Off the market for nearly 40 years, a 1794 Flowing Hair dollar graded
About Uncirculated 58+ by Professional Coin Grading Service with a
green Certified Acceptance Corp. sticker was a top lot at Stack’s
Bowers Galleries Baltimore Expo auctions, realizing $910,625. It came
from the Blue Moon Collection, which was especially strong in 19th and
early 20th century Proof type coins and silver dollars, including an
impressive group of Gobrecht dollars. While the Baltimore headlines
were dominated by the final installment of the D. Brent Pogue
Collection auctions, here are three more lots that represent the
diversity and quality seen in the March 29 to 31 floor session
auctions at the Baltimore Expo.
Below is the second of three lots we’re profiling from the Blue Moon Collection:
Undated (1790) Albany Church penny, Extremely Fine 40, CAC sticker
The undated Albany Church penny is an enigmatic early
American issue that has long been popular with collectors. This
example, graded Extremely Fine 40 by PCGS and bearing a green CAC
sticker, was struck over a well-worn English halfpenny, and remnants
of King William III’s portrait can be faintly seen on the obverse.
Raised lines spark collector interest: Inside
Raised lines and die gouges can create curious effects on coins.
This week's Inside Coin World has plenty on the topic.
Two versions are known, the With D and No D pieces (D representing
the British shorthand for the penny), among the 1,000 copper uniface
tokens authorized by the First Presbyterian Church of Albany, N.Y.
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Examples in all grades are rare and this one sold recently at
Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ March 2015 auction of the Henry P. Kendall
Foundation Collection where it sold for $44,062.50. Two years later it
was consigned to auction by Silicon Valley innovator Anthony
Bettencourt, who began collecting with “wheat pennies” and moved on to
Colonial coins as his interests progressed.
See more coins from the Blue Moon Collection
‘unicorn of sorts’ Indian Head $5 half eagle sold for nearly a
quarter of a million dollars:
Pogue sale aside, the Stack's Bowers Galleries Baltimore Expo is no
stranger to a variety of rare coins. This 'unicorn' Indian Head $5
is a great example.