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February 2-5. 2013


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Lot 1284
1820. Large 0. . B-3, Rarity-4. PCGS graded MS-64. A very choice example with brilliant lustrous untoned surfaces. Quarter dollars dated 1820 were minted to the extent of 127,444 coins from a combination of three obverse and four reverse dies to produce five varieties. Three of the four reverse dies were used in later years. A die crack (as made) through the 18 in the date and the lower left stars attributes this elusive B-2 variety.

It is a pleasure to catalog a very choice coin such as this! One of the finer examples of the 1820 Large 0 Variety and high on the list as the finest of the variety as well. Beaming in silvery radiance throughout, with ultra-clean fields for the modest grade plus a sharp strike that is quite full on all but the 13th star and fine detail throughout the reverse with nothing in the way of weakness unless one wants to quibble about the tops of the eagles toes where the talons project! Hardly a source of contention. A coin that is worthy of the finest collection. Pop 1; 1 in 65, 1 in 65+, 4 in 66 (PCGS # 5329) .
Estimated Value $13,000 - 14,000.
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Lot 1285
1831. Large Letters B-5. SEGS graded Proof 63. Only 20 minted. Lovely blue and lavender-gray toning on both sides. With choice reflective surfaces.

Seven varieties in 1831. This issue marks the beginning of the reduced size series of Capped Bust quarter dollars. The designs were slightly modified, most notably on the reverse which is lacking the scroll and motto E PLURIBUS UNUM. These coins were minted each year through 1838 when the new Liberty Seated design made its debut within this denomination. These eight years featured 36 different die varieties, with four of those unknown to Browning in 1925. Proofs are known of all years, and are very scarce to rare. Browning-5 is distinguished from the other varieties this year in having tall double-peaked 1s in the date. Curve based 2, large letters, 25 low (PCGS # 5378) .
Estimated Value $4,000 - 5,000.
Ex: Mid America Sale #523 as Proof 64, earlier from Kosoff 1946 ANA Sale Lot 430.

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$4,198
Lot 1286
1867-S. PCGS graded MS-62 CAC Approved. Well struck and very frosty. A Premium Quality example. The demand for silver coins in California had begun with the influx of gold rush pioneers eighteen years before this coin and continued throughout the Civil War period. With only 48,000 quarters struck in the San Francisco mint in 1867 supplies were below what was needed in the booming post-war western economy. Fewer than 200 pieces are thought to exist today in all grades. This is a desirable coin in Mint condition. The original silvery and satiny field is intact and both sides are pretty much untoned. The central devices are fully struck, while the peripheral stars (as often happens) are not so well brought up--a trait seen on most known 1867-S quarters. The presently offered specimen is one of the better known examples, per the following grade census at PCGS: Pop 2; 2 in 63, 1 in 64. (PCGS # 5471) .
Estimated Value $17,000 - 19,000.
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Lot 1287
1873 Closed 3 No Arrows. NGC graded Proof 68. Only 600 struck. Nice light toning. The Philadelphia quarters of 1873 were struck in three separate modifications: the 1873 Closed 3, the 1873 Open 3, and the 1873 With Arrows. Of these, the last has the highest mintage, with over a million business strikes made, and the 1873 Open 3, though it has a mintage of only 172,000 coins, is one of the more available Motto quarters issues in Mint condition. The 1873 Closed 3 version, however, is highly elusive, with a total production of just 40,000 business strikes, and most survivors show some degree of wear. Proofs were limited by their low sales to collectors, with only a few Gems surviving after 140 years.

As they were struck and delivered to collectors early in the year, all Proof 1873 No Arrows Quarters display a Closed 3 in the date. Gem and Superb Gem quality 1873 No Arrows Proofs are of the foremost rarity and desirable in today's market where attention to top-line graded specimens is key. The razor edged devices and sleep, watery and pristine fields are replete with original toning: The obverse is mostly silver-gray, while the reverse is inundated in a flood of lovely, rich antique-copper patina consisting of lilac, cobalt-blue, and golden-champagne undertones going from the lower left to the upper right. A coin that the finest Seated Liberty Quarter Dollar set should not be without. This is the acclaimed ex Kaufman specimen, later sold by Heritage Auctions (Jan. 2006). Pop 2; none finer at NGC .

As in the case of the 1853-5 "With Arrows" silver coins, arrows were added to the obverses of the coins to facilitate the sorting of the old weight coins (those struck prior to the April 1873 Mint Act) from the new weight coins. Proofs were sold of both Types, the nod going to this No Arrows for its gorgeous colors and natural patina! The advent of arrows at the date was mostly a matter of expedience at the Mint and Treasury. According to Bowers, "after April 1, no more of the old weight coins could be released, as they were now of illegal weight under the new measure. The arrows enabled Mint and Treasury personnel to readily distinguish the new coins, which were to be shipped out immediately, from the old coins, which were to be held back, eventually to be melted. There was no widespread attempt to call in the old weight coins already in circulation. This would have been impossible, in any case, since millions had been issued and most were in the hands of hoarders or else were circulating outside of the country, and would not have been turned in even if the order to do so had been given. Instead, the old and new weight coins passed at equal values and it took many years before the old coins were completely retired from circulation. (Walter Breen has stated that he remembers seeing coins as old as 1853 circulating during the Depression of the 1930s.)".
Estimated Value $10,000 - 11,000.
Ex: P. Kaufman.

