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Amazingly Rare Gem Matte Proof 1922 Peace Dollar Headlines Our May 2015 New York City Rarities Sale Fewer Than A Dozen Traced

Amazingly Rare Gem Matte Proof 1922 Peace Dollar Headlines Our May 2015 New York City Rarities Sale Fewer Than A Dozen Traced

By Frank Van Valen, Numismatist & Cataloger, U.S. Coins. Based on the lot description by Jeff Ambio, Vice President of Numismatics and Auction Production

A spectacular PCGS-certified 1922 Matte Proof-66 Peace dollar, one of fewer than a dozen traced with any certainty, will be among the many highlights in our May 20, 2015, Rarities Sale, to be held in conjunction with our offering of Part I of the D. Brent Pogue Collection in New York City. 

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An Historical Choice EF 1793 Wreath Cent with a Sky-High Tale to Tell Carried Aboard Gemini VII for 206 Orbits of the Earth in 1965

An Historical Choice EF 1793 Wreath Cent with a Sky-High Tale to Tell Carried Aboard Gemini VII for 206 Orbits of the Earth in 1965

By Frank VanValen, Numismatist & Cataloger, U.S. Coins. Based on the catalog description by Benjamin Orooji, Numismatist & Cataloger, U.S. Coins

Alongside our remarkable offering of Part I of the D. Brent Pogue Collection in New York City on May 19, 2015, there will be another sale of remarkable numismatic items. This “piggy-back” sale will contain numerous rare and important coins, all chosen to bask in the excitement surrounding the Pogue Collection sale. Among the offerings will be a truly unique 1793 Wreath cent of the Sheldon-9 variety. 
Historic and Extremely Rare Assay Ingot from the wreck of the S.S. Central America

Historic and Extremely Rare Assay Ingot from the wreck of the S.S. Central America

By Greg Cohen, Professional Numismatist & Consignment Director, U.S. & World Coins. Based on the description by James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger.

In September, 1857, the side-wheel steamer, S.S. Central America, laden with freshly minted gold coins (primarily $20 double eagles) and other relics of the gold fields was caught in a hurricane off the coast of South Carolina, while making its way up the Atlantic en route from Panama to New York. The ship sank to the ocean floor and her precious cargo never made it to New York, exasperating the already weak economy. This week’s highlight from our New York Rarities Sale, being held on May 20, 2015 at Sotheby’s Galleries, comes from this recovered treasure.

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Freshly Graded MS-64+ Red 1917 Doubled Die Cent

Freshly Graded MS-64+ Red 1917 Doubled Die Cent

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

The Lincoln cent celebrated its centennial in 2009. In the course of being the longest running U.S. coin design, many interesting mint made die varieties have been discovered. Some are very prevalent in the series and for generations have been included in albums and the Guide Book as regular issues. 
Author: Greg Cohen
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Excellent Gem Quality 1915-S Panama-Pacific Octagonal Gold $50 In Our Upcoming July 2015 Baltimore Rarities Night Auction

Excellent Gem Quality 1915-S Panama-Pacific Octagonal Gold $50 In Our Upcoming July 2015 Baltimore Rarities Night Auction

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

One of the most popular – and certainly one of the most beautiful of all American commemorative coinage design types, gold or otherwise – is the 1915-S Panama-Pacific gold $50. Our upcoming Rarities Night sale, to be held in conjunction with the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo this July, will feature a Gem Mint State-65 NGC-certified example of this popular and unique design type. 

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Richly Toned Condition Census Gem 1875-CC Twenty-Cents a Highlight of Our Upcoming March 2015 Baltimore Rarities Night Sale

Richly Toned Condition Census Gem 1875-CC Twenty-Cents a Highlight of Our Upcoming March 2015 Baltimore Rarities Night Sale

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

An amazing Gem Mint State 1875-CC twenty-cent piece, tied for finest certified by PCGS, will attract enthusiastic bidding activity in our upcoming Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo later this month. Offered as part of our Rarities Night session, the pale golden surfaces of this eye-catching Gem are alive with cartwheel luster and a rich array of crimson and royal blue iridescence. 
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Proof 1903 Jefferson Portrait Louisiana Purchase Gold Dollar Mounted in the Original Certificate and Frame

Proof 1903 Jefferson Portrait Louisiana Purchase Gold Dollar Mounted in the Original Certificate and Frame

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

One aspect of collecting classic commemorative coins includes the ephemera that sometimes accompany the coins. Many silver issues came in paper or cardboard “tab” holders that tattered away, but left their mark with vibrant toning. Other items, like original bags, copper frames, cases, etc. were saved, even after the coins were sold off, and have become collectibles in their own right. Lot 6118 in the Stack’s Bowers Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring Expo has both a rare coin and a rare piece of numismatic ephemera -- a Proof 1903 Louisiana Purchase gold dollar housed in the original certificate and mounted in a frame.
Author: Greg Cohen
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A Condition Census Example of the Famed 1799 Large Cent

A Condition Census Example of the Famed 1799 Large Cent

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

Few series of coins have as devoted a following as early large cents. From the earliest days of American numismatics, this series has attracted serious students, who value not just the monetary value of the coin, but the also the historical context and the cast of characters that make up the provenances of their specimens. Issued from 1793 to 1857, large cents play a large role in the canon of American numismatic literature, with specialized references published as early as the 1860s.
Author: Greg Cohen
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