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.
Mintage of the 1796-1797 Draped Bust Small Eagle design type totaled only 3,918 coins, and this example is sharp for its grade, with individually distinctive denticles. From The Menlo Park Collection.
Lot 2018: 1796 15 Stars Half Dollar AU58 PCGS, O-101, R.5
The Draped Bust Small Eagle half dollars of 1796 and 1797 is rare in any level of preservation, and especially in this high grade (only two of which rate AU58). Ex: The Douglas L. Noblet Collection; The Richard Genaitis Collection.
Lot 2163: 1839-O 50C Capped Bust, Reeded Edge PR62 NGC.
Substantially rarer than the 1838-O proof half dollars are the similarly designed 1839-O proof halves. With two of only four confirmed extant examples in this auction, this will be a historic event.
Lot 2164: 1839-O 50C Capped Bust, Reeded Edge PR63 NGC.
Relatively little is known about this enigmatic issue, one of the hidden jewels of the numismatic world; two things are certain--they are indubitably specially struck coins and there are only four confirmed examples extant. The current auction is a landmark event in that we are offering two pieces! The present specimen is the Breen Proof Encyclopedia Plate Coin. Ex: Krouner Collection; George Byers Collection.