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Sale 69

The May Pre-Long Beach Auction


$20 Gold
 
 
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Lot 2065
  A Pair of U.S. Gold Coins. Consists of: $1 Gold; 1849 Sharpness of AU obverse scratches and $20 Gold; 1908-D No Motto Sharpness of VF polished . Lot of 2 coins.
Estimated Value $1,200 - 1,250.
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$1,725
Lot 2066
1851. NGC graded EF-45. Lightly toned. Second year of issue, the Type 1 pieces span the years from 1850 to 1866 (PCGS # 8904) .
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
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Lot 2067
1851-O. PCGS graded AU-55. Mostly untoned with reflective fields on both sides. An especially choice specimen. Indeed, this coin is endowed with luster that almost flies off the surface. Subtle hints of reflective surface as noted and ever so light toning bring out the expansiveness of the strike while it enhances the unexpectedly beautiful eye appeal of this early O-mint Double Eagle. Pop 32; 22 finer (PCGS # 8905) .
Estimated Value $5,000 - 5,500.
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$9,488
Lot 2068
1851-O. PCGS graded EF-40. Mostly untoned with semi-reflective surfaces. Normal light surface abrasion from circulation, typical of these earliest $20 gold pieces. Struck at the fabled New Orleans Mint, which stands as the chief port of entry and export in those days near the mouth of the Mississippi river. Think paddlewheel steam boats with Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn and you can place this coin in its proper perspective. At the time this double eagle was struck, Mark Twain was a teenager living up river from New Orleans in the little town of Hannibal, Missouri (PCGS # 8905) .
Estimated Value $3,000 - 3,200.
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$3,680
Lot 2069
1852 Serif of "1"below left side of "8". SEGS graded AU-50. Unlisted variety. We are pleased to offer a selection of U.S. Double Eagle varieties in this section. For many decades, collectors ignored the finer nuances of die positioning and little irregularities in this historic gold series. But one astute collector, over many years, assembled a most interesting collection of unusual items, many of which collectors will be astonished even exist! It should be understood that in the 19th Century, many of the design features such as dates and stars were individually punched into the working dies after the main design had been impressed (Liberty head, eagle with supporting shield, scroll and rays). As here, there is a faint trace of a misplaced "1" still evident beneath the 8 in the date. Possibly, attempts at removing the mis-placement of an earlier date by the die maker left this tiny residual behind.
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
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$2,070
Lot 2070
1852. ANACS graded AU-50. Nice golden toning with some residual luster present.
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
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$2,099
Lot 2071
1852-O. Sharpness of Extremely Fine. Probably from a shipwreck.
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,700.
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$2,128
Lot 2072
1853, 3 over 2. NGC graded AU-55 CAC Approved. Lightly toned. 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 retains much mint frost. Little 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). What is most commendable is the fact the surfaces have frosty luster with a hint of original patina. This is a splendid AU55 example that will delight the most advanced collectors. Pop 29; 46 finer, 42 in 58, 3 in 61, 1 in 62 (PCGS # 8909) .
Estimated Value $4,000 - 4,500.
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$11,500
Lot 2073
1853-O NGC graded AU Details Improperly Cleaned. Lightly toned and still nice looking. Some obverse scratches. Very scarce in all grades: only 71,000 were coined. The devices are sharply struck throughout with fewer than the usual expected small abrasions scattered over each side (PCGS # 8910) .
Estimated Value $3,700 - 3,800.
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Lot 2074
1855-S. SEGS graded MS-60. Saltwater surfaces. Lightly toned and finely detailed. There is a shallow chattermark in the field below Liberty's chin. Otherwise refreshingly choice in spite of the mild matte look from saltwater emersion.
Estimated Value $2,800 - 2,900.
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Lot 2075
1856-S PCGS graded Genuine Filed Rims. Our grade is Sharpness of AU (PCGS # 8919) .
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,650.
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$1,840
Lot 2076
1857-S. PCGS graded MS-64 PQ CAC Approved. A splendid and very choice example that undoubtedly was recovered from the S.S. Central American. This beauty glows witih intense golden-orange mint bloom colors. Gorgeous bright frosty luster, essentially "as struck" -- an incredible coin if you have never seen one of these stunning 57-S double eagles!

