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By Stack's Bowers Galleries

We are excited to offer an impressive selection of over $1 million in gold coins in our upcoming March Collectors Choice sale, set to close on March 20, 2019. The coins comprise Liberty Head $10, Liberty Head $20 and Saint-Gaudens $20 gold pieces dated from 1847 to the early 1920s in grades from Extremely Fine through Mint State. Coins hailing from the branch mints in Carson City and San Francisco are well represented, as are pieces struck while the United States was in the throes of the Civil War. ​​

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

The Proof-only trade dollar of 1879 signaled the beginning of the end for the series. Produced almost exclusively for commerce in East Asia, trade dollars were struck in Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Carson City from 1873 to 1878 and enjoyed limited legal tender status in America. By 1879, the United States Mint had transitioned to Morgan dollar production, and the trade dollar fell by the wayside for various reasons. ​​

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

The appearance of IN GOD WE TRUST on United States coinage resulted from the religious revival that swept through the Union during the Civil War. This Motto was first featured on two-cent pieces in 1864 and was added to gold coinage in 1866. While the San Francisco Mint also stuck small quantities of the older No Motto design type in 1866, the Philadelphia Mint only struck gold coinage of the new With Motto design. This coinage is scarce to rare in today's market. ​​

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

The 1880-CC Morgan dollar is relatively available in Mint State due to the release of thousands as part of the GSA hoard in the 1970s and 1980s. Several different varieties are known of this issue, exhibiting repunching of the date and changes to the reverse design.  The vast majority are in grades of MS-63 and MS-64, but even Gem MS-65 examples can be acquired for less than $1,000 in today's market. ​​

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

The early copper coinage struck by the United States Mint proved vital to the fledging economy of our nation and saw significant use in commerce. Half cents and large cents were the medium of exchange in most small transactions and often suffered heavy wear and attrition.​​

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

Lincoln cents are among the most intensely studied and collected series in all of United States numismatics. The wealth of varieties makes it very interesting, as well, and considerable enjoyment can be had without investing more than face value. However, as a variety becomes more dramatic it also increases in desirability, eventually gaining fame among non-cent specialists as has the 1955 Doubled Die Obverse. ​​

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

Among 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 the iconic pieces have been produced throughout the 20th century. Even the ever-popular Panama-Pacific Exposition octagonal $50 commemoratives were based loosely on the slugs of the United States Assay Office of Gold.​​

By James McCartney, Senior Numismatist

Our Spring 2019 Baltimore Auction, taking place from February 27 through March 5, is highlighted by an exceptional group of early half eagles from the Capped Bust Right series. Among the most impressive is an incredible 1797/5 BD-7, certified MS-61 (NGC) and assigned a Rarity-6+ rating. The overdate seen on this variety is one of the boldest in the entire realm of American coinage, easily as plain as the 1942/1-D dime, 1918/7-D nickel, 1918/7-S quarter, and other well-known overdates.​​

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