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Sale 78

January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP


$10 Liberty/No Motto
 
 
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Lot 1829
1855. NGC graded MS-60. Lovely golden toning. About as close to watertight originality as can be expected, this vibrant warmly toned specimen is relatively unblemished. We note a small scratch in the field near the chin. All this is perhaps obvious from the photos. What we need to emphasize also is that the strike is customarily crisp and detailed for the issue with the usual sharp metal flows into the deepest recesses of the dies on both sides at centers. Most stars, too, show their central lines. The 1855 $10 has mint engraver Longacres signature Slanting 5s in the date. An imaginative touch. Pop 12; 30 finer, 23 in 61, 4 in 62, 2 in 63, 1 in 65 (PCGS # 8616) .
Estimated Value $3,500 - 3,800.
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$2,703
Lot 1830
1881-S. PCGS graded MS-62+. Nice and frosty. Pop 7; 42 finer in 63 (PCGS # 8694) .
Estimated Value $700 - 750.
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$852
Lot 1831
1884. PCGS graded Proof 64 Deep Cameo PQ. CAC Approved. Only 45 minted. Lovely rich golden toning. Another wonderful proof gold coin. And an outstanding example, to say the least: certified as Proof 64 DCAM by PCGS, and as such, high Condition Census, with just four finer. How many different pieces this involves is anyone's guess. The present coin is beautiful in all respects -- frosted elements against deep mirrored surfaces with "orange peel" texture, razor-sharp strike, and advantages far in excess of most contenders. While this piece is not in the one-off category of Proof gold eagles as some of the previous two decades, still there are so few around that it may be years before we have an equivalent.

Some points relating to Proof gold: Proof gold coins from the gold dollar to the double eagle became available in 1858. They seem to have been offered singly by the Mint with more being ordered of the smaller denominations, most notably the dollar. In a period when few other contemporary gold pieces of any denomination were collected, the one-dollar pieces were popular (hence the large mintage figures in the 1880s). Scarcely anyone thought to buy the higher values such as $5, $10, and $20.

Proofs were produced yearly through 1901, most having frosted cameo surfaces set against deep mirror fields. Gold dollars and $3 pieces were last issued in 1889, after which a gold Proof set consisted of the $2.50, $5, $10, and $20.

