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Sale 65

The Pre-Long Beach Auction


$20 Gold
 
 
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Lot 2126
1853, 3 over 2. NGC graded AU-58. Well struck with light natural toning. The excellent photograph in Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of United States Coins has a blowup picture of the overdate. The bottom half of the diagonal of the underfigure "2" is seen within the opening of the 3. Also, some traces of an earlier 5 visible within the 5, but his is from a slightly different shaped 5, which Breen attributed to part of the 1852 logotype. A small raised lump beneath the R of LIBERTY is diagnostic of the 1853/2 variety. An example that is glowing lustrous and nicely. No weakness is visible within the hair on the obverse (rare in this condition, since most are weak in this area on the Type One double eagles). Stars 11, 12, and 13 tend to be weak with only partial central detail. Here, however, all obverse stars are clearly defined. What is most noticeable, and commendable, is the fact the surfaces have extensive frosty pinkish-gold luster. This is a splendid high-end AU58 example that will delight the most advanced collectors as well as anyone who sets eyes on it! Pop 45; 1 in 60, 4 in 61, 1 in 62 (PCGS # 8909) .
Estimated Value $10,000 - 12,000.
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$16,100
Lot 2127
1856-S NGC graded Unc Details. Sea salvaged. An attractive example.
Estimated Value $3,000 - 3,500.
Ex: Fort Capron Treasure.

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Lot 2128
1857. PCGS graded AU-58 CAC Approved. This coin should grade full Mint State, the fields being decidedly frosted. Pop 35; 56 finer (PCGS # 8920) .
Estimated Value $2,400 - 2,500.
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$3,910
Lot 2129
1858. NGC AU Details, improperly cleaned. Our grade AU-58, a very nice looking coin of the early P-mint No Motto style used from 1850 to 1866.
Estimated Value $1,500 - 1,600.
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$2,415
Lot 2130
1861. PCGS Genuine. Our grade is Sharpness of AU-50 with signs of old cleaning (PCGS # 8932) .
Estimated Value $1,450 - 1,500.
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Lot 2131
1866-S. No motto. NGC graded AU-55. Untoned with plenty of frosty mint luster still intact. The year 1866 was a year of transition in silver coins. Patriotic fervor arising out of the trauma of Civil War gave birth to demands for a religious motto to be added to Americas coinage. In 1861, 1862, and 1863, two variations of this motto were used on Pattern coins. The first, GOD OUR TRUST, was rejected; the more poetic IN GOD WE TRUST sounded better and was included on the new Two-cent Pieces of 1864 and Shield Nickels of 1866. The Act of March 3, 1865 included a clause mandating this motto. However, it took Philadelphia Mint some months to add it to the production dies. (Philadelphia makes dies for all branch mints). For this reason, a few No Motto Twenty Dollar Gold pieces were made at San Francisco before the new With Motto reverse dies arrived. The present piece is one of those estimated 12,000 struck. Not many come on the market in any one year.

Approximately 200 examples of this rare issue still exist today (Dave Bowers gave a range of 175 to 250 pieces), and nearly all grade Very Fine to Extremely Fine. Only a few About Uncirculated examples remain, perhaps two dozen in total. A quarter century ago, David Akers stated that only two AU examples were known to him. This example has brilliant yellow-gold surfaces with a fine display of frosty luster. Both sides have nearly full mint bloom, in fact, and have only been slightly touched by circulation. Traces of wear are visible on Liberty's cheek and top hair curls. The reverse is just as close to Mint State without evidence of noticeable wear. Both sides are sharply struck with full design details. The stars around the obverse are fully defined excepting the first 4 and even the reverse stars have some design details. Minor abrasions are evident, somewhat heavier on the obverse with prominent marks on Libertys face and jaw. Lighter marks appear above the rays on the reverse. An outstanding high-end specimen of this rare No Motto issue. Pop 21; 7 in 58, 2 in 60, 1 in 61, 1 in 62 (PCGS # 8945) .
Estimated Value $40,000 - 50,000.
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$60,375
Lot 2132
1871-CC PCGS graded Genuine. Only 17,387 struck. Our grade is sharpness of AU cleaned and some surface damage . As weve already recorded, a mere 17,000+ 1871-CC double eagles were issued. Today, it is surmised by those who keep count of such things that only about 150 to 200 exist in the entire world of numismatics, making this the second rarest Carson City coin of this denomination, on the back of the more famous 1870-CC.

