Goldberg Coins and Collectibles



Sale 75

September Pre Long Beach


Commemorative Silver Coins
 
 
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Lot 1842
1925. Norse Medal, Thick and Thin. PCGS graded Each MS-65. Both varieties. The thick variety is blast white, the thin example is attractively toned. The PCGS Population Report on the scarcer Thin variety is 41, with 4 finer in 66. Estimated Value $2,000 - 2,500
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$1,265
Lot 1843
  1925. Norse Medal, Thick and Thin. PCGS graded Each MS-64. Both varieties. Each is a brilliant white example. Estimated Value $900 - 1,000
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$805
Lot 1844
1921 Alabama Half Dollar, with 2 x 2. PCGS graded MS-64. CAC Approved. Nicely toned. Frosty, well struck, and attractive. Scarcer issue: only 15,000 made (PCGS # 9225) Estimated Value $450 - 500

Ex A. J. Brown 5/31/35 $3.25.

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$437
Lot 1845
1936 Albany Half Dollar. NGC graded MS-68. Vivid reddish-golden toning on both sides. A beauty! Only 17,671 struck. For years there was a dispute as to which side of this coin was intended for obverse. Fortunately, we have the testimony of Gertrude K. Lathrop, the designer, in The Numismatist 11/1936:909, who referred to the side with the beaver as obverse. This is an American beaver (Castor canadensis), common enough in the Albany area in the 17th century that trapping them for their pelts was the main occupation of the settlers; a fact indicated by the beaver's appearance on the city seal. Use of maple keys for punctuation, and a maple branch in the beaver's mouth and paws, alludes to the maple being the New York state tree. Lathrop intended a symbolic reference to the growth and fertility of the community.

On the reverse, Governor Thomas Dongan bids farewell to Robert Livingston and Peter Schuyler (later Albany's first mayor), the latter holding the newly acquired Albany city charter of July 22, 1686. (This charter is in the Manuscript Room of the New York State Library in Albany.) All are dressed in garments of the period and near Governor Dongan's foot are the designer's minute initials, GKL. Behind Dongan is a pine tree, echoed in the twin pine cones used for punctuation. These also were intended as symbolic of growth and fertility. They also commemorate the plentiful pine trees in the Albany area. Airborne above the three gentlemen is an eagle, with the minute letters LIBERTY, balancing the plaque underfoot with 1936. Pop 5; 2 finer in 68 Star. (PCGS # 9227) Estimated Value $9,000-UP
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$5,175
Lot 1846
1936 Albany Half Dollar. PCGS graded MS-67. "Monster toning" on both sides. The surfaces feature a range of vibrant and distinct hues of green, rose, and violet. Worthy of a record bid. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Only 17,671 struck. Gertrude K. Lathrop, of Albany, was the designer and sculptor of the coin. She spent time at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of the City of New York, and the New York Historical Society, researching the costumes, and obtaining access to authentic portraits of Livingston and Schuyler. As no authentic portrait of Governor Dongan is known, she had to rely on contemporaneous descriptions. Pop 121; 5 finer, 4 in 67+, 1 in 68. (PCGS # 9227) Estimated Value $5,000-UP

Ex Shepherd Collection.

