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Sale 81

The Pre-Long Beach Sale


$5 Indian
 
 
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Lot 1293
1908. PCGS graded MS-63 PQ. CAC Approved. Frosty and untoned with outstanding sparkle in the diamond-like luster. This is the first year for the Indian Head Type (PCGS # 8510) .
Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,100.
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$1,469
Lot 1294
1908-D. PCGS graded AU-55. Frosty and untoned (PCGS # 8511) .
Estimated Value $350 - 375.
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$470
Lot 1295
1908-S. PCGS graded MS-64+ PQ. CAC Approved. Well struck and untoned. Frosty and very close to MS-65. Another outstanding example from this small consignment of desirable Indian Half Eagles, and the scarcest 1908 Mint State $5 gold piece due to its limited mintage.

The desirable 1908-S Half Eagle has always gained wide admiration among collectors due to its first year status, its S-mint origin, and finally the comparatively low mintage of 82,000 pieces which ranks it third in the series behind the 1909-O and 1911-D. Unlike the other scarce S-mint issues that follow it, the '08-S is fortunately among the best produced Indian Half Eagles. A collector can, with a little patience and the available funds, acquire one in Choice Mint State or better conditions. This handsome MS64 should attract dynamic bidding attention. Pop 4; 68 finer (PCGS # 8512) .

Historic Note: The Half Eagles of 1908 to 1929 marked a change from the earlier Coronet Liberty Head pieces that originated in 1839. To say the least, it was a radical departure from earlier mint products of this or other denominations. Perhaps the most innovative and noticeable point of interest is that these depict a lifelike profile of a Native American, rather than one based on the allegorical Miss Liberty. The coins were struck in recessed relief, the technical Mint term, and are the first time this technique appears in American coinage. 1908, as the first year of issue, is one of the most popular.
Estimated Value $13,000 - 14,000.
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$14,688
Lot 1296
1909-D. PCGS graded MS-64+. CAC Approved. A frosty mint beauty with light golden color. No problem calling this example a gem! (PCGS # 8514) .
Estimated Value $3,500 - 4,000.
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Lot 1297
1909-S. PCGS graded AU-58 PQ. Untoned with a clear "S" mint mark (PCGS # 8516) .
Estimated Value $1,100 - 1,150.
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$1,351
Lot 1298
1910. PCGS graded MS-63 PQ. CAC Approved. Lightly toned and very choice, with swirling golden to reddish gold luster throughout (PCGS # 8517) .
Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,100.
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$1,469
Lot 1299
1911. PCGS graded MS-64 PQ. CAC Approved. Lovely rich golden toning. Tremendous pleasure arises from a decidedly positive strike, which collectors like better to see than wishy-washy detail on these Indian fives; furthermore, the surfaces glow with beautiful yellow to fresh golden hues, the toning being special and very attractive. A generous amount of crisp detail for the type, as stated, this includes those high points with the sometimes seen weak metal flows into the deepest channels of the dies leaving only the centers bold. Pop 423; 91 finer (PCGS # 8520) .
Estimated Value $2,000 - 2,100.
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$2,879
Lot 1300
1911-D. PCGS graded AU-58. CAC Approved. PQ. Mostly untoned. Only 72,500 struck, of which merely 2,166 examples are estimated to have survived. Much luster present in the fields and particularly noticeable in the recessed areas away from contact. A bold impression with left by the dies. Add to this, an equally sharp mintmark. The $5 denomination 1911-D is, like its $2.50 gold counterpart a rarity. But the Quarter Eagle often comes with a weak mintmark. Rarely is that a problem with the '11-D Half Eagle, fortunately. Choice surface on both sides. A compelling coin for the rarities buyer (PCGS # 8521) .
Estimated Value $4,000 - 4,250.
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$4,994
Lot 1301
1913. PCGS graded MS-63. A nice untoned coin and choice. Struck the year that Congress passed three major bills: the income tax, the act authorizinng a central bank, and the direct election of Senators by popular vote (before, the state legislatures chose who would sit in the Senate seats) (PCGS # 8525) .
Estimated Value $1,100 - 1,150.
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$1,469
Lot 1302
1915-S. PCGS graded MS-62. CAC Approved. Choice for the given grade. This has a small mark in the obverse field by the chin, and another on the reverse and also in the field, left of the eagle's neck. Still quite lustrous, though not vibrant as might be found on a much more costly higher grade example (rarely affordable to even the most well-heeled buyers). Yet, knowing how scarce the 1915-S, we can say in all honesty that it contains an array of vivid golden colors. A small region of striking weakness is seen at the S mintmark on almost all of the Half Eagles struck in San Francisco, due to its exposed position on the surface; elsewhere, the eagle's plumage shows completely, down to the neck and leg details and the small wing feathers near the eagles shoulder. A lovely MS62, the present prize is very attractive. Pop 164; 58 finer (PCGS # 8531) .
Estimated Value $5,500 - 6,000.
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$7,344






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