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By Christopher Maisano, Numismatist

​We are pleased to present an impressive Casascius 1 Bitcoin in our June 2022 Auction. This is an active and loaded cryptocurrency coin containing 1 BTC, equivalent to roughly US$38,000 at the time of cataloging (May 2022). It represents the final year of production by Casascius (Mike Caldwell) and is one of the most popular issues of the entire Casascius series with just about 8,350 of the 2013 Series 2 1 BTC funded in 2013 and 2014. This example displays vibrant honey-gold patina with hints of bronze and olive throughout.​

By Christopher Maisano, Numismatist

​The 1849 Proof dime is a rarity among Liberty Seated coinage and Proof coins as a whole. The example featured in our June 2022 auction is easily one of the rarest and most desirable coins in the sale. Graded Proof-66 in a PCGS Old Green Holder and with CAC approval, this dime is also an absolute beauty. Both sides displaying a blend of lavender-gray and olive-charcoal patina.​

By Christopher Maisano, Numismatist

​We are pleased to feature a Judd-10 1792 disme that will be a highlight in our August 2022 Global Showcase Auction. The 1792 disme is an important rarity, struck in very small numbers in the earliest days of the United States Mint. Today about 15 copper examples are known to survive in all grades, while only three are known in silver.​

By Christopher Maisano, Numismatist

​Proof Barber quarters are known for low mintages, as well as their beauty and desirability. Although produced in small numbers, Barber quarters come on the market more often than one would expect, and cameo contrast, Gem grades and brilliant or nicely toned examples can be found with moderate effort. Usually toned coins feature a range from dusty rose-gold to a dark hue and display the slightest remnant of a rainbow only at a particular angle. Finding an extraordinarily toned example that stands out from the rest is far more difficult.​

By Christopher Maisano, Numismatist

​The 1901-S Liberty Head eagle is one of the more common issues in its series. Today, however, we present a truly rare exception. Gold condition rarities are always exciting, and this coin does not disappoint. It is virtually pristine and seemingly earmarked for a high-quality gold type set. Both sides of this lovely coin are fully struck with razor sharp detail from the rims to the centers. Exhibiting satiny mint luster and vivid reddish-orange color, one cannot help but admire this coin's advanced technical quality and outstanding eye appeal.​

By Christopher Maisano, Numismatist

​Morgan dollars are very collectible and popular, attracting enthusiasts from beginners to high rollers. Overall, Morgan dollars are not exceedingly rare, which adds to their perennial desirability. Common dates are readily available in midrange Mint State condition, although they become far scarcer at the MS-67 level. Beyond that, things change dramatically, as rarity and value spike when these coins reach the ultra-gem grade of MS-68.​

By Christopher Maisano, Numismatist

​Classic Proof gold coinage is always desirable and rare. The rarity and desirability skyrocket with higher denominations and cameo surfaces, as found on this beautiful 1897 $10 example which will be featured in our June 2022 Showcase Auction. This near gem possesses deep, glossy fields with emerging legends and devices that are completely frosted. The obverse is bold and radiant with orange peel surfaces while the reverse is more sedate and free of any detracting blemishes.​

By Christopher Maisano, Numismatist

​Included in our April 5 presentation of the Dr. Paul and Rosalie Zito Collection is a virtually perfect Proof 1898 quarter found in lot 4002. It is a true prize for the advanced collector, displaying vibrant and original orange-gold color near the centers with violet and sapphire-blue iridescence near the rims.​

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