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$4,140
Lot 1847
1937 Antietam Half Dollar. PCGS graded MS-67. Only 18,028 minted. A bright coin radiating mint glow on silver surfaces with nothing to censor it from its bold Superb MS67 grade. In one way, the luster sets the beauty. In another, the precision strike on every device of this Antietam Half Dollar completes the picture. Pop 259; 21 finer, 4 in 67+, 14 in 68, 3 in 68+ (PCGS # 9229) Estimated Value $700 - 750
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$1,035
Lot 1848
1935 Arkansas Half Dollar. PCGS graded MS-66. CAC Approved. Lovely toning on both sides. Pop 167; 24 finer, 8 in 66+, 13 in 67, 3 in 67+. (PCGS # 9233) Estimated Value $500 - 550
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$437
Lot 1849
1935-D Arkansas Half Dollar. PCGS graded MS-67. Only 5,505 struck. Swirls of silvery frosted luster with richer texture than average for an Arkansas commemorative. Next a word about the strike. The pressure transmitted from the die to the blank reveals itself in sharp design features on both sides. A superb, original coin. Pop 40; 6 finer, 5 in 67+, 1 in 68. (PCGS # 9234) Estimated Value $1,200 - 1,400
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$1,610
Lot 1850
1936-S Arkansas Half Dollar. PCGS graded MS-67. Only 9,662 struck. The reverse symbolism on the Arkansas Commemorative Half Dollars is extremely complicated, in some ways more so even than on the Texas coins, though not quite so crowded in execution. Behind the eagle is a diamond-shaped symbol derived from the state flag, referring to Arkansas' diamond field (then the only one in the United States) in Pike County. (On Burr's original sketch for the coin, the actual state flag was shown behind the eagle, allegedly referring to federal protection of the state -- but this was an obvious attempt to defuse possible objections to the Confederate symbolism (see below). Walter Breen offers this pithy explanation of one other feature: "On this diamond symbol are 13 stars which do not refer to the 13 original colonies though possibly the designer and the Centennial Commission intended that gullible "damyankees" should make such an erroneous assumption. Any local yokel could identify these as the upper half of the complete array of 25 stars in the state flag." Pop 14; 1 finer in 67+. (PCGS # 9239) Estimated Value $2,000 - 2,500
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$1,610
Lot 1851
1938 Arkansas Half Dollar. PCGS graded MS-67. Crisp freezing white, undisturbed mint luster that is only gently burshed by toning on the reverse leaving the obverse mostly bright. We leave behind the luster and move on to the devices. Even the most delicate detail seen on this Arkansas shows it was made with uncommon exactness for the issue. Only 3,156 struck. Pop 8; 1 finer in 67+. (PCGS # 9245) Estimated Value $5,000 - 6,000
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$5,290
Lot 1852
1939-S Arkansas Half Dollar. PCGS graded MS-67. Only 2,105 struck. The dates 1836-1936 on this piece allude to the centennial of admission of Arkansas to the Union (June 15, 1836). The two watered-down Art Deco heads are more enigmatic. According to the Breen reference: "What looks vaguely like either a prizefighter or an Aztec chieftain, though with a feathered headdress, is evidently intended for a Quapaw Indian since this friendly tribe formed the greater part of the population of what became the Territory of Arkansaw. As the female head wears a Phrygian cap, we can assume that it is intended for a 1936 version of Ms. Liberty. There is no clue to the type of plant forming her garland; appropriate leaves could include apple, oak, hickory, sweet gum, or cypress -- or, most of all, perhaps, cotton." Pop 9; 1 finer in 67+. (PCGS # 9251) Estimated Value $4,000 - 5,000
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$4,600
Lot 1853
1936-S Bay Bridge Half Dollar. PCGS graded MS-67+. CAC Approved. Beautiful smooth surfaces on both sides. Golden toning across the left part of the obverse and surrounds the reverse. One of the marvels of modern engineering, the original San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (not to be confused with the Golden Gate Bridge) was opened to traffic November 1936. It is now being refurbished using 21st century technology by a firm out of China. The coins obverse depicts "Monarch II," lovingly known as the "last of the grizzlies" a California brown grizzly bear. Monarch spent a contented, well-fed residency in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park for 26 years and makes a fit emblem as the state animal. Designs are by Jacques Schnier (whose initials JS are in the right field). Of 200,000 authorized, a total of 71,369 Bay Bridges were sold for $1.50 apiece. Those left unsold were melted. Pop 5; 10 finer, 8 in 68, 2 in 68+. (PCGS # 9254) Estimated Value $3,500 - 4,000
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Lot 1854
1936-S Bay Bridge Half Dollar. PCGS graded MS-67. CAC Approved. A splendid gem with hints of soft pastel hues. Probably a good many are not as carefully struck as this piece, with no suggestion or even a whisper of weakness at the bears facial features. Only 71,424 struck. Pop 131; 15 finer, 5 in 67+, 8 in 68, 2 in 68+. (PCGS # 9254) Estimated Value $1,500 - 2,000
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$2,875
Lot 1855
1936-S Bay Bridge Half Dollar. PCGS graded MS-67. Vibrant russet color adds to its appeal. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Only 71,424 struck. Pop 131; 15 finer, 5 in 67+, 8 in 68, 2 in 68+. (PCGS # 9254) Estimated Value $1,500 - 2,000
