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Sale 69

The May Pre-Long Beach Auction


Half Dollars
 
 
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Lot 1208
1795 O-121. SEGS graded MS-61. "Y" over star. Flow lines before face are clash marks from the eagle's wing feathers. A nice, well above average strike with almost full feathers on eagle's brest. Nicely toned and our grade is AU-58.

Although uniformly frosted, the high points are slightly duller than the fields on both sides lacking the same amount of luster to include it in the Mint State category. Pale steel-gray toning is noted throughout with some dusky lavender in areas, but the overall appearance is one of full originality. The coin is very pleasing to the discerning eye of the advanced collector, which should put a favorable light on bidding activity when its turn comes to cross the auction block.

In 1795 O-121, the berries are arranged 9 x 8 which is the only such division with 4 berries under the right wing. Y punched over a star. This die is noted for the blundered obverse in which a Y punch was used over an erroneously positioned star; evidence for this include star point remnants centered above the Y and to the right of the Y. The CA in AMERICA is recut counterclockwise. Bold clash marks from the eagle's wing outline the right border of Liberty's neck. The early die state without the bold vertical crack between the 95 in the date.
Estimated Value $20,000 - 25,000.
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$14,950
Lot 1209
1814/3. . O-101a late state. NGC graded MS-65 PQ CAC Approved. Housed in an Old Holder. Lovely blue toning on both sides. The 1814/3 Capped Bust half dollar prides itself as having one of the strongest overdates in the entire series with the top of the 3 seen just below the point of the 4. The late state, designated as Overton-101a, has clash marks and die cracks on both sides. The obverse is cracked through the base of the date, with a second crack beginning below the bust and curving up through every star on the left, across the cap, and back down through every star on the right. The encircling die crack is unusual, as it is actually a single die crack. Most peripheral die cracks are actually a series of cracks joining the various elements. The reverse has a crack from the border below the left wing tip, through or below all letters in UNITED and STA.

This elusive Gem is undoubtedly near the top Condition Census ranks for 1814/3 half dollars. It is one of only 3 in its class, with a single MS66 surpassing it.

Fully lustrous steel to blue-grayish with golden accents, and the brilliant underlying mint frost shines through. The coin has outstanding aesthetic appeal. A bold and well centered strike permits most of the border dentils to show, and sharp design definition, including excellent hair details, complete stars, and strong feathers. A remarkable example that will draw the connoisseur's attention. The finest we have ever handled. Pop 3; 1 finer in 66.
Estimated Value $13,000 - 14,000.
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$20,700
Lot 1210
1817. . O. PCGS graded MS-64 PQ CAC Approved. Housed in an OGH. Nicely toned and boldly struck. The luster glows from every part of the surface. The fourth "style" of Reich's capped bust left Half Dollar, of 1817 to 1825, incorporated several major improvements. First, the curls are far more finely engraved below the cap than before. Second, major changes in the relief of the drapery occur, especially the top fold in front of the clasp. Finally, the cheek and jaw are in higher relief and the chin more tilted upwards, plus there was some relief modification to the cap.

The nature of the progressive changes in the style of Reich's bust design -- from fine hair to coarse, and then starting over with fine again -- shows clearly that in this period the Mint was using master dies rather than hubs, as these modifications would have required the addition of more metal to a hub, but merely deepening of the engraving on a master die. The "Master Die" concept was, according to Stacks and other researchers, standard practice at the Mint until many years after the end of the Bust Half Dollar series. Pop 11; 9 finer at PCGS (PCGS # 6109) .
Estimated Value $4,500 - 5,000.
Ex: Eliasberg Collection.

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$6,900
Lot 1211
1821 Capped Bust Half O-104 Rarity 1. NGC graded MS-65. Nicely toned and well struck. A blazing beauty of a gem! The satiny surfaces are afire with bright volatile white cartwheel luster that looks as though it would like nothing better than to explode with a loud bang. Around the devices, delicate toning has formed serving to highlight the depth and detail of the design features. Well struck for the date and easily matching or surpassing others in this year. All stars firmly raised by the dies. Surfaces near-pristine in their ability to elude marks and other detriment over the last 191 years since it was made! Pop 1; none finer. The finest graded at NGC for the variety .
Estimated Value $10,000 - 11,000.
Ex: Eliasberg Collection.

