6500 Heritage Lots In February Long Beach
Official Auction of the February 2009 Long Beach
Expo has been posted by Heritage Auction
Galleries on its HA.com Web site. Some 6500 lots
from 280 consignors are included in the auction
presented by Heritage Auction Galleries. The
auction will take place Feb. 5-8, 2009.
"This Long Beach auction is especially rich in
gold rarities," said Heritage President Greg
Rohan. "Exceptional coins can be found in all
series, but our anchors have contributed so many
Registry level rarities that this will be an
incredible event. The Grand Lake Collection is
incredibly rich pre-Civil War gold coins,
especially in quarter eagles and the coins of
Dahlonega and Charlotte.
The four-generation Pasadena Collection started
with a box of coins passed down from the owner
of a coal town general store in Pennsylvania.
Part One of the Ed Lepordo Collection features a
complete type set (1793–to-date), impressive
Large cents, and other series from two dozen NGC
We have also included additional selections from
The Jack Lee Estate Collection. Heritage has
been involved in building many great
collections, and we are honored when so many
coins come back to us for auction."
Bidders can participate by mail, fax, email,
Interactive Internet, HERITAGE Live!, by agent,
by telephone, or in person in Long Beach. The
exclusive HERITAGE Live! bidding system allows
bidders around the world to directly participate
in the floor bidding via the Internet. "I also
encourage bidders to view our Video Lot
Descriptions at HA.com." concluded Rohan.
Among the exciting items being offered in Long
Lot 3020: 1861-S $20 Paquet AU58 NGC, among the
most favored and storied coins in U.S.
Lot 1515: 1794 $1 Fine 12 PCGS. B-1, BB-1, R.4,
among the most desirable of all U.S. coinage
issues, with about 125 survivors known. From The
Grand Lake Collection.
Lot 2685: 1824 $5 MS63 PCGS. Breen-6482, BD-1,
High R.5. Meltings took a heavy toll on these
coins when their bullion content exceeded their
face value; fewer than 20 coins exist today.
Lot 2293: 1826 Erie Canal Completion medal,
HK-1000, R.6. MS64 Uncertified. Silver, 44.4
mm., 29.9 gm. Issued under the authority of the
Common Council of the City of New York, this lot
also includes the printed Memoir book and an
original issue case.
Additional Long Beach highlights:
Lot 350: 1877 Cent PR67 Red PCGS.
This is one of the two finest specimens of this
important date, and is a breathtaking proof
Indian cent regardless of date.
Lot 431: 1915-S Cent MS66 Red PCGS. Ex: Pittman.
The 1915-S Lincoln cent is the last of the
“semikey” S-mint early Lincolns with low
mintages, spanning the 1911-S through 1915-S
period. None certified finer. From The Jack Lee
Lot 667: 1914 Certified Proof Set PR65 to PR66
The cent is PR66 Brown; nickel PR65; dime PR66;
quarter PR66; half dollar PR66; although none of
the three silver pieces is given the Cameo
designation, all have remarkable contrast
beneath their toning.
Lot 852: 1853-O Half Dime No Arrows MS64 PCGS.
In the 1850s, the vast quantities of gold
flowing from the gilded lands of California
forced down the price of gold, and thus
increased silver’s value, as reckoned in gold
dollars or paper currency. In MS64, this piece
is one of four so graded at PCGS, and there is
one finer (12/08).
Lot 1163: 1916 25C MS67 NGC.
One of the 20th century’s most popular American
rarities, only eight MS67 examples are
documented at NGC and PCGS combined (four at
each service), and none grading finer.
Lot 1184: 1918/7-S 25C MS65 PCGS.
The 1918/7 -S Standing Liberty quarter is one of
the most sought-after coinage issues of the 20th
century, and is also one of the acknowledged
keys to this popular series. Only 2 have been
Lot 1238: 1794 50C XF40 NGC. O-101a, R.4.
Both the early and late states of the O-101 die
pairing are classified as R.4, but this misses
the point of just how in-demand are the 1794
half dollars as a first-year type. The recorded
mintage of 23,464 half dollars required eleven
Lot 1243: 1795/1795 50C AU58 NGC. O-112, R.4.
The date is prominently double punched. This
piece is second in the known Condition Census
for the variety, behind only the
near-unbelievable Lord St. Oswald example. Ex:
Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection.
Lot 1246: 1797 50C O-101a, High R.4 VF30 NGC.
This specimen displays the faint diagnostic die
crack from the rim through star 2 to Liberty’s
curl, and the reverse exhibits some of the
incipient cracks that eventually led to the
shattering of that die.