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$2,645
Lot 1856
1937-S Boone Half Dollar. NGC graded MS-67. Star. CAC Approved. Blazing mirror surface on the obverse. Only 2,506 struck. Pop 3; 4 finer, 3 in 68, 1 in 68 Star. (PCGS # 9272) Estimated Value $500 - 600
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$1,323
Lot 1857
1952-S Carver-Washington Half Dollar. NGC graded MS-67. CAC Approved. The magnificent rainbow colors are vibrant on both sides. Worthy of a premium bid. Only 8,006 struck. Pop 7; 4 finer, 3 in 67 Star, 1 in 68. (PCGS # 9436)
Historical Note: From Walter Breens ascerbic pen we learn, "S. J. Phillips, the impresario we have to thank for the original BTW halves, found himself unable to sell the remainder of his original authorization by the deadline, August 7, 1951, and managed to push a bill through Congress which became the Act of September 21, 1951. This bill probably would have failed except for a clause specifying that the profits of the new issue were to be used "to oppose the spread of Communism among Negroes in the interest of the national defense." As these were the days when the late and unlamented Senator Joseph R. McCarthy (R.Wisc.) exercised extraordinary power and was apt to denounce anyone who disagreed with his extreme anti-communist position, Congress, doubtless afraid to seem like a pack of what McCarthy called "comsymps" or "communist dupes," at once approved Phillips' bill, and President Truman signed it in equal haste. This bill authorized all the unsold BTW coins (both those in Treasury vaults and those already in the Booker T. Washington Birthplace Memorial's hands -- in all, 1,581,631) to be re-melted for re-coinage into the new design; in addition, the bullion earmarked for the uncoined moiety of the BTW halves -- enough to make 1,834,000 -- could be used for the same purpose. This meant a maximum of 3,415,631 Washington/Carver halves could be coined.". Estimated Value $5,000-UP
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$4,485
Lot 1858
1953-S Carver-Washington Half Dollar. PCGS graded MS-67. Beautiful turquoise toning covers the surfaces on both sides. Worthy of a record bid. Pop 7; 1 finer in 67+. (PCGS # 9440) Estimated Value $3,000-UP
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$7,188
Lot 1859
1954 Carver-Washington Half Dollar. PCGS graded MS-67. A common coin but only seen chopped-up. Here is a splendid near perfect example and a candidate for Finest Known. Only 12,006 struck. Pop 2; none finer at PCGS. (PCGS # 9442) Estimated Value $5,000-UP
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$7,475
Lot 1860
1954-S Carver-Washington Half Dollar. PCGS graded MS-67. Natural russet toning hugs to the outside borders. A mark-free gem and a candidate for Finest Known. The jugate portraits are of George Washington Carver, at left, and Booker T. Washington, on a larger scale. Date behind Carver's neck is that of issue of the individual coins -- 1951 through 1954. The reverse was originally to show the American Legion badge with the motto UNITED AGAINST THE SPREAD OF COMMUNISM and a reference to some group calling itself the National Americanism Commission, together with the names of the Booker T. Washington Birthplace Memorial in Virginia and the George W. Carver National Monument Foundation in Missouri. However, after the State Department vetoed this reverse -- in an action unprecedented in the history of American coinage -- the designer substituted the less politically charged design adopted, with a map of the United States and the usual mottoes. Pop 3; none finer at PCGS. (PCGS # 9444) Estimated Value $5,000-UP
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$7,188
Lot 1861
1936 Delaware Half Dollar. PCGS graded MS-67+. An arc of rainbow toning graces the obverse surfaces. A well struck, immaculately preserved, and lustrous Gem that has lovely mint bloom under the color that seesaws with every angle. Only 20,993 struck. Pop 8; 2 finer in 68. (PCGS # 9301) Estimated Value $5,000-UP
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$6,325
Lot 1862
1936 Delaware Half Dollar. PCGS graded MS-67. CAC Approved. A superb satiny gem with a hint of golden blush. Only 20,993 struck. Pop 88; 10 finer, 8 in 67+, 2 in 68. (PCGS # 9301) Estimated Value $1,000-UP
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$1,495
Lot 1863
1936 Gettysburg Half Dollar. NGC graded MS-65. A white gem. Both the strike and satiny luster on this handsome Commemorative type coin are simply outstanding, and only the presence of a few scattered field abrasions precludes a Superb rating (PCGS # 9305) Estimated Value $625 - 650
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$719
Lot 1864
1922 Grant Half Dollar, with star. PCGS graded MS-66. Delicate light rainbow toning enriches the borders on both sides. Only 4,256 struck. A lock-solid frosty gem with strong primary luster and rich toned highlights on both sides, undipped, exquisite, gleaming with fresh radiance. More than adequately struck for the date, almost 100% so, since this issue rarely is on Grants temple where the hair strands tend to merge together, but certainly a coin that earns credit where fullness of design is of major concern. Pop 40; 8 finer, 3 in 66+, 5 in 67. (PCGS # 9307)
Note: The dates 1822-1922 refer to the centennial of birth of General (later President) Ulysses Simpson Grant, whose portrait (after a Mathew Brady photograph) adorns the obverse. The tiny letter c between those dates is actually a monogrammed LGF for Laura Gardin Fraser, the illustrious sculptor who modeled these coins.

