"novodel" Bust dollar, PR66 PCGS, one of only four
known to exist, is among the most noteworthy lots in Heritage's U.S.
Coin Signature® auction, part of the Official Auctions of the
Florida United Numismatists convention, Jan. 9-13 in Orlando.
The Greensboro Collection, Part II continues the offering
of a major collection with a concentration on proof minor and silver
coinage. Part II of The Greensboro Collection, while focused
on proof large cents and half dollars, also contains noteworthy
rarities in other denominations such as the 1803 "novodel"
silver dollar. With just four pieces struck, the issue is twice as
rare as the legendary rarity dated one year later, the Class I or
"Original" 1804 dollar.
Among the proof half dollars in The Greensboro Collection,
Part II is an 1838-O
Reeded Edge half dollar, PR64 Branch Mint PCGS, one of a handful
of examples struck as "test coins" either in Philadelphia or
In the recently published monograph The Surprising History of
the 1838-O Half Dollar, Heritage numismatists David Stone and
Mark Van Winkle present evidence that the proof 1838-O half dollars
were struck on two occasions, with Originals struck in early 1838 at
the Philadelphia Mint to test the dies and Restrikes made in January
1839 at the New Orleans Mint to test a newly arrived coin press.
A third Greensboro Part II rarity expected to generate
headlines is a 1792
half disme, SP67 PCGS, the only example of the Judd-7 variety
certified as a "Specimen." In April 2006, Heritage auctioned
this piece for
more than $1.3 million, and the coin is primed to be one of only
a handful of individual coins to be auctioned for over a million
dollars on two separate occasions.
Many important rarities come from collections beyond Greensboro.
Another rarity from the early history of U.S. coinage is a 1793
Chain cent, AMERI. reverse, S-1, B-1 variety, AU53 PCGS. It
represents the initial issue struck at the First U.S. Mint building in
Philadelphia, which was still under construction when the 1792 half
dismes were produced. This coin comes from The Wes Rasmussen Collection.
The John W. Adams Collection contains many historic
medals. A major highlight is the unique Cecil Calvert Maryland Map
1643-44 Cecil Calvert Maryland Map Medal, a piece previously
owned by legendary collector John Ford and described as "the
first Indian Peace Medal," a class of treaty medals that would
take on great importance in later centuries.
Gold and gold-related items have considerable representation in
the auction as well. An 1879
Flowing Hair stella in gold, PR67 Cameo NGC, CAC, is the finest
of several examples of the experimental trade coin with a face value
of four dollars. An extremely high-grade example of a 1927-S
double eagle, MS67 PCGS, CAC, a gold issue that saw mass melting
during the Roosevelt Administration, is considered the finest coin
known of the limited number of pieces that still exist.
This auction is open for bidding now at HA.com/Coins.