Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

Sale 48

Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction

Coronet Head Half Cents
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Lot 291
1850 C-1 Breen 1-A Rarity 6+ (as a proof). Proof 60. Lightly cleaned and covered with a very thin layer of lacquer or some similar protectant. No spots, hairlines, or other defects. The toning is an unnatural reddish tan and light bluish steel, and this color is unlikely to change with the lacquer shielding the surfaces. Nonetheless, the fields are nicely reflective and the strike is very sharp. EDS, Breen die state I for the proof strikes.
Estimated Value $4,000 - 6,000.
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Lot 292
1853 C-1 R1. MS-60. Frosty steel and light olive blending into chocolate brown. The surfaces are satiny, and the luster covers even the highest points of the design. Possibly dipped long ago, but the toning appears natural and the eye appeal is excellent. The only defect is a trace of extremely fine roughness on the edge, probably due to being stored in an album for many decades. MDS.
Estimated Value $250 - 350.
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Lot 293
1854 C-1 R1+. PCGS graded MS-64 Red. Lustrous bright original mint red mellowing to light steel on the highpoints, about 90% of the original color remaining. A solid gem if not for traces of an old fingerprint in the field before the neck and above the coronet. A tiny tick in the field close under the chin is the only contact mark, and it is visible only with the aid of a glass. MDS, Manley state 2.0 early. Comes in a slab with an old Green PCGS label. EAC grade consistent with the slab grade.
Estimated Value $2,000 - 3,500.
Ex Jim McGuigan.

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Lot 294
  Group of 5 Half Cents 1828-1851. Includes 1828 C-3 VF25, 1833 C-1 VF30, 1834 C-1 EF40, 1835 C-2 EF40, and 1851 C-1 VF35. A couple are very slightly sharper with minor defects. A decent group. Lot of 5 coins.
Estimated Value $250 - 300.
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Lot 295
  Group of 6 Half Cents, 1833-1856. Includes 1833 C-1 VG8, 1835 C-2 F15, 1849 C-1 VG7, 1851 C-1 VF30, 1855 C-1 F15, and 1856 C-1 G5. Some are slightly sharper with minor defects but all have a clear date. Lot of 6 coins.
Estimated Value $150 - 200.
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Lot 296
1857 C-1 R2. MS-63. Lustrous light greenish olive brown with faint overtones of light bluish steel. A very attractive "greenie." No marks other than a bit of slightly darker bluish steel toning at AM in AMERICA. The satiny luster is unbroken and covers even the highest points of the design. Great eye appeal for the grade. EDS. The reverse displays sharp doubling in the legend outside the wreath.
Estimated Value $500 - 600.
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Lot 297
1857 C-1 R2. MS-60. Frosty bluish steel and chocolate with sea-green overtones in protected areas. Very lightly cleaned long ago but the color and eye appeal are attractive. Otherwise flawless.
Estimated Value $350 - 450.
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Lot 298
1857 C-1 R2. EF-40. Sharpness closer to mint state but lightly burnished and retoned glossy chocolate and steel. No marks or other defects.
Estimated Value $80 - 100.
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Lot 299
Blank Planchet for 1840-1857 Half Cent. AU-50. Attractive glossy light chocolate brown. No defects, only the usual collection of tiny planchet chips that usually disappear when the planchet is struck between coin dies. The rims are upset and ready for striking (Stage II). Diameter is 22.4 millimeters and the weight is 83.9 grains, both consistent with the standards. This is an example of Breen's type "C" planchet prepared by Crocker Brothers and discussed on page 471 of his half cent encyclopedia.
Estimated Value $600 - 800.
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