U.S. Coin Rarities Lead Suite of Heritage's Sept. 2008 Long Beach Signature® Auctions An O-101 1796 15 Stars half dollar (Lot 2018), certified AU58 by PCGS is joined by many other gold and silver rarities in Heritage's Long Beach Signature® Auction, being held Sept 17-21, 2008.
News-Antique.com - Sep 22,2008 - Dallas, TX. An O-101 1796 15 Stars half dollar (Lot 2018), certified AU58 by PCGS is joined by many other gold and silver rarities in Heritage's Long Beach Signature® Auction, being held Sept 17-21, 2008. Heritage is also holding auctions featuring U.S. Currency, Ancient & World Coins, World Currency, and Tokens and Medals. The auctions are now posted by Heritage Auction Galleries on their HA.com website, and all lots are available for inspection and bidding.
"Among the great rarities included in the Long Beach auction," commented Heritage President Greg Rohan, "are several unusual pairs: A pair of 1879 $4 stellas (Judd-1635, Pollock-1833) with Flowing Hair, and certified by NGC (Lot 3570 is PR64 Star Cameo, and Lot 3571 is PR65 Cameo). A pair of early $5s from The Laredo Collection is also significant: Lot 3575 is a 1795 $5 Small Eagle (BD-1), certified MS62 NGC, and Lot 3587 is an 1805 $5 Close Date (BD-2). A pair of 1839-O Capped Bust, Reeded Edge Proof half dollars will keep seasoned numismatists talking for decades. Typically years pass between auction appearances of this ultra-rarity, as you might expect with only four confirmed examples extant. It is just short of miraculous to have two of the four in one auction: Lot 2163: PR62 NGC, and Lot 2164: PR63 NGC. A 1929 $20 in MS66 PCGS is also anticipated to receive strong bidding activity. Other silver rarities include amazing collections of Gobrecht dollars, Trade dollars, and Seated quarters and halves. In such a strong market, we predict that many records will be set."
"One of the most fascinating lots in the auction," concluded Rohan, "is a newly discovered error rarity: Lot 3227 is an 1831 quarter eagle struck on a dime planchet. The error, graded Good 6 by NGC, obviously circulated for decades as a dime with no one noticing the curious reverse."
Among the anchors in the U.S. coin catalog are: The Nora Bailey Collection; The Bell Collection; The Davis Conway Collection; The Morton J. Greene Collection; The Hamous Collection of California Gold; The Laredo Collection; The Malibu Collection; The Mississippi Collection; The Menlo Park Collection; The Nevada Collection of Seated Quarters; and The Sundance Collection.
Highlights from Heritage's September 2008 Long Beach Signature® Auction:
Lot 89: 1793 half cent MS60 Brown NGC C-3, B-3, R.3.
The 1793 half cents were the first of the denomination coined at a young Philadelphia Mint, and they followed the Chain and Wreath cents into production.
Lot 112: 1805 1/2 C Small 5, Stems XF40 PCGS. C-2, B-2, Low R.6.
This is an important example Census level example of the rarest 1805 half cent, and one of the rarest Draped Bust half cent varieties. From The Nora Bailey Collection.
Lot 132: 1832 half cent PR64 Brown PCGS C-2, B-2, R.7
A significant rarity, with only a handful of proofs of this variety known.
Lot 173: 1806 cent, S-270, B-1, R.1, MS64 Brown NGC.
A remarkable large cent, this is the single finest certified