Coin at Auction
By Numismatic News
A rare 1876-CC
20-cent piece will be a highlight lot in
Heritage Auction Galleries Signature U.S. coin
auction March 28-31 in Baltimore.
Graded MS-64 by Numismatic Guaranty Corp., the
coin is from the Belle Collection of Carson City
Coinage, and is one of fewer than 20 known
surviving examples from a mintage of 10,000.
The current estimate of surviving examples,
including the "Maryland Hoard" of seven to nine
pieces discovered in the 1950s, is 16 to 18
"Although we've handled specimens of this
legendary rarity twice before, it has been
nearly a decade since we last offered an
example," said Greg Rohan, Heritage president.
"In MS-64 this piece is one of three so
certified at NGC, with only four finer," he
Another Carson City highlight is an 1870-CC $20
gold piece called XF-45 by NGC.
This choice XF example shows the heavy abrasions
on both sides that are typical of, literally,
every known example, the catalogers note. The
surfaces are mellow orange-gold with
considerable reflectivity and even some faint
prooflikeness remaining in some of the protected
A key Lincoln cent error will be in the sale. An
MS-63 Red example of the 1969-S doubled die will
go on the block. It is graded by the
Professional Coin Grading Service.
Catalogers note that between 17 and 32 examples
are believed to exist. That is an extremely
small number of coins for a collecting specialty
as popular as Lincoln cents, they add.
This beautiful cent has fully brilliant orange
luster with satiny, slightly reflective surfaces
and bold design features. This piece is one of
only three Red Mint State coins at PCGS, and
among the finest certified, they say.
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