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.
The 1892-S Morgan dollar, with its mintage of 1.2 million pieces, was not an issue that attracted particular notice for many years, but is now a classic rarity.
Lot 2924: 1895-O $1 MS62 PCGS.
The 1895-O has always been something of a darling among Morgan dollar enthusiasts, particularly in higher grades.
Lot 2925: 1895-O $1 MS63 ANACS.
While the 1893-S issue is arguably the most important and widely recognized of all business strike Morgan silver dollars, the 1895-O follows closely behind.
Lot 2979: 1903-S $1 MS66 NGC.
A beautiful example of this sought-after date, with only one other certified finer.
Lot 2988: 1881 $1 PR67 Cameo NGC.
One of only 984 proofs struck this year.
Lot 2999: 1896 $1 PR67 Cameo NGC.
All in all, great technical quality and aesthetic eye appeal.
Lot 3002: 1898 $1 PR67 Ultra Cameo NGC.
Proof Morgan silver dollars minted in the years 1895-1898 are known for their high technical quality and beautiful appearance, and the 735 pieces from 1898 are particularly noteworthy in this respect.
Lot 3058: 1925-S $1 MS65 NGC.
The 1925-S is surprisingly rare in MS65 grade, and none have been certified finer.
Lot 3128: 1852-C Gold $1 MS65 NGC.
Charlotte produced fewer than 10,000 gold dollars in 1852, this coin appears tied for second finest in the Condition Census with a handful of others.
Lot 3147: 1854 Gold $1 Type Two MS63 PCGS.
In mid-1854, the Mint attempted to rectify problems caused by the small size of the Type One gold dollar, and the planchet diameter was increased by 2 mm. From The Bell Collection.
Lot 3168: 1856-D Gold $1 AU58 NGC.
The 1856-D is one of the keys to the series, and always in demand. Only six coins have been certified finer.
Lot 3171: 1857-C Gold $1 MS61 NGC.
Although the quality of this issue is notoriously poor, this piece exhibits a significantly sharper strike and fewer defects than typically seen. PCGS has certified none finer, while NGC reports only two MS62 specimens (8/08).
Lot 3218: 1798 $2.50 AU50 PCGS. BD-2, Low R.5.
The top of the 8 slightly overlaps the lower edge of the drapery, and the branch has five berries; either feature is diagnostic for the elusive 1798 BD-2 quarter eagle.
Lot 3224: 1825 $2.50 MS61 PCGS. BD-2, R.4.
The obverse has a recut 5, and the reverse has the stem ending over the upright of the D; both dies appear to be perfect with no die cracks or clash marks.
Lot 3226: 1830 $2.50 AU58 NGC. BD-1, R.4.
All Capped Head quarter eagles are scarce or rare, and in 1830 only 4,540 coins of the denomination were minted, and the number of survivors is estimated to be just 80 to 100 pieces. From The Menlo Park Collection.
Lot 3227: 1831 $2.50 Quarter Eagle Struck on a Dime Planchet, Good 6 NGC.