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Sale 81

The Pre-Long Beach Sale


Morgan Dollars
 
 
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Lot 996
1878. 8 tail feathers. PCGS graded MS-64+. CAC Approved. PQ. A lovely white gem could be graded MS-65 and quite scarce in this condition. The 8 TF variety is much scarcer than the one that replaced it having 7 tail feathers on the eagle (PCGS # 7072) .
Estimated Value $650 - 700.
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$705
Lot 997
1878-CC Top-100 VAM-11 Wing Lines. NGC graded MS-66. A frosty white coin. Lustrous with deep silver frostiness dominates the surfaces of this beautiful first year issue Morgan Dollar coin. The coin offers a particularly beautiful glow in the obverse and reverse fields. No more than the luster comes a desirable strike. This piece is struck with scientific exactness throughout the main hair details and on the eagles wings, legs, and chest, where all plumage shows the most minute detail. A blazing Gem. Pop 2; none finer at NGC for the variety (PCGS # 7081) .
Estimated Value $3,800 - 4,000.
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Lot 998
1879. PCGS graded MS-64 Deep Mirror Prooflike PQ. CAC Approved. Wonderful blue and golden toning on both sides. Pop 66; 10 finer, 1 in 64+, 8 in 65, 1 in 66 (PCGS # 97085) .
Estimated Value $1,200 - 1,300.
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Lot 999
1879-CC. MS-63. In the original GSA black holder. Scarce date. Always difficult in choice Mint condition, most of this issue circulated and comes well worn today, typically Very Good to Fine. The Mint quality specimens were from a group released by the Government Services Administration (Treasury Hoard of CC-mint dollars of various dates) sold in the early 1970s. Well struck for the issue. Normal light bagmarks but with crisp silvery color.
Estimated Value $6,200 - 6,500.
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$7,403
Lot 1000
1879-O. PCGS graded MS-65. A nice white coin. A glistening beauty and a gem by any standard. An engaging display of lively silvery iridescence leaps across, around and through the highly lustrous surfaces of this scarce New Orleans branch mint gem. The strike is strong for the date, with not even a hint of weakness in the centers; the central design is boldly defined. Nowadays collectors would never dream of thinking the 1879-O is a common date, but they once did. Until census figures started being compiled. Pop 329; 30 finer, 14 in 65+, 15 in 66, 1 in 66+. (PCGS # 7090) .
Estimated Value $3,000 - 3,200.
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$3,643
Lot 1001
1879-S. Reverse of 1879. PCGS graded MS-65. CAC Approved. PQ. Boldly struck and under graded. Housed in an Old Green Holder (PCGS # 7092) .
Estimated Value $1,750 - 200.
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Lot 1002
1879-S. Reverse of 1879. NGC graded MS-67. Mostly untoned and a superb representative with cascading "cartwheel" luster over both sides (PCGS # 7092) .
Estimated Value $650 - 700.
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$911
Lot 1003
1879-S. Reverse of 1879. PCGS graded MS-66. A nice white coin. Housed in an Old Green Holder (PCGS # 7092) .
Estimated Value $250 - 300.
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$270
Lot 1004
  1880-CC. MS-64. Frosty and white. In the original black GSA box.
Estimated Value $500 - 550.
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$564
Lot 1005
1880-CC. Reverse of 1879. NGC graded MS-66. Frosty and mostly untoned, this is one of the scarcer CC Mint dates which incorporates the Round Chest eagle introduced in 1879. Near superb state of preservation. Pop 532; 79 finer, 22 in 66 Star, 37 in 66+, 20 in 67. (PCGS # 7100) .
Estimated Value $1,400 - 1,500.
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$1,528
Lot 1006
1881-CC. PCGS graded MS-66. CAC Approved. PQ. Well struck, frosty and white. Housed in an Old Green Holder (PCGS # 7126) .
Estimated Value $1,100 - 1,200.
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$2,291
Lot 1007
1881-CC. PCGS graded MS-65. Well struck. Frosty and white. Unsurpassable in terms of surface preservation and eye appeal, both sides are thickly frosted and essentially tone-free, the definitive MS65 1881-CC Morgan Silver Dollar (PCGS # 7126) .
Estimated Value $700 - 750.
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$969
Lot 1008
1881-CC. PCGS graded MS-64. Frosty, mostly white. The shimmering luster cascades around the fields and devices (PCGS # 7126) .
Estimated Value $500 - 525.
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$588
Lot 1009
1881-O. PCGS graded MS-65 Deep Mirror Prooflike. Fully white. A fully struck Gem with a full overlay of ice-silver color, the mirrors deep and watery, devices fully resplendent. Liberty and the eagle both shine with satin cameo contrast against the watery fields on this handsome O-mint release. Close examination reveals some full strong design details as well. Destined for a fine collection.

