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June 2024 Auction Session 2 U.S. Coins Part 2 Gold

Tue Jun 18 - 10:00AM


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  • 1849-O Gold Dollar. Winter-2. MS-62

    1849-O Gold Dollar. Winter-2. MS-62

  • 1853 Gold Dollar. MS-65+ (PCGS). CAC.

    1853 Gold Dollar. MS-65+ (PCGS). CAC.

  • 1853-D Gold Dollar. Winter 5-G, the only

    1853-D Gold Dollar. Winter 5-G, the only

  • 1854-D Gold Dollar. Winter 6-H, the only

    1854-D Gold Dollar. Winter 6-H, the only

Lot: 2001 - 1849-O Gold Dollar. Winter-2. MS-62 (NGC).

A very lustrous and well struck first year of issue for the gold dollar denomination. The New Orleans Mint produced 215,000 gold dollars, and are obtainable with relative ease in the lower Mint State grades, but due to its popularity as the first year there is always strong demand from collectors. The dies clashed and cracked during production, these mint made issues add to the southern charm of this golden jewel.

Lot: 2002 - 1853 Gold Dollar. MS-65+ (PCGS). CAC.

A brilliant and semi-Prooflike jewel, this Gem has a bold luster imparted by freshly finished dies. A wonderful golden patina really pops in the light, as the reflective nature of the fields are very flashy. Sharply struck, this is a great example of a Type I gold dollar for a gold type set. While common in an absolute sense, CAC-approved examples in MS-65 or higher are very scarce, with fewer than 100 examples "stickered."

Lot: 2003 - 1853-D Gold Dollar. Winter 5-G, the only known dies. EF-45 (PCGS).

Boldly defined, this outwardly smooth example exhibits warm, even, olive-gold patina on both sides. A pleasing high grade example of a date that saw a mintage of just 6,583 pieces, one of the lowest Type I gold dollar mintages from the Dahlonega facility.

Lot: 2004 - 1854-D Gold Dollar. Winter 6-H, the only known dies. AU Details--Scratches, Cleaned (NGC).

Retaining sharp details and only the barest trace of friction on either side, this semi-lustrous example does show some unfortunate scratches on the obverse and light signs of an old, gentle wipe. A rare date gold dollar from the Dahlonega Mint, only 2,935 were struck for circulation, and high grade examples prove especially elusive. A coin that will delight many collectors looking for an example for their collection that will fit their budget.

Lot: 2005 - 1855 Gold Dollar. Type II. MS-64 (PCGS).

Vivid rose-orange surfaces exhibit uncommonly sharp striking detail for the type. The often-seen clash marks are barely perceptible here, as well, and wispy handling marks are at a minimum to confirm the near-Gem grade from PCGS. A conditionally challenging gold dollar design, represented here by a desirable high grade type candidate.

Lot: 2006 - 1855-O Gold Dollar. Type II. Winter-2. AU-58 (NGC). CAC.

Satiny and lustrous, both sides of this handsome piece exhibit subtle champagne-pink patina to deep honey-orange color. Sharply defined for both the Winter-2 attribution and the assigned grade. The final New Orleans Mint gold dollar, the 1855-O is also perhaps the most popular since it is the only one of the brief and challenging Type II design.

Lot: 2007 - 1861 Gold Dollar. MS-65 (PCGS). CMQ.

A frosty brilliant and nicely preserved Gem Civil War era gold dollar. Sharply struck and eye appealing for the issue and grade.

Lot: 2008 - 1862 Gold Dollar. FS-101. Doubled Die Obverse. MS-62 (NGC). CMQ.

Frosty and sharply struck, both sides are further enhanced by lovely color in a blend of pale rose and golden-wheat. This visually appealing DDO variety is most readily attributed by looking at the design elements along the upper right obverse border.

Lot: 2009 - 1864 Gold Dollar. AU-58 (PCGS). CAC.

Only 5,900 gold dollars were struck for commerce during this pivotal Civil War year and today PCGS CoinFacts estimates a survival of about 125 in all grades. This lightly circulated and lustrous dollar offers excellent eye appeal. Of the 25 graded AU-58 by PCGS and NGC combined, this is the sole CAC approved example.

Lot: 2010 - 1883 Gold Dollar. MS-66 PL (NGC). CAC.

Razor sharp in strike with full mint finish, this is a gorgeous survivor from a mintage of just 10,800 circulation strike gold dollars of the date. Popular with type collectors, the 1883 gold dollar comes well struck and is readily available even through MS-67. With a fully prooflike finish, however, there are only a handful available for type collectors or Set Registry players. The overall aesthetic of this appreciably cameoed coin is tremendous even despite its diminutive size.

Lot: 2011 - 1885 Gold Dollar. MS-64 PL (PCGS).

Boldly reflective fields on both sides contrast pleasantly with the satiny motifs. Brilliant, highly attractive, and one of only five certified by PCGS in PL category.

Lot: 2012 - 1886 Gold Dollar. MS-65 (PCGS).

Vivid golden-apricot surfaces are smartly impressed with a full endowment of frosty to semi-reflective luster.

Lot: 2013 - 1889 Gold Dollar. MS-67+ (PCGS).

An intensely lustrous Superb Gem from the final year of the denomination. This sparkling example is sure to draw the eye of numerous potential bidders. The vivid rose-gold surfaces appear flawless to the unaided eye and just as pristine under low magnification. A splendid specimen, it would make a grand addition to any advanced-quality gold dollar cabinet or type collection. Do not let this one get away!

Lot: 2014 - 1889 Gold Dollar. MS-67+ (PCGS). CAC.

A totally original Superb Gem example from this final year of issue. Sharply struck, softly frosted, with rich golden colors from honey-tangerine to pale rose-gold. The devices are sharp, the surfaces nicely composed, and the eye appeal is delightful.

Lot: 2015 - 1889 Gold Dollar. MS-67+ (NGC). CAC.

Beautiful rose-gold surfaces are fully struck with a highly lustrous, satin smooth texture. Hints of prooflike flash amplifies the brilliance on both sides. The final gold dollar that the United States Mint produced for circulation, the 1889 is a popular issue for type purposes. This is an uncommonly well preserved Superb Gem fit for inclusion in an advanced collection.

Lot: 2016 - 1839-C Classic Head Quarter Eagle. HM-1, Winter-2. Rarity-3+. Repunched Date. EF-45 (PCGS).

As the more readily obtainable of the two Charlotte Mint issues in the Classic Quarter Eagle series, the popularity of the 1839-C for mintmarked type purposes knows no bounds. This is a scarce issue in an absolute sense, of course, and most references suggest between 200 and 350 examples have survived in all grades from a mintage of just 18,140 pieces. The presently offered example displays light, even wear on both sides and the commensurate traces of contact associated with the assigned grade. Overall this is a handsome, EF example of this always popular Charlotte Mint quarter eagle.

Lot: 2017 - 1843-D Liberty Head Quarter Eagle. Winter 4-H. Small D. VF-25 (NGC). CAC.

Blended deep khaki-gold and warmer honey colors provide a wonderfully original appearance for this PQ example. Moderately worn, as befits the assigned grade, yet with all major features bold and the overall design fully appreciable. Very smooth and appealing for a mid grade Dahlonega Mint gold coin of any denomination or date, this 1843-D $2.50 will be a fine addition to the collection of a discerning numismatist.

Lot: 2018 - 1845-D Liberty Head Quarter Eagle. Winter 6-J, the only known dies. AU-53 (PCGS).

Bright golden-honey surfaces exhibit tinges of pale olive. Pleasingly bold overall, a touch of softness to the central high points is characteristic of the issue and the grade. Appreciable luster remains, both sides free of sizable or otherwise singularly mentionable. With a similar mintage, the 1845-D is on par with the 1844-D in terms of overall rarity. Doug Winter (2023) provides an estimate of 275 to 325 coins extant in all grades for this issue. Not surprisingly for a Dahlonega Mint gold coin, the typical 1845-D quarter eagle is a well circulated VF or EF. About Uncirculated survivors are scarce; in high grades the 1845-D is rarer than 1844-D, as well as a number of other Dahlonega Mint quarter eagles. Mint State examples can be counted on one or two hands.

Lot: 2019 - 1846-D/D Liberty Head Quarter Eagle. Winter 7-L. AU Details--Cleaned (PCGS).

A scarce and popular repunched mintmark variety sought by southern branch mint specialists. Though lightly cleaned, this coin displays only light wear and retains bold definition on both sides.

Lot: 2020 - 1860-S Liberty Head Quarter Eagle. MS-61 (PCGS).

The typical 1860-S quarter eagle is well circulated, and the issue is rare above EF; PCGS CoinFacts estimates a total survival of 105 pieces in all grades (out of 35,600 struck), none of which are graded higher than MS-64. This PCGS-certified MS-61 is a delightful survivor, fully lustrous and well struck. A real prize for the specialist of this challenging series, one that will see very spirited bidding.

Lot: 2021 - 1860-S Liberty Head Quarter Eagle. AU-55 (NGC).

Lustrous with a lively satin finish from the dies, this minimally circulated example also retains bold to sharp striking detail throughout the design. Bright and appealing, this coin is sure to please the discerning gold enthusiast. These are scarce to rare in all grades, the 1860-S quarter eagle produced to the extent of just 35,600 pieces with most long since lost to commercial use. Market appearances are few and far between with Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth ( Encyclopedia of U.S. Gold Coins: 1795-1933) recording only 26 offerings through auction from 1999 to 2008. This is a particularly attractive coin for both the issue and the assigned grade that is worthy of the strongest bids.

Lot: 2022 - 1868 Liberty Head Quarter Eagle. MS-62 (NGC).

Offered is a splendid example of a key date Liberty Head quarter eagle. Both sides exhibit intense satin to semi-prooflike luster and vivid rose-gold color. Direct lighting calls forth subtle overtones of powder blue and reddish-apricot - very attractive. Sharply struck in all areas with exceptional visual appeal for the assigned grade. Circulation strike quarter eagle production at the Philadelphia Mint amounted to just 3,600 pieces in 1868, as gold coins remained absent from commerce in the East and Midwest, with little bullion obtainable for new coinage. As the mintage might imply, this is an elusive issue at all levels of preservation, the typical survivor grading AU. Mint State examples are few and far between, highlighting the significance of this offering for collectors of Liberty Head gold.

Lot: 2023 - 1892 Liberty Head Quarter Eagle. MS-64 (PCGS).

A simply outstanding near-Gem, both sides are brightly lustrous with satiny design elements and semi-reflective fields. Fully struck throughout with gorgeous color in vivid medium gold. The quarter eagle was never a particularly popular coin in general commerce with most average gold transactions being handled by half eagles. By the 1880s the denomination was struck exclusively at Philadelphia and only in moderate quantities at best. In 1892, only 2,440 coins were produced for commerce and were quickly absorbed into circulation. Meanwhile, the price of silver fell dramatically and the very next year the Panic of 1893 hit, events that prompted many Americans to hoard gold. Fully one quarter of the entire production run for this issue was saved, of which 20% of survivors are in Mint State, primarily at lower levels through MS-63. Premium Choice examples such as this are quite scarce, and with Gem Mint State pieces decidedly rare, we expect to see spirited bidding to secure this beautiful piece.

Lot: 2024 - 1895 Liberty Head Quarter Eagle. MS-65 PL (NGC). CMQ.

This is an exceptional specimen from this desirable issue displaying lovely pinkish-orange coloration throughout. The fields are icy and considerably reflective, starkly contrasting the frosty and sharply defined design elements. The surfaces remain virtually untouched and even the high points display undisturbed luster. An attractive and carefully preserved example. With a circulation strike mintage of just 6,000 coins, this issue is scarce in all grades and examples at the Gem Mint State level are rarely encountered. This beautiful piece ranks among the finest examples certified for the issue in the PL category, and is eagerly awaiting inclusion in an advanced gold cabinet.

Lot: 2025 - 1895 Liberty Head Quarter Eagle. MS-65 (PCGS). CAC.

Razor sharp devices are intricately defined. Satin to softly frosted luster is full, vibrant, and nicely intermingled with a bright golden-apricot color. Exceptionally nice even for the Gem grade level, there is much to recommend this coin to a quality conscious gold buyer. The mintage of just 6,000 circulation strikes ensconces this as a rarity among later issues. In Gem Mint State the population is thin as seen in the PCGS information below. The present coin represents an excellent value and an equally excellent opportunity to grab a low-mintage issue in an exceptional grade.

Lot: 2026 - 1895 Liberty Head Quarter Eagle. MS-64 (PCGS). CAC.

Razor sharp devices are intricately defined. Satin to softly frosted luster is full, vibrant, and nicely intermingled with a vivid orange-olive color. Exceptionally nice even for the near-Gem grade level, there is much to recommend this coin to a quality conscious gold buyer. The mintage of just 6,000 circulation strikes ensconces this as a rarity among later issues in the Liberty Head quarter eagle series. The present coin represents an excellent value and an equally excellent opportunity to grab a low-mintage issue in an exceptional grade.

Lot: 2027 - 1901 Liberty Head Quarter Eagle. MS-67 (PCGS). CAC.

A lovely Superb Gem that ranks among the finest graded by PCGS (just two coins have ever graded higher by PCGS). A rich golden color is enlivened by a strong satiny luster, which pops with a bold brilliance in a light. Sharply struck and wonderfully preserved, this is a perfect coin for a carefully curated gold type set.

Lot: 2028 - 1903 Liberty Head Quarter Eagle. MS-67 (NGC).

Luxuriant, satiny mint frost accentuates warm honey gold surfaces and a sharp strike. We note some deeper coppery toning in spots, attesting to the originality.

Lot: 2029 - 1904 Liberty Head Quarter Eagle. Proof-63 Cameo (PCGS).

Bright yellow-gold tones illuminate the surfaces of this stunning Cameo Proof Liberty quarter eagle. The fields are impressively reflective and only lightly troubled on both sides, allowing the boldly frosted devices to take center stage. A few handling marks in the obverse fields are the only anomalies sparing this jewel from a Gem level of preservation. A total of only 170 pieces were struck, and with the Cameo designation, this coin is clearly a step above those without this desirable feature. At the time this lovely Proof was struck, the all mirror finish was more typical so Cameo coins were quite limited. Furthermore, the Deep Cameo coins are virtually unobtainable for 1904. The specialist who appreciates a lot of eye appeal and contrast would do well to secure this Cameo Proof for their collection.

Lot: 2030 - 1905 Liberty Head Quarter Eagle. MS-67+ (NGC).

Tied for second highest graded, this is a truly superb late date Liberty Head quarter eagle with a thick satiny sheen and sharply struck details. This keenly preserved example is bested by a mere dozen pieces at NGC, all MS-68, no doubt inclusive of some duplication. A perfect example for a type or date set.

