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.
Lot 2428: 1836 Pattern Gobrecht $1 Name on Base, Judd-60 Restrike, Pollock-65, R.5, PR63 NGC. Silver. Die Alignment IV.
The accidental die scratch above the eagle's wing is evident to the unaided eye, and as related to the medallic-oriented Die Alignment II pieces, each is a so-called Second Original from March 1837.
Lot 2429: 1836 Pattern Gobrecht $1 Name on Base, Judd-60 Restrike, Pollock-65, R.5, PR63 NGC. Silver. Die Alignment III.
No reverse die scratch is apparent on this piece as the dies were repolished prior to striking, thus eliminating the scratch.
Lot 2430: 1838 Pattern Gobrecht $1 Name Omitted, Judd-84 Restrike, Pollock-93, R.5, PR63 PCGS. Silver. Reeded Edge. Die Alignment III.
There are two widely separated time periods for the striking of 1838 Gobrecht dollars. The first is in the actual year on the coin, 1838; the Die Alignment III coins show microscopic die cracks through MERI and TE, and were most likely made in the late 1850s.
Lot 2431: 1838 Pattern Gobrecht $1 Name Omitted, Judd-84 Restrike, Pollock-93, R.5, PR64 NGC. Silver. Reeded Edge. Die Alignment III.
The majority of 1838 dollars are known in Die Alignment III, perhaps produced over three striking periods.
Lot 2432: 1839 Pattern Gobrecht $1 Name Omitted, Judd-104 Restrike, Pollock-116, R.3, PR64 NGC. Silver. Die Alignment IV.
Two hub changes were made to the 1839 dollars: the addition of feathers along the eagle's neck, and the effacement of Gobrecht's name from the base of the rock.
Lot 2474: 1858 $1 PR65 Cameo NGC.
This brilliant Gem possesses icy devices that exhibit obvious contrast with the unperturbed and glassy fields of this proof-only issue.
Lot 2475: 1859 $1 PR66 NGC.
This superior No Motto type coin exhibits a penetrating strike, and the surfaces are nearly bereft of contact; only four certified finer.
Lot 2476: 1859 $1 PR67 Star NGC.
One of the two finest certified with Star designation, of some 800 dollars initially struck in proof format in 1859.
Lot 2480: 1861 $1 PR66 Cameo NGC.
The proof dollar was originally offered as part of proof sets, and perhaps 700 of the 1000 minted were melted. None finer from either service (8/08).
Lot 2492: 1868 $1 PR67 Cameo NGC.
This is the single finest Cameo proof 1868 dollar certified by either major grading service.
Lot 2494: 1869 $1 PR67 Star Cameo NGC.
The proof Seated dollars dated 1869 are in high demand, both as representatives from a pool of only 600 proofs, and also as substitutes for the business strikes of the same year, which are famously challenging in Mint State.
Lot 2510: 1874-CC Trade $1 MS65 NGC.
A seldom-seen Trade dollar in mint condition as most of the 1.3 million struck were shipped to the Orient. None have been certified finer. From The Laredo Collection.
Lot 2546: 1878-S T$1 MS65 PCGS.
This coin is a wonderful example of the last year of Trade