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 first of three lots we're profiling from the Blue Moon collection:
1914 Indian Head gold $5 half eagle, PCGS Proof
68, green CAC sticker
All Matte Proof gold coins produced at the Philadelphia Mint between
1908 and 1915 are scarce, but in exceptional preservation they are
extremely rare. A virtually flawless PCGS Proof 68 1914 Indian Head
gold $5 half eagle brought $246,750 at the March Baltimore auctions.
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In contrast to the Brilliant Proof coins with highly reflective
fields that the Philadelphia Mint used in prior decades, Matte Proof
coins are more subtle and many eventually entered circulation,
resulting in relatively low survival rates. The auctioneer suspects
that roughly a third of the mintage of 125 remain known today, and on
this example Stack’s Bowers wrote, “The present example is a glorious
anomaly, a unicorn of sorts.”
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.
Regarding this finest example of the date known and one of the
finest of the type, the description adds, “Predictably, the surfaces
of this piece are flawless. Labored examination with a glass reveals
nothing beyond a landscape of glimmering facets and delicately
Check back later in the week for the rest of the Blue Moon lots!