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Sale 74

June Long Beach Coin Auction


$2.50 Liberty
 
 
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Lot 1379
1841-C $2.50 Liberty. NGC graded AU-50. Excellent detail for the grade. Light contact marks in the fields. Very scarce. Only 10,281 minted. Small C mintmark. Coarse reeding. Obverse with four-digit logotype slightly high. Reverse with crack from tip of eagles wing at upper left, through dentil, continuing on the flat rim to the edge (PCGS # 7721) .
Estimated Value $2,000 - 2,200.
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Lot 1380
1841-C $2.50 Liberty. NGC graded EF-45. Untoned. Only 10,281 pieces struck. A curious person might well ask: Now what events were taking place in America back in 1841 when this Liberty Quarter Eagle entered the streams of commerce. On the one hand, 1841 was a pretty dull year in the nation's past. There were no gory battles being fought. Well, if one ignores the ever-present Indian wars. Those had been going on for pretty much the whole of the 19th century; no empires a-building or being torn asunder, no artistic endeavors coming to fruition that were worth noting -- none of these.

There were, on the other hand, two small beginnings taking place which would have an impact down the road. First, Samuel L. Clemens was growing up alongside the muddy Mississippi River in a dusty town called Florida, Missouri, that would become famous as "Hannibal." Mark Twain (the name he later went by) was soaking up the lore of the South in its stories about the mighty Mississippi, in his clever, six-year-old's brain.

At the same time, 1841 was a problematic year for newly elected Whig party President, William Henry Harrison. Harrison -- nicknamed "Tippecanoe" (everyone liked nicknames back then). Why? For the simple reason that old Tippecanoe died of pneumonia 31 days after taking office in 1841! His Vice President, John Tyler, would become the first non-elected President. And because of his unprecedented elevation to the office, his followers nicknamed Tyler President "Your Accidency"! To further confuse things, when Harrison and Tyler ran for office the year before, their platform slogan was "Log Cabin and Hard Cider." Imagine today's front-runners using such a campaign slogan! "Gin and Tonic All Around!" 1841, therefore, was either dreary or interesting depending upon your point of view (PCGS # 7721) .
Estimated Value $1,300 - 1,400.
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Lot 1381
1843-O Small Date SS New York. NGC graded MS-61. Well struck, untoned with luster adhering to the protected areas. Housed in a special leather book "SS New York - Gentlemen of Fortune'. Pop 38; 37 Finer.

The SS New York was a sidewheel steamship that, during the 1840s, regularly shuttled passengers and cargo between Galveston, Texas and New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1846, just a few months after the Republic of Texas joined the Union as the 28th state and the start of the Mexican-American War, the SS New York set sail on September 5 from Galveston headed for New Orleans carrying 53 passengers and crew along with an estimated $40,000 - a numismatic value in the millions today - in gold and silver coins.