Assembling a Type set of mirror Proof Liberty Head gold coins would probably require a substantial outlay, but the net result would be breathtaking to see! As noted in our other offerings in this sale, coins of the 1860s and 1870s rarely appear. Pop 2; 2 finer, 1 in 64+, 1 in 65 (PCGS # 98824) .
Estimated Value $22,000 - 25,000.
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$44,650
Lot 1832
1887. PCGS graded Proof 63 Cameo. Lovely golden toning on both sides. Only 80 minted. Pop 1; 2 finer, 1 in 64, 1 in 65 (PCGS # 88827) .
Estimated Value $14,000 - 15,000.
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$20,563
Lot 1833
1890-CC. PCGS graded MS-62 PQ. Untoned and well struck. Only 17,500 minted. The Carson City Mint was shut in 1885 and did not resume minting gold again until 1889. As Rusty Goe noted in his excellent reference The Mint on Carson Street: "From 1885 to 1889, when the Carson Mint was dark, certain mine owners from the Comstock region pledged to make deposits at the local facility if the Treasury would revive coining operations there. Yields on gold ore had been moderately consistent throughout the last six years of the 1880s, and by 1890 more than $1.5 million worth of gold had been deposited at Carson City, more than adequate to begin minting coins again." Collectors of Carson City Mint coinage are encourage to acquire a copy of Mr. Goe's reference which covers the entire history of that Mint and all denominations of coinage it produced. When coinage continued in 1889, the Carson City Mint produced only silver dollars and double eagles. It was not until 1890 that Half Eagles and Eagles were minted again. Scarce in this outstanding condition. Pop 47; 6 finer, 5 in 63, 1 in 64 (PCGS # 8718) .
Estimated Value $6,000 - 6,500.
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$8,225
Lot 1834
1892-O. PCGS graded MS-62. Well struck and lightly toned. This is a frosty New Orleans Mint issue. Pop 136; 9 finer, 2 in 62+, 7 in 63 (PCGS # 8723) .
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,700.
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$2,056
Lot 1835
1897. NGC graded MS-63. Quite frosty, with the ideal state of sharp detail (including stars, hair, coronet with LIBERTY on the headband, and eagle's feathers. In short, a highly representative Choice BU Liberty Eagle (PCGS # 8737) .
Estimated Value $750 - 800.
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$969
Lot 1836
1901. NGC graded MS-64. Boldly struck and untoned with outstanding light pinkish-gold frosted luster. The United States issued gold coins in the 19th and early 20th century in "coin" gold alloy, which is 90 parts gold with 10 parts copper (by weight) added to strengthen the coin. This increases longetivy in circulation. Pure gold is too soft to use in coinage and, for that matter, wearable jewelry. The 10% copper alloy lends its slight pinkish hue to the coin. Compare to modern bullion pieces such as the 2006-to-present $50 "Buffalo" pure gold coins, which have a much yellower color (PCGS # 8747) .
Estimated Value $1,100 - 1,150.
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$1,293
Lot 1837
1901. NGC graded MS-62. Lightly toned (PCGS # 8747) .
Estimated Value $700 - 725.
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$911
Lot 1838
1901-S. PCGS graded MS-66. Lovely light golden toning over pinkish gold luster. Boldly struck. Exceptional quality for any Coronet eagle, and a perfect date for the advanced specialist. The 1901-S issue tends toward flashy luster. Note the sharpness of the strike, with no weakness found. The surfaces are beyond reproach, after seeing countless Eagles of lesser grades it is a welcome sight to find a coin beaming with this degree of luster. Pop 170; 6 finer, 4 in 66+, 2 in 67. (PCGS # 8749) .
Estimated Value $4,500 - 4,800.
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Lot 1839
1902. PCGS graded Proof 63. CAC Approved. A totally Brilliant Proof example with some faint hairlines only visible with the aid of a magnifying glass in conjunction with a light source. Brilliant golden-orange in color and a dazzling Proof gold eagle. Only 113 minted. A rare date as a Proof with only so few pieces struck 112 years ago. Of that number perhaps 50 or so still exist, high grade examples being especially elusive. We believe slightly more are known, due in part to the existing population figures from the grading services.

This is an attractive piece that shows none of the field-to-device contrast that was the standard on earlier (and some later) issues. The deeply mirrored fields however, display a few visible hairlines, a common occurrence for many of these coins. Still, a very attractive and choice example of this elusive year. Pop 4; 26 finer, 19 in 64, 1 in 64+, 5 in 65, 1 in 66 (PCGS # 8842) .
Estimated Value $10,000 - 12,000.
The Del Valle Collection.

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$15,863
Lot 1840
1903-S. PCGS graded MS-64. CAC Approved. PQ. Well struck with lovely golden toning. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Pop 203; 90 finer at PCGS. (PCGS # 8754) .
Estimated Value $1,800 - 1,900.
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Lot 1841
1906. PCGS graded Proof 64 Cameo. CAC Approved. A stunning Brilliant Proof eagle, shimmering with intense mirror fields and delicately frosted raised devices giving rise to the desirable cameo effect. Deep golden in color with some natural light toning spots scattered about. Only 77 Proofs were made. The 1906 is one of three Proof Liberty Eagles, together with the 1902 and 1905, that are noticeably more elusive than others in the 20th century group. We hear estimates of 25 to 30 from Akers (now much dated, since his research predated the advent of third-party grading), to 30 to 35 from Breen. Garrett and Guth are on record that "perhaps as many as half of the original 77 Proofs" still exist. This is neither here nor there since the 1906 Proof Liberty $10 remains a stiff challenge to any hopeful buyer, while the pool of available specimens declines by the year in face of the present demand.

After a line of Proof gold issues that came after the Mint's shift to largely brilliant proofs in 1902, the 1906 reverts to traditional cameo-frosted contrast. Coins that show distinct contrast are of course very desirable, and the greater the cameo effect, the more prized they become. A beautifully well preserved representative that is sure to add acclaim to any collection that holds it. Pop 5; 4 finer, 1 in 65, 3 in 66 (PCGS # 88846) .
Estimated Value $18,000 - 20,000.
Ex: Purchased from Abner Kreisberg in the 1970's The Del Valle Collection.

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$26,438






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