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Sale 75

September Pre Long Beach


$2.50 Liberty
 
 
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Lot 2124
1852-D. NGC graded AU-55. Generally well struck and untoned barring minor denticle flatness on the obverse rim from 6 to 8 oclock, and more extensive denticle obliteration on the reverse. This is typical of most D Mint Quarter Eagles of the decade. Only 4,078 minted. Such low mintage means that the 1852-D is one of the half dozen rarest Dahlonega quarter eagles. Bidders might want to make a notation.

There are possibly 75 to 85 known with 15 to 18 in About Uncirculated and only five or six in Uncirculated. The finest appears to be the PCGS MS63 in the Duke's Creek Collection while four are tied in the PCGS roster for second best at PCGS MS62. Beginning with this issue, the quality of strike for Dahlonega quarter eagles worsens somewhat, most noticeable on the eagle. However, this coin is quite well impressed, certainly above average. Some of the reverse dentils fail to show, however, as mentioned. The obverse has nice centers with no weakness on the hair above the ear. As for the luster, here we find a traces of it around the devices. There is a small mark in the field above the eagle. Curiously, this issue is sometimes found with very good luster, especially in comparison to other D-mint quarter eagles from this period. Now that you've decided to bid, it's all right to pay somewhat of a premium, because we believe that competition for this handsome 1852-D will be strong, with a passion for bidding often ineradicably implanted in the minds of those who will be opposing you (PCGS # 7765) Estimated Value $5,000 - 5,500
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Lot 2125
1861. Old Reverse. NGC graded AU-58. Pleasing golden coloration and bounteous luster. Pop 47; 43 finer (PCGS # 97794) Estimated Value $1,400 - 1,500
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Lot 2126
1875-S. NGC graded AU-55. Mostly untoned. Only 11,600 struck (PCGS # 7823) Estimated Value $900 - 950
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Lot 2127
1896. NGC graded MS-65+. A well struck gem exhibiting rich mint bloom color. The surfaces on this handsome Gem are judged by us to be vivid pinkish gold injected into color, and quite lustrous, with the grade acting on behalf of its superlative quality. Don't expect the any halfhearted impression left by the striking of the dies that made this Quarter Eagle, for we are glad to report the opposite is true. This is a very meticulously struck coin with sharp centers including shield and full hair curls and the rims & denticles acting as spacious boundaries for the relief designs. Only 19,070 pieces struck. Estimated Value $2,000 - 2,100
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$2,760
Lot 2128
1899. PCGS graded MS-67. CAC Approved. A stunning satin mint gem exhibiting vibrant golden mint luster. Our observation of the luster ends. But pertaining to the devices, this coin was struck with methodical precision throughout. Dates in the 1880s, 1890s, and after the turn of the new century, were of the highest quality. The Philadelphia Mint became the exclusive coiner of this denomination after 1879 (the last time San Francisco issued any). The photograph of this handsome 1899 specimen makes clear, all devices are extraordinarily bold, detailed, and, in association with the pristine surface luster, assuredly beautiful. For the collector looking for the finest quality obtainable in a business struck coin, look no further. Only 27,200 struck. Pop 7; none finer at PCGS. (PCGS # 7851) Estimated Value $6,000-UP
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$7,481
Lot 2129
1900. PCGS graded MS-63. Well struck (PCGS # 7852) Estimated Value $450 - 500
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$661
Lot 2130
1902. NGC graded Proof 64. A brilliant untoned Proof with fields ablaze on both sides. We note some minor marks accentuated by the brilliant mirror surfaces. Only 193 struck. A sparkling original color Proof. Beautiful light gold luster reflects off the fields and goes well with the all-brilliant devices typically found on the years 1902-05. What a choice coin! And hard to believe this has found its way onto the market, since most of the better quality Proof Quarter Eagles trade hands quietly in private transactions rarely seeing the light of day. A fairly bold impression is always left by the recoil of the dies that struck this year's coinage, 1902 quarter eagle Proofs are noted for their consistent high quality and detail; just the same, we can report that this specimen, above all the contenders in its grade, is outstanding in its razor-sharp detail. Pop 8; 60 finer. (PCGS # 7928)
Historic link: Around 1901-02, the mint began selling nickel, silver, and gold Proof coins to the public without frosted devices. No explanation has been given for the change, but it may have been in line with the growing French influence in coin finishes then sweeping Europe. America's later Matte Proofs of 1908-15 on the $2.50 gold were a direct outcome of this Continental influence. Estimated Value $4,000 - 4,500
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Lot 2131
1907. NGC graded MS-67+ Star. An exquisite gem and intensely lustrous. Tremendous detail from a very positive strike, which collectors like better to see than wishy-washy detail; furthermore, the surfaces show sharp golden hues. Judging by the photographs, no one can deny that this piece was fully struck in all the key places with pinpoint detailing on Libertys hair, hair bun, and coronet; also, the eagle is first rate, razor-sharp throughout, and including convincing crisp detail not just here and there, but everywhere. Again, a superb coin! Pop 11; 5 finer in 68 (PCGS # 7859) Estimated Value $8,000 - 9,000
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