Early morning on September 7 found the ship caught in the throes of a hurricane fighting to survive. Water began filling the hold through a split in the side of the hull. As the ship began tilting, passengers and crew worked together to bail out the hold. Eventually the storm won the battle as water overtook the boilers and the fires went out. Passengers and crew grabbed anything that could float. As though the archangel Michael was announcing his arrival, a single note rang out from the ship's bell as the ship rolled one last time and sank, according to one colorful account of the tragedy.
Estimated Value $1,300 - 1,400.
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$5,060
Lot 1382
1843 $2.50 Liberty. NGC graded AU-58. Nice and sharp, lightly toned. Pop 53; 21 finer (PCGS # 7727) .
Estimated Value $700 - 800.
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$1,035
Lot 1383
1843-C. Large Date, Plain 4. PCGS graded EF-45. Lightly toned. Only 23,076 minted (PCGS # 7728) .
Estimated Value $1,200 - 1,300.
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$2,185
Lot 1384
1843-D $2.50 Liberty. NGC graded AU-53. Only 36,209 struck. A short field line parallels Libertys nose though otherwise the light surface abrasion is less noticeable than on many early gold Quarter Eagles from the Southern Branch Mints. Lustrous, with attractive color, what is most attractive to the student of gold coins is how well the main features were struck by the dies. All stars are complete, not rounded or flattened. The hair waves over the ear are the only spot where even the slightest rounding occurs, and the eagle is much above average. Full legends and a bold mintmark.
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
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$2,415
Lot 1385
1843-D $2.50 Liberty. NGC graded AU-50. Small date crosslet 4. We note some minor marks about the reverse rims. A little luster hugs the protected areas around legends and stars on this early Dahlonega Mint release. Scarce.
Estimated Value $1,700 - 1,800.
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$2,243
Lot 1386
1843-O $2.50 Liberty. NGC graded AU-58. Crosslet 4. Scarce early New Orleans Mint date.
Estimated Value $600 - 650.
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$748
Lot 1387
  1843-O $2.50 Liberty. Small date, crosslet 4. Coins grade VF to EF, each lightly cleaned. Lot of 2 coins.
Estimated Value $500 - 525.
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$575
Lot 1388
1844-C $2.50 Liberty. NGC graded VF-30. Only 11,622 minted. We note some slight discoloration in the right reverse field. An affordable grade for this otherwise scarce Charlotte Mint issue (PCGS # 7735) .
Estimated Value $800 - 900.
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$1,610
Lot 1389
1845 $2.50 Liberty. NGC graded MS-61. Well struck, untoned. Pop 27; 42 finer (PCGS # 7737) .
Estimated Value $750 - 800.
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$834
Lot 1390
1846-D $2.50 Liberty. NGC graded AU-50. Attractively toned. Only 19,303 minted. Scarce. Weakly struck, particularly on the reverse, and moderate wear for the grade, some luster evident within the stars and legends. Smooth surfaces; blemish-free rims. The obverse is much bolder (with squared-off rims) than the reverse (PCGS # 7742) .
Estimated Value $3,500 - 3,800.
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$2,760
Lot 1391
1847-O $2.50 Liberty. PCGS graded AU-58. CAC Approved. A nice untoned coin with reflective surfaces. The low population explains much. A beaming coin with a wealth of underlying luster remaining on golden surfaces. Nicely struck in all areas, indeed very bold for this issue. And no objectionable marks. The rims square and full. A lovely coin. Pop 11; 14 finer (PCGS # 7747) .
Estimated Value $1,800 - 1,900.
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$3,105
Lot 1392
1847-O $2.50 Liberty. NGC graded AU-55. Untoned. A scarce date in grades above EF (PCGS # 7747) .
Estimated Value $750 - 800.
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$891
Lot 1393
1851-D $2.50 Liberty. PCGS graded AU-50. A bold strike in natural greenish color gold. Only 11,264 minted. The 1851-D tends to show a much better strike than the other Dahlonega quarter eagles from the early 1850s. The current coin has excellent detail. The obverse shows nearly full hair, sharp denticles and has full radial lines in the stars. The reverse is also detailed with sharp feathers noted on the wings but less so on one leg and the eagles neck. A high "D" mintmark impacts the branch and arrow feather (PCGS # 7761) .
Estimated Value $2,500 - 2,600.
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$3,335
Lot 1394
1852-O $2.50 Liberty. PCGS graded AU-50. Lightly toned (PCGS # 7766) .
Estimated Value $550 - 600.
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$805
Lot 1395
  1856 $2.50 Liberty. Coins grade EF-45 and VF-20, respectively, each with some marks. Lot of 2 coins.
Estimated Value $500 - 550.
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$575
Lot 1396
1857-O $2.50 Liberty. NGC graded AU-53. Untoned. Scarce low mintage date. Only 34,000 struck and usually found primarily in lower grades (PCGS # 7784) .
Estimated Value $650 - 700.
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$805