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$8,338
Lot 1212
1828. Square Base 2, Small 8's, Large Letters O-115 Rarity 2. NGC graded MS-65. Boldly struck with attractive blue toning. Semi-reflective fields. A showy gem with a cocktail of underlying luster, frosty to prooflike depending where you focus your attention, that breathes scorching life into the accented highlights, which are nicely struck with crisp details aplenty. The beauty of it all staggers the imagination. The coin floats effortlessly through the NGC eagle-eyed grading process like a healing zephyr over a fresh spring landscape. Imagining ourselves as the NGC graders, that impressed us from the start. Pop 2; 3 finer in 66 .
Estimated Value $7,000 - 8,000.
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$6,613
Lot 1213
1829, 9 over 7 O-102 Rarity 2. NGC graded MS-65. Boldly struck with nice even toning on the obverse. The reverse exhibits golden hues. Pop 7; none finer at NGC.
Estimated Value $9,000 - 10,000.
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$6,900
Lot 1214
1830. Large 0 Capped Bust Half O-122 Rarity 1. NGC graded MS-65. Lovely even toning on both sides. It goes without saying that we are pleased to describe a gem of the finest order whose delightful satin luster adorns the delicate light gold to antique light silvery gray surfaces. Piercingly sharp for the date on the hair curls and clasp along with the drapery folds, easily finer in sharpness than many in nominally higher grades, although as on most 1830-dated pieces, some of the stars lack definition. And to put it mildly, the eagle is incredibly detailed, including all lines in the shield, the "chief" and stripes on full display. Eagles claws, also, among the best seen. All this further accents the incredible high MS65 Gem grade. Pop 1; none finer. The finest graded at NGC for the variety .
Estimated Value $7,500 - 8,500.
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$6,325
Lot 1215
1831. NGC graded MS-66. Wonderful blue and golden toning. A very attractive gem with supporting frosty surfaces that send jets of color out atop the fresh, gleaming, and hard-working luster beneath. Some weak spots in strike are often seen at the stars, curls, and parts of the eagle on Bust halves of the 1830s. But this particular 1831 is struck with technical exactness throughout. Pop 13; 2 finer in 67.
Estimated Value $9,000 - 10,000.
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$9,200
Lot 1216
1833 O-107 Rarity 3. NGC graded MS-66. Frosty with attractive light toning. Pop 5; 4 finer, 3 in 67, 1 in 68.
Estimated Value $9,000 - 10,000.
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$9,200
Lot 1217
1839 Drapery. MS-60. Nicely toned. Well struck. Consigned too late for 3rd party grading. Has a short line on the arm holding the staff. Half dollars were in transition in 1834-40, with many Types and varieties, some with multiples in any one year, as happened in 1839. This is the final 1839 Seated Liberty design for the year, with drapery now inserted at Liberty's elbow, possibly to give the coin a look similar to the Robert Ball Hughes half dimes through quarters. The mint chose to keep Gobrecht's original model for the seated halves, 1839-91, instead of going with Hughes's modifications seen on the other denominations.
Estimated Value $500 - 525.
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Lot 1218
1861. NGC graded MS-62 PQ. Lightly toned and quite frosty.
Estimated Value $750 - 800.
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$834
Lot 1219
1861-O NGC SS Republic Founders Limited Edition #9 of 50. Our grade is Sharpness of Mint State. Housed in a special wooden box.
Estimated Value $500 - 550.
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$575
Lot 1220
1861-O NGC SS Republic Founders Limited Edition #2 of 50. Our grade is Sharpness of Mint State. Housed in a special wooden box. Numismatic Conservation Services and Numismatic Guaranty Corporation were awarded the exclusive contract for conserving and grading the thousands of SS Republic coins recovered from the 1865 shipwreck site. These gold and silver SS Republic coins were brought to the surface by Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc. of Tampa, Florida. NCS, who professionally conserved these treasures, and by NGC, who performed encapsulation and grading of the SS Republic coins for long-term preservation are to be given credit for their strict grades and careful handling of this major find.
Estimated Value $500 - 550.
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$575
Lot 1221
1872. PCGS graded Proof 64 PQ CAC Approved. Nice rainbow toning. The devices were struck with such force and energy by the carefully made Proof dies that all design elements show boldly. Only 950 Proofs struck (PCGS # 6430) .
Estimated Value $1,300 - 1,400.
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$2,070
Lot 1222
  1890. PCGS graded Proof 62. Mostly untoned. Only 590 Proofs struck for this lower mintage date (PCGS # 6451) .
Estimated Value $500 - 550.
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$719
Lot 1223
1891. PCGS graded MS-65 PQ CAC Approved. Well struck with some lovely golden toning on the obverse. The surfaces are bright with moon-glow white luster in the areas that are untoned, and show none of the muting often seen on late-date Liberty Seated halves. Such, then, for luster which we could go on and on about as it is so fresh. Turning to the other key indicator of grade, this is a coin that is desirable for its meticulous strike on all design features. Sharp everywhere, including Libertys gown (described as a Greek chiton in the literature), both shields, all stars, and all features of the eagle including feet & claws. Pop 22; 13 finer at PCGS (PCGS # 6373) .
Estimated Value $3,000 - 3,300.
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$3,565
Lot 1224
1894. PCGS graded Proof 66 Cameo. Only 972 minted. Light hint of gold tone. This is a lovely, healthy-glowing Gem Proof, third year of issue in Barber Half Dollars. It is a coin whose obverse and reverse being only lightly golden toned, beam with frosty, silver-white luster on the cameo devices against swirling mirrors all around. Fortunately for the strike, it, like other Proofs in the Barber series, is outstanding, simply outstanding. A well-struck example with razor-edged details. There are no bothersome abrasions or toning spots. Pop 12; 6 finer, 2 in 66+CAM, 3 in 67CAM, 1 in 68CAM (PCGS # 86541) .
Estimated Value $3,800 - 4,200.
The Larry Shapiro Collection.

