1876 Sailor Head Pattern Dollar PCGS PR62RB (Ex: Harry W. Bass Jr. Collection)

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Judd-1463a, Pollock-1614, R.8 – Unique. Struck in copper with a plain edge. This enigmatic version of William Barber’s beautiful Sailor Head design is unique, by virtue of its plain edge. The design was probably intended for the Trade dollar, but was never adopted. USPatterns.com lists seven specimens of this design in copper, with a reeded edge (Judd-1463), and two examples in silver (Judd-1462), but this is the only plain edge copper piece known. The design elements are razor-sharp throughout and the reflective fields show only minor hairlines and contact marks, with a mix of original red and light brown patina. A patch of dark amber carbon appears on Liberty’s cheek, possibly the result of King Farouk’s efforts to improve his copper coins many years ago. Ex: “Colonel” E.H.R. Green; King Farouk; Palace Collections of Egypt, Brinton T. Schorer; Bass Collection, Part I.

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1868-S Seated Liberty Quarter PCGS MS65

A Rare Gem of a Sitting Lady

The 1868-S Seated Liberty quarter claims a mintage of 96,000 pieces, all struck from a single pair of dies. There was little interest in branch mint issues before about 1893, as most 19th century collectors were content to concentrate on date runs, acquiring a nice specimen from any Mint (often Philadelphia Mint proofs) to update their collection every year. As a result, few high-quality examples were saved by contemporary collectors and the 1868-S is very rare in high grade today. The current PCGS population is only 3 with 3 higher.

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1842 Large Date Liberty Eagle NGC MS61

Scarce, Flashy Unc.

Although the Guide Book mintage for the Large Date variety is multiples of its Small Date counterpart, the two issues are similarly priced, and approximately equal in rarity. This is the only MS61 to be graded by NGC and just two have been graded higher. The one we offer here is – and we’re about to play our broken record, once more – is lighter, as well as more lustrous and attractive than seen in our lackluster images. 

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1879-CC Capped Die Morgan Dollar PCGS MS65

Rare CC $1

A Top 100 Variety. The Capped Die 1879-CC dollar has long been known, but decades ago, they were shunned by collectors who thought something was not quite right about the mintmark area. Scholarship has made great strides since those days, and now the so-called Capped Die coins are worth a premium in the better grades of Uncirculated. The one offered here is noticeably lighter, as well as more lustrous and appealing, than seen in our drab images. The PCGS population is only 11 with 5 (barely) higher, as all of the latter are 65+ examples.

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1895 Morgan Dollar PCGS PR62

Brilliant Morgan King

In 1895, the Mint struck 880 proof Morgan dollars for distribution in the annual silver proof sets. However, unlike in other years, plans to strike circulation coins came and went with, at most, a brief “hurrah” that never even made it out of the Mint. Mint records indicate that 12,000 circulation strikes were made, but none have ever been known to collectors. It’s often debated whether the coins were actually struck (and later melted) or if their “coinage” was nothing more than an accounting error on the Mint’s books. Contemporary numismatists, such as the Chapman brothers, believed that no circulation strikes were ever produced. Modern research clouds the water on this point, but with no circulation strikes known, one inherent fact remains: the 1895 Morgan dollar is only known in proof format. And therein lies its status as the “king of the Morgan dollars.” This example is virtually color-free and (contrary to how it appears in our images) highly brilliant.

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1908 Indian Quarter Eagle NGC PR68

1 of Only 2 So-Graded

With the new coinage designs of 1907 and 1908, the mint recognized these coins could not be produced by the conventional brilliant proofing method. Their solution was to sandblast the coins, producing a matte surface; a finish that had been applied to some mint medals for decades. However, the mint’s main customers for proofs were coin collectors, and collectors were generally not familiar with the matte proofing technique or appearance. The result was general dislike by the collecting community and dwindling sales for proof gold until the final year in 1915. There were 236 proof quarter eagles produced, and it is estimated that 100 to 120 pieces are extant today. The surfaces on this piece border on perfection. This is one of only two so-graded by NGC, with none higher.

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1797 Draped Bust Half Dime NGC MS62

Rare, Mint State

Three distinct obverse design subtypes exist for the 1797 half dimes, featuring 13 stars, 15 stars, or 16 stars. This, the 15 Stars variety, has an arrangement of eight stars to the left and seven stars to the right. It is clearly the most plentiful of the three, and yet, only a few hundred examples survive in all grades, mostly well worn, damaged, or both. Only a few dozen Mint State examples are thought to exist. The NGC population is a mere 1 with 4 higher. When tilted just slightly under a light, this specimen is much lighter, as well as more colorful and lustrous than seen in our images.

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1886 Liberty Nickel NGC MS67

Tied with One Other for Highest Graded

The 1886 Liberty nickel claims a small mintage of 3.3 million pieces and the issue is generally considered the second-rarest date of the series, just slightly behind the 1885. However, in high-grade condition, the 1886 is actually rarer than its 1885 counterpart. The one offered here is sharp and lustrous, not to mention (thankfully), an obvious business strike. This is one of just two so-graded by NGC, with none higher. For its part, PCGS has recognized three MS67’s with none higher, either.

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1841-D Half Eagle NGC MS63

Highly Lustrous, Flashy

According to Doug Winter, from an original mintage of 29,392 pieces, the 1841-D Liberty half eagle is estimated to have a surviving population of approximately 150-175 specimens in all grades combined. These numbers are quite small in an absolute sense. However, in circulated grades, at least, this issue is actually one of the more available ones in the series, as the supply of many other dates is even smaller. A scratch in the right obverse field might be all that’s keeping this coin from a higher grade (and considerably higher value). In hand, it’s even more appealing looking than seen in our images. The NGC pop report shows just 3 at this grade, with 3 higher.

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1908 Indian Quarter Eagle PCGS PR66

First Year Matte Proof

With the new coinage designs of 1907 and 1908, the mint recognized these coins could not be produced by the conventional brilliant proofing method. Their solution was to sandblast the coins, producing a matte surface; a finish that had been applied to some mint medals for decades. However, the mint’s main customers for proofs were coin collectors, and collectors were generally not familiar with the matte proofing technique or appearance. The result was general dislike by the collecting community and dwindling sales for proof gold until the final year in 1915. There were 236 proof quarter eagles produced, and it is estimated that 100 to 120 pieces are extant today. The sandblast surfaces on this piece exhibit the khaki-brown color this date is known for. The PCGS population is 18 with 11 higher. 

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