Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

Sale 84

January 25-28, 2015 Pre Long Beach

Half Dollars
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Lot 1357
1794 O-101 Rarity 4. PCGS graded VG-10. CAC Approved. Overton 101 is distinguishable by star1 pierces Liberty's lowest curl from the bottom, and, on the wreath, the pattern of berries is 10 (left) by 11 (right) for a total count of 21, the only reverse with this berry arrangement. This is the first year of the two-year Flowing Hair half dollar type. A relatively low mintage of 23,464 pieces combined with an extremely low survival rate, makes this a very scarce, premier year date that is coveted by all half dollar collectors. Lovely natural gray surfaces with deeper argent tones in the obverse field. Good detail and discernible rims remain despite the heavy wear throughout. A single lateral mark is noted on Liberty's hair, and a tiny rim nick near the top of the reverse will serve as future identifiers.

The popular O-101 marriage is thought to be one of the last varieties of the 1794 half dollar to be coined, despite Overton's order of listing. It is probably part of the 18,164-piece delivery on February 4, 1795 from 1794-dated dies. Further study has found the O-101 (which is the most affordable of all 1794 die marriages), obverse die was also used for O-102, while the reverse die was used on O-106, 107, and 108, each an important rarity (PCGS # 6051) .
Estimated Value $6,000 - 7,000.
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Lot 1358
1795. Overton-124, Rarity 5. 2 Leaves. PCGS graded AU-50. This scarcer die pairing is quickly identified by Star 15 being attached to the bust, and a point of the first star pierces the lowest curl. The variety is further confirmed by a die defect lump in the lower right reverse field. The surfaces are toned a light to medium gray with rose and sea-green accents deepening toward the rims. Numerous obverse adjustment marks are seen, mostly at the peripheries. A couple of shallow scratches and minor scrapes are also intermixed with the mint-made adjustment marks causing little concern. All details are well centered on the planchet, and most of the denticles show, except where interrupted by the adjustment marks, especially along the left obverse border. The design elements are quite well-impressed, with good remaining definition showing on Liberty's hair, and on the eagle's wing and neck feathers. The tops of the letters in AMERICA are weak, as are the eagle's breast and leg feathers. An exceptionally well preserved example of this scarce die pairing. Pop 24; 81 finer at PCGS. (PCGS # 6052) .
Estimated Value $14,000 - 15,000.
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Lot 1359
1795. Overton-104, Rarity 5. ANACS graded VF-30. A die lump beneath star 13 and a die crack through the C in AMERICA help attribute this pleasing mid-grade Flowing Hair half dollar. Both sides present varied toning schemes featuring blue, gray, and golden colors. Post-striking marks are unreported overall. Housed in an ANACS Old Style Holder.
Estimated Value $3,600 - 3,800.
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Lot 1360
1795. Overton-105, Rarity 4. NGC graded Fine-12. Even wear and light toning.
Estimated Value $1,900 - 2,000.
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