Pair of 1794 Dollars Lead Heritage's May 2008 Long Beach Auction A pair of 1794 silver dollars and three Continental dollars are among the rarities included in the catalog for the Official Auction of the May 2008 Long Beach Coin Expo.
News-Antique.com - May 17,2008 - Dallas, TX. A pair of 1794 silver dollars and three Continental dollars are among the rarities included in the catalog for the Official Auction of the May 2008 Long Beach Coin Expo. The auction, being held in California May 28-30, is now posted by Heritage Auction Galleries on their HA.com website. Signature catalogs for the auctions of both U.S. and World Coins & Ancients have been posted.
"The strong market is continuing to bring great rarities onto the Heritage auction block," commented Heritage President Greg Rohan, "including the Col. Steven Ellsworth Collection of U.S. Half Cents, Part Three of the Liberty Collection of U.S. Colonial Coins, and the Silbermünzen Collection. Among the other rarities included are: an 1891-O Quarter dollar Specimen MS65 NGC; 1796 15 Stars Half Dollar, O-101, AU55 NGC; 1800 Dotted Date $1, B-14, BB-194, R.3 MS66 NGC; 1808 $2.50 MS61 NGC, Breen-6125, BD-1, R.4; 1907 $10 Wire Rim, Periods, MS67 NGC, Judd-1901 (formerly J-1774); an 1855 $50 Wass Molitor, MS61 NGC. CAC. K-9, R.5; and a (1797) New York Theatre Penny Token, D&H-Middlesex-167, Rulau-E-NY-892, PR64 Brown PCGS. This auction contains a wide range of material!"
"In addition to the Ellsworth and Liberty Collections," continued Rohan, "Long Beach contains rarities from Part Three of the Mario Eller Collection, the Northwest Collection, Part One of the Estate of Robert R. Rollins Collection, Part One of the Estate of Francis A. Sullivan, Jr., Part Two of the Leroy Van Allen Collection, and Part Two of the Yoder Family Collection. Altogether, more than 650 consignors are participating in our May Long Beach auctions. With a wide range of rarities from Colonials through double eagles, this will be an incredible event!"
Highlights from Heritage's Long Beach Signature Auction:
Lot 334: 1891-O 25C Specimen MS65 NGC.
One of only two pieces known since it was first recognized in 1941 when it appeared in Mehl's Dunham Sale. Ex: William Forrester Dunham (B. Max Mehl FPL, 6/1941); Gene Edwards; 1980 ANA Sale (Steve Ivy, 8/1980), lot 2024; Jascha Heifetz Collection (Superior, 10/1989), lot 3652. From The Silbermünzen Collection.
The Draped Bust Small Eagle half dollar, bearing the dates 1796 or 1797, ranks among the lowest mintage of U.S. type coins, with only 3,918 pieces.
Lot 799: 1794 Dollar VG10 PCGS.
Of the mere 1,758 pieces struck, approximately 125 individual examples have been traced today, making this first dollar an essential rarity. Ex: John N. Brooks Collection (United States Coin Co., 12/1914), lot 17. From The Northwest Collection.
Lot 800: 1794 Dollar VF30 PCGS.
Struck on the initial day of the production of silver coinage, October 15, 1794, this rarity is a historic relic of America's earliest attempt to produce large size silver coinage that would compare favorably in weight to the widely circulated Spanish (Carolus) dollars.
Ex: George C. Slawson (Stack's, 4/1970), lot 840; 1991 ANA (Bowers and Merena, 8/1991), lot 436.