A New England shilling, Proof 1853 Seated
Liberty, With Arrows dime and a Satin Finish Proof 1908 Saint-Gaudens,
With Motto gold $20 double eagle are among the highlights offered in
Dec. 4, 5 and 7 sale.
The four auction sessions Dec. 4 and 5, comprising 2,009 lots of
United States coins, will be held at the George R. Brown Convention
Center in Houston in conjunction with The Houston
Another 1,628 lots will be offered Dec. 7 by Heritage Live!,
Internet, mail and fax bidding only.
New England shilling
Coin Grading Service Secure About Uncirculated 55, the Salmon
1-B variety of 1652 New England shilling is pedigreed to having once
been part of the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society Collection.
The obverse bears the NE stamp for “New England,” with the
denomination, XII, for twelvepence or one shilling, stamped on the
reverse. The NE and XII were punched by hand into imperfectly round
The punches were offset from obverse to reverse so that they would
not crush each other, according to PCGSCoinFacts.com.
Three NE punches and four XII punches were used to form six
different die marriages listed in Christopher J. Salmon’s 2010
reference, The Silver Coins of Massachusetts: Classification,
Minting Technique, Atlas.
According to PCGSCoinFacts.com, Boston minters John Hull and Robert
Saunderson began making the first silver coins ever struck on U.S.
soil in in the year 1652.
1853 Seated Liberty, With Arrows dime
Considered to be the finest from among a handful of examples known,
the 1853 Seated Liberty, With Arrows dime is graded
PCGS Proof 66+ and given a green sticker by Certified Acceptance
Corp. for quality within the grade.
According to the lot descriptions, just five examples of the With
Arrows subtype are reported to have been struck in Proof, and only two
of the No Arrows subtype.
There is some debate among numismatists whether, according to the
auction lot description, “the 1853 Proofs are unintentional or
‘accidental’ pieces struck from dies that were resurfaced and polished
to remove clash marks.”
1908 Saint-Gaudens, With Motto double eagle
The 1908 Saint-Gaudens, With Motto gold $20 double
eagle is graded Proof 65 by Numismatic Guaranty Corp. and
identified with a Satin Finish referred to as a “Roman Gold” Proof issue.
“One would think that this piece was struck late in the year as a
prototype for the ‘Roman Gold’ finish used in 1909 and 1910,”
according to the auction lot description. “However, research done by
the staff at Sotheby’s in 1997 indicates that this piece was actually
presented to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts by William Sturgis Bigelow
on June 11, 1908.
“The museum’s catalog card for the coin states: ‘One of the first
coins struck after this legend was restored.’ This information was
supplied to the museum by Frank Leach, Mint Director at the time of
the coin’s striking.”
This piece first appeared at public auction by Stack’s at
the 1976 American
Numismatic Association sale after the coin was deaccessioned by
the Boston Museum of
More from CoinWorld.com:
ISIL issue its own coins?
States Mint resumes silver American Eagle sales Nov. 17 to satisfy
voracious investor demand
than 2,000 19th century silver coins in mud-pot hoard discovered
1965 Washington quarter planchet error among unusual auction
items: Whitman Expo Market Analysis
finds 1969-S DDO Lincoln cent after searching through 12,000 cents
Keep up with all of CoinWorld.com's news and insights by signing
up for our free eNewsletters, liking
us on Facebook, and following us on Twitter. We're also on Instagram!