1895 Philadelphia Morgan dollar, PR66 Cameo PCGS, leads the
thousands of lots up for bid at Heritage Auctions’ November
2012 U.S. Coins Signature® Auction, the official auction of the
Money Show of the Southwest, with floor sessions scheduled for Nov.
29-30 in Houston and live bidding sessions December 1-2 at HA.com/Coins.
The 1895 Morgan dollar is one of the all-time famous rarities.
Morgan dollar enthusiasts dream of owning any specimen from the issue
of just 880 proofs, so this offering of this high-end example — a
gorgeous PR66 Cameo survivor — will thrill the winning bidder.
Another high-end silver coin is an 1896-S
Barber quarter, MS66 NGC, considered among the half-dozen finest
available. The 1896-S is the first of three San Francisco Barber
quarters that form the key dates of the series. While it has the
highest mintage of the three and generally is considered to be the
most common in lower grades, in better-than-Gem condition, it rivals
the more famous 1901-S quarter in rarity.
Important 19th and 20th century gold includes a 1911-D
quarter eagle, MS65 NGC, once again an important key-date coin
in high grade; a scarce and unusual 1834
Classic Head half eagle with Crosslet 4 in Date, MS62 PCGS, and
double eagle, MS64 PCGS, a heavily melted later Saint-Gaudens
issue struck in the year of the infamous stock market crash that
popularly marks the start of the Great Depression.
Private and semi-private coins, tokens and medals are an uncommon
and welcome strength of this auction. A silver 1783
Chalmers Shilling with Long Worm reverse, AU58 PCGS is a
well-preserved example of the private coinage created by Annapolis
silversmith Captain John Chalmers for local circulation. Also notable
are a wide selection of the Hard Times Tokens created by Dr. Lewis
Feuchtwanger, tireless self-promoter of his pet alloy of copper,
nickel, and zinc. A representative leading light is a rare 1837
three-cent Feuchtwanger token with Eagle Reverse, MS63 PCGSM.
Of similar rarity is an 1874
restrike in copper of the 1861 Confederate cent, PR65 Red and Brown
PCGS, one of 55 such pieces struck by John W. Haseltine from the
dies clandestinely created by Philadelphia diesinker Robert Lovett, Jr.
Of a far more official character is a 1925
Norse Gold Medal, PR66 PCGS, CAC, a medal congressionally
authorized in lieu of a commemorative coin and struck from dies
created by Buffalo nickel designer James E. Fraser. Just 47 of the
gold medals were sold, compared to far higher tallies for the silver
and bronze versions.
Bid on this auction now at www.HA.com/coins.