Lot 1544: 1798 $1 Large Eagle, Pointed 9, 4
Vertical Lines MS63 NGC. B-14, BB-122, R.3.
This is one of the rare monogamous die pairings
in the early dollar series, in that both dies of
this coin are found in no other die marriages.
This piece appears to top the known Condition
Census for the variety by a wide margin.
Lot 1825: 1889-CC $1 MS64 Prooflike NGC.
The 1889-CC is among the rarest and most desired
Carson City dollars, with a small original
mintage and the melting of an estimated 250,000
examples over the years. Only one prooflike has
been certified finer.
Lot 1903: 1894 $1 MS64 Deep Mirror Prooflike
This remarkable specimen is one of just two 1894
Morgan dollars certified as MS64 Deep Mirror
Prooflike (one each at PCGS and NGC); none are
graded any higher at either company.
Lot 1915: 1895-O $1 MS63 PCGS.
The 1895-O enjoys demand in all grades from Good
4 to the highest Mint State grades, where it is
a legendary rarity in the series.
Lot 2203: 1915-S $50 Panama-Pacific Octagonal
The Pan-Pac fifty dollar gold coins are the
largest-denomination coins and the most
impressive, from a sheer size standpoint, of the
various gold and silver issues that constitute
the “classic era” U.S. commemoratives of the
Lot 2401: 1802/1 $2.50 MS62 NGC. Ex: Ed Price
Collection. Breen-6118, BD-2, High R.5.
Among the earliest innovations of the U.S. Mint
was the dual use of reverse dies (lacking any
denomination) for both silver dimes and gold
quarter eagles from 1797 to 1807. This is
possibly the only Mint State example of the
variety known. Ex: The Ed Price Collection.
Lot 2407: 1806/5 $2.50 7×6 Stars AU58 PCGS.
Breen-6123, BD-2, High R.5.
On this overdate variety, the stars are arranged
seven left, six right. Among the Draped Bust
quarter eagles, only the 1796 No Stars with
extended arrows (BD-1), the 1804 13 Star Reverse
(BD-1), and the single 1797 variety are more
elusive. Only one certified finer.
Lot 2409: 1807 $2.50 MS63 NGC. Breen-6124, BD-1,
The 1807 Capped Bust Right quarter eagle boasts
a tiny mintage of only 6,812 pieces, which is
still the largest mintage of the design type by
a wide margin; perhaps 250-350 specimens survive
today in all grades. Only two certified finer.
Lot 2427: 1838-C $2.50 MS62 PCGS. Ex: Dingler.
Only 7,880 quarter eagles were struck in
Charlotte in 1838. Some were saved as a first
year of issue of the Classic Head design. Only
two pieces certified finer. From The Grand Lake
Lot 2431: 1839-C $2.50 MS62 NGC. Recut 39,
Variety 3-C, McCloskey-C, Breen-6150, R.3.
With a mintage of 18,140 coins, the 1839-C is in
demand from type collectors, and the nicest
examples command considerable premiums. Only one
certified finer. From The Grand Lake Collection.
Lot 2432: 1839/8-C $2.50 MS62 PCGS. Ex: Dingler.
McCloskey-B, Breen-6149, R.4.
This is the so-called “overdate” variety,
although its status as an overdate has now been
discredited; defective punches are now blamed.
This is the plate coin used in Winter’s 1998
reference. From The Grand Lake Collection.
Lot 2435: 1839-O $2.50 MS64 PCGS. CAC.
Breen-6152, McCloskey-A, R.3.
The first coins produced at the newly
established New Orleans Mint were minted in
1838. Two varieties of the 1839-O quarter eagles
are known, and they are distinguished by a
closely spaced fraction or a widely spaced
fraction (as on this example). None have been
Lot 2465: 1845-D $2.50 MS63 NGC. Variety 6-I.
The 1845-D quarter eagle in all Mint State
grades is even more elusive than the 1844-D.
Only one has been certified finer, and this
example has bright luster exuding from
yellow-gold surfaces. From The Grand Lake
Lot 2482: 1847-C $2.50 MS64 PCGS. Variety 8-F.
The 1847-C quarter eagle has a generous mintage
at 23,226 coins, and they are better-produced
than the typical C-mint issue. Mint State
examples are nonetheless rare, and none have
been certified finer. From The Grand Lake
Lot 2517: 1852-C $2.50 MS62 NGC. Ex: Elrod.
This is the Plate coin in the Winter second
edition, where it was called “by far the finest
known example.” None certified finer at NGC.
