The Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp and Sports Collectible Expo is
set for California’s Long Beach convention center from June 9 to 11.
Anchoring the Heritage Auctions official show auctions will be the
Rev. Dr. James Gore King McClure Collection of U.S. and world coins,
medals and tokens, which Heritage describes as “a pristine,
fresh-to-market grouping of more than 3,000 coins collected between
the 1860s and the 1930s.”
Two standouts from the McClure consignment are both Walking Liberty
half dollars from 1921. The McClure Collection’s 1921-D half dollar is
graded Mint State 65+ by NGC with a green Certified Acceptance Corp.
sticker while his 1921-S coin is graded NGC MS-66. A fascinating 1895
Morgan dollar also highlights the collection.
The sale’s 1921-S Walking Liberty half dollar is among the finest
known, and Heritage estimates that, when taking into account a likely
number of resubmissions of the same coin to grading services, possibly
fewer than 200 Mint State coins are certified, with most grading MS-63
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On the McClure example, Heritage writes, “The present NGC coin is
only the third Premium Gem 1921-S half dollar known, and it is the
first piece certified this fine in more than two decades,” before
warning potential bidders, “With both of the others MS66 coins long
off the market, this is a remarkable opportunity for the collector to
acquire this never-before-offered top-grade Registry coin.”
McClure’s 1921 Walking Liberty half dollar, though less rare in Gem
Mint State grades, is graded MS-65 by NGC and the three 1921 half
dollars in the McClure collection are well-matched coins that were
likely taken out of circulation near their time of minting.