Goldberg Coins and Collectibles



Sale 110

The June 2-5, 2019 Pre-Long Beach Auction


Dollars
 
 
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Lot 901
1795. 3 leaves beneath each wing. B-7, BB-18, Rarity 3. PCGS graded MS-63. CAC. PQ. Lovely original multi-colorful toning with semi reflective surfaces. A coin that should be sent in for regrading. Only 16,029 struck. Looks like a special strike. For many years considered as the finest known for the variety. Pop 1; 1 finer in 66 for the variety.

This is a stunning example of this prized early Flowing Hair silver dollar. At first glance, the reflective fields offer the appearance of an early proof or a specimen strike, as Flowing Hair and Draped Bust Dollars rarely offer any mirror surface in the fields. Examination of the surfaces finds only a few trivial signs of contact from nearly 225 years of careful preservation. Today this coin is firmly placed in the Condition Census as one of the top six examples to survive of this particular die pairing.

Simply stated, the quality and eye appeal of this offering is stunning. When Larry Goldberg first saw the magnificent silver dollar collection of Jacque and Alfred Ostheimer in the early 1970s, this is one of two coins that stood out, the other being the incredible 1794 silver dollar from the Lord St. Oswald Collection. This coin towered above the 100s of other Flowing Hair and Draped Bust silver dollars in terms of eye appeal and overall quality. Any collector should take the time necessary to view this extraordinary example of numismatic art, for once it is sold, it may be off the market for a very long time.

In 1950 Mr. M. H. Bolender wrote a book titled "The United States Early Silver Dollars From 1794 1803". This became the standard reference for the Early Silver Dollars series from that time until 1993, when an updated reference on these coins was released by Bowers and Borckardt. The Bolender collection was one of the most advanced at the time it was formed in the 1930s and 40s, and the coin he chose for the 1795 B-7 (BB-18) variety was this exact specimen. Its condition was not fully appreciated at the time. Sometime prior to 1952 Bolender sold this coin to W. G. Baldenhofer, assuming he could replace it with a similar example. Bolender was mistaken, and later when his collection was sold in 1952, he lacked an example of this die marriage. Baldenhofer later sold this coin and several other Early Silver Dollars via Bolender to the Ostheimers who set to task and formed a collection even more advanced and complete than the Bolender Collection. Sadly, in June of 1968 the Ostheimers were robbed and a portion of their early silver dollars were stolen, including this coin, but thankfully they were recovered intact later in 1968. The shock of the robbery caused the Ostheimers to eventually sell their collection of Silver Dollars, which included a complete set of Liberty Seated dollars as well as the later Morgan and Peace style coins too.