The reverse depicts a small frame house at Point Pleasant, Ohio, near Cincinnati, where Grant was born on April 27, 1822. Laura Gardin Fraser worked from photographs of the house taken before it was restored, showing two stands of trees omitted on the centennial medal.

The log cabin label was affixed to this design by Andrew W. Mellon, then Secretary of the Treasury, who so described it in his annual report for fiscal 1922. As Slabaugh has pointed out, Mellon confused this frame house with a log cabin Grant built over 30 years later on his wife's farm near St. Louis. Estimated Value $10,000-UP
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$14,375
Lot 1865
1922 Grant Half Dollar, no star. NGC graded MS-67. CAC Approved. Delicately toned. Only 67,405 struck. Explosive mint luster graces satiny and lively silvery fresh surfaces beneath the toning. Varying hues of gold mingle broadly with serene iridescence. An attractive Superb Gem 67 that wears its bold strike proudly, like a badge of honor. Pop 25; 7 finer, 5 in 67 Star, 1 in 67+, 1 in 68 Star. (PCGS # 9306) Estimated Value $2,500-UP
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$4,255
Lot 1866
1928 Hawaiian Half Dollar. PCGS graded MS-66. Delicate rainbow toning graces the reverse surface. Worthy of a premium bid. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Only 9,958 struck, plus 50 Sandblast Proofs. A satiny gem with engaging satin luster (the nature of the surface on this particular issue precludes a "cartwheel" like effect) and light rainbow pastels on the reverse that seem to want to hypnotize bidders to increase their bids as though by subtle whispers in the ear! Nicely struck, as always, and unlike those which have the usual scuffs and small hairlines of handling by an unappreciative public, this exemplary coin is several steps above.

