Nearly Mint State Bechtler (Center Circle) $2.50 PCGS/CAC AU58

Rare

At a time when federal specie was virtually unseen in circulation, the Bechtlers successfully converted the gold mined in and around Rutherfordton and beyond into coinage suitable for local commerce, and of consistently high quality. It was a group of local miners who first petitioned Christopher Bechtler, a respected jeweler, to perform this assaying and coining service.  According to Don Kagin, “this was quite agreeable to Bechtler, for on July 2, 1831, and for several weeks thereafter, he ran an advertisement which announced that he was ready to coin the products of the mines into $2.50 and $5.00 pieces … .” Later, Bechtler would be the first to put gold dollars into the channels of American commerce.  PCGS has graded just 10 in all grades combined for this variety. Of those, this is the only AU58 with just 3 higher.

Offered at $41,975 delivered

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1878-CC Liberty Double Eagle NGC AU53

Scarce CC $20 Lib.

Double eagle production at the Carson City Mint declined drastically in 1878, when a meager mintage of 13,180 pieces was accomplished. The coins were released into circulation and fulfilled their intended purpose admirably in the hard-money economy of the western United States. The 1878-CC is one of the scarcest issues of the Carson City series today, both in terms of total number of coins known and high-grade rarity.

Offered at $14,950 delivered

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1910 Indian Half Eagle PCGS PR64

Gorgeous Roman Finish Proof $5

The year 1908 marked the beginning of the Indian Head design type, the first major design change on that denomination since 1839. The new design, issued in the unique sunken relief format, encouraged the Mint to make another change to normal coinage practices: altering the finish of proof coins from polished fields to a sandblast texturing similar to that employed on some art and award medals. Thus, this issue is a first of American coinage in many ways and today is sought-after both as a type coin and as an intriguing element of early 20th century Mint experimentation. In hand, this example is lighter and considerably more vibrant than seen in our images. The PCGS population is just 13 with 13 higher. 

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1906 Liberty Quarter Eagle NGC PR66 Cameo

Glittering, Captivating

 Cameo proof gold coinage from the post-1902 period — the year in which the Mint eliminated its earlier production method that produced deeply contrasted surfaces between reflective fields and frosted devices — is quite rare and seldom seen. The example herein offered exhibits deeply mirrored fields, which contrast beautifully with the frosted devices.

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1854 T-1 Gold Dollar NGC MS67

Tied for Highest Graded

The mintage for the 1854 gold dollar was not as large as the preceding three P-mint gold dollar deliveries; however, it was still a respectable 855,502 pieces. It’s not surprising, therefore, that this issue remains popular among type collectors who desire an attractive representative of James Longacre’s Type One design. While the average collector would happily settle for an MS64 or MS65 example, gold specialists who pride themselves on unrivaled numismatic beauty should go for this beauty. The NGC population is just 10 with none higher.

Offered at $12,900 delivered

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1895 Morgan Dollar NGC PR63

Long Live the “King”

Mint records indicate 880 proof Morgan dollars were struck in 1895, to accompany a tiny business-strike mintage of 12,000 pieces. Unfortunately, none of the regular-issue coins have ever surfaced in any collection, leaving collectors to wonder if the mintage figures represent some kind of accounting error, or if the coins were held in government storage until 1918 and melted under the provisions of the Pittman Act. In either case, date collectors have always relied on the small supply of proofs to fill this whole in their collections and the 1895 has often been called the “King of the Morgan dollars.” While not designated as a Cameo, this example displays some contrast, particularly on the reverse.

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1851 “887” Reeded Edge Humbert $50 NGC MS61

Very Rare (and Heavy)

The importance of the 1851 $50 gold coins can scarcely be overemphasized. Ask any advanced collector of Territorial gold to name the most significant and memorable coinage design from the early California Gold Rush period, and the Humbert-U.S. Assay Office octagonal fifty dollars will likely be the first named. Until the commemorative Panama-Pacific fifty dollar pieces of 1915, the 1851-52 Humbert-Assay Office fifties remained the only large octagonal gold coins struck under the auspices of the United States Mint (the Assay Office was a provisional government mint), although later California private coiners struck round fifty dollar coins (Kellogg in 1854-55 and Wass, Molitor in 1855). The NGC population is only 8 with 12 higher.

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1879 Morgan Dollar PCGS MS67

Tied for Highest Graded

Offered here is a frosty, white example with exemplary surfaces and a great overall appearance. Not particularly tough to come by through the MS66 grade level, but very rarely seen in this state of preservation. The last PCGS representative we auctioned was all the way back in 2007! Tied with 7 others for the highest graded by PCGS.

Offered at $37,375 delivered

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1852 Gold Dollar PCGS MS68

One of the Very Finest

The 1852 is among the common dates in the Type One gold dollar set, popular with type collectors. However, Type One gold dollars are universally rare in Superb Gem condition, even the common dates. The 1852 is actually rarer in MS67 and higher grades than a few of the other Philadelphia issues. In MS68, though this issue’s rarity expands to represent the rarity of the entire Type One series. This little beauty features a very sharp strike, satiny luster and a pristine appearance. The PCGS population is only 4 with 1 higher.

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1924-S Saint Gaudens Double Eagle NGC MS65

Major Rarity

Despite a large original mintage, the 1924-S Saint-Gaudens double eagle is scarce in all grades in today’s market, and Gems are major rarities. Most of the mintage was melted after the Gold Recall of 1933, rendering the official production figures irrelevant. Fortunately for present-day collectors, a number of coins were discovered in European banks, beginning in the 1950s, causing this and many other Saint dates to become more available. On the other hand, when collectors seek an MS65 example, they find the situation has changed little from the early days of the 1940s. That is because coins found in European holdings were subjected to the rigors of transport and storage with other large gold coins and few escaped without significant surface marks. The NGC population is just 19 with 2 higher.

Offered at $66,000 delivered

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