Cuba 1897 Souvenir Peso, Star Above. PCGS MS66+

Descriptions will be posted soon. PCGS Population: 1 Higher: 0 CAC Population/Higher: -/- Priced at:  $9,250

1859 G$1 PCGS MS68

Descriptions will be posted soon. PCGS Population: 1 Higher: 1 CAC Population/Higher: 1/0 Priced at: $33,500.00

1864 Liberty Quarter Eagle PCGS PR66+DCAM (CAC)

Descriptions will be posted soon. PCGS Population: 2 Higher: 0 CAC Population/Higher: 3/0 Priced at: $157,500.00

1860 Clark Gruber Quarter Eagle PCGS MS63 (CAC)

Descriptions and/or images will be posted soon, if you need a coin described sooner, please contact us at 1-908-962-1500. PCGS Population: 7 Higher: 2 CAC Population/Higher: 1/0 Priced at: $47,500.00

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Coin of the Week

1936 Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS PR66 (CAC)

Many strongly believe that proof Walking Liberty half dollars are among the most attractive coins that the United States Mint has ever produced. These coins carry the iconic Walking Liberty design of Adolph Weinman, which itself is reminiscent of Oscar Roty’s Le Semeuse (The Sower) that strode across the coins of France during the same time period. However, no reverse design of The Sower could match the large and powerful eagle that adorns Weinman’s work, complete with seemingly impossibly complex plumage.

Walking Liberty half dollar proofs were only issued from 1936-1942 with the earliest issues being far tougher to find in gem levels of preservation. Only 3,901 coins were issued and aside from the difficulty in finding gems, finding those coins with original surfaces is even tougher. This particular example has wonderful splashes of toning around the rims that are consistent with long term storage in the original mint packaging material. It is amazing that a coin in a series this popular, which looks this attractive and with this low an original mintage to go along with its conditional scarcity could be obtained in today’s market at these levels. Perhaps the greatest trick to obtaining a coin such as this is the opportunity to purchase it, rather than the price level.

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PCGS Population: 295 Higher: 45
CAC Population/Higher: 82/18

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Exonumia of the Week

A Pair of Lorillard (Lorrilard) Wise Plaster Models Submitted for the New Rochelle Commemorative Half Dollar

Lorillard (or Lorrilard, as per Don Taxay) Wise was the first artist contacted about producing models for the proposed New Rochelle commemorative half dollar design. Interestingly, the designs and plasters were originally approved only to be highly modified and later rejected entirely with the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) moving to another artist (Gertrude Lathrop; designer of the previously issued Albany commemorative).

A July 20, 1936 letter from Charles Moore to acting Mint Director Mary O’Reilly requested that certain aspects of the submitted design be reworked and, after this was done, a follow up letter of August 17, 1936 to acting Mint Director O’Reilly stated that the models should be approved with some additional modifications. At that time the conditionally approved design featured a Native American crouched along the shore with ship in background on obverse paired with the New Rochelle coat of arms on reverse, which would match the pair of plasters offered presently. Photographs of these plasters are also included in Taxay’s “An Illustrated History of US Commemorative Coinage” on page 197. Instead of smoothly transitioning to coinage production, additional critiques of the designs were ongoing and a complete reworking of the Native American obverse was later submitted as a sketch including merely the shoreline of New Rochelle. At this point the CFA was split as to approving the designs and plans were put into place to remove Lorillard Wise from involvement and to instead go with Gertrude Lathrop for coinage design and production.

The initially approved designs by Wise, included here, offer a very different view of what might have been for the New Rochelle commemorative half dollar. The positioning of the Native American, in an apparent crouch, seems somewhat odd today and this was also the case in the critiques of 1936 as well as in 1967 when Taxay wrote “The obverse featured an Indian who anatomy can only be described as unfortunate.” There are two positions that the word LIBERTY appears on these first-draft models; one obverse has the inscription on the sun and another has it in the vegetation directly behind the Native American. The plaster included here has the inscription on the sun.