There were three commemorative half dollars in the Classic Series that each had a distribution of 10,000: The 1928 Hawaiian, the 1935 Spanish Trail, and the 1935 Hudson. However, today the Hawaiian is several times rarer than either of the other two in grades such as MS65 and MS66. The reason is that the Hawaiian pieces were true commemoratives, made for the residents of those islands, and mostly distributed there. The buyers, who tended not to be numismatists, took no particular care in their handling, with the result that today many of the pieces sold in the islands show signs of polishing or light wear. Gems at the MS66 level, which we offer here, were rare to begin with, since the coins were minted on a high speed production press, with no special care given at all given to handling them with kid gloves. They were run through a counting machine and bagged, then shipped. Likely, anyone in Hawaii when the bags arrived would find that a typical mix of grades would have been MS62 to MS64 by today's standards. However, now and then a few gems escaped the jostling, yielding coins such as offered here.

Subscriptions at $2 each were also invited from numismatists, and several thousand were sold to buyers on the mainland. In 1928 commemoratives were not a hot topic in collecting circles, and there was no mad rush to buy them. However, it was soon learned that the supply was exhausted, and the price rose naturally (not speculatively) soon thereafter. By the time of the 1935-1936 commemorative boom, this was a key issue, right along with the even rarer 1922 Grant With Star. Pop 83; 8 finer, 6 in 66+, 2 in 67+. (PCGS # 9309) Estimated Value $7,000 - 8,000
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$10,063
Lot 1867
1928 Hawaiian Half Dollar. PCGS graded MS-66. Soft natural pastel toning on both sides adds to its appeal. Only 9,958 struck. The opportunity to strike this issue came in conjunction with sesquicentennial celebrations then being planned throughout the Hawaiian Islands; local groups came up with the idea of establishing a Captain Cook Memorial Collection, to be housed in the Archives of Hawaii. This collection was to be financed in part by proceeds from the sale of the half dollars. Accordingly, Commander Victor Stewart Kaleoaloha Houston, the Delegate to Congress from the then Territory of Hawaii, sponsored a bill which would authorize coinage of 10,000 souvenir half dollars for these purposes; this became the Act of March 7, 1928. Participants in the design process include: Chester Beach, sculptor; Miss Juliette Mae Frazer of Honolulu, designer; Bruce Cartwright, Jr., who contributed preliminary sketches of the reverse; V.S.K. Houston, who demanded dozens of minute changes, the major one being removal of the chief's anklet of shark teeth, as "pertaining to a dancer instead of a warrior." Pop 83; 8 finer, 6 in 66+, 2 in 67+. (PCGS # 9309) Estimated Value $7,000 - 8,000
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$8,050
Lot 1868
1928 Hawaiian Half Dollar. PCGS graded MS-65. Only 9,958 struck. This is a shimmering, silver-colored Gem. The bold strike on Cook and the Hawaiian chief is impressive for the series and both sides are typically smooth with luster and gleaming luster for the grade. A bold Gem (PCGS # 9309) Estimated Value $3,500 - 4,000
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Lot 1869
1928 Hawaiian Half Dollar. PCGS graded MS-64. CAC Approved. An untoned choice qulity satiny mint beauty. Only 9,958 struck. Official mintage figure shows 10,008, but 50 of these refer to the Sandblast Proofs, leaving the net number of 1928 "Captain Cook" Half Dollars (as collectors from our fiftieth state prefer to call them) sold to collectors; of these, far too many found a home in change purses or curiosity boxes, they being, for the most part, sold to non-collectors in the islands. Once in the public's hands many became mishandled and abraded. To this day, well-toned About Uncirculated specimens turn up regularly at coin stores in Honolulu. Having that in mind you have before you one of the choicer, near pristine Mint State examples left (PCGS # 9309) Estimated Value $2,200 - 2,300
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$2,645
Lot 1870
1935 Hudson Half Dollar. PCGS graded MS-66. Nice golden toning on both sides. This is a bold example of one of the scarcer issues from the 1930s decade. Only 10,000 minted. Conservatively graded. Pop 215; 18 finer, 7 in 66+, 10 in 67, 1 in 67+. (PCGS # 9312) Estimated Value $1,300 - 1,400
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$1,898
Lot 1871
1918 Illinois Half Dollar. NGC graded MS-67. It's all about the obverse toning on this gorgeous gem. The colors include gold, rose, and iridescent blue. The portrait is from the beardless (pre60) bust of Lincoln; a defiant eagle was picked to adorn the reverse on this well-made Commemorative; it may have been copied, loosely, from Morgan's pattern dollar design of 1882, found with the "Second Schoolgirl" or "Shield Earring" head. However, the motto STATE SOVEREIGNTY NATIONAL UNION is that of Illinois; the eagle turns away from the rising sun, i.e., toward the west, as did the people who migrated there from the East Coast in search of vast tracts of farmland. "Note also that the olive branch for peace is prominent," observes Walter Breen, "but that there are no arrows for war: their presence on a coin designed during the concluding months of World War I might have been considered just a bit raw." Pop 7; 7 finer, 2 in 67+ Star, 3 in 68, 2 in 68 Star. Estimated Value $4,000-UP
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$4,600
Lot 1872
1946 Iowa Half Dollar. NGC graded MS-69. A vivid spectrum of colors on both sides that will probably result in a record bid. The presence of a new administration (that of Harry S. Truman) gave promoters of this and other commemorative issues some hope of passage of authorizing acts after a 7 year hiatus interrupted by World War 2; accordingly, the Iowa State Centennial Committee under Governor Blue exerted pressure in Congress in 1945-46, so that on July 15, 1946, a bill passed the House. President Truman -- doubtless favorably influenced by the coin's being for a state centennial rather than some a commercial enterprise -- signed it into law on August 7, 1946. Adam Pietz, sculptor and Assistant Engraver of the Mint, designed the Iowa Half Dollar. Pop 2; none finer at NGC. (PCGS # 9316) Estimated Value $10,000-UP

