pieces struck. Ex: FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2004), lot 7231. (#7021)

TRaDE DollaRs
3807 1869 PR64 Deep Cameo PCGs. The recorded proof mintage of 1869 Liberty Seated dollars is only 600 pieces, and today several hundred, including duplicates, are certified in all Mint State levelsalthough precious few of them are certified at either NGC or PCGS with Deep Cameo surfaces. In PR64 Deep Cameo this specimen is one of only five coins so graded at PCGS, with eight finer (12/11). The surfaces are largely silver-white, tinged with a hint of gold near the rims, displaying the black-on-white contrast so coveted among collectors of proof silver coinage. The strike is bold, and only some faint hairlines appearing under a loupe in the fields preclude an even finer grade. (#97017)

still-lustrous aU50 1873-CC Trade Dollar

3810 1873-CC aU50 PCGs. Though light rub is plain on the high points, the fields remain strongly lustrous on this first-year Carson City Trade dollar. The overall appearance is pale gold, thanks to a light overtone, with deeper reddish-brown patina through the lower eagle and nearby fields. Housed in a green label holder. (#7032)

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near-Mint 1873-CC Trade Dollar Comprehensive Multicolor Toning

Doubled Die 1876-CC Trade Dollar, Ms62 Very Rare in Mint state

3811 1873-CC aU58 anaCs. Ocean-blue and rose-red toning illuminates this Borderline Uncirculated key date Trade dollar. Crisply struck and only lightly abraded with a prooflike obverse and a satiny reverse. Among regular issues of the series, only the 1878CC has a lower mintage. (#7032) 3812 1873-s aU58 nGC. This attractive Trade dollar shows only the slightest trace of circulation, with well-detailed design elements and only a few minor contact marks in the fields. The surfaces are lustrous and visual appeal is quite strong.(#7033)

lustrous Ms63 1874-CC Trade Dollar scarce Micro CC Mintmark

3813 1874-CC Ms63 anaCs. Micro CC, which Breen considered rare. Most 1874-CC pieces have a Tall CC mintmark. This lustrous Carson City Trade dollar is minimally abraded and possesses light caramel-gold toning near the rims. Both sides exhibit numerous slender die cracks. A desirable yet collectible example. (#7035) 3814 1875-CC Ms60 nGC. Type One Reverse. Straw-gold and iceblue toning visits this satiny and moderately abraded Carson City Trade dollar. The strike shows minor softness on Libertys hair and the eagles right (facing) leg.(#7038) 3815 1875-s Ms62 PCGs. CaC. Type One Reverse, Large S. Caramelgold, steel-blue, and cream-gray adorn the lustrous fields of this silver type coin. Inexactness of strike is limited to Libertys hair and the eagles right (facing) claw. Wispy marks on the obverse field determine the grade.(#7039)

3816 1876-CC Doubled Die Reverse Ms62 PCGs. Fs-801. Type One Obverse and Reverse. Tall CC. This Guide Book doubled die variety is noteworthy for a wide vertical shift between hubbings, especially prominent on the eagles branch and beak. This is a nicely struck and beautifully patinated representative with a prooflike obverse and a satiny reverse. Richly toned orange-gold and aquamarine with occasional unobtrusive field abrasions. PCGS has certified only 28 examples in all grades, with only a handful designated as Mint State. Population: 1 in 62, 3 finer (1/12). (#97042) 3817 1876-s Ms63 PCGs. Type One Obverse and Reverse. Large S. This satiny San Francisco type coin is surprisingly unabraded and displays light to medium slate-gray and walnut-brown toning. The strike is slightly soft at the upper obverse but is better defined elsewhere.(#7043)

Session One, Auction #1167 | Thursday, February 2, 2012 | 7:00PM PT

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Gem 1876-s Trade Dollar, old Designs Conditionally Rare so Fine

1877-s Trade Dollar, Ms65 Condition Rarity in Gem or Finer

3818 1876-s Ms65 nGC. Type One Obverse and Reverse. Large S. San Francisco was the dominant Mint in issuing Trade dollars logical, since it was the closest facility to the Asian markets for which the Trade dollar was intended. While the 1877-S and 1878-S are the most frequently collected type issues, the 1876-S in its various forms is at worst a mildly unorthodox choice, though conditionally rare at the MS65 level. This well-defined Gem is partially prooflike under scattered russet, lavender-blue, and gold-gray toning. A few small marks are scattered on each side, but the only flaws of any length appear just to the right of Liberty, specifically her head. Census: 18 in 65, 3 finer (12/11). (#7043)

3819 1877-s Ms65 PCGs. Trade dollar mintages at the San Francisco Mint reached a pinnacle in 1877 with nearly 10 million coins produced. The total for that year was one-third of the entire production of Trade dollars for all years from 1873 to 1878. However, few Gem or finer examples survive from that large production. This fully struck Gem has bold and complete stars and head details, with strong feathers and claws on the reverse. Both sides exhibit ivory surfaces with splashes of light gold toning and frosty devices and satiny fields, offering an old-time collection appearance. Population: 26 in 65, 7 finer (1/12). (#7046) 3820 1878-s Ms62 PCGs. CaC. Delicate orange-gold and sky-blue color adorns lustrous, well struck surfaces. Light marks in the left obverse field prevents a higher grade.(#7048) 3821 1878-s Ms63 nGC. Light almond-gold toning adorns this satiny silver type coin. Precisely struck and minimally abraded with pleasing eye appeal. The lower left reverse is lightly die doubled. (#7048)

PRooF TRaDE DollaRs


Choice Proof 1874 Trade Dollar only 700 Pieces struck

3822 1874 PR64 nGC. This delightful Choice proof Trade dollar is spectacularly toned in shades of golden-brown and violet, with sharply detailed design elements and deeply mirrored fields. Eye appeal is extraordinary. From a proof mintage of just 700 pieces. Census: 49 in 64, 25 finer (12/11). (#7054)
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1874 Trade Dollar, PR64 Cameo low Distribution and survival

1878 Trade Dollar, PR65 Conditionally scarce

3823 1874 PR64 Cameo nGC. Patched Letters Reverse, as are most extant proof 1874 Trade dollars. After the first-year 1873, the 1874 is the rarest proof Trade dollar produced through 1883. As with the preceding year, proofs of this type were unpopular with collectors in 1874, and the survival of high-grade examples was more a matter of chance than deliberate numismatic activity. This is a lovely near-Gem with shimmering fields and a lone distraction on the obverse above Libertys outstretched arm. Both sides are toned in olive-gray that brightens to golden hues at direct angles. The devices are frosted and, with the exception of the eagles right (facing) leg, are sharply struck. An attractively original and boldly cameoed example. Census: 15 in 64 Cameo, 11 finer (1/12). (#87054)

3827 1878 PR65 nGC. This is the first of the proof-only Trade dollars. It is generally found in PR63-64 condition, but its availability drops off sharply above PR64. Blushes of cobalt-blue and lilac toning run over both sides of this Gem, each of which displays modest field-device contrast. Nicely preserved surfaces exhibit sharply struck design elements. Census: 35 in 65, 18 finer (12/11). (#7058)

1879 Trade Dollar, PR65 only issued in Proof Format

PR62 Cameo 1875 Trade Dollar

3824 1875 PR62 Cameo PCGs. Type Two Reverse. This prominently mirrored Trade dollar is mostly untoned but displays light goldenbrown shades near the borders. An obverse glimpse of navy-blue and cherry-red patina is noted at 8:30. The frosted motifs are fully struck except for Libertys curls. Delicate field hairlines correspond to the grade. A mere 700 proofs were produced. (#87055)

3828 1879 PR65 PCGs. The Philadelphia Mint coined 1,541 proof Trade dollars in 1879, the second year of proof-only production in the series that continued through 1885, with the final two years considered clandestine issues that are extremely rare today. This Gem exhibits deep lavender and blue toning over fully mirrored fields with sharply defined devices. Population: 36 in 65, 27 finer (1/12). (#7059)

1879 Trade Dollar, PR65 High Mintage Proof-only issue

Choice Cameo Proof 1875 Trade Dollar

3825 1875 PR64 Cameo PCGs. Type Two Reverse. An intricately struck Choice proof that shows evident contrast between the glassy fields and the evenly frosted designs. Almond-gold toning is faint but consistent throughout. Free of visible imperfections save for one tiny spot near the lowered elbow. Population: 17 in 64 Cameo, 4 finer as Cameo (1/12). (#87055) 3826 1876 PR60 nGC. Type One Obverse, Type Two Reverse. Field reflectivity is evident through deep golden-brown and gunmetalblue toning. Sharply struck except on the eagles right (facing) leg. Minor marks are noted on the right obverse field and on the reverse rim at 3 oclock.(#7056)

3829 1879 PR65 nGC. This brilliant Gem proof has fully mirrored fields with light cameo contrast. A splendid representative of the proof-only date, both sides have sharp design definition with lovely gold, blue, and steel toning. An excellent coin for a date or type collection. Census: 45 in 65, 37 finer (12/11). (#7059)

Session One, Auction #1167 | Thursday, February 2, 2012 | 7:00PM PT

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Toned 1879 Trade Dollar, PR66

Proof-only 1881 Trade Dollar amazing PR65 Cameo Coin

3830 1879 PR66 nGC. Deep bluish-gray patination runs over both sides of this Premium Gem proof Trade dollar and a well directed strike imparts strong detail to the design elements. Both sides are very well preserved and sharply struck. Census: 30 in 66, 7 finer (12/11). (#7059)

Choice Proof 1880 Trade Dollar Proof-only Mintage

3833 1881 PR65 Cameo nGC. A magnificent Cameo Gem representative of this proof-only Trade dollar issue with a threefigure mintage. Light gold, aqua, and lavender overtones turn deep in small spots, most notably at star 8 on the obverse. The broadest field of color is to the left of the eagle on the well-contrasted reverse. The frost over Libertys figure is attractive. Census: 17 in 65 Cameo, 24 finer (12/11). (#87061)

striking Gem Cameo Proof 1881 Trade Dollar

3831 1880 PR64 nGC. From a generous proof-only mintage of 1,987 pieces, this darkly toned Choice trade dollar offers well-detailed design elements and reflective fields, under a patina of attractive peach, green, gold, and cobalt-blue toning. A few hairlines and minor contact marks do little to detract from this coins appeal. (#7060)

splendidly Toned Gem Proof 1881 Trade Dollar

3834 1881 PR65 Cameo PCGs. Minimally toned interiors are stunningly contrasted on this Cameo Gem proof, particularly the reverse. Gold, green, and blue patina wraps around the centers, with the obverse showing less color coverage but warmer hues. Impressively mirrored and attractive for this proof-only Trade dollar issue. Population: 23 in 65 Cameo, 11 finer (1/12). (#87061)

Patinated Choice Proof 1883 Trade Dollar

3832 1881 PR65 nGC. This splendidly patinated Gem proof 1881dated Trade dollar boasts exquisite sky-blue, jade, and rose coloration on both sides, thoroughgoing but sufficiently light for field reflectivity to shine through. The frosted devices lend a cameo effect. A super coin for the type and grade. Census: 35 in 65, 28 finer (1/12). (#7061)

3835 1883 PR64 PCGs. CaC. The 1883 is the final collectible proofonly Trade dollar. By 1883, demand for proof Trade dollars had diminished from their 1880 peak, and just 979 pieces were struck. This is a fully struck and undisturbed example with deep cobaltblue, plum-mauve, sea-green, and cream-gray toning. Certified in a first generation holder. (#7063)

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SESSION TwO
Floor, Telephone, Heritage Live!, Internet, Fax, and Mail Signature Auction #1167 Friday, February 3, 2012 | 1:00PM PT | Long Beach, California | Lots 3836 - 4554
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LincoLn cents
3836 1909 VDB Ms67 Red PcGs. This lime-green and sun-gold introductory year VDB cent offers booming luster and a sharp strike. Unabraded save for a hair-thin mark on the chin, and carbon is limited to flecks near the T in CENT. Housed in a green label holder. Ex: Davis Conway Collection (Heritage, 9/2008), lot 333, which realized $2,185.(#2425) 3837 1909-s VDB XF40 PcGs. Rich brown surfaces have scattered mahogany and violet overtones as well as hints of olive. Modestly abraded with appreciable wear, yet a thoroughly desirable coin for the grade.(#2426) 3838 1909-s VDB XF40 nGc. Soft brown patination covers both sides of this popular key-date cent. Appropriate detail is evident on the design elements, including the date, mintmark, and initials. This is a remarkably clean specimen.(#2426) 3839 1909-s VDB XF45 AnAcs. Golden-brown patina adorns both sides of this Choice XF key-date representative. The design elements are well defined, including clarity on the initials. (#2426) 3840 1909-s VDB AU50 PcGs. Pleasing medium tan color runs over both sides of this key-date representative. The design elements are nicely detailed, including the VDB initials. Free of mentionable abrasions and spots.(#2426) 3841 1909-s VDB AU53 nGc. A pleasing example of the popular key Lincoln cent, this piece exhibits smooth dark olive surfaces with traces of high-point wear.(#2426) 3842 1909-s VDB AU55 nGc. The surfaces of this Choice AU specimen are a pleasing glossy brown and are devoid of mentionable marks or spots. The design elements exhibit excellent detail, including crispness on the initials.(#2426) 3843 1909-s VDB AU58 nGc. The design elements remain sharply detailed and the VDB initials are bold, with medium brown surfaces that show traces of original red. An attractive specimen of this important key.(#2426) 3844 1909-s VDB AU58 nGc. Rich rose and fainter orange overtones grace deep brown surfaces on this modestly worn key-date Lincoln cent. Minimally abraded with great eye appeal that would fit well in an otherwise Mint State set.(#2426) 3845 1909-s VDB AU58 PcGs. cAc. This attractive near-Mint specimen retains nearly all of its original detail, including the important VDB. The light brown surfaces are satiny and only lightly abraded.(#2426) 3846 1909-s VDB Ms61 Brown nGc. Close inspection reveals the all-important VDB initials hiding amongst the light brown toning on this well-detailed Mint State example. The pleasing surfaces display areas of original red color and mint luster.(#2426) 3847 1909-s VDB Ms62 Brown nGc. Mahogany and olive shadings prevail on this unworn key-date Lincoln cent. A carbon spot just above the bow tie is the most obvious contributor to the grade, but the reverse is relatively clean.(#2426) 3848 1909-s VDB Ms64 Red and Brown nGc. Minor carbon flecks on each side, along with splashes of brown toning, prevent a full Red designation to this lustrous and sharply struck Choice Mint State specimen.(#2427)

3849 1909-s VDB Ms64 Red and Brown PcGs. The surfaces host light orange and olive in a woodgrain pattern that is typical of the 1909 San Francisco copper coins. This Choice Mint State piece has a few dark toning spots with frosty underlying luster. (#2427) 3850 1909-s VDB Ms64 Red and Brown nGc. Pleasing shades of light brown and violet toning mingle with the original red patina, producing tremendous eye appeal. The sharply detailed devices complement the vibrant mint luster that shines through the patina. An extremely attractive specimen of this important key. (#2427) 3851 1909-s VDB Ms64 Red and Brown PcGs. The obverse of this Choice Mint State key Lincoln is mostly bluish-brown with splashes of mint red. The reverse has considerable mint color with traces of pale blue toning.(#2427)

Gem 1909-s VDB Lincoln cent elusive Key With Red and Brown surfaces

3852 1909-s VDB Ms65 Red and Brown nGc. The low mintage of 484,000 pieces makes the 1909-S VDB Lincoln cent the most sought-after issue of the series. This well-detailed Gem displays mostly red surfaces, with vibrant mint luster and just a hint of orange-brown toning. NGC has graded only 43 finer examples of this classic key date in the Red and Brown designation (12/11). (#2427)

Lively Red near-Gem 1909-s VDB cent

3853 1909-s VDB Ms64 Red PcGs. This dusky peach-gold key date example displays good luster and is void of visible contact. The strike is precise, particularly on the all-important VDB initials. Scattered minor carbon cannot deny the eye appeal. The 1909-S VDB has been in-demand almost since the day it was first minted, and the clamor has grown in the century-plus since. (#2428)

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superb Gem 1909 Lincoln cent Rare example With Red surfaces

Red superb Gem 1910 cent

3854 1909 Ms67 Red nGc. The 1909 Lincoln cent enjoys great popularity as a first-year type coin. This magnificent Superb Gem displays original red surfaces with no trace of carbon. The design elements are sharply detailed and the blazing mint luster creates outstanding eye appeal. Census: 10 in 67 Red, 0 finer (12/11). (#2431)

3859 1910 Ms67 Red nGc. This magnificent Superb Gem is among the finest pieces graded, with well-preserved original red surfaces, sharply detailed design elements, and vibrant mint luster. The 1910 is from a bountiful mintage but becomes elusive in such remarkable quality. Census: 28 in 67 Red, 0 finer (12/11). (#2437)

First-Year 1909 Lincoln cent, Ms67 Red spectacular type coin

1910 Lincoln cent, Ms67 Red Wonderful original surfaces

3855 1909 Ms67 Red PcGs. This bright red Superb Gem boasts brief splashes of lilac patina. Well struck with fiery luster. A gorgeous and practically unimprovable representative of this first-year issue. Population: 60 in 67 Red, 0 finer (1/12). Ex: Kendall Marie PCGS Registry Set / Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2006), lot 467; Long Beach Signature (9/2008), lot 353. (#2431) 3856 1909-s Ms65 Red PcGs. Streakily toned with a thin layer of maroon-red patina throughout and relatively high-end surfaces for the grade. Close inspection reveals strike doubling on several letters on the upper reverse surface.(#2434) 3857 1909-s Ms66 Red nGc. This satiny Premium Gem has brilliant gold luster with splashes of orange toning on each side. The surfaces are void of carbon or consequential marks. Census: 60 in 66 Red, 3 finer (12/11).(#2434) 3858 1909-s s over Horizontal s Ms65 Red PcGs. cAc. Fs-1502. A peach-gold Gem with potent luster and attractive surfaces. Well struck except on the first three letters in E PLURIBUS UNUM. One tiny surface imperfection behind Lincolns head. (#92434)

3860 1910 Ms67 Red PcGs. This is a simply gorgeous survivor with frosty, textured surfaces bursting with reddish-orange luster. The color lightens slightly to a lime-green shade at the border areas on each side. Every feature is sharply struck, and there is slight evidence of metal flow around the margins. Population: 19 in 67 Red, 0 finer (1/12). Ex: Dallas Signature (Heritage, 11/2005), lot 309; Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 9/2008), lot 360. (#2437) 3861 1911 Ms66 Red PcGs. This radiant apricot-copper Premium Gem is intricately struck and highly lustrous. Marvelous eye appeal and minimal carbon. PCGS has graded only eight finer Red coins (12/11).(#2443) 3862 1911-D Ms65 Red PcGs. Golden lustrous surfaces are blushed on the obverse with soft crimson and sky-blue and a solid strike leaves strong definition on the design elements. A few minute marks do not detract.(#2446) 3863 1911-D Ms65 Red PcGs. A delightful Gem specimen of this early Lincoln cent, with sharply rendered devices, vibrant mint luster, and fiery red surfaces. Housed in a green label holder. (#2446) 3864 1912 Ms66 Red PcGs. A gorgeous example of this challenging Philadelphia issue, sharply struck with elegant copper-orange luster that shows occasional rose and umber variations. Carefully preserved and gorgeous. Finer Red examples are highly elusive; PCGS has graded a mere seven such coins (1/12).(#2452) 3865 1912 Ms66 Red PcGs. Fresh peach and vibrant copper-orange dominate on this delightful earlier Lincoln cent. The strike is pleasing, and while the fields show a handful of tiny flaws, the overall visual appeal is magnificent. Registry enthusiasts should note that PCGS has graded just seven finer Red pieces (12/11). (#2452) 3866 1912 Ms66 Red PcGs. The obverse shows varying degrees of mint-copper and peach, while the latter color prevails on the welldefined reverse. Highly appealing. PCGS has graded just seven finer Red examples (1/12).(#2452)

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3867 1912-D Ms65 Red PcGs. Light copper-peach luster prevails on this Red Gem. Strongly struck but with minor flyspecks at the upper and right reverse and a carbon spot just above the left wheat stem. PCGS has graded just 15 coins as MS66 Red or better (1/12). (#2455) 3868 1912-D Ms65 Red nGc. This spectacular Gem exhibits razorsharp definition on all design elements, with vibrant mint luster and original red surfaces. NGC has graded only 12 finer coins in the designation (12/11).(#2455) 3869 1913 Ms66 Red nGc. Vibrant copper-gold luster stands out on this well struck Premium Gem. A few tiny flecks of carbon detract nothing from the coins outstanding eye appeal. Census: 36 in 66 Red, 0 finer (12/11).(#2461) 3870 1913 Ms66 Red PcGs. This boldly struck, satiny Premium Gem displays gorgeous and uniform orange-red color. There are a few insignificant marks on each side, which do not reduce the overall appeal of this splendid example. Much rarer in this lofty condition than the mintage might suggest. Housed in a green label holder. Population: 61 in 66 Red, 5 finer (12/11).(#2461) 3871 1914-D AU55 nGc. Attractive medium brown patination encompasses this sharply impressed, semiglossy Choice AU keydate representative. This is an exceptionally clean example. (#2471)

Gem Red 1914-D Lincoln cent Well-struck, Brightly Lustrous example

Glossy Ms62 Brown 1914-D cent colorful overtones

3872 1914-D Ms62 Brown nGc. Glossy luster is the most obvious characteristic of this key-date 1914-D cent, but colorful overtones play their part as well. The dominant hue against walnut-brown surfaces is violet-blue, but a sea-green crescent appears at the right obverse margin and has echoes at the peripheral reverse. There are surprisingly few severe marks for the grade. (#2471)

1914-D Lincoln cent, Ms62 Red and Brown sharply Detailed specimen

3874 1914-D Ms65 Red nGc. Gem Red 1914-D. For series specialists, that pretty much sums up the instant appeal of this piece. For nonspecialists, we might mention the issues status as a key date, second in demand only behind the 1909-S VDB and far rarer grade-for-grade than its earlier cousin; the first-year key was saved by the bucketful, while the 1914-D was scarcely saved at all. The survival of high-grade Red pieces such as this Gem is thus due mostly to serendipity rather than intent. As is common with the majority of high-grade examples, this piece is well-struck, and the surfaces display appealing bright red and yellowish color on both sides. A few light brownish flecks appear but are not carbon. Census: 38 in 65 Red, 10 finer (12/11). (#2473) 3875 1915 Ms66 Red PcGs. This example has bright orange-gold luster across exemplary surfaces. The design features are crisply struck throughout, and there are no marks or flyspecks warranting individual mention. Top-shelf eye appeal for this lower-mintage Philadelphia issue.(#2479)

3873 1914-D Ms62 Red and Brown AnAcs. This impressive MS62 specimen exhibits sharply detailed design elements and the fields are free of serious distractions. The surfaces are mostly light brown, with some original red at the peripheries, and traces of underlying mint luster. A few tiny specks of carbon are evident on both sides. (#2472)

3876 1915 Ms66 Red PcGs. This is a splendid, conditionally scarce representative of this early Lincoln cent issue from the Philadelphia Mint. More than 29 million pieces were struck, but Mint State examples with full Red color are relatively rare. This Premium Gem is well struck, with intense mint luster and deep cherry-red and sea-green toning. Surface marks are minimal, and not easy to see without a magnifier. Population: 78 in 66 Red, 6 finer (12/11). (#2479) 3877 1915-D Ms65 Red PcGs. Light satin luster with a mixture of copper-orange shadings on each side. Well-defined with a small spot noted to the right of Lincolns lips. PCGS has graded 18 Red examples in higher numeric grades (1/12).(#2482)

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1916 cent, Ms67 Red Blazing Mint Luster

3884 1917 Doubled Die obverse VF35 PcGs. Fs-101. Minor die doubling appears as a thickening of the letters and date on this lightly worn olive-brown example. Smooth surfaces have just a few trivial marks.(#92495) 3885 1917-D Ms65 Red nGc. This sharply detailed Gem displays vibrant mint luster over exquisitely preserved surfaces. The original red color mingles with hints of golden-brown. Census: 20 in 65 Red, 0 finer (12/11).(#2500)

Full Red superb Gem 1918 cent only three others so Graded by nGc

3878 1916 Ms67 Red PcGs. cAc. This Superb Gem is fully detailed throughout with complete whisker and lapel definition. The surfaces also display beautiful, frosty red mint luster with a finely granular texture. A virtually flawless coin. Tied with numerous other pieces for finest certified by both PCGS or NGC (1/12). Ex: Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 5/2008), lot 1048. (#2488) 3879 1916-D Ms65 Red and Brown PcGs. Blushes of crimson and sky-blue visit the lustrous surfaces of this sharply struck Gem. Impeccably preserved surfaces reveal no mentionable marks or spots. Indeed, this is a very pleasing cent. Population: 38 in 65 Red and Brown, 0 finer (1/12).(#2490) 3880 1917 Ms66 Red PcGs. Strong copper-orange luster is a touch paler on the obverse with a medium-sized spot on Lincolns shoulder and a flyspeck under the truncation. Well-defined and desirable. PCGS has graded 17 coins as MS67 Red or better (1/12). (#2497) 3881 1917 Ms66 Red PcGs. The obverse has minor variation between pale copper-orange and saturated yellow, a division more pronounced on the concentrically toned reverse, which adds deep peach to the mix. Great detail and all-around appeal. PCGS has graded 17 examples as MS67 Red or finer (1/12). (#2497) 3882 1917 Ms66 Red PcGs. The original red surfaces of this impressive Premium Gem show accents of lilac and orange. The design elements are sharply rendered and vibrant mint luster adds to the terrific eye appeal.(#2497)

3886 1918 Ms67 Red nGc. With 288 million plus pieces produced, one has to wonder why no more than a mere handful of coins were saved in Superb Red condition. NGC has certified a mere four MS67 Red pieces and none finer (1/12). The surfaces have a warm reddish glow with just a touch of lilac over the portrait of Lincoln. There are no obvious abrasions on either side and the coin displays the finely granular texture often seen. The design elements are fully brought up. Ex: Portland Signature (Heritage, 3/2004), lot 5201; Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 9/2008), lot 392. (#2506)

1918-s Lincoln cent, Ms65 Red Above-Average striking Details

1917 cent, Ms67 Red one of the Finest Known


3887 1918-s Ms65 Red nGc. Copper-orange luster resides on the surfaces of this 1918-S cent. While typical Mint State coins exhibit poorly rendered details (David Lange, 2005), a better-than-average strike endows this Gem. A couple of grade-consistent marks are noted on each side, and the remnants of a fingerprint appear on the lower reverse. Census: 14 in 65 Red, 0 finer (12/11). Ex: Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 2/2008), lot 3178. (#2512) 3888 1919 Ms67 Red PcGs. The peach centers are framed by greenish yellow-gold. Dynamic luster brightens this fully struck Superb Gem. Strong magnification is necessary to locate even trivial imperfections. A ravishing example from the final Philly issue of the teens. Population: 59 in 67 Red, 15 finer (12/11). (#2515) 3889 1919 Ms67 Red PcGs. Lovely shades of rose, olive, and peach endow this lustrous and intricately struck Superb Gem. Carbon and contact are virtually absent. Population: 59 in 67 Red, 15 finer (1/12). E x : L o n g B ea ch S i gn a t u r e (H er i t a ge, 5 / 2 0 07 ) , l o t 2 4 5 . (#2515) 3890 1919-D Ms65 Red nGc. This issue shows moderate to heavy die wear, which manifests itself in localized softness on this coin, more so on the reverse wheat stalks. The remaining elements are well defined. Orange-gold luster adorns both sides, which are free of significant abrasions or spotting. Census: 42 in 65 Red, 0 finer (12/11).(#2518)

3883 1917 Ms67 Red PcGs. The 1917 Philadelphia cent is common in circulated grades, and Mint State coins grading through MS64 are readily available in all color designations. Even fully Red Gems and Premium Gems are obtainable with a little patience, but Red MS67 coins are elusive. PCGS has certified 15 such pieces, and two finer, while NGC has seen two Red MS67 and none finer. The current offering displays lustrous orange patina interspersed with blushes of lime-green. The design elements are fully impressed, including complete definition on Lincolns beard, hair, and bow tie. The only area of minor weakness occurs in the lower right lines of the right wheat stalk. Near-pristine surfaces are virtually devoid of mentionable abrasions or spots. The Lincoln cent specialist will not want to miss out on this gorgeous coin. Ex: Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2006), lot 626; Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2008), lot 2243. (#2497)

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3891 1920-s Ms65 Red and Brown nGc. Copper-orange, lavender, and violet elements form a woodgrain pattern on much of this Red and Brown Gem. Well struck with strong eye appeal for this underrated San Francisco issue. Census: 38 in 65 Red and Brown, 0 finer (12/11).(#2529)

no D, strong Reverse 1922 cent, AU50 the Missing-Mintmark classic

Fully Red Ms64 1920-s Lincoln cent

3892 1920-s Ms64 Red PcGs. cAc. Primarily copper-gold luster with orange as a secondary color and occasional violet skeins, particularly toward the right obverse border and upper reverse. A quality survivor of a challenging full Red S-mint issue, though minor carbon is noted at the left obverse and central reverse. Population: 83 in 64 Red, 9 finer (1/12). (#2530) 3893 1921 Ms66 Red PcGs. Most 1921-P cents are not as sharp as one would expect from the Philadelphia Mint, as quality control did not measure up to previous years. David Lange (2005) writes: Moderate to heavy die wear resulted in blurred peripheral elements such as the mottos IN GOD WE TRUST and E PLURIBUS UNUM. Not so with this fully Red Premium Gem! A solid strike leaves exquisite detail on the design features, including the peripheral as well as central areas; no elements reveal hints of weakness. The fully lustrous surfaces are immaculately preserved. Population: 63 in 66 Red, 11 finer (12/11).(#2533) 3894 1922 no D strong Reverse VF20 AnAcs. Fs-401. Die Pair 2. TRUST is sharper than IN GOD WE, a diagnostic of this key Guide Book variety. Medium brown to tan-brown with no relevant marks and occasional subtle obverse field granularity.(#3285) 3895 1922 no D strong Reverse XF45 PcGs. Fs-401. Die Pair 2. Chocolate-brown and apple-green toning embraces this key date No D cent. The wheat ears exhibit sharp detail, though we note faded marks near the N in ONE, the R in TRUST, and above the date.(#3285) 3896 1922 no D strong Reverse Whizzed nGc Details. AU. Fs-401. Die Pair 2. Simulated luster is present on the light brown surfaces with considerable light orange and pale blue color.

3898 1922 no D strong Reverse AU50 AnAcs. Fs-401. Die Pair 2. The bluish overtone to glossy walnut-brown surfaces is deeper on the reverse. The reverse is as strong as the obverse is mushy, an essential characteristic of this most desirable of missing-mintmark 1922 cent die pairs. A moderate scrape affects the upper left wheat ear. (#3285) 3899 1923 Ms66 Red PcGs. A lovely peach-gold Premium Gem that boasts a crisp strike and vibrant luster. Carbon and contact are virtually absent. Certified in a green label holder. (#2545)

1923 Ms67 Full Red Lincoln cent ex: Mershon

3900 1923 Ms67 Red PcGs. Ex: Tom Mershon. The quintessential 1923 Lincoln, both in terms of aesthetics and technical merit. Razor-sharp features show no obvious abrasions and each side is covered with shimmering mint luster. This luster still retains the bright, original orange-red color in some places, but much of each side is also framed in a deep cherry-red patina, which gives the coin dazzling eye appeal. Two tiny spots on Lincolns beard are easily overlooked. Population: 12 in 67 Red, 1 finer (1/12). Ex: Tom Mershon #2 All-Time PCGS Registry Set (Heritage, 5/2005), lot 5342; Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 9/2008), lot 412. (#2545) 3901 1924 Ms66 Red nGc. A sharply detailed Premium Gem, with original red surfaces and vibrant mint luster. The design elements are sharply detailed throughout. Census: 52 in 66 Red, 2 finer (12/11).(#2551) 3902 1925 Ms67 Red PcGs. Vibrant copper-gold luster exudes from the immaculately preserved surfaces of this Superb Gem. A solid strike emboldens the design elements, including the grains and lines of the wheat stalks. Population: 58 in 67 Red, 0 finer (12/11). (#2560) 3903 1926 Ms65 Red PcGs. cAc. Peach peripheries encompass strawgold centers. Fully struck and lustrous with a high grade obverse and fingerprint fragments on the reverse.(#2569) 3904 1926 Ms67 Red nGc. This is a splendid Superb Gem Lincoln cent with scintillating luster that illuminates lovely red-gold and mint-green coloration. The surfaces are amazingly preserved and virtually pristine. Census: 48 in 67 Red, 0 finer (12/11). (#2569) 3905 1926-s Ms63 Red and Brown PcGs. A sharply detailed Select specimen of this better date, with vibrant mint luster and mostly red surfaces that display a few streaks of light brown and lavender toning.(#2574)
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Popular 1922 no D, strong Reverse cent Fs-401, AU50

3897 1922 no D strong Reverse AU50 PcGs. Fs-401. Die Pair 2. The reverse is as sharp as the missing-mintmark obverse is mushy. Medium-brown color on the obverse has a lighter mahogany counterpart over a minority of the reverse. A lightly worn but thoroughly pleasing example of one of the most sought-after Lincoln cent varieties. (#3285)

3906 1926-s Ms63 Red PcGs. cAc. A typical strike has weak obverse details with stronger reverse details. There is little or no carbon on the lustrous pale orange mint surfaces. Population: 14 in 63 Red, 68 finer (1/12).(#2575)

1927 cent, superb Gem Red Among the Finest Known

3914 1946-s Ms67 Red PcGs. Trumpet tail S. Rich peach-red surfaces cede to infrequent glimpses of ice-blue. Lustrous and precisely struck with pristine preservation. Population: 70 in 67 Red, none finer (1/12). Ex: Davis Conway Collection (Heritage, 9/2008), lot 441, which realized $1,150.(#2749) 3915 1947 Ms67 Red nGc. Sharply struck and intensely lustrous, with beautifully deep fire-red coloration across both sides. The surfaces are nearly immaculate, save for a few tiny nicks and a handful of scattered flyspecks. Census: 38 in 67 Red, 0 finer (12/11). (#2752) 3916 1947 Ms67 Red nGc. The pristine original surfaces of this spectacular Superb Gem display vibrant mint luster and attractive burnt-orange color. The devices are sharply detailed throughout. Census: 38 in 67 Red, 0 finer (12/11).(#2752) 3917 1949 Ms67 Red nGc. Needle-sharp definition is evident on all design elements, and vibrant mint luster adds to the tremendous eye appeal of this magnificent Superb Gem. The surfaces retain their original red color and only the most insignificant imperfections can be detected, even on close inspection. Census: 33 in 67 Red, 0 finer (12/11).(#2770) 3918 1951-s Ms67 Red PcGs. Bold copper-orange fire is key to this Red Superb Gems eye appeal. Satiny surfaces are all but undisturbed. Neither NGC nor PCGS has graded an MS68 Red example (1/12).(#2794) 3919 1952-s Ms67 Red PcGs. cAc. This orange-red Superb Gem appears perfect aside from slight incompleteness of strike near the O in ONE. The reverse has a small area of faint gray toning at 4:30. None are certified finer at either major service (1/12). (#2803)

3907 1927 Ms67 Red PcGs. Excellent definition and strong, swirling luster are the most immediately apparent attributes of this delightful Superb Gem. The exquisitely preserved obverse displays soft copper-orange shadings with hints of olive, while the similarly pristine reverse offers richer reddish-orange coloration. Tied for the finest Red representative graded by both NGC and PCGS (1/12). Ex: Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 6/2001), lot 8627; Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 2/2008), lot 3213. (#2578) 3908 1928 Ms67 Red PcGs. The design elements of this spectacular Superb Gem are fully struck and the original copper-red fields show a few highlights of lilac. Ample mint luster adds to the outstanding visual appeal. Population: 55 in 67 Red, 0 finer (12/11). (#2587) 3909 1929 Ms67 Red PcGs. This spectacular Superb Gem is among the finest pieces certified, with razor-sharp design elements, vibrant mint luster, and original red surfaces that show highlights of lilac. Population: 47 in 67 Red, 0 finer (12/11).(#2596) 3910 1929-s Ms66 Red nGc. The fiery orange-golden surfaces of this Premium Gem are virtually as struck, and only a few scattered carbon flecks are a further indicator of its age. Census: 44 in 66 Red, 6 finer (12/11).(#2602) 3911 1932-D Ms66 Red PcGs. cAc. An amazing example, this 1932-D cent has fiery orange surfaces with frosty luster. A small spot is noted on the obverse rim at 12 oclock, with no other blemishes on either side. PCGS has only certified six finer pieces (12/11).(#2626)

1953-D Lincoln cent, Ms67 Red no Finer Red coins at PcGs

1933 cent, Glowing Ms67 Red none certified Finer

3920 1953-D Ms67 Red PcGs. cAc. The blazing original red surfaces of this Superb Gem Lincoln cent show a few hints of orange and lilac color, with vibrant mint luster. The pleasing surfaces display no mentionable signs of contact or carbon. Visual appeal is extraordinary. Population: 16 in 67 Red, 0 finer (1/12). (#2809) 3921 1955 Doubled Die obverse AU55 nGc. Fs-101. This deep olive-brown representative displays a good strike and unbroken satin sheen. High point wear is nearly imperceptible, and the sole detraction is a small obverse spot at 3 oclock. A pleasing example of a spectacular and celebrated doubled die.(#2825) 3922 1955 Doubled Die obverse AU58 nGc. Fs-101. This chocolatebrown key date cent provides satin luster and a bold strike. The cheekbone and jaw have only a hint of wear. Unblemished aside from a solitary hair-thin mark on the cheek.(#2825) 3923 1955 Doubled Die obverse Ms61 Brown nGc. cAc. Fs-101. A pleasing chocolate-brown representative of this famous doubled die mint error. Satiny and nicely struck with minimal contact and no noticeable carbon.(#2825)

3912 1933 Ms67 Red PcGs. The vibrant, unturned surfaces are primarily copper-orange with occasional elements of peach. The strike is crisp, and the fields and devices are equally well-preserved. An impressive coin in every respect. While PCGS has graded 33 examples as MS67 Red, neither NGC nor PCGS has graded a finer Red representative (1/12). Ex: Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2008), lot 259. (#2629) 3913 1933-D Ms67 Red nGc. Solidly struck with vivid orange-red surfaces. A small, solitary mark above the T in LIBERTY is the only flaw of any note on this Superb Gem. Neither NGC nor PCGS has graded an MS68 Red example (1/12).(#2632)
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1955 Doubled Die cent Ms65 With Mellowed Red and Brown

Red near-Gem Doubled Die 1955 cent

3925 1955 Doubled Die obverse Ms64 Red PcGs secure. Fs-101. A magnificent orange-gold near-Gem of this famous and dramatic doubled die mint error. Crisply struck, lustrous, and nearly devoid of marks. Imperfections are limited to a single small spot at 9 oclock on the reverse and a blush of steel-gray northeast of the E in ONE. (#2827)

1956-D cent, Blazing Ms67 Red one of the Finest Known

3924 1955 Doubled Die obverse Ms65 Red and Brown PcGs. Fs-101. The 1955 Doubled Die Obverse cent is by many accounts the premier variety rarity in the Lincoln series, a coin with a longer, more estimable history than Johnny-come-latelys such as the 1917 Doubled Die or the 1960 Small Date. In an era when many of todays collectors began filling up blue Whitman coin folders with Lincoln pennies, the five keys to the set were considered the 1909-S VDB, 1914-D, 1922 Plain, 1931-S and the 1955 Doubled Die. The 1922 Plain is also a variety, but most collectible examples seen were either altered 1922-Ds or well-worn genuine pieces. For the 1955 Doubled Die, there was always a chance that a high-grade Mint State or lightly circulated example might turn up, either in circulation or in a dealers case. This mellow Red and Brown example has a remarkable amount of original mint red on each side. Streaks of yellow are interspersed in the brown patina on each side, giving added visual appeal. Two spots are located at the top of the N in ONE on the reverse. (#2826)

3926 1956-D Ms67 Red PcGs. Ex: Omaha Bank Hoard. The advanced Set Registry collector will want to know that this delightful cent is tied for the finest certified by PCGS. Both sides have that lovely pale orange color consistent with nicely preserved high-quality cents struck half a century ago. Aside from a few natural planchet flakes that were present at the time this piece was struck, the surfaces are pristine. Population: 23 in 67 Red, 0 finer (1/12). Ex: Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 6/2008), lot 421; ANA Signature (Heritage, 7-8/2008), lot 1230. (#2839)

superb Gem 1956-D Lincoln cent Among the Finest Red examples at PcGs

3927 1956-D Ms67 Red PcGs. The bright original red surfaces of this spectacular Superb Gem display blazing mint luster, with outstanding eye appeal. Only a few microscopic specks of carbon can be detected on the reverse. The design elements are welldetailed and no mentionable contact marks are noted. Population: 23 in 67 Red, 0 finer (1/12). (#2839)

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1969-s Doubled Die cent, Ms64 Red and Brown the Key to the Lincoln Doubled Die series

3928 1969-s Doubled Die obverse Ms64 Red and Brown PcGs. cAc. Fs-101. Although the 1955 Doubled Die cents are the most famous doubled dies in the series, the 1969-S Doubled Die cents are far rarer and more elusive. The 1969-S Doubled Die cents for many years saw their prices and collectability depressed by a couple of factors. First is the extremely common strike-doubled 1969-S cents, which can be found even today by the roll in Uncirculated condition with little effort. (The mintage of all 1969-S cents was a huge 544,375,000 pieces, so it is little wonder that many pieces exhibit strike doubling.) The strike-doubled pieces show doubling on the mintmark as well as other areas and are only worth face value. On the true Doubled Die 1969-S cents, the mintmark was added after the repeated hub squeezes required to produce a working die resulted in the die doubling, so the mintmark is not doubled. The second factor that depressed prices and actually increased the rarity of the 1969-S Doubled Die cents is well-told in an article by Jaime Hernandez on PCGS Coinfacts website. The story begins this way: The 1969-S Doubled Die Obverse cent was one of the few coins ever to appear on Americas Most Wanted list, not because it was such a desirable coin but because it was once considered to be counterfeit. By sheer coincidence, this absolutely real coin became tainted by another counterfeit the 1969 Doubled Die Obverse cent. Hernandez relates how two men began counterfeiting 1969 (Philadelphia) Doubled Die cents and many other coins, only to be found out by the Secret Service, which began confiscating the coins that were released into circulation. In the process, some genuine 1969-S Doubled Die cents, believed to be counterfeit as well, were found by the Secret Service and destroyed. Hernandez writes that it is believed that less than 100 examples of the authentic 1969-S Doubled Die Obverse cents were produced. PCGS has currently certified 34 submissions of the 1969-S Doubled Die cent, only 11 of which are Uncirculated. There are 11 others at NGC, including three Mint State pieces. The present coin, MS64 Red and Brown PCGS, is numerically tied for the finest at PCGS with one other coin and two in MS64 Red. There are none numerically finer at PCGS regardless of color (1/12). The original red is only slightly mellowed, and the brown is mostly evident on the figure of Lincoln. Extremely strong doubling is evident on the date and all obverse lettering, save for the mintmark. One tiny fleck appears at 2 oclock on the obverse and one near 8 oclock on the reverse. This piece represents a rare opportunity to acquire this famous and fascinating Lincoln cent variety. Population: 2 in 64 Red and Brown, 0 finer (1/12). (#2922)

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3929 1971 Doubled Die Ms64 Red PcGs. Fs-101. LIBERTY, GOD, and the date are strongly doubled. This orange-gold near-Gem is lustrous and displays moderate carbon. Examples of this prominent doubled die are listed in the PCGS Population Report under two different numbers, 92941 and 38009. Population: 32 in 64 Red, 32 finer (1/12).(#92941) 3930 1972 Doubled Die obverse Ms66 Red PcGs. cAc. Fs-101. Dramatic die doubling throughout all obverse legends identifies this prominent and well known variety. Blazing orange-gold luster illuminates the exquisite surfaces of this sharply struck Premium Gem. Ex: Los Angeles Signature (Heritage, 8/2009), lot 155, which realized $1,092.50.(#2950) 3931 1983 Doubled Die Reverse Ms67 Red PcGs. Fs-801. Reverse doubling is boldly visible on all of the letters on this remarkable Superb Gem. The surfaces are fully lustrous, frosty, and brilliant, with exceptional orange mint color. Population: 28 in 67 Red, 0 finer (12/11).(#3056)

1916 Lincoln cent, PR64 Brown Final Matte Proof issue

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3932 1909 PR64 Red and Brown nGc. A few splashes of brown toning appear on the brilliant red surfaces of this Choice proof. Scattered carbon flecks are also evident. Overall, an attractive and sharply detailed matte proof for a type set or specialized collection. (#3304) 3933 1910 PR64 Brown PcGs. cAc. Until recent years, matte proofs were the sleepers of the Lincoln cent series. But now all collectors are aware of their scarcity. This chocolate-brown near-Gem has a razor-sharp strike and no indication of even the slightest contact. (#3306)

3939 1916 PR64 Brown nGc. Only 1,150 proof Lincoln cents were minted in 1916, and the Mint discontinued proof set offerings the following year. The design elements of this attractive Choice example show razor-sharp definition throughout and the fields display dark brown patina, accented by hints of original red. Census: 10 in 64 Brown, 12 finer (12/11). (#3324)

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3940 1913 type one Ms67 nGc. A spectacular Superb Gem, with sharply detailed design elements, vibrant mint luster, and attractive shades of greenish-gold and ice-blue patina. An ideal type example, and very rare any finer.(#3915)

1916 Fs-101 Buffalo nickel, Good 6 Doubled Die obverse

Premium Gem Proof 1910 Lincoln cent Unmarked Red and Brown surfaces

3934 1910 PR66 Red and Brown nGc. A delightful Premium Gem specimen of this early series proof, from a mintage of 4,118 pieces. The design elements display razor-sharp definition throughout, and the mostly red surfaces show no significant contact marks or signs of carbon. Census: 10 in 66 Red and Brown, 1 finer (12/11). (#3307) 3935 1911 PR65 Red and Brown PcGs secure. cAc. Diversely toned in orange-gold, fire-red, forest-green, and violet shades. The deepest colors are on the reverse exergue and Lincolns shoulder. Fully struck and satiny with pinpoint flecks on the upper half of the obverse.(#3310) 3936 1912 PR65 Brown PcGs. cAc. Deep blue and violet overtones dominate the eye appeal of this Brown specimen. Sharply impressed with fine matte surfaces that are largely undisturbed. Population: 39 in 65 Brown, 9 finer (12/11).(#3312) 3937 1912 PR64 Red and Brown nGc. Copper-gold and sunsetorange with several dots of lavender or purple to account for the Red and Brown designation. This matte proof shows only a handful of flyspecks.(#3313) 3938 1913 PR66 Brown PcGs. Rich blue, violet, and olive overtones steal the spotlight on this carefully preserved Brown matte proof. Exquisitely detailed with unusual streaks of mahogany at the upper reverse.(#3315)

3941 1916 Doubled Die obverse Good 6 nGc. cAc. Fs-101. Although it is substantially worn, enough of the date is visible to see the doubling, especially of the 6. Evidence of die doubling is also visible at the feather tips, those features representing the main identifying features of this important variety. Light gray surfaces show a few insignificant blemishes. (#3931) 3942 1917 Ms66+ PcGs. cAc. Delicate gold patina graces the strongly lustrous surfaces of this high-end Premium Gem. This piece is well struck and has been nicely preserved. Population: 6 in 66+, 13 finer (12/11).(#3934) 3943 1917-D Ms64 PcGs. cAc. Nickel-blue and rose-orange patina embraces each side of this Denver near-Gem. Great all-around detail with a few light abrasions on the devices and small flyspecks under the feathers.(#3935) 3944 1918 Ms65 PcGs. Golden-toned at the margins with light quicksilver luster through the interiors. Generally well-defined, if a trifle soft on the braid and the bisons shoulder.(#3937)

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Richly toned Ms67 1919 Buffalo nickel

1926-D nickel, sharply struck Ms66 notorious strike Rarity

3945 1919 Ms67 nGc. Mustard-gold and orange overtones saturate the obverse of this luminous Superb Gem, while the reverse is a touch brighter with streaks the length of the bison and windows into pale gray undercolor. This well-defined coin is housed in a prior-generation holder. NGC has graded only one numerically finer representative (1/12). (#3941)

Lustrous near-Gem 1919-s Buffalo nickel

3954 1926-D Ms66 nGc. The 1926-D is well known as one of the weakest-struck nickels in the series. However, one would not know that from viewing this piece. Both obverse and reverse are sharply defined and highly lustrous. Attractive, even golden-brown patina covers the bright mint luster on both obverse and reverse. Census: 9 in 66, 2 finer (12/11). (#3958) 3955 1926-s XF45 nGc. Charcoal and sage are influences on the fields of this otherwise nickel-gray Choice XF example. Minimally abraded despite its time in circulation and a pleasing example of the low-mintage key.(#3959) 3956 1926-s AU50 AnAcs. A still-luminous example of this famously lower-mintage Buffalo nickel issue. Green-gold overtones dominate the fields, while the lightly worn devices have more nickel-gray and sage shadings. Housed in a small-format holder.(#3959)

1927-D Buffalo nickel, Ms62 three and a Half Legged Variety


3946 1919-s Ms64 nGc. This piece boasts superior eye appeal in the form of highly lustrous pinkish-gray surfaces with a suggestion of blue-green on the left side of the obverse and portions of the reverse. Minimal strike softness on the braid and a few scattered but undistracting abrasions barely preclude a Gem grade. The reverse die shows some metal flowlines from advanced wear, which dulled the strike on that side a bit, visible on the horn tip and the tail end. Still, quite a nice coin for the grade and issue. (#3943) 3947 1920-D Ms63 PcGs. Satiny gray surfaces host champagne and iridescent toning with frosty underlying mint luster. An attractive specimen that is a trifle weak as always.(#3945) 3948 1921-s Ms64 PcGs. This near-Gem is relatively well impressed for an issue with the reputation of a weak strike. Some softness is noted in the hair of the bison. Lustrous light gray surfaces reveal just a few unobtrusive marks. Challenging in a finer grade. (#3948) 3949 1924-s AU55 PcGs. cAc. This Choice AU specimen features well-detailed design elements that show just a touch of wear, and satiny mint luster, with hints of ice-blue toning. The 1924-S is a low-mintage date and high-grade examples are scarce. (#3953) 3950 1924-s Ms62 PcGs. Better-defined on obverse than reverse, though the hair and braid on the portrait are still soft. Partly toned rose-orange over quicksilver luster with a gray base. (#3953) 3951 1925 Ms66+ nGc. cAc. Both sides of this amazing Premium Gem have frosty luster with brilliant gold, russet, and blue toning with a nearly full strike. Census: 1 in 66+, 4 finer (12/11). (#3954) 3952 1925-D Ms64 PcGs. Attractive champagne toning graces the satin surfaces of this Choice Mint State Buffalo. The strike is above average for this scarce Denver issue.(#3955) 3953 1925-s Ms62 PcGs. Quicksilver luster and soft detail may fool the novice collector, but specialists can appreciate that this coins wear is nil. Gold-gray and blue overtones saturate each side. (#3956)

3957 1927-D 3 1/2 Leg Ms62 PcGs. Fs-901. Like its more famous counterpart from 1937, the 1927-D Buffalo nickel with three and a half legs is the result of excessive die polishing that effaced part of the bisons foreleg. This well-detailed MS62 example displays satiny mint luster, with traces of ice-blue and pale gold toning. Population: 1 in 62, 0 finer (1/12). (#38456) 3958 1929-D Ms65 nGc. Bright luster radiates from both sides of this Gem, each of which reveals no significant marks. The strike is better than ordinarily seen, though softness is noted on the bisons head. This issue is difficult to obtain any finer. Census: 58 in 65, 13 finer (12/11).(#3967) 3959 1929-s Ms65 PcGs. A splendid Gem, this Buffalo has noticeable strike weakness at the centers as usual for the issue, with satiny nickel-gray luster and brilliant surfaces. A highly appealing example for the advanced collector.(#3968) 3960 1930 Ms65 PcGs. A lovely Gem, this 1930 nickel has slight design weakness on each side, with satin luster and delightful gold toning.(#3969) 3961 1936-D Ms66 PcGs. A sharply detailed Premium Gem, showing only slight weakness above the bisons foreleg, this lovely specimen has brilliant mint luster with light gold toning over its nickel-gray surfaces.(#3978)