Lot 1397
1858 $2.50 Liberty. NGC graded MS-61. Well struck and delicately toned. A lower mintage date. Pop 32; 31 finer (PCGS # 7786) .
Estimated Value $800 - 850.
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$949
Lot 1398
1860-S $2.50 Liberty. PCGS graded AU-53 PQ. Light even toning. Mintage: 35,600. Pop 4; 36 finer (PCGS # 7793) .
Estimated Value $900 - 950.
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$1,323
Lot 1399
1861 $2.50 Liberty. NGC graded MS-63 PQ CAC Approved. Well struck and choice, a coin that has frosty surfaces and gleaming originality. Pop 68; 62 finer, 47 in 64, 13 in 65, 2 in 66.
Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,100.
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$2,070
Lot 1400
1861 $2.50 Liberty. PCGS graded MS-62 CAC Approved. Well struck and delicately toned with oceans of eye appeal (PCGS # 7794) .
Estimated Value $750 - 800.
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$978
Lot 1401
1861 Type 2. NGC graded MS-62. Needle sharp and untoned. This is the "New Reverse" type. Lustrous (PCGS # 7794) .
Estimated Value $700 - 750.
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$920
Lot 1402
1861 Type 2. NGC graded MS-62. Well struck and lightly toned. Soft delicate mint frost on both sides with distinctly superior surface preservation that is almost free of handling signs, a rare occurrence and giving this specimen in particular a boost over others in its grade. Very attractive (PCGS # 7794) .
Estimated Value $700 - 750.
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$920
Lot 1403
1861 Type 2. NGC graded MS-61. Well struck and lightly toned (PCGS # 7794) .
Estimated Value $550 - 600.
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$776
Lot 1404
1861 Type 2. NGC graded MS-61. Untoned.
Estimated Value $550 - 600.
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$776
Lot 1405
  1872-S $2.50 Liberty. Each grades EF-40, cleaned. Two low mintage dates. Lot of 2 coins.
Estimated Value $450 - 500.
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$604
Lot 1406
1878 $2.50 Liberty. NGC graded MS-63. Sharp and delicately toned (PCGS # 7828) .
Estimated Value $500 - 550.
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$604
Lot 1407
1893 $2.50 Liberty. PCGS graded MS-64. A well struck beauty exhibiting intense mint bloom colors. Only 30,000 minted. Pop 113; 65 finer, 1 in 64+, 44 in 65, 20 in 66 (PCGS # 7845) .
Estimated Value $800 - 850.
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$1,121
Lot 1408
1895 $2.50 Liberty. PCGS graded MS-64. Well struck and glistening with golden mint luster. Only 6,000 struck. Pop 30; 11 in 65, 11 in 66 (PCGS # 7847) .
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,700.
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$2,645
Lot 1409
1895 $2.5 Liberty. NGC graded MS-64 PL. 6,000 pieces minted and a sharply made example whose prooflike field gives a nice contrast to the frosted devices. Well struck. Very choice (almost in the Gem class). Pop 1; 2 finer, 1 in 66PL, 1 in 67PL. Only 3 graded in PL at NGC.
Estimated Value $1,400 - 1,500.
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$3,105
Lot 1410
1900 $2.50 Liberty. PCGS graded MS-65. Well struck with rich golden toning atop dancing mint luster. A frosty Gem. Only 67,000 minted. Pop 182; 71 finer (PCGS # 7852) .
Estimated Value $1,250 - 1,300.
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$1,668
Lot 1411
1904 $2.50 Liberty. NGC graded Proof 60. A nice untoned Proof coin. Only 170 Proofs struck. Unremarkable to find minor scuffs and dulling in the field as this coin was handled slightly by its former collector-conservators. Sharply struck on obverse and reverse as is typical with Proofs (PCGS # 7930) .
Estimated Value $2,000 - 2,100.
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$2,645
Lot 1412
1904 $2.50 Liberty. PCGS graded MS-64. Well struck with nice golden toning (PCGS # 7856) .
Estimated Value $675 - 700.
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$719
Lot 1413
1906 $2.50 Liberty. NGC graded MS-68. Well struck and frosty. This is an utterly beautiful Liberty Quarter Eagle irrespective of date. The surfaces are rich in golden color that accents the razor sharp strike. The otherwise golden endowment of mint frost thins to modest brightness in the portrait, a feature that is fully appreciable in the absence of grade-limiting bagmarks. Survivors of this petite Liberty Head style quarter eagle are popular at all levels of preservation. The certified population of this issue dwindles rapidly as one progresses up the Mint State grading scale, with Gems being scarce and Superb Gems rare. Clearly, the present MS68 representative would form the centerpiece of any Liberty Quarter Eagle collection. Pop 3; none finer at NGC (PCGS # 7858) .
Estimated Value $5,000 - 5,500.
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$15,525
Lot 1414
1907 $2.50 Liberty. PCGS graded Proof 65 Cameo. Only 154 Proofs minted. Last year of the design. Date low, slants up to right. Nearly complete inner circle at dentils except below date. No spur from 3rd star (some others show it). Two plain horizontal die file marks in second white stripe, a jumble of others in unpolished areas near tops and bases of stripes. Dentils separated but less so than on some earlier dates