Although later Carson City double eagles seem to have been exported in quantity, this does not seem to have been the case for the first several years. It is understood that most if not all 1871-CC coins circulated regionally, where they experienced heavy use in commerce. At the time, $20 gold pieces did not circulate at all in the East and Midwest, where paper money was the preferred medium. Only on the Pacific littoral and into the nearby interior of the western states could one find $20 gold pieces circulating. Because of this it is a general rule of thumb that Carson City and San Francisco twenties are usually seen in significantly lower grades than are Philadelphia issues.

When evaluating any double eagle the subject of eye appeal is quite important. Often, early Carson City coins of all denominations lack this feature. The present specimen, while not a Miss Universe beauty-prize winner, is, all the same, a worthwhile acquisition. A glance or two at its photographs will settle you into bidding a fair level (we hope), entirely justified based on the rarity (PCGS # 8961) .
Estimated Value $12,000 - 13,000.
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Lot 2133
1872-CC. NGC graded AU-53. A pleasing example with traces of luster and completely free from noticable bumps or scratches. A lustrous light gold example of this rarity from the early days of the Carson City Mint. The surfaces are devoid of all but a few slight marks (reverse is exceptional in its choiceness), and the eye appeal is well ahead of what one expects for the grade. Of the 26,900 double eagles of the date produced, very few remain in the AU range, and in Mint State the date is an unchallenged rarity. The Winter reference on the Carson City Mint notes that perhaps just 175 to 200 examples of the date can be accounted for in all grades, and notes that the date is: "Common in VF and can easily be located in EF. Lower-end AU coins are scarce but can be found with some patience. This date becomes rare in AU-55, and AU-58 or 'slider' coins are very rare. Fully Mint State pieces are extremely rare and no choice examples are known." A splendid opportunity for double eagle specialists and Carson City Mint enthusiasts alike! Pop 61 (PCGS # 8964) .
Estimated Value $7,000 - 7,500.
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$9,775
Lot 2134
1872-CC. NGC graded AU-50. A touch of light gold tone is starting to form. Only 26,900 struck. We are delighted to be able to offer collectors a second high-grade 1872-CC Liberty Double Eagle. This coin, like the last has luster, although not as extensive. It is still visible around the stars and legends and sprinkled within the devices as well. Amber-gold toning overlays in patches the underlying natural old-gold hue of the surface. Pop 50 (PCGS # 8964) .
Estimated Value $5,500 - 6,000.
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$8,050
Lot 2135
  1873. Closed 3. Sharpness of VF-30. Cleaned with some scattered nicks.
Estimated Value $1,300 - 1,350.
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Lot 2136
1873. Open 3. NGC graded MS-62. Nice and frosty, lightly toned. The variety with the Open 3 in date is seen more often than the other variety this year (PCGS # 8967) .
Estimated Value $2,400 - 2,600.
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$2,760
Lot 2137
1874-S. NGC graded MS-61. Lightly toned with the normal allotment of scattered contact marks (PCGS # 8972) .
Estimated Value $1,800 - 1,900.
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$3,335
Lot 2138
1875-CC. PCGS graded MS-62 PQ. A golden beauty with far fewer imperfections and marks that usually accompany this issue thus our Premium Quality designation for the grade. Only 111,151 struck with an estimated survival of 3,337 coins. It is sad, but interesting to report that most Type 2 $20 gold pieces (1866 to 1876) are heavily abraded or, when found in Mint condition, well bagmarked and scuffed. We are pleased to offer a much more attractive 1875-CC than is typical. Bold detail plus gleaming color and luster gives it the edge. Pop 176; 27 finer (PCGS # 8974) .
Estimated Value $8,000 - 9,000.
