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 reverse, and both are rare. Only 3 have been certified finer (7/08).
Lot 3587: 1805 $5 MS65 NGC. Close Date, Breen-6445, BD-2, R.4.
The BD-1 and BD-2 1805 half eagle varieties are the so-called Perfect 1, Close Date types, sharing a common obverse with different reverses. From The Laredo Collection.
Lot 3592: 1807 $5 Bust Right MS64 NGC. BD-1, High R.4.
It is believed that the reverse die used in this marriage was a leftover die from the 1806 production run, based on the combination of the large letters and small stars.
Lot 3602: 1810 $5 Large Date, Large 5 MS64 PCGS. Breen-6459, BD-4, R.2.
The date is large, with a near-horizontal flag atop the first 1 in the date. The reverse shows a large, squat 5 with the top right portion of its flag pointing directly at the lowest feather tip on the fletchings. From The Laredo Collection.
The two known 1812 half eagle varieties feature the same obverse and are distinguished by the spacing of the denomination.
Lot 3608: 1833 $5 Large Date MS61 PCGS. Breen-6498, BD-1, High R.5.
The actual size of the digits is just barely noticeable, but the style of the number punches is distinctively different. From The Laredo Collection.
Lot 3631: 1839-C $5 MS63 NGC. Variety 1-A.
In 1839 the design of the half eagle was changed to feature Gobrecht's new stylization of Liberty.
Lot 3646: 1844-D $5 MS64 NGC.
Gold was discovered in the Appalachian regions of Georgia and North Carolina during the 1820s, and several private mints were established near the gold fields to allow the miners to avoid the risk and expense of shipping their gold overland to Philadelphia.
This is a breathtaking coin, with none certified finer.
Lot 3716: 1866 $5 Motto MS63 NGC.
All 1866 half eagles struck at Philadelphia were of the With Motto variety.
Lot 3781: 1862 $5 PR64 Ultra Cameo NGC.
Mint records indicate that only 4,430 business strike and 35 proof half eagles were produced in 1862.
Lot 3782: 1864 $5 PR64 Deep Cameo PCGS.
The 1864 proof five has a mintage of only 50 pieces; only one has been certified finer.
Lot 3783: 1887 $5 PR64 Cameo NGC.
The 1887 proof five has the easy-to-remember mintage of the last two years of the date, that is, 87 pieces.
Lot 3817: 1796 $10 AU55 NGC. Breen-6832, Taraszka-6, BD-1, R.4.
The only known die pair for coinage of 1796, with Mint delivery records indicating 6,934 eagles coined in 1796.
Lot 3819: 1797 $10 Large Eagle AU58 NGC. Breen-6834, Taraszka-8, BD-2, High R.4.
After producing every authorized coinage denomination in 1796, from the half cent through ten dollar gold, in 1797 the Mint came close to doing it again, omitting only quarters entirely from the lineup.
Lot 3820: 1798/7 $10 9x4 Stars XF40 PCGS. BD-1, High R.4.