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By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

​The 1959 Proof Franklin half dollar is widely available in average condition but presents an incredible challenge at the highest levels of preservation and quality. 1959 marked only the second time the U.S. Mint produced more than 1 million Proof sets, and it was obvious that quality had been sacrificed to attain this figure. 

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

The 1859-O Liberty Seated silver dollar is a favorite among specialists and type collectors, hailed for its overall superior production quality and general availability in Mint State. 360,000 dollars were struck at the New Orleans Mint in 1859, which marked the first time the denomination was struck at the facility since 1850. ​​

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

The 1805 Draped Bust quarter represents just the third year that quarters were made at the U.S. Mint and only the second year of the Draped Bust type. Five distinct varieties are known for the 1805 issue, employing four obverse and four reverse dies.  None of these varieties are exceptionally rare, and have ratings of Rarity-2 to Rarity-5-. Browning-3, as represented by the lovely Fine-12 (PCGS) example to be featured in our upcoming Collectors Choice Online Auction, has a Rarity-2 rating.​​

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

With production beginning in 1838, the New Orleans Mint was crucial in supporting the economic growth of the southern United States. New Orleans was a leading economic hub of the nation in the early 19th century, rivaled by only New York City.​​

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Assistant Production Manager

Collecting a Ryder-26 1788 Vermont copper can be a significant challenge for colonial collectors. Vermont specialist Tony Carlotto noted in his 1998 reference that it "is one of the classic rarities in the Vermont series. It is not a distinctive type or sub-type, but is genuinely rare." More recently, Dave Bowers suggests in his new (2018) reference that as few as nine examples might exist, saying "it is one of the well-known key rarities in the original Ryder listing."​​

By Ben Orooji, Numismatist & Assistant Production Manager

The 1907-S Liberty Head $10 eagle is well-known as a better date in the series in Choice Mint State or finer grade, despite a relatively generous mintage for the era of 210,500 pieces. Few such pieces have been located in European bank hoards, and most examples are thought to have been stored in government bank vaults until they were melted in 1937.​​

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Assistant Production Manager

The 1830 Capped Bust dime is one of the more readily available issues in the series, though it is very scarce in high grades. Winston Zack, Louis Scuderi and Michael Sherrill (Bust Dime Variety Identification Guide, 2015) provide an estimate of 3,000 to 5,500 examples extant from just 510,000 coins struck. The size of the denomination on the reverse varied throughout the mintage, providing the Small 10 C and Medium 10 C varieties that collectors pursue today. ​​

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Assistant Production Manager

One of the most significant offerings in our October 2018 Baltimore Auction is a 1786 Ryder-9 Vermont copper countermarked in a manner most familiar to collectors of Regulated gold. This piece is a delightful representative of the popular Baby Head variety, offering glossy surfaces and bold definition to each side. The reverse is rotated 90 degrees clockwise, orienting AUCTORI opposite the date and leaving both soft.​​

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