Along with the buyer’s fee, sellers at auction are charged a commission. Auction house presale estimates usually do not include buyer’s fees, while reported prices realized typically do include the buyer’s premium.
Both sides of this undated (1835 to 1838) token from New York City’s Atwood’s Railroad Hotel are charming — George Washington rides on horseback on the obverse and the reverse reads, in part, CARRY ME TO ATWOOD’S RAILROAD HOTEL. Classified as HT-221, most examples are well-worn, so this Numismatic Guaranty Corp. Mint State 63 brown token from the Bowers...
Hard Times tokens include privately issued cent-sized pieces struck from around 1832 to 1844, and these are divided in two main groups: store cards, which were issued by merchants, and tokens with political messages.
Since most of the 188,039 1896-S Barber quarters entered circulation, few survive in Mint State today, and graded About Uncirculated 58+ by PCGS and bearing a green Certified Acceptance Corp. sticker, this one is about the best “AU” example one can find of this key-date San Francisco Mint coin, and its price bettered recent values of low-end Mint State examples.
It is from a low mintage of just 5,959 pieces, of which it is certainly one of the very finest known. A collector who may have missed getting a coin from sales of the D. Brent Pogue collection had a rare second chance, as very few of those coins have returned to the marketplace.
The 1864 Small Motto 2-cent piece is considered “one of the most elusive post-1858 Proofs struck in the United States Mint,” and the coin just sold is one of the finest of the around 20 to 30 examples estimated to exist. From the Blue Moon Collection, its former owners include David Proskey, Emery May and Ambassador R. Henry Norweb Sr., and Reed Hawn.
The 1875 Commercial Trade dollar pattern resembles the contemporary Trade dollar that circulated in commerce, but with a busier design that includes the illogical ship.
The design is attributed to William Barber’s son Charles, based on the strong similarity between Liberty’s portrait and younger Barber’s Liberty Head 5-cent piece that entered circulation in 1883.
A National Medal of Science awarded in 1968 to J. Presper Eckert sold for $20,000 at a June 15 Christie’s auction in New York City. Eckert (1919 to 1995) received the medal in recognition of his “pioneering and continuing contributions in creating, developing, and improving the high-speed electronic digital computer.”
A 1909-O Indian Head gold $5 half eagle sold for $45,375 at Clars Auction Gallery’s June 18 sale in Oakland, Calif., but a Baldwin and Co. pioneer gold coin in the sale that was not fully identified in the catalog soared above its estimates.