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.
Ford, Jr. (Stack's, 5/2004), lot 170; Columbus Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/06), lot 198; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/08), lot 2649. From The Liberty Collection of American Colonial Coinage, Part Three.
There is an unintelligible undercoin below the weakened 1739 date. Ex: Stack's Henry Da Costa Gomez Collection, Part Two, 6/2004; lot 4004.
Lot 2138: 1776 Continental Dollar, CURENCY, Rare Early Die State, Pewter, MS62
PCGS. Newman 1-C, Hodder-1.A2, Breen-1089, R.3.
The same die pair was used to strike all Continental Dollars that contain the blundered legend CURENCY, but Eric Newman assigned two additional reverse varieties for the two recut reverses.
Lot 2139: 1776 Continental Dollar, CURRENCY, Pewter, Newman 2-C, MS62 PCGS. Crosby Pl. VIII, 16, Newman 2-C, Breen-1092, R.3.
Struck from perfect dies, without the rust often seen for this die marriage within the rings for Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Hampshire. The second obverse die for the series, which corrects the CURENCY misspelling.
Lot 2140: 1776 Continental Dollar, CURRENCY, EG FECIT, Pewter, AU53 NGC. Crosby Pl. VIII, Newman 3-D, Breen-1095, R.3.
The Continental dollars may have been intended to retire circulating Continental paper currency, or have served as a pattern for a planned issuance of silver dollars. What is nearly certain is that Elisha Gallaudet is the EG who engraved at least one set of dies--hence the EG FECIT on this variety.
Lot 2270: 1868 Indian cent, MS66 Red PCGS.
The 1868 Indian cent reminds us that sometimes mintage figures can completely obfuscate the truth regarding current rarity; this is one of the three finest certified at PCGS. From The Estate of Robert R. Rollins Collection, Part One.
Lot 2345: 1859 cent PR67 NGC.
This is one of the three finest certified of an important one-year type coin, with a reported mintage of just 800 pieces. From The Estate of Robert R. Rollins Collection, Part One.
Lot 2422: 1878 Eight Tailfeathers dollar, VAM-9, MS64 Deep Mirror Prooflike ANACS.
This incredible example of "The First Morgan Dollar Die Pair" is quite probably the finest known survivor of the very first set of dies used to strike Morgan dollars, at 3:17 PM on March 11, 1878. From The Leroy Van Allen Collection, Part Two.
Lot 2514: 1884-S Morgan dollar, MS63 PCGS.
The 1884-S is the first truly elusive S-mint Morgan dollar one encounters in the series from 1878-S forward.
Lot 2723: 1880 Morgan dollar, PR68 Cameo PCGS. Ex: JFS Collection.
In 1880, all of the Philadelphia Mint silver dollars featured the Slanted Arrow Feather reverse, also called Type of 1879; total production of proofs was 1,355 coins.
Lot 2842: Signed & Dated Christmas 1854 Gold, Quartz, and Wood Cane Presented 'By His Friends' to San Francisco Mint Superintendent Lewis Birdsall.
This is a phenomenally historic memento of the earliest days of the San Francisco Mint. We simply cannot imagine another memento--outside of museum collections--of the first