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.
1925 Stone Mountain Memorial Commemorative Half
Dollar, PCGS MS-66, CAC sticker
The 1925 Stone Mountain commemorative half dollar designed by Gutzon
Borglum is one of the more common halves in the classic commemorative
series of 1892 to 1954. A typical example certified MS-66 by PCGS or
Numismatic Guaranty Corp. might sell for $250 to $300 at auction.
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Examples with beautiful toning can sell for multiples of a brilliant
representative. The Baltimore auction included this 1925 Stone
Mountain half dollar graded MS-66 by PCGS with a green Certified
Acceptance Corp. sticker that realized $3,055.
As Stack’s Bowers writes with florid language, “The fields bloom
with rich crimson and amber hues, haloing Lee and Jackson as they glow
in an aura of champagne and azure luster. A similarly incandescent
display emblazons the reverse, on which the eagle imitates a Phoenix,
rising from the magenta and tangerine flames of an untold Civil War
skirmish erupting in the fields.”
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.
Vivid rainbow toning gives high-mintage 1955-S
Roosevelt dime a significant price bump: With a
mintage of 18,510,000, the issue is common, and even in MS-67
certified examples sell for $50 or so. This one sold for more than $1,600.