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$12,075
Lot 1288
1873 Arrows. NGC graded Proof 68 Star. Only 540 minted. Wonderful rainbow toning on both sides. Perhaps the Finest Known. This lovely NGC Star-certified marvel of coin preservation is the finest example of its class known to NGC, trumping the previous record-holder, a lone Cameo Premium Gem; in addition, PCGS has no contender. The coin, easily one of the most beautiful, indeed strikingly beautiful survivors out of the 540 pieces struck, offers pleasing, distinct contrast despite ample patina over the fields and devices. Lighter gold shadings grace the richly frosted devices ringed with a halo of incredibly iridescence blue on the obverse while on the reverse, blending smoothly into light pinkish hues. The flickering mirrors, perfection personified, show resilience unlike any we have offered before. Struck with determination by the Proof dies and virtually flawless in the passage through 140 years, even when viewed under strong magnification. An prime opportunity for the Proof Seated quarter admirer. Pop 1; none finer at NGC .

The Coinage Act of 1873 changed the United States policy with respect to silver. Before the Act, the United States had backed its currency with both gold and silver, and it minted both types of coins. The Act moved the United States to the gold standard, which meant it would no longer buy silver or mint silver coins from the public on demand, but instead only from approved (that is, politically connected) Western mine owners who were not averse to tendering bribes to those in control.

In 1873, the year in which this scarce With Arrows Seated Liberty Quarter was struck, Congress sat down in a long session and hammered out a new coinage bill. Shortly after the bill was passed, silver miners discovered they had been given short shrift. They nicknamed it the Crime of 1873. What Congress had done, among other things, was to rationalize America's coinage system; gone was the Two-cent Piece, the Three-cent Silver, the regular issue Silver Dollar; added was a new Trade Dollar for use in the Orient. This piece is therefore a wonderful legacy of those times, and an important one, for that matter, because it is so spectacular.
Estimated Value $20,000 - 25,000.
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$29,900
Lot 1289
1874. Arrows. NGC graded Proof 67. Only 700 minted. Wonderful rainbow toning on both sides. Exceptional toning with hues of violet, cobalt-blue, reddish-gold, rose, and turquoise-blue. The strike is bold and this outstanding Gem Proof 67 is almost devoid of imperfections. The briefly made Arrows series (1873 & 1874) was used to connote a slight weight increase when the mint changed to the metric system pursuant to the Coinage Act of 1873. Lower graded Proofs of this popular issue are regularly available, but this pristine and Superb Proof 67 example is extremely scarce per the NGC census: Pop 6; 1 finer in 68 Star .

The year 1874 in history: In New York City the first electrically-propelled streetcar went into service in 1874, but most transportation continued to be provided by horsepower in the literal sense. In Massachusetts a law was enacted which limited the daily working hours of women to 10. There were no effective child labor laws in the United States, and it was not unusual to see six- to 10-year-old children working from dawn to dusk in textile mills, coal mines, and other hazardous occupations.

