The star of the a popular History Channel show added a touch of
celebrity to Heritage's Jan. 7 Platinum Night auction at the
Florida United Numismatists show in Orlando.
Rick Harrison of Pawn Stars fame could be spotted at the
midpoint of the auction as he watched a Proof 1922 Peace, High Relief
dollar that crossed the counter at his shop bring just shy of
$100,000, selling for $99,875.
The piece appeared in a Dec. 23, 2014, episode of the series. Numismatic Guaranty
Corp. grader David Vagi assisted Harrison in the segment, quoting
the value as “something north of 50, but less than a 100 [thousand].”
The man who sold the coin originally won it in a poker game. He
thought that the coin’s value was around $20,000 and sold the coin to
Harrison for $80,000.
The lot description cites researcher Roger Burdette’s estimate that
around five to 10 Proof 1922 Peace, High Relief dollars were produced
with a “Sandblast” Finish and these have two diagnostics.
Specifically, “All obverses have the point of the bust sharply
[overlying] the 9 in the date. The reverses all have a small defect in
the area between the eagle’s talon and the leg and the olive branch;
the rays are rounded.”
The 1922 Peace dollar features a relief similar to that found on the
1921 Peace dollars, and was struck during the Philadelphia Mint’s
continuing experiments on the coin. The relief was reduced on
circulation strikes starting in 1922.
The coin is housed in an NGC holder reading “Gold and Silver Pawn”
and “On Air Collection.”
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