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3962 1936-D 3 1/2 Legs VF20 PcGs. Fs-901. Less widely known, but significantly rarer, than its 1937-D Three-Legged counterpart. A small hoard of this variety was distributed a few years back but examples are again difficult to acquire. A problem-free slate-gray nickel with a clear date. Population: 8 in 20, 44 finer (12/11). (#93978)

3967 1937-D three-Legged AU58 AnAcs. Fs-901. A satiny stonegray example of this widely collected mint error. Unabraded and attractive with pleasing definition. Presumably, a mint worker (purportedly, per Breen, named Mr. Young) lapped the reverse die to remove clash marks and inadvertently removed the front foreleg in the process.(#3982)

incredibly toned Ms68 1937-D nickel tied for Finest Graded

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1913 type one nickel, PR66 only 1,520 Proofs Produced of the type

3968 1913 type one PR66 PcGs. cAc. The Type One proofs are always needed for type purposes as the Raised Mound type was only produced in this one year. The surfaces on this piece are nearly perfect. The bright underlying mint luster displays subtle pink and lilac patina spread over each side. Very strong in terms of eye appeal and technical preservation. Population: 93 in 66, 48 finer (1/12). (#3988) 3969 1937 PR65 PcGs. This Gem has glimpses of flashiness, but the real story of this specimen is its wild patina. Rich orange and blueviolet hues saturate each side, and the strike is just as bold as the color.(#3996) 3970 1937 PR66 PcGs. cAc. A gleaming Premium Gem specimen from the last proof Buffalo nickel issue. Pale gold and blue overtones on the obverse are far more saturated on the reverse with a concentric effect.(#3996)

1937 Buffalo nickel, PR65 cameo Brilliant and Deeply Mirrored

3963 1937-D Ms68 nGc. For a mintmarked issue, the 1937-D Buffalo nickel is among the highest-mintage entries in the series, at a bit more than 17.8 million pieces. More examples of the 1937-D seem to have survived in high grades than of the 1936-D, the largest branch mint production at 24.8 million pieces. Dozens of examples of the 1937-D have attained the Superb Gem level, but this MS68 piece is the sole finest certified at NGC, tied with a single submission at PCGS (12/11). The photos speak volumes about the incredible quality and color, rings of saffron, pink, orange, and dusty brown radiating outward from an untoned center. Flashy luster dominates both sides, and the strike is sharp if not absolute. (#3981) 3964 1937-D three-Legged XF45 nGc. Fs-901. Wear on the bisons hip and hair is evident, but much design detail is present, and the stone-gray and chestnut surfaces are minimally abraded aside from a thin mark near the beard of the bison.(#3982) 3965 1937-D three-Legged XF45 nGc. Fs-901. A stone-gray example of this perennial collector favorite. The bisons hip displays moderate wear, but there are no obtrusive marks, and all diagnostics for the variety are readily evident.(#3982) 3966 1937-D three-Legged AU55 nGc. Fs-901. Blended steelgray and caramel-gold toning encompass satiny and unmarked surfaces. The hipbone and cheekbone show light wear, consistent with the grade. A Guide Book variety whose popularity is timeless. (#3982)

3971 1937 PR65 cameo nGc. cAc. Second and final year of the brilliant finish proof Buffalo nickels. This is an exceptional proof that is brilliant throughout. The fields are deeply reflective with noticeable contrast against the devices. We see nothing to keep this coin from an even higher designation. An interesting sidenote: On the left side of the obverse is a long, meandering impression of a thread that was struck into the coin at the time of manufacture. Census: 2 in 65 Cameo, 4 finer (12/11). (#83996)

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3972 1939-D Reverse of 1940 Ms66 Full steps PcGs. Boldly impressed and seldom-seen as such with this level of preservation. Light to moderate golden patina wraps subtly frosted surfaces. Population: 35 in 66 Full Steps, 2 finer (12/11). (#894005)

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3973 PcGs-certified complete 1942-1945 War nickel Business strike set. Includes: 1942-P type two Ms66; 1942-s Ms67; 1943-P Ms67; 1943-D Ms65 Full steps; 1943-s Ms66; 1944P Ms67+ Full steps; 1944-D Ms66; 1944-s Ms65+; 1945-P Ms66; 1945-D Ms65; and 1945-s Ms67. Many examples show gold, orange, or umber toning at the borders. Centers are almost universally silver.(Total: 11 coins) 3974 1943-P Doubled Die obverse Ms65 six Full steps nGc. Fs-106. All obverse legends are noticeably die doubled, as is the front of Jeffersons eye. This lustrous Gem has a razor-sharp strike and exemplary preservation. Brilliant save for sun-gold toning on the central reverse. Listed in the Guide Book. Census: 4 in 65 Full Steps, 4 finer (12/11).(#74174) 3975 1976 Ms66 Full steps PcGs. Iridescent nickel-blue and peach hues embrace this Premium Gem with Full Steps reverse detail. A relatively recent issue, but a surprising condition rarity this fine. Population: 8 in 66 Full Steps, 2 finer (12/11).(#84096)

Gem 1918-D Mercury Dime Rare example With Full Bands

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Key-Date 1916-D Dime, AU50 strongly Defined

3976 1916-D AU50 PcGs. cAc. The 1916-D is seldom encountered in grades Very Fine to About Uncirculated. Delicate light gray patination shows on both sides of this pleasing AU example, as does traces of luster. The design elements are well defined, including relatively strong (though not full) delineation on all three sets of bands. This remarkably clean specimen is an excellent choice for a high-grade collection. (#4906) 3977 1917-s Ms66 PcGs. cAc. This pristine early branch mint dime has potent luster and pastel sun-gold toning. The strike is good although the central bands have a small bridge at the middle. (#4914)

1917-s Dime, Ms67 Full Bands scarce second-Year issue

3979 1918-D Ms65 Full Bands PcGs. Prompted by the needs of a booming wartime economy, the Denver Mint coined nearly 22.7 million Mercury dimes in 1918. Unfortunately, most of these coins suffered from striking problems, and David Lange calls this issue perhaps the rarest Denver mint dime with full center bands. The present coin is a spectacular Gem, with Full Bands definition. The central design elements are sharply rendered, but the peripheral devices are a little soft, like most examples of this date. The pristine surfaces are accented by shades of lime-green and ice-blue toning, with vibrant mint luster. Population: 19 in 65 Full Bands, 2 finer (1/12). (#4919)

3978 1917-s Ms67 Full Bands nGc. This is a frosty, snow-white example of this conditionally scarce San Francisco issue. Full struck and pristine, with a mere trace of gold toning near the top of Libertys cap, and a tiny dot of apricot color on the lower reverse, just above D in DIME. This second-year issue is scarce in Mint State with Full Bands, and rare as a Full Bands Superb Gem. Census: 3 in 67 Full Bands, 1 finer (1/12). Ex: FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2008), lot 1961; ANA Signature (Heritage, 7-8/2008), lot 137; Dallas Signature (Heritage, 10/2008), lot 598. (#4915)

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important 1918-D Mercury Dime, Ms66 Full Bands the Key strike Rarity in the series

3980 1918-D Ms66 Full Bands nGc. This is a piece bound to

end up in a top-grade Registry Set, as one of the few finest certified examples of this elusive Full Bands issue at either service; the populations of the 1918-D dime currently stand at two pieces at PCGS and this sole example at NGC, and those populations are unlikely to change anytime soon (1/12). The 1918-D dime issue was produced to a generous amount exceeding 22.6 million coins in the Great War-ending year of 1918, but top-flight examples remain doggedly elusive. David Lange writes of this unusual issue in his series reference, The Complete Guide to Mercury Dimes: In addition to being perhaps the rarest Denver Mint dime with full center bands (FB), 1918-D frequently exhibits weakness in the lower diagonal band. Despite its high wartime mintage, this date offers relatively few coins which will satisfy collectors. The Premium Gem grade and the Full Bands designation are each so important on this elusive issue that it is instructive to examine them separately: PCGS has certified eight nonFull Bands submissions at that grade level with none finer, while NGC has graded 10 in MS66 non-Full Bands with three finer. The MS66 grade level is determined by superior surface preservation, which this piece certainly demonstrates. The untoned, silver-white surfaces are uniformly frosty on this piece and show little mentionable contact on either side, with intense eye appeal. It is the added Full Bands qualifier, however, that makes this piece stand head and shoulders above most others. If one examines the central bands (and diagonals) on most examples even at the MS66 level, the bands usually show little separation and are joined together. Not so the present piece, which shows a complete split all along the crucial center bands, and the lower and upper diagonals are also bold for their entire length. It is thus the Full Bands qualifier in conjunction with the MS66 grade that makes this piece so in demand from legions of collectors along with a nearly hundredfold jump in price. A glance through the top NGC Registry Sets confirms that this piece would upgrade every single top-flight set there, as most contain either an MS64 Full Bands or an MS65 or MS65 Full Bands at best. This coin represents a fleeting opportunity to obtain the key strike rarity of the popular Mercury dime series, in the ultimate certified grade. Census: 1 in 66 Full Bands, 0 finer (12/11). (#4919)

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3981 1918-s Ms64 Full Bands nGc. Satiny with pale blue and apricot tints, the latter mainly on the reverse. Though struck from eroded dies, this coin has sharp device detail, particularly on the bands across the fasces. Census: 28 in 64 Full Bands, 11 finer (12/11). (#4921)

Gem 1921-D Dime With Full Bands Popular Low-Mintage issue

1919-D Dime, Ms64 Full Bands conditionally Rare Mercury Dime

3982 1919-D Ms64 Full Bands PcGs. Specks of gold toning appear on the obverse, and deeper golden iridescence is visible on the reverse of this sharply detailed specimen. Both sides have brilliant underlying silver luster with excellent eye appeal. Housed in a green-label PCGS holder. Population: 65 in 64 Full Bands, 17 finer (1/12). (#4925)

3987 1921-D Ms65 Full Bands PcGs. The 1921-D Mercury dime is a low-mintage date, quite elusive in Gem condition. This attractive Gem exhibits sharply detailed design elements, with the important Full Bands designation. The surfaces are brightly lustrous, with traces of champagne-gold and ice-blue toning. Population: 59 in 65 Full Bands, 15 finer (1/12). (#4937) 3988 1924 Ms64 PcGs. Gold-orange toning graces the margins, while the centers are well-defined with just a touch of blurring on the reverse bands. The plastic over Libertys cheek shows a crack, but this should not be interpreted as a mark on the coin. (#4942)

1920-D Mercury Dime, Ms65 elusive Full Bands specimen

1928-D Mercury Dime, Ms66 Rare example With Full Bands

3983 1920-D Ms65 Full Bands PcGs. The 1920-D Mercury dime claims a large mintage of 19 million pieces, but the issue is very scarce in Gem condition, with the Full Bands designation. This impressive gem is sharply detailed throughout, with vibrant mint luster and attractive pale-gold toning. Population: 43 in 65 Full Bands, 19 finer (1/12). (#4931) 3984 1920-s Ms65 nGc. Light green-gold at the obverse margins with pale silver interiors. Well-defined overall, if soft on the reverse bands, and a coin of considerable quality. Census: 19 in 65, 8 finer (12/11).(#4932) 3985 1921-D improperly cleaned nGc Details. Unc. Details. Crisply struck with good luster and light chestnut-gold toning that deepens near the rims. Evidence of cleaning is minimal, and most collectors would be pleased to own such an attractive example of a low mintage semi-key.(#4936) 3986 1921-D Ms62 Full Bands nGc. A brightly lustrous example of the popular key date, strongly struck through the reverse bands with a touch of gold-green color on that side. The right reverse has a degree of weakness, and wispy abrasions combine to account for the grade.(#4937)

3989 1928-D Ms66 Full Bands PcGs. Lightly toned in shades of golden-tan and ice-blue, this delightful Premium Gem Mercury dime offers vibrant mint luster and exceptional eye appeal. The design elements are sharply detailed throughout, including Full Bands definition on the fasces. Population: 18 in 66 Full Bands, 3 finer (1/12). (#4969) 3990 1930-s Ms66 Full Bands PcGs. cAc. Delicate sun-gold and ice-blue toning enriches this lustrous and immaculate Premium Gem. Fully struck save for the letters near the left-side rims. Population: 59 in 66 Full Bands, 9 finer (1/12).(#4981) 3991 1936 Ms67+ Full Bands PcGs. cAc. The honey-gold and lilac toning is more prominent on the obverse. Pristine and lustrous with only infrequent incompleteness of strike. Population: 3 in 67+ Full Bands, 12 finer (1/12).(#4999)

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3992 1938-s Ms66 Full Bands nGc. Bright silver-white with just a hint of blue and a clean line between the bands. Hints of frostiness give this S-mint Mercury dime great eye appeal.(#5015) 3993 1938-s Ms68 Full Bands nGc. A bright beauty that is boldly struck everywhere but the tops of the letters at the upper right reverse. Faint green-gold splashes are most visible at the peripheries and just to the right of the fasces. This San Francisco coin is conditionally rare so fine. Census: 7 in 68 Full Bands, 0 finer (12/11).(#5015) 3994 1939-D Ms68+ Full Bands PcGs. A stunning Superb Gem, this piece exhibits frosty luster with mostly bright silver surfaces. Splashes of green and gold toning add to its eye appeal. (#5019) 3995 1942/1 AU50 nGc. Fs-101. This lightly circulated and satiny example is mildly glossy and displays lilac, olive, and gold toning. Smooth save for a brief mark near the mouth. Perhaps the most prominent 20th century overdate of any denomination. (#5036) 3996 1942/1 AU55 nGc. Fs-101. The underdigit is obvious to the unaided eye, and a loupe also reveals doubling on the nearby 4. An unmarked example of this important overdate. Light steel-blue and caramel-gold toning confirms the originality. The borders and devices display prominent luster.(#5036) 3997 1942/1-D Ms63 Full Bands PcGs. Fs-101. Die doubling on IN GOD WE TRUST and the date is diagnostic for this challenging Guide Book variety. Faint straw-gold toning visits this lustrous and intricately struck example. Minimally abraded for the designated grade.(#5041) 3998 1945 Ms68 nGc. cAc. Attractive jade-green, ruby-red, and lemon-gold toning embraces the obverse border and accounts for the NGC Star. The centers are lightly toned, and the reverse margin displays dappled lilac and sea-green. Flashes of prooflike surface bookend the portrait. NGC has certified only eight 1945 dimes with a Star designation. Census: 3 in 68 , none finer (12/11).(#5056) 3999 1945-s Ms67 Full Bands PcGs. cAc. Knob S. The reverse features vivid electric-blue and pearl-gray colors, while the obverse exhibits speckled ocean-blue and mauve-gold patina. An attractively preserved Superb Gem with booming luster and a crisp strike. Ex: FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2002), lot 6704; Pittsburgh Signature (Heritage, 8/2004), lot 5853, which realized $621.(#5061)

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4002 1970 no s PR67 nGc. An estimated 2,200 dimes were struck in 1970 lacking the S mintmark, making it one of the most affordable No-S proofs available. This deeply mirrored example retains most of the original brilliance but a slight accent of golden patina is also seen over side. Census: 24 in 67, 43 finer (12/11).(#5248) 4003 1983 no s PR69 Ultra cameo nGc. An unknown number of 1983 proof dimes lack the mintmark, likely from a single die that was missed when mintmarks were put in place at the San Francisco Mint. This nearly perfect Ultra Cameo proof has delicate gold toning over its contrasting gray surfaces.(#95265)

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AU sharpness 1916 standing Liberty Quarter

4004 1916 improperly cleaned nGc Details. AU. This key date first-year Standing Liberty quarter displays substantial luster and is toned in pastel straw-gold and steel-blue shades. A few areas of moderate granularity are noted, most noticeable above Libertys arm and on the wall near IN GOD. Marks are absent save for a brief line in front of the eagles beak. From a famously low mintage of 52,000 pieces, and little-saved due to a large production of 1917 Type One quarters released nearly simultaneously. (#5704)

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4000 1939 PR68 nGc. Liquid-silver surfaces prevail on both sides of this stunning Mercury dime proof, among the finest of the issue certified at either service. The strike is less than absolute on a few of the devices. Census: 62 in 68, 0 finer (11/11).(#5074) 4001 1939 PR68 nGc. A silver-white Superb Gem of this proof Mercury dime issue with a four-figure mintage. The surfaces are marvelously pristine, although a tiny dark fleck shows near the bust truncation. Neither service has certified a numerically finer example (1/12).(#5074)

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1916 standing Liberty Quarter, Ms61 Highly sought-After First Year of issue

1916 standing Liberty Quarter, Ms66 Full Head only three Finer at PcGs

4005 1916 Ms61 nGc. The 1916 Standing Liberty quarters were released only a short time after the Panama-Pacific commemorative coins of 1915, and the original design had much in common with those coins commemorating the Panama Canal completion. Designer Hermon MacNeils original concept had dolphins flanking Liberty on each side of her pedestal, symbolizing the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, as on the octagonal fifty dollar gold pieces of the previous year. Sprigs of laurel joined the dolphins tails to LIBERTY, and the rim had a cable design rather than beads and pellets. One reverse design had olive branches tied with ribbons near the rim. MacNeil later thought better of his dolphins and received permission from the Mint to make changes. Fortunately, the design as finally released in 1917 was a cleaner, less-cluttered one. The Standing Liberty quarter design remains a favorite of collectors today, and the key 1916 and 1918/7-S issues are at the top of many collectors want lists. This piece is remarkably lustrous for an MS61. It is also remarkably free from any distracting abrasions. The strike is strong throughout, and each side has just a tinge of light rose-colored toning, all adding up to a remarkably attractive coin in this grade. (#5704)

4006 1916 Ms66 Full Head PcGs secure. The 1916 Standing Liberty quarter is a celebrated first-year rarity, and it and its 1917-dated counterparts are eminently collectible. Numismatic attention, however, so often focuses on the obverse changes that occurred between the Type One and Type Two designs that the reverse changes are nearly forgotten. The most obvious reverse change in the Type Two reverse is the addition of three stars below the eagle, but it often goes unnoticed that those stars are actually borrowed from the reverse periphery the Type Ones have 13 stars around the rim and none below the eagle, the Type Twos have 10 stars around the rim, three below the eagle. In addition, the left (facing) wingtip covers the lower portion of the first A in AMERICA on Type Ones, while it is clear on Type Twos. Only 52,000 pieces were minted of the 1916, and Mint State survivors are especially elusive. Most of those that do survive have sharp strikes, although true Full Head pieces are rare and always in great demand. This Premium Gem is one of those rare Full Head coins with strong design definition on both sides. The surfaces are pristine with frosty luster beneath light gold toning with splashes of dark steel. Population: 11 in 66 Full Head, 3 finer (12/11). From The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters. (#5705) 4007 1917 type one Ms66+ Full Head PcGs. cAc. Occasional blushes of faint champagne color visit the highly lustrous surfaces of this high-end Premium Gem. These are complemented by sharply struck design features. Some minute marks are visible on the lower part of Liberty.(#5707)

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1917 type one Quarter, Ms67 Full Head A compelling type coin

1917-s Quarter type one, Ms67 Full Head sharply Defined With intense Luster

4008 1917 type one Ms67 Full Head PcGs secure. As J. Cline commented on the Type One 1917: This date and mintmark is probably the best overall strike of the entire series and the most available with Full Heads in a direct ratio with the number minted of any other year. Both sides of this Superb Gem exhibit frosty silver luster with delicate splashes of gold and iridescent toning. The strike is bold with complete head and shield details. While 1917 Type One quarters are seen more frequently than any others with full head details, they are still scarce at this grade level. Population: 60 in 67 Full Head, 0 finer (12/11). From The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters. (#5707)

4012 1917-s type one Ms67 Full Head nGc. Cline (2007) contends this issue is the weakest of all 1917 Type One quarters. That said, this Superb Gem displays not only a Full Head but the remaining design elements are also virtually full. This includes the rivets and stripes on the inner shield. Intense luster adorns the untoned surfaces that are free of blemishes. Census: 19 in 67 Full Head, 0 finer (12/11). (#5711)

1917-s type one Quarter, Ms67 Full Head tied for Finest at Both services

1917-D type one Quarter, Ms67 Full Head tied for Finest at PcGs An Underpriced type one issue

4009 1917-D type one Ms67 Full Head PcGs secure. cAc. The importance of the D-mint Type One is pointed out by J. Cline: The 1917-D Type I only sells for about two times the price of the 1917-P Type I; but in reality, the coin is at least 3 to 5 times rarer (or even greater). Frosty silver surfaces host light champagne toning with peripheral iridescence. Both sides are pristine and the strike is bold, with complete head details and bold shield elements, including complete rivets. Population: 18 in 67 Full Head, 0 finer (12/11). From The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters. (#5709) 4010 1917-s type one Ms64 Full Head PcGs. cAc. Freckles of apple-green and tan-brown are confined to the margins of this highly lustrous and nicely struck Choice San Francisco type coin. Surprisingly unabraded for the MS64 level.(#5711) 4011 1917-s type one Ms64 Full Head PcGs. cAc. This sharply defined Choice Mint State piece is housed in a green-label PCGS holder, exhibiting fully lustrous mint frost with delicate gold toning on each side.(#5711)

4013 1917-s type one Ms67 Full Head PcGs secure. cAc. The 1917-S is by far the most difficult of the three Type One issues. Even though the mintage is higher than its Denver counterpart it is far rarer, especially with full definition on Libertys head. This lovely Superb Gem exhibits full head details, sharp shield rivets, and bold eagle detail. Only the small federal shield lacks complete definition. The surfaces are brilliant with satiny mint luster. Both sides show ivory color with splashes of iridescence. Population: 8 in 67 Full Head, 0 finer (12/11). From The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters. (#5711) 4014 1917 type two Ms66 Full Head nGc. Though this first-year Type Two piece has soft overall detail Libertys chainmail is scarcely visible the head is the sharpest point on the coin. Silver, champagne, gold-orange, and violet elements appear on each side, with the deepest colors at the lower right obverse and upper reverse. Census: 43 in 66 Full Head, 11 finer (12/11).(#5715) 4015 1917 type two Ms66 Full Head PcGs secure. This impressive Premium Gem has frosty silver luster with splashes of gold and iridescent toning. In addition to the bold head details, all other design elements are sharp, including the federal shield. A few rivets on the outer shield are indistinct. Population: 61 in 66 Full Head, 6 finer (12/11). From The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters. (#5715)

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1917-D type two Quarter, Ms66+ Full Head only two Finer at PcGs

1917-s type two Quarter, Ms67 Full Head tied for Finest PcGs-certified

4016 1917-D type two Ms66+ Full Head PcGs secure. A number of design elements were modified on the Type Two hubs. The hair style is slightly different and the number of shield rivets was greatly reduced. This piece has each of those elements boldly detailed with sharp definition elsewhere. The surfaces are fully lustrous with light silver brilliance and splashes of iridescence. Cline believes the 1917-D Type Two to be a sleeper in this short and popular series. Population: 1 in 66+ Full Head, 2 finer (12/11). From The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters. (#5717)

1917-s type two Quarter, Ms66 Full Head intense Mint Luster

4017 1917-s type two Ms66 Full Head nGc. Just an occasional wisp of gold color visits the highly lustrous surfaces of this Premium Gem. The design elements are sharply struck save for the usual weakness on the lower-left rivets. Both sides are devoid of mentionable marks. Census: 11 in 66 Full Head, 4 finer (12/11). (#5719)

4018 1917-s type two Ms67 Full Head PcGs secure. An interesting observation was made by J. Cline in the fourth edition of his series reference: ... a common mistake is to compare the 1917-S Type II with the 1917-D Type II. ... It is nearly two times scarcer in Full Heads than the Denver mint, and probably 5 to 10 times rarer than the Philadelphia mint of 1917 Type II. This sharply defined Superb Gem has nearly all shield rivets complete. Only the three rivets at 8 oclock on the large shield are indistinct. The small federal shield has sharp detail, including separated crossbars. The reverse has a similar sharp strike. Both sides have satiny silver luster. The obverse exhibits pastel gold, violet, and blue toning, while the reverse has ivory with splashes of violet. The reverse fields host myriad die polishing lines that impart a slightly reflective appearance. Population: 5 in 67 Full Head, 0 finer (12/11). From The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters. (#5719)

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Full Head superb Gem 1918 Quarter immaculate Preservation

single Finest certified Full Head 1918-D Quarter, Ms66+

4019 1918 Ms67 Full Head PcGs secure. cAc. Faint chestnut-gold and cream-gray toning enriches this highly lustrous quarter. Neither side displays any abrasions, and only trivial carbon is detected near the reverse border at 3 and 8 oclock. The die alignment favors Libertys head, which is intricately impressed. The date is slightly soft, and the usually indistinct three shield rivets near the waist are low relief but well outlined. Full Head examples of this World War issue are encountered with patience in grades through MS65, but Superb Gems are undeniably rare. Population: 10 in 67 Full Head, 1 finer (1/12). From The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters. (#5721)

4020 1918-D Ms66+ Full Head PcGs secure. cAc. A select number of 1918-D quarters are certified as MS67 without a Full Head designation, but among those that fulfill the requirements of a Full Head, the present piece is the single finest graded (1/12). The surfaces shimmer with luster and are pristine aside from a single faint line on the belly of the eagle. A few freckles of tan-gold, jade-green, and ebony patina cling to the margins. The strike is unusually consistent for the type, with all design details well defined. A significant opportunity for the specialist who will settle for nothing less than the finest obtainable quality. From The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters. (#5723)

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Full Head Premium Gem 1918-s Quarter one of the Great strike Rarities in the series

1918/7-s Quarter, VF20 Rare 20th century overdate

4022 1918/7-s VF20 PcGs. Fs-101. This doubled die variety was hubbed with the 1917 obverse and then rehubbed with the 1918 obverse before the die was sent to San Francisco. This moderately worn overdate quarter retains four full digits with a fully visible overdate feature. The surfaces are light gray with traces of peripheral gold and iridescent toning on each side. (#5726)

4021 1918-s Ms66 Full Head PcGs secure. Golden-brown and russet toning adorns the borders with light ice-blue shades on the fields and devices. The strike is complete except on the shield rivets near the waist. The lustrous surfaces are well-preserved, since contact is limited to brief lines near the T in LIBERTY and the right (facing) wing, and a few faint grazes on the reverse field. A majority of Mint State survivors of this early branch mint issue lack a Full Head designation. Or as J. Cline states in his series reference: Full Heads of this date are VERY, VERY scarce. The comparatively few Full Head pieces are usually encountered in MS62 through MS64 grades. Population: 5 in 66 Full Head, 1 finer (1/12). From The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters. (#5725)

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1918/7-s Quarter, Ms63 Lustrous and Problem-Free

Full Head superb Gem 1919 Quarter Amazing type or Registry Quality

4023 1918/7-s Ms63 nGc. Fs-101. The 1918/7-S Standing Liberty quarter is one of several wartime overdates known in various U.S. coin series. The usual explanation for these dual-hub overdates coins made from working dies that were stamped with two differently dated working hubs between the annealings or heattreatments required to harden the dies is that inexperienced Mint personnel were the cause of such mixups. The inexperience is in turn attributed to the shortage of the more experienced Mint personnel, who in this case were absent due to their service in the trenches of World War I. The underdigit on this piece is abundantly evident. The mint luster is bright and frosted throughout and there are no obvious or detracting abrasions. Just the slightest hint of toning overlies the otherwise brilliant surfaces. Census: 7 in 63, 18 finer (12/11). (#5726)

4024 1919 Ms67 Full Head PcGs secure. cAc. Whether the eventual winner buys this piece for a Registry Set or elite type collection, it will have been money well spent. One of the most appealing survivors to come out of this Philadelphia date with an eight-figure mintage, it has great shield definition as well as a full head. Frosty luster is primarily silver, while the borders have gorgeous gold-orange patina of varying width and depth. Practically unmarked and one of the most beautiful examples of this issue that a collector could imagine. PCGS has certified only two numerically finer Full Head pieces (1/12). From The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters. (#5729)

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1919-D Quarter, Ms66 Full Head one of the series Keys With Full Head Detail tied for Finest certified

4025 1919-D Ms66 Full Head PcGs secure. For unknown reasons,

the Denver Mint coinage of 1919, across all participating denominations, was poorly made, and surviving examples are weakly defined. Assembling a five-piece set of boldly defined 1919-D coins ranks among the greatest numismatic challenges in U.S. coinage. Sharply struck 1919-D cents and dimes are available with a little searching. The nickel is elusive, the quarter is rare, and the half dollar is impossible. Jay Cline discusses the 1919-D quarter, calling it one of the most underrated issues in the series in MS65 Full Head or finer. In the fourth edition of his Standing Liberty quarter reference, Cline writes: The date is characteristically weak and Miss Libertys head is most always flat. The rivets on the shield on the left side are usually obscured or obliterated completely. Like its sister coin (1918-D), there are many interesting die breaks on the obverse around the date. Perhaps during the war years, the silver was not alloyed or the dies were hurried out for lack of time. This sensational Premium Gem is one of just seven similarly certified examples that are tied for the finest at PCGS and NGC. The head is bold, the shield is sharp with full rivets, the small U.S. shield has visible crossbars, and the reverse is equally as sharp. Both sides have brilliant and frosty silver luster with light ivory surfaces and splashes of peripheral gold toning. Population: 5 in 66 Full Head, 0 finer (12/11). From The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters. (#5731)

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1919-s Quarter, Ms65 Full Head Lightly toned example of this Key issue

1920 Quarter Dollar, Ms67 Full Head nearly Perfect early type coin tied for Finest certified

4026 1919-s Ms65 Full Head PcGs secure. J. Cline succinctly summed up the importance of the 1919-S in his fourth edition: The 1919-S has long been considered one of the key coins of the series among most collectors and dealers. The 1919-D and 1919S are usually paralleled in price and rarity. For this notoriously challenging issue (at least as far as Full Head coins are concerned), the strike on this 1919-S quarter is marvelous. Not only does Libertys head show the intricate details that are so often lacking, the shield shows only minor incompleteness on the rivets and nearby drapery. Pleasingly preserved surfaces are strongly lustrous with a touch of frost, and the whole has a light golden cast with more violet elements at the left reverse, deepest at a spot just above 9 oclock near the rim. This coin is more than a high number for a Registry Set; even if it were from a more common date, it would be easy to admire. Population: 10 in 65 Full Head, 4 finer (1/12). From The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters. (#5733)

4027 1920 Ms67 Full Head PcGs secure. This amazing Superb Gem is virtually perfect, with brilliant silver mint frost and hints of light gold toning on each side. The strike is absolutely full. The head detail is crisp and the shield is complete. PCGS and NGC have only certified seven of these, with none finer. An amazing opportunity for the type collector to acquire an early date in a nearly perfect state of preservation. Population: 4 in 67 Full Head, 0 finer (12/11). From The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters. (#5735)

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Ms66 Full Head 1920-D Quarter stunning color and Luster cline: Very Underrated

Luminous 1920-s Quarter, Ms65 Full Head second or third in Value According to cline

4028 1920-D Ms66 Full Head PcGs secure. Remarkably bold design definition for this typically poorly struck Denver issue, with a Full Head complement of details and only a small spot of softness on the lower shield. The luster is shimmering and subtly frosted, a look shared by a number of North Shore quarters. Apart from the strike and luster, this well-preserved Premium Gem also has delightful toning, pale at the interiors (silver obverse, light goldpeach reverse) with richer apricot and even peach border-colors and a stippled effect to the left of the eagles body. Population: 7 in 66 Full Head, 4 finer (1/12). From The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters. (#5737)

4029 1920-s Ms65 Full Head PcGs secure. While a middle-tier Standing Liberty quarter through most grades, the 1920-S is a condition rarity as a Full Head Gem and extremely rare any better. In J. Clines fourth edition he sums up his many years experience with this issue by stating: The 1920-S is a very rare item in true Full Head. It should be valued many times over Red Book price. I rate it second or third in value for the entire series. This representative has the crisp upper-obverse detail needed for the Full Head designation, even if the lower shield is soft, and the coin has plenty of additional virtues. Satiny luster is subtly elegant under light to moderate patina, a mix of lavender-gray and apricot shadings with the latter mostly at the margins. The obverse is largely smooth for the grade with just a few small ticks on the left (facing) leg. Population: 17 in 65 Full Head, 5 finer (1/12). From The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters. (#5739) 4030 1921 environmental Damage nGc Details. Unc. This semikey quarter is dusky butter-gold and possesses unencumbered cartwheel luster. Well struck except for the sprig on Libertys helmet. A small spot between obverse stars and a hint of obverse granularity account for the NGC notation.

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Full Head superb Gem 1921 Quarter Low-Mintage series Key tied With one other as Finest certified

1923 Quarter, Ms66+ Full Head Among the Finest certified

4032 1923 Ms66+ Full Head PcGs secure. cAc. The 1923 is a coin that is actually much scarcer than previously thought in Full Head. according to series expert J. Cline. This 1923 quarter is an amazing Premium Gem that shows slight weakness on two shield rivets, with other detail bold and complete. The olive leaves are invariably indistinct. A tiny mark is hidden on the small federal shield with otherwise nearly flawless surfaces. This highly lustrous specimen has light gold toning with splashes of darker iridescence on each side. Population: 2 in 66+ Full Head, 2 finer (12/11). From The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters. (#5743) 4033 1923-s improperly cleaned nGc Details. AU. This better date example displays light stone-gray and almond-gold toning. Wear is slight, and much luster remains. Any cleaning is very mild, though we note a pinscratch through the Y in LIBERTY. (#5744)

choice 1923-s Quarter Vibrant Luster, strong eye Appeal

4031 1921 Ms67 Full Head PcGs secure. cAc. Strong mint luster and immaculate preservation only begin to describe the quality of this exquisite Superb Gem. The strike is razor-sharp on Libertys head, and all shield rivets are bold. Blended steel-blue, peach-gold, and olive-green toning completes the eye appeal. Slight incompleteness of strike on the date and the tops of ED ST preclude perfection. The present lot is one of only two examples of the semikey 1921 to attain the grade of MS67 Full Head. The other coin was also graded by PCGS and offered by Heritage, in our 2000 and 2001 FUN Signature auctions. NGC has yet to certify any Full Head pieces in grades above MS66. Population: 2 in 67 Full Head, none finer (1/12). From The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters. (#5741)

4034 1923-s Ms64 nGc. The design elements of this attractive Choice example are well-detailed, but the shield is missing a few rivets and the head detail falls short of full. The surfaces of both sides are brightly lustrous and show few signs of contact. A few hints of light gold toning enliven the fields. Census: 43 in 64, 68 finer (12/11). (#5744)

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Full Head superb Gem 1923-s Quarter A technical and Aesthetic Marvel

1924 Quarter, Ms66 Full Head only eight Finer at PcGs

4036 1924 Ms66 Full Head PcGs secure. cAc. While the 1924 is one of the more frequently encountered issues (relatively speaking) among Full Head quarters, Cline makes an interesting observation about value of the 1924: Most Full Heads command two to three times Red Book prices. This stunning Premium Gem exhibits pinpoint design definition. The head is full and complete, and every shield rivet is sharp. The small federal shield shows detail and the eagle is bold. Both sides have frosty silver luster with ivory color and peripheral iridescence. Population: 31 in 66 Full Head, 8 finer (12/11). From The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters. (#5747)

Ms66+ Full Head 1924 Quarter Frosty, Mattelike surfaces

4035 1923-s Ms67 Full Head PcGs secure. The 1923-S is the most challenging non-variety Type Two Standing Liberty quarter in lesser grades, and it is a great rarity at the highest Mint State tiers as well, if not so famous as dates such as the 1927-S. This Secure-graded example with North Shore pedigree is one of five MS67 Full Head examples certified by PCGS with no Full Head coins numerically finer (1/12). Not only does it rate highly on technical merits, but the artistic presentation is amazing as well. The strike is strong on the shield as well as the head, and dappled peach, rose, and violet patina drapes strongly lustrous devices with a hint of frost at the silvery center of the obverse. Magnificent. From The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters. (#5745)

4037 1924 Ms66+ Full Head nGc. cAc. Spectacular, thick mint frost graces each side of this Premium Gem Full Head 1924 quarter, which is largely silver-white save for an arc of color at the top of the obverse, rose-tinted, with similar color carrying over to portions of the reverse periphery. The surfaces are granular and somewhat mattelike in appearance, a phenomenon that Jay Cline notes in his reference on the series. Libertys head and hair details are remarkably strong, as are the shield lines and rivets. Census: 2 in 66+ Full Head, 16 finer (1/12). (#5747)

1924 Quarter, Ms67+ Full Head only two Finer Full Head coins at nGc

4038 1924 Ms67+ Full Head nGc. cAc. The 1924 Standing Liberty quarter is an available date in lower grades, but high-end Superb Gems are very rare. This magnificent coin is sharply detailed, with Full Head definition, and vibrant satiny mint luster. Eye appeal is terrific. Census: 1 in 67+ Full Head, 2 finer (12/11). (#5747)

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1924-D Quarter, Ms66 Full Head Brightly Lustrous

superb Gem 1925 Quarter, Full Head Among the Finest certified

4039 1924-D Ms66 Full Head PcGs secure. Both sides of this Premium Gem are awash with bright luster, and the essentially color-free obverse cedes to occasional grayish freckles on the reverse. The design elements are well impressed, including the rivets, an area that is frequently weak on this issue. A faint linear mark in the left obverse quadrant may help pedigree the piece. Clines opinion of this issue in the latest edition of his reference is revealing: There are some screamers out there in MS65 FH and MS66 FH with strong dates, but it takes a lot of shoe leather to find them! Someone has already worn out the shoe leather to find this piece. It would be wise to take advantage of the opportunity this coin presents. Population: 15 in 66 Full Head, 1 finer (1/12). From The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters. (#5749) 4040 1924-s Ms63 Full Head nGc. This date is one of the scarcest in the Standing Liberty series with fully detailed design elements. This Select specimen displays an above-average strike, culminating in Full Head detail, though there are a few areas of localized weakness. Splashes of delicate sky-blue, lavender, and orange-gold visit the lustrous surfaces of this example that reveals just a few minor reverse marks.(#5751)

4042 1925 Ms67 Full Head PcGs secure. cAc. The recessed date was introduced in 1925 to solve the problem of excessive wear on the date that had plagued the series in earlier years. Cline rates the 1925 as the scarcest Philadelphia issue among the P-mints struck from 1925 to 1930. This spectacular Superb Gem is welldetailed, with Full Head definition and vibrant mint luster. The pleasing surfaces are mostly brilliant, with traces of ice-blue and light gold toning. Population: 5 in 67 Full Head, 0 finer (1/12). From The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters. (#5753)

1926 Quarter, Ms66 Full Head Above-Average strike

1924-s Quarter, Ms66 Full Head tied for Finest at PcGs


4043 1926 Ms66 Full Head PcGs secure. This Premium Gem is much better struck than ordinarily seen. Indeed, Cline opines that Full Heads are much rarer than most people realize. Intense luster complements the strike. Just a couple of unobtrusive milling marks are noted on the obverse. Population: 25 in 66 Full Head, 2 finer (1/12). From The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters. (#5755)

4041 1924-s Ms66 Full Head PcGs secure. Nearly 3 million 1924-S quarters were minted, and the vast majority of those pieces were poorly produced. Full Head examples are rare. This piece is sharply detailed with bold head detail and a strong shield that shows slight weakness at the lower left rivets. The surfaces are brilliant and untoned, save for faint splashes of champagne on the reverse. The obverse has satin luster and the reverse is slightly reflective, the result of extensive die polish in the fields. Population: 10 in 66 Full Head, 0 finer (1/12). From The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters. (#5751)

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Premium Gem 1926-D Quarter Rare issue With Full Head Definition none certified in Higher numeric Grades

4044 1926-D Ms66 Full Head PcGs secure. Despite a limited

mintage of slightly more than 1.7 million pieces, this D-mint delivery is remarkably obtainable through the MS65 grade tier. If one were to demand a representative that combines pristine surface preservation and bold striking quality, however, the search would be anything but easy. In the February 1986 edition of The Coin Dealer Newsletter, J.H. Cline stated of the 1926-D: The classic for most flat heads. True MS 65/65 Full Heads are very rare, probably 20/25 pieces exist of this date and mintmark. As NGC and PCGS together report only 12 of these coins at the MS66 grade tier, with a single coin in MS66+ Full Head, the present specimen must be numbered among the finest certified survivors of the issue (12/11). Heavily frosted, both sides exhibit pleasing cartwheel sheen. Mottled milky-gold accents are visible at select angles of observation, but the overall appearance is one of brilliance. The otherwise crisp strike wanes somewhat over the inner shield, gown lines, and eagles breast, although Libertys head features are complete and deserving of the vaunted Full Head designation. For pedigree purposes, we call attention to a well-concealed toning spot along the lower left obverse periphery as well as a small grease spot (as struck) about the reverse rim between QUARTER and DOLLAR. As befits the Premium Gem assessment, neither the obverse nor the reverse displays even the most trivial surface detraction. According to the consignor, this is the only Premium Gem example extant with complete definition on the bottom two stars on the obverse near the date. With memorable eye appeal and unsurpassable technical quality, this D-mint specimen would fit comfortably into the finest assembly of Standing Liberty quarters. Ex: PCGS Registry East Coast Collector, The Finest Known Set of Standing Liberty Quarters, 2000 FUN Sale (Heritage, 1/00), lot 6714; Long Beach Signature Auction (Heritage, 2/2000), lot 6397; Philadelphia Signature Auction (Heritage, 8/2000), lot 5931. From The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters. (#5757)

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1926-s Quarter, Ms66 Full Head one of the Most Underrated series issues tied for Finest certified

1927-D Quarter, Ms66 Full Head Underrated Low-Mintage Date

4045 1926-s Ms66 Full Head PcGs secure. cAc. The mintage of 2.7 million coins was sufficient so that any collector can obtain an example today, so long as quality is of no concern. For the serious collector, the search for an attractive and well-produced example is another matter entirely. Few Gem or Premium Gem survivors remain, and that is especially true for coins with a sharp strike. Cline phrased it well when he stated, A much underrated coin, if not THE underrated coin of the entire series, except for the 1920-S and 1926-D in Full Head. ... In reality, the 1926-S should be much closer to the 1919-S Full Head in price. A close second. This amazing Premium Gem has bold design definition. The shield shows typical weakness at the lower left, as seen on nearly every survivor. Both sides have satiny silver luster with a crescent of pale rainbow toning along the left border. Population: 10 in 66 Full Head, 0 finer (1/12). From The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters. (#5759) 4046 1927 Ms66 Full Head PcGs secure. cAc. The 1927 is among the most available issues with Full Head detail, but it is not quite as often seen as the 1930. Whispers of sky-blue and lilac adorn the highly lustrous surfaces of this Premium Gem, and a full strike is seen on each side. Both sides are exquisitely preserved. Population: 48 in 66 Full Head, 5 finer (1/12). From The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters. (#5761) 4047 1927-D Ms65 Full Head nGc. Pale blue overtones with hints of rose-violet. Libertys head has excellent detail, though her shield is more typically soft at the bottom. Smooth luster and eye appeal. Census: 43 in 65 Full Head, 8 finer (12/11).(#5763)

4048 1927-D Ms66 Full Head PcGs secure. cAc. Standing Liberty quarter specialist Jay Cline considers the 1927-D an underrated date in todays market, especially with the Full Head designation. Although a number of high-grade coins are known, only a handful of Premium Gems can claim Full Head definition. The present coin is a magnificent MS66 example, with well-detailed design elements and Full Head details. The mostly brilliant surfaces show just a few traces of light gold toning, with vibrant satiny mint luster. The low mintage of 976,000 pieces creates intense collector interest. Population: 12 in 66 Full Head, 0 finer (1/12). From The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters. (#5763)

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1927-s standing Liberty Quarter, Ms66 only Four Finer coins at PcGs

1928 Quarter, Ms67 Full Head An important condition Rarity

4050 1928 Ms67 Full Head PcGs secure. cAc. While the 1928 is among the most common and available issues in the series, Superb Gems with Full Heads, such as the specimen in the present lot, are prohibitively rare. Just a wisp of soft rainbow color clings to the obverse margin of this radiantly lustrous piece. Both sides are immaculately preserved. A couple of light die cracks are visible at the left obverse border. Population: 4 in 67 Full Head, 0 finer (1/12). From The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters. (#5767)

seldom-seen 1928-D Quarter, Ms66 Full Head only two Finer at PcGs

4049 1927-s Ms66 PcGs secure. cAc. The 1927-S Standing Liberty quarter boasts an extremely low mintage of 396,000 pieces. Few examples were saved for numismatic purposes, and specimens in Premium Gem condition are quite rare today. The coin offered here is a delightful Premium Gem, with vibrant mint luster and accents of greenish-gold toning. The 1927-S is known for its weak strike, and even this marvelous coin shows some softness on the shield rivets and Libertys midsection, but the strike is much better than average in other areas. The eye appeal is exceptional. Population: 30 in 66, 4 finer (1/12). From The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters. (#5764)

4051 1928-D Ms66 Full Head PcGs secure. The strike on this Denver Mint quarter is sharper than any that we have seen, with a complete head and nearly complete shield on the obverse. Even the small federal shield shows some of its delicate detail. Both sides are lightly toned with gold washed over the brilliant and highly lustrous silver surfaces. Population: 15 in 66 Full Head, 2 finer (1/12). From The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters. (#5769)

1928-s Quarter, Ms67 Full Head tied for Finest at PcGs

4052 1928-s Ms67 Full Head PcGs secure. cAc. This amazing Superb Gem is tied for the finest Full Head examples that PCGS has certified. Both sides are fully brilliant with frosty luster and no evidence of toning. The surfaces are virtually flawless and the strike is nearly complete, showing only slight weakness on the shield. Population: 12 in 67 Full Head, 0 finer (1/12). From The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters. (#5771) 4053 1929 Ms66 Full Head PcGs. cAc. The lustrous, essentially untoned surfaces of this Premium Gem exhibit sharply struck design elements. Just a handful of tiny toning spots are visible in the right reverse field. Remarkably well preserved.(#5773)
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1929 Quarter, Ms67 Full Head tied for Finest certified

4057 1930 Ms66+ Full Head nGc. cAc. A lovely example with frosty silver luster that shows full mint brilliance and no evidence of toning on either side. The strike is bold with only slight weakness at the lower left part of the shield. Census: 1 in 66+ Full Head, 29 finer (12/11).(#5779)

superb Gem 1930 standing Liberty Quarter no Finer Full Head coins at PcGs

4054 1929 Ms67 Full Head PcGs secure. cAc. The 1929, from a mintage exceeding 11 million pieces, is the most common of all Standing Liberty quarters. That said, Full Head Superb Gems are infrequently seen, especially in high grade. Indeed, PCGS and NGC combined have graded only 13 such examples, including the present offering. Neither service has seen any finer. Both sides yield intense luster, and a whisper of reddish-gold patina concentrates around the lower obverse margin and orange-gold at the lower reverse periphery. This is a wonderfully preserved example. Population: 5 in 67 Full Head, 0 finer (1/12). From The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters. (#5773)

1929-D Quarter, Ms65 Full Head sharply struck

4058 1930 Ms67 Full Head PcGs secure. cAc. The 1930 Standing Liberty quarter enjoys great popularity with type collectors. This well-detailed Superb Gem shows Full Head definition, but a touch of softness is evident on the shield rivets. The lustrous surfaces display a few hints of light gold toning. Population: 30 in 67 Full Head, 0 finer (1/12). From The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters. (#5779)

1930-s Quarter, Ms67 Full Head Fabulous Mint Luster

4055 1929-D Ms65 Full Head PcGs secure. While the 1929-D is often classified as a common date, it is uncommon at the Gem Full Head level of preservation and certainly with Full Head detail. Freckles of deep purple and dark brown make occasional visits to the lustrous surfaces, and the design elements are sharply struck, save for the usual weakness on a couple of the lowest rivets. Both sides are remarkably clean. Population: 37 in 65 Full Head, 10 finer (1/12). From The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters. (#5775)

1929-s Quarter, Ms67 Full Head tied for Finest certified

4059 1930-s Ms67 Full Head PcGs secure. Fabulous luster emanates from each side of this Superb Gem and a solid strike imparts sharp detail to the design elements. Just a slight bit of soft reddish-gold color visits otherwise untoned surfaces, none of which reveal mentionable marks. Cline (2007) writes that a mere one percent or less of 1930-S quarters were struck with Full Heads. Population: 17 in 67 Full Head, 0 finer (1/12). From The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters. (#5781)

4056 1929-s Ms67 Full Head PcGs secure. cAc. The 1929-S is one of the important condition rarities in the Standing Liberty quarter series. As Cline put it in the fourth edition of his series reference: Full Heads are an exception and certainly not the rule. This specimen is an amazing example with brilliant, frosty silver luster and essentially untoned surfaces showing only subtle champagne color. Population: 11 in 67 Full Head, 0 finer (1/12). From The North Shore Registry Collection of Standing Liberty Quarters. (#5777)
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4060 1932-D AU58 PcGs. cAc. This lustrous key date slider displays faint sky-blue and honey-gold toning. Only a few tiny marks emerge when evaluated beneath a loupe. Considered a single-year commemorative upon issue, but the Standing Liberty design never returned.(#5791)

1932-s Washington Quarter, Ms65+ impressive High-Grade Key

Gem 1932-D Washington Quarter Prized Key to the series

4064 1932-s Ms65+ PcGs. cAc. The 1932-S Washington quarter claims the lowest mintage of the series, but it is actually a little more available than the 1932-D in Mint State grades. The present coin is a high-end Gem, with sharply detailed design elements, vibrant mint luster, and attractive accents of green and amber toning. Population: 3 in 65+, 4 finer (1/12). (#5792) 4065 1936-D Ms66 nGc. Hints of green-gold patina appear at the upper obverse and lower reverse margins. This Premium Gem has light silver luster elsewhere and considerable frostiness. Census: 59 in 66, 6 finer (12/11).(#5801) 4066 1939-D Ms67 nGc. A wonderful Superb Gem, this piece is tied for the finest certified at NGC and PCGS. Both sides are highly lustrous with brilliant mint frost and untoned silver surfaces. Census: 62 in 67, 0 finer (12/11).(#5809)

1939-s Quarter Dollar, Ms67 none certified Finer

4061 1932-D Ms65 PcGs. cAc. The classic Washington quarter silver series from 1932 to 1964 is one that a new generation of collectors has moved into backwards, so to speak. The wild popularity and success of the Statehood quarter series drew literally millions of new collectors into numismatics, many of them casual but a percentage became quite serious. Those collectors have now expanded their acquisitions backward into the clad issues of 1965-later, as well as the even-earlier silver pieces. But the 1932-D remains the stopper of the series for those new collectors. The few Gems available are the capstone for the finest Registry Sets as well as the finest grade obtainable. The present example boasts impressive mint luster over near-brilliant surfaces. Close examination shows a slight hint of red and lilac on each side. A few tiny abrasions on the eagles legs are undistracting and consistent with the grade. A prized example of the key-date Washington quarter. Population: 63 in 65, 1 finer (1/12). (#5791) 4062 1932-s Ms64 nGc. This boldly defined key Washington quarter has brilliant satin luster on the obverse, with champagne and olive toning on the reverse.(#5792) 4063 1932-s Ms64 PcGs. A key issue, the 1932-S had a small mintage of 408,000 coins, lowest in the series. This near-Gem is sharply defined with frosty silver luster and splashes of delicate gold toning. (#5792)

4067 1939-s Ms67 PcGs. cAc. One of the important condition rarities in the Washington quarter series, the 1939-S had a mintage of nearly 3 million coins, but few Superb Gem specimens survive from the production. This pleasing piece has sharp details with subtle light gold toning over brilliant silver surfaces. Population: 20 in 67, 0 finer (1/12). (#5810) 4068 1942-D Ms66 PcGs. Both sides show blue overtones of varying intensity. The lower obverse border of this lustrous Premium Gem has a medium-gray aspect, while the right reverse has a few streaks of lighter gray.(#5818) 4069 1943 Doubled Die obverse AU55 PcGs. cAc. Fs-103. The Guide Book doubled die for the issue with strong doubling on IN GOD WE TRUST. Other 1943 DDO varieties are known but command smaller premiums. Lustrous and untoned with minimal wear and clean surfaces.(#145620) 4070 1950-s/D Ms65 PcGs. Fs-601. Light olive-green toning visits this lustrous and boldly struck Gem. The curve and upright of the undermintmark is apparent within the San Francisco mintmark. Minor grazes on the right obverse field are all that limit the grade. (#5845) 4071 1954-s Ms67 PcGs. cAc. Dramatic cherry-red, orange-gold, and emerald-green toning consumes the obverse. The reverse is brilliant. Pristine save for one slender mark on the left obverse field. Well struck except on the left (facing) claw. Population: 33 in 67, 1 finer (1/12).(#5857)

