Two coins representing different ends of the condition spectrum
topped Heritage’s nearly $10 million Nov. 2 to 4 U.S. Coins auction in
Dallas. Representing the upper range, the top lot was a 1900 Coronet
gold $20 double eagle graded Proof 66+ Ultra Cameo by Numismatic
Guaranty Corp., selling for $156,000.
Their full report, 3D Fluorescence-Based Security Features by 3D
Laser Lithography, can be read here.
Some ‘mule’ coins may not be mules at all
Also this week, although its low price makes counterfeit sales
less profitable, the American Eagle silver bullion coin's popularity
makes it a target.
Near the bottom of the spectrum was a 1792 Silver Center cent
pattern, with its silver plug somewhat crudely replaced with a plug
made of iron at some time during its history. The unusual pattern,
among the earliest products of the U.S. Mint and graded NGC Very Good
Details, Plug Replaced, Repaired, Scratched, sold for a still
Here's one of three Liberty Head 5-cent pieces that impressed
bidders in Dallas:
1885 Liberty Head 5-cent Piece, Mint State 67
Leading a choice selection of Liberty Head 5-cent pieces was an 1885
coin graded Mint State 67 by Professional Coin Grading Service. Though
the issue has a relatively high mintage of 1,473,300 pieces, that is
still the second-lowest mintage in the series (after the 1912-S
issue). Additionally, the 1885 Liberty Head 5-cent coin has a
relatively low survival rate, so that even problem-free, heavily
circulated About Good examples cost around $200.
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In MS-67 the 1885 Liberty Head 5-cent coin is a true rarity, with
PCGS just grading three at this level and none finer. Heritage wrote,
“Delicate champagne, rose, and powder-blue hues decorate the surfaces.
A 10x loupe fails to reveal a single notable flaw, although held at
certain angles one can see the remnants of die polishing lines in the
fields, indicative of an early die state.” It sold for $43,200,
falling short of Heritage’s prediction that it might break the price
record for the issue, set in 2006 when a different example in this
grade brought $74,750 at American Numismatic Rarities’s auction of the
Dale Friend Collection.