From The Grand Lake Collection.
Lot 2578: 1899 $2.50 PR67 Ultra Cameo NGC.
Despite massive gold production in the 1890s
(Colorado and Alaska), the quarter eagle
denomination saw extremely limited domestic
circulation, and foreign exchange preferred the
double eagle; in 1899, only 150 proofs were
struck, and only 8 have been certified finer.
Lot 2592: 1911-D $2.50 MS65 NGC. CAC.
The 1911-D Indian quarter eagle is the key to a
series with just 15 distinct Guide Book issues;
this issue is the reason so many collections
begun are never finished. The combined certified
population shows just five numerically finer
examples, 2 at NGC and 3 by PCGS.
Lot 2613: 1854-D $3 AU58 NGC.
The 1854-D is the only three dollar gold piece
struck at the Dahlonega Mint, with a minuscule
mintage of only 1,120 pieces. One pair of dies
was sufficient to accomplish the entire coinage
of this issue. Only 9 certified finer. From The
Grand Lake Collection.
Lot 2641: 1878 $3 MS67 PCGS.
Thick, swirling luster and gorgeous color are
the hallmarks of this incredible Superb Gem; the
mint frost also shows deep, original reddish
patina with occasional dashes of lilac
interspersed. None have been certified finer.
Lot 2642: 1878 $3 MS67 NGC.
The mintage of the 1878 three dollar gold piece
is, at least in part, related to the Specie
Resumption Act of January 1875. The mintage of
82,304 $3s was the highest total since the
denomination started in 1854, but none have been
Lot 2657: 1795 $5 Small Eagle AU55 NGC.
Breen-6412, BD-4, R.5.
The obverse of this variant is shared with two
other Bass-Dannreuther varieties, namely BD-2
and BD-3, on which it saw earlier use. Bass-Dannreuther
estimate that 60 to 75 specimens of this variety
Lot 2658: 1798 $5 Large Eagle, Small 8 MS61 NGC.
Breen-6430, BD-6, R.6.
The half eagles of 1798 are known in several
different die varieties used to produce the
estimated mintage of nearly 25,000 coins. The
Heraldic Eagle fives are found in seven
different Bass-Dannreuther varieties.
Lot 2662: 1802/1 $5 MS64 NGC. Breen-6440, BD-8,
All 1802 half eagles are overdates, from two
obverse dies prepared but unused in 1801 (when
the substantial mintage of eagles took
precedence); both dies were overdated and used
in 1802. Only 1 certified finer.
Lot 2676: 1809/8 $5 MS65 NGC. Breen-6458, BD-1,
Only one die pair was produced for the 1809 half
eagles, and the obverse is apparently overdated
from 1808 (the underdate might be a repunched
9). From a mintage of 33,875 coins, the 1809
overdate is actually the rarest individual date
of the Capped Bust design. None certified finer.
Lot 2686: 1833 $5 Large Date MS61 PCGS.
Breen-6498, BD-1, High R.5.
The great coin melts were a byproduct of the
flood of Mexican and Peruvian silver on the
world market, which lowered silver prices and
increased the value of gold, resulting in
widespread hoarding and melting of older gold
coins. Only 9 certified finer (12/08).
Lot 2707: 1840-O $5 Broad Mill MS61 NGC.
Broad Mill half eagles are perhaps one of the
most under-researched U.S. coins. Small
variances in diameter mark the varieties; this
coin is noticeably wider than the Narrow Mill
variant. This is the finest of nine certified
Lot 2848: 1929 $5 MS64 PCGS.
The 1929 half eagle is decidedly scarce,
especially in circulated grades, and is the
rarest and the last issue in the Indian Head
Half Eagle series; almost all known specimens
are AU or uncirculated. Only seven coins were
graded finer. From The Grand Lake Collection.
Lot 2858: 1803 $10 Extra Star AU58 NGC.
Breen-6845, BD-5, Taraszka-30, High R.4.
Although the BD-5 die marriage was known for
decades, nobody seemed to notice the extra star
embedded in the reverse’s rightmost cloud until
Harry W. Bass, Jr.’s 1966 discovery. Why the die
sinker placed the star within the cloud will
never be known.
Lot 2859: 1803 $10 Extra Star AU58 NGC.
Breen-6845, Taraszka-30, BD-5, High R.4.
The extraneous star, located on the top surface
of the cloud below the F in OF, is substantially
smaller than any other star on either the
obverse or reverse. Since the clouds quickly
wear as one of the higher design elements, the
extra star can only be seen on high grade
Lot 2860: 1803 $10 Extra Star MS61 NGC.