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Lot 1225
1894. PCGS graded Proof 64 Cameo PQ. Only 972 struck. Light blue toning. A light gray to iridescent toned near-gem rolling in unbeatable cameo luster for the Proof 64 grade, a coin that possessed of a much better-quality strike than is normally found on the circulation strikes this year. Pop 18; 36 finer (PCGS # 86541) .
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,700.
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$1,886
Lot 1226
1895. NGC graded Proof 68. Star CAC Approved. Magnificent rainbow toning on both sides. A Monster Coin! Only 880 struck. This is a magnificent Proof striking, and it is a coin that has been preserved in essentially "as struck" condition since the year someone purchased it from the Mint. There are no hairlines on either side. The fields are deeply and unfathomably mirrored with pleasing mint frost over the devices, which yields a noticeable cameo contrast. The obverse is deeply toned with an oval of spot-light white off to one side, while the reverse is more uniformly toned in shades of purple and blue; there is also a significant presence of iridescence intermixed with the patina. A coin of importance and visually stunning. Pop 2; none finer.
Estimated Value $6,000 - 7,000.
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$17,250
Lot 1227
1897. PCGS graded Proof 63 PQ CAC Approved. Only 731 Proofs struck. A nice white coin that should be a Proof 64 (PCGS # 6544) .
Estimated Value $900 - 1,000.
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$1,093
Lot 1228
1900. PCGS graded Proof 62. A nice white coin. Only 912 Proofs struck (PCGS # 6547) .
Estimated Value $525 - 550.
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$748
Lot 1229
1906. PCGS graded MS-64. Nicely toned; bold detail on both sides. The Philadelphia Mint outdid itself with this Half Dollar! Pop 73; 27 finer at PCGS (PCGS # 6504) .
Estimated Value $1,050 - 1,100.
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$1,208
Lot 1230
1910. NGC graded Proof 64+. A nice white coin that looks cameo. Only 551 struck. Pop 2; 86 finer .
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,700.
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Lot 1231
1911. PCGS graded Proof 66+. Only 543 struck. A nice white coin. Should be called a cameo. Resplendent surfaces that are flawlessly frosted on the key devices with vibrant, glowing silver mirror reflection in the fields. In fairness to objectivity, the luster isn't the be-all and end-all of the grade. Consider strike: a sharp impression was left by the recoil of the specially made Proof dies that struck this piece. All Proofs in that period were struck on the mints hydraulic press which gave a more forceful, evenly balanced "squeeze" to the planchet. The sharp relief that this imparted is plainly on display with this lovely 1911 Proof half dollar. Pop 1; 10 finer, 6 in 67, 4 in 68 (PCGS # 6558) .
Estimated Value $3,800 - 4,200.
The Larry Shapiro Collection.

