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By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

The 1880-CC Morgan dollar is relatively available in Mint State due to the release of thousands as part of the GSA hoard in the 1970s and 1980s. Several different varieties are known of this issue, exhibiting repunching of the date and changes to the reverse design.  The vast majority are in grades of MS-63 and MS-64, but even Gem MS-65 examples can be acquired for less than $1,000 in today's market. ​​

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

The early copper coinage struck by the United States Mint proved vital to the fledging economy of our nation and saw significant use in commerce. Half cents and large cents were the medium of exchange in most small transactions and often suffered heavy wear and attrition.​​

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

Lincoln cents are among the most intensely studied and collected series in all of United States numismatics. The wealth of varieties makes it very interesting, as well, and considerable enjoyment can be had without investing more than face value. However, as a variety becomes more dramatic it also increases in desirability, eventually gaining fame among non-cent specialists as has the 1955 Doubled Die Obverse. ​​

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

Among the Gold Rush issues, the huge octagonal $50 gold pieces nicknamed "slugs" have been favorites of numismatists for generations. Tokens and medals made in imitation of the iconic pieces have been produced throughout the 20th century. Even the ever-popular Panama-Pacific Exposition octagonal $50 commemoratives were based loosely on the slugs of the United States Assay Office of Gold.​​

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

Our Spring 2019 Baltimore Auction, taking place from February 27 through March 5, is highlighted by an exceptional group of early half eagles from the Capped Bust Right series. Among the most impressive is an incredible 1797/5 BD-7, certified MS-61 (NGC) and assigned a Rarity-6+ rating. The overdate seen on this variety is one of the boldest in the entire realm of American coinage, easily as plain as the 1942/1-D dime, 1918/7-D nickel, 1918/7-S quarter, and other well-known overdates.​​

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

The 1799 large cent and the 1804 large cent have long been recognized as the two rarest dates in the Draped Bust series. Sheldon-266 is the only known die marriage for 1804, and while the exact mintage is unknown, it is usually estimated at 96,500 pieces, derived from the final delivery of the year made on December 31. ​​

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

Proof quarter eagle mintages began to rise in the 1880s and finally crested 100 pieces in 1887 for the first time since 1860.  A relatively steady rise in output followed through the 1890s, with 106 Proof examples struck in 1893. Specialist John Dannreuther explores this issue in-depth in his new 2018 reference United States Proof Coins, Volume IV: Gold, and notes that just a single die pair is responsible for the entire mintage. ​

By Ben Orooji, Numismatist and Assistant Production Manager, U.S. Coins

Mint error collectors will surely take notice of a fantastic double struck 1959-D Franklin half dollar coming up for auction in our Baltimore Spring Expo Auction. Of special note is the large spread between the strikings. After being struck once, the coin failed to eject properly and was subsequently struck again 55% off center to 6:00 in a nearly parallel fashion. The result is visually striking with Franklin’s head and nose nearly fully replicated below on the obverse while the reverse shows about 1/3 of the Liberty Bell replicated above the original striking. The date and mintmark remain bold despite being partially flattened after the second strike, and the legends are enjoyable to decipher, considering where some portions of the design have been obliterated and others are merely flattened.

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