Ex Schultz Collection.

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$17,825
Lot 1873
1946 Iowa Half Dollar. NGC graded MS-68. Star. Intense deep toning on the reverse, lighter hues surround the obverse borders. Worthy of a premium bid. Pop 21; 2 finer in 69. (PCGS # 9316) Estimated Value $2,000-UP
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$2,530
Lot 1874
1946 Iowa Half Dollar. PCGS graded MS-68. Blast white. Scintillating, beautiful, a work of art. Pop 65; 3 finer in 68+. (PCGS # 9316) Estimated Value $1,500 - 1,800
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$1,725
Lot 1875
1936 Long Island Half Dollar. PCGS graded MS-66. CAC Approved. Creamy-white surfaces throughout. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Only 81,826 struck. Pop 425; 55 finer. (PCGS # 9322) Estimated Value $500 - 525
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$661
Lot 1876
1921 Missouri Half Dollar, 2 x 4. PCGS graded MS-65. Lovely rainbow toning on both sides. A vibrant and highly lustrous Gem whose rush of surface frost and wonderful color shows this has exquisitely preserved surfaces. All but fully struck, with just a small area of softness on the back and shoulders of the pioneer represented as talking to the Indian chief on the obverse of the coin.

Robert Aitken sculpted the Missouri Half Dollar. The obverse features a frontiersman; some have claimed it represents Daniel Boone, but Boone had died in 1820 at the ripe age of 86. The dates 1821-1921 refer to the centennial of Missouri's admission into the Union as the 24th state. A portion of the issue has a small "2x4" in the field in front of the bust. There are also 24 stars on the reverse, with obvious connotations. Walter Breen, in his encyclopedia on the series, described the reverse motif as follows: "A white frontiersman with rifle and powder horn (apparently on the old theory that 'the only good Injun is a dead Injun') appears to be sending away the Indian, whose shield and peace pipe are mere impedimenta." Net mintage was: with 2x4, 5,000; plain, 15,400. Pop 280; 28 finer, 2 in 65+, 26 in 66. (PCGS # 9331) Estimated Value $2,500 - 2,600
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$2,875
Lot 1877
1921 Missouri Half Dollar, 2 x 4. NGC graded MS-65. Delicate pastel colors grace the obverse surface. Forsty, well struck, and pleasing to the eye. Only 5,000 struck (PCGS # 9331) Estimated Value $2,000 - 2,200
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$2,128
Lot 1878
1921 Missouri Half Dollar, no 2 x 4. NGC graded MS-64+. Naturally toned over frosted surface. An especially attractive coin. Only 15,428 struck (PCGS # 9330) Estimated Value $750 - 800
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$834
Lot 1879
1923 Monroe Doctrine Half Dollar. NGC graded MS-66. A gem example exhibiting "Monster Toning"! A "bulls eye" gem with silver centers radiating outward terminating in electric blue iridescence. Worthy of a record bid. Probably the most beautiful example we have ever handled. Pop 53; 13 finer, 2 in 66 Star, 2 in 66+, 1 in 66+ Star, 6 in 67, 1 in 67 Star, 1 in 68. (PCGS # 9333) Estimated Value $5,000-UP
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$11,213
Lot 1880
1923 Monroe Doctrine Half Dollar. NGC graded MS-66. Soft pastel color, particularly across the reverse certainly adds to its appeal. The accolated busts labeled MONROE and ADAMS represent President James Monroe and his Secretary of State (later also President) John Quincy Adams. Their names are separated by two links of chain. This refers to their unanimity in promulgating the so-called Monroe Doctrine; a doctrine developed by Quincy Adams, but proclaimed by Monroe in his Presidential message of December 2, 1823. The S below the date is the San Francisco mintmark -- the entire mintage was struck there.

