Heritage’s July 6 to 9 auctions held in conjunction with the summer
Florida United Numismatists convention realized nearly $6 million,
with a 99 percent sell-through rate. While a Seated Liberty 20-cent
coin topped bidding, many collectors were attracted to an 1893-S
Morgan dollar graded About Uncirculated 55 by PCGS, and it sold for
$38,796, right in line with what comparably graded examples have
traded hands for in recent sales. Here are three pieces — two of them
coins and one a medal — that illustrate the variety of material
offered in the auction.
Here’s one of three lots we're profiling from Heritage's Summer FUN sale:
1925 Norse American Centennial silver medal, thin planchet, MS-66,
green CAC sticker
The 1925 Norse American Centennial medal is not a commemorative
coin, but it has long been collected alongside the 1892 to 1954
classic era commemorative half dollars. The Philadelphia Mint struck
33,750 Norse silver medals on thick planchets and just 6,000 on thin
planchets, along with 100 gold examples.
The peak of Olympic gold coins:
Another column in the August 14 weekly issue of Coin World also
profiles a rubber token that promotes a commonplace object we all use.
It is a fun issue for collectors, since it falls right in the
middle of the classic commemorative series and its octagonal shape and
Viking theme makes it an unusual treat. This example is one of the
best and exhibits rich gold, lavender-gray and deeper blue shades on
both sides. Among the finest known, with PCGS grading no thin planchet
examples MS-67, it sold for $9,106.25.
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The medal celebrates the centennial of the arrival of the Norwegian
ship Restauration in America, and while the champions of the
issue in the 1920s hoped for a commemorative half dollar, they had to
settle for a commemorative medal. The unusual octagonal shape makes it
memorable today and keeps its popularity alive.