Barnum's Hippodrome opened in New York City in March 1874; later it was known as Madison Square Garden, the first of three buildings to use that name. The Remington typewriter was introduced this year as well, and would go on to great success and fame. The latter notably increased 18 years later when the backers of the typewriter paid an astounding $10,000 for the first acceptable 1892 Columbian commemorative half dollar.
Estimated Value $13,000 - 14,000.
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$14,375
Lot 1290
1876-CC. NGC graded MS-67. A frosty white gem. The 1876-CC is a relatively plentiful CC-mint Seated Quarter (4.9 million pieces produced), but only in circulated to lower-Mint State grades. Collectors often choose it when the desire to own a representative "CC" coin of this series hits their fancy. We encourage bidders to remember that this date is very difficult to locate as a Gem, and Superb Gems such as the present MS67 number just two coins and (this is key) the finest certified by NGC. A wonderful coin from the standpoint of freshness. Devices are white as new-fallen snow. The underlying mint frost is full, vibrant, while the devices including the stars are sharply impressed. Pop 2; none finer at NGC .
Estimated Value $5,000 - 5,500.
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$8,913
Lot 1291
1885. NGC graded Proof 66 Cameo. Only 930 struck. Lovely obverse lavender-lilac to silver-blue iridescent toning. Golden reverse. Both sides gleaming with proof finish in the fields topped by lovely cameo frosted devices. A well made example of the scarce 1885 Proof issue. Pop 13; 12 finer.
Estimated Value $2,400 - 2,500.
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$2,588
Lot 1292
1875. NGC graded Proof 66 Ultra Cameo. A brilliant white untoned gem. Only 700 Proofs struck. Fabulous quality and overall surfaces. The coin has blazing white mint luster and is virtually hairline-free. At best, it is not easy to find such vibrancy between mirror fields and frosted devices, but this 1875 Quarter has that distinction. So too crisp definition on the main devices counts for a lot. Mathematically exact standards are seen in the sharp stars and devices. Finest NGC certified: Pop 1; none finer at NGC .
Estimated Value $3,000 - 3,300.
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$4,140
Lot 1293
1892. NGC graded MS-65. Lovely blue and gold toning. Refreshingly original and attractive for this issue, with shimmering Gem-quality luster in the fields and chalk-white devices. The fields supporting the toning, and satin with much luster.
Estimated Value $700 - 750.
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$776
Lot 1294
1901. NGC graded Proof 67 Cameo. A nice white gem. Only 813 struck. Brilliant ice-clear silvery luster on the devices forms the relief portion against the rippling mirror surface of this appealing coin. Among the rest of the superb characteristics, the coin displays clear-cut devices from having been giving a full strike by the Proof dies. Pop 12; 8 finer.
Estimated Value $3,500 - 3,700.
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Lot 1295
1902. PCGS graded Proof 63. A nice untoned coin, choice, beguiling, with sharp detail. Only 777 struck (PCGS # 5688) .
Estimated Value $600 - 625.
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$748
Lot 1296
1903. NGC graded Proof 67 Ultra Cameo. Only 755 minted. A blazing white gem. Frosted motifs and fresh, beaming mirror fields display vibrant silvery originality on both sides. A superb and attractive Gem Proof of the finest order, a beautiful coin that literally defies any would-be bidder to locate a surface disturbance. We could drone on with endless hyperbole about this pristine gem, but suffice it to say that if any coin deserves to be "among the finest known" Proofs of its respective date, then the present coin is it! Pop 1; 1 finer in 68UCAM .
Estimated Value $4,000 - 4,500.
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$5,175
Lot 1297
1914. NGC graded Proof 68 Cameo. Only 380 struck. A wonderful white gem proof coin. Wow is the first word that springs to mind when viewing this spectacularly original specimen. Each side exhibits a dramatic detail and mirror finish. The cameo effect is amplified by the brilliance and silvery glow. Even under the closest scrutiny with a magnifier, one fails to find any defects or post-striking problems. The design detail is absolutely full and crisp as expected on this obviously well made Proof. Of the 380 pieces made, this currently rests atop the pyramid with one other as the finest certified by NGC. Pop 2; none finer at NGC .

Money bought a lot in 1914. Henry Ford was the most important of the many individuals who formed early automobile manufacturing plants in America. He transformed the society into which he was born by an mixture of pioneering engineering and paternalistic management. Via assembly-line fabrication, Ford put what had up until then been a rich man's toy into the reach of the average working man. In 1909, the Ford Model T cost $950. By 1926, it cost only $290.

