Goldberg Coins and Collectibles



Sale 72

February 2-5. 2013


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Lot 1677
1849. No L. PCGS graded MS-64. CAC Approved. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Clean as a whistle for the grade, as one would look forward to from the careful assessment of its fields and devices; however, what really makes this break free from others is its frosty luster that rolls around each side About as fully struck as these first-year 1849 pieces are normally found, with just terrific detail in the hair and coronet (PCGS # 7501) .
Estimated Value $1,200 - 1,300.
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$2,070
Lot 1678
1852. NGC graded MS-62. Frosty and untoned. Part of the brief Liberty Head Type (1849-54) featuring James Longacre's coronet crowned Liberty facing left as on the Liberty $20 gold pieces. Simple wreath reverse with denomination and legend (PCGS # 7517) .
Estimated Value $575 - 600.
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$719
Lot 1679
1853. PCGS graded MS-63+. Lovely golden toning, this attractive Type 1 displays warm toning, smooth features in terms of satiny luster throughout, along with bold devices (PCGS # 7521) .
Estimated Value $900 - 950.
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$1,064
Lot 1680
1853. PCGS graded MS-63. Nice golden toning. A choice, lustrous offering (PCGS # 7521) .
Estimated Value $850 - 900.
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Lot 1681
1854 Type 2. NGC graded AU-58. A hint of gold tone. The small Liberty head design was replaced in early 1854 by this Indian Type. The diameter of the coin was also expanded slightly from what it had been before (PCGS # 7531) .
Estimated Value $600 - 650.
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$690
Lot 1682
1855. NGC graded AU-58. Lustrous with excellent hair detail for the grade, a scarcer Type 2 issue, whose short production cycle lasted from only 1854 to 1856. Gold dollars were a new addition to American coin denominations when they appeared in 1849. Their smaller size caused some minting difficulty, which Mint officials had to deal with, which is why three Types exist in the short span that this denomination was issued (1849-89) (PCGS # 7532) .
Estimated Value $600 - 650.
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$690
Lot 1683
1855. PCGS graded AU-50. Light golden toning with partial luster around the legends and in the main devices. A bold date with all numerals clearly defined (PCGS # 7532) .
Estimated Value $425 - 450.
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$518
Lot 1684
1861. PCGS graded MS-64. CAC Approved PQ. Nice even light golden toning. Tremendous detail from a very positive strike, which collectors like better to see than washed-out detail; furthermore, the surfaces show sharp golden hues. In more respects than one, the dies left their rigid impression behind without even the slightest weakness or imprecision, only a few 1861 Gold Dollars are ever found this way. Pop 104; 47 finer (PCGS # 7558) .
Estimated Value $800 - 850.
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$1,179
Lot 1685
1861. PCGS graded MS-63. CAC Approved. Well struck and frosty, this choice specimen's previous owners took good care of it. Spot-free. Attractive (PCGS # 7558) .
Estimated Value $700 - 750.
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$834
Lot 1686
1862. PCGS graded MS-61. Frosty coin (PCGS # 7560) .
Estimated Value $550 - 600.
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$748
Lot 1687
1871. NGC graded MS-68. Lovely golden toning on both sides. A wonderful coin. Brilliant with three-dimensional warm luster--no doubt not any different from the day it was struck. Bold detail is seen at the center of the obverse and reverse. The luster is rich and deep. The coin has as much "life" and "dazzle" as any gold dollar we have ever seen.

The low mintage of 3,900 pieces suggests a rarity at the starting gate. From that figure, possibly as few as 300 examples exist today in various grades. Mint States have been well represented in the literature, even more than circulated pieces, but it has been our feeling that superb pieces, as here, are very rare. Most have some element of Prooflike surface, as does the present example, and in the days before certified grading some of these were no doubt mislabeled "Proof."

It is a general rule that circulation strikes of this year are somewhat lightly struck at the centers, but that isnt the case here; they seem to have been produced during a single press run (delivered on February 15, 1871). For the gold dollar specialist the present MS68 is a beacon.Pop 3; none finer at NGC (PCGS # 7571) .
Estimated Value $11,000 - 13,000.
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$13,225
Lot 1688
1874. PCGS graded MS-63. Lovely toning on both sides (PCGS # 7575) .
Estimated Value $700 - 750.
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