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Rare Money Blog

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

​​Among the most evocative of all 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 these iconic pieces have been produced throughout the twentieth century, and even the popular Panama-Pacific Exposition octagonal $50 commemoratives were based loosely on the slugs of Augustus Humbert and the United States Assay Office of Gold.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

​Appearing in lot 7624 of our Internet Only Session 10 of our August ANA auction is a MS-61 (PCGS) Liberty double eagle that has been verified by CAC. The 1875-S is among the lower-mintage issues that were struck at the San Francisco Mint in the 1870s with just 1.2 million examples produced, compared with the 1.7 million coins struck in both 1877 and 1878.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

​Among the significant Early American coins featured in our August 2019 ANA Auction is an EF-45 (PCGS) Noe-16 Pine Tree shilling in lot 477 that once belonged to famed numismatist Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

​Featured in lot 493 of our August 2019 ANA Auction is a desirable electrotype copy of the legendary Brasher doubloon and is sure to appeal to collectors of early American rarities. It is a significant relic of American numismatics, relating to both the Revolutionary-era economy and the practices of the U.S. Mint nearly a century later. It precisely replicates the Mint Cabinet specimen of the 1787 Brasher Doubloon, which was found in a bullion deposit in circa 1838 and rescued from the melting pot by Chief Coiner Adam Eckfeldt.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

​Early American copper enthusiasts  will be delighted at the incredible 1795 C-2a half cent featured in lot 5073 of Rarities Night in our August 2019 ANA Auction. Certified AU-58+ (PCGS), it ranks as a Condition Census example and offers superior, near-Mint surfaces. Considerable satiny luster blankets the fields, yielding to a hint of friction across the highest points. The patina is dominated by rich burnt-caramel hues and speckles of darker espresso color toward the left of each side.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

​We are thrilled to offer a historic Brazilian 6400 reis regulated by New York City goldsmith John Burger in Rarities Night of our August 2019 ANA Auction.  Any piece of Regulated Gold is a rare prize, but a connection to John Burger and the economy of America's first capital city makes this piece particularly historic. It is the quintessential survivor from this exclusive series, balancing expert production and exceptional preservation. It is sure to serve as a crowning jewel in an advanced cabinet of early American issues.

By Stack's Bowers Galleries

​For a long time the 1876-CC twenty-cent piece has been recognized as one of the most famous and most desired of all American coins, and the offering of an example attracts great attention in the numismatic community. Not only is it a great rarity with fewer than 20 pieces believed to exist, but it also possesses the added romance that accompanies coins from the historic and short-lived Carson City Mint.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

​Though considered Rarity-4 (121-160 known), the 1795 O-109 Flowing Hair half dollar is deceptively scarce. Our firm has handled just 27 examples over the past 15 years, averaging out to fewer than two coins per year, the majority of which were graded VF-20 or lower. Over the same period, we have offered 70 1879 Flowing Hair Gold Stellas and 686 MCMVII (1907) High Relief Saint-Gaudens double eagles.​

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