Several outstanding examples of early United States coinage will be
featured as Heritage presents the Official
Auction of the October 2012 National Money ShowSM in
Dallas. Floor auction sessions are scheduled for October 18 and 19
at the show, with non-floor sessions scheduled through Heritage
LiveTM on October 20 and 21. All winning bids in this
Signature Auction are subject to a 17.5% Buyer's Premium.
1 of The Greensboro Collection is the source for several of
these outstanding rarities from the earliest days of our nation's
history. The 1792
dime struck in copper is a landmark in U.S. coinage history, and
unlike the more famous 1792 half dismes in silver, the disme patterns
in copper are very rare. This experimental Judd-10 variety, struck
with a reeded edge, is graded Proof 62 Brown by NGC.
Also from The Greensboro Collection are specimen strikings of two
of the earliest US Mint issues. A 1793
Wreath cent with Vine and Bars edge, Sheldon-6 variety, was used
to depict its variety in important 19th century photo plates by Levick
and Crosby. Many collecting experts believe it must have been struck
for presentation purposes, and the Specimen 66 Brown grade assigned by
NGC, reflects that. This is a truly special coin among early large
cents with vibrant and bright surfaces unlike any other Wreath cent.
The other Specimen is a 1794
half dime, V-3, LM-3 variety, graded Specimen 67 by PCGS. This
coin's reflective surface quality sets it apart from most of its
peers, which have frosty luster. It is also the single finest Specimen
half dime out of only a few for the year.
For the second time this year, Heritage is offering one of the
four known examples of the 1802
novodel proof dollar. This one, graded Proof 64 by PCGS, comes
just two months after Heritage’s landmark offering of another example
in August. This near-Gem specimen previously was in the collections of
Virgil Brand and the Norweb family, and also comes from Part
1 of the Greensboro Collection.
Not an example of the earliest US coinage, but a rarity from the
very first year of the fabled Carson City Mint, is an 1870-CC
double eagle from The
Gnome at the Shore Collection. There were fewer than four
thousand 1870-CC double eagles struck and only a small fraction
survive, making this XF40 example a highly desirable coin. The Carson
City Mint, established in Nevada six years after statehood, is
synonymous with the Old West in money lore. Bigger coins, such as
silver dollars and gold double eagles, are the most famous.
Bidding is now open on these and the thousands of other rarities
in the Official
Auction of the October 2012 National Money ShowSM,