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Multicolor Ms68 1954-s Quarter

Patinated Premium Gem 1916-D Half

4072 1954-s Ms68 nGc. This immaculate branch mint quarter is gorgeously patinated in iridescent apple-green, cherry-red, and stone-gray shades. Potent luster encompasses evenly struck surfaces. Housed in a former generation holder. Census: 2 in 68, 1 finer as 68 (12/11). Ex: Baltimore ANA Signature (Heritage, 7/2008), lot 351, which realized $2,990. (#5857) 4073 1964 Ms67 nGc. Breen-4410. Type A Reverse. The remarkable obverse toning consists of fire-red and peach-gold at the center with apple-green throughout the border. The reverse displays speckled rose and aqua tints. Census: 3 in 67 , none finer with or without a Star designation (12/11).(#5876)

4076 1916-D Ms66 PcGs. Deeply dappled tobacco-brown and gunmetal-gray dominate, although the margins also offer jadegreen toning. Satiny and sharply struck with virtually immaculate preservation. A magnificent example of this early and low mintage branch mint issue. Encapsulated in an old blue label holder. Population: 52 in 66, 3 finer (1/12). (#6567) 4077 1916-s AU58 PcGs. cAc. The 1916-S is a low-mintage, firstyear issue, prized by mintmark type collectors and series specialists alike. This well-detailed near-Mint specimen retains much original luster and design detail.(#6568)

1917-D obverse Half Dollar, Ms65 stunning Luster

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4074 1955 PR68 Deep cameo PcGs. Excellent field-motif contrast stands out on this sharply struck PR68 quarter. This is virtually a pristine coin. Population: 21 in 68 Deep Cameo, 0 finer (1/12). (#95987)

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1916 Half Dollar, Ms66 solidly struck
4078 1917-D obverse Ms65 PcGs. cAc. A two-year design variant with the mintmark located below the motto on the obverse. Stunning luster emanates from the silver-white surfaces of this Gem. Relatively strong definition shows over both sides, each of which is minimally abraded. Population: 69 in 65, 5 finer (1/12). (#6570)

Ms64+ 1917-s Half Dollar obverse Mintmark

4075 1916 Ms66 nGc. A solid strike leaves sharp definition on the design elements, including virtual fullness in the branch hand. The frosty surfaces are primarily silver-white, though just a slight hint of light gold shows on the rims. Both sides are impeccably preserved. Census: 56 in 66, 9 finer (12/11). (#6566)

4079 1917-s obverse Ms64+ PcGs. cAc. This beautiful near-Gem exhibits potent luster and attractive light chestnut-gold toning. Sharply struck and unabraded with outstanding eye appeal for the designated grade. The second and final year for the obverse mintmark, which spent the remainder of the series located on the reverse. Population: 5 in 64+, 39 finer (1/12). (#6572) 4080 1918-D AU58 nGc. Gold and peach overtones with ample luster remaining on each side. Minimally detailed on the branch hand but with few sharp marks and solid eye appeal as a near-Mint piece. (#6575) 4081 1918-D Ms65 PcGs. Speckled gold and gray toning appear on both sides of this frosty Gem. The surfaces are exceptional with trivial marks that include a thin vertical scrape on the reverse. Population: 27 in 65, 3 finer (1/12).(#6575)
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1919 Half Dollar, Ms66 common issue of the Date

4084 1921 Harshly cleaned nGc Details. AU. The 1921 is among the lowest mintage Philadelphia issue. Production ended early in order for the facility to coin tens of millions of silver dollars to fulfill the Pittman Act. This is a glossy stone-gray and almondgold example with moderate high point wear and subdued luster. (#6583) 4085 1921-D VF20 PcGs. cAc. A well-worn, but still attractive specimen of this key date, with pleasing pinkish-gray patina. Collectors prize examples of this low-mintage issue in any grade. (#6584)

Uncirculated sharpness 1921-D Walking Liberty Half

4086 1921-D improperly cleaned nGc Details. Unc. The 1921-D is the lowest mintage issue of the Walking Liberty series, yet relatively few pieces were saved in Mint State. The sun appears to have been wiped, but the remainder of the present boldly struck example is lustrous and unblemished with faint almond-gold patina. (#6584) 4087 1927-s Ms63 nGc. Softly struck through the centers but with no trace of wear and luminous peach-accented surfaces. Despite a mintage of nearly 2.4 million pieces, the 1927-S is an elusive half dollar in Mint State.(#6587)

1929-s Walker, Gem Uncirculated Lustrous and Well struck

4082 1919 Ms66 PcGs. Just 962,000 examples of this low-mintage issue were coined in Philadelphia, and high-grade survivors are condition rarities. In fact, examples from all three mints in 1919 are conditionally rare and in great demand from specialists and one-ayear collectors. Those in the latter category are urged to consider this specimen, representing the most easily obtained issue of the date. This impressive Premium Gem has brilliant silver luster with frosty surfaces and trivial marks hidden in the design work. The fields are pristine, and both sides host delicate champagne toning. An outstanding example. Population: 19 in 66, 5 finer (1/12). (#6577)

1919-D Half Dollar, Ms62 Rare in Mint state Grades

4088 1929-s Ms65 nGc. Frosty surfaces and very well struck for this often weak San Francisco Mint issue. One small mark is noted in the right obverse field under the Y of LIBERTY. Very attractive and worthy of considerable bidder interest. Ex: FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2004), lot 6771. (#6590) 4089 1933-s Ms64 PcGs. The 1933-S Walker is among the better struck branch-Mint issues from the pre-1934 subset. This bold example has satin luster with splashes of gold toning on each side. A highly appealing near-Gem.(#6591)

4083 1919-D Ms62 PcGs. The 1919-D half dollar is well-known as a condition rarity in Mint State grades. Barely discernible gold color appears under magnification at the borders of this MS62 example. The design elements are a bit better impressed than ordinarily seen, but the typical softness is apparent in the centers. Lustrous surfaces reveal just a few minor marks. (#6578)

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1933-s Half Dollar, Ms66 sharply struck

4095 1936 Ms67 PcGs. cAc. A magnificent Superb Gem Walking Liberty half dollar, with sharply detailed design elements and brilliant creamy surfaces with vibrant mint luster. Only two coins have been certified in higher numeric grades at PCGS (1/12). (#6598) 4096 1936-s Ms66 PcGs. Housed in a green-label PCGS holder. Softly lustrous with a degree of separation on Libertys branch hand. Thin blue-gold toning covers much of the obverse, while the reverse is predominantly silver-gray. PCGS has certified just six coins finer (1/12).(#6600) 4097 1938 Ms66+ PcGs. This frosty and fully brilliant Premium Gem exhibits untoned surfaces save for faint speckled peripheral toning on the reverse. A small mark below the wing feathers is the only noticeable mark. An exceptional example.(#6604)

4090 1933-s Ms66 nGc. This Premium Gem Walker exhibits sharply struck design features, as is typical of most surviving specimens. Splashes of delicate reddish-gold make occasional visits to its lustrous surfaces. A few minor marks are unimportant. Census: 62 in 66, 3 finer (12/11). (#6591) 4091 1934 Ms67 nGc. Frosty silver luster has green-gold and crimson toning at the obverse margins and dappled through the reverse. Uncommonly strong detail on Libertys branch hand. (#6592) 4092 1934-D Ms66 PcGs. cAc. Small D. Light honey-gold and iceblue toning graces this lustrous and minimally abraded half dollar. Well struck on the branch hand and skirt lines with slight blending on Libertys head. Only a few pieces have been certified finer by PCGS.(#6593)

superb Gem 1938 Half Dollar only one Finer coin at PcGs

1935-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar, Ms66+ Vibrant Luster, smooth surfaces

4098 1938 Ms67 PcGs. This magnificent Superb Gem Walking Liberty half dollar possesses incredible eye appeal, with sharply defined design elements and virtually pristine fields. The surfaces display vibrant mint luster and attractive accents of champagnegold color. Population: 63 in 67, 1 finer (1/12). (#6604)

1938 Half Dollar, Ms67 Frosted Mint Luster

4093 1935-D Ms66+ PcGs. Over the past quarter century, NGC and PCGS have certified nearly 100 1935-D Walkers as MS66. However, only the present piece (as of 1/12) has in addition attained a Plus designation. It is lustrous with light green-gold toning and exemplary preservation. The strike shows customary softness on Libertys head and branch hand, but other detail is brought up nicely. (#6596)

1935-s Half Dollar, Ms65

4099 1938 Ms67 PcGs. A wonderful Superb Gem, one of the finest we have handled, with frosty silver luster, brilliant mint surfaces, and bold design details. The thumb of the branch hand is completely outlined. The surfaces are bright and untoned. Population: 63 in 67, 1 finer (1/12). (#6604) 4100 1939 Ms67 PcGs. cAc. Whispers of olive-green, cobalt-blue, and russet visit the highly lustrous surfaces of this Superb Gem. A well executed strike sharpens the design elements. Impeccably preserved throughout.(#6606)

4094 1935-s Ms65 PcGs. cAc. Considerable central weakness is evident from the top to bottom of the obverse, affecting all but the date, and similar reverse weakness is also noted. This lovely Gem has frosty silver luster with brilliant mint surfaces and a complete absence of toning. (#6597)

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1939-D Half Dollar, Ms67+ terrific eye Appeal and Quality

superb Gem 1941-s Half Dollar none certified Finer at nGc

4101 1939-D Ms67+ PcGs. A simply magnificent high-end Superb Gem, with vibrant satiny mint luster and incredible eye appeal. Like almost all examples seen, this coin shows a touch of softness on the eagles leg, but the design elements are sharply detailed in other areas. The surfaces are free of distractions and exhibit attractive highlights of ice-blue and gold toning. This coin was formerly graded MS67+ by NGC. Population: 1 in 67+, 1 finer (1/12). (#6607) 4102 1939-s Ms67 PcGs. Strong gold-orange patina appears in crescents at left, while the rest of this lustrous Superb Gem is more silver-gray. Libertys branch hand shows modest thumb detail. Neither NGC nor PCGS has graded an MS68 example of this issue (1/12).(#6608) 4103 1939-s Ms67 nGc. cAc. A frosty example with largely pale silver luster. Occasional hints of yellow appear at certain angles. Modestly defined on Libertys branch hand but a pleasing coin nonetheless.(#6608) 4104 1940-s Ms66 PcGs. cAc. A wonderful Premium Gem with frosty silver luster, this specimen exhibits an above average strike with only slight central weakness on each side. The surfaces are brilliant and untoned.(#6610) 4105 1941-s Ms66 PcGs. This short-set Premium Gem is largely frosted but has a few brilliant streaks at the upper reverse. A light green-gold overtone graces softly struck devices and well-preserved nearby fields.(#6613)

4107 1941-s Ms67 nGc. This spectacular Superb Gem displays welldetailed design elements, with the typical touch of softness on Libertys right (facing) hand. The surfaces are mostly brilliant, with a few accents of lime-green and amber toning at the peripheries. Vibrant satiny mint luster adds to the terrific eye appeal. Census: 17 in 67, 0 finer (12/11). (#6613)

White superb Gem 1943-s Half

4108 1943-s Ms67 nGc. Fs-101. Large S. The obverse is die doubled, most noticeable on the rays and motto. The doubling originated on a working hub, and thus multiple working dies share the variety. This lustrous Superb Gem is brilliant save for a glimpse of gold toning along the reverse margin. Much better struck than usual for a 43-S, though the branch hand is incompletely brought up. Census: 23 in 67, 1 finer as 67 (12/11). (#6620) 4109 1944 Ms67 PcGs. cAc. Peripheral orange-gold patina is deeper and more extensive on the obverse of this Superb Gem. Excellent detail shows on the design elements, including the branch hand. Population: 65 in 67, 1 finer (1/12).(#6621) 4110 1944-D Ms67 PcGs. cAc. A brilliant Superb Gem with an above average strike that shows only slight central weakness. Both sides show satin luster with light gold toning at the reverse border. Tied for the finest that PCGS has certified (1/12). (#6622) 4111 1944-s Ms66 PcGs. Large S. This highly lustrous half dollar is essentially pristine, though we note two tiny mint-made strikethroughs near the T in LIBERTY. The skirt lines are well-struck, and the cheek and branch hand show a typical impression. (#6623) 4112 1944-s Ms66 PcGs. Large S. Blushes of golden-brown, navyblue, and lilac patina invigorate this thoroughly lustrous and well preserved Premium Gem. A typical San Francisco strike with softness on the branch hand.(#6623)

1941-s Half Dollar, Ms66+ Well-struck example

4106 1941-s Ms66+ PcGs. cAc. Both sides of this high-end Premium Gem half are awash in bright luster, untoned and remarkably well preserved. The design features are well-impressed, including strong definition in the branch hand, an important attribute for this strike rarity. Population: 11 in 66+, 6 finer (12/11). (#6613)

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superb Gem 1945 Half Dollar none numerically Finer certified

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1936 Half Dollar, PR65+ sharply Defined

4113 1945 Ms67 PcGs. cAc. This magnificent Superb Gem Walking Liberty half dollar displays razor-sharp definition on all design elements, with vibrant satiny mint luster and attractive shades of gold, violet, and ice-blue toning. No mentionable distractions are present, and the visual appeal is terrific. Population: 74 in 67, 1 in 67+ finer (1/12). (#6624) 4114 1945-s Ms66 PcGs. cAc. A splendid Premium Gem, exhibiting delicate peripheral toning with otherwise brilliant silver surfaces. (#6626) 4115 1945-s Ms66 PcGs. cAc. This brilliant Premium Gem exhibits bright silver surfaces with no toning on either side. Slightly weak at the centers, the strike is finer than usual for the issue. (#6626) 4116 1946 Ms67 PcGs. cAc. A frosty short-set Superb Gem with nearly pristine surfaces. Peach and apricot patina forms a narrow arc at the upper and left obverse with only a few peripheral dots as echoes on the reverse. Population: 36 in 67, 0 finer (1/12). (#6627)

4118 1936 PR65+ PcGs secure. cAc. Just a few spots of toning are seen on the otherwise brilliant surfaces of this high-end Gem proof Walker. All design elements are sharply brought up, and both sides have been well cared for. This is the first year of proof production for collectors. (#6636) 4119 1938 PR67 nGc. The designers monogram is absent on the present Superb Gem. A number of interesting monogram varieties are found within the proof Walker series. Well struck with flashy fields and light olive-gray toning. Certified in a prior generation holder.(#6638)

1939 Half Dollar, PR68 only one nGc coin numerically Finer

Brilliant 1946-s Walking Liberty, Ms67

4120 1939 PR68 nGc. This incredible 1939 Walking Liberty half dollar displays fully struck design elements and deeply reflective surfaces, with exceptional eye appeal. Only 8,808 proof half dollars were struck in 1939, and few survivors can match the quality of the present coin. Census: 74 in 68, 1 finer (12/11). (#6639) 4117 1946-s Ms67 PcGs. Knob S. A fully brilliant high grade half dollar whose potent luster and pristine obverse ensure the eye appeal. Well struck for a San Francisco product except on the branch hand. The reverse is minimally abraded save for ticks left of the monogram. Population: 28 in 67, 0 finer (1/12). (#6629) 4121 1942 PR67+ nGc. Many proof 1942 Walkers have been certified by NGC, but the present piece (as of 1/12) is currently one of only two specimens to have both a Star and a Plus designation. The splendid arc of plum-red, powder-blue, and honey-gold along the left obverse border is undoubtedly the reason why NGC awarded this coin a Star. The reverse left border is also attractively toned, although in less dramatic shades. Ex: Stamford Coinfest (Heritage, 10/2010), lot 4172, which realized $2,530.(#6642) 4122 1942 PR67 PcGs. cAc. Strongly mirrored through a moderate layer of patina, gray through most of the obverse with iridescent peripheral hues. The reverse shows greater color-patching with blue-green and gold-orange prominent.(#6642) 4123 1942 PR67+ PcGs. cAc. Sharply struck with strong mirrors and even a hint of contrast. This carefully preserved specimen has delicate skeins of crimson-gold toning at parts of the borders. Population: 8 in 67+, 35 finer (1/12).(#6642)

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PR68 1942 Half Dollar Last Proof issue of the 1940s

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Ultra cameo White PR67 1951 Half Dollar Among Finest certified

4124 1942 PR68 nGc. The Mint discontinued proof set offerings after 1942, due to the financial stresses of the Second World War. This magnificent PR68 example is a virtually perfect coin, with razor-sharp design elements and brilliant, deeply mirrored surfaces. NGC has certified only four coins in higher numeric grades (1/12). (#6642)

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1958-D Fifty cent, Ms67 Full Bell Lines nicely Preserved throughout

4127 1951 PR67 W Ultra cameo nGc. The second year of the proof Franklin half series also had the second-lowest mintage of the proof type. Cameos are very scarce and Ultra Cameo specimens are rare, since only the initial pieces struck from properly polished dies could qualify. This immaculate and fully struck Superb Gem is void of toning and exhibits blatant contrast between the frosty motifs and the glassy fields. Census: 4 in 67 Ultra Cameo, none finer (12/11). (#96692) 4128 1952 PR67 cameo nGc. cAc. The portrait and bell are evenly frosty and exhibit good contrast with the glassy fields. Mostly brilliant, though apple-green and golden-brown cling to the peripheries. Encapsulated in a former generation holder. Census: 79 in 67 Cameo, 9 finer (1/12).(#86693) 4129 1956 type one PR68 cameo PcGs. cAc. The Type One halves are distinguishable by four feathers to the left of the eagles perch. The coin is brilliant throughout and as far as we can tell it is flawless. Noticeable cameo contrast is seen on each side. Population: 29 in 68 Cameo, 0 finer (1/12).(#86686) 4130 1958 PR67 Deep cameo PcGs. cAc. Ex: RRL. A gleaming example with excellent contrast. This Superb Gem has minor peripheral milk-spotting that is most visible near the U in UNITED and the clapper on the reverse. Population: 39 in 67 Deep Cameo, 18 finer (1/12).(#96699)

4125 1958-D Ms67 Full Bell Lines nGc. Lustrous surfaces display forest-green, crimson, and yellow-gold on the obverse periphery, while variegated crimson and forest-green run over the entire reverse. This piece is sharply struck and reveals no marks of consequence. Census: 11 in 67 Full Bell Lines, 0 finer (12/11). (#86675)

1958 Half Dollar, PR68 Deep cameo tied for Finest at PcGs

superb Gem Full Bell Lines 1958-D Half Dollar Attractively toned

4126 1958-D Ms67 Full Bell Lines nGc. The 1958-D Franklin half dollar is one of the most available dates of the series in Superb Gem condition because of its typically sharp strike. Still, Superb Gems with Full Bell Lines are quite rare. The lightly toned reverse cedes to attractive deep reddish-gold with green accents on the obverse. Census: 11 in 67 Full Bell Lines, 0 finer (12/11). (#86675)

4131 1958 PR68 Deep cameo PcGs. An amazing example with black-and-white contrast, this Superb Gem is fully brilliant and untoned with immaculate surfaces. The fields are deeply mirrored around satin luster on the devices. Seldom do Franklin half dollars appear in the marketplace with such exceptional aesthetic appeal. Population: 18 in 68 Deep Cameo, 0 finer (1/12). (#96699) 4132 1960 PR68 Deep cameo PcGs. The obverse is particularly wellcontrasted on this exquisitely preserved and gleaming specimen. The coins minimal evidence of milk-spotting appears in the space between UNITED and HALF. Population: 71 in 68 Deep Cameo, 5 finer (1/12).(#96701) 4133 1961 Doubled Die Reverse PR65 PcGs. Fs-801. cAc. The motto and the letters of UNITED are dramatically doubled on this variety. Brilliant surfaces are nearly flawless and exhibit well struck devices.(#6689)

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Ultra cameo PR69 1962 Half ice-White Devices and Flawless Fields

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4138 1878 8tF Ms65+ PcGs. cAc. The toning enthusiast will be delighted with this Gem. The obverse combines vivid blue and turquoise with grayish-gold toning on the profile. The reverse has an ivory center with rings of gold, russet, violet, and blue. Population: 7 in 65+, 32 finer (1/12).(#7072) 4139 1878 7/8tF strong Ms65 nGc. VAM-38. VAM-38 has five strong secondary tail feathers and is noteworthy as the VAM with the widest die doubling on LIBERTY. Brilliant and well struck with coruscating luster and a splendidly smooth reverse. (#7078) 4140 1878 7tF Reverse of 1878 Ms65+ PcGs. A wonderful Gem with frosty silver luster and full mint brilliance, both sides hosting peripheral gold, blue, and lilac toning. Population: 2 in 65+, 22 finer (1/12).(#7074)

4134 1962 PR69 W Ultra cameo nGc. Icy motifs and legends rise in full detail above darkly mirrored fields. Although millions of proof 1962 Franklin halves were coined, only a minute fraction of that quantity provide cameo contrast comparable with the present specimen, and among those pieces, most cannot approach the pristine quality of the current lot. (#96703)

1878 seven tail Feathers Dollar incredible Ms66 Prooflike

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4135 1965 sMs Doubled Die Reverse sP65 PcGs. Fs-801. The reverse is lightly die doubled with the secondary spread directed toward the rim. The stars and the Es show the most noticeable doubling. Brilliant, flashy, and well-preserved with a bold strike. Population: 1 in 65, 4 finer (1/12).

1966 Half Dollar, sMs Ms67 Deep cameo outstanding eye Appeal

4136 1966 sMs Ms67 Deep cameo PcGs. This untoned Superb Gem special mint set Kennedy half dollar is every bit as attractive as any proof, with deeply mirrored fields that highlight the motifs. A solid strike imparts sharp detail to the design elements, and close inspection with a loupe reveals nearly pristine surfaces. Population: 23 in 67 Deep Cameo, 4 finer (12/11). (#96846)

4141 1878 7tF Reverse of 1878 Ms66 Prooflike nGc. An elusive variety with Prooflike surfaces, only about 5% of 1878 7TF Reverse of 1878 Morgans with this finish grade finer than MS64. This is one of the most beautiful 1878 Morgan dollars that we have handled irrespective of mint or variety. Both sides are expectantly smooth for the assigned grade with nary a distracting blemish to report. Virtually every design element is fully detailed. Shimmering reflectivity is evident in the fields, as is modest mint frost over the devices. Finally, the otherwise untoned surfaces display lively orange-gold highlights around much of the peripheral areas. NGC and PCGS combined report a mere seven examples at the MS66 Prooflike level, and there are none finer at either certification service (1/12). Ex: Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 2/2003), lot 7178. (#7075) 4142 1878 7tF Reverse of 1878 Ms63+ Deep Mirror Prooflike PcGs. Although trivial marks appear in the fields, this lovely Morgan dollar has wonderful contrast between the lustrous devices and fully mirrored fields. Both sides are mostly brilliant with splashes of peripheral gold toning.(#97075) 4143 1878 7tF Reverse of 1879 Ms65 PcGs. VAM-203, R.6. A Top 100 Variety. Undesignated as such by PCGS but the diagnostics are unmistakable. The Short Wheat Leaf VAM with minor die doubling on the right reverse wreath and legends. Lustrous and nearly brilliant with an intricate strike and smooth surfaces. Most certified examples of this variety grade between MS62 and MS64. The PCGS Population Report is 9 in 65 with none finer but excludes the present coin (1/12).(#133838) 4144 1878-cc Ms65 PcGs. A fantastically reflective coin for a piece not graded as Prooflike, though the luster is perhaps too cartwheeled for such a designation. Amply frosted devices are sharply struck and pleasingly preserved.(#7080)

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cameo PR64 Accented Hair 1964 Half Doubled Die obverse, Fs-103

4137 1964 Accented Hair, Doubled Die obverse PR64 cameo PcGs. Fs-103. Type One Reverse. Evaluation beneath a loupe confirms clear die doubling, most prominent on the BER in LIBERTY. The elusive introductory Accented Hair subtype adds further interest for the ardent Kennedy collector. The icy devices contrast greatly with the glassy fields. Brilliant and fully struck with exemplary surfaces.
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1878-cc Dollar, Ms66 sharply struck

Premium Gem 1879 Morgan Dollar only one PcGs coin in Higher Grade

4145 1878-cc Ms66 nGc. Intense luster endows the untoned surfaces of this Premium Gem and an impressive strike delivers strong definition to the design elements, including the hair over Libertys ear and the eagles breast feathers. A few minor marks are within the parameters of the designated grade. This issue is very rare any finer. (#7080)

4151 1879 Ms66 PcGs. cAc. The 1879 Morgan dollar was produced in large numbers, but few survivors can match the quality of this delightful Premium Gem. This spectacular coin displays pinpoint definition on all design elements, and the brilliant surfaces exhibit vibrant cartwheel mint luster. Population: 99 in 66, 1 finer (1/12). (#7084)

1878-cc Morgan Dollar, Ms66 important transitional issue

1879-cc Dollar, Unc Details solidly struck

4146 1878-cc Ms66 nGc. Blue-green, lilac-red, and dove-gray occupy the obverse. The reverse is primarily peach-gold, although the margins offer aquamarine and ruby patina. This fully struck Premium Gem displays dynamic luster, and patience is required to find even the smallest marks. NGC has only certified nine finer (12/11). (#7080) 4147 1878-cc Ms64 Prooflike PcGs. cAc. Icy motifs rise in full definition above the glassy fields. We wonder why this first year Carson City dollar did not receive a DMPL designation, given the level of field reflectivity. Untoned and impressive with small marks at the base of the eagles neck and at 10 oclock on the obverse. (#7081) 4148 1878-s Ms66 PcGs. cAc. The obverse has gold and sea-green toning with frosty underlying luster. The reverse is lightly toned, silver-white at the center with gold and turquoise peripheries. The reverse fields are prooflike with light cameo contrast. PCGS has certified 21 finer pieces (1/112).(#7082) 4149 1878-s Ms66+ PcGs. cAc. The iridescently toned reverse displays splashes of peach-gold, powder-blue, and lavender-red. The obverse is mostly brilliant but possesses a pumpkin-orange periphery. Fully struck, lustrous, and splendidly preserved. Population: 17 in 66+, 21 finer (12/11).(#7082) 4150 1879 Ms65 nGc. This well-detailed Gem is delightfully toned in shades of green, golden-brown, and violet. Vibrant mint luster adds to the outstanding eye appeal and only a few minor contact marks are evident.(#7084)

4152 1879-cc improperly cleaned nGc Details. Unc. Some prooflike tendencies in the fields highlight the satiny motifs of this CC-mint Morgan. The design elements are solidly struck, including the hair over Libertys ear and the eagles breast feathers. Faint hairlines are visible under magnification, but the cleaning is not all that bad.

1879-cc Dollar, Ms64 second-Rarest carson city Morgan

4153 1879-cc Ms64 PcGs. cAc. The 1879-CC is the second-rarest Carson City Morgan dollar, from a mintage of 756,000 pieces. This impressive Choice specimen offers well-detailed design elements and intense cartwheel mint luster that mingles with prooflike reflectivity in many areas. Some elements of contrast are evident when the coin is tilted at a certain angle. (#7086)

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4154 1879-cc capped Die Genuine PcGs. VAM-3. A Top 100 Variety. The PCGS number ending in .92 suggests Cleaning as the reason, or perhaps one of the reasons, that PCGS deemed this coin not gradable. In our opinion, this coin has the details of an Uncirculated specimen that has been cleaned. A nearly brilliant representative with good luster and scattered minor obverse abrasions. No hairlines are readily evident.(#7088)

4158 1879-s Reverse of 1878 Ms64 PcGs. cAc. The untoned surfaces of this near-Gem exhibit nicely struck design elements. Scattered grazes preclude Gem status.(#7094) 4159 1879-s Reverse of 1878 Ms64 PcGs. cAc. A Top 100 Variety. Only a small percentage of 1879-S dollars exhibit the obsolete parallel tailfeather reverse. This crisply struck and nearly unabraded Choice silver dollar has rich cream-gray, autumn-gold, and forestgreen toning.(#7094) 4160 1880 Ms65 PcGs. cAc. A crisply struck Gem example with pale silver luster in strong cartwheels. Libertys cheek is smooth, though light abrasions on her neck cap the grade.(#7096) 4161 1880-cc Ms66 PcGs. The reverse is rainbow toned and, from left to right, displays arcs of iridescent rose-red, powder-blue, lemon-gold, cherry-red, and sea-green. The obverse is light goldengray with a glimpse of ice-blue and olive-gold on the right-side stars. Lustrous and well preserved with a good strike.(#7100) 4162 1880-cc Ms66 PcGs. cAc. Lightly toned with skiffs of cloudwhite and occasional greenish-gold accents. A mildly contrasted Premium Gem with decent detail and strong all-around eye appeal. (#7100)

Gem 1879-o Morgan Dollar Vibrant Luster, excellent eye Appeal

4155 1879-o Ms65 PcGs. Sharply detailed in most areas, with just a touch of softness on the hair strands above Libertys ear, this spectacular Gem Morgan dollar displays vibrant mint luster with outstanding eye appeal. The brilliant surfaces show only the most insignificant signs of contact. (#7090)

1880-cc Dollar, Ms66 Deep Mirror Prooflike solitary nGc-certified example

1879-o Dollar, Ms65 Lustrous and Well-Defined

4156 1879-o Ms65 PcGs. Flashy luster cartwheels across each side of this O-mint Gem, which is silver-white in the centers but shows minor gold-orange and blue patina to varying degrees at the margins. Both sides also exhibit spidery peripheral die cracks. Well struck overall, a trifle soft on Libertys hair, but overall an immensely appealing coin. PCGS has graded 13 numerically finer examples (1/12). (#7090) 4157 1879-s Reverse of 1878 Ms64 nGc. A Top 100 Variety. Deep sea-green toning encompasses the obverse but the reverse is brilliant aside from a wisp of peripheral straw-gold. This sharply struck and lustrous Choice silver dollar is smooth for the grade save for an inconspicuous mark behind the mouth.(#7094)

4163 1880-cc Ms66 Deep Mirror Prooflike nGc. Semi-mirrored fields offset the frosty devices of this Premium Gem. The design elements are well struck, including the centers, despite the fine roller marks in the vicinity of Libertys ear. Essentially untoned surfaces display just a couple wisps of reddish-gold. Census: 1 in 66 Deep Mirror Prooflike, 0 finer (12/11). (#97101) 4164 1880-cc 8 over High 7 Ms66 nGc. VAM 5. A Top 100 Variety. This lustrous Premium Gem has frosty silver luster with no evidence of toning. Generally sharply struck, although the hair over the ear is merged.(#7102)

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1880-cc overdate Dollar, Ms67 second 8 over 7

4170 1880-s Ms67 nGc. An amazing Superb Gem, this Morgan dollar exhibits frosty and sharply defined devices with satiny fields that impart light cameo contrast. No evidence of toning appears on either side.(#7118) 4171 1880-s Ms67+ nGc. The reverse is shown on the front of the NGC holder, the better to display its beautiful lemon-gold and violet-red toning. The reverse is as exceptionally preserved but displays only faint chestnut patina. The Medium S mintmark is repunched within its loops. Census: 10 in 67+ , 31 finer with a Star designation (12/11).(#7118) 4172 1880-s Ms67 nGc. cAc. Large S. The obverse has bold patchwork toning in gold, sea-green, orange, magenta, and lavender. The reverse has honey patina only at the rims, leaving broad silver centers to be filled with frosted devices and cartwheels. (#7118) 4173 1880-s Ms67 nGc. cAc. Large S. Brilliant and fully struck with nearly pristine preservation. The obverse is prooflike and the reverse displays cartwheel luster. NGC likely bestowed the Star designation because of the obverse field reflectivity. (#7118)

Ms68 1880-s silver Dollar Dynamic Luster, smooth surfaces

4174 1880-s Ms68 PcGs. cAc. Large S. Light caramel-gold toning graces this lustrous and boldly struck silver type coin. The strike is sharp, as is customary for San Francisco issues of the era, and the fields are pristine. The devices display only nearly imperceptible grazes. Only a handful of pieces have been certified finer. (#7118) 4165 1880-cc 8 over Low 7 Ms67 nGc. VAM-6. A Top 100 Variety. This third reverse variety shows die filling within the interior spaces of the first 8, and clear evidence of a 7 beneath the second 8. The reverse has tiny die artifacts inside each C of the mintmark. Numerous overdate varieties of the 1880-CC Morgan dollars are known, having varying degrees of rarity. Both sides of this highly lustrous Morgan dollar are untoned with brilliant, frosty mint luster. The strike is bold with strong hair definition over Libertys ear. A few tiny luster breaks and trivial marks are consistent with the grade of this splendid Superb Gem. (#7104) 4166 1880/79-cc Reverse of 1878 Ms65 nGc. VAM-4. A Top 100 Variety. The most prominent overdate of the Morgan dollar series is paired with the obsolete Type Two reverse. This lustrous and nicely struck Gem is brilliant except for broad peripheral bands of orangerusset toning.(#7108) 4167 1880/79-cc Reverse of 1878 Ms65 PcGs. VAM-4. A Top 100 Variety. This overdated Carson City silver dollar displays only a wisp of pale gold toning. Boldly struck and lustrous with clean fields and delicate facial marks. A slender and short streak of struck-in grease is near the bust tip.(#7108) 4168 1880-o Ms64 PcGs. cAc. Micro O. A sharply struck and virtually brilliant Choice silver dollar with potent luster and excellent eye appeal. Despite a high mintage, the 1880-O is a rarity above the MS64 level.(#7114) 4169 1880-o Ms64 nGc. cAc. Micro O. Light peach-gold patina adorns the borders of this lustrous and crisply struck Choice New Orleans Morgan. Faint grazes on the fields and cheek correspond to the grade.(#7114) 4175 1880-s Ms68+ PcGs. cAc. The 1880-S Morgan dollar was produced in large numbers, but few examples can match the appeal of this incredible coin. The design elements are fully struck, and the brilliant fields are free of even the smallest imperfections. Vibrant mint luster is evident on both sides, with enormous eye appeal. Population: 5 in 68+, 5 finer (1/12). (#7118) 4176 1880/9-s Ms67 nGc. VAM-11. A Hot 50 Variety. Medium S. The mintmark is repunched within the loops, but this Guide Book VAM is chiefly popular for remnants of a purported 9 within the opening of the 0. Lightly toned and lustrous with immaculate fields and only wispy contact on the portrait. Census: 11 in 67, 3 finer (12/11).(#7122)

1880-s Morgan Dollar, Ms68+ only Five Finer coins at PcGs

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4177 1880/9-s Ms67 PcGs. cAc. VAM-11. A Hot 50 Variety. Both sides are fully brilliant with frosty silver luster and no evidence of toning. Numerous overdates are known among the 1880 Morgan dollars from all four mints. A collection of those varieties poses a fascinating challenge. Population: 30 in 67, 3 finer (1/12). (#7122) 4178 1881 Ms65+ PcGs. cAc. Dusky but colorful shades of rose-red, electric-blue, peach-gold, and slate-gray alternate across both sides of this coruscating Gem. Nearly void of marks though we note a faint fingerprint on the cheek.(#7124)

4185 1881-s Ms67+ PcGs. cAc. Bright luster emanates from the untoned surfaces of this high-end Superb Gem. Both sides are immaculately preserved and sharply struck, including strong detail in the centers.(#7130)

1881-s Dollar, Fabulous Ms68 ex: shrike set

1881 silver Dollar, Ms66+ only two Finer at PcGs

4179 1881 Ms66+ PcGs. An impressive Premium Gem Morgan dollar, this 1881 is fully brilliant with frosty silver luster on both sides. The surfaces are entirely untoned. Although a few hairs over the ear are merged, the strike is sharper than usually encountered. This is a major condition rarity. Population: 1 in 66+, 2 finer (1/12). (#7124)

4186 1881-s Ms68 PcGs. cAc. Ex: Shrike Set. The 1881-S Morgan dollar is the ideal type coin, since it is available in large quantities even in higher Mint State grades. It is also arguably the bestproduced of all Morgan dollars. This beautiful MS68 example is fully brilliant and sharply defined with satiny silver luster and untoned white surfaces. Population: 93 in 68, 2 finer (1/12). (#7130) 4187 1882 Ms66 PcGs. This nicely preserved Premium Gem Morgan exhibits crisp detail, including the hair over Libertys ear and the eagles breast feathers. The lustrous surfaces are color-free. (#7132) 4188 1882 Ms66 PcGs. cAc. Rich chestnut-gold toning is consistent across both sides of this lustrous and precisely struck Premium Gem. Well preserved overall, with minor grazes relegated to the left obverse and the eagles belly. The 1882 is plentiful in typical Mint State but emerges as a conditional scarcity in MS65 and finer. Housed in a green label holder.(#7132) 4189 1882 Ms64 Deep Mirror Prooflike PcGs. The central obverse is slightly weak with strong details elsewhere. This Choice Mint State 1882 Morgan has fully brilliant and untoned silver surfaces with deeply mirrored fields and frosty silver devices.(#97133) 4190 1882-cc Ms66+ PcGs. cAc. VAM-2c2, R.6. A Hit List 40 Variety. Libertys lip is doubled and a small die break lurks on the back of the cap. Rich rose-red and lime-green toning encompasses the obverse. The reverse is comparatively brilliant but displays faint green-gray tints. A magnificently preserved Carson City type coin. (#7134) 4191 1882-cc Ms66+ PcGs. cAc. VAM-3B, R.5. This interesting VAM has multiple sets of bold clash marks on each side. Nearly untoned aside from an arc of tobacco-brown on the lower left reverse margin. Lustrous and uncommonly free from contact. (#7134) 4192 1882-cc Ms65 Deep Mirror Prooflike PcGs. Brilliant and lustrous with a bold strike and imposing eye appeal. Abrasions are confined to a couple of slender marks within the lower right (facing) wing. Housed in a first generation PCGS holder. Ex: Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2008), lot 2664, which realized $1,840.(#97135) 4193 1882-cc Ms65 Deep Mirror Prooflike PcGs. Boldly struck with strong contrast between frosted devices and gleaming mirror-fields. The surfaces are largely untoned, though dappled blue-green and gold elements appear at the right reverse margin. (#97135) 4194 1882-o Ms64 Deep Mirror Prooflike PcGs. Frosted devices emerge from shining surrounding fields that have a moderate layer of gray patina with orange and russet at parts of the borders. Lightly abraded but well-defined and a coin of considerable importance. PCGS has graded just 21 numerically finer Deep Mirror Prooflike pieces (1/12).(#97137)

1881-cc Morgan Dollar, Ms66 Prooflike clean Fields, Richly Frosted Devices

4180 1881-cc Ms66 Prooflike PcGs. cAc. The remarkably clean fields of this spectacular Premium Gem show a mixture of cartwheel and prooflike luster characteristics. The design elements are sharply detailed, with rich mint frost that provides strong cameo contrast. Eye appeal is terrific. Population: 30 in 66 Prooflike, 0 finer (1/12). (#7127) 4181 1881-o Ms65 PcGs. Whispers of reddish-gold, cobalt-blue and lavender cling to the margins of this lustrous Gem. This is a sharply struck and nicely preserved specimen. PCGS has graded only 12 coins finer.(#7128) 4182 1881-o Ms65 nGc. Frosted over the high points with strong silver cartwheel luster and a green-gold patch at the upper-to-left obverse rim. Scattered luster grazes and a few small marks on the obverse combine to account for the grade.(#7128) 4183 1881-o Ms64 Deep Mirror Prooflike PcGs. The deep mirrors of this near-Gem accentuate the satiny devices. Color-free surfaces exhibit well struck design features and show just a few minute grazes that preclude Gem classification. PCGS has seen only 12 pieces with this designation finer and NGC four examples. (#97129) 4184 1881-s Ms63 PcGs. The mintmark is lightly repunched within the loops, but this type coins primarily appeal is due to its spectacular forest-green and cherry-red obverse patina. The reverse is brilliant save for lower peripheral arcs of powder-blue and autumn-gold.(#7130)

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4195 1882-o/s Ms64 PcGs. VAM-4. A Top 100 Variety. The Recessed O/S VAM, one of three different reverses known for this overmintmark, a curious one given that the San Francisco Mint was operational and there was no shortage of silver dollars in the South. Lustrous and sharply struck with pastel caramel-gold and stone-gray surfaces.(#7138) 4196 1883 Ms67 nGc. Green-gold overtones are faint on the obverse of this Superb Gem and all but nonexistent on the reverse, where a hint of pink is the only influence on otherwise silver-white surfaces. Great eye appeal with only trifling striking softness through the centers.(#7142) 4197 1883 Ms66 Prooflike PcGs. cAc. Moderately reflective with a modicum of field-to-device contrast. A touch of green-gold peripheral color enhances the silvery character of the interiors. Population: 3 in 66 Prooflike, 0 finer (1/12).(#7143) 4198 1883-cc Ms66 Prooflike PcGs. Most of this flashy Carson City dollar is brilliant, but the lower right reverse border displays splendid orange, cherry, and aquamarine patina. Crisply struck and minimally abraded with pinpoint spots above ONE. (#7145) 4199 1883-cc Ms65 Deep Mirror Prooflike PcGs. Intensely reflective with a faint blue tint to much of the silver surfaces and a progression through canary-gold and pink-peach at the lower left obverse. Sharply struck devices supply frosty contrast. A great Carson City coin.(#97145) 4200 1883-s Ms62 PcGs. Bold blue and gold-orange arc patina at the left obverse has only faint echoes on the peripheral reverse. Brightly lustrous and appealing despite a number of reed marks and other abrasions.(#7148) 4201 1884-cc Ms66+ nGc. cAc. Excellent frosted luster with a broad cartwheel effect and twinkling, sharply struck devices. Incredibly appealing and just a few luster grazes away from Superb Gem status.(#7152) 4202 1884-cc Ms66+ PcGs. cAc. Boldly frosted on the central devices with silver-white cartwheels around. If not for a few tiny scrapes on the portrait, this coin would have a serious claim to Superb Gem status.(#7152) 4203 1884-cc Ms66+ PcGs. cAc. This gorgeous Premium Gem exhibits frosty silver luster with outstanding eye appeal. Both sides are fully brilliant with no evidence of toning.(#7152)

4205 1884-cc Ms65 Deep Mirror Prooflike nGc. Beautiful dappled peach-gold toning embraces the obverse as well as the reverse periphery. The margins also display blushes of ocean-blue and cherry-red. Sharply struck with flashy fields. The reverse exhibits cameo contrast. Certified in a prior generation holder. (#97153) 4206 1884-cc Ms66 Deep Mirror Prooflike PcGs. VAM-2. The 18 is clearly repunched. This is a minimally toned Premium Gem with reflective fields and an intricate strike. Nearly immaculate save for faint marks on the left obverse field.(#97153) 4207 1884-s AU58 nGc. Pinkish-gray and light gold patina blankets the surfaces of this attractive near-Mint Morgan dollar. Only the slightest trace of wear shows on the well-detailed devices. (#7156) 4208 1884-s AU58 nGc. The 1884-S is famous for its rarity in Uncirculated grades. The present near-Mint example offers abundant peripheral luster but the central high points show slight rub. The borders display peach-gold and powder-blue toning. Certified in a prior generation holder.(#7156) 4209 1885 Ms66 Prooflike PcGs. cAc. An impressive Premium Gem, this fully brilliant and untoned Morgan dollar has lustrous white devices with mirrored fields yielding excellent contrast. Population: 45 in 66 Prooflike, 2 finer (1/12).(#7159) 4210 1885-cc Ms65 nGc. Prooflike surfaces are especially evident on the reverse of this lovely Gem. That side is mostly brilliant with delicate splashes of iridescence, while the obverse is fully toned in gold with iridescent accents.(#7160) 4211 1885-cc Ms65 nGc. VAM-4. A Hot 50 Variety. The so-called Doubled Dash is a protrusion under the second 8 in the date reminiscent of the base of a 7. Crisply struck and lustrous. Orange and cherry toning illuminates the obverse, while the reverse is comparatively brilliant.(#7160) 4212 1885-cc Ms65 PcGs. cAc. A brilliant, well struck, and lustrous Gem with uncommonly well preserved fields. The cheek displays a few delicate grazes. The lowest mintage of any Carson City Morgan issue. Housed in a green label holder. Ex: Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 2/2002), lot 5954. (#7160) 4213 1885-cc Ms66 nGc. Light gold and peach whispers settle on boldly cartwheeled and considerably frosted surfaces. A sharply struck Premium Gem example of the popular low-mintage but higher-availability Carson City issue.(#7160) 4214 1885-o Ms67 PcGs. cAc. Richly frosted on the devices with bold cartwheel luster around. A thin layer of gray toning drapes the obverse but does not dim that sides sheen. PCGS has graded no examples of this issue in MS68 or better (1/12).(#7162) 4215 1885-o Ms67+ PcGs secure. cAc. Pleasing luster exudes from the silvery surfaces of this high-end Superb Gem. This well piece displays nice detail in the hair over Libertys ear and on the breast feathers.(#7162) 4216 1885-s Ms65 PcGs. Rich rose and violet overtones are dappled across the margins on this S-mint Gem with silver-gray interiors. The fields around the eagle show a hint of prooflike reflectivity. (#7164) 4217 1885-s Ms65 nGc. A lovely Gem specimen with satiny silver luster and brilliant surfaces that show no evidence of toning. The strike is weak with merged hair details over Libertys ear as usual. Trivial grade-consistent marks are noted on each side. (#7164)

1884-cc Morgan Dollar, Ms67 tied for Finest at nGc

4204 1884-cc Ms67 nGc. cAc. The strike is nearly full with slight merging of the hair detail over the ear as usual. Both sides of this Superb Gem are untoned with brilliant silver luster and frosty mint surfaces. The reverse shows a hint of field reflectivity. A remarkable example for the advanced collector. Census: 99 in 67, 0 finer (12/11). (#7152)

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Patinated 1885-s Dollar, Ms66

4223 1887-s/s Ms65 PcGs. VAM-2. A Top 100 Variety. The upper serif of an additional S is obvious within the curve of the prominent S. The obverse of this Gem displays medium sun-gold toning, but when the coin is turned the viewer is greeted with diverse goldenbrown, powder-blue, and lavender patina.(#7180)

1888 silver Dollar, Ms67 only one Finer at nGc

4218 1885-s Ms66 PcGs secure. Cartwheel luster shimmers beneath deep powder-blue, apple-green, and rose-red toning. The crisply struck surfaces appear immaculate aside from a hair-thin line on the chin and unimportant contact on the cheek. The 1885-S is available in typical Mint State but is rare in the present quality. Population: 29 in 66, 3 finer (1/12). (#7164)

1886-s Morgan Dollar, Ms65 Unusually sharp strike

4224 1888 Ms67 nGc. A liberal coating of thick mint frost evenly covers both the fields and the devices, essentially eliminating any contrast. While this coin is in no danger of winning an NGC Prooflike designation, if that service offered a Pristine designation, the piece would be a strong contender. Only a slight dusting of the most picayune contact marks grazes Libertys cheek, but elsewhere they are notably absent. Census: 67 in 67, 1 finer (12/11). (#7182) 4225 1888-o Doubled Die obverse AU53 nGc. VAM-4. A Top 100 Variety. This popular doubled die obverse variety is commonly known as the Hot Lips dollar, although the chin and nose are also strongly doubled. VAM-4 is very rare in Mint State but collectible in AU. A lightly toned silver-gray piece with substantial luster and no detracting marks.(#7308)

4219 1886-s Ms65 PcGs. From a low mintage of 750,000 pieces, the 1886-S Morgan dollar is often found with a weak strike. This attractive Gem is a welcome exception, with sharply detailed devices and vibrant cartwheel mint luster. Highlights of gold and aquamarine toning visit the peripheries. Eye appeal is quite strong. (#7170) 4220 1887 Ms62 PcGs. Lavish cherry-red, jade-green, and peach-gold consume the reverse. The obverse displays only dusky tan-gray toning. Lustrous and suitably struck with one bagmark beneath the eye. Certified in a green label holder.(#7172) 4221 1887 Ms63 nGc. Formidable powder-blue, sun-gold, fire-red, and aquamarine obverse toning elicits the elusive Star designation from NGC. Lustrous and nicely struck with the expected number of obverse marks.(#7172)

4226 1888-o Doubled Die obverse AU55 PcGs. cAc. VAM-4. A Top 100 Variety. One of the popular Morgan dollar varieties, the 1888-O Doubled Die Obverse is listed in the Guide Book, further increasing its importance. The variety is a rarity in Mint State grades, and even at the present level, few finer have been certified. This one has light gold-gray toning on both sides with nearly full underlying luster. Population: 33 in 55, 22 finer (1/12). (#7308) 4227 1888-s Ms64+ PcGs. cAc. Deep golden-brown, lavender, and jade-green toning dominate both sides of this better date Morgan dollar. Lustrous and nicely struck with minor marks on the cheek and on the field above the arrowheads.(#7186) 4228 1889 Ms66 PcGs. Light blue accents visit otherwise silverwhite surfaces on this Premium Gem. Great design detail. A line under the I in IN is a die clash, not a post-striking abrasion. PCGS has graded just four coins as Superb Gem or better (1/12). (#7188) 4229 1889-cc VF30 nGc. A moderately worn example of this key Carson City issue, with pleasing gray patina and traces of mint luster. The attractive surfaces show only minor abrasions. (#7190) 4230 1889-cc Questionable color Genuine PcGs. XF Details. VAM-2A, R.6. A clashed N from IN is noted in front of the neck. Deeply toned slate-gray with lighter cream-gray high points. The cheek displays a few abrasions. The rarest of the Carson City Morgan issues.(#7190)

1887 silver Dollar, Ms67 Prooflike elusive as Prooflike

4222 1887 Ms67 Prooflike nGc. The prooflike fields of this Superb Gem yield modest contrast with the well struck design features. Both sides are color free and devoid of significant marks. While the 1887 is one of the more available Morgan issues, it becomes considerably more elusive as a Prooflike. Census: 6 in 67 Prooflike, 0 finer (12/11). (#7173)

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AU sharpness 1889-cc Dollar

Uncirculated 1889-cc Dollar Key carson city issue

4231 1889-cc cleaning Genuine PcGs. AU Details. This key date Carson City dollar is brilliant save for a glimpse of tan toning above the E in ONE. Dipped in its past but the remaining luster is vivacious and the surfaces are unabraded save for a field mark beneath the chin. Slight wear on the breast feathers confirms momentary circulation long ago.

