An 1842 Seated Liberty, Small Date quarter dollar graded
Proof 64 Cameo by Numismatic Guaranty Corp. sold for $88,125 and
was the top lot at Heritage’s March 3 to 6 auctions held during the
American Numismatic Association National Money Show in the auction
firm’s hometown of Dallas. The rarity previously brought $126,500 when
offered at Heritage’s April 19, 2008, Central States
Numismatic Society auction and is one of just six confirmed
examples. In total the auction brought more than $8 million.
Here is one of three other lots that caught my eye.
1878-S Seated Liberty half dollar, AG-3
The 1878-S Seated Liberty half dollar is a key to the entire Seated
Liberty series with the common obverse design by Christian Gobrecht
which includes silver half dimes, dimes, quarter dollars, half
dollars, and dollars. The 20-cent piece has a similar design and is
sometimes collected among the rest of the Seated Liberty series.
COIN VALUES: What your 1878-S Seated Liberty half dollar worth?
The 1878-S half dollar is rare because of its low mintage of just
12,000 pieces, of which today perhaps 60 or so examples are known in
all grades. In the 1870s collectors hadn’t caught on to collecting
coins by Mint marks, so few were saved at the time of issue and today
most examples are well worn, such as the one that sold on March 4.
Graded About Good 3 by Professional Coin Grading Service, it had wear
consistent with the grade, with design details merging into the rim,
and LIBERTY on the shield worn smooth. Despite the wear, it had no
other major problems and a bidder paid $19,975 for the tough San
Francisco Mint half dollar.
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