What appears on reverse to represent the continents of North and South America proves on closer examination to depict two female figures. Pop 53; 13 finer, 2 in 66 Star, 2 in 66+, 1 in 66+ Star, 6 in 67, 1 in 67 Star, 1 in 68. (PCGS # 9333) Estimated Value $4,500-UP
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$4,140
Lot 1881
1936 Norfolk Half Dollar. PCGS graded MS-68. Lightly toned. Almost perfect, an ideal specimen for a high-end collection. Pop 163; 10 finer, 9 in 68+, 1 in 69. (PCGS # 9337) Estimated Value $500 - 550
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$1,323
Lot 1882
1928 Oregon Trail Half Dollar. PCGS graded MS-68. Soft pastel toning adds to its appeal. Only 6,028 struck. One of the finest certified! The Oregon Trail Memorial Association, Inc., a New York corporation, sought in early 1926 to have Congress authorize no less than 6,000,000 commemorative half dollars. In the language of the bill, these were "to commemorate the heroism of the fathers and mothers who traversed the Oregon Trail to the Far West with great hardship, daring, and loss of life, which not only resulted in adding new States to the Union, but earned a well-deserved and imperishable fame to the pioneers; to honor the 20,000 dead that lie buried in unknown graves along 20,000 miles of the great highway of history; to rescue the various important points along the trail from oblivion and to commemorate by suitable monuments, memorial or otherwise, the tragic events associated with that immigration, erecting them either along the trail itself or elsewhere in localities appropriate for the purpose, including the City of Washington ." The House Coinage Committee reported the bill favorably, and it became the Act of May 17, 1926. Coins were struck intermittently until 1939. Pop 3; none finer at PCGS. (PCGS # 9342) Estimated Value $7,500-UP
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$10,063
Lot 1883
1915-S Panama-Pacific Half Dollar. NGC graded MS-64+. Premium Quality. Lovely original toning on both sides and lustrous. Coins were struck in conjunction with the large celebration held in San Francisco in 1915 to announce the opening of the Panama Canal. The Half Dollar was conceived by Charles E. Barber, one of the mint's engravers. It features Liberty and a child on the obverse. Liberty is holding two sprigs of flowers while behind, the sun sets between the southern and northern outcroppings of the Golden Gate, entrance to San Francisco Bay. Barber placed a wingspread eagle on the reverse, having it stand atop the union shield rather than the shield superimposed on its breast as was the style up till then. In all, 27,314 were sold out of an original authorized mintage of 60,000. The unsold pieces were remelted (PCGS # 9357) Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,100
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$1,064
Lot 1884
1921 Pilgrim Half Dollar. PCGS graded MS-66. Nice light golden toning over lustrous surfaces. The 1921 issue has a much lower mintage than 1920. Pop 256; 34 finer, 10 in 66+, 23 in 67, 1 in 67+. (PCGS # 9360) Estimated Value $500 - 550
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$805
Lot 1885
1936 Rhode Island Half Dollar. PCGS graded MS-67. Satin white luster with beautiful peripheral toning. Superb. Housed in a PCGS Secure Plus Holder. Only 20,013 struck. Pop 33; none finer at PCGS. (PCGS # 9363) Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,200