The Morgan Dollar was the first standard Silver Dollar struck in the United States Mint since early 1873. This series derives its name from its designer, George T. Morgan, who was formerly a pupil of the famed William Wyon in the Royal Mint in London. Authorized by the Bland-Allison Act of February 28, 1878, the Morgan Dollar was produced every year from 1878 through 1904. The coin was essentially an outlet for western silver mine owners who were having difficulty selling silver bullion on the world market that was fast abandoning the bimetallic (silver-gold) standard and switching instead to a full gold standard. The use of the Morgan Dollar for this purpose received a further boost when the Sherman Silver Purchase Act of July 14, 1890 was passed. Production halted in 1904 when the bullion supply that had been authorized and purchased became exhausted. Along came the Pittman Act. The 1918 Pittman Act called for the replacement of all the Silver Dollars that the government melted at the end of World War I (with the bullion so released being sold to Great Britain to stem a panic in India). The new Peace design was not yet ready for production and therefore the Morgan design was revived for one final mass coinage. Pop 15; none finer at PCGS. (PCGS # 97129) .
Estimated Value $15,000 - 16,000.
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Lot 1010
1881-S. NGC graded MS-67. A superlative untoned dollar. Gem quality throughout from the spectacular luster to the bold design from a sharp blow by the dies (PCGS # 7130) .
Estimated Value $650 - 700.
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$588
Lot 1011
1881-S. NGC graded MS-67. Mostly untoned and another Superb Gem BU (PCGS # 7130) .
Estimated Value $650 - 700.
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$564
Lot 1012
1882-CC. PCGS graded MS-66. CAC Approved. PQ. A supremely well struck white coin and again, representative of the high quality standards at the Carson Mint that year. Should attract a fairly substantial bid (PCGS # 7134) .
Estimated Value $750 - 800.
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$969
Lot 1013
1882-CC. PCGS graded MS-65+. A nice white gem (PCGS # 7134) .
Estimated Value $475 - 500.
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$569
Lot 1014
  1882-CC. Sharpness of MS-62. An untoned coin. Housed in a GSA holder.
Estimated Value $140 - 150.
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$188
Lot 1015
1882-S. NGC graded MS-65 DPL. A blast white gem. Pleasant silver deep mirror surfaces display incredible bright luster. Pop 71; 9 finer, 1 in 65+, 8 in 66 (PCGS # 97141) .
Estimated Value $2,000 - 2,200.
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Lot 1016
1883. NGC graded MS-65. CAC Approved. Lovely lilac and light green obverse toning (PCGS # 7142) .
Estimated Value $250 - 300.
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$676
Lot 1017
1883-CC. NGC graded MS-67. Star. Wonderful obverse rainbow toning. The reverse is white. Most exquisite to find on a CC-mint Morgan Dollar. Multicolor patina like this is more often found on the plentiful P-mint issues and early (1879-82) San Francisco coins. Pop 8; 5 finer, 4 in 67+, 1 in 67+ Star. (PCGS # 7144) .
Estimated Value $4,000-UP.
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$4,348
Lot 1018
1883-CC. NGC graded MS-64. In the original GSA black holder. Lovely green and golden obverse toning.
Estimated Value $850 - 950.
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Lot 1019
1883-CC. PCGS graded MS-66. CAC Approved. PQ. A bold white gem coin whose luster dazzles the eye. Housed in an Old Green Holder (PCGS # 7144) .
Estimated Value $600 - 700.
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$764
Lot 1020
1883-CC. PCGS graded MS-64 Deep Mirror Prooflike. Fully untoned. Housed in a First Generation Holder (PCGS # 97145) .
Estimated Value $375 - 400.
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$541
Lot 1021
1884-CC. PCGS graded MS-66 Prooflike. Fully white with wonderful cartwheel spin, the surfaces display few noticeable abrasions The dies left their rigid impression behind without the least weakness or imprecision. A gem!Pop 88; 3 finer, 2 in 66+, 1 in 67. (PCGS # 7153) .
Estimated Value $900 - 950.
Ex Larry Shapiro.