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$12,650
Lot 2139
1875-CC. SGS graded MS-62. Our grade is Sharpness of AU-58, cleaned. Plenty of mint luster is still present and the coin has a good look.
Estimated Value $2,500 - 2,700.
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Lot 2140
1876-S. PCGS graded MS-61. Lightly toned. Frosty and attractive. Has a few normal abrasions expected. Liberty's profile is in detailed relief, as are the stars (PCGS # 8978) .
Estimated Value $1,800 - 1,900.
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$2,300
Lot 2141
1876-S. NGC graded AU-58. Frosty and lightly toned, with heavy emphasis on frostiness since the surface is nearly covered in luster on this well struck coin (PCGS # 8978) .
Estimated Value $1,450 - 1,500.
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$2,013
Lot 2142
1877. AU-58. Lots of luster still present.
Estimated Value $1,400 - 1,450.
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$1,926
Lot 2143
1878. PCGS graded MS-61 CAC Approved. Brilliant and untoned. Second year running for the Type 3 design in which Liberty is more centrally located on the obverse, while the redesigned reverse sports the denomination in full: TWENTY DOLLARS. Struck in .900 fine gold (with 10% copper alloy to improve wearability). The copper alloy is what gives these lovely $20 Libertys their pinkish red tint (PCGS # 8985) .
Estimated Value $1,800 - 1,900.
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$2,300
Lot 2144
1878-S. EF-40. Lightly cleaned.
Estimated Value $1,350 - 1,400.
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$2,013
Lot 2145
1883-CC. NGC graded AU-53. Untoned with some luster still evident. Only 59,962 struck (PCGS # 8999) .
Estimated Value $2,000 - 2,200.
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$3,220
Lot 2146
1883-CC. PCGS graded EF-45. Lightly toned and amiably well struck for this sometimes erratic Mint. Inexpensive CC-mint issue for someone who would like to partake in the mystique of this fabled Western Mint (PCGS # 8999) .
Estimated Value $1,800 - 1,900.
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$2,645
Lot 2147
1893. PCGS graded MS-63+. Bright and frosty, a choice, exciting example of this P-mint date (PCGS # 9022) .
Estimated Value $1,750 - 1,800.
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$2,243
Lot 2148
1893. NGC graded MS-61. A mark on the cheek (PCGS # 9022) .
Estimated Value $1,450 - 1,500.
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$2,070
Lot 2149
1893. PCGS graded MS-61. Frosty (PCGS # 9022) .
Estimated Value $1,450 - 1,500.
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$1,955
Lot 2150
1894-S. AU-58.
Estimated Value $1,350 - 1,400.
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$1,955
Lot 2151
1895 NGC graded Unc Details. Improperly cleaned. Semi reflective surfaces (PCGS # 9027) .
Estimated Value $1,350 - 1,400.
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$2,013
Lot 2152
1899. NGC graded MS-62. Lightly toned and frosty (PCGS # 9035) .
Estimated Value $1,450 - 1,500.
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$2,070
Lot 2153
1899-S. NGC graded AU-58 (PCGS # 9036) .
Estimated Value $1,350 - 1,400.
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$1,898
Lot 2154
1900. NGC graded MS-61. Untoned (PCGS # 9037) .
Estimated Value $1,450 - 1,500.
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$1,955
Lot 2155
1900-S. PCGS graded MS-63 CAC Approved. A very choice lustrous example for the grade, and worth considering. 2300 (PCGS # 9038) .
Estimated Value $2,200 - 2,300.
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$2,530
Lot 2156
1902. PCGS graded Proof 64 Cameo PQ. A blazing brilliant proof example exhibiting uniform golden-orange color on both sides. An absolute beauty with far fewer hairlines than one would expect for a Proof-64 thus our Premium Quality designation. Only 114 Proofs struck. Date a little above center. New reverse hub of 1900-07 having the back of the eagle's neck smooth. Because 1902 has the lowest business strike mintage of the period (1893-1907), there has been created extra demand for the Proofs from date collectors.