Ex Paul Denby Collection.

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$1,725
Lot 1886
1936-D Rhode Island Half Dollar. NGC graded MS-67. Only 15,010 struck. Pop 36; 6 finer, 3 in 67 Star, 2 in 68, 1 in 68 Star. (PCGS # 9364) Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,200
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$834
Lot 1887
A pair of 1937 Roanoke Half Dollar. NGC graded MS-67 and MS-66. Both coins nicely toned. Comes with the original envelope of issue. Lot of 2 coins. Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,700
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Lot 1888
1936 Robinson-Arkansas Half Dollar. NGC graded MS-67. Beautiful natural greenish-golden toning graces the surfaces on both sides. Only 25,265 struck. Pop 31; 2 finer in 67 Star. (PCGS # 9369) Estimated Value $1,400 - 1,600
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$1,323
Lot 1889
1936-D San Diego Half Dollar. PCGS graded MS-67+ CAC Approved. Here is a candidate for "Finest Known" This superb specimen exhibits vivid pastel color on both sides. Worthy of a Premium Bid. Only 30,092 struck. The obverse has been adapted from the California state seal. Despite the word LIBERTY the allegorical female is meant to be Minerva, goddess of wisdom. For the reverse, sculptor Robert Aitken chose to depict two of the exposition buildings, the Chapel of St. Francis (domed structure) and the California Tower. The California-Pacific International Exposition was considered a world's fair in its day and was the second such event held in San Diego (the earlier one in 1915). It consisted of 1400 acres of events in Balboa Park and drew an estimated 3,750,000 visitors. Coins struck in 1935 bear the San Francisco mintmark while those of 1936 have a "D" for Denver. Pop 5; none finer at PCGS. (PCGS # 9372) Estimated Value $1,000-UP
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$3,335
Lot 1890
1935 Spanish Trail Half Dollar. PCGS graded MS-67. Nice golden toning. Silver satin luster on a well presented and original Spanish Trail example. Elusive as a Superb Gem as anyone knows who has tried to locate one. Sharp-edged devices and lettering throughout the centers are typical on this well-made issue, as commonly seen; however, a small percentage of this year's production is found with even more convincing detail to be called "extra bold" and this is one such Gem! Only 10,000 minted. Pop 113; 3 finer, in 67+, 2 in 68. (PCGS # 9376) Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000
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$2,530
Lot 1891
1935 Texas Half Dollar. PCGS graded MS-67. CAC Approved. Shiny satiny surfaces on both sides, while the obverse is slightly toned. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Pop 220; 11 finer, 6 in 67+, 5 in 68. (PCGS # 9382) Estimated Value $600 - 700
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$719



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