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Superb Gem Uncirculated 1917-D Obverse Mintmark Half Dollar One of Numerous Standouts in Our Upcoming iAuction #3508

Superb Gem Uncirculated 1917-D Obverse Mintmark Half Dollar One of Numerous Standouts in Our Upcoming iAuction #3508

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

A superb Gem Mint State 1917-D Walking Liberty half dollar, graded MS-66 by PCGS and tied with four others as finest certified by that firm, is just one of many exciting offerings in our upcoming iAuction #3508. The new design type was in its second year when this beauty rolled off the coinage press in Denver, part of a mintage of 765,400 pieces. In 1917 the mintmark also appeared on the reverse, and nearly three times the amount was struck of that style compared to the obverse mintmark style. 
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Rare 1869 Pattern Dime One of Many Treats In Our Upcoming iAuction #3507

Rare 1869 Pattern Dime One of Many Treats In Our Upcoming iAuction #3507

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

A spectacular and rare pattern 1869 dime in copper, Judd-710/Pollock-789, will be a focal point in our upcoming iAuction #3507. Graded Proof-65 RB by PCGS, this beauty exhibits a bold strike and exquisite toning highlights including coppery red with emerald green and peach undertones. Judd-710 is a Rarity-7- issue, with perhaps just a dozen or so examples known in all grades. 
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Sparkling Gem Proof 1897 Indian Cent A Highlight of iAuction #3506

Sparkling Gem Proof 1897 Indian Cent A Highlight of iAuction #3506

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

A sparkling Gem Proof 1897 Indian cent graded Proof-66 RD by PCGS is one of many highlights in our iAuction sale #3506. The golden-red surfaces are somewhat frosty on the devices and highly reflective in the fields. Careful inspection of the coin justifies its lofty grade. 
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A Deeply Toned AU-50 1795 Draped Bust Dollar

A Deeply Toned AU-50 1795 Draped Bust Dollar

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

deeply toned 1795 silver dollar,Offered in this week’s iAuction is a deeply toned 1795 silver dollar of the Centered Draped Bust variety. This is always a popular type coin, the second year of issue for the denomination, and the first year of the Draped Bust, Small Eagle type. In 1795 there were two Draped Bust varieties, one with the bust centered nicely and one where the bust is off center.

Author: Greg Cohen
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September 1689 ½ Crown Gun Money

September 1689 ½ Crown Gun Money

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

In this month’s iAuction featuring world coins, scheduled to close on Sunday, November 2, we are offering a relatively high quality example of an Irish “Gun Money” ½ Crown. Struck in Ireland during the Williamite War by the forces of James II, the appellation is derived from one of the sources of the brass (and other base metals) used to strike the coins, the cannons that were captured in battle (other sources included church bells). 

Author: Greg Cohen
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Choice 1879 Flowing Hair Stella PCGS Proof-63

Choice 1879 Flowing Hair Stella PCGS Proof-63

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

The $4 Stella, while technically considered a pattern issue, displays a unique design, tiny mintage, and interesting history, and has been included in regular issue gold type sets for generations. Over the years, the story has been told in countless auction catalogs of the origin of this odd denomination, its different composition, and its high demand from collectors. 
Author: Greg Cohen
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Choice AU 1883-CC Liberty Head $10

Choice AU 1883-CC Liberty Head $10

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

Each week, we present a special coin from our current iAuctions selection. Stack’s Bowers is proud to be able to offer such a wide range of American numismatic material in each sale. This week we highlight an NGC-certified 1883-CC Liberty Head eagle, graded AU-55. This rich orange gold toned coin features a good strike, and only mild abrasions from a short stay in circulation. The 1883-CC is a scarce issue in any grade, as only 12,000 pieces were struck, and many entered circulation and stayed there; a lucky few were withdrawn and saved by astute numismatists, and others, by sheer chance. 

Author: Greg Cohen
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1849-C Half Eagle, AU-55 (NGC)

1849-C Half Eagle, AU-55 (NGC)

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

One of the highlights of iAuction 3502 is lot 22305, a choice AU Charlotte Mint half eagle dated 1849. Most people are aware of the famous California Gold Rush of 1848/9 (indeed there is a professional football team named for it). Unknown to most people is the fact that the first gold rush in the United States was in the 1830s in Georgia and North Carolina. 
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