While we are uncertain of the pedigree of this magnificent coin prior to Bolenders ownership, it likely came out of a major collection in the 1930s or 40s. The Goldbergs brokered most of the Ostheimer Collection coins in the late 1960s to Edwards Huntington Metcalf, the grandson of railroad baron Henry E. Huntington. Metcalf then auctioned these magnificent early dollars through three major auctions, and this coin appeared in each one finally selling to Dr. Carl B. Ermshar, Jr., in 1977, where it has remained since in his collection. This is a most important opportunity to secure one of the most splendid Flowing Hair silver dollars weve ever seen (PCGS # 39973) Estimate Value $50,000 - UP
Ex Bolender; Ex W. G. Baldenhofer; Ex Ostheimer; Ex Metcalf; Ex 1975 ANA Sale, Lot 779; Ex February 1977 Superior Auction Lot 466, sold for $6,250 and held by the current owner for over 40 years; Ex Dr. Carl B. Ermshar, Jr. Collection.
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$156,000
Lot 902
1798 Large Eagle. NCS graded Details of Very Fine Rev damage, improperly cleaned. Lightly toned. Estimate Value $350 - 400
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$1,440
Lot 903
1798. Large eagle. NGC graded Details of Very Fine Plugged, damage. Lightly toned. Estimate Value $350 - 400
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$780
Lot 904
1798. Large eagle, close date. B-27, BB-113, Rarity 2. PCGS graded MS-61. Lovely deep blue toning with golden accents. This is a glorious Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle silver dollar in Mint State. Precious few survive at this lofty grade level, particularly from the year 1798. Although this is a plentiful die pairing it is notworthy that this "high 8" obverse die was later paired with 7 different reverse dies, all of these reverse dies eventually failed with cracks and breaks, while the obvere kept on striking coins until the 7th reverse finally went to the scrap heap with this obverse die--in cracked and worn conditon. Curiously die cracks did develop early on in this multipile die marriage journey on this obverse die, but they remained stable and this workhorse obverse kept at it. On this particular die marriage, this was the first reverse die paired with the obverse. Hence both dies are fresh and offer sharpness seldom seen on later strikings as the parade of new reverse husband dies came along. Memorable and historic. Pop 5; 22 finer, 12 in 62, 1 in 63, 9 in 64. The coin will be Pop 1 with only 2 finer in 64 and 65 once the variety is recognized. (PCGS # 6873) Estimate Value $19,000 - 20,000
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$21,600
Lot 905
1799. B-11, BB-161, Rarity 3. NGC graded MS-63. Lovely blue and golden toning which is somewhat mottled but of a lovely antique nature. The strike is sharp, and the surfaces are far nicer than usually encountered. This coin was put away more than two centuries ago and carefully preserved, and today this represents one of the finer examples of this date and type. A condition rarity that will always be in high demand. Pop 2; tied for the finest example graded at both services for the variety. Estimate Value $35,000 - 40,000
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Lot 906
1799. BB-168; B-22. NGC graded Details of Very Fine Improperly cleaned. Pleasing light grey tone. Estimate Value $900 - 950
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$1,050
Lot 907
1799. NGC graded Details of Very Fine plugged. Mottled toning. Estimate Value $350 - 400
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$756
Lot 908
1799. NGC graded Details of Very Fine rim damage. Lightly toned. Estimate Value $350 - 400
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$780
Lot 909
1799. NGC graded Details of Very Fine plugged. Estimate Value $350 - 400
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$780
Lot 910
1799/8. 13 Stars on Reverse. B-1, BB-142, Rarity 4. NGC graded MS-63. A frosty white coin with considerable pale gold toning starting to form. Lustrous and impressive for any Draped Bust dollar, with strong definition on Liberty's curls and the eagle as well. The overdate is bold and the strike is sharp. A condition rarity at any grade even approaching mint state, this one is far and away finer than most known today. A desirable condition rarity. Pop 1; 1 finer in 64 for the variety at NGC. Estimate Value $30,000 - UP
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Lot 911
1800. NGC graded Sharpness of Fine obverse damage. Center mark on the obverse. Pleasant old time toning. Estimate Value $450 - 500
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$780
Lot 912
1802. B-6, BB-241, Rarity 1. NGC graded AU Details, Cleaned. Mostly untoned. Estimate Value $1,200 - 1,300
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$3,240
Lot 913
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Lot 914
1859. PCGS graded Proof 62. Nicely toned with classic antique lilac and rose hues. Identifiable by a minor speck in the field below Liberty's knee. This coin offers considerable eye appeal for the grade assigned, and should not be overlooked. Only 800 struck (PCGS # 7002) Estimate Value $2,600 - 2,700
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$2,400
Lot 915
1871. PCGS graded MS-62. Totally white with semi reflective fields. Housed in an Old Green Holder (PCGS # 6966) Estimate Value $1,900 - 2,000
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$2,280
Lot 916
1872-CC. NGC graded MS-63. Lovely sunset toning primarily on the obverse, the reverse with more reflective fields. This is a prized Carson City issue that is nearly impossible to obtain in grades even approaching this mint state jewel. Notice the satin surfaces with near perfection of the fields and devices, with just a few scattered nicks from long ago handling. The strike is bold throughout., right down to the feather tips on the eagle, and the dress folds on Liberty's gown.