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Lot 1232
1915. PCGS graded Proof 65 PQ CAC Approved. Only 450 minted. Lovely purple toning. This is a blemish-free case in point of final year Proof Barber Half Dollar in this grade: sleek natural hues in color, with mint bloom below that captures the full effect of the careful preservation since it was made almost a century ago. We end the luster description but wish we could fill several paragraphs describing the aesthetic beauty this imparts. Finally, a comment about strike: this piece struck with controlled precision throughout stands front and center among its peers of which there are very few others at or above this Proof 65 grade. Pop 12; 20 finer, 13 in 66, 7 in 67 (PCGS # 6562) .
Estimated Value $4,000 - 4,400.
Ex: Teich Family Collection; The Larry Shapiro Collection.

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Lot 1233
  1892 to 1915. A complete set of Barber Half Dollars. A decent collection in mostly Good condition with a few slightly better. Housed in two deluxe Whitman albums.
Estimated Value $1,700 - 1,800.
The Dan Holmes Collection.

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$2,243
Lot 1234
1916-D. PCGS graded MS-64. A very choice frosty white coin with a touch of tone just starting to form. In an OGH. Pop 464; 227 finer (PCGS # 6567) .
Estimated Value $550 - 600.
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$805
Lot 1235
1918. PCGS graded MS-64. CAC Approved. Well struck. A nice frosty coin, this is much higher condition than collectors usually encounter; it may be months before a similar eye-appealing specimen takes its place in an auction sale (PCGS # 6574) .
Estimated Value $850 - 900.
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$1,208
Lot 1236
1929-D. NGC graded MS-64 CAC Approved. Well struck with light rainbow tones around the edges. In an old holder. Pop 187; 82 in 65, 17 in 66.
Estimated Value $800 - 900.
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$1,208
Lot 1237
1936. PCGS graded Proof 65 CAC Approved. A hint of light gold tone on both sides. This is the first year of production for Half Dollar Proofs since 1915. Carefully preserved by a dedicated collector at the time of issue, every last design motif rises forceful above the smooth surfaces with accurate striking definition down to the smallest skirt line. Spots or abrasions? There are none! The originally preserved surfaces do reveal natural light patina that is most appreciative in the eye of the collector. A ruby in the crown for the serious buyer of Liberty Walking Halves (PCGS # 6636) .
Estimated Value $2,500 - 2,600.
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$3,105
Lot 1238
1938. PCGS graded Proof 66 CAC Approved. A creamy white gem in an OGH (Original Green Holder) (PCGS # 6638) .
Estimated Value $650 - 700.
Ex: Private Treaty Steven D. Loewenstein North American Rare Coin Gallery October 1990.

