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Sale 75

September Pre Long Beach


Peace Dollars
 
 
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Lot 1708
1921. PCGS graded MS-65. CAC Approved. A choice example for this starting year of issue. Trace of light golden toning on both sides. A beautiful example of Anthony De Francisci's new design and the only affordable date struck in high relief. George T. Morgan, Mint Engraver at the time and whose own design had been replaced by De Franciscis, lowered the relief of the electroplate model by hammering it with a flat board! The subsequent lower relief was used for the remaining issues of Peace Dollars, 1922 to 1935. Morgan elected to further cut down the relief by lessening the striking pressure on the coin presses, ostensibly to reduce die wear. In a similar fashion to the beautiful 1907 High Relief Double Eagles, De Franciscis beautiful 1921 was thus greatly modified to adapt it to normal coin production. Unfortunately, it is impractical to strike each coin with several blows from the dies to bring up the high relief. It is also not practical to increase striking pressure to the point where the dies wear rapidly and breakage occurs. As with other high relief designs, the mint had to compromise the artists concept to meet the demands of efficient coin production (PCGS # 7356) Estimated Value $1,500 - 1,600
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$2,415
Lot 1709
1921. PCGS graded MS-65. A frosty example which displays luster supporting bright vibrant highlights on this, the first-year issue 1921 High Relief. More than adequately struck for a series that often shows weak centers, and a coin with the design comparable to the best preserved specimens of this date.

