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By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

Eagerly sought by both Liberty Head gold specialists and Civil War enthusiasts, the 1863-S double eagle presents a significant challenge to collectors. Just 966,570 pieces were struck at the San Francisco Mint and most saw heavy circulation throughout the western United States. At the time, coinage had virtually disappeared from day-to-day transactions in the Midwest and the East due to the uncertainty surrounding the Civil War, which placed increased pressure on the gold coinage in the West. Many 1863-S double eagles were likely exported overseas in later years, further diminishing the population.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

Proof early American copper coinage is one of the most fascinating and intensely pursued series in numismatics. Mint records are largely unclear on these half cents and large cents, leaving much of the production statistics to be drawn from the surviving populations. Most issues are known by only a handful of pieces, a supply that in no way meets the demand from collectors. We are delighted to offer an exceptional   Proof-only 1836 half cent in lot 3288 of our May 2019 Baltimore auction. Certified Proof-62 BN (NGC) and struck from original dies, it is an important opportunity for both specialists and type collectors.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

The No Stars Liberty Seated dime design of 1837 and 1838 is often considered Christian Gobrecht's “little masterpiece.” Uncluttered by stars to either side, Liberty sits majestically at center, placed upon a perfectly sized canvas that accents the symbolism of the obverse motif without the distractions of Liberty's drapery folds or the intricacies of her hair that sometimes draw the eye on the larger coin.

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

The Capped Bust quarter series, struck from 1815 through 1838, is vastly underrated and contains many of the great rarities in 19th century numismatics. Most often collected as part of a type set, examples are readily available in most circulated grades but represent a significant challenge in Mint State preservation.  We are thrilled to present an exceptional Gem 1834 B-1, O/F in OF variety quarter in lot 1056 of our May 2019 Baltimore auction. ​

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

Our May 2019 Baltimore Official Summer Expo Auction offers an exceptional array of rarities from the Washingtonia series, highlighted by a newly discovered original Washington Before Boston medal in silver. Another important highlight from this offering is a rare "1799" GW on Base Funeral Urn medal in white metal that ranks as finest known of the die pair. ​​

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

Our May 2019 Baltimore Auction will feature an exceptional selection of United States colonial coinage, including many popular issues and an impressive set of New Jersey coppers from the Collection of Larry L. Terrell.  Highlights of our colonial offering include a pair of unique gold impressions of Newman 102-GG, considered to be from the original "five parts of the dies" obtained by Horatio Rust in New Haven in 1859.​​

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

Our May 2019 Baltimore Auction will feature an impressive selection of United States colonial coins from the Collection of Larry L. Terrell, including  over 65 different varieties of New Jersey coppers. Among the many highlights from this group is an example struck from the Maris 73-aa die pair. It is certified EF-40 (PCGS) and ranks among the finest specimens known. ​​

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