The mint at San Francisco opened for business in 1854 in response to the flood of gold bullion issuing from California's Sierra Nevada mother lodes. From gold's discovery in 1848 until the mint opened, a number of private mints operated in this part of the state. Much of the issue from San Francisco went east through various means to satisfy the needs of commerce and for use as export. Those double eagles that stayed behind in California were used a currency since the state's residents shunned paper money of any kind. This is the main reason why double eagles are found circulated (often heavily so) and only rarely in fresh mint condition. The Mint State 64 offered here is quite naturally among the finest in existence. Perhaps only a few thousand frosty original coins exist out of the original mintage. They trace to the shipwreck of the passenger liner S. S. Central America, which floundered off the East Coast in a storm late in 1857.

On the history of the $20 denomination itself: one of the consequences of the immense discoveries of gold in California was an increase in gold bullion coming to the Philadelphia Mint for coinage. Authorities felt that large-scale domestic or international transactions payable in gold should be made in more compact form than eagles or smaller denominations. Accordingly, Rep. James Iver McKay (D.N.C.) was persuaded to introduce an amendment to his Gold Dollar bill, Feb. 1849, which would authorize coinage also of $20s, to be called Double Eagles. These were to weigh 516 grains = 33.436 grams, a little over a troy ounce each, and be roughly comparable in value to several Latin American denominations. Pop 72; 35 finer with 31 in 65, 1 in 65+, 3 in 66 (PCGS # 8922) .
Estimated Value $8,000 - 9,000.
The Dandelion Collection.

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$8,913
Lot 2077
1863-S. NGC graded AU-58. A hint of light gold tone and quite frosty for such an early issue. While gold coins were hoarded East of the Mississippi River in 1861-65 because of the ongoing Civil War in those parts, out West, it was business as usual. Double Eagles such as this tended to see heavy circulation. It is always a treat for us to provide bidder the opportunity to acquire a choice, lovely AU58 specimen (PCGS # 8940) .
Estimated Value $2,900 - 3,000.
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$4,370
Lot 2078
1865 Tripled Date. SEGS graded EF-40. Major "1865/186" plus "1" from left side of "8". Unlisted variety.
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
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$2,185
Lot 2079
1865-S. PCGS graded MS-64 PQ CAC Approved. A lovely frosty gem. In our opinion this coin should be graded MS64+ or MS65. It is one of the most attractive we have seen, a coin the boasts sharp rims without bad blemishes, and golden-bright luster whose glow and radiance is enjoyable to examine. There is a small mark on Liberty's hair just to the left of her hair bun as well as minor luster grazes in the field below the right wing of the eagle, but nothing else that would require mentioning. On the contrary, the coin is decidedly superior in whatever way you choose to measure.