The two plasters included are quite clean with a crisp white appearance and essentially smooth, unmarked reverses. They are approximately nine inches across and one inch deep and neither is a perfect circle, but instead each shows irregular borders immediately surrounding the raised borders that encircle the proposed design.

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Coin of the Week

1879 Seated Liberty Quarter PCGS MS68+ (CAC)

The Seated Liberty denominations can be a bear for type set collectors and are definitely among the most difficult for the date/mintmark collectors. Taking the quarters by themselves, there are six varieties or sub-types generally recognized for inclusion into a type set, which include No Drapery, No Motto, Arrows & Rays, Arrows No Motto, With Motto as well as Arrows With Motto. Those collectors who buy gem or near-gem coinage typically do not obtain each of these varieties and instead will concentrate on one or two superb examples of the type. This coin would satisfy nearly anyone wanting to obtain a super-gem for type purposes.

The With Motto coinage is the most easily obtained in high grade, but even in this variety there are gradations to the definition of “easily obtained”. The great majority of the latter date issues, starting with 1879 and continuing through the end of the series, were produced in such strikingly low quantities that there basal price levels are quite high. The coin offered here is from that latter production period and had an original mintage of only 13,600 pieces. Both obverse and reverse are awash in a rich blend of blue and violet that start as swirls of deep navy around the rims and gradually change to violet in the center. The coin is very clean of marks, as would be expected at the MS68+ grade level, and the strike is quite strong throughout including the eagle’s talons and wing tips, Ms. Liberty’s hair and fingers and along the rims of both obverse and reverse shields. This coin glows when rotated in the light and has superb “curb appeal” as well as superb eye appeal under a loupe. This could be a one-coin collection, the highlight of a complete type set or the cornerstone to a fabulous Seated Liberty type set.

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PCGS Population: 1 Higher: 0
CAC Population/Higher: 3/0

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Cuba 1897 Souvenir Peso, Star Above. PCGS MS67

Cuba 1897 Souvenir Peso, Star Above. PCGS MS67

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PCGS Population: 1 Higher: 0
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

Priced at:  $14,500.00

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1861 Seated Liberty Half Dollar CSA Restrike PCGS MS62 (CAC)

1861 Seated Liberty Half Dollar CSA Restrike PCGS MS62 (CAC)

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PCGS Population: 33 Higher: 26
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

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1937 Antietam PCGS MS67 (CAC)

1937 Antietam PCGS MS67 (CAC)

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PCGS Population: 298 Higher: 29
CAC Population/Higher: 94/10

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1911 Indian Half Eagle PCGS MS64+ (CAC)

1911 Indian Half Eagle PCGS MS64+ (CAC)

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PCGS Population: 33 Higher: 61
CAC Population/Higher: 55/22

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1869 G$1 PCGS MS66+ (CAC)

1869 G$1 PCGS MS66+ (CAC)

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PCGS Population: 1 Higher: 11
CAC Population/Higher: 2/5

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1936 Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS PR66 (CAC)

1936 Walking Liberty Half Dollar PCGS PR66 (CAC)

Many strongly believe that proof Walking Liberty half dollars are among the most attractive coins that the United States Mint has ever produced. These coins carry the iconic Walking Liberty design of Adolph Weinman, which itself is reminiscent of Oscar Roty’s Le Semeuse (The Sower) that strode across the coins of France during the same time period. However, no reverse design of The Sower could match the large and powerful eagle that adorns Weinman’s work, complete with seemingly impossibly complex plumage.

Walking Liberty half dollar proofs were only issued from 1936-1942 with the earliest issues being far tougher to find in gem levels of preservation. Only 3,901 coins were issued and aside from the difficulty in finding gems, finding those coins with original surfaces is even tougher. This particular example has wonderful splashes of toning around the rims that are consistent with long term storage in the original mint packaging material. It is amazing that a coin in a series this popular, which looks this attractive and with this low an original mintage to go along with its conditional scarcity could be obtained in today’s market at these levels. Perhaps the greatest trick to obtaining a coin such as this is the opportunity to purchase it, rather than the price level.

cac

PCGS Population: 295 Higher: 45
CAC Population/Higher: 82/18

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1879 Seated Liberty Quarter PCGS MS68+ (CAC)