AU Details 1889-cc Dollar Partial cartwheel Luster

4232 1889-cc cleaning Genuine PcGs. AU Details. Careful rotation finally reveals delicate hairlines, but this well struck key date Carson City Morgan has light peripheral golden toning and partial cartwheel luster. Slight wear at the centers confirms a short stint in Old West commerce. There are no consequential marks. (#7190) 4233 1889-cc Ms61 nGc. The 1889-CC, with a mintage of just 350,000 pieces, is an important key date in the Morgan dollar series and the most elusive among Carson City issues. It is safe to say that, because of collector demand, the issue is rare in all grades. The vast majority of 1889-CC dollars that come on the market show considerable wear. More specifically, certified population figures indicate that most specimens fall into the VG to XF levels of preservation. Nevertheless, even in circulated grades, the 1889-CC is elusive. This Uncirculated example has thin, satiny mint luster and shows even, pale golden toning over each side. The strike details are just a bit soft in the centers, and there are no distracting abrasions on either side. (#7190)

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Deep Prooflike 1889-cc Dollar, Ms63 Moderate cameo contrast

4234 1889-cc Ms63 nGc. The 1889-CC Morgan dollar claims a small mintage of 350,000 pieces, and experts consider this date the most elusive of the Carson City series. The 1889-CC is seldom encountered in high grade, and attractive Select examples, like the present coin, are prized by collectors. This Select Mint State coin is sharply detailed in most areas, with a touch of softness showing on the hair above Libertys ear. Although not designated as Prooflike, the surfaces of this coin are brightly reflective in most areas, with accents of champagnegold toning. A scattering of minor contact marks on both sides is consistent with the grade. Census: 56 in 63, 47 finer (12/11). (#7190)

4235 1889-cc Ms63 Deep Mirror Prooflike nGc. The 1889-CC is the key date of the Carson City Morgan dollar series, and is usually encountered in circulated grades. The typical example is a cleaned VF. Uncirculated pieces are rare, and when found, often exhibit field reflectivity. The present brilliant example, though, is remarkably mirrored, and since the motifs are frosty, a cameo effect is unmistakable. A sharp strike further ensures the eye appeal. Marks are minor for the Select level, particularly on Libertys cheek and neck. A memorable representative of this coveted Old West issue. Census: 29 in 63 Deep Mirror Prooflike, 12 finer (12/11). (#97191) 4236 1889-o Ms64+ PcGs. Well-defined with a degree of frostiness to the devices. A handful of minor scrapes affect the central devices and nearby fields, but this coin barely misses Gem status. A few suggestions of blue and gold are the only hints of color. (#7192)

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Gem 1889-o silver Dollar conditionally Rare Any Finer

choice 1890-cc Morgan Dollar Remarkable Deep Mirror Prooflike specimen

4237 1889-o Ms65 PcGs. The 1889-O Morgan dollar is a scarce issue in Gem condition, and a condition rarity in any finer grade. This delightful Gem offers well-detailed design elements, vibrant mint luster, and highlights of gold and lavender toning. PCGS has graded only nine coins in higher numeric grades (1/12). (#7192)

4242 1890-cc Ms64 Deep Mirror Prooflike PcGs. The 1890-CC Morgan dollar was not heavily represented in the Treasury releases of the 1960s, and the issue is more difficult to locate in high grade than its 2.3 million piece mintage figure would suggest. This impressive Choice specimen exhibits deeply reflective fields and boldly contrasted, sharply detailed design elements. (#97199) 4243 1890-o Ms65 PcGs. Gold, green, and silver-gray patina is largely concentric with more windows for the last color on the reverse. Softly struck through the centers, as usually seen, but broadly lustrous and unworn.(#7200) 4244 1890-s Ms65 PcGs. Potent luster sweeps this precisely struck Gem Morgan dollar. The obverse margin shows autumn-brown and ocean-blue patina. The reverse is essentially brilliant. The fields are well preserved.(#7202) 4245 1890-s Ms65 nGc. VAM-2. The mintmark is sharply repunched within the loops. An essentially brilliant example of this conditionally challenging San Francisco emission. Occasional minor grazes cannot deny the blatant eye appeal. (#7202) 4246 1890-s Ms65 PcGs. The soft, frosty luster on this beautiful Morgan is fully brilliant. No toning appears on the obverse, and the reverse shows a few small iridescent toning spots. Ex: Jack Lee Estate Collection.(#7202) 4247 1890-s Ms65 nGc. This deeply toned Gem has underlying satin mint luster with reflective reverse fields. Both sides exhibit pewtergray, gold, and iridescent toning.(#7202) 4248 1890-s Ms65+ PcGs. cAc. An impressive Gem with frosty luster, the brilliant silver surfaces host dappled gold toning on each side. The strike is bold with minimal central weakness. (#7202)

1889-o silver Dollar, Ms65 only six Finer at nGc

4238 1889-o Ms65 nGc. The typical strike shows weak hair details over Libertys ear and at the eagles breast. Both sides of this lovely Gem exhibit frosty silver luster with entirely untoned surfaces. This appealing Gem is destined for an advanced collection. Census: 48 in MS65, 6 finer (12/12). (#7192) 4239 1890 Ms65 PcGs. Broadly lustrous under a layer of delicate blue and gold patina with a silver-gray base. The two sides show only a handful of small marks, such as one near Libertys nostrils and a couple of reed marks under the eagles left (facing) wing. PCGS has graded only one coin above the MS65 tier (1/12). (#7196) 4240 1890 Ms64 Prooflike PcGs. cAc. Moderately reflective under a layer of delicate sky-blue and gold-gray patina. Light frost over decently detailed devices provides a level of contrast. Population: 79 in 64 Prooflike, 7 finer (1/12).(#7197) 4241 1890-cc tail Bar Ms61 AnAcs. VAM-4. A Top 100 Variety. The broad die scratch beneath the left edge of the tail is likely the most easily recognized VAM of the entire Morgan dollar series. Lustrous and lightly toned with clean surfaces aside from marks on the nose and the eagles breast.(#87198)

Gem 1890-s Morgan Dollar Deep Mirror Prooflike example

4249 1890-s Ms65 Deep Mirror Prooflike nGc. The design elements of this attractive Gem are sharply detailed, with a frosty texture that provides profound contrast with the reflective fields. The 1890-S was a well-produced issue, but prooflike specimens are seldom seen without excessive bagmarks. Census: 6 in 65 Deep Mirror Prooflike, 0 finer (12/11). (#97203)

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Gem 1891 Morgan Dollar only three Finer PcGs coins

1892 silver Dollar, Ms65 elusive Any Better

4250 1891 Ms65 PcGs. The 1891 Morgan dollar is not too challenging in grades up to the MS64 level, but Gems are scarce, and finer examples are extremely rare. This impressive Gem displays welldetailed design elements and vibrant mint luster. The brilliant surfaces show only the most insignificant contact marks. PCGS has graded only three finer coins (1/12). (#7204) 4251 1891-cc Ms64 PcGs. VAM-3. A Top 100 Variety. A splendidly toned Carson City near-Gem that exhibits rich sea-green, apricotgold, and gunmetal-gray shades throughout both sides. Lustrous and nicely struck with clean surfaces.(#7206) 4252 1891-cc Ms64 nGc. cAc. VAM-6, R.5. AMERICA is lightly die doubled on this Carson City Morgan dollar. Scarcer and more numismatically relevant than the better publicized Spitting Eagle VAM-3. Peach-gold, cherry-red, and cobalt-blue peripheral toning frames this lustrous, brilliant, and well struck near-Gem. (#7206) 4253 1891-o Ms64 nGc. A typical strike shows considerable weakness at the central obverse and reverse of this frosty and highly lustrous New Orleans dollar. Both sides are brilliant and untoned with minuscule, grade-consistent marks.(#7208) 4254 1891-o Ms64+ nGc. A conditionally scarce New Orleans issue noted for central softness of strike. The present near-Gem lacks a full impression but displays potent luster and exemplary preservation. Toned light pearl-gray with peripheral glimpses of powder-blue and tan.(#7208)

4256 1892 Ms65 PcGs. A few minuscule obverse marks keep this from a higher grade. Both sides have brilliant and frosty silver luster with sharp design features. Mostly untoned, although faint splashes of light gold are evident on each side. Just three finer examples of this date are currently PCGS certified (1/12). (#7212) 4257 1892-cc Ms62 PcGs. A well-defined late Carson City Morgan dollar with bright silvery luster. The obverse is pleasing for the MS62 designation despite light to moderate marks, though a line of abrasions crosses the right (facing) wing on the reverse. (#7214) 4258 1892-cc Ms62 PcGs. Sharply detailed design elements complement the lustrous fields of this attractive MS62 Morgan dollar. The surfaces show the expected number of contact marks for the grade.(#7214) 4259 1892-cc Ms62 PcGs. Occasional wisps of reddish-gold, lavender, and cobalt-blue gravitate to the borders of this CC-mint Morgan. Relatively strong detail shows on the design elements that display modest contrast with the fields, especially on the reverse. Light grazes are visible on Libertys cheek.(#7214) 4260 1892-cc Ms63 PcGs. A well-detailed Carson City Morgan dollar, with vibrant mint luster and brilliant surfaces that show only minor signs of contact. A trace of light gold toning can be detected on close inspection.(#7214) 4261 1892-cc Ms64 PcGs. The untoned lustrous surfaces of this near-Gem Morgan exhibit generally well defined design elements. An occasional mark precludes Gem status.(#7214) 4262 1892-cc Ms64 PcGs. VAM-10. This lovely better date Carson City dollar displays autumn-gold and aquamarine toning that is more prevalent on the obverse. A minor misplaced date variety with the top of a 9 or 2 within the dentils between the 9 and 2.(#7214) 4263 1892-cc Ms64 PcGs. Strongly struck with scattered grayish elements against cartwheeled silver luster. Small scrapes in the portrait area and reed marks over IN GOD WE TRUST contribute to the grade.(#7214)

challenging 1892 silver Dollar, Ms65

4255 1892 Ms65 PcGs. This lower mintage silver dollar possesses dusky almond-gold toning. Vibrant cartwheel luster sweeps nicely struck surfaces. The reverse is remarkably well preserved, and the obverse has only assorted faint grazes. PCGS has certified only three pieces above the MS65 level (12/11). (#7212)

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Deep Mirror Prooflike near-Gem 1892-cc Dollar

4268 1893 Ms63 PcGs. Pleasingly lustrous for this lower-mintage Philadelphia issue. Light gold-gray overtones with luster scrapes on and near the chin but few flaws otherwise.(#7220) 4269 1893 Ms64 nGc. Perhaps both VAM-2 and VAM-7, since the profile is die doubled and the top of the 3 is lightly repunched. Light to medium tan-gold toning visits portions of the peripheries. Lustrous and unmarked with moderate central softness of impression.(#7220)

Ms64+ 1893 silver Dollar Attractively toned, Low Mintage

4264 1892-cc Ms64 Deep Mirror Prooflike PcGs. VAM-8. The 89 in the date exhibits interesting die chips. Only a tiny fraction of 92-CC dollars merit a DMPL distinction, but the present sharply struck example has flashy fields and attractive peripheral sun-gold toning. The fields are unabraded, and the portrait displays faint abrasions. Encased in an old green label holder. Population: 27 in 64 Deep Mirror Prooflike, 2 finer (12/11). (#97215)

1892-o Gem Dollar, Rare Any Finer

4270 1893 Ms64+ PcGs. cAc. VAM-3, R.5. Libertys profile is die doubled. UNITED and the upper left portion of the wreath are also die doubled. The 3 is repunched. These attributes are interesting, but the low mintage and scarcity of the 1893 is of even greater collector interest. Highly lustrous and carefully preserved with beautiful peripheral golden-brown and navy-blue toning. (#7220) 4271 1893-cc Genuine PcGs. VAM-2. The PCGS number ending in .92 suggests Cleaning as the reason, or perhaps one of the reasons, that PCGS deemed this coin not gradable. In our opinion, this coin has the details of an AU specimen that has been cleaned and lightly scratched. The surfaces are hairlined and dipped white. A few wispy vertical marks are noted beneath the chin. Well struck for this semikey Carson City issue. 4272 1893-cc XF45 nGc. A Choice XF example from the last year of production at the Carson City Mint, this coin is lightly worn and minimally abraded for the grade, with a minor rim bruise at 7 oclock on the obverse.(#7222)

4265 1892-o Ms65 nGc. A few dabs of cobalt-blue and reddish-gold patina cling to the margins of this Gem O-mint representative. The design elements are well struck and yield some contrast with the fields. A few minor marks are within the parameters of the grade designation. Census: 73 in 65, 4 finer (12/11). (#7216)

1892-o Morgan Dollar, Ms65 only Four coins Finer at nGc

1893-cc Dollar, Unc Details A Popular issue

4266 1892-o Ms65 nGc. This well-detailed Gem shows just a touch of softness on the hair strands above Libertys ear. Some interesting die striations are visible on both sides, but the surfaces are free of mentionable contact marks. Vibrant mint luster and outstanding eye appeal complete the attractive picture. Census: 73 in 65, 4 finer (12/11). (#7216) 4267 1892-s AU50 PcGs. A lightly worn and intriguingly toned example of this challenging S-mint issue. The obverse has a gray interior and gold-orange border toning, while the reverse has rich blue and indigo hues with a degree of peach at the upper left margin.(#7218)

4273 1893-cc improperly cleaned nGc Details. Unc. The 1893-CC is popular among collectors because it is the last date of production at the Carson City Mint. The untoned surfaces of this example display partially mirrored fields that offer a degree of contrast with the devices. The design elements are generally wellstruck except for weakness in the centers. The light cleaning does not detract. (#7222)

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1893-cc Dollar, Ms62 Brilliant and Highly Lustrous

1893-cc Dollar, Ms64 Light clash Marks

4274 1893-cc Ms62 PcGs. The 1893-CC is a semikey in the series with a mintage of only 677,000 pieces. In our experience, examples are either sharply struck or softly struck in the centers. One constant with all Mint State 1893-CC dollars is exceptional mint luster. This piece shows soft definition in the centers. The fields are bright and reflective, but not quite enough for a Prooflike designation. Numerous small abrasions are scattered across the obverse, explaining the MS62 grade. Brilliant throughout. (#7222)

4277 1893-cc Ms64 nGc. Minor clash marks on each side will increase collector interest in this example. A satiny near-Gem, this final-year specimen has brilliant luster with untoned silver surfaces. The fields are reflective with trivial marks, far less significant than usual for the issue. (#7222)

1893-cc Morgan Dollar, Ms64 only 11 coins Finer at PcGs

select 1893-cc Morgan Dollar Low-Mintage Branch-Mint issue

4275 1893-cc Ms63 nGc. The design elements on this Select Carson City Morgan dollar display razor-sharp definition throughout. The brilliant surfaces show a scattering of insignificant contact marks that define the grade, and vibrant cartwheel mint luster adds to the outstanding eye appeal. The 1893-CC was the last issue from the famous Western mint. (#7222)

4278 1893-cc Ms64 PcGs. cAc. The 1893-CC Morgan dollar is not too difficult to locate in Choice condition, but any finer grade is quite rare. This attractive Choice example displays sharply detailed central devices, but some stars are a little flat. The mostly brilliant surfaces are brightly lustrous, with a few wisps of light gold toning. (#7222)

select 1893-o Morgan Dollar Low-Mintage new orleans issue

1893-cc Morgan Dollar, Ms64 Final carson city issue

4276 1893-cc Ms64 PcGs. Coining operations at the Carson City Mint were discontinued after 1893, making the date extremely popular with type collectors. This delightful Premium Gem exhibits sharply detailed design elements, with brilliant surfaces and vibrant mint luster. Eye appeal is outstanding. PCGS has graded only 11 coins in higher numeric grades (1/12). (#7222)

4279 1893-o Ms63 PcGs. Only 300,000 Morgan dollars were struck at the New Orleans Mint in 1893, and well-struck Mint State examples are quite elusive. This well-detailed Select specimen displays vibrant mint luster and strong visual appeal. A scattering of minor contact marks is consistent with the grade. (#7224) 4280 1893-s AG3 nGc. Extensively worn but still readily collectible with only partial rim merging and clear date-and-mintmark. Goldgray and charcoal in color with several rim bumps and a pinscratch from near the olive branch into the close wing.(#7226) 4281 1893-s Good 4 nGc. Deep blue-violet through the fields with gold-gray on the central devices. The rims are intact, though a pinscratch is noted on the left (facing) wing.(#7226) 4282 1893-s Good 4 nGc. Well-worn with deep blue-gray interior toning and gold-gray color on the higher design elements. The rims are mostly intact but show a bump near 4 oclock on the obverse. (#7226)
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1893-s Morgan Dollar, Fine 12 evenly Worn, Attractive surfaces

Key-Date 1893-s Dollar, XF45

4283 1893-s Fine 12 nGc. Pleasing pinkish-gray and golden-brown patina blanket the lightly abraded surfaces of this prized key Morgan dollar. The design elements are evenly worn, retaining all major features and much interior detail intact. The 1893-S claims a memorably low mintage and specimens are always in demand in any grade. (#7226) 4284 1893-s Rim Damage nGc Details. Fine. The noted rim dings are present at 4 oclock on the obverse and 5, 9 and 12 oclock on the reverse, but they do little to lessen the appeal of this moderately worn key date. Libertys profile shows a few noticeable abrasions and color spots, but collectors prize this issue in all degrees of preservation.(#7226)

Key 1893-s Morgan Dollar Pleasing VF30 example

4285 1893-s VF30 nGc. cAc. The 1893-S Morgan dollar is an important key that is most often seen in VF grades. The present coin is a pleasing VF30 example, with dark gray and violet patina on the obverse and lighter gray and amber on the reverse. The surfaces are evenly worn, with a scattering of minor abrasions. (#7226)

1893-s Morgan Dollar, XF Details Low-Mintage Key

4287 1893-s XF45 PcGs. Whispers of soft reddish-gold patination make occasional visits to the margins of this Choice XF key date representative. Semibright surfaces display traces of luster in the recessed areas and reveal just a few minute marks that would be expected of a coin that experienced some circulation. The design elements exhibit strong definition, even after accounting for wear on the high points. The grade of the present offering is higher than that of the majority of known pieces, which is Very Fine. David Bowers offers an explanation for this: I can envision a scenario in which, sometime after 1925, tens of thousands were turned loose in circulation in the Rocky Mountain states, routinely used, and not numismatically noticed. This would neatly explain the VF concentration. (#7226)

4286 1893-s improperly cleaned nGc Details. XF. The centers of this still-desirable key date have an unnaturally bright, polished appearance, while the borders are a darkly toned dovegray color. All important design detail remains intact, with just the feathers on the eagles breast and some of Libertys hair worn smooth. Collectors prize examples of the 1893-S in all degrees of preservation. (#7226)

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1893-s Morgan Dollar, AU53 ideal substitute for Mint state Key

choice AU 1893-s Morgan Dollar With Plentiful Luster Remaining

4288 1893-s AU53 nGc. The 1893-S Morgan dollar boasts a serieslow mintage of 100,000 pieces, and the issue circulated heavily in the regional economy. Most examples seen grade no better than VF, and attractive AU53 examples, like the present coin, are seldom encountered. This specimen shows just a touch of wear on the high points of the design and a scattering of insignificant handling marks. The surfaces retain a significant portion of their original mint luster, with accents of green, blue, and silver-gray toning. This coin would be a welcome addition to an otherwise Mint State collection of Morgan dollars. Census: 41 in 53, 62 finer (12/11). (#7226)

4289 1893-s AU55 PcGs. cAc. The 1893-S Morgan dollar needs no introduction to the hordes of series fans; if anything, the Morgan dollar series is gaining in popularity. If one counts the gold pieces, the various silver dollar issues, and the base metal types separately, the U.S. Mint has tried nearly a dozen times in its history to establish a circulating dollar coinage, with success that was middling, at best. The recent Mint misadventures with Presidential dollars should add further fuel to a brightly burning blaze. While the lack of interest in Morgan dollars at the time they were produced was responsible for the hundreds of thousands of high-Mint State examples surviving today, some issues such as the 1893-S did see circulation. Today the average certified survivor is VF20 to VF25; Choice AU examples such as this coin see plentiful demand to fill empty holes in sets that are otherwise largely Mint State. Significant luster remains on each side of this piece, although it is thinned out somewhat in the fields. The surfaces are light gray overall, with darker color outlining the devices. A few parallel diagonal scuffs appear in the middle of Libertys cheek. A nice example for a fine Morgan dollar set. Population: 25 in 55, 45 finer (1/12). (#7226) 4290 1894 Genuine PcGs. The PCGS number ending in .92 suggests Cleaning as the reason, or perhaps one of the reasons, that PCGS deemed this coin not gradable. In our opinion, this coin has the details of an Uncirculated specimen that has been lightly cleaned. This low mintage silver dollar has good luster and only a hint of almond-gold toning. Nicely struck and only lightly abraded save for a mark on the eagles breast.(#7228) 4291 1894 Genuine PcGs. The PCGS number ending in .92 suggests Cleaning as the reason, or perhaps one of the reasons, that PCGS deemed this coin not gradable. In our opinion, this coin has the details of an AU specimen that has been cleaned. This low-mintage silver dollar is untoned and subdued from dipping, but is essentially unabraded and has only a trace of wear at the centers.
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4292 1894 Good 6 PcGs. Morgan dollar collectors treasure any example of the low-mintage 1894 Philadelphia issue, regardless of grade, and this piece will make a nice addition to a circulated collection of those coins. Both sides have dark gray and ebony toning with lighter pewter devices. A few small surface marks and rim nicks are noted on each side.(#7228) 4293 1894 VF20 PcGs. An appealing midrange representative of this low-mintage Philadelphia issue. The obverse has gold-to-gray toning, while the reverse has shades of blue and green through the fields.(#7228) 4294 1894 VF30 PcGs. A pleasing midrange example of this important key date, this evenly worn specimen retains some traces of mint luster, with light gold and bluish-gray patina. Only minor contact marks are evident.(#7228) 4295 1894 VF35 nGc. A Choice VF example of this low-mintage date, with mingled powder-blue and champagne-gold toning and only minor abrasions. A few minor rim bruises are also evident. (#7228) 4296 1894 AU53 nGc. Light green-to-gold overtones cross otherwise silver surfaces with partial remaining luster. Wear is mostly on the high points. A number of wispy abrasions combine to account for the grade.(#7228) 4297 1894 AU55 PcGs. This low-mintage key date is well-detailed and lustrous, with smooth surfaces that show only a few signs of circulation. A few hairline scratches on the obverse do little to diminish this coins appeal.(#7228) 4298 1894 AU58 PcGs. Gold-orange patina of varying intensity appears at the borders of this near-Mint representative. Libertys portrait has a few long abrasions but only trifling rub. Strong luster for this issue of 110,000 business strikes.(#7228)

4300 1894-s Ms62 PcGs. A sharply detailed MS62 Morgan dollar, with lustrous surfaces that show some areas of prooflike reflectivity on the reverse. A scattering of minor handling marks on both sides explains the grade.(#7232) 4301 1894-s Ms62+ PcGs. cAc. Medium russet and steel-gray toning embraces this lustrous and nicely struck better date dollar. Faint marks on the cheek preclude a higher numerical assessment. (#7232) 4302 1895-o AU50 nGc. Orange-tinged luster dominates the borders. The fields are ice-blue. Briefly circulated and moderately abraded. The key date among the New Orleans Morgans. Housed in a former generation holder. Ex: Superior, 5/1995, lot 3027.(#7236) 4303 1895-o AU53 PcGs. Lightly rubbed on the high points but with considerable detail remaining in the low zones and pale silver luster in the fields. A dot of violet-gray toning stands out between the I and B of PLURIBUS.(#7236) 4304 1895-o AU55 nGc. The slightest trace of wear is evident on the high points of this Choice AU Morgan dollar. The design elements are sharply detailed and the surfaces retain much original mint luster.(#7236)

1895-o Morgan Dollar, Unc Details still-Lustrous Better Date

choice 1894 Morgan Dollar sharply Detailed Key Date


4305 1895-o obverse improperly cleaned nGc Details. Unc. The 1895-O Morgan dollar is a low-mintage date and high-grade examples are quite elusive. This well-detailed specimen displays just a touch of softness on the hair above the ear and the eagles breast. The pleasing surfaces are lustrous on both sides, but the obverse has been slightly dimmed by the noted cleaning. Only a few minor contact marks are present.

4299 1894 Ms64 nGc. The 1894 is a key date among business strike Morgan dollars and in great demand in all grades. Wisps of light purple cling to the obverse margin, while slightly deeper reddishgold gravitates to the reverse periphery. The hair over Libertys ear exhibits strong definition, as do the eagles breast feathers. A few minute marks preclude Gem status. NGC has graded only four pieces finer (1/12). (#7228)

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1895-o silver Dollar, Ms60 Famous condition Rarity

1895-s Morgan Dollar, Ms64 Low-Mintage s-Mint issue

4311 1895-s Ms64 PcGs. The 1895-S is known for excessive bagmarks, but this attractive Choice specimen shows only a few minor contact marks. The pleasing surfaces display highlights of golden-tan toning, with vibrant mint luster that borders on prooflike reflectivity in some areas. The design elements are sharply rendered throughout. (#7238)

1895-s Morgan Dollar, Ms64+ Few Bagmarks, Variegated toning

4306 1895-o Ms60 PcGs. Advanced Morgan dollar specialists will pursue this 1895-O silver dollar that is housed in a green-label PCGS holder. Known as one of the great condition rarities in the series, the 1895-O had a limited mintage of 450,000 coins, and most or possibly all of those coins entered circulation at the time of issue. Mint State survivors, regardless of numeric grade, are among the most desirable pieces in the popular series. This specimen has light gold toning that deepens slightly along the reverse border. Although weak in the usual locations, the strike is above-average, and trivial surface marks are insignificant. (#7236) 4307 1895-s Genuine PcGs. The PCGS number ending in .92 suggests Cleaning as the reason, or perhaps one of the reasons, that PCGS deemed this coin not gradable. In our opinion, this coin has the details of an AU specimen that has been cleaned and lightly scratched. The faint hairlines on this untoned better date dollar are difficult to detect. The partial mint luster appears undiminished in intensity, and the hair-thin pinscratch on the portrait will be missed by many observers.(#7238) 4308 1895-s XF40 nGc. Surprisingly lustrous for an XF40 example. Golden overtones grace pale gray surfaces that show scattered marks, including a line of reeding abrasions just off the reverse arrows.(#7238) 4309 1895-s XF40 nGc. Medium-gray color overall with partial golden overtones and faint glimmers of luminosity. Lightly abraded with a few reed marks in a line just to the left of the eagles head. (#7238) 4310 1895-s XF45 PcGs. This lightly worn Choice XF specimen retains much of its original detail and traces of mint luster. The lightly abraded surfaces show pleasing gray, gold and amber highlights.(#7238)

4312 1895-s Ms64+ nGc. cAc. The San Francisco Mint struck only 400,000 Morgan silver dollars in 1895, and the portion of this mintage that was not released into circulation was roughly handled in storage. Most Mint State survivors are heavily bagmarked, and few examples grade higher than MS63. The present coin is a highend Choice example that shows few signs of contact. The design elements are well-detailed, with just a touch of softness on the hair strands above Libertys ear. Attractive shades of rose, gold, and blue patina visit the surfaces of both sides, with most of the color on the obverse. Census: 1 in 64+, 14 finer (12/11). (#7238)

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4313 1896-o Ms62 PcGs. Peach-toned at parts of the margins with blue accents nearby and silvery interiors. Broadly lustrous with average central detail and a handful of moderate-depth long marks on the cheek to define the grade.(#7242) 4314 1896-o Ms62 nGc. Sharply detailed for a New Orleans issue, this impressive Select Morgan dollar displays lightly marked surfaces, with vibrant mint luster and excellent eye appeal. (#7242) 4315 1896-s AU58 PcGs. VAM-5. A Hot 50 Variety. The mintmark is clearly repunched northeast. The variety is undesignated on the holder. Mostly lustrous and virtually brilliant with a minimally abraded appearance. The centers show moderate inexactness of strike.(#7244)

superb Gem 1900 Morgan Dollar none certified Finer at PcGs

near-Gem 1896-s silver Dollar

4322 1900 Ms67 PcGs. A magnificent Superb Gem Morgan dollar from the turn of the century, this delightful specimen features virtually pristine brilliant surfaces, with vibrant cartwheel mint luster. The design elements are sharply defined in most areas, but the hair above the ear shows just a touch of softness. Population: 19 in 67, 0 finer (1/12). (#7264) 4323 1900-s Ms65 nGc. cAc. Slender arcs of autumn-gold and sea-green are limited to the peripheries of this lustrous Gem. The obverse is especially free from marks. Conditionally scarce and perhaps presently underappreciated. Encapsulated in a prior generation holder.(#7270)

4316 1896-s Ms64 PcGs. cAc. VAM-2, R.4. The 6 is lightly repunched north. Dappled caramel-gold toning enriches the obverse, but the reverse has only a hint of tan patina. A lustrous example of this much better San Francisco issue. The centers are lightly brought up, and the cheek and reverse field display delicate grazes. (#7244) 4317 1897 Ms66+ PcGs. cAc. A lovely Premium Gem, this piece has frosty silver luster with fully brilliant, untoned surfaces. The strike is bold and the eye appeal is exceptional. Population: 6 in 66+, 15 finer (1/12).(#7246) 4318 1898 Ms66+ PcGs. cAc. Great detail for this later Philadelphia issue and remarkable surface quality. Silver-gray surfaces have light but distinct patina that has pale blue and peach tints. Population: 23 in 66+, 31 finer (1/12).(#7252)

4324 1901-s Ms64 PcGs. This attractive Choice Morgan dollar displays vibrant mint luster and sharply detailed design elements, with outstanding eye appeal. The surfaces show only minor contact marks and a trace of light gold toning.(#7276) 4325 1901-s Ms64 PcGs. cAc. Dazzling cartwheel luster enhances the eye appeal of this delicately toned near-Gem. Faintly greengold surfaces show a scattering of minor marks but retain broad eye appeal.(#7276)

superb Gem 1902 Morgan Dollar Among the Finest Graded

1898 Morgan Dollar, Ms67 Among the Finest certified examples

4326 1902 Ms67 nGc. A magnificent Superb Gem Morgan dollar, with fully struck design elements and virtually pristine fields. This spectacular coin is mostly brilliant on the obverse, but the reverse is dramatically toned in shades of champagne-gold and violet, with vibrant mint luster and outstanding eye appeal. Census: 15 in 67, 0 finer (12/11). (#7278) 4319 1898 Ms67 PcGs. This magnificent Superb Gem displays razor-sharp definition on all design elements, including the hair above the ear and the eagles breast, with vibrant mint luster and exceptional eye appeal. The creamy white surfaces are free of mentionable distractions. Population: 31 in 67, 0 finer (1/12). (#7252) 4320 1898 Ms66 Deep Mirror Prooflike nGc. The sharply detailed devices of this impressive Premium Gem display a rich coat of mint frost that contrasts dramatically with the reflective surfaces. Census: 4 in 66 Deep Mirror Prooflike, 0 finer (12/11).(#97253) 4321 1898-s Ms64 Prooflike nGc. Slight central weakness is evident on this attractive near-Gem dollar. Both sides are fully brilliant with mirrored fields and satin devices that impart excellent contrast. A touch of champagne toning appears on the reverse. Census: 23 in 64 Prooflike, 7 finer (12/11).(#7257)
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choice 1902 Morgan Dollar elusive Prooflike example

1903-s Morgan Dollar, Ms64+ elusive Date in Higher Grades

4327 1902 Ms64 Prooflike nGc. cAc. Like most Prooflike examples of the 1902 Morgan dollar, this coin is not deeply contrasted. The design elements are sharply detailed, but not heavily frosted, and the surfaces are moderately reflective, with a few hints of champagne-gold toning. Census: 39 in 64 Prooflike, 18 finer (12/11). (#7279)

4330 1903-s Ms64+ PcGs. cAc. This high-end Choice Morgan dollar possesses terrific eye appeal, with sharply detailed design elements and vibrant mint luster. The surfaces are brilliant, and only the most insignificant contact marks can be detected. The 1903-S is a scarce date in any finer grade. (#7288) 4331 1904-o Ms67 nGc. Fabulous luster is subtly frosted. Silver interiors are all but surrounded by bands of toning, mainly yellow but shifting into orange and even violet at the upper right. A Superb Gem with eye appeal in spades.(#7292)

1902-s Morgan Dollar, Ms65 swirling cartwheel Luster

1904-s Morgan Dollar, Ms65 Attractive Better Date

4328 1902-s Ms65 PcGs. cAc. Swirling cartwheel luster envelops both sides of this lovely Gem 1902-S, an issue seldom seen in finer grades. The silver-white obverse is devoid of perceptible color, while the reverse shows light pinkish-gold patina. There are few visible abrasions. PCGS has certified only 35 submissions numerically finer (1/12). (#7282)

1903 silver Dollar, Ms67 only two Finer certified

4332 1904-s Ms65 PcGs. The 1904-S Morgan dollar is definitely a better date in the series, especially in high grade. This sharply detailed Gem displays vibrant mint luster and brilliant surfaces that yield to shades of champagne-gold and purple at the peripheries. Currently, PCGS has graded only 12 coins in higher numeric grades (1/12). (#7294) 4333 1921 Ms66 PcGs. cAc. Medium olive-gold and powder-blue toning evenly endows this lustrous and exceptionally preserved Premium Gem. The strike is close to full, incomplete only on the leaves above ONE.(#7296)

1921 Deep Mirror Prooflike Ms65 Morgan Brilliant throughout, tied for Finest certified

4329 1903 Ms67 nGc. This precisely struck Superb Gem has dazzling luster. The borders display a narrow band of autumn-gold patina, but the fields and devices remain brilliant. A well preserved silver dollar that is virtually unobtainable any finer. Census: 89 in 67, 2 finer (12/11). (#7284)

4334 1921 Ms65 Deep Mirror Prooflike nGc. For an issue with more than 44 million pieces struck, and one that could be found in circulation as late as the early 1960s, the 1921 Morgan is remarkably elusive in MS66 condition and with deeply mirrored fields. Only seven pieces have been so graded by both of the major services and none are finer (12/11). This is an all-brilliant example that displays remarkable depth of reflectivity in the fields and modest frosted contrast over the devices. A couple of shallow Mintmade planchet flakes are noted in the left obverse field, and a short abrasion is also located in the same area. (#97297)
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4335 1921-D Ms66+ PcGs. cAc. Golden-brown dominates, although the borders are ocean-blue and fire-red. Lustrous and crisply struck with beautifully unabraded fields. The 1921-D is common in typical Mint State but is surprisingly rare above MS66. Population: 3 in 66+, 5 finer (12/11).(#7298) 4336 1921-D Ms64 Prooflike nGc. The 1921-D is plentiful in Mint State but only a tiny percentage of examples possess prooflike fields. This attractively toned example is lightly abraded and suitably struck. Golden-brown, sea-green, and powder-blue toning illuminates the margins. Certified in a former generation holder. (#7299) 4337 1921-s Ms65 PcGs. A large mintage of Morgan dollars occurred at three different mints in 1921, following an intermission since 1904. Examples of the San Francisco issue are plentiful in grades through MS65 but rarely seen finer. This piece has brilliant surfaces with frosty luster and no evidence of toning on either side. PCGS has only certified 26 finer pieces (1/12).(#7300) 4338 1921-s Ms65 PcGs. An impressive Gem with satiny silver luster, this piece is fully brilliant and untoned. Plentiful at this grade level, the 1921-S is rarely seen finer with only 26 better examples certified by PCGS (1/12).(#7300)

Gem Proof 1879 Morgan Dollar Rare With cameo contrast

4341 1879 PR65 cameo nGc. A generous mintage of 1,100 proof Morgan dollars was achieved in 1879, but the issue is seldom seen with strong Cameo contrast. This remarkable Gem displays startling black-on-white flash when the coin is tilted in the light, with sharply detailed frosty design elements and deeply mirrored fields. Traces of powder-blue and golden-gray patina visit the virtually pristine surfaces. Census: 9 in 65 Cameo, 33 finer (12/11). (#87314)

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1879 Morgan Dollar, PR64 Lightly toned example

colorful 1881 Morgan Dollar, PR66

4339 1879 PR64 PcGs. A generous proof mintage of 1,100 Morgan dollars was achieved in 1879. This attractive Choice example offers well-detailed devices, with a little softness on the hair above the ear. The fields are lightly toned in shades of champagne-gold and powder-blue, with slightly hazy reflectivity. Housed in a green label holder. Population: 83 in 64, 34 finer (1/12). (#7314)

4342 1881 PR66 nGc. This Premium Gem has gleaming mirrors beneath rich crazy-quilt patina. The obverse has subtle shifts between gold, green, and blue shadings, while the reverse has more overt turquoise, cobalt, magenta, and gold-orange elements. Sharply struck and gorgeous. Census: 22 in 66, 16 finer (12/11). (#7316)

Bold 1883 Morgan Dollar, PR65

1879 Morgan Dollar, PR64+ Richly toned, Upper-end example

4343 1883 PR65 nGc. A boldly struck Gem proof that has delicate gold toning, particularly near the borders. A strong loupe is required to locate the few trivial hairlines. The eagle and wreath are nicely frosted, and the portrait also exhibits mild contrast with the glassy field. Census: 54 in 65, 37 finer (12/11). (#7318) 4340 1879 PR64+ PcGs. cAc. The 1879 proof Morgan dollar enjoyed a generous mintage of 1,100 pieces, but high-grade examples are scarce in todays market. The present coin is a high-end Choice specimen, with bold devices and mirrored fields that display dark green and violet toning. Population: 1 in 64+, 34 finer (1/12). (#7314)

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select Proof 1883 Morgan Dollar impressive cameo contrast

1887 Morgan Dollar, PR65 cameo only two Finer PcGs cameo Proofs

4344 1883 PR63 cameo nGc. The 1883 proof Morgan dollar claims a generous mintage of 1,039 pieces. Many examples, including the coin offered here, are sharply detailed, with attractive Cameo contrast. This coin also exhibits deeply reflective fields that are tinged with golden-brown and violet patina. Census: 2 in 63 Cameo, 30 finer (12/11). (#87318)

4347 1887 PR65 cameo nGc. This impressive Gem Cameo proof has deeply mirrored fields and satiny white devices with no evidence of toning on either side. The surfaces are nearly flawless, showing only a few faint hairlines. An impressive example and rarely seen finer. Census: 10 in 65 Cameo, 18 finer (12/11). (#87322)

1884 Morgan Dollar, PR65 cameo only six Finer cameo coins at PcGs

near-Gem cameo Proof 1888 Morgan

4345 1884 PR65 cameo PcGs. The design elements of this spectacular Gem proof Morgan dollar display razor-sharp definition throughout, with rich mint frost that contrasts dramatically with the deeply mirrored fields. The surfaces are mostly brilliant, but highlights of champagne-gold, tan, and violet toning are evident at the peripheries. Population: 4 in 65 Cameo, 6 finer (1/12). (#87319)

4348 1888 PR64 cameo PcGs. VAM-25. The date is sharply repunched, usual for proofs of this date, although Breen describes the variety as very rare in his 1988 Encyclopedia. The 1888 is elusive with cameo surfaces. This piece shows undeniable field to device contrast on each side despite light orange-gold toning that deepens near the margins. Lightly hairlined. Population: 18 in 64 Cameo, 8 finer (1/12). (#87323)

1884 PR67 cameo Morgan Dollar Deeply Mirrored, Richly toned

4346 1884 PR67 cameo nGc. There were 875 proofs struck in 1884, one of the better produced dates from the 1880s and a popular choice for type purposes. This cameo example has remarkably deep mirrors with strongly contrasting mint frost over the devices. This contrast is especially surprising given the depth of the golden-rose toning over each side. Essentially flawless surfaces. Census: 7 in 67 Cameo, 1 finer (12/11). (#87319)

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PR67 cameo 1890 silver Dollar impeccable strike and surfaces

4351 1894 Rim Filing nGc Details. Proof AU. Fully mirrored light gray surfaces show only slight evidence of rim filing on each side. An important collecting opportunity, given the rarity of circulation strikes.(#7329) 4352 1894 stained nGc Details. Proof. This key date silver dollar lacks any indication of wear and has only a few tiny contact marks. Delicate caramel-gold toning fills the borders. A translucent film reduces the field reflectivity.(#7329)

colorful superb Gem Proof 1894 Dollar

4349 1890 PR67 cameo PcGs. We have made the point before that, even though Heritage is privileged to usually offer a good selection, any Gem proof Morgan dollar is a rarity, with only a few hundred examples of all dates certified in PR65 each at PCGS and NGC. The certified populations, of course, thin markedly above that grade. This PR67 Cameo 1890 Morgan dollar is one of only four such pieces certified at PCGS, with a single PR68 Cameo finer (1/12). The surfaces are brilliant silver-white, sharply contrasted and deeply mirrored, and the strike is impeccable throughout. Collectors seeking an optimal piece for type purposes would do well to give this coin a long, hard look. (#87325)

1893 silver Dollar, PR66 cameo only Five Finer nGc cameo Proofs

4353 1894 PR67 nGc. The 1894 proof Morgan dollar boasts a mintage of just 972 pieces, and the corresponding low-mintage business strike of the date (just 110,000 pieces produced) puts added pressure on high-end representatives. PR67 examples are condition rarities, and for the non-Cameo category, NGC has graded just 11 numerically superior specimens (12/11). This Superb Gem specimen features a razor-sharp strike and iridescent toning, lavender and blue-green with additional golden elements. Brightly reflective fields shine through the patina, and the eye appeal is outstanding. (#7329)

4350 1893 PR66 cameo nGc. Pleasing contrast appears on both sides of this Premium Gem Cameo proof, with brilliant silver surfaces and hints of champagne toning. A popular issue with proofs in demand due to the rarity of business strikes from all four mints. Census: 10 in 66 Cameo, 5 finer (12/11). (#87328)

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Remarkable 1896 PR67 Morgan Dollar With cAc Gold Label

Gem Proof 1900 Morgan Dollar sharply Detailed, Frosted Devices

4356 1900 PR65 PcGs. cAc Gold Label. Housed in a green label holder. Although not designated as a Cameo, this impressive Gem shows definite elements of contrast between the richly frosted devices and the deeply mirrored fields. The design elements are sharply rendered, and a dark color spot on Libertys jaw is the only mark of note. This coin has been certified with the prestigious CAC gold bean. Population: 22 in 65, 13 finer (1/12). (#7335)

1900 Morgan Dollar, PR65 elusive cameo example

4354 1896 PR67 nGc. cAc Gold Label. The proof silver coins of 1896 and 1898 are particularly noteworthy for their near-flawless production values, at least on the high-grade pieces that Heritage is privileged to offer with some regularity (please see other highgrade silver proof coins dated both 1896 and 1898 that dot this auction). This piece is offered with the CAC Gold Label, clearly one of the finest few. The surfaces are impeccable, nearly brilliant with the slightest trace of light peripheral color. This piece lacks the Cameo designation but it clearly shows field-device contrast on each side. As expected on such a remarkable coin, no contact marks are discernible. Census: 16 in 67, 6 finer. CAC Population: 3 in 67, 0 finer (1/12). From The Aspen Collection of Proof Coinage. (#7331)

4357 1900 PR65 cameo nGc. A generous total of 912 proof Morgan dollars was struck in 1900, but only a small percentage of survivors show the coveted Cameo contrast. This spectacular Gem features fully struck, frosty design elements that provide dramatic contrast with the deeply mirrored fields. A few hints of pale gold toning adds to the considerable eye appeal. Census: 14 in 65 Cameo, 31 finer (12/11). (#87335)

Fully Patinated 1901 silver Dollar, PR66

1897 silver Dollar, PR66 Low 731-coin Proof Mintage


4358 1901 PR66 nGc. VAM-4. This deeply toned high grade proof exhibits dramatic ocean-blue, plum-red, and olive-green colors when it is rotated beneath a light. The reverse is die doubled, strongest on ONE DOLLAR, a diagnostic for the proof issue of this conditionally challenging Philadelphia date. A scant 813 proofs were issued. (#7336)

4355 1897 PR66 nGc. Deep apple-green, rose, powder-blue, and gold patina envelops this exactingly struck and flashy Premium Gem. A scant 731 proofs were struck, a total of 149 pieces fewer than the famous 1895. A prize for the connoisseur of toned silver proof type coins. Census: 24 in 66, 18 finer (12/11). (#7332)
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Magnificent PR68 1901 Morgan Dollar

Proof near-Gem 1904 silver Dollar

4361 1904 PR64 nGc. cAc. Rich golden-brown and cherry-red dominate the centers. The peripheries are navy-blue and applegreen. The surfaces appear unperturbed beneath the vibrant colors. The strike is good despite slight inexactness at the centers. Encapsulated in a plain insert pre-hologram holder, likely from the first year of NGC certification. (#7339)

choice Zerbe Proof 1921 Morgan Fully struck, Mark-Free

4359 1901 PR68 nGc. The five finest certified 1901 Morgan dollars are all in NGCs Census Report, two Cameo and three non-Cameo (1/12). While the present PR68 example is too richly toned to qualify for a designation, glimpses of its past contrast are plain in areas where the patina is lighter, such as the pale blue zone around the eagles talons and tailfeathers. Thicker blue, violet, and greengold shadings embrace most of each side, but while many specimens would conceal hairlines or other blemishes under the patina, this coin shows virtually none, even under magnification. A grand coin with bold beauty. (#7336)

4362 1921 Zerbe sP64 PcGs secure. Numismatic lore has it that the Zerbe strikes were made by the Mint to placate Farran Zerbe, at the time a leading ANA member, after the release of the new Peace dollar was delayed. The present specimen is fully struck, down to the smallest detail of the wreath. Also significant, no bagmarks are present on either side. The fields display moderate reflectivity, particularly on the reverse, and possess medium lilac-gray and chestnut-gold toning. A few hair-thin marks are noted beneath the wreath stem. (#7341)

PeAce DoLLARs
4363 1921 Ms65 PcGs. Distinctly gold-gray, a pale and beautifully lustrous Gem from the first year of the Peace dollar design. Softly struck in the centers, as usually seen, but appealing nonetheless. (#7356)

1901 PR63 cameo Morgan Dollar Deeply toned

Gem 1921 Peace Dollar Line through L, VAM-3, top 50

4360 1901 PR63 cameo nGc. Moderately deep sky-blue and reddishgold toning in the fields of this Select proof further accentuate the Cameo contrast with the satiny champagne-colored motifs, and a solid strike delivers strong definition to the design elements. A few faint handling marks prevent a higher numerical grade. Because of the scarcity of high-grade business strike 1901 Morgan dollars, many collectors choose to acquire a proof representative of that issue. (#87336)

4364 1921 Ms65 PcGs. VAM-3. A Top 50 Variety. The rare Line Through L variety. A mint worker strengthened the rays near DOLLAR on the working die and inadvertently caused a ray to overlap the first L. The present satiny Gem is softly struck at the centers, as usual for this high relief date, but is nicely preserved beneath rich caramel-gold and powder-blue toning. Great eye appeal. Population: 9 in 65, 0 finer (2/11). (#7356)

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4365 1921 Ms65 PcGs. Delicate powder-blue and caramel-gold toning visits this lustrous and carefully preserved Gem. The centers are not fully brought up but show greater definition than is customary for this high relief date. Encapsulated in an old green label holder. Ex: Heritage (12/2003), lot 13547, which realized $1,782.50. (#7356) 4366 1921 Ms65 PcGs. cAc. Softly struck, as usually seen on this first-year issue, but a frosty delight in all other respects. Surfaces are partly toned green-gold and clearly of Gem quality. (#7356)

4372 1923 Ms66+ nGc. cAc. A virtually stone-white high grade representative of this popular crown-sized silver type. Sharply struck with potent luster and only minor marks.(#7360) 4373 1923-s Ms64+ nGc. Subtle champagne toning appears on both sides of this lovely near-Gem. The frosty surfaces shine with brilliant silver luster. Sharply detailed with excellent eye appeal. (#7362)

1923-s Peace Dollar, Ms65 only three Finer at PcGs

1921 High Relief Peace Dollar, Ms66 splendid Mint Luster

4367 1921 Ms66 PcGs. Faint traces of apricot-gold patina rests on highly lustrous, well-preserved surfaces. The centers are not fully developed, as is usual for this high relief issue, but the remaining design elements have sharp definition. An important issue, not only for its low mintage of just over 1 million pieces, but as the first year of the type. It is the only collectible date that has high relief, which some regard as a separate type. Ex: FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2003), lot 8307; Summer FUN Signature (Heritage, 7/2007), lot 1822. (#7356) 4368 1922 Ms63 nGc. Both sides are patinated in rich, comprehensive, and concentric shades of autumn-gold, rose-red, and applegreen. Crisply struck and coruscating with minimal marks for the designated grade.(#7357)

4374 1923-s Ms65 PcGs. Both sides of this satin Gem have brilliant silver luster beneath champagne toning with deeper gold near the borders. This lovely piece represents the highest attainable grade for most collectors. Only four finer pieces have been certified by PCGS and NGC combined (1/12). (#7362)

Gem 1923-s Peace Dollar conditionally Rare any Finer

1922 Ms67 Peace Dollar exceptional surfaces


4375 1923-s Ms65 nGc. The 1923-S Peace dollar was produced in large numbers, but the issue is a prime condition rarity in grades above MS65. This spectacular Gem offers sharply detailed design elements, smooth brilliant surfaces, and vibrant mint luster, with outstanding eye appeal. Census: 78 in 65, 1 finer (12/11). (#7362)

1924-s Peace Dollar, Ms65 only Five Finer at PcGs


4369 1922 Ms67 PcGs. A simply extraordinary Peace dollar, the surfaces are bathed in swirling mint frost that complements the needle sharp striking detail. A few trivial water marks are noted on both sides, but these features are not uncommon for many issues in this series. In terms of distracting abrasions, the surfaces are clean, and the aesthetic appeal, to say nothing of the technical quality, is sure to attract significant bidder attention. Population: 21 in 67, 0 finer (1/12). Ex: Philadelphia 2000 (Heritage, 8/2000), lot 640; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2001), lot 7686. (#7357) 4370 1922 extra Hair Ms65 nGc. VAM-2c. Fs-002c. A Top 50 Variety. This Gem is from an EDS of the well known die break but nonetheless exhibits a long, broad arc of raised metal over Libertys hair. Lustrous with a good strike and light straw-gold and pearl-gray toning.(#133738) 4371 1922-s Ms64 PcGs. B2 reverse. One of many VAMs with a prominent shoulder spike clash mark on the eagle. Light caramel-gray toning visits this lustrous and attractive near-Gem. (#7359) 4376 1924-s Ms65 PcGs. An amazing Gem with exceptional eye appeal, this conditionally rare Peace dollar has a sharp strike with frosty silver luster and subtle champagne toning on the obverse. The reverse is fully brilliant and with no toning. Population: 71 in 65, 5 finer (1/12). (#7364) 4377 1925-s Ms64 PcGs. Silver-white luster is subtly frosted, an aspect most visible in its contrast with a brilliant streak just to the left of the R in LIBERTY. A single prominent dot of claret toning overlaps the first A in AMERICA.(#7366)

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4378 1926-D Ms65 PcGs. Delicate almond-gold patina adorns this lustrous and sharply struck Gem. Beautifully preserved and highly attractive. Encapsulated in a first generation holder. (#7368) 4379 1927 Ms65 PcGs. Well-defined with broad silver luster and touches of sage and gold along parts of the borders. Tiny luster breaks are scattered across the obverse but consistent with the Gem grade. PCGS has certified just seven coins as MS66 or better (1/12). (#7370) 4380 1927 Ms65 nGc. Better-defined than often seen with bright silver-white surfaces that are brilliant on the obverse and more frosty on the reverse. Minimally abraded overall, though a rim nick above the first A in AMERICA contributes to the grade. (#7370) 4381 1927-s Ms64+ PcGs. cAc. Light chestnut-gold and forestgreen toning is confined to the borders of this lustrous and minimally abraded near-Gem. The strike is good despite some softness at the centers. The rays are strengthened on the working die near the O in DOLLAR. Population: 52 in 64+, 65 finer (12/11).(#7372)

Gem 1928-s Peace Dollar Well-Detailed, Lustrous specimen

1927-s Peace Dollar, Ms65 Vibrant Luster, sharply struck

4382 1927-s Ms65 PcGs. cAc. The 1927-S Peace dollar claims a low mintage of 866,000 pieces, the third-lowest production total of the series. This impressive Gem displays unusually vibrant mint luster to complement the sharply detailed design elements. A few die striations are noted in the fields, but only the most insignificant contact marks are present. Population: 63 in 65, 2 finer (1/12). (#7372) 4383 1928 Ms64 PcGs. Frosty silver with strong detail. This keydate Peace dollar has few abrasions on the obverse, though the reverse shows reed marks just off the E in E PLURIBUS UNUM and another line of the same at the right side of the folded wings. (#7373) 4384 1928 Ms64 nGc. cAc. A crisply struck and highly lustrous near-Gem of this lowest mintage issue. Dappled tan-gold toning clings to the margins but the centers are close to brilliant. Marks are noted beneath the tiara and between the RV in TRVST. Housed in a former generation holder.(#7373) 4385 1928-s Ms64 PcGs. Housed in a green-label PCGS holder, this Choice Mint State piece is attractively toned with speckled gold over fully lustrous silver surfaces.(#7374) 4386 1928-s Ms64+ PcGs. cAc. WE TRUST is die doubled, one of several 1928-S VAMs to exhibit this characteristic. A stonewhite near-Gem with vibrant luster and smooth surfaces. Minor inexactness of strike is confined to the centers.(#7374)

4387 1928-s Ms65 PcGs. David Bowers (1993) writes that: Many bags of 1928-S dollars came on the market in the late 1930s and early 1940s. More bags were released in 1949 and 1950 ... . There was little numismatic interest in them, however, as Peace dollars were not a popular series and, in any event, the market was in a slump. Dappled olive-green patination runs over the obverse of this Gem specimen, while the reverse is essentially color free. The surfaces are somewhat satiny, and display pleasing luster. While most examples of this date are poorly struck, this piece exhibits generally well defined design features, including in the usually weak center areas. A few minute reverse marks do not subtract from the coins appeal. Population: 46 in 65, 1 finer (1/12). (#7374)