Lot: 2031 - 1908 Indian Quarter Eagle. MS-65 (NGC).

A crisply impressed, satiny lustrous example that is seemingly earmarked for inclusion in a high grade type set of first-year issues. Like all Indian Head quarter eagles, the 1908 is rarely found finer than MS-65. This superior quality survivor will certainly please even the pickiest of collectors.

Lot: 2032 - 1909 Indian Quarter Eagle. MS-64+ (PCGS). CAC.

One of the scarcer Indian quarter eagle issues, and represented here by a gorgeous, thoroughly PQ Choice Mint State example. Lustrous surfaces are sharply stuck and bathed in vivid orange-olive color that delivers strong eye appeal.

Lot: 2033 - 1909 Indian Quarter Eagle. MS-63 (PCGS).

A pleasing Choice Mint State example displaying frosty brilliance and light honey surfaces. Crisply struck on both sides.

Lot: 2034 - 1911 Indian Quarter Eagle. MS-64+ (PCGS). CAC.

The type collector seeking to avoid one of the truly common issues from the 1925 to 1929 era would be wise to pursue this premium near-Gem 1911 quarter eagle. With smooth, lustrous and smartly impressed surfaces, it ideally showcases Bela Lyon Pratt's novel incuse design. Pretty medium gold color overall.

Lot: 2035 - 1911-D Indian Quarter Eagle. Strong D. MS-62 (PCGS).

An Indian quarter eagle set is one of the only gold date and mint collections that can be completed without spending a huge fortune and many years of time. A complete set makes a handsome display, as well. Naturally, there is one difficult key date that challenges date collectors: the 1911-D, which has the lowest mintage of the series at 55,680 pieces. The Denver mintmark usually comes "strong" as seen here, but can come quite weak - as struck, but even so the Weak D pieces are less desirable. Notice the full strike and usual wire rim on the right side of the obverse of the present example, always found on this issue and one of the diagnostics used to confirm authenticity. Lustrous fields and free of all but minor signs of handling, this pleasing 1911-D quarter eagle is further enhanced by pretty color in a blend of honey-orange, pinkish-gold and powder blue.

Lot: 2036 - 1911-D Indian Quarter Eagle. Strong D. AU-58 (PCGS).

Deep honey-gold and pale rose surfaces are sharply defined overall with ample luster remaining. An eagerly sought key date issue in highly desirable premium Choice AU preservation.

Lot: 2037 - 1913 Indian Quarter Eagle. MS-65 (PCGS).

Drenched in richly original orange- and rose-gold patina, this lovely Gem really needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. The strike is sharp, the luster is fully satiny and the surfaces are virtually devoid of even trivial distractions. An often overlooked issue from the early Indian Quarter Eagle series, the 1913 is more challenging to locate above in such a lofty state of preservation than most collectors realize.

Lot: 2038 - 1913 Indian Quarter Eagle. MS-61 (NGC). CAC. OH Generation 2.0.

A lovely, premium quality example for the MS-61 grade assigned by NGC early on. Nice golden color and satiny lustrous surfaces compliment the generally well struck incuse devices. Worthy of a premium bid, this coin will see lots of action when it crosses the block.

Lot: 2039 - 1874 Three-Dollar Gold Piece. MS-61 PL (NGC).

Deep olive undertones backlight medium orange-gold color. Solid and appealing Prooflike BU quality that will appeal to Mint State gold type collectors seeking a desirable example of this challenging 19th century gold denomination.

Lot: 2040 - 1878 Three-Dollar Gold Piece. MS-61 (NGC).

Glossy yellow gold surfaces show no wear, though there are some trivial contact marks that account for the assigned grade.

Lot: 2041 - 1879 Three-Dollar Gold Piece. AU-55 (PCGS).

Premium Choice AU surfaces are sharply to fully struck throughout with plenty of satiny luster remaining. Pleasing warm honey-apricot in color, as well, there is much to recommend this coin to the discerning gold enthusiast. From a mintage of just 3,000 circulation strikes, survivors of which are scarce to rare in all grades.

Lot: 2042 - 1883 Three-Dollar Gold Piece. AU-55 (PCGS).

An exceptionally low mintage of only 900 pieces makes the 1883 $3 gold piece a rarity in all grades. Light rose and olive hues accent pale wheat-gold color. Light friction is seen on both sides. The fields show some reflection, particularly flashy on the reverse. Overall an attractive example.

Lot: 2043 - 1808 Capped Bust Left Half Eagle. BD-4. Rarity-3+. Wide 5 D. AU Details--Bent (PCGS).

A pleasing representative of a popular early U.S. type. Vivid golden-yellow is accompanied by deep orange and rose color that enhances the peripheral design elements. A soft bend is noted on the obverse from 6-8 o'clock, without obvious reverse damage. A more affordable candidate for a beautiful Capped Bust gold issue.

Lot: 2044 - 1842-D Liberty Head Half Eagle. Winter 7-E. Small Date, Small Letters. VF-25 (NGC). OH.

This lovely example sports smooth-looking surfaces dressed in warm honey-olive color, isolated peripheral areas with enhancing blushes of reddish-rose color. Smooth and well composed for the assigned grade, generally bold detail and pleasing originality will also be of interest to discerning Southern gold collectors. Worthy of strong bids.

Lot: 2045 - 1846-C Liberty Head Half Eagle. Winter-1, the only known dies. Unc Details--Altered Surfaces (PCGS).

Crisply impressed with impressively full detail by the standards of the issuing mint. Deep honey-rose surfaces have a curious matte-like texture to explain the PCGS qualifier, but they are free of sizeable or otherwise individually mentionable marks. The Charlotte Mint resumed coinage operations in October 1846 after closing its doors temporarily due to a fire that broke out on July 27, 1844. The facility only struck 12,995 half eagles during the waning months of 1846, and this issue ranks among the rarest in this Southern gold series. Mint State survivors can be counted on two hands, and they usually appear at auction at only widely spaced intervals. This bidding opportunity deserves the attention of budget minded Southern gold collectors.

Lot: 2046 - 1848-D Liberty Head Half Eagle. Winter 22-O. Die State II. Unc Details--Salt Water Damage (PCGS).

A scarce issue with about 275 known in all grades. Salvaged at some point from an unknown shipwreck, the surfaces on both sides of this Dahlonega Mint five show the telltale saltwater etched surfaces. Retaining Mint State details, this coin was recently struck when it ended up in the water. This variety is noted for the repunched mintmark, and popular as such.

Lot: 2047 - 1850-C Liberty Head Half Eagle. Winter-2. Unc Details--Cleaned (NGC).

With a sizable mintage of 63,591, the 1850-C is the most available of the Charlotte Mint fives. However, in Mint State grade, it is, like all southern branch gold, quite scarce. While some minor ticks and the NGC-noted signs of an old cleaning are evident the surfaces are clearly uncirculated and show no wear anywhere. Retaining strong definition and a decent visual effect, this coin has a lot to offer the collector.

Lot: 2048 - 1858-D Liberty Head Half Eagle. Winter 43-II. AU Details--Obverse Damage (NGC).

Faint hairlines are evident on both sides, while several scratches and gouges on the obverse explain the NGC qualifier. Still among the finer certified survivors from a mintage of just 15,362 pieces when we consider that the vast majority grade VF or EF.

Lot: 2049 - 1878-CC Liberty Head Half Eagle. Winter 1-A, the only known dies. EF Details--Graffiti (PCGS).

Warm and natural golden yellow color evenly patinates smooth surfaces. Light graffiti in front of Liberty's chin account for the PCGS qualifier. A pleasing and more affordable example of a challenging, low mintage date from the ever-popular Carson City Mint.

Lot: 2050 - 1880-S Liberty Head Half Eagle. MS-65 (NGC).

The fact that this is the first Gem Mint State example that we have offered at auction in 20 years speaks volumes about the awesome condition rarity of the 1880-S half eagle at this level. Exceptionally well preserved surfaces are bathed in a blend of vivid pinkish-gold color and gently swirling satin to softly frosted luster. Sharply struck and a delight to behold. The 1880-S is the first San Francisco Mint half eagle issue with a mintage of more than 1 million coins (1,348,900 pieces), and it is popular for type purposes in circulated and lower Mint State grades. As above, at the present level this issue emerges as a major condition rarity and this beautiful MS-65 represents a significant find for advanced gold enthusiasts.

Lot: 2051 - 1880-S Liberty Head Half Eagle. MS-62 DPL (NGC).

The 1880-S is the first San Francisco Mint half eagle issue with a mintage of more than 1 million coins (1,348,900 pieces), and it is popular for type purposes in circulated and lower Mint State grades. The offered coin, however, is a significant strike rarity as the only example certified in the DMPL/DPL category at PCGS and NGC. Brightly mirrored, the fields support satiny and sharply defined motifs. Vivid olive-orange in color with strong eye appeal.

Lot: 2052 - 1884-CC Liberty Head Half Eagle. AU Details--Repaired (PCGS).

A scarce date from an original mintage of 16,402. The surfaces were altered to repair some damage on the obverse, a glass reveals directional hairlines and smoothing marks. The device are well struck and the overall look is decent.

Lot: 2053 - 1885-S Liberty Head Half Eagle. MS-65 (PCGS).

A vividly lustrous and vibrant Gem half eagle. Sharply struck and satiny smooth on both sides, this is an ideal example for a well selected gold type set. Very rare any finer.

Lot: 2054 - 1893-S Liberty Head Half Eagle. MS-64+ (PCGS). CAC.

Lovely medium gold surfaces are highly lustrous with billowy mint frost throughout. Sharply struck and on the cusp of a full Gem grade. Very rare in this lofty state of preservation and virtually unobtainable in Gem with a CAC sticker, this 1893-S five is sure to catch the eye of discerning gold enthusiasts.

Lot: 2055 - 1901-S Liberty Head Half Eagle. MS-65 (PCGS). CAC.

A lovely premium Gem with smartly impressed devices, smooth frosty luster and inviting golden-wheat color. Conditionally scarce for both the issue and the type, this 1901-S would do well in a high quality collection of classic U.S. Mint gold.

Lot: 2056 - 1908 Indian Half Eagle. MS-63 (PCGS). CAC.

Original golden-honey surfaces with a sharp strike and softly frosted luster. Always a popular issue for gold type purposes, the 1908 is the premier half eagle of Pratt's Indian design.

Lot: 2057 - 1908-D Indian Half Eagle. MS-64+ (PCGS). CAC.

While readily available in lower grades, the 1908-D is a very rare issue in Gem grade. Even in MS-64+ with CAC approval, this issue does not come up for sale with much frequency. Lively yellow gold luster gives this sharply struck and satiny smooth example a great look.

Lot: 2058 - 1908-S Indian Half Eagle. AU-55 (NGC).

With a mintage of 82,000 pieces, the key date 1908-S Indian half eagle is eagerly sought at all levels of preservation. Pale yellow-gold and rose-gold patina is seen on both sides of this overall boldly defined, satiny Choice AU example.

Lot: 2059 - 1909 Indian Half Eagle. MS-63+ (PCGS). CAC.

Smartly impressed and frosty in texture, this lovely Choice example also displays vivid color in even honey-apricot. The 1909 is common enough to be considered a type coin in the Indian half eagle series, although astute bidders will recognize that it is much scarcer than its identically dated Denver Mint counterpart.

Lot: 2060 - 1911 Indian Half Eagle. MS-64 (PCGS).

Due to their larger size and thus greater propensity to become bagmarked, Gem and near-Gem examples of Bela Lyon Pratt's Indian Head half eagles are decidedly scarcer than their quarter eagle counterparts. This honey and rose hued example is quite choice and well preserved with no marks of consequence on either side. Well struck and displaying a satiny brilliance, this is an ideal piece for the collector working on a set of this conditionally challenging series.

Lot: 2061 - 1913 Indian Half Eagle. MS-64+ (PCGS). CAC.

A sharply struck, intensely lustrous near-Gem with handsome warm apricot-gold color on both sides. Just right for inclusion in a high grade type set or advanced Indian eagle collection.

Lot: 2062 - 1913 Indian Half Eagle. MS-64+ (PCGS).

Lovely golden-apricot surfaces are exceptionally smooth and well preserved in a survivor of this conditionally challenging 20th century gold type. Sharply struck with bountiful mint luster. Though readily available in lower Uncirculated grades, the 1913 half eagle is scarce in upper end Choice Mint State and rare any finer.

Lot: 2063 - 1838 Liberty Head Eagle. AU Details--Repaired (PCGS).

Uniform and somewhat pale yellow-gold throughout with gently matte surfaces that informed the PCGS qualifier. The appearance is reminiscent of "saltwater surfaces" seen on some shipwreck coins such as the well-known 1854-S double eagles from the S.S. Yankee Blade, and though it is not natural it is not unattractive. This is a remarkably sharp example of this first Liberty Head eagle with very crisp detail through the motifs - strikingly so in the fine delineation of Liberty's portrait details as well as the feathers of the eagle on the reverse. Only a single radial line from one of the obverse stars is incomplete, and there is a trace of a wire rim around about half of the obverse. Subtle anomalies are detected in the left obverse field and below the letters in STATES and were presumably the targets of the surface treatment, but one must work to find them. The 1838 is also representative of a two-year type. Liberty's portrait is delicate on the 1838 and certain 1839 eagles, with the bust leaning decidedly left and much thinner in appearance than the familiar and somewhat stodgy Liberty head of late 1839 to 1907. For the 1838 to 1839 type, the tip of Liberty's coronet is left of star 6 and the sharply sweeping point of her shoulder is right of star 13. On the later issues in this series, the portrait is stockier, more upright, and the coronet tip is right of star 6 with the more rounded point of the shoulder left of star 13. We have rarely seen an example of this date, regardless of condition, go begging for collector interest.

Lot: 2064 - 1840 Liberty Head Eagle. AU-58 (NGC).

A lustrous and satiny coin with razor sharp to full striking detail in most areas of the design. Subtly prooflike in isolated field areas, as well. From a mintage of 47,338 coins, the 1840 eagle is a challenging condition rarity at the AU level and above. Produced at the height of the "Hard Times" period of economic uncertainty, these coins saw heavy use in circulation as few people were financially able to save examples. David Akers noted that he had not personally seen an Uncirculated 1840 eagle. In more modern times Jeff Garrett and Ron Guth (2008) expanded on this theme when they wrote, "The 1840 eagle is an underrated date that is almost impossible to find in Mint State." For the serious student of Gobrecht's Liberty Head eagles, opportunities such as this near-Mint offering are worthy of serious consideration.

Lot: 2065 - 1842-O Liberty Head Eagle. Winter-2. AU-53 (NGC).