1879 Seated Liberty Quarter PCGS MS68+ (CAC)

The Seated Liberty denominations can be a bear for type set collectors and are definitely among the most difficult for the date/mintmark collectors. Taking the quarters by themselves, there are six varieties or sub-types generally recognized for inclusion into a type set, which include No Drapery, No Motto, Arrows & Rays, Arrows No Motto, With Motto as well as Arrows With Motto. Those collectors who buy gem or near-gem coinage typically do not obtain each of these varieties and instead will concentrate on one or two superb examples of the type. This coin would satisfy nearly anyone wanting to obtain a super-gem for type purposes.

The With Motto coinage is the most easily obtained in high grade, but even in this variety there are gradations to the definition of “easily obtained”. The great majority of the latter date issues, starting with 1879 and continuing through the end of the series, were produced in such strikingly low quantities that there basal price levels are quite high. The coin offered here is from that latter production period and had an original mintage of only 13,600 pieces. Both obverse and reverse are awash in a rich blend of blue and violet that start as swirls of deep navy around the rims and gradually change to violet in the center. The coin is very clean of marks, as would be expected at the MS68+ grade level, and the strike is quite strong throughout including the eagle’s talons and wing tips, Ms. Liberty’s hair and fingers and along the rims of both obverse and reverse shields. This coin glows when rotated in the light and has superb “curb appeal” as well as superb eye appeal under a loupe. This could be a one-coin collection, the highlight of a complete type set or the cornerstone to a fabulous Seated Liberty type set.

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PCGS Population: 1 Higher: 0
CAC Population/Higher: 3/0

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1877-CC Seated Liberty Dime PCGS MS66+ (CAC)

1877-CC Seated Liberty Dime PCGS MS66+ (CAC)

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PCGS Population: 6 Higher: 5
CAC Population/Higher: 14/2

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1858 Seated Liberty Half Dime PCGS MS68 (CAC)

1858 Seated Liberty Half Dime PCGS MS68 (CAC)

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PCGS Population: 2 Higher: 0
CAC Population/Higher: 4/0

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1864 Liberty Quarter Eagle PCGS PR66+DCAM (CAC)

1864 Liberty Quarter Eagle PCGS PR66+DCAM (CAC)

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PCGS Population: 2 Higher: 0
CAC Population/Higher: 3/0

Priced at: $157,500.00

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1861-S Seated Liberty Half Dollar No Motto PCGS MS66+ (CAC)

1861-S Seated Liberty Half Dollar No Motto PCGS MS66+ (CAC)

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PCGS Population: 1 Higher: 0
CAC Population/Higher: 3/0

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1794 Flowing Hair Large Cent Head of 1794 PCGS MS66+BN (CAC)

1794 Flowing Hair Large Cent Head of 1794 PCGS MS66+BN (CAC)

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PCGS Population: 3 Higher: 0
CAC Population/Higher: 5/1

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Columbia 1936 P, D, S Set PCGS MS67, 67, 66 (CAC)

Columbia 1936 P, D, S Set PCGS MS67, 67, 66 (CAC)

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PCGS Population: 73; 178; 521 Higher: 9; 37; 119
CAC Population/Higher: 41/1; 77/9; 108/50

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York 1936 PCGS MS67+ (CAC)

York 1936 PCGS MS67+ (CAC)

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PCGS Population: 21 Higher: 26
CAC Population/Higher: 150/8

Priced at: $1,500.00

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Texas 1938-S PCGS MS67+ (CAC)

Texas 1938-S PCGS MS67+ (CAC)

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PCGS Population: 9 Higher: 1
CAC Population/Higher: 47/2

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Texas 1934 PCGS MS67 (CAC)

Texas 1934 PCGS MS67 (CAC)

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PCGS Population: 76 Higher: 7
CAC Population/Higher: 33/0

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Robinson 1936 PCGS MS66+ (CAC)

Robinson 1936 PCGS MS66+ (CAC)

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PCGS Population: 20 Higher: 78
CAC Population/Higher: 65/17

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