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. 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 impressive $78,000.
Here is one of three Liberty Head 5-cent pieces that impressed
bidders in Dallas:
1910 Liberty Head 5-cent piece, Proof 68 Cameo, green CAC sticker
Proof strikes were produced throughout the four decades of the
Liberty Head 5-cent piece series, starting with both the CENTS and No
CENTS reverses of the 1883 issues and continuing through the end of
the series in 1912 (or 1913 if one considers this date, clandestinely
struck and represented by just five examples, legitimate).
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.
A date set of Proof Liberty Head 5-cent coins is an attainable
challenge, but many collectors want just a single great example for
their type sets. 1910 saw an average mintage of 2,405 Proof Liberty
5-cent pieces and PCGS has graded seven of this date in Proof 68, with
just three given a Cameo designation and none certified Deep Cameo in
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An example graded PCGS Proof 68 Cameo and having a green Certified
Acceptance Corp. sticker indicating quality within the grade sold for
an extremely robust $36,000, certainly surpassing expectations and
making this among the most expensive “V nickels” (a nickname given the
type because of the Roman Numeral V on the reverse) in existence.