1942/1-D Mercury Dime PCGS MS66FB

Easily One of the Finest Survivors

Both the Philadelphia and Denver versions of the 1942/1 overdate Mercury dime are doubled die (or dual-hubbing-error) varieties, but the pickup points are different between the two. The 1942/1 Philadelphia shows a rather obvious (plain to a good pair of unaided eyes) 1 downstroke at the fore points of the 2. The 1942/1-D is considerably harder to spot, and the pickup point is a little notch of doubling at the bottom of the 4 in the date, rather than the 2. (There are signs of a 1 under the 2, but they are far fainter than on the 1942/1 Philadelphia variety.) This one is brilliant and quite pleasing. The PCGS population is 13 with 5 higher, though 4 of the latter are 66+ examples. In other words, only one MS67 has been recognized.

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1821 Capped Head Quarter Eagle PCGS MS60

Rare Unc.

 It had been 13 years since the last quarter eagles were coined until this denomination was resumed again. Production remained low with 6,448 produced in 1821. And only 17,042 pieces were coined for the entire type! As John Dannreuther points out: “Besides the usual factors that remove coins from circulation–wear, loss, and so on–the early gold issues faced another factor that doomed many of them. Pre-1834 old coins were melted after the June 28, 1834 passage of the act reducing the weight of gold coins.” The 1821 quarter eagle is the first issue of this design, and the entire mintage is from a single die pair. Because so few business strikes were coined after the proofs, nearly all have reflective surfaces as on this coin. Its color is more yellow-gold, as opposed to the orange-gold seen in our images. More importantly, it looks much more appealing than expected for the assigned grade. The PCGS population is 2 with 11 higher.

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1867 No Rays Shield Nickel NGC PR67 Ultra Cameo

The One and Only

The first of the No Rays proof issues in the Shield nickel series, a design change that would last until the series’ end in 1883. Out of an estimated 600+ proofs produced for the 1867 No Rays, this is the single finest of just three specimens rated as having Ultra Cameo contrast by NGC. The contrast and eye appeal are much more pronounced in-hand, especially with respect to the reverse.

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1911 Saint Gaudens Double Eagle NGC PR66

Luscious Proof

In his recent reference on proof U.S. gold, John Dannreuther specifically commented on the color and texture of the 1911 proof twenties:

“The 100 Proof double eagles struck in 1911 have a lighter finish than seen for the 1908 issues. Many 1911 Proofs have a light orange color with shiny sparkles created by a finer sand grain. The matte finish is among the most desired by today’s collectors, so many of these have found their way into type sets. If one has a choice, the lighter color and sparkle found on 1911 Proofs often is preferred over the darker issues of 1908 and 1912 through 1915.” Only 65 to 70 individual pieces are believed to have survived today in all grades.

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1880-CC Morgan Dollar NGC MS67

Superb, Super Frosty

Demand for high-grade Carson City material is strong across all denominations and series, but Morgan dollars in particular seem to capture the hearts and mind of collectors. Part of what makes high-end Nevada mint Morgans so interesting are the numerous forces that work to influence their availability and collectability. For example, many issues, like the 1880-CC, have low mintages. But they were often also widely held in storage through the mid-20th century. Essentially, relatively few coins were made, a high proportion of them survive, but even that sizeable number is insufficient to fully satisfy demand. This particular example exhibits frosty surfaces and a wonderful overall appearance. The NGC population is 35 with 4 higher.

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1857-D Gold Dollar NGC MS62

Rare Unc. D-mint Gold Buck

This issue saw a small mintage of just 3,533 pieces. The average certified survivor is in the AU range and examples of this rarity are seldom seen in any Mint State grade. Doug Winter writes in the third edition of his Dahlonega gold reference that “I have always thought that, along with the 1850-D, [the 1857-D] was the most undervalued gold dollar from Dahlonega.” The strike on this issue is universally subpar and while not unusually weak, this example is no exception.

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1862 Liberty Quarter Eagle NGC MS64

Rare, Choice Unc. Civil War Issue

Although the 1862 quarter eagle has a mintage that tops 98,000 coins — one of the higher production totals of the period — Mint State examples are still rare in all grades. Most such pieces are heavily bag-marked, and relatively few grade higher than MS62. The finest graded are one PCGS 64+ and one NGC MS64+. The NGC population is just 3 with 1 higher. In hand, this example is more lustrous and less reddish-gold in hue than seen in our images. 

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1859 Liberty Double Eagle PCGS AU55

A Head Turner (or Turned)

In the early 1850s, substantial California Gold Rush bullion was shipped via Panama to the Philadelphia Mint for coining. The advent of the San Francisco Mint, and its emergence from growing pains, slowed the flood of West Coast bullion to a trickle by 1859. That year, Philadelphia struck only 43,597 double eagles, down from more than 2,000,000 pieces in 1851 and 1852. The few collectors of large denomination gold selected proofs, and the 1859 is nearly unobtainable in Mint State. Patience is required to locate any example, and when one appears in the marketplace, it is almost always in XF to AU grades. This particular example is noticeably more lustrous and attractive in hand.

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1895-O Morgan Dollar PCGS MS62+

This Rare Morgan is a Definite “Plus”

There are a great number of 1895-O dollars available in the range of Very Fine to low AU, but in Mint State the population thins out by an order of magnitude, with most of those coins in the lower Mint State grades of MS60 to MS62. In MS63 the 1895-O is rarity of great achievement to acquire. In his Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars, Q. David Bowers writes: “The 1895-O emerged as the single circulation-strike variety that is not known to have been a part of any Treasury releases via bags. … I have heard suggestions that from several dozen to a couple hundred Mint State coins came out of the Treasury Building in the early 1950s, but how they would grade today is anybody’s guess. Uncirculated coins of years ago are often classified as AU today. I have found no account or even a rumor of any being a part of the 1962 through 1964 Treasury release.” The one offered here is considerably more lustrous than seen in our images.

Offered at $28,125 delivered

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1896-S Barber Quarter NGC MS65*

Barber Quarter “Star”

 Along with the rare 1901-S and 1913-S issues, the 1896-S quarter is unquestionably one of the top three rarities in the Barber quarter series. Just 188,039 pieces were struck. As usual, die clashing is visible within Liberty’s ear, a peculiar attribute of genuine 1896-S quarters and a quick way to help verify authenticity. The vibrantly lustrous surfaces display lovely border toning in shades of electric-blue, violet, and russet-brown. Meanwhile, ivory-gold shades at the centers resonate with silver luster. In hand, this gem is lighter, as well as more lustrous and eye-appealing than seen in our images. Including this star-designated example, the NGC population is only 7 with 2 higher.

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