The following Schedule of Events was released by the Florida United Numismatists group for its Jan. 5 to 8, 2017, convention in Fort Lauderdale, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale-Broward County Convention Center. (The schedule provided here does not include the also scheduled Heritage Auctions sessions and associated lot viewing information):
Certainly one of the most beautiful coins in various Stack’s Bowers Baltimore auctions was this 1955-S Roosevelt dime graded MS-67+ by PCGS with a Quality Assurance sticker on the slab.
At the Stack’s Bowers Nov. 3 Rarities Night Auction in Baltimore, the firm sold a 1954 Franklin half dollar graded Mint State 67 full bell lines by Professional Coin Grading Service for $14,100.
A collar break (“collar cud”) is expected to appear in the same spot on the edge of every coin struck within that collar. Such is indeed the case for every known 20th and 21st century collar break — except this one.
One of just 10 known numbered examples of the 1856 San Francisco Committee of Vigilance silver medal is among the 2,657 lots to be offered in the Western Americana Safari in Reno, Nev., Dec. 9 to 12, by Holabird Western Americana Collections LLC. The sale also includes nugget tokens, gold nuggets, stock certificates and other mining memorabilia.
One of now just six known examples of silver 1789 East Florida Proclamation medals, this piece purchased for under $100 but worth thousands of dollars, is coming to auction Dec. 2 for the first time. Morton & Eden Ltd. in London will offer the medal in the auction.
Tokens are as popular as ever, more or less immune from market cycles. This week I discuss a great rarity. I would estimate that fewer than two dozen are known, and the number might even be less than 10. And yet an example is valued at only $200 to $400, certainly affordable to most buyers.
The 1870s was a decade of experimentation at the U.S. Mint, characterized by a rich variety of patterns struck, along with new laws that altered the silver content of circulating coins. Set within this framework is an 1873-CC Seated Liberty, Arrows at Date dime graded About Uncirculated 53 by Professional Coin Grading Service.
Counting Walking Liberty gold half dollar sales, explaining the unexplainable 1933 penny: Week’s Most Read
Also this week, we looked ahead at where the most expensive U.S. coin ever sold at auction can be viewed this winter, and why sometimes collectors can't always be too choosy and need to settle for a "problem coin."
Every once in awhile, the author likes to remind his fellow roll searchers that he looks through rolls of coins for fun and not for any potential profit. Whether a coin has value or not, if it is fun, it will land in his collection.