Gold Hot in Heritage's May 2008 Long Beach $26.5 Million Auction Top prices realized of $161,000 were reached by two very different coins in Heritage Auction Galleries' May 28-30, 2008 Signature® in Long Beach
a PCGS holder, as only one coin of this date has been certified finer. From The Silbermünzen Collection.
Lot 379: 1896-S quarter dollar MS64 NGC. Realized: $80,500
A splendid key date quarter with undisturbed surfaces and coruscating luster. From The Silbermünzen Collection.
Lot 1059: 1922 No D Strong Reverse cent, MS64 Red and Brown NGC.
An amazing example of the popular 1922 No D cent with the strong reverse; only examples like the present piece, from the Strong Reverse die pair, also known as Die Pair 2, are the true No D cents.
Lot 539: 1825 half dollar VF20 ANACS O-118 Third Known
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 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 307: 1828 quarter dollar PR64 PCGS. B-4.
The Narrow Date variety has less space between the 82, relative to B-1 through B-3.
Ex: Thomas S. Chalkley Collection (Superior, 10/1990), lot 2564, which realized $41,800. From The Silbermünzen Collection.
Lot 1826: (1659) Lord Baltimore Fourpence, Large Bust and Shield. MS62 NGC.
This is the single finest certified Fourpence of Lord Baltimore, and is ex: Wayte Raymond Plate. From The Liberty Collection of American Colonial Coinage, Part Three.
A remarkable Mint State example with few peers among PCGS certified examples.
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 3324: 1904 Liberty half eagle, PR67 Cameo NGC.
This is the finest 1904 proof Liberty half eagle that we have offered in any of our auctions, the previous best being a PR66 Cameo piece. Only one coin has certified finer.
Lot 3354: 1796 eagle XF40 PCGS, Breen-6832, Taraszka-6, BD-1, R.4.
The only known die pair for coinage of 1796, with total production for the year of 4,146 pieces (with the majority of these dated 1795).
Lot 1861: 1737 Higley Copper, CONNECTICVT, Freidus 1.2-A, Breen-238, VF25
PCGS. Realized: $57,500
The CONNECTICVT is the first Higley variety, struck before presumed local complaints compelled the change in the obverse legend, from THE VALVE OF THREE PENCE to VALVE ME AS YOU PLEASE. Ex: F.C.C. Boyd; John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, Part II (Stack's, 5/2004), lot 268; San Francisco ANA (Heritage, 7/2005), lot