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.
No Drapery variant is slightly less available than With Drapery halves in Mint State, both types are equally rare in Gem or better condition.
aggressive bidding competition. From The Sundance Collection.
Lot 2178: 1849-O 50C MS65 NGC.
Like many antebellum minor silver issues, this heavily circulated New Orleans half dollar is immensely elusive in the better Mint State grades; this is tied for the finest known. From The Sundance Collection.
Lot 2224: 1870-CC 50C AU50 NGC.
As is the case with the many other issues struck in the first year of operation for the Carson City Mint, the 1870-CC halves rank as the most challenging and desirable within their series.
Lot 2225: 1870-CC 50C AU50 PCGS. WB-101.
Extremely scarce overall and of the utmost rarity in high grades, the 1870-CC Seated half dollar is an important key date in the series.
Lot 2241: 1877-S 50C MS67 NGC.
Tied with two others for finest known. From The Sundance Collection.
Lot 2246: 1848 50C PR64 NGC.
This extraordinarily rare 1848 proof half dollar, pedigreed to the Eliasberg Collection, is the second finest known. From The Sundance Collection.
Lot 2247: 1849 50C PR66 NGC.
We believe this piece, ex: Pittman, is the finest of just six or seven 1849 proof half dollars currently traced. From The Malibu Collection.
Lot 2249: 1855/54 50C PR64 PCGS. FS-301, formerly FS-005, WB-102.
The 1855/54 is very rare in proof format, and only one has been certified finer. >From The Sundance Collection.
Lot 2254: 1865 50C PR67 Cameo NGC.
NGC has certified just 33 1865 Cameo proofs, with this piece tied with only one other at the Superb Gem level, and none finer (8/08). From The Sundance Collection.
Lot 2264: 1873 50C Arrows PR66 Star NGC.
Lush ocean-blue, honey-gold, apricot, and cherry-red invigorate this precisely struck and unabraded Premium Gem; only one has been certified finer. From The Malibu Collection.
Lot 2294: 1896 50C MS67 Star NGC.
The 1896 has one of the lowest business strike mintages (950,000 pieces) in the Barber half dollar series, and this is tied with just one other for finest known.
Lot 2371: 1795 $1 Flowing Hair, Two Leaves, B-3, BB-11, NCS. Unc Details.
This piece is boldly defined with full definition on both sides, and despite some field repair, it may still qualify as the finest known example of the variety.
Lot 2397: 1798 $1 Large Eagle, Pointed 9, B-13, BB-108, R.3, MS61 NGC.
The obverse is easily identified by a die flaw between the bust and star 13, and there is a die crack from the rim to the lower right serif of the L in LIBERTY. A spectacular representative from the first year of the Heraldic Eagle reverse.
Lot 2423: 1836 Pattern Gobrecht $1 Name Below Base, Judd-58 Restrike, Pollock-61, R.6(?), PR55 NGC. Silver. Die Alignment III
A significant amount of research has been done regarding the Starry Reverse Name Below Base 1836 dollars; the debate is