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By James McCartney, Director of Consignments and Numismatics

​The 1870-CC eagle is an eagerly sought rarity in the Liberty Head ten-dollar gold series. It ranks as the very rarest of the Carson City issues, outranking even the lower mintage 1879-CC. As one of the rarest Carson City Mint gold coins of any denomination, it rivals the legendary 1870-CC double eagle.​

By James McCartney, Director of Consignments and Numismatics

​The 1861-S Paquet Reverse is perhaps the most famous collectible Type I double eagle even among those who do not specialize of the series. Anthony C. Paquet was born in Hamburg, Germany on December 5, 1814, and arrived in Philadelphia in 1848. In early 1857, he took up contract work for the Philadelphia Mint before being hired as an assistant engraver. By far his most well-known work is the United States military's highest decoration for valor, the Medal of Honor instituted by President Abraham Lincoln on July 12, 1861.

By James McCartney, Director of Consignments and Numismatics

​We are excited to feature a scarce four-coin set of silver 2013 Lealana physical bitcoins in our Spring 2022 Showcase Auction. Struck in .999 fine silver and graded by PCGS, this set offers incredible rarity and exceptional condition. Each coin is marked with the serial number 24, making it one of the earliest sets issued by Lealana creator Noah Luis, aka "smoothie."​

By James McCartney, Director of Consignment and Numismatics

​The 1879-S Morgan dollar is a favorite among both type collectors and silver dollar specialists, offering a wide range of varieties and prooflike qualities to pursue. Issued during the second year of the series, almost the entire production run of 9.1 million coins struck in San Francisco were not paid out but rather remained in the Mint's vaults. They were only gradual released over 60 years later in 1942 and again in the early 1960s. Most Uncirculated examples come from those releases but often will have bagmarks or other abrasions from being moved in large and very heavy $1,000 sacks from vault to vault during counts. The vast majority of survivors are in grades of MS-64 or lower and Gems offer a surprising challenge.​​

By Christopher Dahncke, Paper Money Researcher & Cataloger

​Our January Collectors Choice Auction of United States currency will be posted to our website next week for viewing and bidding. We are offering Part III of the Laguna Coast "Gnat" Registry & Rarity Collection, along with an array of other numismatic items.​

By James McCartney, Director of Consignments and Numismatics

​Just 625 Proof Liberty Seated quarters were struck at the Philadelphia Mint in 1867, issued during the Reconstruction era that followed the end of the Civil War. These were distributed to contemporary collectors as part of the year's Proof sets, though some were eventually placed into circulation during the economic panics of the late 19th century. It is thought that around 550 survive, most of which grade Proof-63 or lower.​

By James McCartney, Director of Consignments and Numismatics

​We are excited to offer a beautiful MS-65 (NGC) ca. 1859 Non Nobis Solum Washington medal in gilt white metal in lot 70033 of our December 2021 Tokens and Medals Collectors Choice Online Auction. Sharply struck with beautiful satin surfaces and no significant abrasions, this piece is an important offering for specialists in Washington medals or Masonic pieces.​

By James McCartney, Director of Consignments and Numismatics

​Just 727 Proof Barber dimes were struck in 1905 and the vast majority of survivors are impaired by minor marks, well-intentioned polishing, or circulation in the past century. It is a surprisingly challenging issue for specialists seeking truly superior quality and eye appeal.​

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