When Henry Ford announced in 1914 that he was raising the minimum pay at his plant to $5 a day and inaugurating the 8-hour day, it was headline news. He could have hired workers for only $2 a day. He claimed that he was motivated to pay $5 by social justice. It was also a way to make the cars Ford workers produced affordable for them. Aided by Henry Fords business acumen, by 1920, 26 percent of households owned automobiles; by 1930, 60 percent did.
Estimated Value $9,000 - 10,000.
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$10,063
Lot 1298
1921. PCGS graded VF-25. Lightly toned. Scarce date (PCGS # 5740) .
Estimated Value $450 - 500.
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$518
Lot 1299
1926. NGC graded MS-67. A nice blazing white coin. The head and shield are almost full. The satin-like gleam of originality is safe and sound from most abrasions of measurable size. We expect the luster in and of itself would serve to entice all potential buyers. Next, a word about strike: this piece struck with controlled precision throughout stands front and center among its peers with only minor rounding at Libertys head denying it FH honors. The luster is incredibly beautiful. Low population: Pop 2; 3 finer.
Estimated Value $2,500 - 2,600.
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$3,220
Lot 1300
1928-S. PCGS graded MS-66 Full Head PQ. Lovely areas of iridescent toning on the obverse. A gem! Pop 99; 12 finer, 11 in 67, 1 in 67+ (PCGS # 5771) .
Estimated Value $900 - 1,000.
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$1,323
Lot 1301
  A Lot of Standing Liberty Quarters. Consists of: $22.25 face value in quarters grading About Good to Good and mixed date quarters from 1917 to 1930 (19 pieces). Some better dates in this lot.
Estimated Value $700 - 800.
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$805
Lot 1302
  A Lot of Standing Liberty Quarters. Dates range from 1917-D to 1930. A total of 16 different dates. Coins grade XF to AU. A nice lot.
Estimated Value $600 - 900.
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$1,495
Lot 1303
  A Lot of Standing Liberty Quarters. Consists of: 1925 (1), 1926 (3), 1927 (3), 1928 (1), 1929 (1), and 1930 (1). Grades range from AU to Unc. Lot of 10 coins.
Estimated Value $500 - 550.
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$690
Lot 1304
1932-D. NGC graded MS-63. CAC Approved PQ. Well struck, a choice, satin-luster example of this first Denver Mint Washington Quarter, the key date in the series. Only 436,800 made.
Estimated Value $1,200 - 1,300.
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$1,438
Lot 1305
1932-S. PCGS graded MS-63. CAC Approved PQ. Nice light obverse toning. Actually lower mintage than the more expensive 1932-D, there were a mere 408,000 pieces struck at the San Francisco Mint. This is a lustrous, naturally toned example with all the fine hair details visible on Washington. The intention was to honor George Washington's birth with this (1732-1932) but, after a hiatus in 1933 when no Quarter Dollars were struck, the government continued to strike the design using this obverse to this day, 81 years later! (PCGS # 5792) .
Estimated Value $500 - 550.
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$592
Lot 1306
1936-D. PCGS graded MS-64. CAC Approved. Frosty. Though the mintage was relatively high on the D-mint 1936, it seems speculators (who were quite prominent during the 1930s, which experienced a coin boom in Commemorative half dollars) failed to secure quantities of this particular issue. Today, and for many years in the late 20th century, the '36-D was recognized as a scarce issue. Desirable (PCGS # 5801) .
Estimated Value $650 - 700.
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$702
Lot 1307
1965 Struck on 90% Silver Planchet. ICG graded Mint Error EF-40. Desirable off planchet rarity, the mints were striking the new clad coinage in 1965 but it appears a few leftover 90% silver blanks remained in the hoppers and were struck right along with the new issue. Evenly worn on both sides from years spent in circulation before some eagle-eyed collector realized what this was. Extremely desirable!
Estimated Value $2,500 - 2,800.
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Lot 1308
  A Collection of U.S. Quarters. Consists of: Bust Quarters (3), Seated Quarters (12), Barber Quarters (17), Standing Liberty Quarters (33), and Washington Silver Quarters (44). The coins will grade About Good to BU. Many better dates and nice coins in this lot. There is PVC on many of the coins due to the way it was stored. The PVC should come off. A nice lot to figure and should take 15 minutes to view.
Estimated Value $1,000-UP.
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$6,210
Lot 1309
  A Lot of U.S. Silver Quarters. Consists of: Barber Quarter (1), Standing Liberty 1917-1924 (17), Standing Liberty 1925 to 1930 Good to AU (28), and $17 face value Quarters 1932 to 1940's mostly AU to Unc. Another lot that should be carefully viewed.
Estimated Value $500-UP.
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$1,265
Lot 1310
  A Lot of Washington Quarters. Consists of: mixed date coins 1932 to 1960 grading Good to Proof with some early dates (21 pieces), 1955-D BU Roll (1), 1955-P BU Roll (1), 1932-S (2 pieces), and 1932-D maybe added mint mark; sold as is (1 piece).
Estimated Value $500 - 550.
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$1,150
Lot 1311
  A Lot of U.S. Quarters. Consists of: Standing Liberty 1917 to 1930 (45), 1932-D Good (1), 1932-S Good (1), 1935-D Double "D" (1), 1932-P (21), 1934 to 1950's many Unc (63), and 1939-D PCGS MS64. A nice lot with many choice Washington Quarters.
Estimated Value $1,000-UP.
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$1,725
Lot 1312
  A Set of Washington Quarters 1932 to 1998-S. Housed in a Dansco Album. Coins will grade XF to Proof. Many have been lightly cleaned. Many of the coins are Unc.
Estimated Value $1,000-UP.
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$1,006
Lot 1313
  A Lot of BU Rolls of Quarters and Half Dollars. Consists of: 25¢; 1948-P, 1952-P, 1953-P, 1964-P, 50¢; 1954-D (2 Rolls), and 1964-P. A total of 7 choice Unc Rolls.
Estimated Value $1,400 - 1,500.
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$1,840
Lot 1314
  A Large Lot of Quarters and SBA Dollars. Consists of: Statehood Quarters 1999 to 2002 Unc and Proof (2 sets; 62 pieces in each set), 1941 to 1998-S Washington Quarters Unc and Proof (161 pieces), partial sets of Unc and Proof SBA Dollars (5 partial sets containing a total of 64 pieces).
Estimated Value $500 - 550.
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$978






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