Subtle olive-gray undertones support dominant medium gold patina on both sides of this lustrous and appealing AU example. Sharply defined. While a mintage of 27,500 pieces for the 1842-O represents a significant increase for eagle production at the New Orleans Mint, this issue remains scarce to rare in all grades. Particularly elusive are those coins that grade finer than EF, as here, which fact highlights the significance of this offering for the advanced Southern gold collector.

Lot: 2066 - 1847-O Liberty Head Eagle. Winter-6. Unc Details--Harshly Cleaned (PCGS).

Sharply defined details stand out on both sides. Bright golden color, the surfaces show no wear or rub anywhere, the surfaces show heavy hairlines from a past cleaning. While a common date overall, Mint State coins are scarce to rare, and this cleaned example will fit into a budget minded set.

Lot: 2067 - 1871-S Liberty Head Eagle. AU-53 (NGC).

With bright, vivid rose-honey color to surfaces that retain appreciable semi-reflective mint frost in the fields. Softly defined through the centers, although the S mintmark is bold. Relatively generous by the standards of the era, a mintage of 16,500 coins belies the true rarity of the 1871-S. Attrition through circulation was high and, like many San Francisco Mint eagles from the Civil War and Reconstruction eras, the 1871-S is unknown in Mint State. Of the 100 or so coins believed extant (per PCGS CoinFacts), well worn or impaired examples are the norm. This is a significant offering that will catch the eye of astute gold collectors.

Lot: 2068 - 1871-S Liberty Head Eagle. AU-53 (NGC).

A second offering in this sale for an issue that is scarce in all grades and rare this close to Mint State. Both sides exhibit golden-honey color and retain appreciable semi-reflective mint frost in the fields. Softly defined through the centers, although the S mintmark is bold. A fascinating die crack penetrates through the left obverse field, adding to the uniqueness of this particular example.

Lot: 2069 - 1891-CC Liberty Head Eagle. MS-61 (NGC).

Vivid and original yellow-gold color that represents the popular CC-Mint in the purest fashion. Pleasingly smooth surfaces with complete luster across all surfaces. Superior eye appeal one may expect at the assigned grade level, and sure to see spirited bidding.

Lot: 2070 - 1891-CC Liberty Head Eagle. FS-501. Repunched Mintmark. MS-61 (NGC).

With vivid golden-wheat color to fully impressed, highly lustrous surfaces, this is an outstanding Uncirculated type candidate from the Carson City Mint portion of the Liberty Head eagle series. 103,732 eagles were struck at the Nevada coinage facility in 1891 and, unlike for many issues in this mintmarked gold series, thousands were exported to Europe. Repatriations beginning in the second half of the 20th century have swelled the Mint State population to upward of 2,300 coins (per Rusty Goe, 2020). Most of these grade no finer than MS-62, at which levels the 1891-CC is a mainstay of Mint State gold type sets and CC-Mint collections. Given the scarcity of examples in MS-63 (the 1891-CC is rare any finer), this premium quality BU example is sure to have no difficulty finding its way into an advanced cabinet.

Lot: 2071 - 1891-CC Liberty Head Eagle. AU-58 (PCGS). CMQ. OGH.

With an original mintage of over 100,000 pieces, the 1891-CC eagle is an ideal candidate to represent the mint in a mintmark set of Liberty head eagles. This is a perfect coin for such a set with ample original luster highlighting warm honey-gold patina throughout. Well made with precision struck details and just the faintest trace of wear from an Uncirculated grade.

Lot: 2072 - 1901-S Liberty Head Eagle. MS-64+ (PCGS). CAC.

Exceptional and scarce premium near-Gem quality for this otherwise readily obtainable Liberty Head eagle issue of the Motto design type. Vivid yellow-apricot color mingles with billowy mint luster, the surfaces originally and carefully preserved. Sure to appeal to high grade gold type and date collectors.

Lot: 2073 - 1904-O Liberty Head Eagle. Winter-1, the only known dies. AU-58 PL (NGC). CAC.

A highly reflective mint brilliance graces the fields on both sides of this fully Prooflike New Orleans Mint eagle. Just a touch of friction keeps this sharply struck example from a full Mint State grade and there are no distracting marks of any kind to be found. Not a common issue with the PL designation, PCGS and NGC have assigned the designation to exactly 3 coins, this one being the only NGC-graded coin.

Lot: 2074 - 1907 Indian Eagle. No Periods. MS-65 (PCGS).

A delectable Gem example from the first year of the Augustus Saint-Gaudens Indian Head design. Well struck with a thick, satiny mint frost that enlivens a natural golden patina. The surfaces, as expected for a coin of this lofty grade level are free of distracting marks. Quite lovely, wholesome, and original, this piece would make a great addition to any first year of issue gold type set.

Lot: 2075 - 1908 Indian Eagle. Motto. MS-65+ (NGC).

On the cusp of an even loftier grade, this is a fabulous Gem 1908 with Motto eagle. Razor sharp devices and lustrous orange gold surfaces provide outstanding eye appeal for this MS-65+. Even with the aid of a strong glass, nary a mark can be found to disrupt from the Premium Quality of this Gem. This is the first appearance of the Motto on the Saint-Gaudens design, which Congress insisted on adding to these handsome eagles in early 1908 (after 33,500 No Motto examples came off the dies). The Motto was placed before the eagle's chest and sort of balances out the two primary reverse fields, the other with E PLURIBUS UNUM behind the eagle's back. The powerful designs of the genius sculptor Saint-Gaudens are still evident despite these minor changes to the designs.

Lot: 2076 - 1909-D Indian Eagle. MS-63+ (PCGS).

This smartly impressed, fully defined example is awash in a bold blend of frosty mint luster and warm honey-apricot color. One of the lower mintage entries in the Indian eagle series with 121,540 pieces produced, the 1909-D is still far from the rarest issue of the type in terms of total number of Mint State coins extant. Thanks to the relative availability of lower grade survivors in the MS-60 to MS-63 range, the 1909-D is only a median Indian eagle rarity in an absolute sense. However, this availability severely decreases as you approach Gem condition, and the present example is among the finer examples certified by PCGS.

Lot: 2077 - 1914 Indian Eagle. MS-64 (PCGS).

Bold and brightly lustrous surfaces exhibit lovely orange-gold patina and satiny fields. The 1907-1933 Indian eagle series designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens is considered by many to be among the most beautiful of all U.S. coinage design types. While not a rare date in grades up to and including MS-64, despite a mintage of only 141,000, the 1914 issue as a whole is underrated and Gems are scarce. This piece is quite high end for the grade, which will inspire spirited bidding when it crosses the block.

Lot: 2078 - 1914-S Indian Eagle. MS-61 (PCGS).

A well struck example of this popular date with a satiny mint frost. From an original mintage of 208,000, this date is scarce in an absolute sense in higher grades.

Lot: 2079 - 1850 Liberty Head Double Eagle. AU-53 (PCGS).

Gorgeously patinated in a brighter yellow gold with warm rose accents on the high points of the design. Pleasing AU quality for this historic and popular first year double eagle issue from the Philadelphia Mint.

Lot: 2080 - 1851-O Liberty Head Double Eagle. Winter 2-A. EF-45 (PCGS). CAC. OGH.

Even honey-olive color blankets surfaces that are boldly defined throughout. This second year New Orleans Mint issue is among the most eagerly sought in the Liberty Head double eagle series, attractive circulated coins such as this enjoying particularly strong demand for mintmarked gold type purposes.

Lot: 2081 - 1852 Liberty Head Double Eagle. AU-55 (NGC).

Handsome pinkish-honey surfaces are lustrous, sharply struck and quite pleasing to the eye. A sharply struck, wonderfully original example worthy of a premium bid.

Lot: 2082 - 1853 Liberty Head Double Eagle. AU-58 (NGC).

Brilliant lemon-yellow gold surfaces display just the lightest touch of highpoint friction. The devices are crisply rendered by an exacting blow from the dies. On the cusp of a full Mint State grade, this piece has a great look overall and will fit nicely in any gold holding.

Lot: 2083 - 1855-S Liberty Head Double Eagle. MS-61 (PCGS).

This is a beautiful Type I double eagle with razor sharp striking detail, save for the "S" mintmark. The handsome deep reddish-gold and green-gold patina further enhance a soft, satiny texture. Double eagle production at the San Francisco Mint soared in 1855, the second year of coinage at the California branch mint. Whereas 141,468 double eagles were struck in 1854, the mintage of the 1855-S is considerable higher at 879,675 pieces. The 1855-S is readily obtainable in circulated grades through AU, but in Mint State it remains rare, even despite the discovery of 304 examples as part of the treasure of the S.S. Central America. Only 63 of the coins included in that find are Mint State. An impressive condition rarity, this lot will certainly see spirited bidding when it crosses the auction block in Costa Mesa.

Lot: 2084 - 1855-S Liberty Head Double Eagle. AU-58 (PCGS). CAC.

Outstanding Choice AU quality for this conditionally challenging issue, both sides are lustrous, boldly struck and possessed of wonderfully original color. Although several examples were found in the cargo of the S.S. Central America, the 1855-S twenty is still difficult to locate this well preserved - especially so attractive. Make sure not to miss this prize when the hammer falls.

Lot: 2085 - 1856 Liberty Head Double Eagle. AU-55 (NGC). CAC.

Wonderfully original pinkish-rose and deep honey-olive surfaces retain plenty of sharp to full striking detail and satiny mint luster in a minimally circulated Type I Liberty Head twenty. The mintage for the 1856 is 329,878 circulation strikes, down nearly 40,000 pieces from the previous year's figure. The 1856 is considered by many to be a common date, no doubt because of the size of the mintages that occurred in Philadelphia at the beginning of the series. With regard to higher grades nothing could be further from the truth. This date has long been respected by specialists in the denomination as one of the more challenging Philadelphia Mint issues of the 1850s, especially in attractive high grade condition, as here. Of the perhaps 500 to 700 circulated examples extant, most grade VF to EF, this handsome AU-55 among the finer that we have offered in recent years.

Lot: 2086 - 1856-S Liberty Head Double Eagle. MS-61 (NGC).

A popular Type I double eagle date, one that at one time was considered a formidable rarity in the series in Mint State grades. Thanks to large quantities that were found on the shipwreck of the S.S. Central America, (and to lesser extent those from the Fort Capon Treasure), have made 1856-S double eagles more available. While graded MS-61 by NGC, this coin has a very strong eye appeal for the assigned grade, with a rich satiny gold frost on both sides. Scattered minor contact marks account for the grade, but are visually unobtrusive.

Lot: 2087 - 1857-S Liberty Head Double Eagle. AU-58 (NGC).

Attractive near-fully lustrous surfaces are softly frosted in finish with handsome honey-gold color. Always a popular $20 gold issue for type purposes, and this is a scarce non-shipwreck example that entered numismatic channels through an avenue other than that taken by the S.S. Central America treasure.

Lot: 2088 - 1858-S Liberty Head Double Eagle. Unc Details--Cleaned (PCGS).

The 1858-S is a significant condition rarity in Mint State with only a few dozen examples known. Some 1858-S double eagles were reported in the treasure recovered from the S.S. Republic shipwreck. However, that loss occurred seven years after 1858-S twenties were minted, and most of the recovered coins were in AU condition, with only a few at the lowest end of Mint State, and heavily abraded. The present piece, while not a perfect example, is still solidly in the Uncirculated category with fewer sizeable marks than one might expect. It would make a significant addition to an advanced double eagle cabinet.

Lot: 2089 - 1858-S Liberty Head Double Eagle. AU-58 (NGC). CAC.

Beautiful honey-rose surfaces are originally and nicely preserved at the near-Mint grade level. Sharply struck with plenty of frosty luster remaining.

Lot: 2090 - 1858-S Liberty Head Double Eagle. AU-58 (NGC).

An attractive honey-apricot offering for the discerning gold type collector or double eagle enthusiast.

Lot: 2091 - 1858-S Liberty Head Double Eagle. AU-55 (NGC). CAC.

Boldly to sharply defined with considerable luster remaining and attractively original honey-gold color.

Lot: 2092 - 1859-S Liberty Head Double Eagle. AU-55 (NGC).

Handsome Choice AU quality for this often overlooked S-Mint issue in the Type I double eagle series. Honey-gold in color with much luster remaining, bold to sharp striking detail further enhances the eye appeal.

Lot: 2093 - 1861 Liberty Head Double Eagle. AU-58 (NGC). CAC.

With a sharp strike, nearly full mint luster and attractively original surfaces, this is a desirable Choice AU coin to represent the challenging Type I Liberty Head double eagle.

Lot: 2094 - 1863-S Liberty Head Double Eagle. AU-55 (NGC).

With ample remaining luster, warm golden-orange patina and bold to sharp design elements, this double eagle would do nicely in a high grade type or date set.

Lot: 2095 - 1873 Liberty Head Double Eagle. Open 3. MS-63 (PCGS).

A choice example with strong mint luster and sharply struck design elements, the 1873 Open 3 double eagle, with a high mintage of more than 1.7 million stuck is an ideal coin to represent the Type II Liberty Head $20 in a type set. While readily available in grades up to and including MS-63, it is a considerable challenge to find this date in MS-64 or finer.

Lot: 2096 - 1883-S Liberty Head Double Eagle. MS-63+ (PCGS).

A brilliant and expertly preserved example of the date. Flashy lustrous surfaces have a glint of reflectivity in areas and the devices are richly frosted and well defined. The surfaces are clean and free of all but the most minute traces of contact, and most of these require careful inspection with a powerful glass to locate. Very rare any finer (and non-existent in gem), this example belongs in a carefully selected set of Liberty Head double eagles.

Lot: 2097 - 1891-S Liberty Head Double Eagle. MS-64+ (PCGS).

Enchanting apricot-gold surfaces are sharply struck with a full quota of frosty mint luster. Mintage for the 1891-S double eagle amounted to 1,288,125 pieces, up more than 485,000 coins from the preceding year's tally at the West Coast mint. We estimate that 6,000 to 8,000 or even more Mint State coins are extant, most of those in the MS-60 to 62 grade range, but with enough forays into MS-63 or marginally finer to go around. As with so many issues in the Liberty Head double eagle series, the 1891-S is rare in the finest Mint State grades, the present example ranking among the nicest available to today's advanced collectors.

Lot: 2098 - 1892-CC Liberty Head Double Eagle. AU Details--Cleaned (PCGS).

From a modest mintage 27,265 pieces, and always popular as a double eagle issue of the fabled Carson City Mint.

Lot: 2099 - 1892-CC Liberty Head Double Eagle. EF-40 (PCGS). CAC.

