Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

Sale 81

The Pre-Long Beach Sale

Capped Bust Dimes
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Lot 758
1814. Large Date. JR-3. PCGS graded MS-64. Nicely toned. Some die clashing before Liberty's face on this somewhat later die state. A frosty coin for a Bust Dime collector. Its high degree of broad-spinning luster rests beneath toned highlights. Typical uneven strike and the noted long break on the reverse; with weakness at the usual Achilles' heel on the 1814's, the stars on the right. Scarce coin in MS64 condition. Pop 24; 6 finer, 5 in 65, 1 in 66 (PCGS # 4488) .
Estimated Value $3,500 - 3,700.
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Lot 759
1830, 30 over 29. JR-4, FS-301. PCGS graded MS-64. Nicely toned. The obverse surface is reflective. Ever since numismatists first uncovered the Overdate 1830 Half Dime years ago, most would call this a gorgeous Choice toned Uncirculated, and nod approvingly. Original russet to silver-gray antique finish hugs the surface with purpose, while the underlying fields and devices are noticeably choicer, and clearly more resplendent than the conservative MS64 grade might otherwise signify. The detail is altogether sharp on the cap and most hair curs, the stars and date, while slight softness (as made) is noted on the left border of the shield and on the eagle's neck feathers, which appear slightly fuzzy. On this scarce piece, the "29" underfigures are noticeable, with the lower right edge of the 2 extending right of the 3 slightly, and the right edge of the ball of the 9 seen on the lower left of the 0. Overdates are common in the Capped Bust series. All denominations excluding the Half Dime record numerous such instances. High grade steel was expensive in those days, and the Mint saw no problem with overstamping an obsolete die date with the correct year before striking coins. The 1830/29 is scarce in all Mint State grades, and is extremely expensive above the MS65 level so that the MS64 level presents the ideal "midpoint." Pop 2; 2 finer in 67. (PCGS # 38847) .
Estimated Value $5,500 - 6,000.
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