Long Beach Expo and Whitman’s Baltimore Expo are both thrice-yearly
shows held on opposite coasts that attract many of the same dealers.
This year’s final Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports
Collectibles Expo (using its full name) took place Sept. 17 to 19 and
featured official auctions by Heritage and pre-show auctions by
Bonhams and Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers. Here are three
impressive gold coins, each a highlight for the firm offering it. The
Long Beach Expo returns to the Long Beach Convention Center Feb. 4 to
Undated (1853) Liberty California gold dollar,
octagonal, NGC MS-64
California small-denomination gold coins
represent a unique collecting area where examples can start for just a
few hundred dollars and move to the five-figure range for ones that
combine rarity and exceptional condition. At Heritage’s Sept. 17 to 20
Long Beach Expo U.S. coin auctions, this undated octagonal gold dollar
graded MS-64 by Numismatic Guaranty Corp. sold for $12,925. The
obverse features a bust of Liberty similar to contemporary Coronet $20
double eagles, and the eagle on the reverse is similar to the one on
U.S. Assay Office Humbert slugs, which were widely accepted in the
western states at the time.
Classified as Breen-Gillio 501 in the reference book to the series,
it is the only octagonal gold dollar variety that bears no date
(though it is attributed to 1853) and was struck by Frontier, Deviercy
& Co. It is one of the finest known survivors of this scarce issue.