From a modest mintage for the date of 27,265 pieces, and always in demand as a Carson City Mint double eagle issue. This is a richly original EF example with deep honey-gold color to surfaces that reveal plenty of satiny luster as the coin dips into a light.

Lot: 2100 - 1892-S Liberty Head Double Eagle. MS-63 (PCGS). CAC.

An impressive and Choice quality example of this date. Vibrantly lustrous surfaces and sharply struck devices give this light gold toned example a wonderful look; its endorsement from CAC gives this pedigreed $20 another highly coveted trait that will certainly entice strong bidding.

Lot: 2101 - 1894 Liberty Head Double Eagle. MS-64+ (NGC). Kenneth Bressett Signature.

Tinged in a rich orange- and honey-gold patina, this well struck example ranks among the top fifteen or so graded by NGC. With a mintage in excess of 1.3 million pieces the 1894 double eagle is easily obtained in all grades through MS-64; however in MS-64+ or higher grades, the population figures plunge, even with the assumption that there are some duplicate submissions in the reports. There are some very minor ticks that are located with effort and a powerful loupe. Boldly lustrous, this coin has a great look.

Lot: 2102 - 1895 Liberty Head Double Eagle. MS-64+ (PCGS). CAC.

Extremely high end and on the cusp of a Gem grade, this double eagle has a vivid satiny glow and rich mint frost throughout. The devices are crisp and completely struck up. A small contact mark on the cheek is all that keeps this beauty from an MS-65 grade. Extremely rare in Gem, PCGS has graded fewer than one dozen examples higher than this MS-64+, including no doubt, some duplication.

Lot: 2103 - 1895-S Liberty Head Double Eagle. MS-64+ (PCGS). CAC.

An elusive near-Gem with sharply struck devices and significant satiny mint frost in the fields. Toned in golden-yellow shades and free of any notable abrasions. Extremely rare any finer, PCGS has graded merely a dozen pieces in Gem grade.

Lot: 2104 - 1897 Liberty Head Double Eagle. MS-64+ (PCGS).

While more than 1.3 million double eagles were struck in 1897, this date is extremely rare in Gem Mint State; indeed, combined, PCGS and NGC have certified 28 in MS-65 or higher grade (MS-65+ finest). A frosty lustrous example that is just a tiny tick or two away from a full Gem grade. A rich golden accents the otherwise very clean surfaces. A delightful coin that will see very spirited bidding when it crosses the block.

Lot: 2105 - 1907 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. Arabic Numerals. MS-64+ (PCGS). CAC.

Soft satin luster blends with light golden-wheat color on both sides of this premium near-Gem $20. From the first year of the Saint-Gaudens series, and representing excellent value given the challenging nature of the 1907 Arabic Numerals issue in MS-65 and higher grades.

Lot: 2106 - 1908 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. No Motto. MS-66 (PCGS). OGH.

A fantastic Premium Gem No Motto Saint from the famed Wells Fargo Hoard. Faint hints of deeper orange gold is accented by lustrous lemony yellow gold coloration. Well struck and wonderfully preserved, this coin would make a fine addition to any gold type set.

Lot: 2107 - 1909/8 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. FS-301. MS-63+ (NGC).

Bold golden yellow color with scattered handling marks that are typical at the assigned Choice Mint State grade level. Sharply struck with no distractions to note. A highly significant variety, the 1909/8 double eagle is the only overdate in the four popular 20th century U.S. Mint gold series. While repatriations from foreign bank hoards have made low end Uncirculated coins relatively obtainable, the variety remains scarce in Choice Mint State and rare any finer.

Lot: 2108 - 1909 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. MS-63 (PCGS). OGH.

Satin to softly frosted luster greets the viewer from both sides of this sharply struck, green-golden example. A limited mintage of 161,282 circulation strikes helps to explain why the 1909 is among the scarcer entries in the early Saint-Gaudens double eagle series. When he penned his 2004 reference A Guide Book of Double Eagle Gold Coins, Q. David Bowers provided an estimate of 3,000 to 5,000 Mint State coins extant. This is an endearing Choice example that will appeal to a wide variety of gold enthusiasts.

Lot: 2109 - 1911-D Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. MS-66+ (PCGS).

A remarkably well preserved and attractive Gem, both sides are silky smooth in texture with a gorgeous blend of frosty luster and warm honey-gold color. Ranking 42nd of 53 circulation strike Saint-Gaudens double eagles in terms of total number of Mint State coins extant, the 1911-D is one of the more readily obtainable issues of the type in today's market. Most survivors grade no finer than MS-65, however, and even in MS-66 this issue is scarce by the standards of the type. The MS-66+ grade level is the one at which the 1911-D develops into a true condition rarity, and the offered coin represents a fleeting bidding opportunity for the high quality gold type or date collector.

Lot: 2110 - 1911-D/D Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. FS-501. Repunched Mintmark. MS-66 (PCGS).

Delightful golden-honey surfaces are fully struck with intense frosty luster and a tinge of pale rose patina. Outstanding and conditionally rare premium Gem quality for this popular RPM variety, the D mintmark boldly repunched to the right.

Lot: 2111 - 1911-D/D Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. FS-501. Repunched Mintmark. MS-66 (NGC).

Beautiful golden-orange surfaces with tinges of pale pink and olive. Lustrous and satiny, both sides are smartly impressed and present an impressively smooth appearance for an issue that is typically offered no finer than MS-65. The FS-501 attribution adds further appeal.

Lot: 2112 - 1913-S Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. MS-63 (NGC). CAC.

Wonderful golden-yellow color blankets smooth and frosty surfaces. With a low mintage of only 34,000 pieces, the 1913-S double eagle issue is uncommon in Choice mint state and rare in Gem. Hefty price jumps match the Gem state of preservation, making the Choice grade excellent value for the collector. This attractive mint state survivor has a lot to offer for the discerning gold enthusiast.

Lot: 2113 - 1914-S Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. MS-66 (PCGS).

A premium quality example of both the issue and type. Highly lustrous with beautiful golden-rose and powder blue colors, this sharply impressed Gem makes a strong impression. Despite its status as one of the most available issues from the pre-1920 Saint-Gaudens double eagle series, the 1914-S is very scarce in MS-66 and virtually unknown any finer. Advanced gold specialists would be wise to carefully consider this offering.

Lot: 2114 - 1920 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. MS-64 (PCGS).

This lovely example exhibits warm honey-orange color. It is also fully lustrous with a bold to sharp strike. As one of the rarest Saint-Gaudens double eagles in Gem Mint State, the 1920 is always in demand in attractive Choice preservation, as offered here.

Lot: 2115 - 1925 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. MS-66+ (NGC).

The strike is sharp on this boldly lustrous Gem. Boasting satiny honey gold surfaces that are alive with intense cartwheel luster, this is a high grade example perfect for any set.

Lot: 2116 - 1928 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. MS-66+ (PCGS).

On the cusp of a fully Superb designation, this MS-66+ boasts a bold and vivid rose-gold luster with a brilliant cartwheel swirl when rotated in a light. Sharply struck devices stand out from the smooth, virtually untouched fields. A scarce issue at this level, and always in demand for high quality type purposes.

Lot: 2117 - 1928 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle. MS-66+ (PCGS).

Thick, billowy mint luster blends with pretty golden-apricot color on surfaces that are expectably smooth for the assigned grade. Smartly impressed, as well, and an ideal coin to represent the Saint-Gaudens double eagle in a high quality Mint State type set.

Lot: 2118 - 1893 Isabella Quarter. MS-67 (PCGS).

Wonderfully original surfaces are more boldly and extensively toned on the reverse. Both sides are satiny, smooth and exhibit sharp striking detail from the rims to the centers. This design type by Charles E. Barber, the first - and until the 1776-1976 Washington quarter, the only - commemorative quarter dollar, was made at the behest of the Board of Lady Managers of the World's Columbian Exposition, of which Susan B. Anthony was a member. The coin was authorized March 3, 1893, and production began almost immediately afterward. As current certified population data shows, the number of survivors thins dramatically at and above the MS-67 grade level. This is a virtually pristine and highly appealing coin that is worthy of the strongest bids.

Lot: 2119 - 1900 Lafayette Silver Dollar. MS-63 (PCGS).

Soft dove gray and pale gold grace this frosty example of the only silver dollar in the classic commemorative series.

Lot: 2120 - 1921 Alabama Centennial. 2x2. MS-66+ (PCGS).

This is a lovely Gem, both sides with light iridescent highlights to dominant antique silver surfaces. Wonderfully original and exceptionally well preserved in a survivor of this conditionally challenging commemorative type. The 2x2 in the obverse field was added to signify that Alabama was the 22nd state to join the Union, with the St Andrew's Cross between the numbers taken from the state flag.

Lot: 2121 - 1938-S Arkansas Centennial. MS-67 (PCGS).

Otherwise silver-tinged surfaces exhibit a bold splash of copper-russet patina at the right reverse border, the lower left periphery on that side with a blush of similar, albeit lighter color. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of Arkansas' admission to the Union, half dollars of this type were authorized by the Act of May 14, 1934, and were designed by Edward Everett Burr. As with their 1937 predecessor, 1938 Arkansas Centennial commemorative half dollar PDS sets were originally sold at a price of $8.75/set by Stack's. Only 3,150 sets were sold from a mintage of 6,000, the remainder of which were melted. This is one of the finest certified survivors of the 1938-S distribution, a lovely coin eagerly awaiting inclusion in the finest collection.

Lot: 2122 - 1936-S Bay Bridge Opening. MS-67+ (PCGS). CAC.

Vibrant russet-gold peripheral color occurs near the obverse borders and along parts of the reverse, where startling rainbow hues of neon-green and red also visit the upper periphery. Solidly struck with bold satiny luster and near-flawless surfaces.

Lot: 2123 - 1935-S Boone Bicentennial. MS-67 (PCGS).

Lightly toned in pearl gray iridescence, this silky smooth example allows ready appreciation of full striking detail and soft mint luster.

Lot: 2124 - 1936-D Columbia, South Carolina Sesquicentennial. MS-68 (PCGS).

Frosty luster glows in the satiny smooth and uber-clean fields on this virtually perfect Superb Gem. A soft blush of peripheral toning graces both sides, evidence of careful long term storage in the original cardboard holder of issue. A coin that belongs in a top notch set of classic commemoratives.

Lot: 2125 - 1936-S Columbia, South Carolina Sesquicentennial. MS-68 (PCGS).

A virtually perfect 1936-S Columbia half dollar with a thick satiny mint frost and sharply struck devices. The quality is a essentially a match to the 1936-D above just without the dappled toning.

Lot: 2126 - 1922 Grant Memorial. Star. MS-64 (PCGS).

Boldly defined and highly lustrous is this challenging Grant With Star issue. Brilliant white in color with an overall smooth appearance. Issued to mark the centenary of Ulysses S. Grant's birth, commemoratives of this design type were produced in both half dollar and gold dollar denominations. Some examples of both denominations exhibit a small star in the right obverse field. This feature has no known significance and seems to have been added to create different types that would require contemporary collectors to acquire two examples of each denomination. With a net mintage of just 4,250 coins distributed, the Grant With Star half dollar is a key date issue in the classic commemorative series.

Lot: 2127 - 1922 Grant Memorial. No Star. MS-67 (PCGS).

A gorgeously toned Grant half dollar. This is a type that is usually not seen with dramatic toning, and this one is among the most colorful this cataloger (GC) has had cross his desk in quite some time. Brilliant frosty silver central design elements are framed by a halo of peripheral toning on the obverse, while a gentle kiss of iridescent toning graces the reverse. Sharply struck and pristinely preserved, this exceptional Superb example belongs in the collection of the most fastidious collector.

Lot: 2128 - 1928 Hawaiian Sesquicentennial. MS-66 (PCGS).

An amazingly lovely Gem Mint State Hawaiian half dollar with exceptional toning highlights. Lustrous snow-white at the centers turns to a bold halo of varied navy blue, violet, and sea green iridescence. If Gem quality and superior eye appeal are the criteria for admittance to your commemorative half dollar set, we suggest the present beauty is an easy add-in to your cabinet.

Lot: 2129 - 1928 Hawaiian Sesquicentennial. MS-65 (PCGS).

Enchanting Gem quality surfaces are brilliant with a full quota of frosty mint luster. Among design types of classic commemorative half dollars, the 1928 Hawaiian Sesquicentennial is the rarest and most desired. More than half of these were sold to residents of the Hawaiian Islands and thus passed into non-numismatic hands, resulting in many becoming impaired or damaged. In contrast, the other two key types of the commemorative series -- the 1935 Hudson Sesquicentennial and the 1935 Old Spanish Trail -- were nearly all sold to numismatists who preserved them carefully. The present piece is significant for both is technical quality and eye appeal, and is sure to sell for a premium bid.

Lot: 2130 - 1928 Hawaiian Sesquicentennial. MS-65 (PCGS).

This virtually brilliant Gem is sharply struck, lustrous and pleasingly smooth overall. A light orange iridescence enhances the originality and desirability of this key date issue in the United States Mint's classic commemorative silver series.

Lot: 2131 - 1928 Hawaiian Sesquicentennial. MS-65 (PCGS).

Warmly toned and undeniably original, both sides exhibit blushes of gold, olive and pale russet to otherwise dominant silver-mauve patina. Widely regarded as the key issue in the United States Mint's classic commemorative coin series, the 1928 Hawaiian Sesquicentennial half dollar enjoys particularly strong demand in Gem Mint State, as here.

Lot: 2132 - 1928 Hawaiian Sesquicentennial. MS-65 (NGC).

The Hawaiian Sesquicentennial is one of the key issues in the early commemorative series with an original net mintage of 9,958. This one is smooth with a frosted mint luster and boldly struck devices. Another iconic design with the bust of Captain James Cook on the obverse and a proud native Hawaiian chief with a mountain and river in the background on the reverse. The coin was executed by Chester Beach based on sketches by Juliette May Fraser of Honolulu. The low mintage may be attributed to the high cost of $2 in 1928, the highest initial sale price for a commemorative half dollar to that point.

Lot: 2133 - 1928 Hawaiian Sesquicentennial. MS-64 (PCGS). CMQ.

Pleasing, frosty, and lightly toned, this is an eye appealing example of this key classic commemorative half dollar. With a mintage of under 10,000 and its lovely design, the Hawaii Sesquicentennial is as popular an issue as any in the series.

Lot: 2134 - 1935 Hudson, New York Sesquicentennial. MS-67 (PCGS).