Breen-6845, Taraszka-30, BD-5, High R.4.
The “extra star” that defines this variety is
actually a stray star in the cloud under F in
OF. NGC documents only five 1803 Extra Star tens
at the MS61 level with 20 coins grading finer
Lot 2880: 1847-O $10 MS64 PCGS. Variety Two,
Between commerce and meltings, few of the
571,500 minted 1847-O eagles have survived in
Mint State. PCGS has certified a mere nine uncs,
with the finest being three sharing the MS64
slot. Ex: Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection; From
The Grand Lake Collection.
Lot 2906: 1857-S $10 MS64 PCGS. SSCA 6964.
The 1857-S double eagles recovered from the
wreck of the S.S. Central America are well
known, but just as important are the handful of
recovered coins in lesser denominations. One of
only two so graded, this is one of the
best-preserved 1857-S tens available today.
Lot 3005: 1857-O $20 MS60 Prooflike NGC. Ex:
The S.S. Republic, a ship of many names (S.S.
Tennessee, C.S.S. Tennessee, U.S.S. Tennessee,
U.S.S. Mobile) had a long, rich history in the
dozen years between its launch and its demise.
Lot 3013: 1860-O $20 AU58 PCGS.
In 1860, against the backdrop of swiftly
deteriorating national unity, the New Orleans
Mint’s issue amounted to just 6,600 pieces. In
better grades, it proves elusive, and is near
impossible to find in Mint State.
Lot 3037: 1871-CC $20 AU58 NGC.
The 1871-CC is the second rarest double eagle
struck at the Carson City Mint, with a total
extant population of about 200 coins; few high
grade examples have survived from an original
mintage of perhaps 14,687 pieces. Only six
certified finer. Ex: Dr. Barry Southerland
Lot 3056: 1879-O $20 AU58 NGC.
A diminutive 2,325 twenty dollar gold pieces
dated 1879 were struck, the second lowest
mintage of all O-mint double eagle issues; the
number of survivors is opined at 100 or so in
all grades. Only seven certified finer. From The
Grand Lake Collection.
Lot 3090: 1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS66
When released in 1907, the Saint-Gaudens High
Relief double eagles were a welcomed departure
from the mundane circulating coinage of the
preceding decades; many were saved as souvenirs,
but just 20 grade finer.
Lot 3092: 1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim PR65
Only NGC recognizes the validity of the proof
High Reliefs, and has certified 238 proofs in
all grades, including six Flat Rim coins, 121
Wire Rim coins, and 111 others rim unspecified.
Lot 3093: 1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim PR66
Produced to the extent of 12,367 coins, the
MCMVII High Relief issue was minted in both a
Mint State format that required “three to five
blows” from the Mint’s presses–and the
controversial proof format that NGC recognizes
and PCGS does not.
Lot 3098: 1908-S $20 MS65 PCGS.
The 1908-S Saint-Gaudens twenty had a minuscule
production of 22,000 pieces. PCGS has certified
only 14 finer examples.
Lot 3118: 1920-S $20 MS62 PCGS.
The mintage figure of 558,000 is irrelevant, the
likely result of meltings after the great Gold
Recall of 1933. Perhaps only a few thousand
actually reached circulation, and maybe only 40
to 50 specimens in all grades survive.
Lot 3127: 1927-S $20 MS64 NGC.
America’s second mass melting of the 20th
century, stemming from Roosevelt’s gold recall,
decimated America’s gold coinage: melted were
67,856,029 gold $20s – 39% of all the double
eagles ever produced. Only 11 survivors have
been certified finer. From The Calvin
Lot 3129: 1931-D $20 MS64 PCGS. CAC.
Only 100-150 pieces of the 1931-D twenty are
believed known; only one mark on each side keeps
this magnificent piece from the Gem category.
Only 19 certified finer.
Lot 3145: 1852 $50 RE Humbert, 887 Thous. AU55
NGC. K-11, R.5.
While the 1851 Humbert 887 THOUS pieces are
found in both Lettered Edge (date on edge) and
Reeded Edge formats, all of the 1852-dated 887
THOUS Humbert fifty dollar pieces are of the
Reeded Edge subtype.
Lot 3155: 1850 $5 Mormon Five Dollar MS61 NGC.
K-5, High R.5.
Any Mint State Mormon Territorial gold piece is
significant, regardless of date or denomination;
fewer than 30 uncs exist from the six different
issues minted between 1849 and 1860. NGC has
certified only three MS61 examples, with none
grading finer at either service.
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