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Gem 1928-s Peace Dollar High-Grade Key to the series

choice 1934-s Peace Dollar Late-series Key

4390 1934-s Ms64 PcGs. The 1934-S Peace dollar is an elusive key date, with a low mintage and poor survival rate. This attractive Choice example is well-detailed, with lustrous surfaces that display shades of chestnut-gold and ice-blue toning. The fields exhibit only a few insignificant contact marks. (#7377)

choice 1934-s Peace Dollar Better Date

4391 1934-s Ms64 PcGs. cAc. The 1934-S Peace dollar is a lowmintage issue, with a production total of just over 1 million pieces. This impressive Choice example is well-detailed, with a touch of softness on Libertys hair. The surfaces are lustrous, under spotty russet, gold, and amber toning. Only a few trivial contact marks are evident. (#7377) 4388 1928-s Ms65 PcGs. cAc. The 1928-S Peace dollar is one of a handful of S-mint issues also including the 1925-S and 1924-S that are the true keys to the series in Gem or finer, with Peace dollar researcher Roger Burdette pegging the 1928-S at #1 in the MS65 grade and #2 in MS66 (behind the 1925-S). This Gem 1928-S is housed in a PCGS first-generation holder, a nice, original coin. The original mint brilliance is tempered by light, faintly speckled golden-lilac patina that is slightly deeper around the obverse margin. The strike is sharp if not quite full, but certainly better than most examples of this poorly struck issue. Light contact appears on the high point of Libertys cheek, only visible with a loupe because of the toning. Population: 46 in 65, 1 finer (1/12). (#7374)

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4392 1893 isabella Quarter Ms65 nGc. Blue-green and lemongrass hues give life to this gleaming Gem Isabella quarter. Pleasingly detailed with the few grade-defining flaws found mostly in the fields, not on the devices.(#9220)

1893 isabella Quarter, Ms66 conditionally scarce Rare Finer

1934-s silver Dollar, Ms63 Just over 1 Million Minted

4393 1893 isabella Quarter Ms66 PcGs. This lovely Premium Gem has bold design features with satiny luster and reflective fields, all beneath soft gold and pale blue toning over the entire obverse and reverse surfaces. PCGS has only certified 33 finer examples of this issue (1/12). (#9220) 4389 1934-s Ms63 PcGs. This attractive Select Mint State piece has frosty silver luster on both sides with no evidence of toning. The strike is excellent with virtually full hair detail and strong feathers. A few trivial surface marks are noted, mostly on the reverse where a couple long scrapes appear at the upper left, limiting the grade. (#7377)
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1893 isabella Quarter, Ms66 elusive in Finer Grades

1900 Lafayette Dollar, Ms64 Duvall 2-c

4394 1893 isabella Quarter Ms66 PcGs. This boldly defined Premium Gem has frosty luster shining through rich toning. The obverse blends gold, olive, russet, and blue, darkening slightly near the border. The reverse speckled olive-gold and pale lavender toning. PCGS has only certified 33 finer examples (1/12). (#9220) 4395 1900 Lafayette Dollar Ms63 PcGs. DuVall 1-B. Rich goldenbrown and olive-green toning dominates this satiny and intricately struck Select silver dollar. Thorough inspection beneath a loupe reveals an occasional slender mark.(#9222)

4398 1900 Lafayette Dollar Ms64 PcGs. cAc. Duvall 2-c. This variety is best known by its obverse, which has repunching on the second S in STATES. Variety aside, this is simply an attractive near-Gem Lafayette dollar, a species that is far from common. Frosted silver centers yield to gold-influenced fields, and blue-gray toning appears around much of the obverse borders and parts of the reverse. (#9222) 4399 1937 Antietam Ms66 PcGs. This high grade Civil War commemorative offers coruscating luster and a good strike. The pristine surfaces display medium honey-gold toning. Housed in an old green label holder.(#9229) 4400 1937 Antietam Ms66 nGc. The obverse is largely silver-gray with green-gold peripheral elements and dots of crimson, while the reverse has well-defined tab toning in plum. Strongly lustrous with great style.(#9229) 4401 1937 Antietam Ms67 PcGs. The highly lustrous surfaces of this Superb Gem display deep reddish-gold toning on the obverse borders, and cedes to a more extensive spread on the reverse. This is a sharply struck and nicely preserved piece.(#9229)

Patinated choice Lafayette Dollar

4396 1900 Lafayette Dollar Ms64 PcGs. DuVall 2-c. This die pair is noteworthy for repunching on the second S in STATES. Sharply struck and satiny with attractive golden-brown toning on the reverse periphery. The obverse is deeply shaded in plum-mauve, russet, and navy-blue patina. One thin mark is concealed within Washingtons hair. (#9222)

1935 Arkansas Half Dollar, Ms67+ tied For Finest certified at PcGs

satiny 1900 Lafayette Dollar, Ms64

4402 1935 Arkansas Ms67+ PcGs. From a distribution of 13,012 pieces, the 1935 Arkansas half dollar is extremely rare as a highend Superb Gem, and unknown any finer. This spectacular coin is tied with one other piece for the title of Finest Certified at PCGS (1/12). The design elements are sharply detailed and the pristine surfaces are lustrous, with an attractive ring of emerald-green toning on the obverse. (#9233) 4397 1900 Lafayette Dollar Ms64 PcGs. DuVall 1-B. Light to medium almond-gold patina invigorates this satiny and fully struck near-Gem. Marks are virtually absent, and the grade is limited solely by pinpoint flecks on the upper left reverse. The Lafayette type is the only commemorative silver dollar issued prior to 1983. (#9222) 4403 1938-s Arkansas Ms66 PcGs. Whispers of soft bluish-gray and gold patina run over the lustrous surfaces of this well struck Premium Gem. No marks of consequence are visible, an important attribute for the wide-open surfaces on the obverse. Population: 58 in 66, 1 finer (1/12).(#9247) 4404 1939 Arkansas PDs set Ms65 nGc. The satiny trio includes: 1939 Ms65 nGc, well struck and unabraded with medium tangray toning; 1939-D Ms65 nGc, sharply impressed, walnutbrown toning is more noticeable at the margins; and a 1939-s Ms65 nGc cAc, lightly toned aside from a slender obverse peripheral arc of apple-green and rose-red.(Total: 3 coins) (#9252)

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4405 1936 Bridgeport Ms67 nGc. Light blue and gold toning through the middle of the obverse with the second color at the central reverse and deeper, more saturated versions of those hues at parts of the borders. A great Superb Gem with soft and satiny luster that takes on greater life at certain angles to the light.(#9279) 4406 1925-s california Ms66+ PcGs. Strong silver luster with greengold echoes through the upper obverse and a dash of rose at the reverse interior. A well-defined coin with great all-around eye appeal. Population: 10 in 66+, 89 finer (1/12).(#9281) 4407 1936 cincinnati PDs set Ms66 PcGs. Includes the Philadelphia, with a few splashes of orange and red edge toning around a silver base; Denver, cAc green label, gold-orange right rim toning with a plum component at the top; and san Francisco, intermittently patinated in gold-orange arcs and crimson dots along the rims. (Total: 3 coins)(#9286) 4408 1936 columbia PDs set Ms65 and Ms66 nGc. Includes: 1936 Ms65, tab-toned umber and gray on the obverse with a more violet reverse; 1936-D Ms66, similarly toned but with more blending; and 1936-s Ms65, broadly toned with waves of caramel and gold added. Comes with vintage three-coin display card for Columbia commemoratives.(Total: 3 coins)

1922 Grant Half Dollar, Ms64 With star Variety

4412 1922 Grant With star Ms64 PcGs. This attractive Choice Grant half dollar represents the popular variant with a tiny star after the final A in AMERICA. The With Star type claims a small distribution figure of 4,256 pieces. This piece is sharply detailed, with vibrant mint luster and a few hints of gold toning. Housed in a green label holder. (#9307)

superb Gem 1893 columbian Half Dramatic Multicolor toning

1922 Grant Half Dollar, Ms65 With star Variant

4409 1893 columbian Ms67 nGc. This impressively toned Superb Gem has autumn-brown fields and gunmetal-gray devices. The margins display sea-green, honey-gold, and fire-red. Lustrous and boldly struck with uncommonly mark-free surfaces. The portrait of Columbus is strictly speculation, since no bust or painting of the explorer was made during his lifetime. Census: 20 in 67, 9 finer (12/11). (#9297) 4410 Pair of 1936 Delaware Half Dollars Ms66 nGc With Mailing envelope. Both coins have gold-orange peripheral toning with that color extending to the centers on one. The lot comes with a vintage holder for up to five Delaware halves, printed with information on the commemoratives, and a mailing envelope from the commission to a Donald V. Yarborough at an address in Austin, Texas. This Donald Yarborough, not to be confused with several other Texans having similar names, is the younger brother of Ralph Yarborough, the late U.S. Senator.(Total: 2 coins) 4411 1922 Grant With star Ms64 nGc. The surfaces display the usual brightness, a result of the die polishing marks on each side. Light reddish-golden patina darkens slightly around the margins. A pleasing coin for the grade and actually quite close to Gem quality. (#9307)

4413 1922 Grant With star Ms65 nGc. The fields of this brilliant Gem are typical of all known Grant With Star half dollars, exhibiting heavy die polish lines in the fields, imparting a slightly reflective appearance to those fields, especially on the obverse. This brilliant Gem has satin luster with untoned silver surfaces. (#9307)

1928 Hawaiian Half, Ms63

4414 1928 Hawaiian Ms63 PcGs. cAc. The obverse of this Select Mint State piece is essentially brilliant with subtle champagne and gold toning. The reverse has deeper gold and iridescent toning. Just under 10,000 of these half dollars were struck, making the Hawaiian one of the most important issues in the commemorative series. (#9309)

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1928 Hawaiian Half Dollar, Ms65 silver commemorative Key

1921 Missouri Half, Ms66 the 2X4 Variation

4415 1928 Hawaiian Ms65 nGc. The 1928 Hawaiian half dollar is the most sought-after issue of the silver commemorative series. This impressive Gem displays sharply detailed design elements, with vibrant mint luster and accents of greenish-gold and ice-blue toning. From a small distribution total of less than 10,000 pieces. (#9309) 4416 1921 Missouri Ms64 nGc. The lustrous surfaces of this nearGem commemorative display whispers of cobalt-blue and lavender at the obverse margin. A few marks on the left obverse preclude Gem status.(#9330) 4417 1921 Missouri Ms65 PcGs. Decently detailed for a Missouri half, though still soft on the portraits cap and the standing frontiersmans shoulder. Golden toning dominates the obverse and powder-blue the reverse, though both sides show rings of crimson surrounding the interiors.(#9330) 4418 1921 Missouri Ms65 PcGs. The obverse has a silver interior and stark blue-green and russet-tan border toning. The reverse has a more muted and blended appearance. Both sides have strong luster and decent detail for the design.(#9330)

4422 1921 Missouri 2x4 Ms66 PcGs. The variation with 2 [Star] 4 in the left obverse field, identifying Missouri as the 24th state, added substantially to funding for the original celebration. This Premium Gem has a hint of lilac and gold toning over frosty silver luster with few scattered marks. Population: 25 in 66, 0 finer (1/12). (#9331) 4423 1923-s Monroe Ms65 nGc. A beautifully toned example of this conditionally scarce type. The obverse borders display vibrant ocean-blue, golden-brown, and violet-red. The reverse is brilliant aside from glimpses of tan throughout the margin. (#9333) 4424 1923-s Monroe Ms65 PcGs. An important entry in the commemorative series, not because it is a rarity, but because it is seldom seen in Gem or finer grades. This lustrous example has frosty mint brilliance with speckled iridescence.(#9333) 4425 1938 new Rochelle Ms67 PcGs. cAc. This intriguing Superb Gem has bright silver luster on the obverse, with vivid gold and iridescent toning along part of the obverse border. The reverse is entirely toned in blue-gray, sea-green, and gold. PCGS has only certified two finer pieces (1/12).(#9335) 4426 1938 new Rochelle Ms67 Prooflike nGc. Silver-white fields are semireflective with numerous die polishing lines, though a glance at the softly struck midrib on the flower indicates that this is merely a prooflike business strike. Nonetheless, the coin holds great appeal.(#89335) 4427 1936 norfolk Ms68 nGc. Only 16,936 Norfolk commemorative half dollars were distributed in 1936. This magnificent MS68 example displays sharp detail on the intricate design elements, bright luster, and light gold and crimson toning at the margins. Census: 73 in 68, 1 finer (12/11).(#9337) 4428 two 1926 and two 1926-s oregon Half Dollars With Ralph W. Yarborough ephemera. Includes 1926 Ms66, frosty silver on the obverse with a few specks of the lavender-blue that covers the reverse; 1926 Ms65, toned peach, gold, and silver-blue; and two 1926-s Ms64, both dappled peach and blue-gray, one toned more deeply. Comes with cardboard three-coin holder from the Oregon Trail Memorial Association and a General Land Office / Austin, Texas envelope addressed to Mr. R.W. Yarborough; this was future U.S. Senator Ralph W. Yarborough, who was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas from 1931 to 1936 with a specialty in the states land laws.(Total: 4 coins)

1921 Missouri Half Dollar, Ms66 obverse Without 2X4

4419 1921 Missouri Ms66 nGc. Unlike some later issues that include specially requested varieties, the Missouri Plain and 2x4 varieties were completely unexpected, a surprise to the issuing agent. This Premium Gem ranks among the finest known specimens. Ivory surfaces show frosty luster and sharp design motifs, all beneath pale gold, violet, and iridescent toning. Census: 33 in 66, 2 finer (12/11). (#9330) 4420 1921 Missouri 2x4 Ms64 PcGs. Burnt-orange and violet toning in patches at the obverse yields to smaller areas in the reverse margins. Interiors are mostly silver and decently struck aside from the usual softness at cap and shoulder.(#9331) 4421 1921 Missouri 2x4 Ms65 nGc. Tan and violet toning is most prominent at the lower obverse border but appears to a lesser extent along much of the margins. This 2x4 Missouri half is betterdefined than usual with faint shoulder-strap details on the reverse frontiersman.(#9331)

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4429 1926-s oregon Ms67 PcGs. cAc. Blushes of sky-blue, orangegold, and champagne patina adhere to this Superb Gems lustrous surfaces, and a well directed strike imparts strong definition to the design elements. Both sides have been well cared for. (#9341) 4430 1933-D oregon Ms67 PcGs. cAc. Fs-801. The obverse is multiply die doubled, as always for the 33-D Oregon, the sole silver issue of any denomination struck at Denver during that Great Depression year. Nicely struck and satiny with chestnut-gray toning and minor marks near Pennsylvania.(#9343) 4431 1938 oregon PDs set Ms67 nGc. cAc. All three holders possess the CAC bean. The set includes: 1938, well struck, medium cream-gray and chestnut toning; 1938-D, a good strike, splashes of rich autumn-gold patina; and a 1938-s, sharply struck, attractive golden-brown and forest-green peripheral toning.(Total: 3 coins)(#9351) 4432 1938 oregon PDs set Ms67 PcGs. cAc. All three coins have identical grades and each possesses a green CAC seal. The coins are close to immaculate and have similar pastel olive-green and skyblue toning. The Philadelphia half has an ejection shelf on the back of the oxen, the Denver example has a typical strike, and the San Francisco half is well struck.(Total: 3 coins)(#9351) 4433 1939 oregon Ms67+ PcGs. cAc. Boldly toned between silvergray at the upper obverse and interior reverse and gold-orange elsewhere. Excellent detail with great luster under the patina. Population: 1 in 67+, 4 finer (1/12).(#9352) 4434 1936 Rhode island Ms67 nGc. Narrow crescent toning in goldorange and crimson graces the lower-to-right obverse rim and the upper-to-right zone on the peripheral reverse. The remainder of this lustrous Superb Gem is light silver with faint yellow and blue overtones.(#9363) 4435 three-Piece 1936 Robinson Half Dollar set With Mailing envelope Ms65 to Ms66 nGc. The two Ms65 examples are toned through the reverse with gold and violet toning that appears only at the margins of the obverse, while the Ms66 coin is bordertoned exclusively in similar colors. Of great interest is the mailing envelope and a cardboard holder designed to hold up to five Robinson commemoratives; both are branded for Stacks, the longtenured New York firm that was just two years old at the time, and the envelope is addressed to Ralph W. Yarborough / Court House / Austin, Texas. Yarborough, a future U.S. Senator from Texas, was a District Court judge at the time.(Total: 3 coins) 4436 1935-s san Diego Ms67 nGc. Both sides of this wonderful Superb Gem exhibit rich gold and green toning over underlying satiny silver luster. The reverse toning is lighter than the obverse. Census: 84 in 67, 4 finer (12/11).(#9371) 4437 1926 sesquicentennial Ms65 nGc. cAc. This coruscating and well preserved Gem displays dappled lemon-gold and slate toning. The cheek and bell exhibit minor planchet striae typical for the type. The Sesquicentennial is common in typical Mint State but Gems remain elusive, particularly with a CAC seal and attractive original toning. Census: 7 in 65 , 6 finer with a Star designation (12/11).(#9374)

4438 1935 spanish trail Ms64 nGc. Brightly lustrous with pale silver at the interiors and deep blue-violet duskiness at the borders. A reed mark under the TY of LIBERTY contributes to the grade. (#9376) 4439 1935 spanish trail Ms66 nGc. The lustrous, essentially untoned surfaces yield sharply struck design elements. The few minute marks do not infringe on the wide open fields of this pleasing Premium Gem.(#9376) 4440 1935 spanish trail Ms66 PcGs. Subdued gold-orange and russet peripheral tints yield quickly to the medium-gray of the luminous centers. A single reed mark on the cows head contributed to the grade.(#9376) 4441 1925 stone Mountain Ms67 nGc. cAc. A wonderful Superb Gem that is entirely toned on both sides, displaying delicate rose and turquoise over ivory surfaces. NGC has only certified nine finer pieces (1/12).(#9378) 4442 1935 texas PDs set Ms65 and Ms66 nGc With 1940s Yarborough Mailing envelope. Includes: 1935 Ms65, heaviest toning, gold-gray with violet component; 1935-D Ms66, lightest toning, similar colors; and 1935-s, in-between patina, subtle luster. Comes with envelope from Stacks, postmarked March 13, 1949, and mailed to Ralph W. Yarborough in Austin, Texas. Yarborough would win a special election to become a U.S. Senator eight years later.(Total: 3 coins) 4443 1927 Vermont Ms66+ PcGs. cAc. Whispers of deep purple and russet cling to portions of the margins of this high-end Premium Gem commemorative. Lustrous surfaces exhibit well defined design elements and are nicely preserved.(#9401) 4444 1950-D Booker t. Washington Ms67 nGc. Peach overtones enhance otherwise silver-blue surfaces. Softly frosted luster is smooth, and even the typical planchet roughness on the portrait is absent. Census: 15 in 67, 0 finer (12/11).(#9421) 4445 1950-s Booker t. Washington Ms67 nGc. cAc. Only five of the 18 Booker T. Washington issues had mintages greater than 8,000 coins, and the 1950-S is one of the five with a production of 62,091 pieces. However, it is a major rarity at the Superb Gem level, and NGC and PCGS have never certified a finer pieces. This example is mostly brilliant with prooflike surfaces and splashes of pale blue, lavender, and gold toning. Census: 46 in 67, 0 finer (12/11).(#9422) 4446 1951-s Washington-carver Ms67 nGc. A broadly lustrous and softly frosted Superb Gem from the first year of the WashingtonCarver design. Pink-tinged green-gold overtones drape the obverse and the peripheral reverse. Census: 17 in 67, 0 finer (12/11). (#9432)

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Ms67 1952 Washington-carver Half extraordinary concentric toning

coMMeMoRAtiVe GoLD
4450 1903 Louisiana Purchase/Jefferson Ms65 PcGs. Fabulous luster endows the peach-gold surfaces accented with traces of powderblue. This is a sharply defined and marvelously preserved coin. (#7443)

1903 Louisiana Purchase Gold Dollar, Ms67 no coins certified in Higher Grades

4451 1903 Louisiana Purchase/Jefferson Ms67 PcGs. Condition is not usually a consideration for the 1903 Jefferson dollar. Hundreds are available in MS65 and even MS66 grades. However, the number available in MS67 drops off quickly, and none are finer (1/12). It is not much of an overstatement to speak in terms of perfection when describing the preservation of this coins surfaces. It also has rich reddish-gold color with just a hint of lilac over Jeffersons hair. The high-grade collector of commemorative gold would do well to examine this piece. (#7443) 4452 1904 Lewis and clark Ms63 PcGs. Yellow-gold fields have pools of reflectivity on this well-defined Select example. Great eye appeal despite an accumulation of modest abrasions.(#7447) 4453 1904 Lewis and clark Ms63+ PcGs. cAc. The light yellowgold surfaces of this Select Mint State piece have light hairlines with frosty luster and faintly reflective fields.(#7447)

Gem 1904 Lewis and clark Gold Dollar Attractive Prooflike surfaces
4447 1952 Washington-carver Ms67 PcGs. cAc. The 1952 Washington-Carver half dollar issue was an extremely high release for a commemorative half Bowers estimates that something over 1.1 million pieces were released, net after melting and predictably, many ended up in circulation and most were poorly made. To add insult to injury, most of them were made from melteddown Booker T. Washington commemorative halves that had failed to sell earlier and were recast into the Washington-Carver pieces. The present coin, however, is one of those miraculous top few pieces that managed to be well-struck and nearly pristine. In addition to its immaculate preservation, it has developed the most extraordinarily beautiful toning, concentric rings of red, green, blue, and yellow, with intense luster underneath. An amazing coin that has to be seen to be appreciated. Population: 6 in 67, 1 in 67+ finer (1/12). (#9434) 4448 1953 Washington-carver Ms66 PcGs. cAc. Pale golden tints visit the centers, while the margins are brightly lustrous with a faint suggestion of blue supplementing the silver-white. Pleasing detail and surface quality. Population: 58 in 66, 1 finer (1/12). (#9438) 4449 Five Display cards for classic silver commemoratives. In varying conditions, two with tape, another with pencil notations. Includes five-slot display cards for the norfolk (tape), Antietam (tape), York (pencil notes, possibly lot numbers), and two from Lynchburg. A collectible ephemera lot.(Total: 5 items)

4454 1904 Lewis and clark Ms65 nGc. The 1904 Lewis and Clark gold dollar is an elusive issue in high grade, from a distribution of 10,025 pieces. The present coin is a spectacular Gem, with sharply detailed design elements and reflective prooflike fields. The pleasing yellow-gold surfaces show accents of green color and a few minor contact marks. (#7447)

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1904 Lewis and clark Gold Dollar, Ms66 Popular Key Gold commemorative

near-Gem 1915-s two and a Half Panama-Pacific exposition

4455 1904 Lewis and clark Ms66 nGc. The 1904 Lewis and Clark gold dollar is one of the keys to the gold commemorative series, second only to its 1905 counterpart in terms of availability. This sharply detailed Premium Gem is brightly lustrous, with unmarked surfaces, and outstanding eye appeal. NGC has graded only 23 coins in higher numeric grades (1/12). (#7447) 4456 1905 Lewis and clark AU58 nGc. Lightly rubbed, whether as a pocket-piece or through simple mishandling, though the friction has surprisingly little impact on the orange-kissed yellow-gold luster. Sharply struck and a more accessible example of this secondyear commemorative issue than usually seen.(#7448) 4457 1915-s Panama-Pacific Gold Dollar Ms65 nGc. A frosty example in medium-gold with a few orange accents. Great detail with smooth eye appeal and a strong all-around representative. (#7449) 4458 1915-s Panama-Pacific Gold Dollar Ms66 PcGs. Attractively toned in rich apricot, lime, and lilac shades. Boldly struck and coruscating with a virtually mark-free appearance. Gold commemorative dollars are presently out of favor and provide excellent value relative to recent years. Encased in a green label holder.(#7449)

4460 1915-s Panama-Pacific Quarter eagle Ms64 nGc. This apricotgold representative is void of noticeable marks and has a good strike. One of Charles Barbers more fanciful designs, featuring Columbia (or Liberty) on a hippocampus (or seahorse) holding a caduceus (or medical staff). The eagle was designed by George Morgan and resurrects the motif from his 1879 Schoolgirl dollar reverse. (#7450)

Boldly struck, orange-Gold Ms66 1915-s Pan-Pac two and a Half

1915-s Panama-Pacific Gold Dollar, Ms67 Among the Finest specimens certified

4461 1915-s Panama-Pacific Quarter eagle Ms66 PcGs. The 1915-S Pan-Pac quarter eagle is always a popular commemorative coin, as it has a somewhat timeless, mythical obverse design that is appealing to far more collectors than that on the 1926 Sesquicentennial commemorative two and a half, a staid, rather flat flapper Liberty. Columbia rides her hippocampus westward in style on this Premium Gem, an artistic, virtually pristine orange-gold composition with a bold strike and no mentionable distractions. PCGS has seen only 21 submissions numerically finer (1/12). (#7450) 4462 1916 McKinley Ms65 PcGs. The obverse of this wheat-gold Gem is satiny, while the reverse has the usual partially reflective fields. Well-defined for this issue with a touch of emerald-green near the flagpole. There are no marks worthy of note.(#7454) 4463 1916 McKinley Ms65 nGc. The obverse luster is semireflective, an unusual state, though the butter-yellow reverse has the usual frosted appearance with two streaks of brilliance at the top. Decently detailed with few significant marks.(#7454) 4464 1916 McKinley Ms65 PcGs. Yellow and sun-gold hues mingle on this Gem that shifts through areas of both satin and brilliance. Decently detailed, if more faded than usual on McKinleys already softly defined hair.(#7454) 4465 1916 McKinley Ms66 PcGs. The orange-gold centers are bounded by aquamarine margins. Pristine and fully struck with excellent eye appeal. From moderately rotated dies, and certified in a green label holder.(#7454)

4459 1915-s Panama-Pacific Gold Dollar Ms67 PcGs. The 1915-S Panama-Pacific gold dollar was issued to help celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal. It was sold singly, or as part of five-coin sets. This amazing Superb Gem is sharply detailed, with vibrant mint luster and excellent eye appeal . Housed in a green label holder. Population: 50 in 67, 0 finer (1/12). (#7449)

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1916 McKinley Gold Dollar, Ms67 only one certified Finer

4475 1926 sesquicentennial Ms65 PcGs. The obverse is primarily pale yellow-gold with subtly frosted luster and only a hint of the bolder sun-gold color ringing the reverse. Smooth and impressive with only a few tiny marks.(#7466)

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4476 1994-P P.o.W. silver Dollar PR70 Deep cameo PcGs. A technically flawless example of this modern commemorative that is surprisingly challenging in certified perfect condition. The holder has a few shallow scratches that have no effect on the grade. Population: 13 in 70 Deep Cameo (12/11).(#9691) 4477 1995-W olympic/stadium Gold Five Dollar Ms69 PcGs. Just 10,579 of these Uncirculated-finish pieces were sold, making it a modern commemorative key. Surfaces are near-perfect and in no way affected by holder scuffing over the central reverse. (#9734) 4478 1996-W olympic/Flag Bearer Gold Five Dollar Ms69 PcGs. A practically flawless example of the lowest-mintage Atlanta Olympics commemorative (9,174 pieces sold). Surfaces are pale yellow and satiny with minimal color variation.(#9736) 4479 1996-W olympic/cauldron Gold Five Dollar Ms69 PcGs. Light yellow luster is largely smooth. The stylized Cauldron design did not sell well in Uncirculated format, leaving a net mintage of just 9,210 pieces, though its rarity has assured it a better presentday reception.(#9738)

4466 1916 McKinley Ms67 nGc. The frosty surfaces of this Superb Gem display pleasing luster and strongly defined design elements. Olive-gold patination runs over both sides, each of which has been well cared for. A fine lint mark travels from between the 1 and 6 in the date to the bottom of the monument. Census: 68 in 67, 1 finer (12/11). (#7454) 4467 1917 McKinley Ms64 nGc. The brassy-gold surfaces of this nearGem display frosty luster. Both sides are free of significant marks. All in all, very nice eye appeal for the grade.(#7455) 4468 1917 McKinley Ms64 PcGs. Unusual peach-gold color dominates this strongly reflective near-Gems obverse, while a more conventional yellow-apricot hue is present on the reverse. Detail is slightly above-average, but the eye appeal is far better than the norm.(#7455) 4469 1917 McKinley Ms64 PcGs. Both sides show considerable reflectivity on this light yellow-gold near-Gem. Well-defined with minor scattered marks that combine to account for the grade. (#7455) 4470 1922 Grant no star improperly cleaned nGc Details. Unc. This sharply detailed specimen offers light greenish-gold surfaces that show few signs of contact. Both sides have an unnatural sheen, but the luster is not subdued.(#7458)

Pristine Ms69 1997-W Jackie Robinson Five Dollar Gold commemorative

Premium Gem 1922 Grant Gold Dollar Popular With star Variant
4480 1997-W Jackie Robinson Gold Five Dollar Ms69 PcGs. The Mint State Jackie Robinson five dollar gold commemorative is among the keys to a modern commemorative set, one that completely surprised the many collectors of the time who failed to order an example after a long string of relatively high-mintage issues whose aftermarket prices failed to appreciate. Only 5,174 pieces of the Robinson were issued. This near-immaculate piece is surpassed by only 44 examples in MS70 at PCGS (and for this one, we need not look up how many Plus-graded examples there are) (1/12). (#9759) 4471 1922 Grant With star Ms66 nGc. A delightful Premium Gem specimen of the 1922 Grant gold dollar, from a small distribution of 5,016 pieces. This well-detailed example features light yellow-gold surfaces, with highlights of green and lilac. Vibrant mint luster adds to the excellent eye appeal. The popular five-pointed star is located just below the final A in AMERICA. (#7459) 4472 1926 sesquicentennial Ms64 nGc. Lustrous yellow-gold surfaces yield nicely struck design features. Light ticks preclude Gem status. (#7466) 4473 1926 sesquicentennial Ms65 PcGs. Echoes of frostiness enhance the luster on this lemon-yellow Gem with small color variations. A single crimson copper spot is noted at the left side of the E in LIBERTY. Great eye appeal for this famous conditionally challenging issue.(#7466) 4474 1926 sesquicentennial Ms65 nGc. Rich yellow-gold luster with a faint peach overtone on the central obverse. A vertical luster scrape just under the torch is consistent with the Gem grade of this conditionally elusive coin.(#7466)
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2000-W Library of congress Bimetallic ten Dollar, Ms69

4485 2008-W Van Burens Liberty PR70 Deep cameo PcGs. A boldly contrasted and technically flawless example of Van Burens Liberty in proof gold. Though Van Buren married and had four sons survive to adulthood, he was a widower of nearly two decades when he was elected President; Gobrechts Seated Liberty appears instead of Hannah Van Buren (his wife) or Angelica Singleton Van Buren (his daughter-in-law and White House hostess). (#395710) 4486 2009-W Margaret taylor Ms70 PcGs. A technically perfect example of the Margaret Taylor First Spouse gold coin in Uncirculated format. Taylor was First Lady in only two calendar years, leaving the White House as a widow after the death of President Zachary Taylor.(#404572)

4481 2000-W Library of congress Bimetallic ten Dollars Ms69 PcGs. The 2000-W Library of Congress is triply interesting, as the nations first (and so far only) bimetallic coin, as an unusual ten dollar commemorative coin, and a low-mintage distribution in business strike format of only 7,261 pieces. This MS69 example shows the usual satiny finish and is destined to become a centerpiece of a fine modern commemorative collection. (#9784)

4487 2010-W Abigail Fillmore Ms70 PcGs. A satiny Abigail Fillmore First Spouse gold piece awarded a perfect technical grade by PCGS. A small whitish streak is noted in the right obverse field. (#418377) 4488 2010-W Jane Pierce PR70 Deep cameo PcGs. A technically flawless example of the Jane Pierce First Ladies ten dollar. Franklin Pierces First Lady, she is perhaps best known for mourning her son throughout her time in the White House. Population: 77 in 70 Deep Cameo (12/11).(#418391)

2000-W Library of congress ten, Ms69 sole Gold and Platinum Bimetallic type

MoDeRn BULLion coins


4489 1987 silver eagle Ms70 nGc. Pristine surfaces are untoned and yield pleasing luster. A solid strike leaves full definition on the design elements.(#9808) 4490 1987 silver eagle Ms70 nGc. Pleasing luster exudes from the unblemished silvery surfaces of this sharply impressed Silver Eagle. This is the second year of production.(#9808) 4491 1987 silver eagle Ms70 nGc. A technically flawless example of this second-year circulation-finish silver American Eagle. The single most visible milk spot, itself small and faint, appears between the second A in AMERICA and the nearby bullet. (#9808) 4492 1993 tenth-ounce Gold eagle Ms70 PcGs. Pale yellow surfaces embody perfection on this circulation-strike tenth-ounce treasure. PCGS has awarded just 14 examples of this issue the ultimate grade (1/12).(#9868) 4493 Proof 1995-W silver eagle in a Five-Piece 10th Anniversary set. All coins housed in the original government packaging with certificate of authenticity and essentially as issued. The set contains the four gold coins, the tenth-ounce, quarter-ounce, half-ounce, and one-ounce pieces, but the star attraction is the 1995-W one ounce silver American eagle, key to its series.(Total: 5 coins) (#9887) 4494 1999-W Quarter-ounce Gold eagle struck with Unfinished Proof Dies Ms69 PcGs. A Mint gaffe created the unusual unfinished proof appearance on this nominally Uncirculated piece, a remarkable in-between coin. Practically flawless. 4495 2004-W Four-Piece Platinum American eagle PR69 Deep cameo PcGs. All four coins with 2004s one-year-only allegorical reverse. Includes the tenth-ounce, quarter-ounce, half-ounce, and one ounce sizes.(Total: 4 coins)

4482 2000-W Library of congress Bimetallic ten Dollars Ms69 nGc. Ex: U.S. Vault Collection L/M. We are unaware of the significance of the pedigree as designated on the NGC insert. We do know that the Library of Congress ten dollar is the only ringed bimetallic coin type ever issued by the U.S. Mint, and is also the only commemorative with platinum as part of the alloy. The Uncirculated 2000-W has a low mintage and ranks among the modern commemorative keys. The present example is perfect aside from a single tiny lintmark (as coined) on the left (facing) wing. (#9784) 4483 2001-W capitol Visitors center Half eagle Ms69 nGc. Virtual perfection is presented in the form of brilliant yellow surfaces with faint traces of honey-gold color on each side of this impressive modern half eagle.(#9792) 4484 2001-W capitol Visitors center Half eagle Ms69 PcGs. Pale yellow-gold surfaces are satiny, smooth, and nearly perfect. A holder scuff over the G of CONVENING should not be mistaken for milky toning or damage to the coin.(#9792)

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Perfect PR70 Deep cameo 2004-W one-ounce Platinum eagle

coins oF HAWAii
4501 1847 Hawaii cent Ms61 Brown nGc. M. 2cc-2. Crosslet 4, 15 pieces. This boldly struck Hawaiian cent has a couple of minor field marks, but is memorable for its vibrant toning. The dusky forestgreen, ruby-red, and lavender surfaces shimmer with satin luster. (#10965) 4502 1847 Hawaii cent Ms62 Brown nGc. M. 2cc-5. Plain 4, 13 berries. Glimpses of faded mint red cling to the lettering, but this scarce Hawaiian cent is primarily medium brown. Nicely struck and minimally abraded with an occasional trace of aqua debris in reverse crevices.(#10965)

4496 2004-W one-ounce Platinum eagle PR70 Deep cameo PcGs. A meager 6,007 proofs were made of the 2004-W one-ounce Platinum Eagles. This piece is every bit as perfect and contrasted as the grade implies. Eric Jordan, author of Modern Commemorative Coins, writes of the 1997-2009 Platinum Eagles, produced in four denominations, that this set holds 16 of the rarest proof type coins in production since 1859. The 2004 design features a Seated America design by Elizabeth Jones, based on Daniel Chester Frenchs statue of America seated outside the New York Customs House. PCGS Population: 78 in 70 Deep Cameo (1/12). (#921107) 4497 2005-W Four-Piece Platinum American eagle set PR69 Deep cameo PcGs. All pieces with one-year-only Cornucopia reverse. Includes the tenth-ounce, quarter-ounce, half-ounce, and one ounce sizes.(Total: 4 coins) 4498 Four-Piece 2008-W Gold Buffalo set Ms70 nGc. All four coins NGC-certified as Early Releases. Includes the tenthounce, quarter-ounce, half-ounce, and one ounce sizes.(Total: 4 coins)

1847 Hawaii cent Ms64 Red and Brown

4503 1847 Hawaii cent Ms64 Red and Brown PcGs. M. 2cc-5. Plain 4, 13 berries. Housed in a first-generation PCGS holder, this Choice Mint State piece has frosty brown luster with scattered, grade-consistent marks. Traces of orange mint luster are visible on the reverse. Population: 19 in 64 Red and Brown, 1 finer (1/12). (#10966)

Ms70 2009 Ultra High Relief

4499 2009 one-ounce Gold Ultra High Relief twenty Dollar Ms70 PcGs. The 2009 Ultra High Relief gold pieces were struck as bullion coins but took the collecting community by storm, paying tribute both to Augustus Saint-Gaudens original Ultra High Relief design and the double-thick or piedfort small-diameter patterns produced in 1907, of which two survive today in the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian. Although PCGS designates these strictly as business strikes rather than proofs, in March 2011 it began designating some examples as Prooflike. This perfect MS70 piece comes with the usually seen special PCGS gold insert. (#407404) 4500 2009-W one-ounce Platinum eagle in Mint Packaging. 2009 was the first proof-only year for the platinum eagle series, and also the first year that only the one-ounce denomination was issued. This lot includes a 2009-W $100 platinum eagle still housed in its elaborate government packaging. No certificate of authenticity is present.(#404476)

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seldom-seen PR63 1883 Hawaii Dime, KM-3

1891 Hawaii Pattern silver Dollar, PR61 struck in 1893 by Reginald Huth Queen Liliuokalani type

4504 1883 Hawaii ten cents PR63 PcGs. KM-3. The 1883 Hawaiian dimes in Mint State were produced to the extent of nearly 300,000 pieces, and are always available for a price. The mintage of each of the dime, quarter, half dollar, and dollar is listed at only 26 pieces, however, making these proofs major rarities within the series. Amber and aqua hues dominate on both sides of this lovely coin, although some streaky gray areas confined to the obverse appear as well. The needle-sharp strike is as expected. An item seldom offered for sale in any auction venue, whether ours or elsewhere, and a fleeting opportunity for enthusiasts of Hawaiiana. Listed on page 396 of the 2012 Guide Book. Population: 5 in 63, 4 finer (12/11). (#10981) 4505 1883 Hawaii Quarter Ms66 PcGs. cAc. Both sides of this Premium Gem are awash with luster and exhibit well defined devices. A few minute marks are within the confines of the grade designation. Population: 87 in 66, 12 finer (12/11). (#10987) 4506 1883 Hawaii Dollar scratched Genuine PcGs. Unc. Details. Beautiful gunmetal-blue, caramel-gold, rose-red, and seagreen toning fills the obverse. The reverse is primarily goldenbrown with ocean-blue at the margin. A short, slender obverse scratch at 5 oclock makes the present piece more affordable to toning enthusiasts. 4507 1879 Hawaii t.H. Hobron 12 1/2 cents token clipped Ms63 Brown nGc. Medcalf 2te-8. Unusually well struck for this popular token, which often displays peripheral softness. A 5% curved clip at 2:30 affects only the rim. A splendid chocolatebrown representative of a token typically encountered in circulated grades. Listed on page 397 of the 2012 Guide Book.

4508 1891 Huth Hawaii silver Dollar PR62 nGc. Medcalf 2MH-1. The obverse features a young Queen Liliuokalani, facing left. A map of the Hawaiian Islands set in the frosted globe background of the Pacific Ocean centers the reverse. The queen was deposed in January 1893 and Hawaii became a U.S. territory instead of a monarchy. A mere 50 pieces of these beautifully designed Liliuokalani patterns are believed to have been struck, with Reginald Huth behind the issue. Survivors are eager sought by both numismatic enthusiasts and collectors of Hawaiiana alike. This is an intricately specimen with evident cameo contrast despite to light to medium caramel-gold toning. The fields display faint hairlines and we note a single faded thin mark above the left (facing) shoulder. Listed in Unusual World Coins, Third Edition (1992) by Colin R. Bruce II as XM1.

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extremely Rare Ms63 Baker-320A silver 1848 Washington Monument Medal

select 1879-cc GsA Dollar

4509 1848 Washington Monument, silver Ms63 nGc. Baker320A. Ex: Ford. Plain edge. 39.4 mm. 443.3 gn per Ford auction appearance. Although collectible in white metal format, the Washington Monument commencement medal is extremely rare in silver. Rulau and Fuld (1998) state 2-3 known. This sharply struck and well preserved specimen offers attractive dove-gray, golden-brown, and electric-blue toning. Ex: 11th Mail Bid Sale (Dorges, 1/1975), lot 1801; John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, Part II (Stacks, 5/2004), lot 212.

4514 1879-cc Ms63 nGc. Light gold toning graces this lustrous and nicely struck key date Carson City Morgan. The reverse and the obverse field are nearly pristine, and only wispy grazes on the face and neck determine the grade. The black box and certificate of GSA issue accompany the lot. (#7086)

GsA capped Die 1879-cc Dollar, Ms62

so-cALLeD DoLLARs
4510 1900 Lesher Dollar, Bank type VF35 PcGs. HK-790, R.7. Serial #1696. According to the first edition of Hibler-Kappen, only six pieces, die trials, were struck and die plan was discarded. This cream-gray and tan representative displays moderate wear on the mining scene and the fields exhibit a few moderate marks, but all legends are clear. 4511 1901 Lesher Dollar, imprint type, no serial VF35 PcGs. HK-791a, R.5. The serial number was not entered on this Imprint Type Lesher dollar. Attractive for the grade with unblemished surfaces and blended pearl-gray and straw-gold toning.

4515 1879-cc capped Die Ms62 nGc. VAM-3. A Top 100 Variety. The elusive VAM with myriad die chips surrounding the mintmark. Light chestnut-tan toning adorns this lustrous rare date GSA dollar. The centers display minor inexactness, and the distributed small marks are appropriate for the grade. The certificate and black box of GSA origin accompany the lot. (#7088) 4516 1880-cc Ms65 nGc. Only a trace of golden toning is present on this highly lustrous and beautifully preserved Gem. The centers display slight incompleteness, customary for the issue. The black box and certificate of GSA origin are included in the lot. (#7100)

GsA DoLLARs
4512 1878-cc Ms65 nGc. A first-year Carson City Morgan dollar Gem with softly frosted luster and minimal patina. Band-certified in the black GSA holder of issue and offered alone (no box or certificate).(#7080)

1880-cc Reverse of 1878 GsA Dollar A Great Gem

scarce Ms62 GsA 1879-cc Morgan

4513 1879-cc Ms62 nGc. A hint of almond-gold toning visits this lustrous and sharply struck key date GSA dollar. The fields and the eagle are splendidly unabraded, though Libertys cheek and neck exhibit minor marks. Included with the lot are the certificate and black cardboard box as issued by the GSA. (#7086)

4517 1880/79-cc Reverse of 1878 Ms65 nGc. VAM-7. While not a Top 100 Variety, this is a coin of considerable interest to the collector. Light toning over bold cartwheel luster has an appreciable gold-gray cast. The surfaces are remarkably smooth aside from a shallow cut on the cheek. Band-certified in the black GSA holder and offered alone. (#7108) 4518 1881-Dated GsA Dollar in still-sealed Government Packaging. A true mystery lot, with a single stamp of 1881 in blue against the pale manila of the box offering any clue to this GSA dollar. What will you get? Due to the distinctive nature of this lot, no returns accepted.(#7126) 4519 1881-cc Ms66 nGc. Light silver luster overall with pale peachgold patina over parts of the obverse margins. This Premium Gem is band-certified in the black GSA holder (no box or paperwork). (#7126)

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4520 1881-cc Ms66 nGc. cAc. VAM-2. A hint of sun-gold toning visits the borders of this thoroughly lustrous Premium Gem. Intricately struck and attractive with unmarked fields and only faint grazes on the cheek. No certificates or boxes are included in the lot.(#7126)

4531 1890-cc Ms62 nGc. VAM-9A, R.6. The interesting and scarce Break Left Stars VAM. An essentially brilliant representative that has booming luster and a typical central strike. Less abraded than implied by the third party grade. The 1890-CC is elusive in a black GSA holder, as offered here.(#7198) 4532 1890-cc Ms62 nGc. VAM-6, R.4. The flag of the 1 in the date is nicely repunched. Lustrous and nearly untoned with a good strike and the expected number of minor grazes on the cheek. The corners of the black GSA holder exhibit tiny pinscratched initials that have no impact on the preservation of this better date GSA dollar.(#7198) 4533 1890-cc Ms62 nGc. Light gold toning visits this predominantly untoned scarce date GSA Carson City dollar in the black holder of issue. The centers are lightly impressed, but the preservation is exceptional for the MS62 level.(#7198)

superb Gem 1881-cc Dollar GsA coin in original Holder

spitting eagle VAM-3 1891-cc Dollar Band-certified in GsA Holder, Ms63


4521 1881-cc Ms67 nGc. A frosty and minimally toned Superb Gem with a remarkably clean appearance and just a few minor edge irregularities at the upper obverse. A single tiny dot of deep color is noted at Libertys upper neck. Band-certified in the black GSA holder of issue and offered alone (no box or paperwork). (#7126) 4522 1882-cc Ms65 nGc. cAc. The remarkable obverse toning provides a palette of plum-mauve, rose-red, sky-blue, canary-gold, and orange. The reverse is essentially brilliant. A sharply struck and unmarked Carson City Gem. Band-certified in the black GSA holder, offered alone (no box or papers).(#7134) 4523 1883-cc Ms65 nGc. VAM-5A, R.5. Dramatic obverse patina includes bands of golden-brown, blue-green, fire-red, and strawgold. The reverse has only a glimpse of peripheral tan toning. Lustrous and carefully preserved. Band-certified in the black GSA holder.(#7144) 4524 1884-cc Ms66 nGc. cAc. Dappled gold-orange and crimsonrose over most of the obverse with a near-silver reverse. Bandcertified in the black GSA holder, offered without box or papers. (#7152) 4525 1885-cc Ms63 nGc. cAc. Bands of olive-green, steel-blue, ruby-red, and peach patina alternate across this lustrous better date CC-mint Morgan. The reverse displays only faint almondgold patina. The fields are nearly pristine, and the cheek and neck exhibit moderate marks. Band-certified in the black GSA holder. (#7160) 4526 1885-cc Ms65 nGc. This brilliant Gem has flashy fields and a crisp strike. Only infrequent minor marks decide the grade. The certificate and black cardboard box of GSA issue are included in the lot.(#7160) 4527 1885-cc Ms65 nGc. This delicately frosted Gem Carson City dollar has broad cartwheel luster and just a few pinpoints of reddish-brown toning on the obverse. The reverse shows a few milky streaks in the fields. Band-certified in the black GSA holder of issue and offered with box and information card (though not a numbered certificate of authenticity).(#7160) 4528 1885-cc Ms65 nGc. cAc. Deep navy-blue, violet-red, apricot, and straw-gold shades fully occupy the obverse. The reverse is minimally toned. A sharply struck and lightly abraded low mintage Carson City Gem. Band-certified in the black GSA holder. (#7160) 4529 1885-cc Ms66 nGc. A frosty and little-toned example of the classic low-mintage, high-availability GSA issue. Band-certified in the black GSA holder of issue and offered solo.(#7160) 4530 1890-cc Ms62 nGc. Light honey-gold toning denies full brilliance. Sharply struck and lustrous with a clean reverse and a number of wispy grazes on the portrait. The back of the black GSA holder has a vertical crack that has no effect on the preservation of the coin itself.
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4534 1891-cc Ms63 nGc. VAM-3. A Top 100 Variety. The Spitting Eagle reverse is a prime attraction on this lightly abraded but strongly lustrous 1891-CC GSA dollar. Faint glimpses of goldorange color visit otherwise minimally toned surfaces that show a touch of frostiness. Band-certified in the black GSA holder of issue and offered without box or paperwork. (#7206)

ReDFieLD DoLLARs
4535 1883-s Morgan Dollar Ms65 Paramount (Ms62 nGc). Ex: Redfield Collection. Housed in a red Paramount holder and designated as MS65 by that firm. The 1883-S is conditionally rare, unlike prior S-mint issues of the Morgan series. This lustrous example is brilliant except for light golden-brown margins. Facial grazes determine the grade.(#7148) 4536 1891-cc Morgan Dollar Ms65 Paramount (Ms62 nGc). VAM-3. A Top 100 Variety. Ex: The Redfield Collection. Housed in a red Paramount holder with MS65 grade, this example of the Spitting Eagle is more abraded than a Gem or even a Select piece, though still appealing with frosty silver interior luster and gold and green-blue peripheral colors with far more coverage on the obverse. 4537 1927-s Peace Dollar Paramount Ms65 (Ms62 nGc). Ex: Redfield Collection. Housed in a red Paramount holder and designated as MS65 by that firm. Freckles of apple-green and russet-gold grace of the borders of this otherwise brilliant better date Peace dollar. Lightly abraded save for a faint curved graze on the cheek.

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Ms62 1857 Flying eagle cent Broadstruck on a type one Planchet

Unusual Medallic Alignment on a 1980-s cent, PR68 Red Ultra cameo

4538 1857 Flying eagle cent Broadstruck on a type one Planchet Ms62 nGc. Eagle Eye Photo Seal. The planchet bypassed the upset mill and was struck without a collar die. The coin appears slightly off center since dentils are absent on the upper reverse and there is a fairly broad arc of unstruck surface widest at 12:30 relative to the obverse. The eagle and wreath motifs are fully struck, while UNITED STATES OF AMERICA exhibits slight bifurcated spreading toward the rim on the bases of uprights. Satiny and minimally abraded with moderate carbon.

4541 1980-s Lincoln cent Medallic Alignment PR68 Red Ultra cameo nGc. The dies are rotated 180 degrees from normal coin turn, a mint blunder that occurred when the dies were installed. It is unlikely that many were struck, though, since our auction archives, which date back to 1992, can locate no prior appearance of this error on a 1980-S cent. A peach-red specimen with imposing cameo contrast. Separated from perfection only by infrequent microscopic carbon.

1891 Liberty nickel, Ms63 struck 10% off center at 11 oclock

transition off Metal 1964 cent, Ms63 struck on a clad Dime Planchet

4539 1964 Lincoln cent struck on a clad Dime Planchet Ms63 PcGs. The Guide Book mintages for 1964-dated cents are more than that of their 1962 and 1963 predecessors combined. We know that 90% silver coins were struck well into 1965 on 1964 dies, and during that same time, clad dimes and quarters were struck on 1965 dies. It appears that 1964 cent dies were also used deep into 1965, even though the alloy for the cent was unchanged. This is a lustrous and carefully preserved wrong planchet error with attractive honeygold and olive-gray toning. Due to the slightly undersized flan, the peripheral legends exhibit moderate distortion, especially on the 4 in the date and the tops of IN GOD WE TRUST.

4542 1891 Liberty nickel struck 10% off center Ms63 PcGs. This Select Mint State piece is off center at 11 oclock. The strike is typically sharp for an off center coin, and the lustrous nickel gray surfaces exhibit delicate gold toning with splashes of subtle blue on each side.

Lustrous Gem 1919 nickel struck off center with Rim clip

obverse struck through Die cap Lincoln cent, Ms64 Red and Brown

4543 1919 Buffalo nickel struck 5% off center & Rim clip Ms65 PcGs. The entire design appears present and the coin has the appearance of an uncentered broadstrike with a curve of unstruck surface widest at 4 oclock. A slender, straight rim clip is noted at 3 oclock, an unrelated planchet error. Toned medium autumn-gold and olive-gray with mark-free surfaces and a sharp strike on the devices. 4540 Undated copper Lincoln Memorial cent obverse struck through capped Die Ms64 Red and Brown nGc. The date appears to be 1964 but is sufficiently blurry to leave room for doubt. The reverse has a normal appearance but the obverse displays an indistinct portrait of Lincoln and a ghost of Memorial building. The obverse die was blocked by a multi-struck cap (not included) that retained traces of the reverse design but was thin enough for the obverse design to softly strike through the cap.
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10% off center 1936 nickel, Ms64

1958 nickel on a silver Dime Planchet A near-Mint novelty

4544 1936 Buffalo nickel struck 10% off center @ 9 oclock Ms64 nGc. Struck clearly off center, perhaps closer to 9:30 than 9 oclock. All legends are intact, but LIBERTY and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA display the spreading and distortion typical of off center errors. Despite their high relief, the devices are well struck. Devoid of marks, and only trivial flecks limit the grade.