This wholly original and superb quality Hudson exhibits pretty golden-apricot, pale pink and light russet peripheral toning around a pale silver center on the obverse, while the reverse is more lightly patinated with delicate champagne-gold iridescence at the border. Both sides are intensely lustrous with exceptionally smooth surfaces for the type. One of the scarcer and more conditionally challenging classic commemorative silver issues, just 10,000 1935 Hudson Sesquicentennial coins were struck for distribution, plus an additional eight pieces for Assay purposes. Most survivors grade no finer than MS-64, and the present example is especially nice. A find for the discerning specialist. The city of Hudson, New York was founded in 1785 and named after Henry Hudson, who explored the area in 1609. Authorized by the Act of May 2, 1935, half dollars of this type commemorate the 150th anniversary of that founding.

Lot: 2135 - 1946 Iowa Centennial. MS-68 (PCGS).

An original and beautifully toned example with blended shades of golden-apricot, salmon-pink and powder blue iridescence drifting toward the right borders. Portions of both sides remain brilliant, or nearly so, and the luster is full and softly frosted throughout. A wonderfully preserved Ultra Gem that is sure to command strong bids.

Lot: 2136 - 1921 Missouri Centennial. 2x4. MS-65 (NGC).

This satiny Gem sports a thickly frosted luster over untoned silver surfaces throughout. One of only 5,000 struck, and these are decidedly scarce any finer than the MS-65 offered here.

Lot: 2137 - 1921 Missouri Centennial. Plain. MS-66 (PCGS).

A conditionally challenging issue in the early commemorative series, this 1921 Missouri is tied for second highest graded at PCGS, with just seven MS-66+ examples certified higher. Thick frosty luster highlights a delicate pastel iridescent toning, especially on the reverse. Flawless surfaces are a delight to behold and this Premium Gem will fit nicely in any superb Registry Set of commemoratives.

Lot: 2138 - 1921 Missouri Centennial. Plain. MS-66 (PCGS).

An exquisite Gem to represent this challenging issue, both sides are fully lustrous and softly frosted in texture. Attractively toned, as well, with silver-olive, champagne-gold and reddish-rose iridescence. A gorgeous coin that will have no difficulty finding its way into a top-flight commemorative half dollar set.

Lot: 2139 - Set of (2) Plasters of Sculptor Lorrilard Wise's Rejected Design for the 1938 New Rochelle, New York 250th Anniversary Commemorative Half Dollar.

The design area on both examples measures 8 inches, with the total diameter of each approximately 9 inches when the slightly irregular border is included. Obverse Plaster: 0.25 inches thick at edge, between 0.25 inches and 0.5 inches maximum. The design features a Native American male crouching on a shoreline overlooking a sailing ship on the Hudson River. The word LIBERTY is inscribed on the face of the sun, which is rising (or setting) in the background. The Latin motto E PLURUBUS UNUM is in the upper field, the motto IN GOD WE TRUST is at lower left, and the date 1938 is within the grass by the crouching Native American. The legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is inscribed along the upper border, the denomination HALF DOLLAR along the lower border. The designer's initials LW are well concealed between the Native American's left arm and leg. The back of this plaster is blank. Reverse Plaster: 0.5 inches thick at edge, approximately 0.75 inches maximum. The Seal of the City of New Rochelle is the primary element in this design, with 250TH ANNIVERSARY in the upper field and the dates 1688 and 1938 at left and right, respectively. On the back of this plaster is printed NEW ROCHELLE / COMMEMORATIVE COIN COMMITTEE / NEW ROCHELLE, N. Y. This is the committee that issued the New Rochelle commemorative half dollars. The obverse plaster has a few trivial flecks of verdigris on the front, while the reverse plaster has some chipping around the edge. Otherwise, both are nicely preserved, and they make a strong visual impression. These plasters are mentioned on page 409 of Anthony J. Swiatek's 2012 reference Encyclopedia of the Commemorative Coins of the United States. The author states that "at least six plaster models of the rejected New Rochelle design by sculptor Lorrilard Wise ae known." Five of these plasters have the word LIBERTY on the face of the sun, as here, while Swiatek states that a sixth has the word LIBERTY in the grass near the Native American. New Rochelle resident Lorrilard Wise was originally chosen to design the half dollar that would commemorate the 250th anniversary of the founding and settlement of New Rochelle, New York. Although initially accepted on September 16, 1936, Wise's designs were then rejected by the Commission of Fine Arts on October 28, 1936. Albany artist Gertrude K. Lathrop was then commissioned to create the final design seen on the coins. These plasters, in addition to depicting a beautiful design by a skilled artist, are an important part of the history of this commemorative half dollar type. They would make an outstanding addition to an advanced collection. (Total: 2 plasters)

Lot: 2140 - 1926-S Oregon Trail Memorial. MS-67+ (NGC). CAC.

A beautiful and vividly toned example of this always popular early commemorative type. Deep multicolored peripheral rainbow hued toning spreads in a dappled pattern as it moves in towards the centers. The devices are sharply rendered and the lustrous surfaces bring everything together, making this a truly spectacular 26-S Oregon Trail half dollar to examine in hand. Worthy of a great set and a strong bid.

Lot: 2141 - 1936 Oregon Trail Memorial. MS-68 (PCGS).

An ideal coin for the type, this MS-68 is tied for second highest graded at PCGS, with just a single MS-68+ graded higher. Every detail is crisply rendered from an exacting blow from the dies and the devices are accented by a satiny luster. As the surfaces are rotated, a pop of iridescent pastel toning comes to the fore, adding much to the visual allure of this superb Oregon.

Lot: 2142 - 1915-S Panama-Pacific Exposition. MS-65+ (NGC). CAC.

A key classic commemorative half dollar type, offered here in conditionally scarce, peripherally toned Gem Mint State preservation. The toning that frames both sides is uncommonly vivid and varied for the type, the surfaces impressively smooth with a soft satin texture. Sure to sell for a nice premium.

Lot: 2143 - 1915-S Panama-Pacific Exposition. MS-65 (NGC).

Antique silver gray patina gently kisses the frosted surfaces of this always popular classic commemorative type. Arguably one of the most beautiful designs executed by the U.S. Mint, these were issued as a fundraiser for the Panama-Pacific Exposition held in San Francisco in 1915 to commemorate the opening of the Panama Canal, one of the greatest engineering feats of the 20th century. The congressional act authorizing the coinage called for up to 200,000 half dollars to be struck at the San Francisco Mint and were to be sold for $1 each. All told 27,134 were sold.

Lot: 2144 - 1921 Pilgrim Tercentenary. MS-67+ (PCGS).

A splendid frosty Superb Gem, attractively toned with reddish-rose, antique gold and powder blue ringing the peripheries and giving way to lighter pastel hues toward the centers. This piece is among the finest survivors of this issue that we have ever handled. Just a single coin ranks finer at PCGS, making this an irresistible offering for Set Registry participants.

Lot: 2145 - 1936 Robinson--Arkansas Centennial. MS-67+ (PCGS). CAC.

Pale silvery iridescence blankets both sides, yielding to a dappled warmer golden-orange patina around much of the surfaces on both sides, with accents of violet throughout the reverse as well. Fully struck with a smooth, clean, and highly lustrous appearance that is sure to please discerning numismatists.

Lot: 2146 - 1926 Sesquicentennial of American Independence. MS-66 (NGC).

One of the more conditionally challenging issues in the early commemorative series, the Sesquicentennial half dollar, due to a variety of factors is very rare at this lofty state of preservation. Delicate pastel gold and lilac toning is amplified by a billowing underlying mint brilliance. The oft softly rendered design elements are nice and crisp overall and the surfaces are clean.

Lot: 2147 - 1926 Sesquicentennial of American Independence. MS-65 (PCGS).

Pearlescent silver lustrous surfaces are dusted with a delicate blend of iridescent pastel toning. Clean and well struck this is a Gem example of a type that rarely comes so.

Lot: 2148 - 1935 Old Spanish Trail. MS-66 (PCGS). OGH Rattler.

Near brilliant in color with soft blushes of champagne touching the rims. Few contact marks to note under high magnification. Exceptionally smooth and well preserved popular classic commemorative type.

Lot: 2149 - Counterstamped 1925 Stone Mountain Memorial. Preliminary Campaign Prototype Territorial Award Coin. Tennessee. MFS. 9. AU-55 (NGC).

One of the first state serial numbered award coins, this prototype is counterstamped MFS. for Memphis Territory. Light sandy-gold patina drifts over lustrous, minimally worn surfaces. The half dollar design remains sharp, and the counterstamps are firmly and evenly impressed.

Lot: 2150 - Counterstamped 1925 Stone Mountain Memorial. Preliminary Campaign Prototype Territorial Award Coin. Tennessee. K-3. MS-62 (NGC).

The K is for Knoxville Territory on this prototype award coin from the Preliminary Campaign. These pieces were "tested in the Preliminary/First Campaign to determine their effectiveness in marketing the sales of the regular issued Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial Half Dollar," as explained by Charles B. Rogers (2019). These prototype pieces were only used in Tennessee. This is a lustrous and virtually brilliant example with exceptional eye appeal at the assigned grade level. The counterstamp is firmly impressed.

Lot: 2151 - Counterstamped 1925 Stone Mountain Memorial. State Auction Coin. ARK. 226. Die Stamp Location #2. AU Details--Cleaned (NGC).

Pleasing uniform light gray, the counterstamps are sharply impressed. As described by Charles B. Rogers in his comprehensive two volume reference Unlocking the Mystery of the Counterstamped Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial Half Dollar (2019), this is one of the "State Auction Coins" of the Harvest Campaign. The Stone Mountain Confederate Monumental Association, which counterstamped these coins to use in publicity and for raising additional funds for the monument, approved 12 Southern state societies and the District of Columbia for participation in this campaign (North Carolina joined later; Missouri had no auction coins). Arkansas was one of these states.

Lot: 2152 - Counterstamped 1925 Stone Mountain Memorial. State Auction Coin. FLA 109. Die Stamp Location #2. EF-45 (NGC).

Moderately toned surfaces exhibit wisps of russet to otherwise sandy-silver surfaces. The counterstamp number 109 is firmly impressed, the state FLA lighter, yet still fully legible.

Lot: 2153 - Counterstamped 1925 Stone Mountain Memorial. State Auction Coin. GA. 320. Die Stamp Location #1. EF-45 (NGC).

Otherwise light pewter gray surfaces exhibit warm sandy-russet outlines to most of the design elements. The counterstamps are firmly and evenly impressed - a nice example of a State Auction Coin from Georgia.

Lot: 2154 - Counterstamped 1925 Stone Mountain Memorial. State Auction Coin. KY. 17. Die Stamp Location #2. VF-25 (NGC).

Blended pewter and steel gray patina with speckles of golden-russet also evident on both sides. Wear is moderate, yet even, and the surfaces are nicely composed for having seen this much handling. The counterstamps are firmly impressed and remain fully legible.

Lot: 2155 - Counterstamped 1925 Stone Mountain Memorial. State Auction Coin. LA. 156. Die Stamp Location #3. Unc Details--Cleaned (NGC).

Light pearl gray surfaces with traces of iridescent champagne-gold retoning at the rims. With boldly impressed counterstamps, this is a very pleasing example for the NGC-certified grade.

Lot: 2156 - Counterstamped 1925 Stone Mountain Memorial. State Auction Coin. MISS 29. Die Stamp Location #2. AU-55 (PCGS).

Both counterstamps are firmly and evenly impressed, the host coin retaining nearly full definition in the absence of all but light rub. Near-fully lustrous, as well, with delicate iridescent toning in pale pinkish-silver.

Lot: 2157 - Counterstamped 1925 Stone Mountain Memorial. State Auction Coin. N.CAR. 91. Die Stamp Location #1. AU-58 (NGC).

Attractive and uniform medium silver-gray with considerable mint luster remaining on both sides. Counterstamps are deeply impressed. This coin is listed in the 1987 Wilde census, but the owner was not reported. North Carolina is one of the better represented states among Auction Coins, and the present piece is a very nice example. It would serve as an excellent type coin for the collector seeking just a single counterstamped Stone Mountain half dollar.

Lot: 2158 - Counterstamped 1925 Stone Mountain Memorial. State Auction Coin. OKLA 79. Die Stamp Location #2. AU Details--Cleaned (NGC).

Light hairlining explains the NGC qualifier, and accuracy also compels us to mention numerous fine scratches on and around the eagle's breast. The latter are not immediately apparent, but can be detected under magnification. Still, this piece retains nice luster and sharpness. Attractive light silver-gray surfaces with some pleasing champagne retoning. The OKLA counterstamp is somewhat even, but clear, while the number is deeply impressed.

Lot: 2159 - Counterstamped 1925 Stone Mountain Memorial. State Auction Coin. TENN. 196. Die Stamp Location #2. Unc Details--Cleaned (NGC).

Brilliant silver surfaces and excellent luster suggest a higher grade, but fine hairlines are evidence of an old, light cleaning. Still, very sharp, attractive, and significantly finer than many counterstamped Stone Mountain half dollars seen.

Lot: 2160 - Counterstamped 1925 Stone Mountain Memorial. State Auction Coin. TEXAS/FLA. 223. Die Stamp Location #2B. VF-35 (NGC).

As confirmed by Charles B. Rogers in his comprehensive two volume reference Unlocking the Mystery of the Counterstamped Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial Half Dollar (2019), authentic non-abbreviated Texas counterstamps in this series are known only over FLA. (Florida) or VA. (Virginia) stamps. This is one of the former, a mostly deep steel gray coin with lighter silver centers and golden-brown highlights on the reverse. Some light verdigris is noted within the reverse legends. TEXAS is punched over an earlier FLA. such that the EX of the three-letter TEX gang punch is over FL, the A is undisturbed, and an S is added to the right, a purposeful and typical positioning for TEXAS/FLA. counterstamps.

Lot: 2161 - Counterstamped 1925 Stone Mountain Memorial. State Auction Coin. VA 266. Die Stamp Location #2. MS-62 (NGC).

Highly lustrous surfaces with light gold toning on both sides. A thin scratch is noted left of the generals' heads, but this is barely visible and still the only defect worthy of mention. Counterstamps somewhat unevenly applied, but clearly visible. A very attractive counterstamped Stone Mountain half, comfortably nicer than the average piece encountered.

Lot: 2162 - Counterstamped 1925 Stone Mountain Memorial. Contest Coin. ALA. 6 S.L. Die Stamp Location #7. Unc Details--Cleaned (NGC).

