Both Stack’s Bowers Galleries and Heritage Auctions hosted massive auctions at
this year’s American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of
Money in Rosemont, Ill., Aug. 11 to 15.
While six-figure rarities often capture headlines, the sheer volume
of these auctions provide many opportunities for collectors to add
coins to their collection at more reasonable price points.
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Here is one of three coins we're profiling in this week's Market
Analysis that sold for less than $500 and that each provide solid
value for the money.
Seated Liberty half dollar, AU-55
1860-S Seated Liberty half dollar graded About Uncirculated 55 by
ANACS sold for $440.63 as part of Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ online ANA
sessions held after the official ANA floor sessions.
Despite a bit of wear at the high points, the scarce San Francisco
issue offered ample remaining luster. The mintage of 472,000 pieces
has a low survival rate, and examples in Mint State are infrequently
offered, with the finest examples being several grading MS-64.
With AU-58 pieces selling for more than $1,000 and lower-level Mint
State examples selling for twice that, this example offered solid
value for the grade. Especially when one considers that a different
example also graded AU-55 by Professional Coin Grading Service sold for
$646.25 at a Heritage auction last year.
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