Editor's note: This is one of three posts covering the results
Auctions' sales at the Houston Money Show between Dec. 4 and 7.
Among the modern rarities sold during the Houston Money Show
auctions was a 1990-S Lincoln, No S cent graded Proof 69 Deep Cameo by
Grading Service, brought $8,812.50. This coveted modern rarity
is from an estimated mintage of just 3,555 pieces and the error was
created when Proof cents were struck at the San Francisco Mint from
dies missing the San Francisco “S” Mint mark. Heritage notes, however,
”Such an error theoretically should not have been possible, as
beginning in 1985, mintmarks were included on the master hubs, rather
than being added after the fact. A feasible explanation, however,
suggests that a regular Philadelphia die was polished and sand-blasted
for proof coinage in San Francisco, thus explaining the missing mintmark.”
The variety is ranked number 13 in the book 100 Greatest U.S.
Modern Coins and is one of only a few dozen certified in this
grade. A different example in the same grade brought $8,518.75 at a
Heritage auction this past August.
A 1934-D Washington quarter dollar of the Heavy Motto variety graded
PCGS MS-67 and with a green CAC sticker brought a strong $9,987.50. A
Guide Book of United States Coins notes Light and Heavy Motto
varieties for Philadelphia Mint 1934 Washington quarters, but PCGS
recognizes the variety on 1934 quarter dollars from both the
Philadelphia and Denver Mints.
The 1934-D Heavy Motto quarter dollar is sought after by collectors
completing a PCGS Registry Set that includes major varieties. PCGS has
graded just four in this grade with none finer and Heritage describes
the handsome coin as follows: “Silver interiors, broader on the frosty
reverse, give way to bold violet-orange and ocean-blue color around
the margins, while the design definition is quite simply immaculate.”