All stamps are firmly impressed and clear. Both sides are a bit bright to explain the NGC qualifier, but the satiny surfaces are beginning to retone nicely in iridescent champagne-pink. This is a Category 2 "Contest Coin" within this counterstamped series, as defined by Charles B. Rogers in the 2019 reference Unlocking the Mystery of the Counterstamped Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial Half Dollar. As the author states: Girls and Women between the ages of 15-25 married or not would be appointed by clubs or organizations (i.e. Rotary Club, Kiwanis, etc.) to represent them in selling the non-counterstamped Stone Mountain Half Dollar at $1 each. The Lady selling the most coins and meeting other contest requirements under certain rules of their State...would receive a "State" Serial Numbered "Contest Coin" mounted in a Silver Lavalier (S.L.) for second place. The winner would receive a Gold Lavalier (G.L.) for first place. The cleaning on the offered coin probably represents handling on the part of the original recipient or a descendant - in any case probably by a non-numismatic hand.

Lot: 2163 - Counterstamped 1925 Stone Mountain Memorial. Contest Coin. S.C. 4 S.L. Die Stamp Location #7. VF-30 (NGC).

A generally silver-gray example with wisps of light pewter along the upper right reverse border. All counterstamps are deeply and evenly impressed.

Lot: 2164 - Lot of (3) Stone Mountain Memorial Medals and Badges.

Included are: Medals: 1970-P Stone Mountain Memorial Completion, Swoger-49Ba, silver, no. 845, MS-63 (NGC), 39 mm; undated Stone Mountain Memorial - Stone Mountain Scenic Railroad, bronze, MS-63 (NGC), 29 mm; and Badge: souvenir issued in commemoration of the unveiling of the memorial statue of General Robert E. Lee at Stone Mountain on January 19, 1924, the pin is lost, but the badge is otherwise intact.

Lot: 2165 - 1935 Texas Independence Centennial. MS-68 (NGC).

This is a totally original, exceptionally well preserved Superb Gem that will please even the pickiest of collectors. A thick mint frost blankets both sides, the surfaces dusted with pale silver iridescence that yields to warmer golden russet in the recesses. Among the finest certified from a net mintage of 9,988 coins for distribution after 12 examples were melted in the mint.

Lot: 2166 - 1936 Texas Independence Centennial. MS-67+ (PCGS).

A bold and inviting piece with rich peripheral toning that gives way to softer patina toward the centers. Lustrous and smooth throughout with a lovely satin finish from the dies.

Lot: 2167 - 1938 Texas Independence Centennial. MS-67+ (PCGS). CAC.

A stunning mint luster blazes across the surfaces on both sides of this incredibly pristine Texas half dollar. Shimmering satiny surfaces are flawless and the devices sharply rendered. A wonderful example for a carefully selected set.

Lot: 2168 - 1951 Booker T. Washington Memorial. MS-67+ (NGC).

This beautifully toned Superb Gem exhibits thin ribbons of powder blue iridescence around the peripheries on both sides. The balance of the obverse is dressed in salmon-pink toning, the reverse in golden-apricot. Intensely lustrous and so smooth as to be virtually pristine, the strongest bids are encouraged for this exquisite condition rarity.

Lot: 2169 - 1936 Wisconsin Territorial Centennial. MS-68 (PCGS).

An impressive, pristine Wisconsin half dollar with a bold radiating mint bloom on both sides. At first glance the coin appears brilliant and untoned, but at various angles, a targeted light picks up subtle pastel iridescent toning. Sharply struck and virtually unimprovable from a technical standpoint, this alluring Superb Gem is worthy of a world class set. Just a baker's dozen are graded finer.

Lot: 2170 - 1936 York County, Maine Tercentenary. MS-68 (PCGS).

A billowing mint frost glows boldly on both sides of this impressive Superb Gem. Creamy white surfaces are adorned with a caramel-golden patina at the left periphery of the obverse and it bleeds over on to the upper rim of the reverse. Well struck and, as befitting the MS-68 grade, the surfaces are virtually flawless. A prize for the Registry Set collector looking for a beautiful example of this type.

Lot: 2171 - 1925 Norse-American Centennial Medal. Large Format. Triple Silver-Plated Bronze. Swoger-24Aa. MS-62 (NGC).

A predominantly bright silver gray example of this large and impressive type, both sides are boldly to sharply defined throughout the design. Speckles of light haziness are more prevalent on the reverse, and these join with faint hairlines to explain the BU rating from NGC. The underlying bronze is barely evident here and there around the borders. The dual dated 1825-1925 Norse-American Centennial medal was designed by James Earle Fraser, best known for his all-American Buffalo nickel of 1913 to 1938. Today's collectors are usually content with a pair of the small sized silver pieces that come on thick or thin planchets, and many collectors are inclined to own one of each. The medals also come in gold (very rare), and the large format triple silver-plated example offered here, a rarity in its own right. The Norse-American Centennial pieces are very interesting. The organizers in 1925 sought to have a coin, but were unsuccessful. Obviously, they did not try hard enough, for other commemoratives were indeed issued in that year. The procedure involved contacting a congressman, explaining the significance of a planned coin, and encouraging a bill to be discussed and passed. The rare and seldom offered large format variant of the Norse-American Centennial medal was produced to the extent of just 75 pieces, only 60 of which were actually distributed. This is a pleasing example for the assigned grade that would make a fitting addition to an advanced collection of commemorative coins and medals.

Lot: 2172 - 1903 Louisiana Purchase Exposition Gold Dollar. Jefferson Portrait. MS-67+ (PCGS). CAC.

A pristine and overall gorgeous Superb Gem Lewis and Clark gold dollar in virtually unimprovable grade. A rich golden color radiates with a sensational mint luster. Sharply struck and expertly preserved, this is an amazing example bound for an amazing set of commemorative gold coins.

Lot: 2173 - Complete Two-Piece Set of 1903 Louisiana Purchase Exposition Gold Dollars, Jefferson and McKinley Portrait, MS-67 (PCGS).

A fascinating and rare offering, the first of its kind that we ever recall handling. The original purchase receipt and cardboard mounting card are not mentioned in the 2012 Swiatek reference Encyclopedia of the Commemorative Coins of the United States, in which the author mentions only the rare rectangular off-white cardboard box after stating, "No official mailing holders housing the issue, with accompanying mailing envelopes, have surfaced to date." The supporting materials offered here are of a different nature, the first the original purchase receipt numbered 196 for both of these coins. It is on Louisiana Purchase Exposition Committee on Souvenir Gold Dollars letterhead with the names of the committee officers listed. It is undated, but addressed to a Mr. R.O. Deming of Oswego, Kansas, and states a purchase price of $6 for both of the coins. Housed in a custom large size PCGS Banknote holder with the "grade" listed merely as Genuine, the paper is complete with sharp edges, minor edge fold at upper right, and several prominent bisecting folds. A couple of light ink marks on the back are noted, but there is no foxing or other discoloration. The second supporting item is the cardboard mounting card in which the coins were housed when sent to Mr. Deming by the Committee. It is printed TWO / LOUISIANA PURCHASE EXPOSITION COMPANY / LEGAL TENDER GOLD DOLLARS / STRUCK AT THE UNITED STATES MINT AT PHILADELPHIA, UNDER AUTHORITY / OF THE ACT OF CONGRESS APPROVED JUNE 28TH, 1902. Housed in a separate PCGS Banknote Genuine holder, the card has several internal creases/bends, the original tape seal broken when the coins were removed. Otherwise it is free of significant blemishes, with a small sticker printed #31 in blue ink affixed at upper right. The coins, which are individually encapsulated by PCGS, are of equally stunning Superb Gem preservation. The surfaces retain full mint luster and display vivid, original color. Both holders include SERIAL #196 on the insert linking the coins with their supporting materials. The significance of this offering for advanced collectors of U.S. classic commemorative coinage or the Louisiana Purchase Exposition can hardly be overstated. (Total: 2 coins; 1 original receipt; 1 original holder)

Lot: 2174 - 1903 Louisiana Purchase Exposition Souvenir Silver Spoon with a Thomas Jefferson Commemorative Gold Dollar in the Bowl. About Uncirculated.

136 mm x 30 mm, greatest dimensions. 22.01 grams, total weight. The stem of the sterling silver spoon has the dates 1803 near the bowl and 1903 at the distal end, with increasingly modern scenes between them, from an Indian chasing a buffalo to a steam locomotive. The back of the stem is inscribed COPYRIGHT / 1902 BY / BERT / BALL // OFFICIAL / W.B. STEVENS SECY. // LOUISIANA PURCHASE EXPOSITION / ST. LOUIS // STERLING // 1904. The bowl is dominated by an image of the Festival Hall and Cascades, with a choice and attractive About Uncirculated 1903 Louisiana Purchase Exposition Jefferson Portrait gold dollar in a brass bezel embedded at its center. A handsome and very rare souvenir of the exposition. Not listed in Krueger, and only the second example of the type that we can recall handling. The first, from the Q. David Bowers Collection, realized $1,560 in our March 2020 Auction. This lot includes page 3077 of the October 1963 issue of The Numismatic Scrapbook Magazine that discusses this spoon type, and a collector card with additional information. (Total: 3 items)

Lot: 2175 - 1904 Lewis and Clark Exposition Gold Dollar. MS-67 (NGC).

This is a fantastic and original looking Superb Gem Lewis and Clark gold dollar. Lustrous surfaces show a wonderful two-tone golden patina with frosty lighter gold near the centers, more brilliant orange-gold toward the rims. Well struck devices stand out from nearly pristine quality fields and there are no flaws worthy of mention to be found, even under intense scrutiny. Extremely rare any finer than the MS-67 offered here, this is a great example for your NGC Registry Set.

Lot: 2176 - 1904 Lewis and Clark Exposition Gold Dollar. MS-66+ (PCGS). CAC.

This aesthetically pleasing example is on the cusp of a fully Superb Gem grade. To the naked eye the surfaces are pristine drenched in a brilliant yellow gold color and a rich satiny frost. The details are boldly defined from an exacting strike. Bound for a fantastic collection of gold commemorative coins, if you intend to bid, be prepared for strong competition.

Lot: 2177 - 1915-S Panama-Pacific Exposition Gold Dollar. MS-66+ (PCGS). CAC.

A rich frosted satiny mint luster blends with warm golden-yellow color on both sides of this well struck and highly attractive Premium Quality Gem.

Lot: 2178 - 1915-S Panama-Pacific Exposition Quarter Eagle. MS-66+ (PCGS). CAC.

An incredible, essentially Superb Gem survivor from this coveted issue, displaying vivid golden-apricot coloration and uniform satiny luster. Sharply struck and without any notable imperfections. Authorized by the Congressional Act of January 16, 1915, the Panama Pacific commemoratives were struck to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal and the revitalization of San Francisco following the devastating earthquake and fires of 1906. The Act allowed for a mintage of 10,000 coins for the quarter eagle denomination, and all of these were struck at the San Francisco Mint, along with an additional 17 coins for assay purposes. Sales to the public both at the Exposition and through other venues proved somewhat disappointing, however, and in due course 3,251 examples were returned to the Mint and melted, leaving a net distribution of just 6,749 pieces. Most examples remain in Mint State, but are rare any finer than the CAC-approved MS-66+ offered here.

Lot: 2179 - 1922 Grant Memorial Gold Dollar. Star. MS-67 (PCGS). CAC.

A wonderful Superb Gem example that sports a sharp strike, warm original orange gold color, a thick satiny frost, and near flawless surfaces. One of only 5,016 struck and this issue is very challenging any finer with CAC approval (as CAC has only approved a single MS-68 or MS-68+).

Lot: 2180 - 1922 Grant Memorial Gold Dollar. Star. MS-67 (PCGS). CMQ.

A Superb Gem Grant with Star gold dollar that boasts a rich satiny mint frost and glowing yellow gold surfaces. Sharply struck devices stand out against the flawless surfaces. A very scarce coin any finer, this one will certainly fit into any superb set.

Lot: 2181 - 1922 Grant Memorial Gold Dollar. Star. MS-67 (NGC). CAC.

Vivid golden-yellow surfaces are further enhanced by wisps of pale apricot and powder blue. Outstanding quality and eye appeal for the discerning commemorative enthusiast.

Lot: 2182 - 1922 Grant Memorial Gold Dollar. Star. MS-65 (PCGS). CAC.

A delightful reddish-gold Gem to represent this eagerly sought entry in the classic commemorative series. The surfaces are fully lustrous, boldly impressed, and attractive in all regards.

Lot: 2183 - 1922 Grant Memorial Gold Dollar. No Star. MS-67 (PCGS).

Bright and lustrous honey-gold with suggestions of pinkish-rose iridescence and essentially mark-free surfaces. Among the finest graded by PCGS; the large number of grading events at the MS-67 level suggests numerous resubmissions. Choice for the grade with excellent eye appeal.

Lot: 2184 - 1922 Grant Memorial Gold Dollar. No Star. MS-66+ (PCGS).

Brilliant yellow gold surfaces glimmer with a satiny glow and iridescent rose overtones. Well struck and beautifully preserved.

Lot: 2185 - 1922 Grant Memorial Gold Dollar. No Star. MS-66 (PCGS). CMQ.

A PQ example in everyway. Frosted surfaces with a satiny sheen are imbued with a golden ale hue. Free of marks or discolorations, this sharply struck Gem has a great look and will delight anyone working on a Gem set of commemorative gold.

Lot: 2186 - 1922 Grant Memorial Gold Dollar. No Star. MS-66 (PCGS). CMQ.

An exacting blow from the dies rendered every detail crisply on this lovely Gem. Attractive yellow gold shows hints of richer orange in places. High end for the grade, this Grant gold dollar will certainly find itself at home in a wonderful commemorative type set.

Lot: 2187 - 1925 Norse-American Centennial Medal. Gold. Swoger-24C. Matte Proof-64 (NGC).

Wonderful Choice Proof surfaces with handsome honey-gold color and a touch of pale pinkish-rose. Fully struck, and with an uninterrupted sandblast finish, the present offering is surely among the most beautiful examples extant from this low mintage issue. The guiding spirit behind the Norse-American commemorative issues was Representative Ole Juulson Kvale (1869-1929) of the Seventh Congressional

Lot: 2188 - 1856 Pattern Flying Eagle Cent. Judd-184, Pollock-220, Snow-PT1a. Rarity-6. Copper-Nickel. Plain Edge. Proof Details--Altered Color (NGC).

Obv: The Pointed U obverse of the famous 1856 Flying Eagle cent. Rev: The denomination ONE CENT within an oak wreath with a broad ornamental shield at top. Three arrows and an olive branch are tied at the base of the wreath. A wonderful pattern cent design, that although not without its flaws, has a decent visual appeal. Sharply rendered devices are surrounded by smooth surfaces. The color, "altered" as noted by NGC, is attractive. Uspatterns.com has confirmed over a dozen known examples of what they consider to be a "fantasy" piece struck after 1858, they are rarely made available in the market (the most recent example we sold was in our (ANR's) March 2005 sale).

Lot: 2189 - 1863 Pattern Liberty Seated Quarter. Judd-336, Pollock-408. Rarity-7-. Copper. Reeded Edge. Proof-63 BN (PCGS).