The federal Commission of Fine Arts announced a design competition, Nov. 23, 1921, inviting the nation's eight leading sculptors to submit models for the new Silver Dollar. The winner was Anthony de Francisci (pronounced fran-chee-shee), who portrayed his then 23-year-old wife Teresa as Liberty, with a "radiate" crown somewhat like that on certain ancient Roman coins, though more explicitly intended to recall that on the Statue of Liberty. Six days after the Commission had approved his sketches, Francisci submitted preliminary relief models, whose reverse showed the eagle breaking a sword, for disarmament. This device was publicized on Dec. 19, the same day the Commission approved his models -- only to meet with protest from officials who insisted that this design would be interpreted as defeat rather than as negotiated peace. Because of these objections, the Mint Bureau ordered changes, and Mint Engraver George Morgan remodeled the eagle, minus sword or arrows but with olive branch, atop an isolated mountain peak inscribed PEACE, in lettering of a style very different from that elsewhere on the coin. Once approved, it was even translated into working hubs and dies, and some 1,006,473 were struck Dec. 26-31, 1921, in high relief. A messenger delivered the first one to Pres. Harding, Jan. 3, 1922; others went the same day to the Secretary of Treasury and the Director of the Mint. Some of these are likely to have been among the matte-finish and satin finish 1921 Proofs (PCGS # 7356) Estimated Value $1,250 - 1,300
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$1,725
Lot 1710
  1922. A roll of 20 Pieces. Coins will grade MS-60 or better. Estimated Value $625 - 650
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$547
Lot 1711
1922-S. PCGS graded MS-65. CAC Approved. A beautiful example with satiny surfaces on both sides. A few marks on obverse, but still a brilliant piece and quite elusive in Gem condition due to typically poor storage in bags which tended to get abraded. Pop 298; 11 finer, 4 in 65+, 7 in 66. (PCGS # 7359) Estimated Value $1,700 - 1,800
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$2,875
Lot 1712
1923-D. PCGS graded MS-65. Untoned. Die crack lines are evident around the obverse. Pop 406; 88 finer. (PCGS # 7361) Estimated Value $650 - 675
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$978
Lot 1713
1924-S. PCGS graded MS-65. Semi-prooflike surfaces with glacial, but very straightforward rotated luster. The strike is slightly better than average, but the beauty is absolutely obvious. Pop 75; 6 finer, 1 in 65+, 5 in 66. (PCGS # 7364) Estimated Value $4,000 - 4,500
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$7,015
Lot 1714
1926. PCGS graded MS-66. A brilliant white gem. Outstanding bold strike and spot-free surfaces. The brightness of the fields supplements the chiaroscuro of the engraving, and therefore enhances the overall eye appeal of the coin. Pop 175; 2 finer in 66+. (PCGS # 7367) Estimated Value $900 - 1,000
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$1,783
Lot 1715
1926-D. PCGS graded MS-66. Lovely smooth surfaces on both sides. Ultra bold strike gives the coin extraordinary eye appeal. Pop 179; 12 finer, 4 in 66+, 8 in 67. (PCGS # 7368) Estimated Value $900 - 1,000
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$2,013
Lot 1716
1926-S. PCGS graded MS-66. Satiny surfaces with pastel luster. Beautiful bold strike. Pop 66; 2 finer in 67. (PCGS # 7369) Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000
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$4,140
Lot 1717
1927. PCGS graded MS-65. An attractive untoned specimen with full original luster. Pop 280; 11 finer, 3 in 65+, 8 in 66. (PCGS # 7370) Estimated Value $1,200 - 1,300
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$2,588
Lot 1718
1927-D. PCGS graded MS-65. CAC Approved. A lustrous and attractive example. This silvery bright specimen has glowing original mint bloom. No more than the luster comes a desirable strike. And that is what we find here, a piece struck with scientific exactitude throughout the hair and eagle. Pop 143; 12 finer, 2 in 65+, 10 in 66. (PCGS # 7371) Estimated Value $2,700 - 2,800
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$4,945
Lot 1719
1927-S. PCGS graded MS-65. A lovely untoned white coin which is solid for the grade. Extremely rare and hard to locate in brilliant conditions. Pop 70; 2 finer in 66. (PCGS # 7372) Estimated Value $5,500 - 6,000
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$6,555
Lot 1720
1927-S. PCGS graded MS-64. CAC Approved. A choice mint white example with a frosty reverse. Lustrous but deep white frostiness dominates the surfaces of this very Choice coin, with a particular glow to the reverse fields (PCGS # 7372) Estimated Value $650 - 700
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$1,208
Lot 1721
1928. PCGS graded MS-65. CAC Approved. A true gem with no notable flaw. Untoned smooth surfaces bear stunning cartwheel luster. Pop 243; 15 finer, 3 in 65+, 12 in 66. (PCGS # 7373) Estimated Value $2,200 - 2,300
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$4,830
Lot 1722
1928-S. PCGS graded MS-64. CAC Approved. Light golden-orange toning with pastel luster (PCGS # 7374) Estimated Value $550 - 600
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$1,006
Lot 1723
1934-D. PCGS graded MS-65. CAC Approved. A bold satiny gem. Bright snow-white frost with a change to more subtle 1930s style luster. Putting aside the luster for a moment, on to the strike. Here again, it is easy to see this 34-D received a full, sharp blow by the dies (PCGS # 7376) Estimated Value $900 - 950
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$1,840
Lot 1724
1934-S. PCGS graded MS-65. CAC Approved. Popular rare date. Slightly weak strike on the center of the obverse, but still an attractive white gem with choice smooth surfaces. This is a pleasing attractive Gem Peace dollar with the key '34-S signature as the scarcest in the series, a coin that would be among the finest in just about any Peace Dollar collection comprising this popular series. There is not a single abrasion of consequence on either side, and only the obverse displays a few minor scuffs in the frost on the neck. The outward appearance is one of satiny brilliance, imperial excellence, and the highpoints are uncommonly well defined for a silver dollar struck at the San Francisco Mint in this period. A MS65 that is unstoppable in terms of both technical and aesthetic merit in this grade. Housed in a PCGS Secure Plus Holder. Pop 180; 35 finer, 11 in 65+, 24 in 66. (PCGS # 7377) Estimated Value $4,500 - 5,000
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$8,338
Lot 1725
1935-S. PCGS graded MS-65. CAC Approved. A perfect white gem with choice smooth surfaces. This lovely Gem is blazing with full, pleasing white luster, but we are hard pressed to find even a single carbon fleck or annoying abrasion, just a few minor ticks here and there. Having that in mind for the mint frostiness, we see as well a full, bold transfer from die to planchet notable in the hair, and especially the eagle which is well struck. Had these continued beyond 1935, we expect that the mint at San Francisco would have continued along these improved lines. Far choicer detail than S-mint dates in the 1920s (PCGS # 7379) Estimated Value $750 - 800
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$2,415
Lot 1726
  A 204-Piece lot of Silver Dollars. Consist of: Morgan Dollars (22); Peace Dollars (182). Coins will grade from Fine to Uncirculated. Estimated Value $3,900 - 4,000
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$4,600
Lot 1727
  A lot of Peace Dollars. 1922 through 1935-S. A lot of 143 coins grading from Good to BU. Some better dates in this lot. Estimated Value $3,100 - 3,200
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$3,450
Lot 1728
  A partial set of Peace Dollars. From 1921 through 1935-S, missing 1925-S, and 1928-P is suspected. A total of 23 Silver Dollars. Coins will grade Fine through Extremely Fine. Also include a partial set of Flying Eagle and Indian Cents, consist of: Flying Eagles (3); Indians (43). The pennies will grade from About Very Good to Very Fine. Sold as is, no return. Estimated Value $500 - 550
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$978






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