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By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

​Featured in our November 2019 Baltimore Auction is a remarkable 1652 Pine Tree shilling with an infamous counterstamp that has captured the attention of specialists for nearly 150 years.  Placed just below the roots of the tree on the obverse is an inverted counterstamp of the monogram NE, imitating the authentic NE punch used on the eponymous shillings of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.  Close study reveals that the counterstamp is triple struck, and only the very bottom portion of the E is visible at the edge. The corresponding area on the reverse shows a slightly rough texture that obscures the rosette.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

​​Our Winter Baltimore sales are well-known for their exceptional selections of colonial and early American issues. However, they also include impressive rarities from many other series of United States coinage. Included in our November 2019 Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo is an incredible Superb Gem 1863 three-dollar gold piece certified MS-67 by NGC.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

​​The Peace silver dollar struck from 1921 through 1935 has always been one of the most popular United States coins series. Struck to commemorate the end of World War I, it is a relatively short series but a few of the issues present significant challenges in high grades. While the finest examples regularly exceed the six-figure mark at auction, like this Superb Gem 1921 in our August 2018 ANA Auction, the legendary Proof issues from 1921 and 1922 have earned over $300,000, including this example from our August 2014 ANA Auction.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

​​The 1795 Sheldon-78 variety is one of the most available cent varieties of the year. However it is a decidedly scarce marriage in Mint State. Featured in our November 2019 Baltimore Auction is a delightful MS-63 (PCGS) example that also offers a pedigree traceable back more than a century.

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.

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