Obv: The same design that the Mint used to strike regular issue 1863 Liberty Seated quarters. Rev: The design adopted for regular issue quarter production in 1866, with the motto IN GOD WE TRUST on a scroll in the field above the eagle. Both obverse and reverse surfaces exhibit gorgeous intermingled electric blue and violet toning. All of the obverse stars are boldly and deeply defined, and the eagle's plumage and claw details are fully delineated. A very rare issue, one of fewer than a dozen examples certified by PCGS and NGC combined, no doubt including duplication, as examples have been regraded, crossed-over, etc. over the years, and it should be noted that there is at least one example impounded in an institutional collection.

Lot: 2190 - 1869 Pattern and Experimental Coins. Judd-696, Pollock-775. Rarity-5. Proof-64 (PCGS).

Obv: Standard Silver design with a bust of Liberty facing right, the legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA around the border and the motto IN GOD WE TRUST on a scroll below. Liberty is wearing a cap ornamented with three stars. Rev: The denomination 10 CENTS surrounded by a wreath of oak and laurel leaves, the inscription STANDARD SILVER above and the date 1869 below. A sharply struck, universally reflective specimen with delicate toning in iridescent silver and charcoal highlights.

Lot: 2191 - 1870 Pattern Quarter Dollar. Judd-876, Pollock-973. Rarity-7-. Silver. Reeded Edge. Proof-64 (PCGS). CAC. OGH.

Obv: Standard Silver design with a stylized Liberty Seated portrait to left with liberty pole and cap behind. Liberty is holding an olive branch in her left hand, and her right hand supports a shield over which a scroll inscribed LIBERTY is draped. There are 13 stars around the border, and the date 1870 is below. Rev: The denomination 25 / CENTS is within a wreath of cotton and corn with the word STANDARD above. A flashy and universally reflective specimen with pretty iridescent peripheral toning in silver-apricot and olive-blue. According to the uspatterns.com website, these were issued at the Mint in sets for collectors of the era. The same source reports that only about a dozen specimens of Judd-876 are extant.

Lot: 2192 - 1879 Pattern Goloid Metric Dollar. Judd-1617, Pollock-1813. Rarity-4. Silver (Metric Alloy). Reeded Edge. Proof-64 (NGC).

Obv: A head of Liberty faces left with the Latin motto E PLURIBUS UNUM above, the date 1879 below, and 13 stars arranged around the border seven left and six right. Liberty is wearing a coronet inscribed LIBERTY. Rev: The inscription 895.8 S. / 4.2 - G. / 100 - C. / 25 GRAMS is centered within a beaded circle, outside of which is a wreath of corn and cotton. The Latin motto DEO EST GLORIA is inscribed within an ornamental cartouche at the top of the wreath. The legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is inscribed along the upper border and the denomination ONE DOLLAR is inscribed along the lower border. Flashy reflective mirrors are bold and this fully struck, uniformly reflective specimen has the a lovely, almost cameo contrast, particularly on the obverse. As far as pattern coinage goes, J-1617 is a relatively available type, making it a great entry point into the extensive, rare, and challenging world of collecting patterns.

Lot: 2193 - 1879 Pattern Goloid Metric Dollar. Judd-1627, Pollock-1823. Rarity-5. Silver (Standard Alloy). Reeded Edge. Proof-60 (ANACS).

Obv: Head of Liberty facing left, with the Latin motto E PLURIBUS UNUM above and the date 1879 below. Liberty is wearing a cap inscribed LIBERTY in incuse letters. The cap band is ornamented with ears of wheat, cotton leaves and bolls. There are 13 stars at the border arranged seven left, six right. Rev: The inscription 15.3 - G. / 236.7 - S. / 28 - C. / 14 GRAMS is centered within a circle of 38 stars. The legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and the denomination GOLOID METRIC DOLLAR are above the circle, and the motto DEO EST GLORIA and the denomination 100 CENTS are below. Boldly struck throughout. The highly reflective fields show moderate hairlines, which account for the grade. As America's international commercial interests grew during the Gilded Age following Reconstruction, political and business leaders sought ways to simplify international exchange. By this point, France, Switzerland, and Italy had formed the Latin Monetary Union, with a standardized weight for gold coins. Several pattern issues were produced in the 1860s and 1870s to portray compositions and weight standards that could facilitate these transactions. Related to these Goloid Metric Dollars are the famed $4 Stellas produced in limited numbers in 1879 and 1880, as well as the 1868 $5/25 Francs piece, the Bickford $10, and the 1879 $20 "Quintuple Stella". This Proof-60, graded by ANACS, represents a highly affordable entry into this early effort at creating a globally accepted monetary form.

Lot: 2194 - 1964 International Nickel Company Pattern. Test Piece Design. Quarter Size. RB-1005, Pollock-5285. Rarity-7. Copper. Plain Edge. MS-64 BN (NGC).

Obv: Date 1964 in center with legend THE INTERNATIONAL NICKEL COMPANY around and RESEARCH / LABORATORY below. Rev: Central inscription TEST / PIECE NO followed by tablet for inscribing test number (left blank here), NICKEL above, -ITS CONTRIBUTION IS QUALITY- below.

Lot: 2195 - 1964 International Nickel Company Pattern. Test Piece Design. Quarter Size. RB-1155, Pollock-5205. Rarity-8. 60% Nickel, 40% Copper. Plain Edge. MS-63 (NGC).

Obv: Date 1964 in center with legend THE INTERNATIONAL NICKEL COMPANY around and RESEARCH / LABORATORY below. Rev: Central inscription TEST / PIECE NO followed by tablet for inscribing test number (left blank here), NICKEL above, -ITS CONTRIBUTION IS QUALITY- below. Inscribed NI-40CU in upper reverse field.

Lot: 2196 - 1964 International Nickel Company Pattern. PDM-1. Dime Size. RB-2000, Pollock-5335. Rarity-6. 95% Nickel, 5% Silicon on a Permalloy Core of 79% Nickel, 16% Iron, 5% Molybdenum. Plain Edge. MS-64 (NGC).

Obv: Large bust of Dr. Paul D. Merica faces right with the inscription PAUL D. MERICA above and the word LABORATORY below. Rev: An aerial view of the Paul D. Merica Laboratory at Sterling Forest, New York dominates the design with the inscription INTERNATIONAL NICKEL COMPANY INC. / DEDICATED 1964 around.

Lot: 2197 - 1964 International Nickel Company Pattern. PDM-1. Dime Size. RB-2010, Pollock-5335. Rarity-7. 95% Nickel, 5% Silicon on a Permalloy Core. Plain Edge. MS-62 (NGC).

Obv: Large bust of Dr. Paul D. Merica faces right with the inscription PAUL D. MERICA above and the word LABORATORY below. Rev: An aerial view of the Paul D. Merica Laboratory at Sterling Forest, New York dominates the design with the inscription INTERNATIONAL NICKEL COMPANY INC. / DEDICATED 1964 around.

Lot: 2198 - 1964 International Nickel Company Pattern. PDM-1. Dime Size. RB-2010, Pollock-5335. Rarity-7. 95% Nickel, 5% Silicon on a Permalloy Core. Plain Edge. MS-62 (NGC).

Obv: Large bust of Dr. Paul D. Merica faces right with the inscription PAUL D. MERICA above and the word LABORATORY below. Rev: An aerial view of the Paul D. Merica Laboratory at Sterling Forest, New York dominates the design with the inscription INTERNATIONAL NICKEL COMPANY INC. / DEDICATED 1964 around.

Lot: 2199 - 1964 International Nickel Company Pattern. PDM-1. Dime Size. RB-2010, Pollock-5335. Rarity-7. 95% Nickel, 5% Silicon on a Permalloy Core. Plain Edge. MS-62 (NGC).

Obv: Large bust of Dr. Paul D. Merica faces right with the inscription PAUL D. MERICA above and the word LABORATORY below. Rev: An aerial view of the Paul D. Merica Laboratory at Sterling Forest, New York dominates the design with the inscription INTERNATIONAL NICKEL COMPANY INC. / DEDICATED 1964 around.

Lot: 2200 - 1964 International Nickel Company Pattern. PDM-1. Dime Size. RB-2010, Pollock-5335. Rarity-7. 95% Nickel, 5% Silicon on a Permalloy Core. Plain Edge. MS-62 (NGC).

Obv: Large bust of Dr. Paul D. Merica faces right with the inscription PAUL D. MERICA above and the word LABORATORY below. Rev: An aerial view of the Paul D. Merica Laboratory at Sterling Forest, New York dominates the design with the inscription INTERNATIONAL NICKEL COMPANY INC. / DEDICATED 1964 around.

Lot: 2201 - 1964 International Nickel Company Pattern. PDM-1. Dime Size. RB-2010, Pollock-5335. Rarity-7. 95% Nickel, 5% Silicon on a Permalloy Core. Plain Edge. AU-58 (NGC).

Obv: Large bust of Dr. Paul D. Merica faces right with the inscription PAUL D. MERICA above and the word LABORATORY below. Rev: An aerial view of the Paul D. Merica Laboratory at Sterling Forest, New York dominates the design with the inscription INTERNATIONAL NICKEL COMPANY INC. / DEDICATED 1964 around.

Lot: 2202 - 1964 International Nickel Company Pattern. PDM-1. Dime Size. RB-2010, Pollock-5335. Rarity-7. 95% Nickel, 5% Silicon on a Permalloy Core. Plain Edge. AU-58 (NGC).

Obv: Large bust of Dr. Paul D. Merica faces right with the inscription PAUL D. MERICA above and the word LABORATORY below. Rev: An aerial view of the Paul D. Merica Laboratory at Sterling Forest, New York dominates the design with the inscription INTERNATIONAL NICKEL COMPANY INC. / DEDICATED 1964 around.

Lot: 2203 - 1964 International Nickel Company Pattern. PDM-1. Quarter Size. RB-2210, Pollock-5350. Rarity-7. 100% Nickel. Plain Edge. MS-66 (NGC).

Obv: Large bust of Dr. Paul D. Merica faces right with the inscription PAUL D. MERICA above and the word LABORATORY below. Rev: An aerial view of the Paul D. Merica Laboratory at Sterling Forest, New York dominates the design with the inscription INTERNATIONAL NICKEL COMPANY INC. / DEDICATED 1964 around.

Lot: 2204 - 1964 International Nickel Company Pattern. PDM-1. Quarter Size. RB-2210, Pollock-5350. Rarity-7. 100% Nickel. Plain Edge. MS-64 (NGC).

Obv: Large bust of Dr. Paul D. Merica faces right with the inscription PAUL D. MERICA above and the word LABORATORY below. Rev: An aerial view of the Paul D. Merica Laboratory at Sterling Forest, New York dominates the design with the inscription INTERNATIONAL NICKEL COMPANY INC. / DEDICATED 1964 around.

Lot: 2205 - 1964 International Nickel Company Pattern. PDM-1. Quarter Size. RB-2210, Pollock-5350. Rarity-7. 100% Nickel. Plain Edge. MS-64 (NGC).

Obv: Large bust of Dr. Paul D. Merica faces right with the inscription PAUL D. MERICA above and the word LABORATORY below. Rev: An aerial view of the Paul D. Merica Laboratory at Sterling Forest, New York dominates the design with the inscription INTERNATIONAL NICKEL COMPANY INC. / DEDICATED 1964 around.

Lot: 2206 - 1964 International Nickel Company Pattern. PDM-1. Quarter Size. RB-2210, Pollock-5350. Rarity-7. 100% Nickel. Plain Edge. MS-64 (NGC).

Obv: Large bust of Dr. Paul D. Merica faces right with the inscription PAUL D. MERICA above and the word LABORATORY below. Rev: An aerial view of the Paul D. Merica Laboratory at Sterling Forest, New York dominates the design with the inscription INTERNATIONAL NICKEL COMPANY INC. / DEDICATED 1964 around.

Lot: 2207 - 1964 International Nickel Company Pattern. PDM-1. Quarter Size. RB-2210, Pollock-5350. Rarity-7. 100% Nickel. Plain Edge. MS-63 (NGC).

Obv: Large bust of Dr. Paul D. Merica faces right with the inscription PAUL D. MERICA above and the word LABORATORY below. Rev: An aerial view of the Paul D. Merica Laboratory at Sterling Forest, New York dominates the design with the inscription INTERNATIONAL NICKEL COMPANY INC. / DEDICATED 1964 around.

Lot: 2208 - 1964 International Nickel Company Pattern. PDM-1. Quarter Size. RB-2210, Pollock-5350. Rarity-7. 100% Nickel. Plain Edge. MS-63 (NGC).

Obv: Large bust of Dr. Paul D. Merica faces right with the inscription PAUL D. MERICA above and the word LABORATORY below. Rev: An aerial view of the Paul D. Merica Laboratory at Sterling Forest, New York dominates the design with the inscription INTERNATIONAL NICKEL COMPANY INC. / DEDICATED 1964 around.

Lot: 2209 - 1964 International Nickel Company Pattern. PDM-1. Quarter Size. RB-2210, Pollock-5350. Rarity-7. 100% Nickel. Plain Edge. MS-63 (NGC).

Obv: Large bust of Dr. Paul D. Merica faces right with the inscription PAUL D. MERICA above and the word LABORATORY below. Rev: An aerial view of the Paul D. Merica Laboratory at Sterling Forest, New York dominates the design with the inscription INTERNATIONAL NICKEL COMPANY INC. / DEDICATED 1964 around.

Lot: 2210 - 1964 International Nickel Company Pattern. PDM-1. Quarter Size. RB-2210, Pollock-5350. Rarity-7. 100% Nickel. Plain Edge. MS-62 (NGC).

Obv: Large bust of Dr. Paul D. Merica faces right with the inscription PAUL D. MERICA above and the word LABORATORY below. Rev: An aerial view of the Paul D. Merica Laboratory at Sterling Forest, New York dominates the design with the inscription INTERNATIONAL NICKEL COMPANY INC. / DEDICATED 1964 around.

Lot: 2211 - 1964 International Nickel Company Pattern. PDM-1. Quarter Size. RB-2210, Pollock-5350. Rarity-7. 100% Nickel. Plain Edge. MS-62 (NGC).

Obv: Large bust of Dr. Paul D. Merica faces right with the inscription PAUL D. MERICA above and the word LABORATORY below. Rev: An aerial view of the Paul D. Merica Laboratory at Sterling Forest, New York dominates the design with the inscription INTERNATIONAL NICKEL COMPANY INC. / DEDICATED 1964 around.

Lot: 2212 - 1964 International Nickel Company Pattern. PDM-1. Quarter Size. RB-2210, Pollock-5350. Rarity-7. 100% Nickel. Plain Edge. MS-62 (NGC).

