Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

Sale 8

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U.S. Commemorative Gold Coins
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Lot 4207
  1905 Lewis and Clark Gold Dollar. MS-64. A near gem that boasts semi-prooflike fields and very clean surfaces. Boldly struck and free of distracting marks.
Estimated Value $3,700 - 4,200.
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Lot 4208
  1905 Lewis and Clark Gold Dollar. AU-55. A few too many handling marks to qualify as Mint State, but with a nice appearance overall.
Estimated Value $300 - 400.
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Lot 4209
  1903 Louisiana Purchase-Jefferson Gold Dollar. MS-63. Flashy and original.
Estimated Value $400 - 500.
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Lot 4210
1903 Louisiana Purchase-McKinley Gold Dollar. PCGS graded MS-64. Frosty luster and untoned. The strike is a bit weak on some of the dentils of the obverse and reverse, probably as the dies were starting to wear down. Nearly a gem.
Estimated Value $800 - 900.
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Lot 4211
  1903 Louisiana Purchase-McKinley Gold Dollar. PCI graded MS-63. A few minor hairlines over the lustrous fields. Flashy.
Estimated Value $400 - 450.
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Lot 4212
  1903 Louisiana Purchase-McKinley Gold Dollar. MS-60. A few handling marks, but better than one would expect for the grade.
Estimated Value $250 - 300.
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Lot 4213
  1916 McKinley Gold Dollar. MS-60. Trouble free preservation and nice color. A few trivial hairlines.
Estimated Value $225 - 275.
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Lot 4214
1915-S Panama-Pacific Set including the box of issue. A complete five piece set of these famous commemorative coins including the original box of issue. Extremely Fine to Uncirculated. The half dollar has been lightly cleaned, with resulting hairlines in the fields but has retoned to a lovely tawny gold color. The one dollar gold coin has nice surfaces, but a touch of weakness in the strike on the letters TED of UNITED, the quarter eagle has some minor pin scratches on obverse. The $50 round has been lightly tooled on the edge, perhaps to remove some minor marks, and then the surfaces were cleaned. The design elements are quite strong, and this coin has probably just been mishandled, or was briefly used as a pocket piece. Finally, the $50 octagonal has also been cleaned, with moderate hairlines visible on the surfaces. All are well struck, and make a nice matched set that can be handled with less care than a gem mint state set. Think of that for just a moment, these coins can be "handled", unlike most numismatic treasures today. For the old time collector who understands.
These were struck to commemorate the Panama Pacific Exposition in San Francisco in 1915. Only 483 of $50 rounds were struck, and 645 of the $50 octagonals. As many went to non collectors, these coins were often mishandled, as seen here, at some time in the past. Popular because this is the only $50 commemorative issued of the period, and with lovely allegorical designs of Minerva and the owl on the large pieces, and splendid designs on the small gold coins and the half dollar as well. The box of issue shows some wear, with the lid slightly bent and the clasp no longer working. No doubt it has been opened and closed many times over the last 85 years to show the sparkling large gold coins inside. The purple velvet insert remains fresh, and the lid is boldly printed identifying the coins. Lot of 5 coins and the box of issue.
Estimated Value $30,000 - 35,000.
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Lot 4215
1915-S Panama-Pacific Gold $2.50. PCGS graded MS-66. Here is a blazer for the commemorative specialist. The surfaces are pristine, without signs of contact or handling. A delicate haze of greenish toning has settled in over the lustrous fields. The only complaint is a tiny tick mark on Liberty's jaw. One of just 243 graded this high, with a scant 10 graded higher by PCGS.
Estimated Value $4,000 - 5,000.
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Lot 4216
  1926 Sesquicentennial Gold $2.50. PCGS graded MS-64. A near gem coin with flashy luster and well struck devices. These were made in shallow relief and the lettering does not stand up from the surrounding fields with any authority. Seldom found this nice, most were nicked up by mishandling soon after coining.
Estimated Value $600 - 700.
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Lot 4217
1926 Sesquicentennial Gold $2.50. MS-63. Nicer surfaces than one would expect for the grade.
Estimated Value $350 - 400.
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