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
10078; Troy Wiseman Collection, Part Two (Heritage, 1/2007), lot 726. From The Liberty Collection of American Colonial Coinage, Part Three.
Lot 180: 1916-D dime, MS65 Full Bands PCGS.
At 264,000 pieces struck, the 1916-D has less than a quarter of the original mintage of its nearest rival, the 1921-D dime. From the Tremont 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 3457: 1895 eagle PR65 Ultra Cameo NGC.
This stunning Gem has exceptional aesthetic appeal, and should prove to be a delightful addition to the connoisseur's collection. Both sides have impressively deep mirrors around highly lustrous and brilliant yellow devices. Only two certified finer.
Lot 1824: 1652 Pine Tree Shilling, Large Planchet, Noe-4, MS64 PCGS.
The first N in ENGLAND is reversed, a die engraver's blunder seen during many periods in many countries. Ex: F.C.C. Boyd Collection; John J. Ford, Jr. Collection Part XII, Stack's (10/ Q20 I05), lot 84; Milwaukee ANA Signature, (Heritage, 8/2007), lot 1511. From The Liberty Collection of American Colonial Coinage, Part Three.
Lot 3171: 1795 Small Eagle half eagle, BD-3, AU58 NGC.
This scarce variety is the most available of the 1795 Small Eagle half eagles; all other die pairings are rare in an absolute sense.
Lot 3622: 1871-CC double eagle AU50 NGC.
The 1871-CC is generally considered the second rarest Carson City $20, in overall rarity and condition rarity.
Lot 3456: 1889 eagle PR64 PCGS.
The 1889 eagle had a production of only 45 pieces, a number that is somewhat on the low side even for the late 1880s and early 1890s. Ex: Bass II (Bowers and Merena, 10/1999), lot 1621.
Lot 883: 1803 dollar, B-5, BB-252, MS63 NGC.
The obverse die is known only in this single die combination and is only found perfect, while the reverse was used for several different varieties beginning in 1801. Technically, the reverse die was first used in 1802, followed in combination with an 1801 dated obverse, then for these 1803 dollars.
Lot 1818: (1615-16) Sommer Islands Sixpence, Large Portholes, Breen-3. NCS. AU Details. Breen-3. Realized: $43,125
It has been a number of years since any example of any denomination of early Bermuda silver has reached the Heritage auction block, and the present piece is the first Sommer Islands sixpence we have offered - it is that rare! >From The Liberty Collection of American Colonial Coinage, Part Three.
Lot 3216: 1842-C Small Date half eagle, AU58 PCGS. Variety 4-C, the only known dies. Die State II.