This coin has presence to it, glowing in the fields it retains magnificent mirrors that reveal no unsightly blemishes. Liberty and the devices are all cameo frosted and again free of handling marks. Simply stated, if you want one of the gemmiest Proof Liberty quarter eagles, of any date, then be sure to bid accordingly. An attractive and at the same time magnificent Proof 65 of this final year of issue of the Coronet type that is worthy of the finest cabinet. Pop 9; 10 finer, 1 in 65+CAM, 5 in 66CAM, 3 in 67CAM, 1 in 68CAM (PCGS # 87933) .
Estimated Value $13,000 - 14,000.
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$17,825
Lot 1415
1907 $2.50 Liberty. NGC graded Proof 61. A brilliant slightly impaired Proof with faint hairlines in the fields. Only 154 Proofs struck (PCGS # 7933) .
Estimated Value $2,000 - 2,100.
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$3,335
Lot 1416
1907 $2.50 Liberty. PCGS graded MS-63. CAC Approved. Well struck with natural olive and golden orange overtones (PCGS # 7859) .
Estimated Value $450 - 500.
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$673
Lot 1417
  A trio of early date Liberty $2.50's. Consists of: 1852-O, 1856-S, 1866-S. Coins grade Fine to Very Fine. Lot of 3 coins.
Estimated Value $650 - 700.
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$840
Lot 1418
A trio of $2.50 Libs. Consists of: 1850, 1856-S, 1866-S. Coins range from Sharpness of VF to EF, slightly damaged and or cleaned. Lot of 3 coins.
Estimated Value $750 - 800.
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$776
Lot 1419
  A quartet of $2.50 Libs. Consists of: 1852, 1853, 1854-O, 1855. Coins range from Sharpness of Fine to EF, each with some damage. Lot of 4 coins.
Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,100.
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$978
Lot 1420
  A quartet of $2.50 Libs. Consists of: 1852, 1854, 1879 and 1903. Coins grade VF to EF, each lightly cleaned. Lot of 4 coins.
Estimated Value $800 - 850.
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$1,035
Lot 1421
  A quartet of $2.50 Libs. Consists of: 1873, 1878-S, 1879, 1879-S. Each Sharpness of EF or so, each with some damage. Lot of 4 coins.
Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,100.
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$891
Lot 1422
  A trio of $2.50 Libs. Consists of: 1903, 1905, 1906. Each Sharpness of EF or better, each slightly damaged. Lot of 3 coins.
Estimated Value $750 - 800.
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$805






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