The Deep Sea Research group of entrepreneurs found and recovered 1,207 coins from the wreck of the Brother Jonathan, mostly in the form of 1865-S double eagles. Today, these are available in frosty Mint State grades though most have long since disappeared into coin collections. That source has also made a few near Gem-quality examples available to collectors. As such, the 1865-S is, while not rare, considered one of the most historic offerings available to American numismatists. Pop 127; 25 finer, 1 in 64+, 22 in 65, 2 in 66 (PCGS # 8944) .
Estimated Value $13,000 - 15,000.
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Lot 2080
1869-S. PCGS graded EF-45 CAC Approved. Toned. In an OGH. Lustrous (PCGS # 8956) .
Estimated Value $1,700 - 1,750.
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$1,898
Lot 2081
1870-S. PCGS graded VF-25. Housed in an OGH (PCGS # 8959) .
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,650.
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$1,668
Lot 2082
1872-S. PCGS graded MS-61 PQ. Frosty with light gold tone. A beaming Mint State example of this unassuming rare double eagle. In fact, most all San Francisco Mint double eagles from the 1870s are rarities once Mint State condition is achieved. This frosty Mint State 61 example basks in brilliant yellow-gold luster with a hint of green, and it is only marginally abraded, much less so than is normally seen for the grade. Pop 37; 6 finer in 62 (PCGS # 8965) .
Estimated Value $4,500 - 5,000.
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Lot 2083
1872-S. NGC graded AU-53. Lustrous and well struck for this issue from the 1870s (PCGS # 8965) .
Estimated Value $1,800 - 1,850.
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Lot 2084
1873. Open 3. PCGS graded MS-61 CAC Approved. Bright and frosty. An affordable Type 2 double eagle. Most collectors are content with any 1873 and the open 3 variety is readily available. In most cases the grades tend to stop at About Uncirculated although in some lower Mint State examples are found on occasion. This is such an occasion (PCGS # 8967) .
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
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$2,530
Lot 2085
1873. Open 3. PCGS graded AU-55 CAC Approved. Housed in an OGH (PCGS # 8967) .
Estimated Value $1,700 - 1,750.
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$2,070
Lot 2086
1874. PCGS graded AU-53 CAC Approved. Toned. In an OGH. A coin whose luster spans most of the surface with only minor wear on the highest design features (PCGS # 8970) .
Estimated Value $1,700 - 1,750.
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$1,840
Lot 2087
1875 Breen 7254. SEGS graded AU-55. Cancelled "JBL designer's initials. This one is unusual as a "heavy die file mark obliterates Longacre's initials" on the truncation.
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,700.
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Lot 2088
1875-CC NGC graded AU Details Improperly Cleaned. A nice looking coin from this storied Western Mint. Carson City Mint now houses a museum. The city lies east of Lake Tahoe on the California-Nevada border, and is south of the city of Reno (PCGS # 8974) .
Estimated Value $2,300 - 2,400.
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Lot 2089
1875-CC. NGC graded VF-35 CAC Approved. Light even toning. Much eye appeal for the grade (PCGS # 8974) .
Estimated Value $1,750 - 1,800.
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$2,185
Lot 2090
1875-S Breen 7255. SEGS graded EF-45. Normal "JBL" on truncation. Recut reverse legend.
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,700.
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$1,783
Lot 2091
1876-CC. NGC graded MS-61. Toned with plenty of underlying luster evident. This issue's mintage total of 138,441 tops any double eagle struck in the Carson City Mint. While fairly common in circulated grades up to About Uncirculated, in Mint State the tables turn. Few are found, only a limited number have reached this grading service over the past 25 years. This is a frosty 1876-CC double eagle. The surfaces are vivid yellow-gold in color with modest, yet hardly annoying marks in the fields. Sharply struck and free of all minting imperfections, this coin should be of obvious importance to astute Carson City specialists. Some minor coin to coin scuffing of the cheek luster during bank transfers is mentioned for pedigree purposes. Pop 140; 64 finer (PCGS # 8977) .
Estimated Value $6,000 - 7,000.
The Dandelion Collection.

