A rich variety of coins including many collector favorites sold at
Scotsman Auction Co.’s Nov. 3 Collectors’ Auction at the Saint Charles
Convention Center in Missouri. A few higher-end gold coins failed to
meet their reserves, including a 1930-S Saint-Gaudens $20 double
eagle, graded Mint State 63+ by Professional Coin Grading Service and
bearing a green Certified Acceptance Corp. sticker, that was estimated
to bring $85,000 to $100,000. However, popular collector coins
including a nice group of Morgan dollars performed admirably in the
auction, which totaled $1,374,140.
Here's one of those Morgan dollars from Scotman’s sale:
1882 Morgan silver dollar, Proof 68 Cameo
Among the most beautiful offerings in the Scotsman auction was an
1882 Morgan dollar graded Proof 68 Cameo by PCGS that is counted among
the finest Proof dollars of the date known. Scotsman writes, “One can
scarcely envision it being a technically better example,” before
observing, “The contrast between mirrors and textured devices rivals
that of many so-called Deep Cameo Morgan dollars.”
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Finding a flaw on Proofs at this grade level requires both patience
and magnification. As the cataloger notes, “A tiny lint mark flutters
well out in front of Liberty’s lips and provides a suitable pedigree
marker, which is fortunate since there are virtually no other
aberrations that can be found otherwise.”
Mysterious zinc cent discovered in antique store.
A 1982 Lincoln cent and cent blanks encased in acrylic are
possibly employees’ souvenirs from when the Ball Corp. began
supplying the Mint with cent planchets.
Both sides display just a bit of apricot-gold color at the rims.
The well-preserved Morgan dollar carried an estimate of $32,000 to
$36,000 and sold for $33,523, perhaps destined for an impressive type set.