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$1,175
Lot 1022
1884-CC. PCGS graded MS-66. A light hint of gold tone. An exquisite looking coin. Housed in an Old Green Holder (PCGS # 7152) .
Estimated Value $600 - 650.
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$823
Lot 1023
1884-CC. MS-63. Frosty and white.
Estimated Value $190 - 200.
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$200
Lot 1024
1884-O. PCGS graded MS-65. PQ. A nice white gem. Housed in a PCGS First Generation Holder (PCGS # 7154) .
Estimated Value $160 - 170.
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$200
Lot 1025
1885. PCGS graded Proof 65. Lovely toning on both sides. Only 930 minted. When it comes to originality and highly lustrous surfaces, this toned Gem has it all: rich frosted devices under the patina plus a razor sharp strike. As soon as one sees the booming color, it comes as no surprise everything is also bold on all devices. Pop 15; 17 finer, 16 in 66, 1 in 67 (PCGS # 7320) .
Estimated Value $5,000-UP.
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$5,405
Lot 1026
1885. PCGS graded MS-65 PQ. CAC Approved. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Lovely blue and gold toning on both sides (PCGS # 7158) .
Estimated Value $200 - 250.
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$282
Lot 1027
1885. PCGS graded MS-64 Prooflike. Lovely rainbow toning on both sides (PCGS # 7159) .
Estimated Value $120 - 130.
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Lot 1028
1885-CC. PCGS graded MS-65 Deep Mirror Prooflike. A nice untoned coin. Housed in an Old Green Holder. The satin-like luster is almost unimpaired by abrasions of any size on the main devices. Surrounding these, smooth and reflective mirrors, quite likely this was an early strike from new dies, which tend to be prooflike. Desirable with this controlled strike. Only 228,000 made (PCGS # 97161) .
Estimated Value $1,800 - 1,900.
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$2,585
Lot 1029
1885-CC. PCGS graded MS-66. A frosty white example. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Bright satin finish, mimicing the light, swift flutter of a butterfly, the field sparkles as when first issued. Difficult to find this outstanding! The devices, too, were struck smack on the dot at the required force by the dies leaving all design elements plain and clear-cut, with not even an iota of weakness as found on some examples parading around in similar numerical grade (PCGS # 7160) .
Estimated Value $1,400 - 1,500.
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$1,880
Lot 1030
1885-CC. PCGS graded MS-65. Frosty and white, a desirable Gem BU example of this CC-mint issue (PCGS # 7160) .
Estimated Value $900 - 950.
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$1,058
Lot 1031
1886-O. Sharpness of Mint State however, lightly cleaned. Well struck with full breast feathers.
Estimated Value $300 - 400.
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$447
Lot 1032
1887. PCGS graded MS-66. CAC Approved. PQ. The obverse displays lovely green and lilac toning. A gorgeous gem! (PCGS # 7172) .
Estimated Value $950 - 1,050.
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$1,351
Lot 1033
1887-O, 7 over 6 VAM-3 Top 100. NGC graded MS-64. White and frosty throughout. This popular overdate was reported by Bob Reithe in February 1973. In the date, the 7 repunched over a 6. The bottom loop of the 6 shows as a long curved line starting from the lower right bottom of the stem of the 7 and extending upwards almost half the digit height. On the left side of the stem, a short spike curves to the left and then up at a point one third the way up on the stem height. Pop 29; none finer at NGC (PCGS # 7178) .
Estimated Value $2,500 - 3,000.
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Lot 1034
1888. NGC graded MS-67. Fully white gem. Ice-cold white color covers the fields of this handsome Gem, the uplifting luster rolls around the surface in the familiar cartwheel fashion that makes these "Cowboy Dollars" (as some British and European collectors call them) so incredibly fascinating. Of course, collectors seeing the photos understand this coin is nicely struck for the date, best of all entirely so. Certainly a coin that gets proper mention where completeness of design is almost always imperative. Pop 75; 4 finer, 3 in 67 Star, 1 in 68. (PCGS # 7182) .
Estimated Value $5,000 - 5,500.
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$6,756
Lot 1035
1888. PCGS graded MS-64 PQ. CAC Approved. Nice blue toning on the obverse (PCGS # 7182) .
Estimated Value $100 - 110.
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$141
