The continued popularity of the Registry Set programs from Professional Coin
Grading Service and Numismatic Guaranty Corp., where collectors can
register their collections online and compete with other collectors,
continues to put pressure on modern condition rarities.
Here is one of three Coin World is profiling that brought
strong prices at recent auctions by GreatCollections.com.
coin: 1994 American Eagle half-ounce Gold $25 Bullion coin,
The price: $7,947.50
story: The 1994 American Eagle half-ounce gold $25 bullion coin
has a relatively average mintage for the period of 62,400 and is
generally considered a relatively common coin within the series.
However, in Mint State 70 it is a rarity with PCGS showing just
six in this grade in its most recent population figures. The pressure
on these six examples is extraordinary and this one sold for $7,947.50
at a Jan. 25 auction where seven bidders chased this coin including
four separate bidders who each went above the $6,000 level in
For reference, a 1993 half-ounce gold American
Eagle has a higher mintage of 73,324 pieces but is more common in
MS-70. PCGS has graded 15 MS-70 examples of this date and in a Jan. 9
the firm sold a PCGS MS-70 representative for $4,964.38.
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