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$863
Lot 1239
1939. PCGS graded MS-67. Well struck and creamy-white. In an OGH. Walking Liberties were minted from 1916 to 1947. The coin is named after its representation of Liberty on the obverse. The coin's obverse and reverse was designed by Adolph A. Weinman and his mark, "AAW," appears under the eagle's wing feathers on the reverse. Pop 222; 27 finer (PCGS # 6606) .
Estimated Value $650 - 700.
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$1,323
Lot 1240
1939. NGC graded Proof 66 CAC Approved. A fully white gem proof example.
Estimated Value $500 - 550.
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Lot 1241
1940. PCGS graded Proof 67 CAC Approved. A superb brilliant white gem in an OGH. Pop 273; 35 finer (PCGS # 6640) .
Estimated Value $700 - 750.
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Lot 1242
1941. PCGS graded Proof 66 CAC Approved. A stunning gem proof in an old green label holder that deserves a grade of Proof 67 or 68 (PCGS # 6641) .
Estimated Value $700 - 750.
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$1,150
Lot 1243
1941 No "AW". NGC graded Proof 65. Delicately toned about the borders. Due to die polishing, there are some Proof Walkers in which the small AW designer's initials (for Adolph Weinman) no longer show.

Proofs from this year were struck with and without the designer's initials.
Estimated Value $600 - 650.
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Lot 1244
1941. PCGS graded Proof 65 PQ CAC Approved. A hint of golden tone. Dazzling gem-level surfaces (PCGS # 6641) .
Estimated Value $500 - 525.
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$529
Lot 1245
1942. PCGS graded MS-67. Lovely light golden toning. Superb detail and surfaces. Pop 204; 7 finer (PCGS # 6614) .
Estimated Value $650 - 700.
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Lot 1246
1942. NGC graded Proof 66. A white gem with a cameo effect. Only 21,120 struck.
Estimated Value $500 - 525.
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$489
Lot 1247
1942-S. PCGS graded MS-66 CAC Approved. A gorgeous gem with a little gold tone around the obverse edge. In an OGH. Pop 330; 3 in 66+, 1 in 67 (PCGS # 6617) .
Estimated Value $700 - 750.
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$2,243
Lot 1248
  1944-D and 1947. NGC graded both MS-66. Both coins have lovely toning from probably being stored in an original mint set for years. Lot of 2 coins.
Estimated Value $650 - 750.
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Lot 1249
1944-D. PCGS graded MS-67 CAC Approved. Well struck and untoned. In an OGH. Pop 177; none finer (PCGS # 6622) .
Estimated Value $700 - 750.
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$978
Lot 1250
  1946-P and S. NGC graded both MS-66. Both coins have lovely toning from probably being stored in an original mint set for years. Lot of 2 coins.
Estimated Value $500 - 600.
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Lot 1251
  1916 to 1947-D A complete set of Walking Liberty Half Dollars. A nice set grading Good to Mint State. All housed in Wayte Raymond folders.
Estimated Value $1,200 - 1,400.
The Dan Holmes Collection.

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$1,898
Lot 1252
  A trio of PCGS graded Walking Liberty Halves. Consists of: 1934 MS-65, 1936-S MS-64, 1937 MS-65. All bright and lustrous.
Estimated Value $500 - 550.
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$633
Lot 1253
  1916 to 1947-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar Set. Grades range from About Good to XF. The key dates are graded by PCGS; 1921 Good 6, 1921-D VG8, and 1921-S VG8.
Estimated Value $850 - 950.
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$1,265
Lot 1254
  1916 to 1947-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar Set. Grades range from About Good to VF. The key dates are graded by PCGS; 1921 Good 4 and 1921-D Good 6.
Estimated Value $800 - 900.
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$1,093
Lot 1255
  A Complete Set of Gem Proof Franklin Halves. 1950-1963 all NGC graded Proof 67's and Proof 68's. All in older NGC holders. Probably the finest set of Proofs we have handled. Lot of 14 coins.
Estimated Value $3,000-UP.
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$3,220
Lot 1256
  1948-1963-D Complete Collection of Franklins. All Mint State except the 1949-D which is AU. Housed in two old Wayte Raymond boards.
Estimated Value $500 - 550.
The Judy Cahn Collection.

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$604
Lot 1257
  1948 to 1962-D. A complete BU set of Franklin Half Dollars. Coins are housed in old Wayte Raymond folders.
Estimated Value $500 - 550.
The Dan Holmes Collection.

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$575



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