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Newly Discovered Magnificent and Rare Benjamin Harrison Indian Peace Medal in Silver, Presented in 1890 to Buffalo Meat will Make its Auction Debut in the Stack’s Bowers 2015 New York Americana Sale

Newly Discovered Magnificent and Rare Benjamin Harrison Indian Peace Medal in Silver, Presented in 1890 to Buffalo Meat will Make its Auction Debut in the Stack’s Bowers 2015 New York Americana Sale

By Greg Cohen, Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins based on the expert description by John Pack, Executive Director of Consignments

Undated (Circa 1890-1893) Benjamin Harrison Indian Peace Medal. The Only Size. Silver. 76.7 mm, 3.75 to 4.05 mm thick. 3,463.7 grains. Obverse Signed C.E. BARBER F. Julian IP-48. Choice Very Fine. Lovely light silver gray with scattered minor scrapes and marks consistent with awarded Peace medals, but free of the more serious marks seen on many pieces. Rather well preserved overall, and very pleasing. 
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Superb Gem Mint State 1869/8 Silver Three Cent

Superb Gem Mint State 1869/8 Silver Three Cent

By Greg Cohen, Professional Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins. Based on the catalog description by Jeff Ambio, Vice President of Numismatics and Auction Production

The tiny three-cent silver coins, struck from 1851 to 1873 are among the most curious of the regular issue U.S. federal type coins. The design by James Longacre is unusual in that it features a six-pointed star on the obverse, and a large, jeweled C with the Roman numeral III inside marking the denomination on the reverse. This series has some interesting die varieties, including this so-called 1869/8 overdate. Some researchers believe after reviewing many of the coins described as the 9/8, that this is not a true overdate, but really a repunched 9. Either way, this appealing MS-67 superb gem, certified by PCGS and housed in a first generation holder, is the only circulation strike example certified as an overdate variety, and is among the finest graded for the date.
Author: Greg Cohen
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Extremely Rare Silver Columbian Expo So-Called Dollar Highlights a Very Impressive Offering in Baltimore

Extremely Rare Silver Columbian Expo So-Called Dollar Highlights a Very Impressive Offering in Baltimore

By Greg Cohen, Professional Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins; Based on the Catalog Description by John Kraljevich, Numismatic Consultant

Our Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Winter Expo is full of specialized collections, and we are pleased to present one of the most diverse offering of “so-called dollars” to cross the auction block in some time. So-called dollars are generally silver dollar sized commemorative medals that were struck both by private firms and interests, as well as at the U.S. Mint. 
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Rare, Historic, Beautiful, Condition Census Quality 1852 United States Assay Office of Gold $50

Rare, Historic, Beautiful, Condition Census Quality 1852 United States Assay Office of Gold $50

By Greg Cohen, Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins

This week’s highlight from our Rarities Night Session of our Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo is a lovely 1852 United States Assay Office of Gold $50. Always popular and fascinating for numismatists, these “slugs” or ingots are impressive in both size and heft (weighing nearly 2.5 ounces), and are a tangible link to this historically important era. 

Author: Greg Cohen
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Very Rare Mint State 1969-S Doubled Die Obverse Cent

Very Rare Mint State 1969-S Doubled Die Obverse Cent

By Greg Cohen, Professional Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins

The 1969-S Doubled Die cent is one of the classic modern U.S. Mint rarities, indeed among the rarest of all 20th century U.S. coins. It created huge waves in the numismatic marketplace, when in 1970, two examples were discovered independently of each other by Cecil Moorhouse and Bill Hudson and were reported on the cover of the July 8, 1970 Coin World.
Author: Greg Cohen
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Lovely Octagonal Gold Dollar, BG-501 Highlights Upcoming Baltimore Auction

Lovely Octagonal Gold Dollar, BG-501 Highlights Upcoming Baltimore Auction

By John Pack, Executive Director of Consignments

Among the many great coins included in our Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo this October-November is this lovely little piece from the days of the California Gold Rush. It is an octagonal gold dollar, identified as BG-501 in the standard reference for California fractional gold coins, by Walter Breen and Ron Gillio. It is graded MS-63 by PCGS. 
Author: John Pack
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Superb Gem Proof-66 Restrike 1853 Silver Dollar Rarity Highlights Our Upcoming November 2014 Baltimore Sale From “The 1853 Collection,” Ex Geiss, Starr

Superb Gem Proof-66 Restrike 1853 Silver Dollar Rarity Highlights Our Upcoming November 2014 Baltimore Sale From “The 1853 Collection,” Ex Geiss, Starr

By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist & Cataloger, U.S. Coins

Every now and then in numismatics a coin comes along that is so fine in quality and visual appeal that superlatives fail. Such is the Gem Proof Restrike 1853 Liberty Seated dollar in our Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo, October 29 - November 1. This spectacular coin is part of the incredible “1853 Collection” that we will showcase in our Baltimore auction event.
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Famous “Confederate” 1861-D Gold Dollar Rarity Highlights Our October 2014 PNG Auction Sale From the Milt Tretiak Collection

Famous “Confederate” 1861-D Gold Dollar Rarity Highlights Our October 2014 PNG Auction Sale From the Milt Tretiak Collection

By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist & Cataloger, U.S. Coins

The Civil War was in full swing in May of 1861 when the final gold dollars of the Dahlonega Mint were struck, but they were struck by the state of Georgia and the Confederacy, not by Uncle Sam. The mintage estimates vary widely for this rarity, with the Guide Book allowing for 1,250 pieces, and the Bowers reference on the series giving an estimate of 1,000 to 1,500 pieces
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