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.
An extremely rare variety, this is only the third known example, and one of only three R.8 varieties within the entire Capped Bust half series.
Lot 495: 1797 half dollar Fine Details, O-102, Low R.6, NCS.
The 1797 Overton 102 variety is the rarest of the four Draped Bust Small Eagle half dollar die marriages. Ex: Stirling Silliphant Collection (Heritage 1988 ANA Sale, 7/1988), lot 679; Mid-American 1989 FUN Sale (1/1989), lot 462. From The Yoder Family Collection, Part Two.
Lot 651: 1839 No Drapery half dollar, MS64 NGC. WB-101.
The 1839 No Drapery half is popular both with type collectors (as a one-year subtype in the series) and Seated coinage enthusiasts (as a first year of issue among Seated Liberty halves). Ex: Chalkley (Superior, 1/1990), lot 3565. From The Silbermünzen Collection.
Lot 667: 1854-O half dollar Arrows MS66 NGC.
The Arrows, No Rays, No Motto type was struck just two years, 1854 and 1855, and mintages at New Orleans were plentiful for both dates. Only three certified finer. Ex: Foxfire.
Lot 718: 1841 half dollar, PR64 NGC.
The 1841 half dollar in proof format is an extreme rarity; NGC and PCGS combined have certified a mere seven examples, and only one has been certified finer. Ex: The Boys Town Sale (Superior Galleries, 5/1990), lot 3803. From The Silbermünzen Collection.
Lot 719: 1845 half dollar, PR64 NGC.
The 1845 proof half dollar is one of the more significant rarities in American numismatics; a sparse four coins have been certified by NGC and PCGS combined. Ex: Stack's (3/1965), lot 447; Superior Galleries (10/1990), lot 3662. Possibly earlier from the World's Greatest Collection (Numismatic Gallery, 4/1945), lot 273. From The Silbermünzen Collection.
Lot 720: 1846 half dollar Medium Date, PR63 PCGS.
While mintage figures for the 1846 proof half dollar were not reported, it is likely that no more than a dozen have survived to the present day. Ex: The Thomas S. Chalkley Collection (Superior Galleries, 1/1990), lot 3574. From The Silbermünzen Collection.
Lot 743: 1892-O Micro O half dollar MS65 NGC.
This legendary rarity was known as early as 1893, when Augustus G. Heaton mentioned it in his landmark treatise, Mint Marks. He wrote, "there is one rare variety of this piece [the 1892-O half] with an exceedingly small o, hardly larger than a period." Ex: Moreira Sale (Superior, 1/1989), lot 4524; Jascha Heifetz Collection (Superior, 10/1989), lot 3770. >From The Silbermünzen Collection.
Lot 771: 1915-S Barber half dollar MS67 PCGS.
A remarkable Superb Gem that has spent approximately one-fifth of its existence housed in the same old green label PCGS holder; its preservation is virtually unimprovable. Ex: Thomas S. Chalkley Collection (Superior, 10/1990), lot 3712. From The Silbermünzen Collection.
Lot 801: 1795 Flowing Hair, Two Leaves dollar, B-3, BB-11, R.5, AU50 NGC. CAC.
A "Silver Plugged" example created in 1795, as a thin silver sliver was added to the blank planchet to increase its weight -- by punching a hole