4547 1958 Jefferson nickel struck on a silver Dime Planchet AU58 nGc. 2.4 grams. Just enough of the date is visible to identify, with the third date digit showing the shallow curve of a 5 rather than the rounded bowl of a 3. Detail is characteristically mushy, as expected for a nickel struck on a much smaller dime planchet. Bright despite a hint of rub on the high points; perhaps this item was carried as a pocket-piece for a brief time.

choice 1937 Buffalo nickel struck 10% off center at 8 oclock

10% off center 1887-s Dime, VF35

4545 1937 Buffalo nickel struck 10% off center @ 8 oclock Ms64 nGc. This Philadelphia mint error is noticeably off center but has complete legends. LIBERTY and AMERICA show moderate distortion from unrestrained outward metal flow. The centers are intricately struck, a diagnostic for off center pieces with no collar die to preclude narrow separation of the dies during the strike.

4548 1887-s seated Dime struck 10% off center VF35 PcGs. Clearly off center toward 7 oclock. The bottom third of the date is off the flan, though other legends are intact. A broad, raised arc of unstruck surface is centered at 1 oclock. Predominantly stone-gray with golden-brown and lime-green on the central reverse. LIBERTY is bold, though wear is slightly uneven due to the partially absent rim.

Unusual earlier Jefferson nickel error, Ms62 off-center 45% on a silver Dime Planchet

near-Mint 1875-s seated Half Uncentered Broadstrike

4546 Undated Jefferson nickel struck 45% off-center on a silver Dime Planchet Ms62 nGc. 2.5 grams. An error stacks atop an error on this unusual piece: not only was a silver dime planchet given an impression from Jefferson nickel dies, that impression itself was 45% off-center toward a point between 4 and 5 oclock. Details at the periphery, such as WE TRUST and UNITED STATES, are drawn-out and weakened, as expected for the combination of errors. A fascinating item.

4549 1875-s seated Half Broadstruck out of collar AU58 PcGs. cAc. At first glance, this San Francisco Seated type coin appears to be struck off-center several degrees toward 10:30. But no design detail is missing, so it is an uncentered broadstrike, with spreading most apparent on the reverse denticles near 1 oclock. This piece is quite close to Mint State, but the specialist will note slight wear on the thigh. Satiny with medium almond-gold and pearl-gray shadings. Ex: Houston Signature (Heritage, 12/2009), lot 1422.

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1942-Dated Walker, AU58 struck on a Quarter Planchet

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4551 1970-s Proof set Printing Plate. A highly unusual display piece for the modern collector, in a large, sealed window envelope, postmarked San Francisco, CA, Dec. 29, 1970. According to an attached notice, this lot consists of One lithographic plate from a sheet of 24 original plates used for the printing of 3,000,000 1970 proof set folders. United States Mint, San Francisco. Also included is one of those deep blue folders, being the customary box that housed the plastic holder containing the proof coins. Attached to the back is a copy of a Bureau of the Mint Purchase Order requisitioning the 3 million boxes. 4552 1973-s Proof set stamping Die. An original stamping die used to produce nearly 3 million black boxes for the 1973 proof sets. Framed with an original box and explanatory card. 4553 1980-s Proof set stamping Die. An original brass stamping die used to produce more than 3 million black boxes for the 1980 proof sets. Nicely framed with a sample box and explanatory card, ready for display. The card explains that The mechanical stamping is made by heating the brass die to a temperature of 240 F. This transfers the silver copy under high pressure to the black background of the proof holder. 4554 1982-s Proof set stamping Dies. Stamping dies used to produced the black boxes for 1982 proof sets. Framed with an original box, brass plate, and explanatory card on the back.

4550 1942-? Walking Liberty Half struck on a Quarter Planchet AU58 nGc. 6.22 gm. The expected weight of a silver quarter is 6.25 grams. This mint error was struck with the undersized planchet flush with the collar die between 3 and 5 oclock. Thus, the rim is well defined in that vicinity, while the opposite border is slightly irregular. All of the eagle and most of the date are present, but the mintmark area, the denomination, and Libertys head are off the flan. Satiny and mark-free with pleasing design sharpness at the centers. There are only three other 1942 Walkers known that are struck on quarter planchets.

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SESSION THREE
Floor, Telephone, Heritage Live!, Internet, Fax, and Mail Signature Auction # 1167 Friday, February 3, 2012 | 7:00PM PT | Long Beach, California | Lots 4555 - 5120
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1838 Pattern Half Dollar, PR66 Red and Brown Judd-77 Restrike, Pollock-85

4555 1838 Seated Liberty Half Dollar, Judd-77 Restrike,

(#11310)

Pollock-85, High R.7, PR66 Red and Brown NGC. On the obverse Liberty is seated on a rock with shield and pole. A scroll draped across the shield has the inscription LIBERTY in incuse letters. Thirteen stars around and the date below. The reverse has an eagle with wings spread holding an olive branch and four arrows. The legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around and the denomination HALF DOLLAR below. Struck in copper with a plain edge. All examples seen of this extremely rare pattern show indications of extensive die rust. Judd-77 is a restrike issue produced for sale to collectors in the 1870s. An early auction appearance was in the Parmelee Collection (New York Coin & Stamp, 6/1890), lot 34. The preceding lot in that sale offered a specimen of Judd-76, from the same dies struck in silver. The issue was unlisted in Adams-Woodin and was not displayed in the 1914 ANS Exhibition. USPatterns.com states that four pieces are known to collectors today. This is a magnificent specimen, with virtually faultless fields complementing an extraordinary strike. Much original mint red remains, blending gently into pale blue and chocolate-brown. The second finest certified at both services combined. At NGC only this coin, graded PR66 Red and Brown and a specimen graded PR67 Red and Brown have been certified(1/12). Ex: Stewart Witham; Auction 81 (RARCOA, 7/1981), lot 315.

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1849 three Cent Silver Pattern Judd-111 Original, PR63

1858 Ornamental Wreath Cent Judd-212, Scarce Low Date, PR63

4556 1849 three Cent Silver, Judd-111 Original, Pollock-125, High R.7, PR63 NGC. These early patterns for the three cent denomination combine the obverse of a regular Seated Liberty half dime with a plain reverse indicating the numeral 3 in the center, with no further elaboration or ornamentation. This same design was struck in billon composition (Judd-111, 50% silver/50% copper) and coin silver (Judd-111a), but NGC has certified this piece as Judd-111. Struck with a reeded edge. We believe this obverse die is different from the various overdate half dime obverses called 1849/6 and 1849/8. The 9 is broadly repunched north, but the planchet has some interesting incipient planchet laminations on the obverse that cross through the date digits and interfere with the die details, making variety determination difficult. The obverse is reflective with some iridescent accents beneath a streaky layer of charcoal-gray. The reverse shows less color variation and no planchet defects. A piece that should be inspected in person, but a highly interesting early pattern variety, estimated at R.6 by USPatterns.com. (#11485)

4558 1858 Indian Cent, Judd-212, Pollock-256, R.4, PR63 PCGS. CaC. The obverse dies are the same type used to coin regular-issue Indian cents from 1860-1864, with a low date. The reverse features the ONE CENT denomination inside an oak wreath with an ornamental shield at the top. Struck in copper-nickel, with a plain edge. The low date variant is much scarcer than its centered date counterpart. The surfaces alternate between lilac and honey-tan on each side. The strike is sharp and the carbon that is present is almost entirely limited to the reverse. (#11895)

Copper 1859 French Head Half, PR62 Brown Judd-246, Perfect Ribbon Pollock-302

1858 Hook-Neck Flying eagle Cent Judd-202, Pollock 246, PR64

4557 1858 Flying eagle Cent, Judd-202, Pollock-246, R.5, PR64 PCGS. CaC. The hook-necked eagle obverse, generally attributed to Longacre, is paired with several reverses during the year, here displaying ONE CENT in a simple laurel wreath with clusters of six leaves. Struck in copper-nickel with a plain edge. The fields are nicely reflective and each side displays even reddish-tan patina. (#11867)

4559 1859 Half Dollar, Judd-246, Pollock-302, Low R.7, PR62 Brown NGC. Longacres French Head of Liberty. She wears a wreath of oak and vine leaves on her head, while a ribbon inscribed LIBERTY curls around where her shoulder would normally reside. This reverse has a large sandwich board eagle holding a ribbon in its beak. The arrows within the right (facing) claw have unusually long shafts. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. Perfect ribbon Pollock subvariety. Sharply struck and satiny with deep tangray toning aside from brown areas near the mouth and the D in UNITED. (#11990)

transitional 1863 Bronze Indian Cent Judd-299, PR62 Brown

4560 1863 One Cent, Judd-299, Pollock-359, R.3, PR62 Brown NGC. This transitional striking of the Indian cent has the regular design of 1863, but it is struck in bronze with a plain edge with a medallic alignment. This was the Mints first experiment with bronze and approximately 200 pieces are known today. Coins are known struck on both thick and thin planchets, this is a thinplanchet variant. According to USPatterns.com the Judd-299 is very difficult to find with a significant amount of red color. On this piece deep cherry-red is seen around the obverse devices and in the reverse fields, while the remainder of each side is deep brown. The devices appear heavily frosted beneath the brown patina. (#60454)
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Gem Proof 1864 Indian Cent No L, Judd-356b

1867 Copper three Dollar Dies trial Judd-596, PR64 Brown

4561 1864 One Cent, Judd-356b, Pollock-426a, R.8, PR65 NGC. Snow-Pt1c. Eagle Eye Photo Seal, card included. Struck from plain edge No L, broad bust regular issue dies in a copper-nickel alloy. This is a charming specimen of this elusive pattern. The flashy fields are toned dusky rose-red and olive-green. Devoid of contact marks, although the precisely struck surfaces exhibit pinpoint carbon. The obverse has a wire rim. (#60524)

1865 three Cent Nickel Judd-410, PR66 Similar to the Regular Issue

4562 1865 three Cent Nickel, Judd-410, Pollock-481, Low R.6, PR66 PCGS. The obverse die is similar to that used for regular coinage, with the only difference a higher date placement. The reverse is likewise similar to the regular die, but the ribbon ends are larger and encroach on the denticles. Struck in nickel with a plain edge. It is easy to see how some of these patterns ended up in collections of regular issue coins. The fields are brightly reflective, and each side is mostly brilliant with streaky gray patina over both obverse and reverse. (#60591)

1867 Five Cent Pattern in Nickel Judd-570, Pollock-638, PR63

4564 1867 three Dollar, Judd-596, Pollock-660, High R.7, PR64 Brown PCGS. A rare dies trial piece struck in copper with a reeded edge from the regular issue three dollar gold piece dies. The borders offer yellow-green color, while the portrait and centers exhibit dusky rose hues. Meticulously struck and well preserved. The dies are moderately rotated clockwise. Only a half dozen of these pieces are believed known, according to USPatterns.com, and three of those came from complete sets, all of which are now broken up. Ex: ANA Signature (Heritage, 8/2004), lot 7928. (#60808)

4563 1867 Five Cents, Judd-570, Pollock-638, R.5, PR63 PCGS Secure. The obverse design is similar to the issued three cent nickel, but a star is present beneath LIBERTY. The reverse shows 5 CENTS centered within a laurel wreath with the motto IN GOD WE TRUST at the top in tiny letters. This Pollock subvariety shows the 7 in the date further from the curl. Struck in nickel with a plain edge. The fields are nicely reflective and both sides show just a hint of light golden and lilac toning. A pleasing coin for the grade. (#60780)

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Choice Proof Judd-658 1868 Pattern Five Dollar, 25 Franc

1869 Standard Silver Half in Silver Judd-743, PR65

4565 1868 Dual Denomination $5-25 Francs, Judd-658, Pollock-731, Low R.7, PR64 NGC. The obverse has a bust of Liberty facing left, with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and the date along the periphery. Liberty has a headband with a star, and her hair is tied with a ribbon. The reverse displays an olive and oak wreath, with 5 DOLLARS and 25 FRANCS inside the wreath. Struck in aluminum with a reeded edge. This unusual pattern was made to return the favor of a gold 1867 French pattern (VG3702) which carried an identical dual denomination. The present near-Gem has faint cream-gray toning and a razor-sharp strike. Only trivial surface imperfections deny an even finer grade. (#60876)

1869 Standard Silver Dime in Copper Judd-704, PR64 Brown

4567 1869 Standard Silver Half Dollar, Judd-743, Pollock-824, High R.6, PR65 PCGS. A bust of Liberty faces right, wearing a cap ornamented with large stars. A ribbon inscribed LIBERTY rests on her shoulder. IN GOD WE TRUST resides within a scroll below, and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA encircles her head. On the reverse, STANDARD SILVER is centered above the familiar wreath of cotton and corn. 50 CENTS is placed within the wreath; the date is beneath. William Barbers initial B is recut above the L in LIBERTY, which is repunched. Struck in silver with a plain edge. The deep reflectivity in the fields is fully evident beneath the substantial rose-golden toning that covers each side, deepening to blue around the margins. A small planchet flake is noted on the cap of Liberty. (#60971)

1869 Standard Silver Half Dollar, PR63 Judd-746, Only One Finer Coin at NGC

4566 1869 Standard Silver ten Cents, Judd-704, Pollock-783, Low R.7, PR64 Brown PCGS. CaC. Standard Silver design with the head of Liberty facing right with a diadem in her hair, motto below, and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA above. The reverse has 10 CENTS in the center, surrounded by a wreath of oak and laurel, with STANDARD SILVER 1869 around the margin. Struck in copper with a plain edge. It has been years since we last offered a Judd-704, and rightfully so. Only a dozen or so pieces are believed to exist. The reverse is uniformly brown, while the obverse is reddishtinted brown with blue margins. The first-generation holder has seen better days with numerous scratches on the encasement. (#60929)

4568 1869 Standard Silver Half Dollar, Judd-746, Pollock-828, Low R.7, PR63 NGC. Standard Silver design with Liberty wearing a cap with two stars and scroll below, the reverse reads STANDARD SILVER 1869 around the rim with 50 CENTS in the center of an oak and laurel wreath. Struck in aluminum with a reeded edge. The design elements of this pleasing Select specimen are sharply rendered, and the mirrored fields show hazy reflectivity, somewhat limited by streaky amber patina. Census: 2 in 63, 1 finer (12/11). (#60974)

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1869 Standard Silver Half in Silver Judd-748, PR61

1870 Standard Silver Dime in Copper Judd-845, Richly toned PR62 Brown

4569 1869 Standard Silver Half Dollar, Judd-748, Pollock-831, R.5, PR61 NGC. Standard Silver design with a bust of Liberty facing right on the obverse. Liberty is wearing a diadem inscribed LIBERTY, the legend is around the border, and the motto IN GOD WE TRUST is on a scroll at the bottom. The reverse exhibits the denomination 50 CENTS within a wreath of oak and laurel. STANDARD SILVER is at the periphery, the date 1869 is below the wreath. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. Deep toning and numerous small contact marks obscure much of the reflectivity in the fields. (#60977)

Deeply toned 1869 Standard Silver Half Judd-748, PR64

4572 1870 Standard Silver ten Cents, Judd-845, Pollock-944, Low R.7, PR62 Brown NGC. Standard Silver design with a rightfacing bust of Liberty on the obverse and the motto IN GOD WE TRUST on a scroll below. Liberty is wearing a diadem, and the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is around the border. The denomination 10 CENTS and the date 1870 are centered on the reverse within a wreath of cotton and corn. The word STANDARD is at the top. Struck in copper with a plain edge. About six pieces are known of this pattern. The reflective surfaces are covered with deep red and lime-green toning, evenly matched on both sides. (#61089)

1871 Longacre-Designed Seated Liberty Dime Judd-1085, PR64 Red and Brown

4570 1869 Standard Silver Half Dollar, Judd-748, Pollock-831, R.5, PR64 PCGS. Liberty, wearing a plain tiara, faces right. A headband behind the tiara features LIBERTY in raised letters. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA dominates the upper periphery, with IN GOD WE TRUST in a ribbon below. On the reverse 50 / CENTS is within an oak and laurel wreath, with STANDARD SILVER at the upper rim and the date below. Two six-pointed stars in the lower field one to the left and one to the right complete the design. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. Deep blue-gray and olive toning partially subdues the proof reflectivity on each side, however, few defects are noted. (#60977)

4573 1871 ten Cents, Judd-1085, Pollock-1221, R.7, PR64 Red and Brown NGC. The Longacre-derived obverse features Liberty seated wearing an Indian headdress with left hand resting on a globe, right hand holding a pole with cap on top, and conjoined flags behind. The reverse is from the regular issue Seated dime dies. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. Probably only a half-dozen or so examples are known today of this impressive pattern. The fields are deep brown and blue with a pronounced tracing of original red around the devices. One of the nicer examples we have seen of this pattern recently. (#71344)

1870 Standard Silver Dime Judd-843, Sparkling PR64

4571 1870 Standard Silver ten Cents, Judd-843, Pollock-942, Low R.6, PR64 PCGS. The obverse has a head of Liberty with a diadem in her hair and a scroll beneath the bust rather than the date. The reverse is simply laid out with 10 CENTS in the center, surrounded by a wreath of cotton and corn with STANDARD above. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. The surfaces are brilliant and attractively preserved on this near-Gem with a small Mint-made planchet flaw on the reverse at 3 oclock. The dies are rotated about 30 degrees counterclockwise. Certified in a green-label holder. Ex: Heritage (11/2003), lot 11127. (#61087)
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1873 Bailly-Designed trade Dollar Judd-1281, PR65 Cameo

Very Rare Copper Die trials Judd-1414 1875 twenty Cent, PR60 Red

4575 1875 twenty Cents, Judd-1414, Pollock-1557, High R.7, PR60 Red PCGS. Die trials striking for the 1875 Twenty Cent piece, struck in copper with a plain edge. The sharply struck surfaces are luminous and display orange, ruby, pink, and green tints. The fields are hairlined and appear lacquered. Housed in a green label holder. (#81721)

1875 Sailor Head Half eagle Judd-1439, PR64 Gilt

4574 1873 trade Dollar, Judd-1281, Pollock-1423, R.4, PR65 Cameo NGC. A J.A. Bailly rendition of Liberty faces left with the date below and 13 stars around. Her hair is coiled and displays a sprig. The reverse has the legend layout of the issued Trade dollar except E PLURIBUS UNUM lacks a scroll and is set directly into the field. The eagle and shield motif appears identical to that of the Amazonian Judd-1202 half dollar. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. This is a mostly brilliant example that displays deeply mirrored fields with thickly frosted devices, the combination of which produces the cameo effect. The only contact marks of any note are a couple of angling abrasions on Libertys chin. (#61566)

4576 1875 Sailor Head Five Dollar, Judd-1439, Pollock-1582, R.6-7, PR64 Gilt NGC. William Barbers Sailor Head design with a left facing bust of Liberty on the obverse encircled by 13 stars around the periphery. Liberty is wearing a coronet inscribed LIBERTY, the date 1875 is at the lower border. An eagle that is very similar to that used on both the Trade Dollar and the Twenty Cent piece dominates the reverse motif. E PLURIBUS UNUM is in the field above the eagles head, the motto IN GOD WE TRUST is on a scroll in the lower field, and the legend and denomination are at the borders. This design was also used on twenty cent and eagle patterns of 1875, dollar patterns of 1876 and 1877, and dime, quarter, half dollar, and dollar patterns. Struck in copper and then gilt to resemble a gold striking, with a reeded edge. This is a lovely piece that only shows a few slight areas of the original copper surface. Unlisted as such in either the Pollock reference or USpatterns.com. (#71746)

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1877 Pattern Half Dollar, PR67 Brown Judd-1525, Pollock-1691

4577 1877 Half Dollar, Judd-1525, Pollock-1691, Low R.7,

PR67 Brown NGC. The central figure on the obverse is a bust of Liberty facing left. Liberty wears a cap with a wide band, and the hair is confined by a ribbon. The band of the cap is inscribed LIBERTY and is adorned with wheat and cotton. An array of 13 stars surrounds the bust, and the date is below. The reverse features an eagle, displayed on a shield, clutching an olive branch and three arrows. A circular band is visible behind the shield, with the Gothic inscriptions In God We trust and e pluribus unum. The peripheral inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and HALF DOLLAR. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. Barbers distinctive obverse design was later used on the Goloid pattern dollars of 1878-1880. There are two varieties of Judd-1525, which Andrew Pollock designated as Pollock-1691 and 1693. The present coin is an example of the former designation, characterized by the second 7 in the date being distant from the dentils. USPatterns.com currently traces eight examples of Pollock-1691 (see the website for detailed census information). The coin offered here is a virtually unimprovable specimen. The surfaces display a beautiful array of mint red, crimson, olive, and light blue toning, making this coin a visual treat. All elements of the intricate design are finely detailed and complement the flawless surfaces to produce fantastic eye appeal. The present coin is the finest certified example in the Brown category at both NGC and PCGS (3/10). Ex: Public Auction Sale (Lester Merkin, 9/1967), lot 542; Public Auction Sale (Lester Merkin, 6/1971), lot 887; Lemus Collection (Heritage, 1/2009), lot 1879. (#61865)

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Proof 1879 Metric Dollar, Judd-1617

1880 Five Dollar Regular Dies in Copper Judd-1663, PR64 Brown

4578 1879 Metric Dollar, Judd-1617, Pollock-1813, R.4, PR61 NGC. William Barbers Metric dollar with Liberty wearing a coronet with a border of pearls. The reverse is elaborately laid out with a partial wreath of cotton and corn tied at the base, a ribbon, and with DEO EST GLORIA on a tablet above. Struck in goloid or silver with a reeded edge. Without metallurgical testing it is impossible to know the exact composition these pieces were struck in. This is a sharply struck pearl-gray specimen with slightly subdued reflectivity and a few delicate field hairlines. The margins display minor mint-made retained laminations. (#61995)

1879 Goloid Metric Dollar Judd-1626, Bright PR63

4579 1879 Goloid Metric Dollar, Judd-1626, Pollock-1822, R.4, PR63 NGC. William Barbers design for the Goloid Metric dollar with a capped head of Liberty on the obverse, paired with a reverse that carries the statutory as well as elemental inscriptions. A circle of stars about the central inscriptions breaks the otherwise continuous wording. Struck in goloid (a silver alloy that includes a small portion of gold) with a reeded edge. It is unknown if these pieces were actually struck in goloid or regular coin silver. The surfaces are bright and the fields deeply reflective. Almost no color is seen on either side. (#62004)

4580 1880 Five Dollar, Judd-1663, Pollock-1863, R.8, PR64 Brown PCGS. This is a regular dies trial piece struck from the regular half eagle dies. Struck in copper with a reeded edge. Rather than dismissing this dies trial striking as a Mint fabrication made solely for collectors, the USPatterns. com website states: It is unclear if this a true trial piece of an item deliberately struck for sale to collectors. The devices are fully struck on each side, and the surfaces are deep brown with occasional bits of blue and red just beneath the brown patina. Only three pieces are believed known of this rarity. Ex: Farouk (Sothebys, 2/1954); State Rare Coin Auction (1/1981), lot 600; ANA Signature (Heritage, 1/2008); Bowers and Merena (9/2009); Stacks Bowers (11/2011). (#62048)

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GOLD DOLLaRS
4581 1849 Open Wreath MS63+ NGC. Breen-6004. Close stars, thin date numerals. A lustrous caramel-gold example of this introductory single-year design subtype. No marks are consequential, and the eye appeal is attractive.(#7502) 4582 1849 Open Wreath MS64 PCGS. Breen-6001. The distant stars variety with a different arrangement than its close stars successor. Breen referred to these as Small Head and Large Head, but the portraits were identical and any size difference was an optical illusion caused by the varied star placements. Honey-gold centers are framed by peripheral sea-green.(#7502) 4583 1849-O Open Wreath MS62 NGC. Variety 1. The R in DOLLAR is repunched, as is the ME in AMERICA, all testaments to the growing pains of the gold dollar denomination. This sharply struck example has lovely olive-gold toning and is both lustrous and unblemished for the MS62 level.(#7508)

Gem 1851-C Gold Dollar, Variety 1 Late Reverse Die State

1850 Gold Dollar, MS65 Only Four Finer Coins at NGC

4584 1850 MS65 NGC. This well-detailed Gem gold dollar shows just a touch of softness on the stars and reverse lettering. The vivid orange-gold surfaces show highlights of lilac and turquoise, with prooflike reflectivity in sheltered areas and outstanding eye appeal. Census: 1 in 65 , 4 finer (12/11). (#7509) 4585 1850-O aU55 NGC. A mintage of 14,000 pieces makes the 1850O the rarest New Orleans gold dollar, though the 1855-O sells for more due to its Type Two design. This straw-gold example is sharply struck and free from detracting marks.(#7512)

4586 1851-C MS65 NGC. Variety 1. This variety shows an obvious die crack from the F in OF to the left top of the M in AMERICA. This is one of three varieties known for the year, with doubling showing on the wreath and stars. This Gem is sharply struck overall, save for a couple of the hair curls and the A in DOLLAR. The surfaces display bright yellow-gold color overall, while the fields show evidence of die polishing with areas of prooflikeness interspersed with lustrous, unpolished areas. The piece shows no obvious identifying pedigree markers; rather, there are just a few tiny marks scattered in the fields. A super example for a Charlotte type set or complete mintmark set. Census: 4 in 65, 2 finer (12/11). (#7514)

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1851-D Variety 3-D Gold Dollar, MS62 Dies Clashed First, then Rotated

MS62 1853-D Gold Dollar Seldom Seen in Mint State

4587 1851-D MS62 PCGS Secure. Variety 3-D. The reverse is rotated a quarter-turn to the left on this attractive example. Indistinct clash marks are evident, and those clash marks are properly aligned, indicating that the dies clashed prior to the die rotation. Both sides are fully lustrous and sharply detailed with light yellow surfaces and scattered marks. Population: 11 in 62, 6 finer (1/12). (#7515) 4588 1851-O MS63 NGC. A luminous gold-orange example with a hint of frostiness to satin surfaces. Well-defined and an excellent choice for the Southern gold type enthusiast.(#7516) 4589 1852 MS64 NGC. Yellow-orange luster has a few shifts in richness, particularly on the reverse. The intricate detail on the hair under Libertys coronet is of interest.(#7517)

1852-D Gold Dollar, MS61 Rare Issue in Mint State

4590 1852-D MS61 NGC. Variety 4-F. The 1852-D gold dollar claims a mintage of 6,360 pieces, with a surviving population estimated at 100-110 examples in all grades. This well-detailed Mint State example displays lustrous greenish-gold surfaces, with a number of clash marks and die lines on both sides. Census: 16 in 61, 12 finer (12/11). (#7519)

4591 1853-D MS62 NGC. Variety 5-G. Only one die pairing was used to produce the meager mintage of 6,583 gold dollars at Dahlonega in 1853, an issue that features a large, well-formed mintmark on the reverse and a slanting (or italic) 5 in the date. High-grade examples usually show above-average luster, and this piece is a case in point, with semireflectivity appearing in the fields and the surfaces overall a bright, even yellow-gold. The strike is a bit soft on the hair curls in the center and on the A of DOLLAR on the reverse, but there are no obvious marks. Census: 11 in 62, 8 finer (12/11). (#7523)

1853-O Gold Dollar, MS64 Likely From California Gold

4592 1853-O MS64 NGC. Variety 1. The date is high above the ribbon bow and close to DOLLAR on this variety. The leaf tip left of the 1 is level with the base of that digit on this variety, and extends well above the base of the 1 on Variety 2. This Choice Mint State specimen has hints of green color on its brilliant yellow surfaces with reflective fields and trivial marks. Census: 50 in 64, 12 finer (12/11). (#7524)

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Uncirculated 1854-D Gold Dollar

1855 Gold Dollar, MS62 Popular type two Issue

4593 1854-D MS61 NGC. This straw-gold Southern branch mint example is only lightly abraded for the designated grade. Luster brightens the margins, legends, and devices. The centers show only minor incompleteness. One small strike-through is noted beneath the 5 in the date. A rare Dahlonega issue due to a mintage of only 2,935 pieces. (#7526)

1854 type two Gold Dollar Sharply Struck MS62

4596 1855 MS62 NGC. Two new coinage designs were introduced in 1854, the three dollar gold piece and the Type Two gold dollar. This example of the 1855 Type Two has remarkably smooth surfaces with subdued mint frost. There is the slightest trace of die clashing evident in the right obverse field, but none appears elsewhere. The strike is sharp but not full; the digits in the date show the usual softness. (#7532)

1855 Gold Dollar, MS62 Short-Lived type two Design

4594 1854 type two MS62 NGC. The 1854 Type Two gold dollar, coming from a relatively large mintage approaching 800,000 pieces, is an available date and a favorite choice of type collectors. The Mint State population, estimated by David Bowers (2011) to be between 2,500 and 3,200 pieces, can be attributed, at least in part, to the 1934 Baltimore Find that apparently included more than 200 specimens. This well-struck example has full digits and lettering on the reverse, and the usual die clash marks. Even orange-gold color coats each side. (#7531)

4597 1855 MS62 PCGS. The Type Two gold dollar, with the small Indian head motif in high relief, was plagued by striking problems, and the design was only produced during three calendar years. The 1855 issue is a favorite of type collectors because high-grade examples are readily available. This attractive piece is well-detailed, with satiny mint luster and dramatic clash marks on the reverse. (#7532)

1855 type two Gold Dollar, MS62 Second Year of this Short-Lived type

1855-C Gold Dollar, aU53 Well-Struck

4595 1855 MS62 PCGS. Garrett and Guth write of the second and final Type Two gold dollar issue from Philadelphia: The 1855 Type 2 gold dollar has a mintage nearly identical to that of the 1854 Type 2, and is very close in rarity. As population reports and auction records indicate, the 1855 is the slightly more rare of the two. The attractive example offered here is a great opportunity to acquire this more elusive type issue. The mint luster is bright and even yellow-gold, and the striking details are much better defined than usually seen. There are no traces of die clashing (they appear to have been lapped away) and the fields display only minor, scattered abrasions. (#7532)

4598 1855-C aU53 PCGS. Variety 2. Despite a tiny mintage of 9,803 pieces, the 55-C was struck from at least two different die pairs. This lightly circulated apricot-gold representative lacks relevant marks and possesses a pleasing strike. The obverse is mildly granular near 5 and 11 oclock, as made. Population: 10 in 53, 20 finer (1/12). (#7533)

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Near-Mint 1856-S Gold Dollar Sole San Francisco type two Issue

4604 1871 MS64 PCGS. A well-defined yellow-orange example with hints of mint-green and pale blue, and with nearly full field reflectivity. Small marks in the fields have little impact on the eye appeal. Population: 18 in 64, 23 finer (1/12).(#7571) 4605 1873 Closed 3 MS62 PCGS. CaC. Prominent clash marks are limited to the obverse. Trivial surface marks appear on the lemonyellow surfaces of this fully lustrous specimen. The obverse is satiny with reflective reverse fields. Population: 13 in 62, 22 finer (1/12). (#7574) 4606 1874 MS66 PCGS. Intense luster exudes from the brassy-gold surfaces of this marvelously preserved Premium Gem. The design elements exhibit sharp definition except that only the L of LIBERTY shows, a usual characteristic of the issue. Population: 52 in 66, 32 finer (1/12).(#7575) 4607 1880 MS62 PCGS. CaC. Like many examples of this date, the fields are bright and semireflective. The strike is complete throughout, and the coin has a light orange-gold color. Light abrasions are scattered over each side.(#7581) 4608 1881 MS64 PCGS. A beautiful butter-gold near-Gem of this popular low mintage date. Fully struck and lustrous with exceptional eye appeal for the conservatively assessed grade. Housed in a first generation holder.(#7582) 4609 1883 MS63 PCGS. CaC. Although certified as a Select Mint State piece, this gold dollar has every appearance of a proof at first glance. The fields are fully mirrored with lustrous, cameo-like devices that exhibit full details.(#7584) 4610 1887 MS65+ NGC. Apricot-gold luster has elements of peach on this late-date gold dollar. Well-defined with excellent quality, even by Gem standards, and eye appeal to match. Census: 1 in 65+, 70 finer (12/11).(#7588) 4611 1889 MS65 PCGS. Traces of rose color appear on the yellow-gold surfaces of this fully brilliant and frosty Gem. A few planchet flakes on the obverse appear as made. Delicate peripheral die cracks are noted on the reverse.(#7590) 4612 1889 MS66 PCGS. Hints of bluish patina reside on the reflective yellow-gold surfaces of this impressive Premium Gem. Both sides have satiny devices with a hint of cameo contrast. (#7590)

4599 1856-S type two aU58 NGC. Normal mintmark. The 1856-S is the sole San Francisco issue of the Type Two design. It is also the final issue of the subtype, struck one year after the other branch mint issues due to the distance of the facility from Philadelphia, where working dies were manufactured. This is a richly detailed straw-gold piece with a few faded, thin, and unobtrusive obverse marks. (#7536) 4600 1859-C Improperly Cleaned NGC Details. aU. This rare date straw-gold Charlotte Mint example is faintly hairlined but has only minimal wear. Minor marks are limited to the field beneath the 9 in the date. A mere 5,235 pieces were struck.(#7552)

1859-C Gold Dollar, MS61 Only Six Finer at PCGS

4601 1859-C MS61 PCGS Secure. Variety 1. The only known die pair for 1859-C gold dollars was used for production of 5,235 coins. This Mint State piece has the typical mushy strike of the entire production run. The greenish-yellow gold surfaces are fully lustrous with myriad, grade-limiting marks. Population: 3 in 61, 6 finer (1/12). (#7552) 4602 1860-S aU53 PCGS. A lightly circulated example of this scarce date, with just a trace of wear on the design elements and vibrant mint luster. Population: 6 in 53, 71 finer (1/12).(#7557)

Superb Gem 1889 Gold Dollar Last Date of Denomination

Prooflike Uncirculated 1865 Gold Dollar

4613 1889 MS67 PCGS. The gold dollar denomination was produced for the last time in 1889, with a mintage of 29,000 pieces. This marvelous Superb Gem exhibits well-detailed design elements and vibrant mint luster, with pleasing orange-gold surfaces that show highlights of lilac. PCGS has certified only a single coin in higher numeric grade (1/12). (#7590) 4603 1865 MS61 Prooflike aNaCS. Since gold coins failed to circulate on the East Coast during this Civil War year, the 1865 commercial mintage was only 3,725 pieces. Unlike later dates, Uncirculated examples were not saved in quantity, and in fact the date is rare regardless of grade. This is a flashy and sharply struck example interesting for a patch of die polish lines beneath the top of the wreath. None have been certified as PL or DPL by NGC. (#7564)

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1889 Gold Dollar, MS67+ Only One Finer at PCGS

1884 Gold Dollar, PR66 Cameo High Proof Mintage Few Survive Finer

4614 1889 MS67+ PCGS. CaC. A frosty Superb Gem specimen, this final-year gold dollar exhibits brilliant light yellow luster with pristine surfaces and bold design motifs. Following several years of limited mintages, the 1889 production increased dramatically to 29,000 coins with little circulation. Population: 1 in 67+, 1 finer (1/12). (#7590)

PROOF GOLD DOLLaRS


Superb Gem Proof 1884 Gold Dollar tied for Finest at PCGS

4616 1884 PR66 Cameo NGC. The 1884 issue begins the series-ending string of four-figure proof mintages for gold dollars; production went from 207 pieces the year before to 1,006 specimens. Few survivors from that multitude, however, have the combination of cameo contrast and high preservation offered by this Premium Gem. Glassy golden-black fields host thickly frosted and decisively detailed devices. Several small lint marks are noted on the reverse, particularly at the left side of the portrait area, but they affect neither the technical grade nor the eye appeal. Census: 17 in 66 Cameo, 12 finer (12/11). (#87634)

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aU Details 1802/1 two and a Half, BD-3

4615 1884 PR67 PCGS. Slightly more than 1,000 proof examples of the 1884 gold dollar were struck, complementing the mingy business-strike total of 5,230 pieces. This Superb Gem proof is one of only five submissions at this grade level at PCGS, and there are none numerically finer, regardless of contrast (1/12). The fields are nicely reflective, but the reflectivity is subdued by the deep, even reddish patina seen over each side. An orange-peel effect appears in the fields with a touch of lilac present, most evident in the reverse center. The strike is full throughout. From The Aspen Collection of Proof Coinage. (#7634)

4617 1802/1 Bent aNaCS. aU Details, Net XF45. Breen6118, BD-3, R.5. The bend is slight and most noticeable on the date and northeast of the eagles head. No marks are apparent that would have caused the subtle bend. The straw-gold surfaces are mildly bright from cleaning, and a few faint field abrasions include a small X at 1 oclock on the reverse. The centers show selected softness but ample luster is present. (#7650)
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Choice aU 1805 Quarter eagle, BD-1 Interesting Multipurpose Dies

1806/4 Quarter eagle, BD-1, aU Surprisingly Clean example

4618 1805 aU55 PCGS. BD-1, R.4. Bass-Dannreuther Die State b / a. The die that produced this obverse is unique among quarter eagles and one of only a very few for any denomination that was heated for a second time, overdated, hardened again, and put back into service! per Bass-Dannreuther, in order to produce the 1806/5 BD-2, with a cracked die, no less! At any rate, the 1805-dated pairing is the only known marriage for that year. The reverse die was also reused, to strike all quarter eagles dated 1806 and 1807, as well as all 150,000-plus 1807 dimes. The obverse here shows a tiny crack joining stars 5-7, but as yet no trace of the later crack joining the tops of 805 appears. The medium yellow-gold surfaces show just light, high-point circulation wear on this Choice AU example. Some prominent planchet adjustment marks appear in the center reverse and near the upper rim, but there are few signs of overt contact. (#7653)

4619 1806/4 8x5 Stars aU50 aNaCS. BD-1, High R.4. BassDannreuther Die State a+ / b. This obverse die was overdated from an unused 1804 die, while the reverse die did hard duty striking all quarter eagles from 1805 through 1807, plus well over 100,000 1807-dated silver dimes. The obverse on this coin nonetheless shows just the start of a die crack joining LI, a state we call a+. The obverse is still far from the state b as Bass-Dannreuther describe it. This medium orange-gold piece shows a number of crisscrossing adjustment marks in the central obverse, and the strike is correspondingly weak on the central reverse area. Although there is wear consistent with the grade evident, there are few signs of contact on this appealing AU example. (#7654)

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Lot 4620

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1808 Quarter eagle, MS63 Mid-Condition Census Quality for this One-Year type

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4620 1808 MS63 NGC. BD-1, R.4. The 1808 quarter eagle is the second major gold coin design undertaken by Mint assistant engraver John

(Johann Matthaus) Reich, a native of Bavaria. After being hired as Mint assistant or second engraver in 1807 under Chief Engraver Robert Scot, Reich was commissioned by new Mint Director Robert Patterson to redesign the nations coinage. Reich rightly began with the United States most important circulating denominations, the silver half and gold half eagle, which were introduced in 1807. Then the 1808 quarter eagle appeared, both sides newly designed by Reich. The Capped Bust to Left obverse would appear only on this issue, while the Reich Eagle reverse would run largely unchanged through the end of the Liberty Head coinage. Even though the Mint would manufacture a trifling 2,710 specimens of the 1808 quarter eagle, it would suffice, and the denomination would see the light of day again only in 1821. The 1808 and 1796 No Stars quarter eagles are virtually tied for the status of rarest U.S. gold type coin. The Bass-Dannreuther Early U.S. Gold Coin Varieties places both at R.4, estimating 125-150 pieces known of the 1808 quarter eagle, compared to 104-131 1796 No Stars quarter eagles. Interestingly, Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth number considerably fewer survivors, pegging them at 50-60 in 100 Greatest U.S. Coins. Whatever the real number is and the population reports are nearly useless because of duplications it is certainly true that the 1808 quarter eagle is not only among the rarest gold type coins, but it is also more conditionally elusive grade for grade than the 1796 quarter eagles, of which there are numerous high-grade survivors. All 1808 quarter eagles have the same irregular rim. Breen (1988) commented on this peculiarity: All survivors ... show excessively narrow borders, usually incomplete. This must have been seen as a design flaw conducive to rapid wear on both sides, as on the half-dollar revs. of 1836-37 and the 1861 S Paquet double eagles. Predictably, survivors are in lower grades than those of earlier dates lacking this problem. He goes on to describe the usually seen 1808 quarter eagle: Most are weak on wingtips and tops of letters; all are weak on parts of borders; all have some stars flat; most show rim dents or bruises, as though the entire issue had been spilled on a floor in the Mint. In spite of Breens comments above, there is an unusually large percentage of the survivors that are in AU condition. There have been 53 submissions of the 1808 in AU50 to AU58. Undoubtedly the numbers are inordinately high in AU in hopes of attaining an even high grade. Each upward bump in the AU grading ladder adds approximately $10,000 in value to the coin. In mint condition there are very few pieces known. Specifically, in MS63 only six coins have been certified with two finer. One of the two finer is a single MS65, formerly in the collections of J. Hewitt Judd and Congressman Jimmy Hayes. We are unaware of the previous pedigree of this Select example. It is distinctly finer than any we have handled recently. We have not offered an MS63 of this rarity since 2008. This example has even yellow-gold color throughout with none of the often-seen reddish patina common to early gold. The fields are bright, but not quite bright enough to call semiprooflike; they have the brightness seen on any coin with such a limited production run. With only 2,710 pieces coined, essentially each coin was a first strike. The strike details are somewhat irregular, as one would expect from a one-blow gold piece produced on a screw press. The central details are especially strong with the exception of the shield lines. The obverse periphery is strong on the left side, but the stars weaken on the right side. This may be coincident with the rim irregularity that occurs in the same location, a feature known on all examples. The reverse peripheral details are also strong, but again there is weakness of definition coupled with faint die adjustment marks on the right side (opposite the area where the rim irregularity is seen on the obverse). The spilled on a floor in the Mint marks that Breen refers to are consistent with the grade on this example. The marks that would be most helpful for pedigree purposes are: On the obverse there is a rim depression at 3:30, several shallow vertical marks are scattered along the jawline of Liberty, and a scrape extends from the second 8 in the date to just above star 13. The reverse shows no mentionable marks other than the light adjustment marks that can be used as reliable pedigree identifiers. This 1808 quarter eagle ranks among the finest known. Only five other MS63 submissions have been seen by both of the major services. Two examples are finer, an MS64 NGC and the previously mentioned MS65 PCGS. This lot presents the type collector with a rare opportunity to acquire this one-year emission in mid-Condition Census quality. (#7660)

Rare 1830 Quarter eagle, BD-1, XF45

4621 1830 XF45 PCGS. BD-1, R.4. The sole dies for this challenging Capped Head date. A minimally abraded Choice XF example. Toned honey-gold with slightly deeper peach patina in protected areas. The centers show minor incompleteness of strike but the remainder of the design is sharp. Only 4,540 pieces were struck, most of which were melted long ago. (#7670)

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PR64 Cameo 1831 Quarter eagle BD-1, ex: Pittman Collection


4622 1831 PR64 Cameo NGC. BD-1, R.7 as a proof. The 1831

quarter eagles are at the top of the list when it comes to confusion about prooflike business strikes versus true proofs, and the present piece is a case in point. Before we go further, let us state categorically that this piece is an undisputed proof. Going all the way back to Numismatic Gallerys Memorable sale of 1948, this piece was cataloged as a proof, where it was purchased by one of the most astute buyers of the middle 20th century, famed collector John Jay Pittman. This piece is also listed (from the Memorable sale) in Breens Proof Encyclopedia, although the other pedigree information is garbled. This coin remained with Pittman for 50 years until it was auctioned in the Pittman Collection Part Two (Akers, 5/1998), lot 1717, which brought $88,000. That is a remarkably strong price considering that David Akers was clearly on the fence about this coin, calling it in the headline a Very Choice Prooflike Uncirculated 1831 Quarter Eagle, but then immediately below adding a subhead Possible Proof and mentioning the proof appearance in the Memorable sale and the listing in the Breen Proof Encyclopedia. Akers says, The fields are fully prooflike and this is one of those prooflike coins that really does look like a Proof ... . Akers also mentions the Eliasberg coin, Lot 97, was catalogued in 1982 as a Proof and realized a Proof price, but it was exactly the same as the coin offered here and not, in my opinion, a true Proof. (Others, however, obviously must have considered it a true Proof.) Further in his description of the Pittman coin (the present piece), Akers makes a final note: When this coin was on display at several numismatic conventions, some very knowledgeable individuals who examined it felt that it is a Proof. I do not agree, but readily admit that it is a coin over which expert opinions might legitimately differ. Therefore, I suggest that interested bidders examine it closely and form their own opinions concerning this coins method of manufacture. We note that in the intervening years since the Pittman sale, this piece was, obviously, certified as a PR64 Cameo by the experts at NGC. A few identifiers pedigree this piece as the Pittman coin; specifically a shallow mark across Libertys cheek, a tiny tick between stars 4 and 5, and a small planchet flake in the left reverse field below the E in UNITED. We also note a small patch of mint frost below the eagles left (facing) wing, an identical attribute that also appears on the Eliasberg Collection proof sold in 1982, cataloged by Q. David Bowers as a Choice Brilliant Proof-65. The catalogers at Heritage who have viewed this coin also believe it to be an unequivocal proof. With all due respect, we believe Akers has it wrong in this instance. But his words in the Pittman sale remain true today: Interested bidders and we think there should be many should certainly view this lot and form their own opinions. Census: 1 in 64 Cameo, 0 finer in Cameo; 1 PR66 numerically finer (1/12). Ex: J.F. Bell Collection (Stacks, 1944), lot 97; Memorable Collection (Numismatic Gallery, 3/1948), lot 91; John Jay Pittman Collection (David Akers, 5/1998), lot 1717; Heritage Internet (11/2001), lot 1497, bought in; Heritage (1/2002), lot 7973, bought in. (#7686)

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1834 Quarter eagle, aU58 First Classic Head Issue

LIBeRtY QUaRteR eaGLeS


1840-C Quarter eagle, aU55 excellent eye appeal

4623 1834 Classic aU58 PCGS. Small Head, Breen-6138, Variety-1, R.1. The Classic Head design was introduced in 1834 to mark the reduction in weight that made it possible for gold coins to circulate, instead of being exported or melted. This lightly circulated nearMint specimen is well-detailed, with semiprooflike surfaces and a scattering of minor, grade consistent abrasions. (#7692) 4624 1836 Script 8 aU58+ NGC. Head of 1835, Breen-6143, Variety-11, R.2. A partly lustrous honey-gold representative without any distracting marks. The centers show minor bluntness of strike, but the remainder of the piece is sharp, especially the upper obverse border which has a broad wire rim.(#7694)

4628 1840-C aU55 NGC. Variety 1. The only known variety for the 1840-C quarter eagles. This Choice AU example survives from a mintage of 12,822 coins. Both sides retain considerable luster with average design definition and light wear. Intermingled green- and orange-gold color provides excellent eye appeal. Census: 33 in 55, 41 finer (12/11).Census: 33 in 55, 41 finer (12/11). (#7718)

Choice aU 1840-C Quarter eagle Important early Charlotte Coin

1836 Quarter eagle, MS62+ Variety 11, Script 8

4625 1836 Script 8 MS62+ PCGS Secure. Variety 11, R.2. Remarkably appealing for the MS62 designation and close to Select in surface preservation. Warm sun-yellow and gold-orange hues enliven the shining fields. While the central obverse is softly struck, there is no trace of wear; rather, wispy abrasions and a few significant marks account for the grade. PCGS has graded 45 numerically finer Script 8 pieces (1/12). (#7694) 4626 1838 aU55 PCGS. Breen-6146, Variety-19, R.2. A crisply struck Choice AU apricot-gold representative of this low mintage Philadelphia Classic date. The fields exhibit faint hairlines but are without any evident abrasions. Population: 20 in 55, 46 finer (1/12).(#7696) 4627 1839-C Improperly Cleaned NGC Details. aU. Breen6150, Winter-2, Variety-22, R.4. The usual die state with dramatic bisecting cracks on each side. The green-gold surfaces are hairlined, particularly near the right-side stars. The obverse rim is crimped at 4 oclock.(#7699)

4629 1840-C aU55 NGC. Variety 1. Sole die pair for the year. Reddish-violet overtones are dotted through the margins on this otherwise butter-yellow example. Only a touch of wear affects the surfaces, and the protected fields remain glossy. The obverse shows a few pinscratches, while the reverse has a rim scrape over the second T in STATES, but this remains an important example of an earlier Charlotte quarter eagle issue. Census: 33 in 55, 41 finer (12/11). (#7718) 4630 1842-O VF35 PCGS. Variety 1. Just one die pair comprised the low mintage of 19,800 pieces. This is a mildly bright Choice VF representative that has a sharp strike at the borders while the centers are lightly brought up. One faint field mark noted beneath OF.(#7726) 4631 1842-O XF45 PCGS. Variety 1. The only known die pair for 1842-O quarter eagles. This light yellow example has a hint of green with traces of luster present on each side. Minor surface marks are consistent with the grade.(#7726) 4632 1843-C Large Date, Plain 4 XF45 NGC. This Charlotte type coin is impressive for its designated grade, since it offers attractive peach-gold toning and retains ample mint flash near the margins. Though the centers are typically struck, the absence of noticeable abrasions leads to superior eye appeal.(#7728)

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Smooth 1843-O two and a Half, MS62 Small Date, Crosslet 4

Still-Lustrous 1845-D Quarter eagle, aU55

4633 1843-O Small Date, Crosslet 4 MS62 PCGS. Variety 4. This New Orleans two and a half has pleasing apricot-gold color and is void of visible marks. The strike shows moderate softness at the centers, particularly on the eagles left (facing) leg, though peripheral elements are sharply defined. Mint luster is especially vibrant across the reverse periphery. Population: 14 in 62, 12 finer (1/12). (#7731) 4634 1843-O Large Date, Plain 4 aU55 NGC. The very scarce Guide Book variety with a large date and a clearly repunched mintmark. Well struck except for the BER in LIBERTY. The sun-gold surfaces are luminous and surprisingly unabraded.(#7732)

4635 1845-D aU55 NGC. Variety 6-I. Sole die pair for the issue. An attractive and intriguing mid-1840s Dahlonega coin, gold and peach with considerable violet scattering through the obverse. Ample luster remains in modestly abraded fields, and the central devices, while softly struck, show little in the way of wear. Census: 31 in 55, 37 finer (12/11). (#7738)

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Rare 1845-O Quarter eagle, MS61 Second-Finest Known

4636 1845-O MS61 PCGS. Variety 1. The 1845-O quarter eagle is,

bar none, the rarest quarter eagle from the New Orleans Mint unsurprising, given the antebellum mintage of a paltry 4,000 coins. Gold specialist Doug Winter writes (2006) in Gold Coins of the New Orleans Mint: 1839-1909:
The 1845-O is ... as rare or even rarer than all but a handful of the Charlotte and Dahlonega quarter eagles of this era but it sells for considerably less.