While far and away the vast majority of the tiny mintage of only 3,150 pieces struck were melted or lost, it appears that most of these entered circulation and thus precious few were saved in Mint State. Given the mintage, lack of general interest in 1872 and 73, this Carson City issue remains one of the keys to the series, and finding a superlative, elegant and choice Mint State coin like this is more than a formidable challenge. Hence we recommend it highly! Pop 2; 4 finer, 2 in 64, 1 in 64+, 1 in 65. Estimate Value $50,000 - UP
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Lot 917
1873. NGC graded MS-66. Boldly struck with lovely toning that spans both the obverse and the reverse. The strike is sharp as expected on this first year of issue. Radiant mint luster is present beneath the antique toning. An exceptional coin and one that is worthy of any advanced collection of this popular and short lived series. Pop 2; tied for the finest examples graded at NGC. Estimate Value $13,000 - 14,000
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Lot 918
1874. PCGS graded Proof 64 Cameo. A hint of light golden and silver tone. Nice contrast and super clean surfaces for the grade assigned. Only 700 struck. Pop 28; 32 finer, 16 in PR, 6 in PRCA, 10 in PRDC. (PCGS # 87054) Estimate Value $2,900 - 3,000
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$3,240
Lot 919
1875-S. PCGS graded MS-64. Boldly struck and well toned. Pop 218; 69 finer at PCGS. (PCGS # 7039) Estimate Value $1,900 - 2,000
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$1,440
Lot 920
1877. PCGS graded MS-64. CAC. PQ. A well struck and nice mostly untoned coin with a few tinges of antique toning on both sides. The surfaces are quite clean and the eye appeal is high for this issue. Pop 81; 22 finer at PCGS. (PCGS # 7044) Estimate Value $2,600 - 2,700
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Lot 921
1877. PCGS graded Proof 62 Cameo. A nice white example. Only 510 struck. Pop 12; 50 finer for PRCA at PCGS. (PCGS # 87057) Estimate Value $1,900 - 2,000
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$2,280
Lot 922
1877-S. PCGS graded MS-65. CAC. Lovely golden toning with splashes of russet gold intermixed. The strike is sharp and the surfaces are absolutely amazing to behold. Make sure to put a strong loop to this one so you can fully enjoy the near perfection of the preservation here. Nary a nick or tick is found. Simply stated this is one of the finer examples of the 1877-S Trade Dollar to exist today, with strong visual appeal and fantastic surface qualtiy. Pop 31; 15 finer at PCGS. (PCGS # 7046) Estimate Value $7,500 - 8,000
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Lot 923
1877-S. PCGS graded MS-63. CAC. PQ. A frosty white example (PCGS # 7046) Estimate Value $1,100 - 1,200
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$1,290
Lot 924
1878. PCGS graded Proof 62 Cameo. CAC. PQ. Proof only date. Should be graded higher. Only 900 struck. Pop 18; 84 finer for PRCA at PCGS. (PCGS # 87058) Estimate Value $2,000 - 2,200
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$2,220
Lot 925
1878-S Box Taler. Sharpness of VF. Estimate Value $350 - 400
From The Fullerton Coin Shop.
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$252
Lot 926
1879. PCGS graded Proof 62. Proof only date. A hint of light gold tone. Only 1,541 struck (PCGS # 7059) Estimate Value $1,800 - 1,900
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$2,160
Lot 927
1880. NGC graded Proof 65 Cameo. Proof only date. Well struck and white with a touch of peripheral gold, particularly on the obverse on the upper regions. The fields and devices are splendid, with undisturbed frost and intact mirror fields. A gorgeous coin that will always dazzle the lucky bidder who wins this lot. Only 1,987 struck. Estimate Value $4,500 - 5,000
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Lot 928
1880. PCGS graded Proof 64 Cameo. Proof only date. A fully white coin with just a few traces of antique toning starting to form. Boldly impressed by the dies, and wonderfully preserved these last 139 years. 1,987 pieces struck. Pop 62; 65 finer for PRCA at PCGS. (PCGS # 87060) Estimate Value $2,800 - 2,900
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$3,360
Lot 929
1881. PCGS graded Proof 64 Cameo. A lovely coin with hints of gold and russet tones around the edges of both sides. The strike is perfectly strong, and the surfaces are outstanding. Add to this the Cameo contrast, and you have an amazing Trade dollar from this Proof only era. Only 960 struck. Pop 37; 48 finer at PCGS for PRCA. (PCGS # 87061) Estimate Value $3,400 - 3,500
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$3,360
Lot 930
1881. PCGS graded Proof 62 Cameo. CAC. A brilliant untoned example with some faint scattered hairlines, none worthy of note. A proof-only issue, only 960 proofs made (PCGS # 87061) Estimate Value $1,700 - 1,800
Ex Teich Family Collection.
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$2,220
Lot 931
1882. PCGS graded Proof 62 Cameo. A proof only date. Only 1,097 struck (PCGS # 87062) Estimate Value $1,800 - 1,900
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$2,640
Lot 932
1883. PCGS graded Proof 63. A nice white coin with just a touch of delicate antique silver-gray tone. The strike is bold and the surfaces quite choice. Only 979 struck (PCGS # 7063) Estimate Value $2,200 - 2,300
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$2,520
