Clark, Gruber & Co. was a private minting firm in Denver that manufactured gold issues dated 1860 and 1861. An 1861 gold quarter eagle of the firm, listed as Kagin 5 in Don Kagin’s reference Private Gold Coins and Patterns of the United States and graded MS-63 by PCGS, sold for $30,550 at the National Money Show in Orlando.
Kagin’s reentered the auction game in a big way as the official auctioneer for the American Numismatic Association National Money Show, March 9 to 11, in Orlando, Fla. The auction featured several innovations and rhe entire auction was unreserved.
Heritage’s recent January FUN convention auctions included 25 separate 1907 High Relief double eagles including one graded MS-61 by NGC with a green Certified Acceptance Corp. sticker indicating quality within the grade.
The 1907 Saint-Gaudens, High Relief double eagle is a showpiece even when it has problems. Because of its unusual high relief, people have long tinkered with examples in an effort to improve the appearance. What such efforts generally improve is the price accessibility, bringing a one of these trophy coins within the range of more collectors.
At Heritage’s 2017 Florida United Numismatists auction, this Wire Rim example graded MS-65 by Numismatic Guaranty Corp. sold for $35,250.
Several Coronet gold $10 eagles from the San Francisco and New Orleans Mints are among the many gold highlights in the March 30 Stack’s Bowers to be conducted at the Whitman Baltimore Spring Expo.
A 1662 Massachusetts Oak Tree twopence provides an interesting quandary: what is the difference between a chop mark and a counterstamp?
Trade dollars were minted by the United States between 1873 and 1878 to serve as a sort of international trade coin, primarily for use in Asia. Largely due to fluctuations in the value of silver, it was not a particularly successful experiment.
Merchants would often counterstamp coins in the 19th century with their business names to help promote their goods and services. On Feb. 12 the Goldbergs sold a 1798 Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle silver dollar graded by PCGS as Very Fine 25, Counterstamp, for $2,115.
From the collection of dealer Tom Reynolds came a 1794 Liberty Cap cent graded PCGS Mint State 63 brown with a gold Certified Acceptance Corp. sticker.