Lot 1036
1888-O. PCGS graded MS-65. The obverse displays lovely blue and lilac colors, frosty white on the reverse with cartwheel luster on both sides (PCGS # 7184) .
Estimated Value $550 - 650.
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$588
Lot 1037
1889-CC. PCGS graded About Good-3. Well worn. Popular key date (PCGS # 7190) .
Estimated Value $275 - 300.
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$376
Lot 1038
1889-O. PCGS graded MS-65. Mostly untoned and a Gem. Well struck. Typically frosty for the issue, the ice-white surfaces are nearly pristine with few singularly distracting bagmarks. A munificent strike is definitely not something the 1889-O is noted for, which places this almost in a class by itself. As well as freedom from the usual heavy bag marks typical for this O-mint release where insufficient die pressure occurs all too often, this is a coin to jump at before its sale is history. Pop 175; 15 finer, 5 in 65+, 10 in 66. (PCGS # 7192) .
Estimated Value $4,500 - 4,750.
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$5,405
Lot 1039
1890-CC. PCGS graded MS-64 Deep Mirror Prooflike. A blasts white beauty and a Premium Quality coin for the grade. Fully original and brilliant throughout with no distracting abrasions present, a suitably splendid Morgan Dollar from this storied branch mint. No more, no less, just as fully struck, as attractive, as you could ask for, with complete detail at the main devices and only the faintest touch of weakness on the hair at Libertys ear. Pop 207; 30 finer with 4 in 64+, 26 in 65 (PCGS # 97199) .
Estimated Value $2,500 - 2,700.
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$3,173
Lot 1040
1890-CC. PCGS graded AU-55. Nicely toned (PCGS # 7198) .
Estimated Value $160 - 170.
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$247
Lot 1041
1891-S. NGC graded MS-65 Deep Mirror Prooflike. Well struck and fully white. A beauty, with nice snappy pure silvery color on undisturbed frosty devices. The field surfaces surrounding these are free of discoloration and distraction and are bright with watery reflection. Were it not for the S mintmark a casual observer could easily mistake it for a Philadelphia Proof! From the luster, we next take stock of the details of the design. Given the proper amount of strike pressure which is typical for 1891 San Francisco Mint dollars, the coin was fully brought up by the dies and is simply outstanding. Pop 6; none finer at NGC.
Estimated Value $8,000 - 9,000.
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Lot 1042
1892-CC. PCGS graded MS-64 Prooflike. A lovely blast white example and a Premium Example for the grade. Among the scarcer Carson City Morgan Dollars, the 1892-CC is collectible in regular finish MS62 through MS64 grades, but Prooflikes are elusive: Pop 80; 17 finer with 4 in 64+, 13 in 65 (PCGS # 7215) .
Estimated Value $3,000 - 3,300.
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$3,525
Lot 1043
1892-CC. NGC graded MS-62. CAC Approved. Mostly untoned, and a much more elusive date from the early 1890s decade, the design features are frosty throughout. 1892 is the year the Pledge of Allegiance was written by Francis Bellamy (1855-1931) (PCGS # 7214) .
Estimated Value $1,500 - 1,600.
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$1,528
Lot 1044
1892-CC. PCGS graded AU-55. A lustrous, untoned coin (PCGS # 7214) .
Estimated Value $550 - 600.
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$793
Lot 1045
1892-O. PCGS graded MS-65. PQ. Well struck and frosty white. Well places to knock the socks off of most contenders for the MS65 grade, and a Silver Dollar with extraordinary mint luster plus snow whiteness. All this is capped off by rolling-thunder fresh white cartwheels on either side. Meticulous strike on every device is what collectors pray for in a 1892-O, which is all too uncommon; this coin -- unlike those others we won't mention that fail to make the "full" grade -- this one is extra crisp, twice as sharp as an average '92-O. For that reason, the numerical condition is exact. Pop 180; 11 finer, 5 in 65+, 5 in 66, 1 in 67. (PCGS # 7216) .

Note on the year 1892: On January 1, 1892, Ellis Island, in the port of New York, became the debarkation point for arriving immigrants who had been flooding to American shores for the better part of 60 years. The flood of immigration would reach its peak shortly after the turn of the 20th century, when the ancestors of many of those reading this coin catalog arrived in the United States.
Estimated Value $5,000 - 5,500.
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$6,169



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