Lot 933
  4-piece lot of Trade Dollars. Consists of: 1874, 1875-S, 1877-S and 1878-S. Coins range from Fine to Very Fine, some cleaned with rim marks. Lot of 4 coins. Estimate Value $500 - UP
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$408
Lot 934
  1878-CC. PCGS graded MS-62 Prooflike. From GSA Hoard. Housed in a special PCGS holder encasing the GSA black plastic holder. Estimate Value $500 - 550
From The Fullerton Coin Shop.
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$552
Lot 935
1879. PCGS graded MS-62 Deep Mirror Prooflike. CAC. PQ. A nice white coin (PCGS # 97085) Estimate Value $850 - 900
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$432
Lot 936
1879-CC. PCGS graded AU Details, Cleaned. Nicely toned. A nice looking coin, close to Mint State. We like this coin (PCGS # 7086) Estimate Value $1,500 - UP
From The Fullerton Coin Shop.
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$1,320
Lot 937
1880. NGC graded Proof 67 Cameo. Boldly struck and fully white with an incredibly smooth and perfectly preserved cheek on Liberty, as well as the surrounding fields and even the reverse devices. This coin is absolutely amazing how well it was preserved. Make sure to view prior to this auction and decide for yourself how much such quality is worth. Only 1,355 struck. Pop 21; 21 finer at NGC for Cameo and Ultra Cameo. (PCGS # 7315) Estimate Value $12,000 - 13,000
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Lot 938
1880. PCGS graded MS-65 Deep Mirror Prooflike. Blast white with mirror surfaces.This is a rarely encountered Gem with the Deep Mirror Prooflike contrast. Don't miss out if you appreciate this level of contrast on your advanced Morgan dollar set. Pop 31; 6 finer for DMPL, 4 in 65+, 2 in 66. (PCGS # 97097) Estimate Value $3,000 - UP
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Lot 939
1880-CC, 8 over 7. Reverse of 1878. VAM-7, Hit List. PCGS graded MS-65. A blast white frosty gem with strong eye appeal and ample freshness. Pop 1; 5 finer for the variety, 4 in 66, 1 in 66+. (PCGS # 134049) Estimate Value $2,500 - UP
Ex California Collection.
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Lot 940
1880-CC. Reverse of 1879. PCGS graded MS-63. Well struck (PCGS # 7100) Estimate Value $375 - 400
From The Fullerton Coin Shop.
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$408
Lot 941
1880/7-S. PCGS graded MS-66. A white gem. Pop 168; 64 finer at PCGS. (PCGS # 7120) Estimate Value $950 - 1,000
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$504
Lot 942
1881. PCGS graded MS-65 Deep Mirror Prooflike. PQ. A lovely example that shows blazing white reflectiviy and a few areas with vibrant lemon yellow toning on the reverse periphery. This is a condition rarity with the Deep Mirror Proolike designation, and a stunning coin to behold. An exceptional example or the specialist. Pop 8; 2 finer for DMPL in 65+. (PCGS # 97125) Estimate Value $10,000 - UP
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Lot 943
1882. NGC graded Proof 67 Cameo. A flashy Gem Cameo Proof. The centers are bright white and reflective with a frame of delicate golden accents fading to blue at the extreme edge. These superb gem proofs and simply a joy to behold, with well frosted devices and boldly mirrored fields. Add to this artistic beauty the cameo contrast and you have a truly fantastic example of numismatic art. Only 1,100 struck. Pop 7; 20 finer, 8 in PF, 6 in PF Cameo, 6 in Ultra Cameo. (PCGS # 7317) Estimate Value $11,000 - UP
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Lot 944
  1882-CC, 1883-CC and 1884-CC. Coins will grade MS-60+. All in GSA black boxes. Lot of 3 coins. Estimate Value $450 - 500
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$600
Lot 945
1882-O. PCGS graded MS-65 Deep Mirror Prooflike. Well struck and carefully preserved with rich snowy frost on the devices with a dusting of delicate golden accents from long storage. A handsome example of this date with the seldom seen Deep Mirror designation on a gem coin. Pop 29; only 1 finer for DMPL in 66. (PCGS # 97137) Estimate Value $3,000 - UP
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Lot 946
1883-CC. PCGS graded MS-66. Boldly struck and nice (PCGS # 7144) Estimate Value $550 - 600
From The Fullerton Coin Shop.
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$540
Lot 947
1883-O. PCGS graded MS-66 Deep Mirror Prooflike. Untoned with outstanding mirror contrast been the white reflective fields and the frosted devices. Pop 25; 1 finer for DMPL in 66+. (PCGS # 97147) Estimate Value $3,000 - UP
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Lot 948
1883-S. PCGS graded MS-64. CAC. PQ. Lightly toned around the periphery, bright at the centers. Pop 460; 81 finer at PCGS. (PCGS # 7148) Estimate Value $3,600 - 3,800
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Lot 949
1884. PCGS graded MS-65 Deep Mirror Prooflike. A touch of tone appears about the upper borders. Excellent mirror contrast. Pop 37; 10 finer for DMPL at PCGS, 1 in 65+, 9 in 66. (PCGS # 97151) Estimate Value $2,000 - 2,500
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Lot 950
1884-CC. PCGS graded MS-64 Deep Mirror Prooflike. A nice untoned coin with bold contrast and strong eye appeal (PCGS # 97153) Estimate Value $450 - 500
From The Fullerton Coin Shop.
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$528



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