The entire mintage was not delivered until January 22, 1846. This meant that there was no record of the 1845O quarter eagle in the 1845 New Orleans Mint Annual Report. The first public record describing the 1845-O quarter eagles is found in the December 1894 issue of The Numismatist. In 1909 Virgil Brand purchased an example of this date from the collector J.C. Mitchelson for $150. It remained off the market until 1987 and is now regarded as the finest known; see the list of significant pieces below for a full pedigree of this coin. The famous Texas dealer B. Max Mehl is traditionally credited with the discovery of the 1845-O quarter eagle as a rarity. He gave this issue considerable hype whenever an example appeared for sale at one of his auctions. The present combined NGC and PCGS populations show four pieces in Mint State, but Winters roster comments that there are a couple of duplications among those coins, and just as he notes, we find no auction records of any Mint State pieces since we began maintaining our Permanent Auction Archives in 1993. The present MS61 example is the second-finest known according to the Winter roster, showing green-gold, original surfaces that show myriad tiny marks, all insignificant, that determine the grade. The bold strike imprints strong detail on Libertys hair, the peripheral stars, and the eagle feathers, save for the right (facing) leg, which is slightly weak. Minor weakness also appears at some of the border details. For collectors seeking one of the finest of this underrated and seldom-seen issue, this piece represents a fascinating and fleeting opportunity. Ex: Bowers and Merena (6/1986), lot 149; Auction 87 (Paramount, 7/1987), lot 386; Bowers and Merena (11/1990), lot 477, as AU50 PCGS; Nevada collection; Doug Winter/Spectrum Numismatics, MS61 PCGS; Louisiana collection; the present consignor. (#7739)

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1847-D Quarter eagle, aU53 Variety 9-M, Only Known Die Pair

1855-C Quarter eagle, aU55 Rare in all Grades

4637 1847-D aU53 PCGS. Variety 9-M. The only known variety. Light wear is evident on the high points of this still lustrous yellowgold specimen that has hints of delicate green color. Scattered and entirely trivial surface marks are visible on both sides. An impressive example of an important issue in the Dahlonega quarter eagle series. (#7746)

Near-Mint 1852-C two and a Half

4641 1855-C aU55 NGC. CaC. Variety 1. The 1855-C Liberty quarter eagle is one of the rarest issues from the Charlotte Mint, with a mintage of only 3,677 pieces. This Choice AU specimen shows considerable lack of detail, especially on the reverse, as the 1855-C is known for its weak strike. The rich greenish-gold surfaces retain most of their original mint luster. Census: 16 in 55, 33 finer (12/11). (#7775) 4642 1857 MS64 NGC. This boldly defined Choice Mint State specimen approaches finest known status, with only a few finer examples certified at NGC and PCGS. Both sides have satiny surfaces with yellow-gold brilliance and trivial marks. Census: 17 in 64, 4 finer (12/11).(#7782)

1859 Quarter eagle, MS62 Struck from the Old-Style Hub

4638 1852-C aU58 PCGS. Variety 1. A honey-gold Borderline Uncirculated example of this rare Charlotte issue. Just 9,772 pieces were struck, and the typically encountered survivor is a cleaned XF. The present coin is significantly finer since wear is minimal and there are no detracting marks. The centers show moderate incompleteness usual for the remote branch facility. Population: 7 in 58, 5 finer (1/12). (#7764)

Choice aU 1852-D Quarter eagle Low-Mintage Dahlonega Issue

4643 1859 Old Reverse, type One MS62 NGC. In addition to being an absolute rarity, coins from the Old Style Reverse hub are also condition rarities. The finest pieces known grade MS64. This sharply struck example displays pronounced die polishing marks in the fields, which in turn give the coin a semireflective appearance. Light, even reddish-gold patina appears over both sides. Census: 12 in 62, 3 finer (12/11). (#97788) 4644 1859 New Reverse, type two MS62 PCGS. The arrowheads are clearly separated, an identifier for the Type Two reverse versus its Type One predecessor. Due to ongoing low mintages for quarter eagles, leftover Type One dies lasted a few years and both reverse varieties are known on 1859, 1860, and 1861 quarter eagles. The present orange-gold piece is fully struck and satiny with minor marks on the left obverse field.(#7788)

4639 1852-D aU55 NGC. Variety 15-M. Sole die pair for the year. With a mintage of only 4,078 pieces, the 1852-D is a challenging Dahlonega quarter eagle in most grades, and Choice AU is no exception; in fact, it is the threshold for condition rarity. This strongly lustrous gold-orange representative has rose and violet elements through the fields and few significant post-striking faults aside from a rim scrape below the denomination. Census: 15 in 55, 19 finer (12/11). (#7765) 4640 1852-O aU55 NGC. A dusky yet luminous butter-yellow example with pleasing detail remaining on each side. Lightly abraded with a rim scrape near 9 oclock on the obverse.(#7766)

4645 1860-S aU55 PCGS. Apricot-gold overall with a deeper blush of orange on the upper reverse and one small spot on the obverse dentils at 6 oclock. Only lightly abraded and close to Mint State. Just 35,600 pieces were struck. Housed in a green label holder. (#7793) 4646 1861 New Reverse, type two MS64 PCGS. The 18 is lightly repunched south. A coruscating canary-gold Civil War nearGem. Intricately struck and uncommonly smooth for the grade. (#7794)

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1862 Quarter eagle, aU58 Scarce Civil War Issue

4651 1868-S aU58 NGC. Although the NGC Census lists 94 pieces certified as AU58, it is almost certain that many of those are resubmissions, since PCGS lists just 11 pieces at the same grade level. The present nicely struck example has pleasing peripheral luster and an interesting strike-through (as coined) on the obverse rim near 1 oclock.(#7808)

1869 Quarter eagle, High-end MS63 tied for Finest, Few Known at this Level

4647 1862 aU58 NGC. Just a trace of wear appears on the high points of this scarce Civil War era quarter eagle. The strike is above average with virtually full detail. Both sides have frosty greenishgold luster with subtle rose overtones. NGC has only certified 59 finer examples of this issue (1/12). (#7796)

Mint State 1862 Quarter eagle Popular Civil War-era Issue

4648 1862 MS61 NGC. This Civil War date with a five-figure mintage is elusive in Mint State grades. The present MS61 example has brightly luminous sun-yellow surfaces with several cloudy areas noted through the obverse fields. The grade owes more to wispy abrasions than any marks of individual significance. Census: 29 in 61, 21 finer (12/11). (#7796)

almost Uncirculated 1866 Quarter eagle Low-Mintage of Only 3,080 Pieces

4649 1866 aU50 PCGS. The 1866 quarter eagle has a paltry mintage of only 3,080 pieces and it is infrequently available in AU or Uncirculated grades. This example displays rich orange-gold color with occasional splashes of yellow-gold interspersed. Extensive field marks are scattered over each side. Population: 3 in 50, 10 finer (12/11). (#7803) 4650 1868-S aU58 PCGS. The strike is blunt in places, but this nearMint coin shows only trifling rub on pale and radiant yellow-gold surfaces. A high-ranking survivor from among the 34,000 pieces struck.(#7808)

4652 1869 MS63 NGC. The tiny mintage of the 1869 quarter eagle amounted to only 4,320 circulation strikes, few of which survive in any Mint State grade today. The only post-Civil War area of the country where smaller gold coinage was desired was in the West, and the few collectors of the era were interested in saving proofs, not business strikes. This Select Mint State piece is tied for the finest certified with a small handful of pieces at each service, and it is the single finest we have ever offered. In fact, it has been six years since we have even handled an example in MS62. The certified populations in MS63 show two pieces at PCGS and three at NGC (12/11), but this piece is accompanied by an MS63 PCGS flip so that population could be reduced by one. This Select Mint State example boasts plenty of eye appeal over orange-gold surfaces that are uniformly well-struck and distractionfree, although we note a single shallow planchet flake out of the obverse between stars 12 and 13. Some light field chatter appears in the fields on the reverse, but this is a marvelous coin that seems high-end for the assigned grade. Census: 3 in 63, 0 finer (12/11). (#7809)

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4653 1876 aU58 PCGS. CaC. Generous luster on this yellow-gold near-Mint quarter eagle endows both sides, each of which is well struck. A few minute marks do not negate the pleasing overall eye appeal. Population: 15 in 58, 10 finer (1/12).(#7824) 4654 1879 MS65 NGC. Vivacious apricot-gold luster has peach aspects along parts of the margins. Great design detail with only the most trivial faults on each side. This Philadelphia issue with a five-figure mintage is a condition rarity as a Gem and extremely rare any better. Census: 25 in 65, 3 finer (12/11).(#7830) 4655 1879-S MS61 NGC. The bright yellow-gold surfaces of this quarter eagle display sharply defined design features. Several handling marks preclude a higher grade. A condition rarity in Mint State grades. Census: 8 in 61, 7 finer (12/11).(#7831)

4659 1897 MS65 PCGS. CaC. This boldly defined Gem exhibits frosty yellow-gold luster with hints of green color and splashes of delicate rose overtones. An impressive example from a low mintage of 29,700 coins. PCGS has only certified 34 finer pieces (1/12). (#7849)

1897 Quarter eagle, MS67 Only One Finer at NGC

Low-Mintage 1888 Quarter eagle, MS65

4660 1897 MS67 NGC. The second highest quarter eagle mintage of the last two decades in the 19th century was the 29,768 coins produced in 1897. This Superb Gem is fully brilliant and lustrous with frosty yellow surfaces and delicate pink overtones. Census: 16 in 67, 1 finer (12/11). (#7849) 4661 1898 MS66 NGC. One of just 24,000 pieces struck. Difficult at the Premium Gem level and elusive any finer. Pleasing luster rests on the peach-gold surfaces of this sharply struck specimen. Well preserved throughout. Census: 48 in 66, 30 finer (12/11). (#7850)

4656 1888 MS65 NGC. Tinges of jade and orange-gold vie with yellowgold on this original-skinned Gem 1888 quarter eagle, from a meager mintage of 16,001 business strikes. The strike is decent overall, despite minor weakness at the center of each side. A small patch of scrapes above the eagle preclude an even finer grade. Gems of this issue are quite rare: NGC has seen 24 certified at this level, with six numerically finer (1/12). (#7840)

1898 Quarter eagle, MS67 tied for Finest Certified

1893 Quarter eagle, MS65 Just 30,000 Minted

4657 1893 MS65 PCGS. All quarter eagles from 1880 to 1899 were minted at Philadelphia, and the highest circulation strike mintage during that period occurred in 1893, when 30,000 pieces were coined. This Gem has brilliant satin luster with bright yellow-gold surfaces and full design definition. Population: 41 in 65, 18 finer (1/12). (#7845) 4658 1896 MS65 PCGS. A precisely struck example with rich peachgold toning and booming cartwheel luster. Flawless aside from a single small spot behind Libertys upper neck. From a meager mintage of 19,000 pieces, and certified in a green label holder. Population: 66 in 65, 21 finer (1/12). Ex: Heritage Bullet (11/2003), lot 1896.(#7848)

4662 1898 MS67 PCGS. CaC. The Philadelphia Mint coined 24,000 circulation strike quarter eagles in 1898, and survivors are typically in low Mint State grades. This Superb Gem is tied for the finest certified at PCGS and NGC. Both sides have frosty yellow luster with bold design motifs and hints of pale pink color. Population: 7 in 67, 0 finer (1/12). (#7850) 4663 1903 MS66 NGC. Impressive detail shows on the design elements of this highly lustrous Premium Gem. The yellow-gold surfaces are quite well preserved.(#7855) 4664 1906 MS66 NGC. Faint bluish-green toning appears on the highly lustrous and fully brilliant yellow-gold surfaces of this Premium Gem. NGC has certified 74 finer examples (1/12). (#7858)

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Well-Preserved 1885 Quarter eagle PR64 Cameo

PR64 Cameo 1887 Quarter eagle Only 122 Proofs Originally Minted

4665 1885 PR64 Cameo NGC. According to the Garrett-Guth Gold Encyclopedia, the rarity of the 1885 proof quarter eagles is due to added date pressure from the rare business strikes of the year, and an unusual number of proofs of the issue that entered circulation, for some unknown reason. This lovely near-Gem is obviously not one of those pieces that may have circulated, however briefly. The surfaces are well-preserved, and only a few of the most trivial hairlines (on the right side of the reverse) and a faint degree of cloudiness in the fields prevent a finer grade assessment. Sharply struck with noteworthy field-device contrast on both sides. Census: 3 in 64 Cameo, 7 finer (1/12). Ex: Dallas Signature (Heritage, 10/2008), lot 1968. (#87911)

4666 1887 PR64 Cameo NGC. The recorded proof quarter eagle mintage was 122 pieces in 1887, a year in which only a meager 6,160 business strikes were made. Despite or because of the considerable proof production, it is likely that a good number were melted or otherwise destroyed. Garrett and Guth estimate that only 40 to 50 survive still. The present near-Gem Cameo example shows excellent eye appeal and good contrast over the yellow-gold surfaces. The fields show some orange-peel effect, and the strike is meticulously detailed throughout both sides. There is little evidence of contact beyond a couple of tiny marks on Libertys chin. Census: 6 in 64 Cameo, 6 finer (12/11). (#87913)

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1895 Quarter eagle, PR66 Deep Cameo Bright, even Yellow-Gold Coloration

4667 1895 PR66 Deep Cameo PCGS. CaC. The unremarkable proof mintage of 119 quarter eagles in 1895 was accompanied by an extraordinarily low 6,000 business strikes, one of a long string of low-mintage P-mint issues lasting from the early 1870s to the mid-1890s. Both proofs and high-grade business strikes are nonetheless available for a price, as it seems by this late in the 19th century, numismatists were paying attention to mintage figures for circulating coins to some degree. This splendid Premium Gem Cameo proof is deeply mirrored, with significant mint frost on the devices. The surfaces are bright, even yellow-gold with a slight slight orange-peel texture in the fields and no obvious contact marks. Population: 7 in 66 Deep Cameo, 2 finer (1/12). (#97921)

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1901 Quarter eagle, Reflective PR68 Cameo among the Few Finest Certified

4668 1901 PR68 Cameo NGC. The large proof mintage of Liberty

Head quarter eagles in 1901 resulted in a wide range of quality in the surviving examples. There were 223 proofs made, the largest of any proof Liberty Head quarter eagle. The reason for the especially large mintage is not apparent today, although the Mint may have made extra pieces of what was at the time the smallest circulating gold denomination, for extra collectors desiring to keep a souvenir of the change from the 19th to 20th centuries. It would be another year, in 1902, before the Mint would do away with the deeply contrasted method of manufacturing proof gold the ideal was deeply reflective, mirrored fields against devices displaying thick mint frost so a fairly generous number of proof 1901 quarter eagles are certified in Cameo or Deep/Ultra Cameo designations. Given the rather large mintage, it is unsurprising to find a wide distribution in grades for the 1901 quarter eagles. At the lower end of the scale, one finds a few slightly impaired proofs, in the range of PR55 to PR60. The middle grade range is occupied by several dozen examples each at NGC and PCGS in the PR63-PR64 grades. On the other end of the spectrum (where the present piece resides, along with a few others), we find seven examples in the PR68 grade: one PR68 at PCGS, with no Cameo or Deep Cameo designation; and two PR68 Cameos (including this piece) and four PR68 Ultra Cameos at NGC. Remarkably, there are also two PR69 examples graded, both at NGC with the Ultra Cameo designation (1/12). The present coin boasts moderate field-device contrast over deeply reflective fields that show moderate orange-peel texture. The prevailing coloration is a medium yellow-gold. A small, shallow planchet flake out of the field below stars 8 and 9 will allow future pedigree identification. From The Aspen Collection of Proof Coinage. (#87927)

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Gem 1908 two and a Half

1908 Gem Indian Quarter eagle Scarce High-Grade example

4669 1908 MS65 PCGS. The top of the wing is weak as always on the first-year Indian quarter eagle, but the remaining design elements are boldly defined. Both sides have faint greenish toning over frosty and highly lustrous yellow surfaces. The Bela Lyon Pratt type has recessed relief designs, unusual within the Federal series. (#7939)

4672 1908 MS65 PCGS. Light orange-gold surfaces offer tremendous luster for an Indian quarter eagle, and the fields and devices are uncommonly well-preserved on this solidly struck example. This issue is popular among type collectors, particularly at the Gem level, but is elusive any finer. PCGS has graded just 13 such coins (1/12). (#7939)

1908 Indian two and a Half, MS65 Popular First Date of Design

Choice 1909 Indian two and a Half Strong Luster, Sharp Details

4670 1908 MS65 PCGS. The incuse Indian design was introduced in 1908 and the date is a favorite with type collectors. Many examples were saved by the general public at the time of issue. This attractive Gem displays well-detailed design elements, with vibrant mint luster and pleasing orange-gold surfaces, with highlights of lilac. (#7939)

4673 1909 MS64 NGC. Bright lustrous surfaces are complemented by a bold strike on this popular Indian Head quarter eagle. The attractive orange-gold surfaces display highlights of lilac and rose, with only a few insignificant contact marks and considerable eye appeal. From a nominal mintage of 441,700 pieces. (#7940) 4674 1910 MS64 PCGS. Soft luster resides on the honey-gold surfaces of this near-Gem quarter eagle. This is a well struck specimen, which includes good definition on the eagles shoulder. This issue is difficult in Gem and finer.(#7941) 4675 1910 MS64 NGC. A sharply defined near-Gem specimen, this 1910 Indian quarter eagle exhibits minor surface marks as expected for the grade. A splendid specimen for a date or type collection. (#7941) 4676 1910 MS64 NGC. Both sides of this Choice Mint State specimen have bold design definition with trivial surface marks that are consistent with the grade. A singular mark on the cheek-bone likely limits the grade.(#7941) 4677 1910 MS64 NGC. A lustrous near-Gem, this brilliant yellowgold Indian quarter eagle exhibits the usual quota of scattered surface marks on each side that are consistent with the grade. Boldly detailed and attractive with only a few tiny copper spots. (#7941) 4678 1911 MS64 NGC. This piece is remarkably close to Gem quality, a grade that is very elusive in this recessed relief design. The fields are remarkably clean and the surfaces display softly frosted mint luster. A small dot of grease was struck into the obverse toward the rim at 4 oclock.(#7942)

MS65 1908 Quarter eagle Vivid Color and Luster

4671 1908 MS65 PCGS. A delightful green and rose-gold Gem from the first year of the Indian design. This piece exhibits welldetailed design elements, with just a touch of softness on the lower headdress feathers. The lustrous surfaces show only minor signs of contact, with excellent eye appeal. (#7939)

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1911 Quarter eagle, MS65 above-average Strike

Popular 1911-D Quarter eagle, aU Details

4679 1911 MS65 NGC. Beautiful orange-gold patination resides on the highly lustrous surfaces of this quarter eagle Gem. Additionally, a solid strike leaves sharp definition on the design elements, better than ordinarily seen on most examples. A few light reverse marks are undisturbing. (#7942)

4683 1911-D Improperly Cleaned NGC Details. aU. The 1911D quarter eagle has such a low mintage compared to the rest of its series that it is in demand regardless of condition. This AU details example shows only minor wear, though a cleaning has done more to disrupt the luster, gold-orange at the reverse and the obverse rims with paler yellow at the portrait interior. (#7943)

Gem 1911 Indian two and a Half Very Rare any Finer

Choice aU 1911-D Quarter eagle Key to the Indian Series

4680 1911 MS65 NGC. The 1911 Indian quarter eagle is a scarce issue in MS65 condition, and finer examples are virtually unobtainable. This attractive Gem features an unusually sharp strike, with vibrant mint luster and light greenish-gold surfaces. Currently, NGC has certified only five coins in higher numeric grades (1/12). (#7942) 4681 1911-D Weak D Genuine PCGS. The PCGS number ending in .92 suggests Cleaning as the reason, or perhaps one of the reasons, that PCGS deemed this coin not gradable. In our opinion, this coin has the details of an XF specimen that has been scratched and cleaned. Patches of hairlines are evident on the high points, and a horizontal scratch extends over the RIBU in PLURIBUS. Even the interior of the Denver Mintmark is difficult to see beneath a loupe. Toned peach-red and apple-green.(#7954)

4684 1911-D aU55 NGC. The light yellow and rose-gold surfaces of this Choice AU quarter eagle show just a touch of wear, but the design elements remain well-detailed and the fields show only minor abrasions. The 1911-D is avidly pursued by collectors in all grades and the present coin would be a welcome addition to an otherwise Mint State collection of quarter eagles. (#7943)

1911-D Indian Quarter eagle, aU58 Strong D

aU Sharpness 1911-D Quarter eagle

4685 1911-D aU58 PCGS. An attractive near-Mint example of this key date, with sharply detailed design elements and the Strong D mintmark. Only the slightest trace of wear is evident on the brightly lustrous orange-gold surfaces, and there are only minor signs of contact. Highlights of rose and lilac add to the considerable eye appeal. (#7943) 4682 1911-D Improperly Cleaned NGC Details. aU. A lightly circulated example of this important key issue, with pleasing greenish-gold surfaces that are a little too bright to be natural and just a hint of wear on the minimally abraded surfaces. The 1911-D has less than one-fourth the mintage of any other issue of the series.

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1911-D Quarter eagle, Unc Details Still-attractive Key example

1911-D two and a Half, MS63 Bright and Sharply Struck throughout

4686 1911-D Improperly Cleaned NGC Details. Unc. This sharply detailed example of the key 1911-D Indian quarter eagle displays slightly subdued mint luster, no doubt resulting from the cleaning noted on the holder. The surfaces show no actual wear, and only a few insignificant contact marks can be detected on close inspection. (#7943)

1911-D Quarter eagle, MS62 Fully Formed Mintmark

4688 1911-D MS63 NGC. The Indian Head quarter eagle and half eagle series, designed by Bela Lyon Pratt and introduced in 1908, were a blatant numismatic tribute to Pratts mentor and artistic collaborator Augustus Saint-Gaudens, who had died the previous summer. The Saint-Gaudens designs for the larger ten and twenty dollar gold pieces were launched in 1907-08. Pratts naturalistic Indian Head design for the obverse recalled the Indian eagles with a feathered headdress of Saint-Gaudens, and the eagle on the reverse was also taken from Saint-Gaudens artistic palette, specifically the unofficial inaugural medal of President Roosevelt from 1905. Although the new Pratt designs mostly met with indifference (on the part of most numismatists) or vociferous criticism (on the part of coin dealer Samuel H. Chapman), by 1911, when the Denver Mint made its first entry in the series, the hubbub had died down, and most of the small mintage of 1911-Ds, at 55,680 pieces, slipped quietly into circulation. This is one of the few set aside at the time of issue and it is a remarkably well-preserved example. The surfaces are bright orange-gold throughout and the striking details are sharp on all the design elements, including the all-important mintmark. Lightly abraded in the fields, the only mark of singular note is a curved abrasion that connects RTY at the top of the obverse. (#7943) 4687 1911-D MS62 NGC. The new Denver Mint opened in 1906 but it would strike no quarter eagles, favoring instead the Liberty Head half eagles, eagles, and double eagles. The same scenario played out again for the Liberty Head issues of 1907 only the three larger gold denominations were struck at Denver. When the new Saint-Gaudens and Pratt designs came along in 1907 and 1908, the larger denominations would again be favored a pattern common in Mint history and it would be 1911 before the Denver Mint would strike the lowly quarter eagle, in a meager amount totaling 55,680 pieces. This is a sharply defined example with a bold, completely formed mintmark. The surfaces display even reddish-gold color and the only obvious mark on either side is a diagonal abrasion across the eagles wing. (#7943)
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Near-Gem 1911-D Quarter eagle Seldom encountered in Such High Grade

4691 1913 MS63 NGC. Satin-frost luster characterizes this pinkand-apricot Select Indian quarter eagle. Lightly abraded but with a quality strike that extends to the pendants on the necklace. (#7945) 4692 1913 MS64 NGC. This Choice Mint State Indian quarter eagle has frosty and fully brilliant yellow luster with light green coloration. A bold strike and minimal marks are evident. (#7945) 4693 1913 MS64 PCGS. CaC. Yellow-orange luster shifts between the hues in places. This near-Gem is pleasingly preserved and decently detailed with only the lowest pendant of the necklace weak.(#7945) 4694 1914 MS62 NGC. This satiny Mint State piece has pleasing honey-gold surfaces with fully lustrous yellow surfaces that show faint rose highlights.(#7946)

1914 Quarter eagle, MS64 Highly Lustrous

4695 1914 MS64 PCGS. The peach-gold surfaces of this near-Gem display subtle splashes of mint-green and are highly lustrous. The design elements are sharp, including most of the bonnet feathers and the eagles plumage. A few minute marks keep this pleasing specimen from attaining Gem status. (#7946)

Choice 1914-D Quarter eagle Conditionally Rare in Higher Grades


4689 1911-D MS64 NGC. The overall rarity of the 1911-D quarter eagle is the result of a confluence of numerous factors. Few collectors could afford to set back examples of modern gold coins in the first place, and the Indian Head coinage suffered from a general lack of interest in any case. The 1911-D was the first mintmarked issue in the series, and collecting by date and mintmark was a numismatic pursuit that was still in its infancy, spurred only a couple of years previously by the launch of the 1909-S VDB Lincoln cents. It would be another decade or two before the habit of mintmark collecting became widespread. Once it took hold, the short and completable Indian quarter eagle series quickly became a collector favorite and the 1911-D was the undisputed series key. This satiny example has even reddish-tinged surfaces and the mintmark is boldly defined. There are remarkably few abrasions on this normally heavily abraded type. The diagnostic wire rim on the right side of the obverse is especially prominent on this piece. (#7943) 4690 1912 MS63 PCGS. Prominent splashes of light blue patina appear on both sides of this highly lustrous Select Mint State specimen. The surfaces exhibit frosty honey-gold brilliance with strong design definition.(#7944)

4696 1914-D MS64 PCGS. The 1914-D Indian quarter eagle is an available date in grades up to the MS64 level, but it is one of the most challenging issues of the series in higher grades. This attractive Choice specimen exhibits well-detailed design elements, satiny mint luster, and pleasing copper-gold surfaces with lilac highlights. (#7947)

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1914-D Indian two and a Half, MS64 Vibrant Luster

1925-D Quarter eagle, MS66 None Certified Finer at PCGS

4697 1914-D MS64 NGC. Ex: Seminole Collection. The attractive yellow-gold surfaces of this Choice quarter eagle are alive with vibrant mint luster and highlights of rose color. The design elements are well-detailed, with some signs of die buckling near the peripheries, and the surfaces display only minor contact marks. (#7947)

Bright MS64 1914-D Quarter eagle

4702 1925-D MS66 PCGS. From a mintage of 578,000 pieces, the 1925-D Indian quarter eagle is not difficult to locate in lower Mint State grades, but the population thins out considerably at the MS66 level. Finer specimens are virtually unobtainable. This well-detailed Premium Gem displays vibrant mint luster, and no mentionable signs of contact. Housed in a green label holder. Population: 30 in 66, 0 finer (12/11). (#7949) 4703 1928 MS63+ PCGS. An impressive Select Mint State specimen with a high degree of eye appeal, this Indian quarter eagle combines mint-green and light rose toning over brilliant yellow surfaces. (#7952)

Gem 1929 Quarter eagle Last Year of the Denomination

4698 1914-D MS64 NGC. CaC. The 1914-D Indian quarter eagle is not too difficult to locate in lower Mint State grades, but the population thins out quickly in grades above the Choice level. This impressive MS64 example is well-detailed, with a touch of softness on the headdress feathers. The light yellow-gold surfaces are brightly lustrous and appealing. (#7947) 4699 1915 MS64 NGC. A splendid near-Gem, this Indian quarter eagle displays brilliant lemon-yellow surfaces with frosty mint luster and bold design motifs.(#7948) 4700 1915 MS64 NGC. Bright peach-gold surfaces display nicely impressed devices and pleasing luster. A few wispy handling marks fail to take away from the coins overall eye appeal. (#7948) 4701 1925-D MS65 NGC. Brassy-gold, lustrous surfaces exhibit sharply struck design elements, including the eagles shoulder feathers. This is a well preserved piece. Difficult to locate any finer. (#7949) 4704 1929 MS65 PCGS. The quarter eagle denomination was discontinued after 1929, making this date extremely important for type collectors. Despite a substantial mintage of 532,000 pieces, the 1929 is scarce in Gem condition, and prohibitively rare any finer. The present coin is a well-detailed Gem, with vibrant mint luster and pleasing greenish-gold surfaces. (#7953)

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Matte PR67 1911 Quarter eagle Virtually Perfect Surface Preservation

4705 1911 PR67 PCGS. CaC. The format for proof gold coins in

particular was in a state of flux during the early 20th century, as the Philadelphia Mint tried one surface treatment after another. The eventually settled-on matte or sandblast proof process created a surface finish that the Paris Mint had used successfully for many years. Canadian coinage also switched, during the reigns of King Edward VII and George V (19011915) from mirrored, deeply contrasted specimen coins (similar to proofs) to a mattelike finish. Although the differences are of degrees, not of entirely different kinds, we can count these different proof formats on Philadelphia Mint coins produced during the era: 1901 and before. Highly contrasted proof era: Deeply mirrored fields and thickly frosted devices, producing a high degree of contrast, are the norm. 1902 through 1907. A surface finish Breen calls semibrilliant, with limited contrast between fields and devices. No conscious effort was made to produce highly contrasted proofs; any such were the product of happenstance rather than planning. 1908. Dark matte or sandblast finish. 1909 and 1910. Roman or satin finish. 1911-1915. Return to the mattelike or sandblast finish. Minor variations in color and surface texture are possible. This 1911 quarter eagle was produced after the Mint again took up the dark matte proof (or sandblast proof) finish for proof gold. Breen calls the 1911 gold issues in his Proof Encyclopedia matte finish, dull and darker than unc., nearest to 1908 but differing minutely in texture of grain. This piece displays a khaki color that is often seen on proofs of the year. There are no visible grazes in the matte surface, or contact marks of any kind. It strains the imagination to think that any matte proof gold coin could be three points finer than the present piece. Population: 14 in 67, 1 finer (1/12). From The Aspen Collection of Proof Coinage. (#7960)

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4706 1854 XF40 NGC. Traces of luster reside in the recesses of this yellow-gold three dollar, and the design elements are appropriately defined despite high-point wear. Devoid of mentionable marks. (#7969) 4707 1854 aU50 aNaCS. Pale yellow-gold with considerable luster remaining on modestly abraded surfaces with a faint pinscratch in the right obverse field. The margins have a touch more sun-yellow luster. Housed in a small-format ANACS holder.(#7969) 4708 1854 aU53 PCGS. A canary-gold introductory year type coin that shows only moderate wear on the wreath and portrait. Bright luster illuminates the legends and other design recesses. Tiny field marks are scattered but none singularly detract.(#7969) 4709 1854 aU55 NGC. Pale yellow-gold through most of each side with a deepening to sun-gold at parts of the rims. A modestly worn example of this first-year three dollar issue with a short, curving dig just to the left of Libertys nose.(#7969) 4710 1854 aU58 NGC. This attractive near-Mint example retains much original mint luster and shows only the slightest trace of wear on the highest points of the design. Only a few minor contact marks are evident.(#7969)

1859 three Dollar Gold, MS64 Very Rare in Higher Grades

Unmarked 1854 three Dollar, MS62

4711 1854 MS62 NGC. This honey-gold example is sharply struck though the left border of the hair shows minor incompleteness. No marks are remotely worthy of comment for the designated grade. Luster dominates the borders and fills the devices. A single-year design subtype with small letters in DOLLARS. (#7969) 4712 1855 aU58 NGC. CaC. Luminous surfaces display peach-gold patina and have received a solid strike. The few minute marks are within the context of a coin having seen light circulation. (#7972) 4713 1857-S XF40 PCGS. Greenish-gold surfaces are well defined despite wear on the high points. The few minuscule marks are unbothersome.(#7977) 4714 1857-S Damaged NGC Details. XF. The obverse displays a slight bend near the T in UNITED, opposite a small dig near 9 oclock on the reverse. This low mintage three dollar piece is slightly glossy and has small rim dings at 1 and 3 oclock on the reverse.(#7977) 4715 1859 aU58 NGC. The 1859 three dollar gold piece claims a mintage of 15,558 pieces, small in absolute terms but quite generous in the context of the series. This attractive near-Mint example exhibits only a touch of wear on the well-detailed devices, with vivid greenish-gold surfaces and satiny mint luster that borders on prooflike in sheltered areas.(#7979) 4716 1859 aU58 PCGS. CaC. Ample luster is visible on the brassygold surfaces of this near-Mint State three dollar and a well directed strike leaves better detail on the design elements than usually seen, including the 8 and 5 in the date, elements usually weak. Both sides are minimally marked.(#7979) 4717 1859 aU58 NGC. CaC. Faint splashes of pinkish-rose toning appear along the borders of this brilliant greenish-yellow nearMint specimen. Trivial surface marks are entirely inconsequential. (#7979)
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4718 1859 MS64 NGC. The mintage of business strike three dollar gold pieces in 1859 was a generous for the series production of 15,589 coins, but most of them circulated to one degree or another, and today the average certified survivors grades about AU55. Mint State examples number only 70-90 pieces, according to the Bowers series reference, although we suspect that total is somewhat on the low side. This near-Gem is among the finer survivors, with pleasing orange-gold surfaces that are well-struck throughout. Minor die clashing appears on the reverse, and we note a single straight scrape in the left obverse field, between the chin and U, that helps determine the grade. Other minor contact and light hairlines appear only under a loupe. Census: 20 in 64, 5 finer (12/11). (#7979) 4719 1860 aU53 PCGS. Brassy-gold surfaces retain luster in the protected areas of the well defined design features. Scattered light ticks do not disturb in the least.(#7980)

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Near-Mint 1860 three Dollar Bright, Semireflective example

4724 1870 aU50 NGC. Three dollar gold mintages continued at low levels for a number of years after the Civil War, and only 3,500 circulation strikes were coined in 1870. Although lightly worn with minor surface marks, this greenish-gold specimen has satiny surfaces with considerable luster.(#7991) 4725 1874 aU53 NGC. A few traces of wear show on the design elements, and the fields display a few minor abrasions, but this lustrous greenish-gold example remains quite attractive. The 1874 Three dollar gold piece is always popular with type collectors. (#7998) 4726 1874 aU55 NGC. This Choice AU specimen displays just a touch of wear on the high points of the devices, and the lustrous greenish-gold surfaces exhibit prooflike reflectivity in sheltered areas.(#7998) 4727 1874 aU55 NGC. Just the slightest bit of high-point friction and thinning of the luster in the fields separates this attractive Choice AU from a coin that would cost many thousands of dollars more. A clean, problem-free coin and excellent for the AU type collector. (#7998)

4720 1860 aU58 PCGS. CaC. The mintage of 7,036 pieces was all struck on January 31, 1860. This was undoubtedly one of the first pieces produced as it retains much of the original die polish (and field reflectivity) as seen from new dies. Surprising amounts of mint luster remain around the devices, and the surfaces are bright yellow-gold throughout. (#7980) 4721 1861 Damage Genuine PCGS. aU Details. This low mintage Civil War three dollar piece is glossy and hairlined from cleaning, and exhibits rim damage and solder residue near 5:30 on the reverse.(#7982)

1874 three Dollar, MS62 Lustrous type Coin

1863 three Dollar Gold, MS60 Low Mintage, Lower Survival

4722 1863 MS60 NGC. At the height of the Civil War, gold and silver coinage production was drastically limited at the Philadelphia Mint. Just 5,000 circulation strike three dollar gold pieces were minted in 1863, for example. Many of those were hoarded and melted, further limiting the number of survivors that exist today. This example has soft, frosty yellow-gold surfaces with full luster and trivial marks on each side. Moderate obverse and reverse clash marks are noted. Census: 5 in 60, 46 finer (12/11). (#7984)

4728 1874 MS62 NGC. The 1874 three dollar saw two deliveries: 21,800 on March 21, and 20,000 on April 25. Much of the metal for them is thought to have come from worn coins of various denominations taken in by the Treasury Department and the melting of gold dollars that were no longer needed. This rich reddish-orange gold coin exhibits strong mint luster and minimal abrasions for the grade. (#7998)

1874 three Dollar Gold, MS62 Popular type Issue

1867 three Dollar, aU55 Just 2,600 Minted

4723 1867 aU55 PCGS. This light yellow Choice AU specimen survives from a low mintage of only 2,600 coins. Both sides show light high-point wear with faint greenish overtones and splashes of rose patina. Considerable luster remains with only a few faint hairlines on each side. Population: 22 in 55, 30 finer (1/12). (#7988)

4729 1874 MS62 NGC. From a generous mintage of 41,800 pieces, the 1874 three dollar gold piece is an available date and quite popular with type collectors. This attractive MS62 specimen displays prooflike yellow-gold surfaces that show highlights of rose and green. The design elements are well-detailed and a scattering of minor contact marks explains the grade. (#7998)

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1877 three Dollar Gold Piece, aU55 an Important Key Date

Select Mint State 1878 three Dollar Remarkably Clean Surfaces

4733 1878 MS63 PCGS. Thousands of the more than 80,000 three dollar gold pieces of 1878 remained in the Mint and were later apparently destroyed (according to a Henry Chapman note in the R.B. Leeds catalog, November 1906, lot 49, stating that many 1878, 1879, and 1880 pieces had been melted). The surfaces of this piece are remarkably clean, and the only detraction is slight softness over the high points. The mint luster is excellent, and there are no mentionable abrasions. Ex: Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2011), lot 2646. (#8000)

Smooth 1878 three Dollar, MS63

4730 1877 aU55 PCGS. The 1877 three dollar gold piece (circulation strike mintage of 1,468 pieces) is one of the rarest business-strike dates of the series, with a surviving population estimated at 70-110 examples in all grades. Probably fewer than a dozen specimens are extant in Mint State (David Bowers, The United States $3 Gold Pieces). The peach-gold surfaces of this Choice AU example display traces of apricot at the margins and show some prooflikeness in the fields. Actually, both sides yield modest field-device contrast when the coin is tilted under a light source, and each exhibits well impressed design elements. Neither side reveals significant marks. Population: 12 in 55, 18 finer (1/12). (#7999) 4731 1878 aU55 PCGS. Both sides of this Choice AU example have moderate marks and light wear on the high points, with nearly full luster on brilliant yellow surfaces.(#8000) 4732 1878 aU58 PCGS. A lovely canary-gold near-Mint type coin with attractive surfaces and ample shimmering luster. Minor die doubling is evident on the upper right cotton leaves and the ARS in DOLLARS. The 8s in the date are lightly repunched within the upper loops.(#8000)

4734 1878 MS63 PCGS. This scarce denomination gold type coin is toned deep orange with blushes of rose-red near design recesses. The surfaces display shimmering luster and refreshingly void of marks. Crisply struck with any blending of detail confined to the left border of Libertys hair. Encapsulated in a green label holder. (#8000)

Select 1878 three Dollar Gold Ideal 19th Century type Coin

4735 1878 MS63 NGC. The 1878 three dollar gold piece is an available date and a favorite choice of type collectors seeking an example of this odd gold denomination. This attractive Select specimen features well-detailed design elements and light yellow and rosegold surfaces, with bright satiny mint luster. (#8000)

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Select 1878 three Dollar Superior eye appeal

1883 three Dollar, MS60 a Popular, Low-Mintage Issue

4736 1878 MS63 PCGS. This sun-gold Select type coin has abundant luster and is free of any consequential abrasions. The strike is crisp except on the knot of the bow. From an interesting reverse die with die doubling on the right-side cotton leaves and repunching within the loops of the 8s in the date. (#8000)

1878 three Dollar, MS64 Popular type Coin

4739 1883 MS60 NGC. The 1883 three dollar gold piece is a popular date because of its low mintage of 900 pieces. The semiprooflike fields of this MS60 example displays mild contrast with the motifs when the coin is tilted slightly under a light source. Brassy-gold surfaces reveal light handling marks that determine the grade. (#8005)

Select Mint State 1883 three Dollar 900 Business Strikes Coined

4737 1878 MS64 NGC. CaC. Ebullient luster exudes from both sides of this near-Gem, and a well directed strike imparts strong definition to the design elements, except for the sometimes seen softness on the bow knot. A few light grazes preclude Gem classification. The 1878 three dollar gold piece is one of the most available issues of the denomination and enjoys great popularity as a type coin. (#8000)

1879 three Dollar Gold Piece, MS62

4738 1879 MS62 NGC. An important entry in the three dollar gold series, the 1879 had a mintage of only 3,000 circulation strikes. Survivors are seen in the market place from time to time, usually in slightly lower grades than this piece. Both sides have reflective fields with satiny yellow-gold luster and bold design motifs. A highly attractive example. (#8001) 4740 1883 MS63 NGC. The 1883 three dollar gold piece is among the lowest-mintage issues in a series famous for tiny production figures; in the case of the 1883, only 900 business strikes were produced. It appears that astute dealers and numismatists nonetheless set aside a percentage of those late-series issues, else they might be uncollectibly rare today. This Select Mint State specimen shows a single straight planchet depression on the cheek that determines the grade, as elsewhere it is appealing and free of mentionable abrasions. Golden-orange centers yield to deeper hues at the device margins, and the strike is bold overall, despite minor weakness on some of the hair curls on the obverse. Census: 11 in 63, 25 finer (12/11). (#8005)
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1884 three Dollar Gold, MS62 Only 1,000 Pieces Struck

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PR64+ Cameo 1882 three Dollar Gold Low-Mintage as Proof or Business Strike

4741 1884 MS62 PCGS. From a minuscule mintage of just 1,000 pieces, this well-detailed 1884 three dollar gold piece displays prooflike surfaces with vivid greenish-gold color. A scattering of minor contact marks explains the grade. Housed in a green label holder. Population: 16 in 62, 57 finer (1/12). (#8006)

1887 three Dollar Gold, MS62 Reflective, Mildly Prooflike Fields

4742 1887 MS62 PCGS Secure. This lovely piece survives from a mintage of only 6,000 circulation strikes. Both sides have reflective, mildly prooflike fields, with deep orange-gold surfaces that lighten to yellow-gold at the borders. Light hairlines and other minor blemishes are evident on each side. (#8009) 4743 1888 aU55 NGC. UNITED is die doubled, a diagnostic for the business strike issue of only 5,000 pieces. This momentarily circulated example retains bright luster about the wreath and throughout the legends. The canary-gold surfaces are unmarked, though we note minor struck-in grease near the O in OF.(#8010)

4744 1882 PR64+ Cameo NGC. CaC. The 1882 three dollar gold pieces were produced in the extent of 1,500 circulation strikes and 76 proofs, but the former show a repunched 2 in the date that the proofs lack, permitting easy distinction between proofs and prooflike business strikes. This piece shows strong orangepeel texture in the fields that helps conceal a few light hairlines. Moderate field-device contrast appears on each side. There is a teardrop-shaped grease stain at the bottom of Libertys neck by the lower hair curls, and an S-shaped lint mark is in the field in front of the neck. Census: 2 in 64+ Cameo, 7 finer (12/11). (#88046)

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Premium Gem Proof 1887 three Dollar None Finer at PCGS

4745 1887 PR66 PCGS. CaC. The 1887 three dollar gold proofs,

struck in the reported quantity of 160 pieces, are an anomaly: Some were struck in medal turn, some were struck in coin turn, and some were struck first in medal turn, then rotated and struck again in near-coin turn (about 160) when the error was discovered. This is a highly unusual occurrence in the production of proof coinage at the Philadelphia Mint. Q. David Bowers writes of the 1887 three dollar proofs in his reference on the series: Most Proofs are slightly away from the normal orientation and have the dies 160 apart. Others are correctly aligned. At one time Harry W. Bass, Jr. owned two of the parallel orientation, one overstrike (from the Ullmer Collection sale by Stacks), and two of the 180 orientation. The double-struck variety was discovered by Walter Breen in 1965 while cataloguing for Lester Merkin, into whose employ he went after leaving New Netherlands Coin Co. In the next 11 years Breen examined 21 other Proof threes of this date, but found only two others.

This piece is a regular proof struck in coin turn, if one may call such a marvelous high-grade proof regular. The surfaces show considerable field-device contrast on each side with the usual orange-peel texture appearing in the fields under a loupe. The prevailing color is a light, even orange-gold, with no mentionable signs of contact, although the reverse shows some sort of porosity or die clogging on the lower part of the wreath and bow, as made. One of the finest at PCGS. Population: 7 in 66, 0 finer (1/12). From The Aspen Collection of Proof Coinage. (#8051)

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1889 three Dollar Gold, PR62 Last Year of Denomination, 129 Pieces Struck

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XF Small eagle 1795 Five Dollar, BD-3 First-Year type Coin

4746 1889 PR62 NGC. A proof mintage of just 129 three dollar gold pieces was achieved in 1889, the last year the denomination was struck. This sharply detailed PR62 example displays deeply mirrored fields, with the slight orange-peel texture often seen on proofs of this era. Census: 1 in 62, 9 finer (12/11). (#8053)

4747 1795 Small eagle XF40 NGC. BD-3, High R.3. Fifteen different die marriages are known on 1795 half eagles, but the three Large Eagle varieties were undoubtedly struck a couple of years later. This first-year example is generally butter-gold though pumpkingold and lilac toning are present near design crevices. The devices display moderate wear, but bright luster emerges from the borders, wings, and hair. Despite moderate early American circulation, both sides are minimally abraded, though we note for pedigree purposes a minor rim ding on the reverse at 9 oclock. Certified in a prior generation holder. (#8066)

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1795 BD-8 Half eagle, MS63 Prooflike Small eagle Reverse

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4748 1795 Small eagle MS63 Prooflike NGC. BD-8, R.5. Bass-Dannreuther Obverse State a / Reverse State a. The 1795 Small

Eagle five dollar coins come in 12 different die pairings that are known today, although in earlier times numismatists believed that 14 or 16 varieties existed, all told. Famed collector-researcher Harry W. Bass, Jr. collected early gold coins not only by die variety but by die state as well, and he was unable to discover more than 12 varieties of 1795 Small Eagle fives. As J.W. Dannreuther writes in their joint reference, ... he owned more than 20 examples of this date and his notes were quite complete. The 1795 Small Eagle five dollar coins were the first gold coins produced by the fledgling U.S. Mint, in its third year of operation after numerous bureaucratic obstacles to the coining of gold had been satisfied. The gold half eagle and silver half dollar coins were the workhorses of the early U.S. Mint, and by 1798 the yearly output of five dollar gold pieces approached 25,000 coins. (The second-year output of silver half dollars, in 1795, was nearly 300,000 pieces but mintages of any particular denomination were quite sporadic in early Mint history.) The large number of die pairings known for the 1795 gold half eagles reflects a couple of tendencies at the early Mint: the difficulty Mint personnel had in producing serviceable dies that would harden sufficiently without breaking, and consequently the tendency to use (and reuse) any workable coinage dies when needed regardless of whether the date on the die matched the current year; regardless of the exact state of the dies (save that they were serviceable); and irrespective of the design features of the die, i.e. Small Eagle versus Heraldic Eagle.

The tendency to mix and mismatch dies at the early Mint is the explanation for several anomalous productions, such as the 1795-dated half eagles with Heraldic Eagle reverse dies (BD-13 through BD-15), likely minted in 1798; the polar opposite of the previous coins, the 1798-dated five dollar coins with Small Eagle reverse (by that year the Heraldic Eagle reverse had attained currency), of which seven are known; and, lastly, the reported mintage of only 8,707 half eagle coins spread among the 12 varieties, which works out to only 725 coins per die pairing. Despite the reported mintage, John Dannreuther believes that the total 1795 half eagles struck could be as much as 50% more, or in excess of 12,000 coins, which would work out to 1,000 coins average for each die marriage. The present BD-8 is rated High R.5 in rarity by Bass-Dannreuther, or 40 to 60 examples surviving today. This places it as a middling rarity within the series, although several other 1795 Small Eagles are rated in the R.6 and even R.7 range. The date is quite narrow, with the 1 just free of the hair and the flag of the 5 well up on the bust truncation. A single point each of star 1 and star 10 point to the curl and cap, respectively. (This obverse was used first on this die pairing, then for the BD-9 and BD-10 combinations, then evidently put in storage until it was redeployed to produce the unique BD-13 1795 Large Eagle five, in either 1797 or 1798.) On the reverse there are three berries in the wreath, with none on the inside left and the one on the outside left high. (The reverse was also reused, heavily lapped, for the extremely rare 1798 Small Eagle five, BD-1.) No adjustment marks appear on either side, and the strike is impressively sharp in most areas, including the stars, cap, and eagles feathers. Only a touch of softness occurs on Libertys hair by the ear, but most of the individual strands show fine detail. The surfaces are bright yellow-gold with hints of green and show prooflike reflectivity on both sides. A few minor contact marks are in concert with the Select grade, but it is the prooflike surfaces that are this coins chief calling card. A splendid example of this historic first-year U.S. Mint gold issue. Census: 4 in 63 Prooflike, 2 finer (12/11). (#78066)

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1798 Large eagle, Small 8 Five, BD-6 extremely Rare Variety, Mint State

aU53 1802/1 Five Dollar, BD-1 Scarce early Die State

4749 1798 Large eagle, Small 8 MS61 NGC. BD-6, R.6. BassDannreuther Die State a/b. Bass-Dannreuther call the three varieties BD-6 through BD-8 Normal 8 in contradistinction to the Large 8 varieties BD-2 through BD-5, but other references such as the Guide Book call them merely Small 8 and Large 8. The BD-6 Small 8 five is an extremely rare die pairing, with the authors estimating that only 30 to 40 survive today. This MS61 piece shows heavy diagonal adjustment marks in the center obverse, with a correspondingly weak strike in the center reverse. The peripheral strike is sharp, and even yellow-gold color prevails throughout. The luster is a bit thinned out in the fields because of the numerous grade-defining abrasions that pepper each side. A small spot of struck-in die grease, as made, appears below the chin point. For all Small 8 varieties, Census: 3 in 61, 10 finer (1/12). (#8079)

4750 1802/1 aU53 aNaCS. BD-1, High R.4. Bass-Dannreuther Die State a/a with none of the reverse die cracks usually present on this variety. A boldly struck early half eagle with plentiful luster and good eye appeal. The cherry-red borders encompass sun-gold centers. Marks are inconsequential aside from a few wispy abrasions above the right shield tip. (#8083) 4751 1805 Holed / Plugged Genuine PCGS. XF Details. Close Date, BD-2, R.4. Repaired near the LI in LIBERTY and between 6 and 6:30 on the reverse. The olive-gold surfaces are harshly cleaned but display considerable design detail.

