Stack’s Bowers Galleries hosted the official auctions of the Whitman Expo in Baltimore, Nov. 3 to 6. Among
the standouts were several high grade 20th century silver coins with
beautiful rainbow toning.
A coin that has magnificent rich color can sell for many multiples
of what a similarly graded untoned coin might bring. Collectors
especially covet deep, rich jewel tones that lend an almost cloisonne
effect to a coin’s surface. The presence of gorgeous color can give an
otherwise common coin a “wow factor” that collectors will happily open
their wallets for.
Here is one of three toned silver coins we're profiling in this
week's Market Analysis.
1955-S Roosevelt Dime, PCGS MS-67+
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. With a mintage of
18,510,000, the issue is common, and even MS-67 certified examples
sell for $50 or so.
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PCGS has graded just five in MS-67+ with four in MS-68. One of those
PCGS MS-68 examples sold for $999 at a February 2016 Heritage auction.
dime: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's sudden death
of a cerebral hemorrhage on April 12, 1945, compelled Treasury
officials to recommend the late president's portrait to be
immediately placed on a coin of regular issue. How much are
Roosevelt dimes worth?
What made the subject coin special was the vivid rainbow toning on
both the obverse and reverse. The cataloger observed, “Both sides are
layered in blended pink, apricot, emerald green, rose-gray and cobalt
blue toning that provides absolutely outstanding eye appeal.” The
spectacular dime realized $1,645 on Nov. 4.
Keep reading this Market Analysis of toned silver coins:
Rich toning brings out the best in
a high-grade 1954 Franklin half dollar: While
many debate the attractiveness of John R. Sinnock’s Franklin half
dollar, the design is perhaps showcased at its most effective on
richly toned examples.
Why this MS-66 Stone Mountain half
dollar brought 10 times the typical price: A
typical example certified MS-66 by PCGS or Numismatic Guaranty Corp.
might sell for $250 to $300 at auction. This one sold for more than $3,000.