A 1920 Saint-Gaudens gold $20 double eagle graded Mint State 65 by
Professional Coin Grading Service sold for $188,000, leading bidding
at the Regency XXV Auction by Legend Rare Coin Auctions on Jan. 25.
Next was the finest certified Proof 1852 Seated Liberty dollar graded
PCGS Proof 65 with a green Certified Acceptance Corp. sticker that
As always with Legend’s auctions, colorful coins attracted strong bids.
Legend’s Regency XXVI auction is scheduled for May 17 in New
Orleans, followed by Regency XXVII in Las Vegas on July 26.
Here's one of the colorful lots that
changed hands Jan. 25:
1877-S Trade dollar, Mint State 66
Morgan dollars often get the lion’s share of attention at Legend’s
auctions, but the Las Vegas sale, held in conjunction with the PCGS
Member’s Only show, also offered a gorgeous 1877-S Trade dollar graded
MS-66 by PCGS. The mintage of 9,519,000 is the highest of the Trade
dollar denomination and collectors gravitate toward the issue for type
purposes since it was a generally well-produced issue.
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Legend compared the unusually generous cartwheel luster seen on both
sides of this Trade dollar to an 1880-S Morgan dollar, explaining,
“The bands of radiance rolls smoothly, uninterrupted by any breaks in
the frost, or any thing but the most trivial of contact.”
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The cataloger added, “Both sides possess a dappled, totally
original blend of burnt orange, aqua, and olive-slate patina that
mixed with the vibrancy of the mint brilliance, really have an
unparalleled vivacity.” PCGS has graded a single submission MS-66+ and
with just one piece graded MS-67, the offered 1877-S Trade dollar is
tied with five others graded by PCGS as MS-66.