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:
1900 Morgan silver dollar, Proof 45
In contrast to the Proof 68 Cameo dollar, a Proof 45 1900 Morgan
dollar lies at the other end, quality-wise, of the Proof dollar
spectrum. Unlike the rare Proof-only 1895 Morgan dollar, examples of
which can be identified as a Proofs even in low grades due to the
absence of any circulation strikes issued that year at the
Philadelphia Mint, this 1900 Proof dollar makes one wonder how it was
identified as a Proof because of the lack of obvious Proof characteristics.
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.
As Scotsman writes, “Imagine the look of surprise on the
submitter’s face when he submitted this silver dollar for
certification, and it came back certified as a PROOF.” The description
adds, “It’s quite possible the coin was used as a pocket piece, since
the wear is singularly smooth and consistent, and even with fifteen
points of wear, there is just.... something.... about the character
that affirms the proof status.” The rims are unusually sharp and there
is a bit of reflectivity that remains in the protected areas. It
carried an estimate of $450 to $550 and sold for $834.
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