Obv: Large bust of Dr. Paul D. Merica faces right with the inscription PAUL D. MERICA above and the word LABORATORY below. Rev: An aerial view of the Paul D. Merica Laboratory at Sterling Forest, New York dominates the design with the inscription INTERNATIONAL NICKEL COMPANY INC. / DEDICATED 1964 around.

Lot: 2213 - 1964 International Nickel Company Pattern. PDM-1. Quarter Size. RB-2210, Pollock-5350. Rarity-7. 100% Nickel. Plain Edge. MS-62 (NGC).

Obv: Large bust of Dr. Paul D. Merica faces right with the inscription PAUL D. MERICA above and the word LABORATORY below. Rev: An aerial view of the Paul D. Merica Laboratory at Sterling Forest, New York dominates the design with the inscription INTERNATIONAL NICKEL COMPANY INC. / DEDICATED 1964 around.

Lot: 2214 - 1964 International Nickel Company Pattern. PDM-1. Quarter Size. RB-2210, Pollock-5350. Rarity-7. 100% Nickel. Plain Edge. MS-62 (NGC).

Obv: Large bust of Dr. Paul D. Merica faces right with the inscription PAUL D. MERICA above and the word LABORATORY below. Rev: An aerial view of the Paul D. Merica Laboratory at Sterling Forest, New York dominates the design with the inscription INTERNATIONAL NICKEL COMPANY INC. / DEDICATED 1964 around.

Lot: 2215 - 1964 International Nickel Company Pattern. PDM-1. Quarter Size. RB-2210, Pollock-5350. Rarity-7. 100% Nickel. Plain Edge. AU-58 (NGC).

Obv: Large bust of Dr. Paul D. Merica faces right with the inscription PAUL D. MERICA above and the word LABORATORY below. Rev: An aerial view of the Paul D. Merica Laboratory at Sterling Forest, New York dominates the design with the inscription INTERNATIONAL NICKEL COMPANY INC. / DEDICATED 1964 around.

Lot: 2216 - 1964 International Nickel Company Pattern. PDM-1. Quarter Size. RB-2215, Pollock-5349. Rarity-7. 100% Nickel. Reeded Edge. MS-62 (NGC).

Obv: Large bust of Dr. Paul D. Merica faces right with the inscription PAUL D. MERICA above and the word LABORATORY below. Rev: An aerial view of the Paul D. Merica Laboratory at Sterling Forest, New York dominates the design with the inscription INTERNATIONAL NICKEL COMPANY INC. / DEDICATED 1964 around.

Lot: 2217 - 1964 International Nickel Company Pattern. PDM-1. Half Dollar Size. RB-2700, Pollock-5375. Rarity-5 or 6. 95% Nickel, 5% Silicon on a Permalloy Core of 79% Nickel, 16% Iron, 5% Molybdenum. Plain Edge. MS-65 (NGC).

Obv: Large bust of Dr. Paul D. Merica faces right with the inscription PAUL D. MERICA above and the word LABORATORY below. Rev: An aerial view of the Paul D. Merica Laboratory at Sterling Forest, New York dominates the design with the inscription INTERNATIONAL NICKEL COMPANY INC. / DEDICATED 1964 around.

Lot: 2218 - 1964 International Nickel Company Pattern. PDM-1. Half Dollar Size. RB-2710, Pollock-5375. Rarity-5 or 6. 95% Nickel, 5% Silicon on a Permalloy Core of 79% Nickel, 16% Iron, 5% Molybdenum. Plain Edge. MS-61 (NGC).

Obv: Large bust of Dr. Paul D. Merica faces right with the inscription PAUL D. MERICA above and the word LABORATORY below. Rev: An aerial view of the Paul D. Merica Laboratory at Sterling Forest, New York dominates the design with the inscription INTERNATIONAL NICKEL COMPANY INC. / DEDICATED 1964 around.

Lot: 2219 - "1964" (1965) International Nickel Company Pattern. PDM-2. Quarter Size. RB-4115, Pollock-5380. Rarity-7. 95% Nickel, 5% Silicon on a Permalloy Core of 79% Nickel, 16% Iron, 5% Molybdenum. Reeded Edge. MS-66 PL (NGC).

Obv: Small bust of Dr. Paul D. Merica faces right with the inscription PAUL D. MERICA above and the word LABORATORY below. Rev: An aerial view of the Paul D. Merica Laboratory at Sterling Forest, New York dominates the design with the inscription INTERNATIONAL NICKEL COMPANY INC. around the border, DEDICATED / 1964 below.

Lot: 2220 - Lot of (5) Blanks and (1) Planchet for 1964 International Nickel Company Patterns. Mint State (Uncertified).

These blanks and solitary planchet were part of the same consignment of International Nickel Company private patterns offered in this auction. Given the paucity of data and listings for these unstruck pieces, and the fact that it would be hard to prove that these are Inco pieces beyond their association with the struck pieces, NGC declined to certify them at this time. Each piece tests as 99.99% nickel via X-ray fluorescence (XRF), which would lead us to believe that they were meant to be 100% nickel. But given that XRF is a very superficial test, we cannot be absolutely sure of the internal composition with only XRF analysis. Included are: Dime-Sized Planchet - 17 mm, 2.0 grams with a high, rounded upset rim Quarter-Sized Blanks - 24 mm, 4.3 grams; 24 mm, 5.0 grams; 24 mm, 5.1 grams; 24 mm, 5.2 grams Dollar-Sized Blank - 37 mm, 21.6 grams We offer these as a lot so that they may be kept together for the next owner to push further in researching them. Burdette documents dime-, quarter-, and half dollar-sized blanks, and only quarter-sized planchets. The dime-sized planchet and the dollar-sized blank in this group are thus apparently previously undocumented. Though ever so slightly smaller than the diameter of a standard silver dollar, the 37 mm dollar-sized blank is a tantalizing clue that some dollar-sized patterns were intended by Inco in its tests, though no other blanks, planchets, or struck coins seem to be referenced in the known literature or as surviving objects. Given that silver dollar production resumed in 1964 but none are known today, this dollar-sized blank could be the only ownable numismatic object associated with the resumption of this most popular of American denominations. This is a must see, sold as-is, no returns lot.

Lot: 2221 - 1853 United States Assay Office of Gold $20. K-18. Rarity-2. 900 THOUS. AU Details--Rim Damage (PCGS).

Well defined with bold to sharp features throughout the design, warm honey-olive color and remnants of frosty luster further enhance the eye appeal. The surfaces are a tad bright to suggest a light cleaning, the rims with shallow, yet numerous bumps and bruises that explain the PCGS qualifier. This is one of the most frequently encountered types in the privately minted California Gold Rush coinage series of the late 1840s and 1850s. The United States Assay Office of Gold under Curtis, Perry and Ward struck 2.5 million 900 THOUS $20 gold pieces from the beginning of March to the end of October, 1853. The coins were widely distributed, with many finding their way into circulation on the West Coast and others being shipped back to the Eastern United States as gold bullion. Thirty different dies were used to produce this high mintage issue, and they survived until destroyed by fires caused by the San Francisco earthquake of 1906.

Lot: 2222 - 1861 Clark, Gruber & Co. $2.50. K-5. Rarity-4. AU-50 (PCGS).

A most memorable example of this scarce and popular Territorial gold issue. While sometimes encountered in the marketplace and in auction, most examples of the Clark, Gruber & Co pieces have been subjected to all manner of "conservation" brightening the surfaces in hopes of attaining a higher certified grade. This piece, to the benefit of collectors, has not been. Both sides are richly toned in gorgeous coppery-orange gold with rose and magenta highlights in places. The devices are well defined save for the typically blunt central portions of the devices. This is an ideal specimen of this issue, one that will be enjoyed, not just for its place in American and numismatic history, but for its stunning good looks; this example would be an important addition to any territorial gold cabinet. In 1857, gold was discovered in Colorado sparking a new gold rush in the West. In Leavenworth, Kansas, brothers Austin and Milton Clark and merchant Emmanuel Gruber each started out provisioning Colorado-bound miners. Hearing tales from returning prospectors about the difficulties in conducting trade with gold dust, they realized that a profitable enterprise could be had providing banking and assay services in the gold fields. In early 1860 they formed Clark, Gruber & Company as a bank, assay office and mint. While Milton Clark obtained dies and equipment in Philadelphia and New York, his partners headed to Denver to establish their office and mint. On July 5, they began striking coins in $2.50, $5, $10, and $20 denominations made of gold dust of high purity. The coins were quickly accepted by the miners and soon Clark, Gruber & Co. became the most prolific of the Colorado coiners. The gold alloy initially used proved to be soft and prone to wear. In 1861, they added a higher concentration of silver to the alloy, all the while ensuring that the total gold content was roughly 1% higher than their federal equivalents. All told, Clark, Gruber & Co. coined just under $600,000 face value by the time they ceased their minting operation in 1862. In April of 1863 the partners sold their facility and equipment to the government who then used it as an assay office for the next 43 years before building a full-fledged branch mint that opened in 1906.

Lot: 2223 - Native Gold Specimen. Approximately 27.0 mm x 29.0 mm x 15.2 mm. 795.0 grains.

A somewhat dense specimen of about 76% fineness giving this example a somewhat warmer golden hue. Some small natural deposits are noted in the recesses. A handsome example of nice shape and heft, and reportedly from California.

Lot: 2224 - Native Gold Specimen. Approximately 41.7 mm x 14.9 mm x 23.4 mm. 768.1 grains.

Attractive deeply craggy surfaces of warm yellow gold. Only a couple of traces of original matrix material are seen, so this entire weight is essentially gold that tests as about 92.8 fineness. A nice shape and size for a natural gold specimen, reportedly from California.

Lot: 2225 - Native Gold Specimen. Approximately 20.8 mm x 22.3 mm x 12.8 mm. 614.1 grains.

A compact nugget of good size with smooth outer edges and traces of the satiny original texture in the recesses. Pleasing honey-gold with a nice eye appeal. One very faint apparent test abrasion is noted at one end, but it is subtle and not bothersome. Relatively high carat, testing at about 88% fine gold. Reportedly a California nugget.

Lot: 2226 - Native Gold Specimen. Approximately 39.5 mm x 27.6 mm x 9.4 mm. 583.2 grains.

A pleasing water-worn nugget roughly in the shape of the African continent with warm honey gold color and small worn quartz deposits peppering both sides. Testing at approximately 80% gold.

Lot: 2227 - Native Gold Specimen. Approximately 28.9 mm x 35.2 mm x 11.2 mm. 510.6 grains.

Bright yellow gold with a decidedly crystalline surface texture and a shape that suggests a flattened hopper crystal. Fineness tests as approximately 90% gold and there are only a couple of tiny salt-crystal sized quartz deposits in the recesses. Reportedly a California specimen.

Lot: 2228 - Native Gold Specimen. Approximately 25.5 mm x 21.1 mm x 11.1 mm. 452.9 grains.

Testing about 94% fine which explains the generally rich yellow gold color of this slightly worn crystal. The large crystalline structure is easily seen, though the edges are softened by wear, as is some of the crispness one might see in the recesses of a dug specimen. One small natural deposit near the center. A handsome example, reportedly from California.

Lot: 2229 - Native Gold Specimen. Approximately 32.3 mm x 16.6 mm x 17.5 mm. 376.2 grains.

Lustrous light yellow gold with a handsome granular surface in the recesses and a few small deposits of naturally occurring quartz. A very pretty specimen with very little handling wear. Tests of fineness suggest a range of 93.7% to 96.4% gold. Reportedly a California specimen.

Lot: 2230 - Native Gold Specimen. Approximately 30.4 mm x 18.1 mm x 7.8 mm. 243.4 grains.

Attractive honey-gold surfaces are distinctively water-worn and somewhat smooth, making this a proper alluvial "nugget" that one lucky prospector likely found in a California streambed. No visible natural deposits so this is likely a completely gold specimen of high carat. Tests suggest a fineness of about 94.5%.

Lot: 2231 - Native Gold Specimen. Approximately 22.2 mm x 21.8 mm x 9.2 mm. 240.3 grains.

Satiny light yellow gold with no visible deposits. Slight wear on the high points but satiny and fresh otherwise. High purity, testing at about 90% fine gold.

Lot: 2232 - Native Gold Specimen. Approximately 18.8 mm x 21.7 mm x 8.7 mm. 236.6 grains.

Light yellow gold with just a trace of wear on the high points. A pretty piece with satiny recesses and just a couple of tiny grains of natural quartz. Approximately 96% fine gold and reportedly from California.

Lot: 2233 - Native Gold Specimen. Approximately 35.7 mm x 20.9 mm x 19.8 mm. 229.1 grains.

A complex and visually interesting specimen that is slightly fragile, as it is formed of two primary sections attached by a relatively thin arm of gold. Several quartz deposits through the light and lustrous yellow gold testing at about 87% fine. A pretty specimen with great visual appeal.

Lot: 2234 - Native Gold Specimen. Approximately 20.7 mm x 12.3 mm x 8.0 mm. 150.5 grains.

Attractive light yellow gold of high carat, testing over 98% fine. Pleasing crystalline structure with just a trace of rub on the high points. No visible deposits, so this seems entirely gold.

Lot: 2235 - Native Gold Specimen. Approximately 29.4 mm x 17.8 mm x 5.5 mm. 146.7 grains.

A neat little nugget that is only slightly worn and reveals its naturally-occurring flattened crystalline structure. A couple of tiny natural deposits are noted in one of the recesses. Fineness tests at around 87% pure gold. Reportedly a California specimen.

Lot: 2236 - Native Gold Specimen. Approximately 15.1 mm x 15.1 mm x 7.7 mm. 90.0 grains.

A fascinating small native crystal with fairly sharp edges and minor natural deposits. One very interesting feature is seen in a series of fine grooves that at first appear as heavy filing marks, but these grooves are actually natural and pass beneath some of the quartz deposits. This is a feature we do not recall seeing before in a crystal of this form. Testing as about 87% fine, and reportedly a California specimen.

Lot: 2237 - Native Gold Specimen. Approximately 18.4 mm x10.7 mm x 8.1 mm. 93.0 grains.

A compact and lightly worn gold nugget with warm honey gold surfaces and just a couple of tiny quartz "grains" nestled in the recesses. A fairly high-carat nugget that texts as about 92.5% fineness.

Lot: 2238 - Small Group of (10) Natural Gold Nuggets.

The largest is 19.5 mm at its broadest span, while the smallest is about 6 mm. Total weight is 226.7 grains. A varied group from small nuggets to neatly formed crystals, a couple with small quartz inclusions. Probably about 75% fine gold throughout.

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