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Remarkable Choice AU 1839-D $2.50 to be offered as part of the Georgia Peach Collection in our 2015 ANA World’s Fair of Money Auction

Remarkable Choice AU 1839-D $2.50 to be offered as part of the Georgia Peach Collection in our 2015 ANA World’s Fair of Money Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger

The very desirable 1839-D Classic Head quarter eagle represents both the inaugural production of quarter eagles at the Dahlonega Mint and also the terminal year of the Classic Head design type for the denomination. The discovery of gold deposits across the Mid-Atlantic States in the early 19th century created a surplus of bullion that needed to find its way into the nation’s economy. The Philadelphia Mint soon became overwhelmed by the coinage demands coming from southern sources, spurring the Act of March 3, 1835, that authorized the erection of branch mints at Charlotte, North Carolina, Dahlonega, Georgia, and New Orleans, Louisiana.  
 

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Superb Gem 1921 Morgan Silver Dollar to be Featured in our Upcoming July 2015 Baltimore Auction

Superb Gem 1921 Morgan Silver Dollar to be Featured in our Upcoming July 2015 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger

1921 was certainly a transitional, if not experimental, year for U.S. coinage. Three separate commemorative silver half dollars were produced to celebrate the Pilgrim Tercentenary, the Missouri Centennial, and the Alabama Centennial. Among the circulating issues, lower-mintages were seen from most branch mints, affecting the Buffalo nickel and Mercury dime series, with even a Philadelphia deficit apparent to the Standing Liberty quarter and Walking Liberty half dollar productions. 
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Choice Mint State Liberty Cap Cent from the Douglas C. Kaselitz Collection to be Featured in our July 2015 Baltimore Auction

Choice Mint State Liberty Cap Cent from the Douglas C. Kaselitz Collection to be Featured in our July 2015 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger

The fabulous Twin Leaf Collection offered in our July Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo in Baltimore features an unparalleled assortment of Middle and Late Date U.S. large cents. Complementing this virtually complete assemblage of cents from 1817 to 1857 is a stunning Mint State survivor dating back to the second full year of production at the U.S. Mint, 1794.  
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Amazing Condition Census Gem Uncirculated 1807 Capped Bust Half Dollar From the Kaselitz Collection Highlights Our July 2015 Baltimore Sale

Amazing Condition Census Gem Uncirculated 1807 Capped Bust Half Dollar From the Kaselitz Collection Highlights Our July 2015 Baltimore Sale

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

A gorgeous Gem Mint State 1807 Capped Bust half dollar called MS-65+ by PCGS and approved by CAC is one of numerous highlights to be offered this July in our Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Summer Expo in Baltimore. This attractively toned and boldly lustrous Gem half dollar from the first year of the design type is not only one of the finest examples of the date and Overton-113 variety certified by PCGS, it is also one of the finest of the type certified by that firm. 
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Historic 1861-C Liberty Half Eagle to be Offered in our July 2015 Baltimore Auction

Historic 1861-C Liberty Half Eagle to be Offered in our July 2015 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger

The American Civil War had important numismatic implications that still affect collectors today. The fabled Confederate cents and half dollars of 1861 have long fascinated collectors, and the many variations of Civil War tokens and other related exonumia offer glimpses of independent coinage efforts that took place during the years of the conflict.  
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Top Pop 1958-D Jefferson Nickel Featured in Our Current iAuction #3532

Top Pop 1958-D Jefferson Nickel Featured in Our Current iAuction #3532

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger

A staggering 168,249,120 Jefferson nickels were struck at the Denver Mint in 1958, which amounted to more than one nickel for each member of the U.S. population, as per the 1950 Census. Even with this huge quantity, heavily circulation has ensured that very few examples survive at any appreciable levels of preservation. 

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Choice About Uncirculated No Arrows, Open 3 Liberty Seated Half to be Featured in Our Upcoming July 2015 Baltimore Auction

Choice About Uncirculated No Arrows, Open 3 Liberty Seated Half to be Featured in Our Upcoming July 2015 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist

Among the numismatic treasures crossing the auction block in our upcoming July 2015 Baltimore sale is an exceptional No Arrows, Open 3 1873 Liberty Seated half dollar which is sure to be exciting for half dollar and U.S. type specialists alike! 1873 represents a significant, transitional year in the design of our nation’s silver coinage, in some cases echoing some of the alterations that took place exactly two decades earlier. The Close 3 logotype used in the date across all denominations was deemed to be easily confused for an “8” by Chief Coiner A. Loudon Snowden, eliciting a change to the Open 3 style early in production.

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Among Finest Known Gem Satin Proof 1909 Indian Eagle Rarity Highlights Our May 2015 New York City Rarities Auction Event

Among Finest Known Gem Satin Proof 1909 Indian Eagle Rarity Highlights Our May 2015 New York City Rarities Auction Event

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

Many of America’s finest coins will appear in our upcoming New York City Rarities Auction, held in conjunction with Sotheby’s the day following our sale of Part I of the incredible D. Brent Pogue Collection. The 1909 Satin Proof eagle in the sale, from the design type by Augustus Saint-Gaudens struck 1907 through 1933, is a rare bird indeed. 
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