A coin that has done remarkably well to stay out of harms way all these years! Of the small number of Double Eagle Proofs minted in this low total mintage year (choice Mint original business strikes are also scarce as hen's teeth), recent approximations put the number of survivors at roughly half of the original Proof total or 55 to 60 pieces. From this esteemed group, many have little or no field-to-device contrast. This eye appealing Cameo specimen, on the other hand, is comprised of deep glassy brilliant fields balanced by strong enough contrast to have earned the coveted "Cameo" title. Indeed, this is the only PCGS Certified in its category by the service! Timeless quality for a special collector of Proof gold coins. Pop 1; 1 finer in 65 (PCGS # 89118) .
Estimated Value $40,000 - 45,000.
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$46,000
Lot 2157
1903. NGC graded Proof 64. A dazzling, totally brilliant untoned Proof specimen and quite choice for the given grade. Only 158 were struck. It is perhaps worth noting that most collections of U.S. coins never contain a Proof gold piece from the early period (before todays modern issues). Few can afford them, fewer still are presented with an opportunity of buying one.

This resplendent near-Gem Proof has heavily reflective fields and motifs with choiceness beyond and above and below and throughout what youd expect. All design details are keen-edged. They are struck as if the dies really meant it! A few wispy hairlines in the field only distract faintly from the overall eye appeal of this handsome double eagle. Both sides have wavy fields, often seen on Proof gold coinage during this and later years. (See our supplied note at the end of the description explaining how this comes about. Or, if you prefer, skip the end note and read until the finish of this paragraph before digging out your checkbook to confirm that you have funds enough to issue a suitable bid.) End of paragraph. Pop 7; none finer (PCGS # 9119) .

Historic Note: After the dies are hubbed and the date applied, the die is given multiple polishes with progressively finer and finer polish -- regardless of whether they are destined for regular production or for use in coining Proofs. The last polish given to the dies prior to being hardened gives the field a mirror surface. This is the deepest mirror attainable on the dies. When the die is hardened by heating, the metal shrinks slightly creating a wavy effect on the polished surfaces. Some say this looks like the surface of an orange. When you see orange peel on a Proof issue, such as this lovely 1903 Twenty, you can be sure that it is one of the freshest examples struck from those dies. Repolishing an already hardened set of dies will produce a flatter, more shallow mirror.
Estimated Value $30,000 - 33,000.
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Lot 2158
1904. NGC graded MS-65. A gorgeous gem specimen, perfect for a gem quality type set (PCGS # 9045) .
Estimated Value $3,000 - 3,200.
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$4,083
Lot 2159
1904. PCGS graded MS-64. Lightly toned and fully lustrous, the surface on this handsome double eagle displays much choicer quality than is usual, with relative freedom from bagmarks. Spot-free; sleek cartwheel luster (PCGS # 9045) .
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
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$2,703
Lot 2160
1904. PCGS graded MS-64. Lightly toned and fully lustrous. As most know, the price on these rises and falls with the "price" of gold, or rather, the price of the dollar versus a stable ounce of gold. A Double Eagle weighs ever so slightly less than a full ounce, net of the 10% copper alloy. To be specific, 0.9675 of an ounce of gold is in one (PCGS # 9045) .
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
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$2,760
Lot 2161
1904. PCGS graded MS-64. A lightly toned beauty. The strike as keen as a razor on this Liberty twenty (PCGS # 9045) .
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
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$2,703
Lot 2162
1904. PCGS graded MS-63. Lightly toned and quite choice for the grade thus our Premium Quality designation (PCGS # 9045) .
Estimated Value $1,700 - 1,800.
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$2,185
Lot 2163
1904. NGC graded MS-63. Untoned (PCGS # 9045) .
Estimated Value $1,550 - 1,600.
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$2,185
Lot 2164
1904. NGC graded MS-63 PQ. Light golden toning (PCGS # 9045) .
Estimated Value $1,550 - 1,600.
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$2,185
Lot 2165
1904. NGC graded MS-62. Lightly toned (PCGS # 9045) .
Estimated Value $1,450 - 1,500.
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$2,070
Lot 2166
1904. PCGS Genuine. Our grade is MS-62 light hairlines. Nice golden toning (PCGS # 9045) .
Estimated Value $1,450 - 1,500.
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$1,840
Lot 2167
  1904. PCGS graded MS-62. Untoned (PCGS # 9045) .
Estimated Value $1,450 - 1,500.
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$2,013
Lot 2168
1904. NGC graded MS-61. Very frosty (PCGS # 9045) .
Estimated Value $1,450 - 1,500.
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$2,013
Lot 2169
1904. PCGS graded MS-62. Lightly toned (PCGS # 9045) .
Estimated Value $1,450 - 1,500.
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$2,013
Lot 2170
1904. PCGS graded MS-62. Nice golden toning (PCGS # 9045) .
Estimated Value $1,450 - 1,500.
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$1,984
Lot 2171
1904. PCGS graded MS-62 (PCGS # 9045) .
Estimated Value $1,450 - 1,500.
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$2,013
Lot 2172
1904. PCGS graded MS-62 (PCGS # 9045) .
Estimated Value $1,450 - 1,500.
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$2,013
Lot 2173
1904-S. NGC graded MS-63. CAC Approved. Lovely golden toning (PCGS # 9046) .
Estimated Value $2,000 - 2,100.
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$2,214
Lot 2174
1904-S. PCGS graded MS-63. Intensely lustrous and mostly untoned (PCGS # 9046) .
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
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$2,139
Lot 2175
1904-S. PCGS graded MS-63. Delicate golden toning (PCGS # 9046) .
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
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$2,139



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