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Sale 75

September Pre Long Beach


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Lot 2110
1836 Pattern Dollar. Silver, plain edge. Judd-60. Pollock-65. NGC graded Proof AU Details. Plugged. We agree with the AU details, but cannot find evidence of the repair. Toned.

Regular production of Gobrecht dollars began sometime in December of 1836. The 1,000 regular issue dollars of 1836 were struck at the old 1792 standard fineness of .8924. The same date was used for the 600 coins minted in March, 1837, but these pieces were produced from planchets .900 fine as authorized by the Mint Act of 1837. So close in weight, the two issues are easily differentiated by alignment: the 1837 dollars have a medallic alignment the obverse and reverse are aligned on a vertical axis, while the 1836 coins have a horizontal, or coin, alignment. All original dollars dated 1836 will show the eagle flying "onward and upward," while the restrikes made in the 1850s and '60s will have the eagle flying horizontally. The approximately 25 coins made in 1838 are considered to be patterns, with thirteen stars around the periphery of the obverse replacing the stars on the reverse fields (PCGS # 11227)
Peter the Eagle: On the dollars of 1836, 1838 and 1839, and the nickel cent coins in 1856 is the depiction of an American eagle which was for many years a familiar sight in the streets of Philadelphia. "Peter," one of the finest eagles ever captured alive, was the pet of the Philadelphia Mint, and was generally known as the "Mint bird." Not only did he have free access to every part of the Mint, going without hindrance into the treasure vaults where even the treasurer of the United States would not go alone, but he used his own pleasure in going about the city, flying over the houses, sometimes perching upon lamp posts in the streets. Everybody knew him, and even the street boys treated him with respect. Estimated Value $6,000 - 7,000
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Lot 2111
1859 Pattern Cent. Copper-nickel, plain edge. Judd-228. Pollock-272. NGC graded MS-65. Nicely toned. A popular Transition issue that incorporates the obverse of 1859 with the adopted shield & oak wreath reverse of 1860. A fair number of these were minted and handed out to congresscritters and other close friends of the mint. They are always welcome in an Indian cent collection to illustrate how the transition occurred from the 1859 laurel wreath piece to the 1860 oak wreath Type. Pop 42; 8 finer in 66. (PCGS # 11932) Estimated Value $1,500 - 1,550
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Lot 2112
1859 Pattern Half Dollar. Silver, reeded edge. Judd-237. Pollock-293. NGC graded Proof 64. This is one of the very handsome (and always well struck) James B. Longacre designs featuring a bust of Liberty, nicely coiffed facing right, with LIBERTY on a snaking ribbon below the bust, date 1859 at bottom. The reverse wreath is one of Longacres principal designs featuring on Seated Liberty and Barber Dime coinage. Within, the denomination HALF DOLLAR. Bold, sharp rims and denticles. Natural milky gray and old-silver shaded toning. A very sharp, choice example of this moderately scarce Type. Estimated Value $1,800 - 1,900

Ex Lemus Collection.

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Lot 2113
1866 Pattern Five Cents. Copper, plain edge. Judd-498. Pollock-584. High Rarity 7. PCGS graded Proof 64 Red & Brown. A popular rare pattern. A nice bold strike and Very Rare. An early adaptation of Longacre's shield device for the Five-cent piece, this has the shield set low in the field, with the ball dividing the date 18 66. Razor-sharp detail. Pop 1; 1 finer in 65. Only 2 examples graded at PCGS. (PCGS # 70694) Estimated Value $5,500 - 6,000
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Lot 2114
1867 Pattern Five Cents. Aluminum, plain edge. Judd-561. Pollock-622. NGC graded Proof 64 Cameo. A nice untoned pattern. One of the most beautiful Pattern five-cent Types, this Indian head is by noted mint engraver James B. Longacre (who made famous the Flying Eagle and Indian cents, among others). Noteworthy is that the Pattern is struck on an aluminum planchet. Until 1889, aluminum was very expensive and extremely difficult to smelt from ore. Because it is a relatively soft metal, it takes a beautiful image from coining dies. Note the dramatic cameo frosted devices. Rare. Pop 3; 1 finer in 65. Estimated Value $3,500 - 4,000
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Lot 2115
1870 Pattern Half Dollar. Silver, reeded edge. Judd-933. Pollock-1039. NGC graded Proof 65. CAC Approved. Beautiful russet toning on both sides. The lovely William Barber-designed piece that features Liberty seated facing left. Paired to the regular With Motto Proof die for 1870. Glittering fields; deep mirrors, exquisite color. A first-rate Gem Proof. Pop 2; 2 finer, 1 in 66, 1 in 66+ Star. Estimated Value $6,500 - 7,000

Ex Samuel Berngard Collection.

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$5,750






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