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$9,775
Lot 2092
1876-CC. PCGS graded AU-58 CAC Approved. Toned and in an OGH. Lots of luster still evident. The Type 2 Double Eagle series is one of the most conditionally challenging in all of U.S. numismatics. There is perhaps no better indication of the veracity of this statement than the combined PCGS & NGC census figures in all grades. A lovely, lustrous coin with natural toning acquired over more than a century and a quarter (PCGS # 8977) .
Estimated Value $4,500 - 5,000.
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$7,188
Lot 2093
1876-CC. PCGS graded EF-45 CAC Approved. Toned. In an OGH. This issue's mintage figure of 138,441 pieces is the highest of any double eagle struck in the Carson City Mint. As such, it is a fairly easy coin to obtain in circulated grades with EF and AU examples predominating, although heavy abrasion and bagmarking is often seen. Much luster seen on this well struck example (PCGS # 8977) .
Estimated Value $2,000 - 2,100.
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$3,450
Lot 2094
1876-S/S Breen 7260. SEGS graded AU-53.
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,650.
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$1,783
Lot 2095
1877-S Breen 7266. SEGS graded MS-60. 1877/1877 all digits show repunching in this coin's date.
Estimated Value $1,700 - 1,800.
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$1,840
Lot 2096
1878 Breen 7270. SEGS graded MS-60. Double Die Reverse-1. Doubled reverse legend. We note a nice full strike. Lustrous.
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,650.
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$1,840
Lot 2097
1878-CC. PCGS graded AU-53. Only 13,180 struck. A nice frosty coin. The 1878-CC twenty is one that takes a great deal of hunting to find, being a low mintage issue that enjoys continual demand from gold collectors and Carson City specialists in turn. Perhaps fewer than a dozen Mint State survivors are accounted for, and these are very expensive, lending added importance to those that come within reach of Mint State quality. This attractive, shimmering representative is only lightly abraded for the grade and CC-mintmark. It shows only the slightest interruption of luster on the high points of the design. Desirable quality for a sought-after CC date. Pop 22; 34 finer (PCGS # 8986) .
Estimated Value $6,500 - 7,500.
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$10,925
Lot 2098
1879-S Breen 7276. Double Die Reverse. SEGS graded EF-45. Top of the letters of 'TWENTY DOLLARS" doubled. Apparently an extremely rare variety.
Estimated Value $1,800 - 1,900.
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$1,783
Lot 2099
1879-S Breen 7276. SEGS graded AU-50. Broken Top "8" plus "9 over 9".
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,650.
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$1,783
Lot 2100
1880-S Filled "S" mint mark. SEGS graded AU-58. Untoned with some contact marks.
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,650.
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$1,840
Lot 2101
1881-S Lg/Tall Filled "S". SEGS graded AU-53. BE-7281 variety. Some light bag marks. Scarce variety.
Estimated Value $1,700 - 1,800.
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$1,840
Lot 2102
1882-S Breen 7283. SEGS graded AU-55. Small Squat "S" mint mark. Lightly toned with moderate bag marks.
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,650.
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$1,840
Lot 2103
1883-CC. NGC graded AU-55. Mostly untoned. Satiny luster throughout and especially pleasing surfaces. This is a popularly collected date. More affordable than some of the rarer CC-mint issues. Only 59,962 struck (PCGS # 8999) .
Estimated Value $2,000 - 2,100.
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$4,255
Lot 2104
1883-S Breen 7287. SEGS graded MS-62 details, wiped. Tall "S" mint mark. The talls (as on Silver Dollars) continued until 1899 according to Breen.
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,700.
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$1,783
Lot 2105
1883-S. PCGS graded AU-58 CAC Approved. Intensely lustrous and looks fully Mint State (PCGS # 9000) .
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,650.
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$1,898
Lot 2106
1884-CC. NGC graded EF-45. Mostly untoned. Desirable Carson City Mint date. Only 81,139 pieces struck (PCGS # 9001) .
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
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$2,473
Lot 2107
1889-S Breen 7302. SEGS graded MS-61. "1889/89" unlisted variety. This remarkable coin exhibits "89" repunched in date. Apparently, very rare.
Estimated Value $2,500 - 2,800.
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$1,840
Lot 2108
1890-CC. PCGS graded AU-53 CAC Approved. Nicely toned. Only 91,209 struck. A popular date for the collector who'd like to own a representative example from the Carson City, Nevada mint. Struck from locally mined gold (PCGS # 9014) .
Estimated Value $2,200 - 2,400.
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$2,990
Lot 2109
1890-CC. PCGS graded EF-45 CAC Approved. Nice light golden toning (PCGS # 9014) .
Estimated Value $2,000 - 2,100.
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$2,530
Lot 2110
1890-S Double Die Reverse. SEGS graded MS-60. Pup: Doubled arrow heads; UNUM/Scroll.
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,650.
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Lot 2111
1891-S Filled "S"Mintmark. SEGS graded MS-61. We note some obverse marks and our grade of AU-55 is more correct.
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,650.
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Lot 2112
1892-S Breen 7312. SEGS graded AU-58. Breen's "so-called" 2/1. Some light to moderate obverse contact marks.
Estimated Value $1,700 - 1,800.
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Lot 2113
1892/2-S. SEGS graded MS-61. Recutting noticeable on the 2 in the date.
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,650.
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Lot 2114
1892-S. PCGS graded MS-61. Nice golden toning. Housed in an OGH (PCGS # 9021) .
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,650.
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$1,696



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