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1805 BD-1 Half eagle, MS63+ excellent type Candidate

Near-Mint 1806 Five Dollar 7x6 Stars, BD-6

4753 1806 Round top 6, 7x6 Stars aU58 NGC. Breen-6448, BD-6, R.2. The sole variety of the Bust Left type with a 7x6 star arrangement. This early half eagle is straw-gold overall with tints of apricot-gold where luster resides. No marks merit individual discussion, and the eye appeal is attractive since the strike is sharp except on the vertical shield lines and the junction of the left (facing) wing with the shield. (#8089)

aU Details 1807 BD-8 Five Dollar First Year of Bust Left Coinage

4752 1805 MS63+ NGC. BD-1, High R.3. Bass-Dannreuther Die State b/b. The BD-1 and BD-2 die pairings share a common obverse, with the date narrowly spaced and a perfect 1 that touches the hair curl at its top. The last star pierces the bust. The reverse die on the present BD-1 shows a leaf touching the I in AMERICA, IT in UNITED closely spaced, and the first A in AMERICA touching feathers 3 and 4. In the die state of this piece, a nearvertical die crack runs from the lower obverse rim through the 0 in the date and upward into the bust, although it does not yet join the B above the cap. On the reverse, a die crack joins the tops of NIT, but the massive cud that forms in state c is still well into the future. Excellent luster and rich orange-gold color make this coin an attractive potential acquisition to represent the popular Capped Bust half eagles with Heraldic Eagle reverse, a short-lived type that lasted only from 1795 until 1807. Shallow vertical adjustment marks are barely noticeable at the top of the reverse. (#8088)

4754 1807 Bust Left Mount Removed NGC Details. aU. BD-8, R.2. The more accessible of two die pairs for the first year of the Bust Left half eagle. This lightly worn example has a rich gold-orange patina and glimmers of luster. The site of the removed mount is close to the upper left prong, as seen from the obverse, and appears as a blob at the denticles over the N in UNITED. (#8101)

Near-Mint BD-8 1807 Bust Left Half eagle Great First-Year example

4755 1807 Bust Left aU58 NGC. BD-8, R.2. The 1807 Bust Left fives are known from two die marriages with the BD-8 far more often seen, as the BD-7 is a rarity regardless of grade. This well-defined near-Mint example has generous luster, peach-laced yellow-gold with crisp detail and just a few isolated areas of friction. The reverse is rotated counterclockwise about 35 degrees. (#8101)

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1807 Bust Left Five, BD-8, MS63 Struck From Fresh Dies

1807 Bust Left Five Dollar, BD-8, MS63 Shimmering, Semiprooflike Surfaces

4756 1807 Bust Left MS63 PCGS. BD-8, R.2. Bass-Dannreuther Die State a/a. The year 1807 saw the hiring of John Reich as assistant engraver, and the start of his wholesale redesigns of U.S. coinage. Reich began with the workhorse gold and silver denominations, the half eagle and half dollar, respectively. Six die pairings are known for the Draped Bust (Capped Bust Right) 1807 half eagles (BD-1 through BD-6), and two for the 1807 Capped Bust Left fives, the BD-7 and BD-8, which share a common obverse. The present Select Mint State example is a BD-8, showing the tip of the fletchings pointing to the tip of the flag of the 5 (it points to the middle of the flag on BD-7). This piece appears to be a fresh strike from new dies, with no obvious cracks, lapping, or clashing. Medium yellow surfaces boast generous luster, and some minor adjustment marks near the obverse rim and on Liberty are not overly distracting. The strike is exceptional, particularly on the reverse, despite some localized softness on ST(ATES). Population: 37 in 63, 33 finer (12/11). (#8101)

4757 1807 Bust Left MS63 PCGS. BD-8, R.2. Bass-Dannreuther Die State c/a. The 1807 Capped Bust Left five dollar coins were produced in two varieties using one obverse die paired successively with two different reverses, but the BD-7 is rated High R.5 while the BD-8 is much more available at R.2, or several hundred survivors known. This piece is nonetheless conditionally rare so fine, with striations in the fields, in this case created from die lapping, creating a shimmering semiprooflike effect. The mint luster is superior throughout both sides, and the strike is also sharp overall. Only a few minor field marks appear to preclude an even finer grade. Population: 37 in 63, 33 finer (1/12). (#8101)

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1808/7 Close Date Half eagle, MS64 BD-2, among the Finest Known

4758 1808/7 MS64 PCGS. BD-2, High R.4. Close Date. Two

1808/7 die marriages are known, both of which share a common reverse die with a closely spaced denomination. Although the obverses for BD-1 and BD-2 are quite similar, they can be distinguished by the alignment of denticles below the date. BD-2 also has an open curl above the 0 in the date. According to Early U.S. Gold Coin Varieties, A Study of Die States, 17951834, (2006), quoting from the Bass Notebook: OBV: 8 over 7. Wide date. Numerals evenly spaced. Numerals widely spaced. 1 is centered over two denticles. Top of 1 higher than that of 8. Cross bar of 7 within top opening of 8. Serif of 7 atop 8 at left. No foot of 7 visible beneath bottom loop of 8. Large round die center punch lump within a depressed circle on jaw in front of hair curl. Die has been lapped, resulting in bottommost curl being weak and broken at right side. This interior is hollow. REV: That of 1807 (Y). Clash visible within shield. Clashed and lapped. This scarce near-Gem example has a crisp strike, and the field areas on each side are virtually untouched. One of the lower points of obverse star 13 is malformed (as made the so-called secret signature of designer John Reich). Lovely satin luster illuminates the clean fields and well-formed devices. The essentially yellow-gold coloration is imbued with limegreen undertones. Although this piece is remarkably well preserved, thin horizontal marks are noted across Libertys neck and cheek. The reverse seems virtually blemish-free. From an estimated mintage of 7,500 to 12,500 (for the BD-2 variety, from a total for the date of 55,578+ pieces), this specimen is one of just three coins certified at the MS64 grade tier, by NGC and PCGS combined, and only a single Gem has been encapsulated, by PCGS (12/11). Ex: FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2007), lot 3518. (#8103)

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Richly Colored 1810 Five Dollar Large Date, Large 5, BD-4, MS64

aU53 1813 Five Dollar, BD-2 elusive Capped Head Left type

4761 1813 aU53 PCGS. BD-2, R.4. Bass-Dannreuther Die State d/b with faint die cracks on the lower reverse and near the bust tip. A unmarked olive-gold early half eagle with undisturbed surfaces. Boldly detailed with substantial indications of luster, especially on the reverse. A slender retained lamination through star 13 is noted for pedigree purposes. Certified in an old green label holder. (#8116)

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4762 1834 Plain 4 aU50 PCGS. CaC. Second Head, Breen-6502, McCloskey 2-a, R.1. A lovely Classic half eagle with peachgold toning except for glimmers of olive-gray on open areas of the reverse field. Sharply defined and minimally abraded aside from a small obverse rim nick at 5 oclock.(#8171) 4763 1834 Plain 4 aU58 NGC. CaC. First Head, Breen-6501, McCloskey 1-a, R.3. Curved die cracks are noted at stars 4 and 5. A pleasing near-Mint example of this first-year Classic issue, radiant yellow-gold with an element of reflectivity in the fields. Welldefined with only minor abrasions and friction.(#8171)

Uncirculated 1834 Classic Half eagle Plain 4, Second Head


4759 1810 Large Date, Large 5 MS64 PCGS. BD-4, R.2. BassDannreuther Die State c/b. This available die pairing is one of the most frequently seen in this extremely challenging U.S. coin series, a marriage that Harry Bass, Jr. owned four of no doubt in different die states. The present near-Gem offers super luster and is an attractive, well-struck, original-looking coin. Three small marks on the face and a number of tiny field marks keep the coin from grading even higher. The prevailing rich orange-gold color deepens slightly around the margins of each side. A faint grease stain runs horizontally from the eagles right (facing) wing through the M of AMERICA. An excellent potential acquisition for type purposes. Population: 32 in 64, 3 finer (1/12). (#8108)

Choice XF 1811 Half eagle Small 5, BD-2

4764 1834 Plain 4 MS61 PCGS. Second Head, Breen-6502, McCloskey 2-a, R.1. Green-gold margins encompass honey-gold fields and devices. This Classic type coin is refreshingly unabraded for the MS61 level, since only a solitary hairline in front of the profile is remotely worthy of comment. The strike is precise save for moderate blending on the curl left of the ear and the left-side vertical lines of the shield. (#8171)

4760 1811 Small 5 XF45 PCGS. BD-2, R.3. Bass-Dannreuther Die State d/a. This Choice XF representative has pumpkin-gold color on the open fields, while the margins and recessed areas of the devices display rich mahogany toning. Both sides are void of visible marks aside from a single hair-thin horizontal line on the eagles neck. Struck from moderately rotated dies. (#8109)
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4765 1840 Narrow Mill aU58 NGC. This fully lustrous near-Mint specimen has brilliant yellow surfaces with mirrored finish in the protected areas. Myriad surface marks are evident although none are significant.(#8194)

4769 1846-D/D Damaged, Reverse Cleaned NGC Details. aU. Variety 15-J. The high date variety of the prominently repunched mintmark. The RPM is so dramatic that it receives a separate listing in the Guide Book. The lower right reverse has a patch of hairlines, and a rim ding is evident on the reverse at 6 oclock. The reverse rim shows evidence of crimping and flaking, and the coin has a bend that flattens Libertys nose.(#8229)

XF Sharpness 1842-C Five Rare Small Date Variety

1847/7 Half eagle, Bright MS65 Single Finest Known

4766 1842-C Small Date Reverse Rim Damage NGC Details. XF. Variety 1. The reverse rim is scratched between 12 and 2 oclock. The surfaces are bright and mildly glossy from cleaning, and a small abrasion on the mintmark makes it resemble an O. A collectible representative of the rarest Charlotte Mint half eagle variety.

Choice XF 1843-C Five Dollar

4767 1843-C XF45 PCGS. Variety 2. The 1843-C is a moderately scarce C-mint five with a substantial mintage of 44,277 pieces. From that mintage it is estimated that today 225-250 examples are known, most in the VF grade range. This pleasing XF example has traces of mint luster around the outer devices. Each side is peppered with numerous small marks, but the only ones of any note are located on the neck of Liberty. (#8214)

1845-D Half eagle, aU50 Well-Defined Details

4770 1847/7 MS65 NGC. Breen-6570. This popular variety is distinguished by recutting at the top of the 7 over what appears to be a smaller 7. While not especially challenging in XF and AU, Mint State pieces are rare. This is the only Gem graded by either of the major certification services. The striking details are complete in all areas, and the fields exhibit a bright, semi-prooflikeness that serves as a reflective background for the otherwise softly frosted devices. The interior portions of each side are bright yellowgold while surrounded at the margins by deeper orange-gold. An important coin for the collector of No Motto half eagles. Ex: Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 6/2001), lot 8962. (#8232) 4771 1849-D XF45 NGC. Variety 22-L. The 1849-D half eagle is an underrated issue, with a surviving population of about 125-150 pieces in all grades. This lightly worn XF45 specimen shows a touch of softness on the central reverse, but the surfaces are lightly abraded and retain much of the original luster. Census: 30 in 45, 91 finer (12/11).(#8242) 4772 1851 aU58 NGC. CaC. Delicate die cracks are noted through various stars, with a perfect reverse die. Nearly full luster is present on both sides with bright yellow-gold surfaces and traces of wear. A few trivial marks will be of little concern to the advanced collector. (#8246)

4768 1845-D aU50 NGC. Variety 12-I. The date is left of center and the 1 far below the bust on this variety. Mint State examples are quite rare. Both sides of this AU specimen display semibright greenish-gold surfaces that exhibit well defined design elements. A couple of moderate milling marks are noted on Libertys cheek. (#8224)

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4773 1851 MS61 NGC. This honey-gold No Motto five has vibrant luster at the borders and throughout the devices. Moderate marks are confined to the fields near the chin and the branch. Census: 31 in 61, 34 finer (12/11).(#8246) 4774 1851 MS61 NGC. The 1851 Liberty half eagle is seldom encountered in Mint State grades. This piece features sharply detailed central devices, but the peripheries are a little soft. The orange-gold surfaces show hints of lilac and the mint luster is slightly subdued. Census: 31 in 61, 34 finer (12/11).(#8246) 4775 1852 MS60 NGC. Though this piece has several scrapes and abrasions in the portrait area, it is also free of wear. Yellow-toorange surfaces with lavender overtones have warm, subtly frosted luster.(#8250) 4776 1852-C Obverse Improperly Cleaned NGC Details. aU. Variety 1. The usually encountered variety with the top of the 1 touching the bust. This sharply struck Charlotte No Motto five has apricot-gold toning and plentiful luster. The upper left obverse field is thickly hairlined from an attempt to remove traces of struck-in grease.(#8251)

4779 1854-C Weak C aU55 NGC. Variety 2. Although the Charlotte mintmark was lightly entered into the working die, and thus has low relief, it is well outlined and unmistakable when viewed beneath a glass. All examples of Variety 2, with the mintmark over the E instead of the V in FIVE, have a similarly weak mintmark. An apricot-gold example with glimmers of remaining luster, moderate incompleteness of strike, and a tiny obverse nick at 3 oclock. (#98257) 4780 1855-C VG8 PCGS. CaC. Variety 1. Sole dies for the year. An excellent starter coin or lowball selection, this orange-gold example shows plenty of honest wear, including rim merging at the bottom and right reverse, but only a few of the digs expected on a heavily circulated coin. A shallow pinscratch passes just above the olive branch.(#8262)

aU 1855-C Half eagle Popular Charlotte type Coin

Luminous aU53 1852-C Half eagle attractive Obverse

4781 1855-C aU50 PCGS. An attractive green-gold example of this popular Charlotte emission. Better struck than usual for the remote branch facility, though extremities of the eagle lack a precise impression. Smooth aside from a single thin mark near Libertys mouth. An aqua fleck is present on the E in LIBERTY. Population: 25 in 50, 28 finer (1/12). (#8262) 4777 1852-C aU53 NGC. Variety 1. The more commonly seen obverse with the date closer to the truncation of the bust. Radiant fields are largely yellow-gold with a faint orange cast. The obverse is lightly abraded, while the reverse shows several prominent scrapes just above the arrowheads. Striking detail is average. (#8251)

1855-O Five Dollar, aU55 Low-Mintage New Orleans Issue

Choice aU 1854-C Half eagle

4778 1854-C aU55 NGC. Variety 2. This reverse variety is sometimes certified as a Weak C, although the entire outline of the low relief mintmark is apparent. The engraver lightly but evenly punched the mintmark into the working die. The present apricotgold representative has minimally abraded apricot-gold surfaces that display glimpses of the initial luster in protected regions. A good strike for the Charlotte facility despite softness on the curls and fletchings. (#8257)

4782 1855-O aU55 PCGS. A difficult New Orleans No Motto issue, as only 11,100 pieces were struck and none were set aside by collectors until decades later. The present straw-gold half eagle is devoid of mentionable marks and has a good strike, though the eagles neck and fletchings lack absolute detail. Population: 6 in 55, 5 finer (1/12). (#8264) 4783 1856-C Cleaning Genuine PCGS. XF Details. Just one die pair is known for this lower mintage (28,457 pieces) Charlotte issue. This honey-gold example is somewhat bright and has occasional minor surface granularity. No marks are noticeable save for a minor rim ding at 7:30 on the reverse. 4784 1858 aU55 NGC. Honey-gold surfaces have splashes of rose toning on each side of this lustrous Choice AU specimen. Only 15,136 circulation strikes were minted in an era when larger was better among gold coins struck in Philadelphia. This piece has noticeable central weakness on each side. Census: 18 in 55, 28 finer (12/11).(#8276)

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Choice aU 1859-D Half eagle Medium Mintmark Reverse

4790 1871-CC Good 6 PCGS. Despite extensive wear, this piece seems to show better detail than the grade implies, with pleasing surfaces showing few marks. An excellent opportunity for the budgetminded collector.(#8323)

1871-CC Half eagle, aU53 Minor, even High-Point Wear

4785 1859-D Medium D aU55 NGC. Variety 36-CC. The delicateness of the mintmark is a key trait to identifying the reverse of the Medium D 1859-D half eagle. This Choice AU example has light yellow-gold surfaces with pale and radiant luster. The edges are beveled, a characteristic of the often-rough work late in the Dahlonega Mints history, and a few wispy pinscratches are noted in the left obverse field. (#8282)

Choice XF 1865-S Half eagle Rare Civil War era Issue

4786 1865-S XF45 PCGS. The 1865-S Liberty half eagle is a rare issue from a mintage of 27,612 pieces. This pleasing Choice XF example is lightly worn, with vivid green and orange-gold surfaces that retain significant amounts of original mint luster. The surfaces show only scattered minor abrasions, all consistent with the grade. Population: 8 in 45, 12 finer (1/12). (#8299) 4787 1868-S aU55 NGC. Myriad surface marks and other tiny blemishes appear on both sides of this Choice AU half eagle. The surfaces display honey-gold color with nearly full luster. Census: 40 in 55, 12 finer (12/11).(#8316) 4788 1869-S XF45 NGC. Luster shimmers from the legends of this untoned Choice XF example. The obverse field is moderately abraded. A meager 31,000 pieces were struck, since West Coast merchants and bankers preferred the greater accounting convenience of the double eagle. Census: 24 in 45, 45 finer (12/11). (#8318)

1869-S Five Dollar, aU53 Bright, Lightly Circulated Surfaces

4791 1871-CC aU53 NGC. Variety 1-a. Even though the mintage of the 1871-CC half eagle, at 20,770 coins, is nearly three times as large as its illustrious predecessor, most of the certified survivors today have circulated down to the range of VF30 or thereabouts; gold coinage was in high demand in the early days of the Carson City Mint. In the AU53 grade of the present piece, NGC has seen five submissions with 20 finer (1/12). The surfaces show minor, even wear over the device high points, with light orange-gold color. Numerous small abrasions are scattered about, but none of singular importance. (#8323)

4789 1869-S aU53 NGC. As with the 1868-S, the 1869-S five dollar is also elusive in grades above XF. The bright yellow-gold surfaces on this lightly circulated example are accented by reddish patina around the margins and the peripheral devices are encircled by mint luster. Numerous small field marks are scattered over each side. Census: 8 in 53, 27 finer (1/12). (#8318)
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Choice aU 1871-S Half eagle Seldom encountered

Well-Struck 1880-CC Five Dollar, aU55

4792 1871-S aU55 NGC. The 1871-S half eagle, from a mintage of 25,000 pieces, is seldom encountered in any grade and is very rare in Mint State. This bright brassy-gold Choice AU specimen displays traces of luster in the recessed areas and is well-struck, except for softness in the arrow feathers. Scattered light marks are minor. Census: 28 in 55, 16 finer (12/11). (#8324)

4797 1880-CC aU55 NGC. Variety 1-a. Three varieties are known for the 1880-CC half eagle, struck from two obverse dies and three reverse dies. This Choice AU specimen displays considerable luster on its light yellow surfaces with trivial abrasions and excellent surface quality. The strike is excellent with little apparent weakness on either side. (#8352)

Lightly Circulated 1872-S Five Dollar, aU55

Gem 1880-S Half eagle None Certified in Higher Numeric Grades

4793 1872-S aU55 NGC. The 1872-S half eagle is a scarce issue from a mintage of just 36,400 pieces. This orange-gold and olive Choice AU is lightly abraded and displays noticeable mint flash from the borders and devices. The centers show moderate incompleteness of strike. Certified in a prior generation holder. Census: 38 in 55, 8 finer (12/11). (#8327)

4798 1880-S MS65 NGC. The 1880-S Liberty half eagle was produced in large numbers, but the issue circulated heavily in the 19th century and examples in Gem condition are quite difficult to locate. The present coin is a well-detailed Gem, with vibrant mint luster and light greenish-gold surfaces. Census: 19 in 65, 0 finer (12/11). (#8353)

Choice aU 1872-S Five Dollar elusive any Finer

1881 Five Dollar, MS65 Highly Lustrous and Sharply Defined

4794 1872-S aU55 NGC. As with other San Francisco half eagles struck prior to 1878, the 1872-S is a low mintage issue essentially uncollectible in Uncirculated grades. The present Choice AU example has a broad unbroken band of luster across the reverse periphery. Obverse luster is ample although incomplete. Small marks are prevalent though none require singular mention. (#8327) 4795 1879-CC VF30 PCGS. Variety 2-a. A prominent die line through the ER of LIBERTY instantly identifies this variety. Both sides have smooth surfaces with few noticeable marks, displaying light yellow color and good eye appeal.(#8349) 4796 1880 MS64 PCGS. Peach-gold luster takes on hints of light green on the reverse. Crisply defined, and revealing a scattering of gradelimiting marks, more so on the obverse. Population: 74 in 64, 10 finer (1/12).(#8351)

4799 1881 MS65 PCGS. With a mintage of 5.7 million pieces it is a wonder that more high-grade examples were not preserved. This is a highly lustrous, frosted piece that is sharply struck throughout. As one would expect, there are only minimal abrasions present, the only one worthy of mention located in the right reverse field out from the point of the upper arrow. Population: 14 in 65, 0 finer (1/12). (#8354) 4800 1882-CC aU50 PCGS. Variety 1-a. The only known variety from a mintage of 82,817 coins. This pleasing piece is slightly finer than usual for the 1882-CC half eagle. Both sides have light yellow surfaces with hints of peripheral olive color and nearly full frosty mint luster.(#8359) 4801 1882-CC aU53 NGC. Faint pink overtones enhance the wheat-gold luster remaining on this middle-date Carson City five dollar. Central definition stands strong despite light wear. (#8359)

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4802 1883 MS63 PCGS. A coruscating Select representative of a conditionally scarce and lower mintage Philly issue. Peachtinged centers are framed by a band of lime-green near the rims. Population: 67 in 63, 19 finer (1/12).(#8361) 4803 1883-S MS63 PCGS. This boldly struck half eagle provides comprehensive luster and original green-gold toning. Relevant marks are confined to the field near star 12. Just 83,200 pieces were issued. Population: 29 in 63, 3 finer (1/12).(#8363) 4804 1884-S MS63 PCGS. A crisply struck yellow-orange representative with hints of mint green that appear at certain angles to the light. Light scrapes and a few more concentrated marks, the sharpest appearing mainly over Libertys head, contribute to the grade. Population: 52 in 63, 8 finer (1/12).(#8366)

4810 1893-CC aU53 PCGS. Variety 2-a. This honey-gold final-year Carson City five is well struck and void of detrimental abrasions. A blush of peach toning separates stars 4 and 5. Glimpses of luster are particularly plentiful at the borders.(#8384)

MS61 Prooflike 1893-CC Five

1884-S Half eagle, MS64 Only two Certified Finer


4811 1893-CC MS61 Prooflike NGC. Variety 1-B. A rare reverse die for this moderately better Carson City issue, limited in production to 60,000 pieces due to that years demotion of the facility to assay office status. The present piece is the sole NGC example that has both the Prooflike and Star designations (1/12). The fields show pleasing reflectivity, and the Star was presumably bestowed due to the lovely canary-gold color and an absence of distracting marks. (#78384)

Conditionally Rare 1894 Half eagle, MS65


4805 1884-S MS64 NGC. The moderate mintage of 177,000 fails to ensure high grade survivors of this issue, as most of those coins entered circulation. This impressive example has a bold strike with brilliant yellow surfaces. Frosty devices rest on satiny fields with slight reflectivity. A hint of olive toning appears along the borders. A few noticeable reverse marks prevent a higher grade. Census: 20 in 64, 2 finer (12/11). (#8366) 4806 1891-CC aU58 NGC. Variety 1-a. This crisply struck nearMint Carson City type coin is smooth for the grade despite a few minor marks on the reverse field. Luster illuminates the devices and margins.(#8378) 4807 1891-CC aU58 PCGS. Variety 1-a. This lovely high-mintage Carson City half eagle has a trace of high-point wear with full luster and bright yellow-gold surfaces. A hint of copper-orange toning adds to its eye appeal. Myriad surface marks appear on both sides. (#8378)

4812 1894 MS65 PCGS. Referring to the 1894 Liberty half eagle, Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth write, There are very few Gem examples known. This exciting orange-gold Gem displays well-detailed devices and ample mint luster, with excellent eye appeal. Both PCGS and NGC have graded a single coin in higher numeric grades (1/12). (#8387) 4813 1895 MS65 PCGS. Minuscule, scattered marks on each side do little to limit the grade of this amazing Gem. Both sides have satiny yellow-gold luster with bold design motifs. Population: 14 in 65, 6 finer (1/12).(#8390) 4814 1896-S MS61 PCGS. Bluntly struck but with no wear and small pools of peripheral reflectivity. Reed marks just to the right of Libertys lips contribute to the grade. Population: 12 in 61, 33 finer (1/12).(#8393)

1892 Five Dollar, MS65 Strong Reddish-tinted Surfaces

Solidly Struck 1899 Five Dollar, MS66

4808 1892 MS65 PCGS. The mintage of 753,400 pieces and the recent appearance of a small hoard of high-grade pieces have made the 1892 five dollar a popular 19th century type coin. This lovely, original example exhibits strong reddish accents over each side. A couple of Mint-made grease stains are seen in the center of the reverse. The strike is sharp throughout, and the only abrasions of note are a small cluster in the right reverse field. (#8379) 4809 1892-CC aU58 NGC. This near-Mint apricot-gold half eagle exhibits bright luster throughout the peripheries and motifs. Refreshingly void of consequential contact. The 1892-CC is significantly scarcer than its 91-CC predecessor.(#8380) 4815 1899 MS66 NGC. The brassy-gold surfaces of this Premium Gem display fabulous luster and satiny texture, and a solid strike imparts sharp definition to the design elements. The only mark worth mentioning is a light graze in the field of the lower reverse. NGC has seen only 10 pieces finer (12/11). (#8398)

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1904 Liberty Five, MS65 Only 19 Finer at PCGS

Shimmering 1909 Half eagle, MS65 Subtly Iridescent Surfaces

4816 1904 MS65 PCGS Secure. A splendid Gem, this 1904 Liberty half eagle has brilliant and frosty light yellow luster with bold design definition. Despite a mintage of nearly 400,000 coins, survivors are infrequently found in Gem or finer grades. Population: 56 in 65, 19 finer (1/12). (#8409)

Gem 1905 Five Dollar Creamy, Smooth Surfaces

4817 1905 MS65 PCGS. An impressive Gem Liberty half eagle, with well-detailed design elements and vibrant cartwheel mint luster. The light orange-gold surfaces show few signs of contact and this piece possesses extraordinary eye appeal. From a substantial mintage of 302,200 pieces, the 1905 is surprisingly difficult to locate in high grade. Population: 37 in 65, 12 finer (1/12). (#8411) 4820 1909 MS65 PCGS. While yellow-orange is the dominant color on this shimmering Gem, elements of pink, blue, and mint also appear on the subtly frosted surfaces. The strike is bold through the centers, if soft on the portraits necklace, and the obverse has no marks of individual concern, though a couple appear near the motto IN GOD WE TRUST on the reverse. The 1909 is among the more available Indian half eagle issues, particularly in Mint State, though the date is conditionally scarce at the Gem level and a flat-out rarity any better. Population: 86 in 65, 7 finer (1/12). (#8513)

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4818 1908 MS64 PCGS. From a first-year mintage of 577,845 pieces, this attractive Indian half eagle displays vivid greenish-gold surfaces, with vibrant mint luster and sharply detailed design elements.(#8510) 4819 1908-D MS64 NGC. The rich orange-gold surfaces of this attractive half eagle show accents of lilac and only a few minor contact marks. The Indian design was first introduced in 1908, making coins of this date quite popular with type collectors. (#8511)

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Remarkable 1909 Half eagle, MS66 Fully Struck and Nearly abrasion-Free

Choice aU 1909-O Half eagle Final Gold New Orleans Issue

4824 1909-O aU55 NGC. The mintmark is lightly repunched, visible within the right side of the opening. A briefly circulated representative of this scarce low mintage issue, the only one from the three Indian series struck by the New Orleans Mint. Attractively toned in peach and lime shades. Ample luster remains, though we note abrasions on the upper right reverse field. (#8515)

1909-S Half eagle, MS61 third-Rarest Indian Five

4821 1909 MS66 NGC. The 1909 half eagle is extremely common in circulated condition and the lower Mint State grades, but Gems are rare and this Premium Gem specimen is far more so, a grade where NGC and PCGS combined have seen only 13 submissions with none finer (1/12). The surfaces boast deep, even orange-gold color with softly frosted mint luster. It is extraordinary to see a coin such as this with surfaces that are almost completely unabraded. Furthermore, the strike is full throughout, including complete definition on the lowest feather in the headdress. A remarkable example for the finest collection but only to the most aggressive bidder will this fleeting opportunity come to fruition. (#8513) 4822 1909-D MS63+ PCGS. A softly struck but richly lustrous example of this popular Indian half eagle type issue. Gold-orange borders pale toward the centers. If not for a couple of hits near the portraits eye, this coin would have a claim to near-Gem or even better status.(#8514) 4823 1909-D MS64+ PCGS. CaC. An impressive, satiny near-Gem, this plentiful Indian half eagle issue has brilliant yellow surfaces with delicate rose overtones. Trivial, grade-limiting marks are only visible with magnification.(#8514)

4825 1909-S MS61 PCGS. The 1909-S Indian half eagle is the thirdrarest date of the series in absolute terms. This attractive Mint State example displays sharply detailed design elements with a scattering of minor contact marks on both sides that explains the grade. The pleasing copper-gold surfaces are brightly lustrous. (#8516)

Well-Defined 1909-S Half eagle, MS61

4826 1909-S MS61 NGC. The 1909-S is a scarce S-mint Indian half eagle with limited availability in Uncirculated grades. The yellowgold luminous surfaces of this MS61 example display wisps of reddish-gold and show a few darkish stains on the obverse. The design elements are generally well-defined, including the eagles shoulder feathers. (#8516)

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1910-S Indian Five, MS62 Challenging Issue in High Grade

1911 Five Dollar, MS64+ Difficult any Finer

4827 1910-S MS62 NGC. Orange-gold and lilac hues mingle with turquoise and amber on the surfaces of this pleasing MS62 half eagle. The surfaces are lustrous and lightly abraded for the grade. Despite its large mintage, the 1910-S is a borderline condition rarity in finer grades. Census: 68 in 62, 33 finer (12/11). (#8519)

4829 1911 MS64+ PCGS. The 1911 five dollar is readily obtainable in grades through near-Gem, but higher-grade specimens are difficult to locate. The yellow-gold surfaces of this high-end MS64 possess nice luster and exhibit well-defined design elements. Light reverse handling marks preclude Gem status. Population: 30 in 64+, 48 finer (1/12). (#8520) 4830 1911-D aU50 NGC. Just a touch of wear shows on the surfaces of this important key date, with pleasing yellow and rose-gold surfaces and subtle mint luster that clings to the devices. From a mintage of just 72,500 pieces.(#8521) 4831 1911-D aU55 NGC. Numerous moderate-size blackish splotches run over both sides of this five dollar. Generally well struck and devoid of mentionable abrasions.(#8521) 4832 1911-S MS61 NGC. Deep orange-gold luster with emerald copper spots marbling each side. A moderately abraded example that nonetheless has considerable appeal for collectors who like their coins gold, dark, and handsome.(#8522)

1910-S Half eagle, MS62+ elusive Date in Higher Grades

4828 1910-S MS62+ NGC. The 1910-S Indian five claims a large mintage of 770,200 pieces, but the issue is surprisingly difficult to locate in high grade. This high-end MS62 specimen features a mixture of orange, amber, and wheat-gold surfaces, with welldetailed design elements and subtle mint luster. Census: 2 in 62+, 33 finer (12/11). (#8519)

4833 1911-S MS62 NGC. Deeply copper-toned with greenish-violet elements prominent, particularly in dots to the left of the date and at the reverse mid-margins. Lightly abraded but with a distinctive appeal.(#8522) 4834 1911-S MS62 NGC. Rich violet copper areas dot otherwise goldorange surfaces. This S-mint Indian half eagle is better-defined than often seen with only the lowest pendant soft.(#8522) 4835 1911-S MS62 NGC. The wheat-gold surfaces of this half eagle display generally well defined design elements. Both sides are mostly lustrous and reveal a few light contact marks.(#8522)

1913-S Five Dollar, MS61 Better-Struck than Usual

4836 1913-S MS61 NGC. Luminous wheat-gold surfaces exhibit better-struck design elements than typically encountered, though the lower headdress feathers and the mintmark are still weak. A few darker toning spots are visible on the reverse, and occasional minute surface and rim marks are noted. (#8526)

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Choice 1914-D Half eagle Vivid Color

4841 1915-S aU58 PCGS. Pale yellow-gold overall with occasional green and apricot accents. Great design definition with scattered pinpoint marks but solid eye appeal nonetheless.(#8531) 4842 1915-S MS60 NGC. A dusky gold-orange example with prominent greenish and violet elements but no trace of wear. Softly struck with light to moderate abrasions throughout, most obviously just below the chin.(#8531)

1915-S Half eagle, MS61 Challenging in Mint State

4837 1914-D MS64 NGC. CaC. Peach-gold surfaces are imbued with whispers of mint-green and exude pleasing luster. The design features are sharply defined, benefiting from a well-placed strike. Close examination reveals a few minor marks, primarily in the vulnerable, exposed fields that are raised on this design type. (#8528)

1914-S Half eagle, MS62+ Lustrous and appealing

4843 1915-S MS61 NGC. Brassy-gold surfaces show a few small dark stains on each side, along with a scattering of light abrasions. Localized weakness appears on the design elements. The relatively low-mintage 1915-S is somewhat challenging in Mint State. (#8531)

1915-S Half eagle, MS62 elusive in Uncirculated

4838 1914-S MS62+ NGC. The 1914-S half eagle tends to be found with muted luster and substandard eye appeal. This high-end MS62 example rates above-average on both counts. Its highly lustrous yellow-gold surfaces exhibit sharply struck design elements. Light reverse marks and darker toning spots keep it from a higher grade. Census: 7 in 62+, 22 finer (12/11). (#8529) 4839 1915 MS64 PCGS. CaC. Peach-gold surfaces display pleasing luster, and a solid strike leaves sharp definition on the design elements, including the feathers on the headdress and the plumage on the eagles shoulder. This piece is just a hair away from full Gem. Reasonably available in most grades but challenging above MS64. (#8530) 4840 1915-S aU58 NGC. Rich orange-gold luster is surprisingly untouched despite light friction in the paler, yellow-influenced obverse interior. Well-defined and attractive, a pleasing alternative to a lower-level Mint State example.(#8531) 4844 1915-S MS62 NGC. The 1915-S is elusive in all grades, particularly Mint State. This MS62 example exhibits well struck design features except for the usual weakness on the feathers of the lower headdress. Yellow-gold surfaces display decent luster, but reveal a few scattered marks preventing a higher grade. Census: 69 in 62, 21 finer (12/11). (#8531)

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Frosted MS63 1915-S Half eagle Rare at this Grade Level

1916-S Indian Five, MS62 Last S-Mint Half eagle

4846 1916-S MS62 PCGS. Indian half eagles were produced at the San Francisco Mint for the last time in 1916, with a smallish mintage of 240,000 pieces. The present coin is a pleasing MS62 example, with well-struck design elements and lustrous orange-gold surfaces that show highlights of lilac. A scattering of minor contact marks is consistent with the grade. (#8532)

4845 1915-S MS63 PCGS. The San Francisco Mint never struck an example of the Pratt Indian Head design in the quarter eagle denomination, but for the Indian half eagles, it struck nine consecutive issues from the 1908-S through the 1916-S inclusive, the last a branch-mint-only issue. The 1915-S half eagles were the second-lowest-mintage of the entire series at 164,000 coins (the 1908-S saw the lowest mintage, 82,000 pieces), and today examples graded MS63 or MS64 are quite rare. Akers calls the 1915-S half eagle one of the major rarities in the entire 20th century U.S. gold series. This Select Mint State representative boasts a remarkably sharp strike, including a full bottom feather on the headdress and definition at the top of the eagles wing. The surfaces show frosted luster complementing bright orange-gold color. Numerous small abrasions in the fields are grade-consistent, but the only notable marks are a series of parallel, diagonal abrasions just above the eagles wing. Population: 26 in 63, 10 finer (1/12). (#8531)

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aU Details 1795 13 Leaves ten, BD-1 excellent Potential First-Year type Coin

4847 1795 13 Leaves Repaired NGC Details. aU. BD-1,

High R.3. Bass-Dannreuther Die State b (early)/a. The year 1795 was the first year for gold coinage at the U.S. Mint, comprising half eagles (five dollars) and eagles (ten dollars) of the Robert Scot Capped Bust to Right design; the little sisters quarter eagle denomination would bring up the rear in 1796, a pattern that would recur throughout much of Mint history. The first-year eagles are known from five different die pairings, four showing 13 leaves on the reverse and the fifth, the very rare BD-3, with nine leaves. Of the four 13 Leaves pairings, the BD-1 variety, as on the present coin, is by far the most available, making it the usual choice for type purposes. Some may consider the present piece a problem coin, but other potential bidders may equally view it as a solution. It is true that the neck and face of Liberty have been smoothed to subdue several contact marks, but generous eye appeal remains, and the AU Details grade level is one that would be beyond the reach of many collectors were it not for the caveat. The repair was expertly done (although obvious), but the golden-orange surfaces elsewhere are distraction-free, with no mentionable contact or adjustment marks. First-year type collectors would do well to give this coin serious consideration.

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1795 ten Dollar, BD-1, Bright MS64 Sparkling Prooflike Fields One of the Finest Known

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4848 1795 13 Leaves MS64 NGC. BD-1, High R.3. Ex: Freedom Collection. The ten dollar gold pieces, given the name

eagle, were the largest gold coins produced by the first U.S. Mint from 1795 through 1804. Like all early gold coins, these pieces did not carry an actual denomination as part of the design. John Dannreuther explains: The eagle was the second gold denomination struck by the United States Mint. Calling it a denomination is actually a misnomer. Even though a gold eagle was denominated as a ten-dollar coin, our forefathers traded gold by the tale. [Tale, in this instance, means count or tally, a number of things taken together (i.e., the weight and purity of an individual coin).] The weight and purity were the only things important to merchants and individuals money was gold, and gold was money. In most cases, transactions of even a nominal sum had to be settled in gold, especially whenever governments were involved. There really was no need at first for a stated denomination on either gold or silver coins, because it was known that our coins would be under extreme scrutiny and would likely be assayed by foreign mints and others as to their weight and purity.

A similar problem exists for both the half eagles and the eagles. For both denominations there were multiple varieties dated 1795 and only a single variety dated 1796, despite mintages that suggest this is illogical. During the course of 1795, just 2,795 eagles were minted from September 22 through November 27. In 1796, the Mint produced 6,934 eagles from January 9 through December 22. If we take these annual production totals at face value, an average of 560 coins per die marriage were struck in 1795 while a single die marriage produced all 6,934 coins in 1796. Clearly there is something wrong, unless many of the coins produced in 1796 were from dies dated 1795, and we can be certain that this was the case. According to the Guide Book, the 1795 mintage totaled 5,583 coins and the 1796 mintage totaled 4,146 coins, but even those figures are suspect, suggesting a survival rate of 10% for 1795 eagles and only 4% for 1796 eagles. This discussion illustrates the challenge that numismatists have today when attempting to reconstruct the events of the earliest years at the Philadelphia Mint. There were no records of mintages for individual die varieties, and any attempt to make such estimates today is plagued with problems. In Early U.S. Gold Coin Varieties, Dannreuther provides estimated mintages for every variety and for the number of survivors for each variety. The only thing we know for sure is the number of die marriages known from 1795 through 1804 (32) and the total mintage for that period (132,714 coins including 122 pieces reserved for assay). By using the midpoint of Dannreuthers survival estimates, we can also establish an approximate survival rate for the series of 2.5%. Is this enough information to establish original mintage figures for each variety or even for each coinage date? This cataloger has spent considerable effort over several years attempting to correlate mintage figures with individual varieties, and now feels that it is impossible. There are at least two variables that cannot accurately be determined. First, the exact emission sequence needs to be determined (including both die marriages and remarriages). In a series like the early eagles, the emission sequence alone is enough to give a numismatist nightmares. Once the emission order is known, an accurate estimate of the survivors must be established for each variety and remarriage, and this is nearly an impossibility. Finally, differing survival rates from one coinage date to the next must be pinpointed, a seemingly impossible task. The 1795 BD-1 is considered the first variety coined for the year, therefore it is the first eagle minted by the United States! There are more of them surviving today than all other 1795 varieties combined, and it is actually one of the five most common die varieties of the entire series from 1795 to 1804, a fact that would probably surprise most collectors. Quite a few examples survive in Mint State grades, giving collectors a reasonable chance of obtaining a high-quality example of the Small Eagle reverse design. Many of the Mint State pieces have prooflike fields, much like this coin does. Although the fields are not deeply mirrored, they are clearly reflective. The surfaces are exceptional with only a few scattered abrasions. Faint adjustment marks are evident at the center obverse and on some of the obverse dentils. All design elements on both sides are sharply struck, suggesting to some the possibility that this may have been some type of presentation piece. This example is a relatively early die state of the variety, with faint obverse die cracks but no evidence of reverse cracks. Despite the existence of several Mint State pieces, this example is one of the most attractive we have handled. An MS64 NGC example sold in a Goldbergs auction in February 2008 for $460,000. Census: 4 in 64, 3 finer (12/11). Ex: FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2007), lot 3605; Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 2/2007), lot 4705. (#8551)

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1797 Small eagle ten, BD-1, aU50 Obverse Star arrangement 12x4

4849 1797 Small eagle aU50 PCGS. BD-1, R.5. Bass-Dannreuther

Die State b/b. The BD-1 is the only die pairing known for the 1797 Small Eagle ten dollar gold coins, although the year was a transitional one: The reverse changed during the year to the Large Eagle or Heraldic Eagle style, of which three die marriages are known. The 1797 Small Eagle accordingly appeals to a wide range of collectors, as it is a Guide Book-listed variety, a last-year-of-type coin, and simply a rare early gold coin that is seldom offered in any grade. Putting the rarity at R.5, Bass-Dannreuther estimate that from 55 to 65 examples survive today in all grades. The 1797 Small Eagle variety is an anomaly that could be the start of a long and fruitful numismatic journey: It has the most asymmetrical star arrangement of any early eagle variety, a lopsided 12 stars left, 4 right (12x4 for short). This suggests that some of our deep-pocketed collector friends might try to assemble one of each of the various obverse star arrangements which are all technically different design subtypes, in fact among the early gold eagles, which are as follows: Stars 10x5. 1795 Small Eagle, BD-1 through BD-5. Stars 8x8. 1796 BD-1. Stars 12x4. 1797 Small eagle, BD-1. the present specimen. Stars 10x6. 1797 Large Eagle, BD-2 through BD-4. Stars 9x4. 1798/7 BD-1. Stars 7x6. 1798/7 BD-2. Stars 8x5. 1799-onward. Such a type collection of early obverse star arrangements would thus comprise seven varieties, but pursuing them in the highest practicable grades could be a lifetime numismatic pursuit. The present 1797 Small Eagle, BD-1, would certainly put the successful bidder well on the road, offering bright yellowgold surfaces that display noticeable reddish patina around the device edges and the margins of each side. Numerous light handling marks are sprinkled around, none distracting. The strike is well-defined save for the immediate high points of each side. Population: 2 in 50, 16 finer (1/12). (#8555)

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1797 Large eagle ten, BD-4, Choice aU Late Obverse Die State

4850 1797 Large eagle aU55 PCGS. BD-4, High R.4. Bass-

Dannreuther Die State d/a. The Large Eagle or Heraldic Eagle tens superseded the previous Small Eagle reverse coins starting in 1797, when 10,940 pieces of the newer design were coined, versus about 4,000 of the older-style pieces. The 1797 BD-4 and BD-2 Large Eagle die pairings are more available than the R.5 BD-3. This Choice AU example of the BD-4 displays the obvious results of lapping on the obverse, which has attenuated the left-side stars and given the fields added brightness. The surfaces are dusky orange-gold overall, with slightly deeper reddish color over the high points. Numerous small abrasions are scattered over each side, none significant. Population: 33 in 55, 61 finer (1/12). (#8559)

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1797 Large eagle ten Dollar, BD-4, MS61 Reverse Die Designed by John Smith Gardner

4851 1797 Large eagle MS61 NGC. BD-4, High R.4. Bass-

Dannreuther Die State d/b. The year 1797 saw the eagles, at ten dollars each the largest gold denomination, change in design on the reverse from the so-called (and unfortunate, since we have to avoid writing things such as Small Eagle eagle) Small Eagle to the Large Eagle or Heraldic Eagle motif. The 1797 Small Eagle tens were produced in an amount recorded as 3,615 pieces, while the 1797 Large Eagle tens were made in larger amounts, given as 10,940 coins. Both, of course, are important type coins, the last and first of their respective types, and Guide Book-listed varieties as well. The quarter eagles of 1796 saw the first use of the new motif. Although Mint Chief Engraver Robert Scot is the only designer credited in the Guide Book for both the Small Eagle and Large Eagle tens, in reality the reverse motif was the work of the Mints assistant engraver from November 1794 through March 31, 1796, John Smith Gardner the same man who designed the 1795-97 Liberty Cap half cents and the 1793-96 Liberty Cap large cents. The Gardner design was based on the Great Seal of the United States, which today appears on the reverse of the one dollar bill. After leaving the Mints employ in 1796, Gardner would later achieve fame as the inventor of the Stenographic Telegraphic, a device to record the spoken word. The BD-4 Large Eagle tens of 1797 were among three known die pairings known, all three sharing a common obverse die that still had 16 stars, arranged 10 left and 6 right. It would be the following year, 1798, before the Mint would revert to a standard 13 Star obverse. The reverse used in the BD-4 die pairing has a long thin neck on the eagle, as does the slightly different reverse used on the BD-2. The BD-3 has a short thin neck, and all three reverse dies were made by Gardner. The die states are rather late on both sides of this piece, adding to its appeal, with lapping and or die cracks appearing on each side. The luster is a bit thin in the fields, but there are few abrasions for the grade. The surfaces are rich yellow-gold with even orange overtones, complementing slight reflectivity appearing in the fields.? (#8559)

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1799 BD-10 Large Obverse Stars eagle, MS64 Common Variety, Rare Grade

4852 1799 Large Stars Obverse MS64 NGC. BD-10, R.3. One

does not tread lightly into the field of collecting early U.S. gold coins, those generally minted in the years between 1795 and 1834. The average collector in this area must have substantial funds available. It also helps to be an astute numismatist or at the very least, to work with dealers and advisers who are astute numismatists. Nonetheless, the specialty of early U.S. gold collecting is among the most rewarding in American numismatics. Each of the three gold denominations minted in the early years the quarter eagle, half eagle, and eagle have their own individual stamps, shaped by the character of commerce, finance, and Mint history of the time. The quarter eagles were the red-headed stepchildren of early Mint history, made in small quantities at sporadic intervals, usually seldom-seen in actual commercial use. The half eagles, on the other hand, were made almost continuously in much larger quantities during the 1795-1834 timeframe; in fact, they were the first gold coins manufactured at the U.S. Mint. They were a workhorse denomination, along with their counterparts, the copper large cent and silver half dollar. Between these three federal denominations and especially the foreign currency in general circulation, most everyday transactions were concluded. The eagles are a special case, the shortest denomination and the largest early U.S. gold, made only from 1795 through 1804 (one variety was struck in 1834-35), although no 1802-dated eagles were produced. Like the quarter eagles, they were struck in relatively small quantities. A date set of early eagles consists of only nine coins, although a variety set not for the faint of heart would include 33 die marriages, some extremely rare. The 1799 BD-10 die variety is among the most available for the early eagles, although an example in the near-Gem condition of the present piece is still conditionally quite rare. This coin is sharply struck, save for the right-side obverse stars and the bust point. There is a slight rim mark at 5 oclock on the obverse, and some minor planchet adjustment marks appear on the clouds. The greenish-gold surfaces otherwise are pristine, with vibrant mint luster and excellent eye appeal. Census including both Large Stars and Small Stars varieties: 46 in 64, 7 finer (12/11). (#8562)

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Choice XF 1800 ten, BD-1

1801 ten Dollar, BD-2 available early eagle Variety

4853 1800 XF45 aNaCS. BD-1, High R.3. Bass-Dannreuther Die State c/e. The sole die pair for the year, though the reverse die was also used to coin 1801 eagles. In fact, after striking the 1801 BD-1, the reverse die was reunited with the 1800 obverse to produce further examples of the 1800 BD-1, including the present late dies piece. This apricot-gold eagle is slightly subdued from moderate circulation but displays glimpses of luster about design elements. Light adjustment marks (as struck) are confined to the obverse denticles. There are no mentionable abrasions, and those in search of a collectible type representative need look no further. (#8563)

aU Details 1800 ten Dollar, BD-1

4855 1801 Genuine PCGS. BD-2, R.2. Bass-Dannreuther Die State a/a. The PCGS number ending in .92 indicates Cleaning as the reason, or perhaps one of the reasons, that PCGS deemed this specimen not gradable. In our opinion, this coin has the details of an AU specimen that has been cleaned. This piece shows the usual die state, with the spines in the cap. The surfaces are a bit bright inoffensively so but no luster is apparent. However, each side is peppered with numerous small to medium-sized abrasions, the most obvious a mark at the front of Libertys neck. A curious flaw in the planchet runs roughly parallel to the lower reverse rim from 5:30 to 7 oclock. The strike is sharp on each side, with strong hair curls and full breast feathers on the eagle.

4854 1800 Surface tooled Genuine PCGS. aU Details. BD-1, High R.3. Bass-Dannreuther Die State c/e. The obverse field has been extensively smoothed and exhibits faint, swirling marks. Unobtrusive adjustment marks (as coined) are evident on the reverse on the shield, cloud 7, and the left (facing) claw. Somewhat bright from cleaning, but sharply defined and partly lustrous. A collectible yet only lightly worn example of this coveted early gold type.

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Seldom-Seen 1804 Crosslet 4 ten Dollar, BD-1 MS63, Only One Piece Graded Finer

4856 1804 Crosslet 4 MS63 NGC. BD-1, High R.4. Bass-

Dannreuther Die State b/b. On the obverse, a crack runs from star 1 to the 18 in the date; on the reverse, cracks join the tops of UNIT, while another runs from the U to the eagles tail to the last A. The year 1804 saw the final production of the Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle reverse ten dollar gold pieces, produced in the tiny reported amount of 3,757 pieces. (Some of those pieces, however, were almost certainly the R.7 BD-6 eagles dated 1803, which share the same reverse as the 1804 Crosslet 4 coins, but in a later die state [c].) Only the two varieties are known for the year, the Crosslet 4 and Plain 4 BD-1 and BD-2, respectively. The Plain 4 coins however, are known only to the extent of three pieces, struck in 1834 or 1835 in a close collar in conjunction with the presentation proof sets containing the 1804 silver dollars, such as the King of Siam proof set. For all practical purposes, then, the BD-1 Crosslet 4 eagles are the sole variety obtainable to represent the 1804 issue. BassDannreuther estimate that only 80 to 100 pieces survive in all grades. The average certified survivor is AU to Choice AU or so. The present MS63 piece is one of only five such submissions at NGC, with a single MS64 finer; PCGS has certified two in MS63, with none finer (1/12). Generous luster remains on the yellow-gold surfaces of this well-struck piece, which additionally shows few signs of contact, save for some minor chatter in the fields. The extremely minor planchet adjustment marks running diagonally through the upper shield corners might go unnoticed by many, and in any case are undistracting. Only about one auction appearance annually has been seen in this grade over the past dozen-plus years. Alert bidders will act accordingly to secure this piece, so close to the top of the Condition Census. (#8566)

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1838 ten Dollar, aU Details Scarce at this Level

Borderline Uncirculated 1841 ten

4857 1838 Improperly Cleaned NGC Details. aU. The 1838 ten dollar marks the beginning of the Coronet design, as well as the rebirth of the nations then-largest coinage denomination after its end in 1804. Most survivors are in XF or lower condition and Mint State examples are very rare. This AU Details coin displays excellent definition on its semi-bright yellow-gold surfaces. The cleaning is not all that bad. 4858 1839 type of 1838, Large Letters Rim Filing NGC Details. aU. The left-leaning Head of 1838 was only used on 1838 and some 1839 eagles. Breen states overdates and regular dates exist, but the most recent thought is that there are only early die states (that show the underdigit) and later states that do not. The entire mintage of the design subtype was just 33,000 pieces. This well-detailed green-gold coin has noticeable luster but the rims show faint filing, most evident near star 2.

4861 1841 aU58 NGC. This early No Motto issue has a relatively low mintage and is most often encountered in XF grades. The present near-Mint representative has a razor-sharp strike and only a whisper of wear on the hair above the ear. Delicate field hairlines correspond with momentary non-numismatic handling. Census: 17 in 58, 13 finer (12/11). (#8582) 4862 1841-O Improperly Cleaned NGC Details. VF Details. The first New Orleans eagle issue, and among the rarest due to a mintage of just 2,500 pieces. This yellow-gold example exhibits distributed small marks and is somewhat bright and glossy from cleaning, but some wing and hair detail is present.(#8583) 4863 1842 Large Date XF45 NGC. The date takes up a significant portion of the exergue. Yellow-orange surfaces remain faintly lustrous despite light wear and a number of minor to moderate abrasions, including a few patches of reed marks. Census: 26 in 45, 31 finer (12/11).(#8584)

Rare XF Head of 1840 Small Letters 1839 eagle

1842 Liberty eagle, aU58 Large Date

4859 1839 type of 1840, Small Letters XF40 NGC. Libertys portrait was revamped during the second year of the series, and the reverse hub was also modified to reduce the size of the letters. Rarer than the 1839 Type of 1838, with only 62 pieces total certified by PCGS and NGC combined, a number that undoubtedly includes many resubmissions over the past 25 years. Nicely detailed with original butter-gold color and a small obverse rim strike-through at 4 oclock. Ex: Toledo Museum of Art (Stacks, 12/2000), lot 1462, which realized $2,530. (#8580) 4860 1841 XF45 NGC. CaC. The wheat-gold surfaces of this Choice XF ten dollar reveal the expected number of marks for the designated grade, none of which are serious. The design elements are appropriately defined. This is a scarce, relatively low-mintage date.(#8582)

4864 1842 Large Date aU58 NGC. Despite the presence of myriad marks on each side, this splendid near-Mint specimen has deep green-gold luster with sharp design definition. The fields are reflective with hints of mirrored surface. Faint traces of delicate blue patina reside on the high points. Census: 7 in 58, 2 finer (12/11). (#8584)

1842-O ten Dollar, aU53 Difficult in this Grade

4865 1842-O aU53 NGC. Variety 2. Most surviving 1842-O survivors are in Very Fine or lower grades. AU examples such as this AU53 piece are very difficult to come by. Its luminous yellow-gold surfaces exhibit well struck design elements and reveal just the expected number of contact marks for the grade. (#8587)

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aU58+ 1843-O ten Dollar Scarce Die Variety

4873 1850-O XF40 aNaCS. Variety 2. The scarcer of the two known varieties with the date entered slightly further left than on Variety 1. The present canary-gold New Orleans No Motto example displays considerable luster for the XF40 grade and there are no detracting marks. The hair curls near the ear are lightly brought up.(#8605) 4874 1851-O aU50 NGC. Variety 1. The high date, low mintmark die combination for