A $470,000 1892-S Morgan silver dollar graded Mint State 67 by
Professional Coin Grading Service with a green Certified Acceptance
Corp. sticker topped bidding at Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ Regency
Auction XXIII on Oct. 26. The expected star of the official auctions
of the PCGS Members Only show, an 1893-S Morgan dollar graded PCGS
MS-67 with a green CAC sticker, failed to sell at an estimate of $1.3
million to $1.5 million, but there were plenty of other highlights to
keep people’s attention. Legend’s next Regency Auction, number XXIV,
is set for Las Vegas on December 14.
Below is one of three highlights we detail among the many
high-profile lots that found new homes at the Legend Rare Coin
Auctions’ Regency Auction XXIII:
1945-S Walking Liberty half dollar, Mint State 67+, CAC sticker
Among the noteworthy 20th century issues in the auction was a 1945-S
Walking Liberty half dollar graded MS-67+ by PCGS, also possessing a
green CAC sticker, that sold well above its $10,000 to $11,000
estimate when it found a new home at $17,037.50. It is one of just two
comparably graded examples at PCGS, and with no PCGS MS-68 pieces
certified, Legend asserted, “We strongly believe this coin is as close
to being an MS68 as there ever will be!”
Brockage or contact mark? Mike Diamond explains.
Also in our Nov. 20 issue, a reader found a fascinating Barber
dime that’s over a century old; John Wexler profiled what makes it different.
The clean surfaces show virtually no marks, with Legend explaining,
“Even when we put a strong glass to it, we were stunned to find
NOTHING. The dreaded right [obverse] field is textbook perfect-really
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The 1945-S Walking Liberty half dollar has a sizable mintage of more
than 10 million coins, and even nice MS-66 representatives can be
found for less than $200. The population thins substantially in MS-67,
creating a condition rarity among late-date Walking Liberty half dollars.