Stack’s Nashville Coin Auction Preview
On May 21,
2010, Stack’s will present the Nashville Sale in
conjunction with the Whitman Coin & Collectibles
Nashville Expo that will be held on May 20-22.
The sale will feature U.S. coins and will also
present the Q. David Bowers Reference Collection
of Confederate States of America bonds. Rarities
abound, as do other interesting and more
U.S. coins begin the sale, and Colonial and
early Federal coins get things rolling. Half
cents feature an impressive 1793 C-3 example in
MS-60 BN (NGC), a rich chestnut brown coin with
smooth, evenly struck surfaces. Large cents
include a decent example of the popular 1793
Chain cent that retains the details of an EF-45
coin, though some surface granularity is noted.
This coin represents a good chance to acquire a
sharp 1793 Chain cent at a much more affordable
level than otherwise encountered! Other large
cent rarities include a Fair-2 (PCGS) (CAC)
example of the famous 1794 Sheldon-48 Starred
Reverse example. One of the most popular and
desirable varieties of early large cents, owning
a Starred Reverse in any grade is a mark of
distinction for any large cent collector. The
present example is another chance for the
serious collector to affordably add a
significant rarity to their cabinet!
Minor coinage presents several beautiful Indian
Head cents, the first a Gem 1867 example, a
lovely representative of this semi-key date
graded MS-65 RD by PCGS. The second coin is a
gorgeous super Gem 1883 example in MS-67 RD
(NGC), the finest certified by NGC in any color
designation. Three cent nickels feature a
splendid Gem Cameo Proof 1865 example, a coin
tied for the finest certified by NGC in the
lofty grade of Proof-67 Cameo.
U.S. nickels are highlighted by an exceptional
1919-S in the impressive grade of MS-66 (NGC).
With none certified as finer, this important
coin is surely destined for an advanced cabinet.
Dimes do not disappoint either, and early issues
come to the fore in this sale. A Choice
Uncirculated 1796 JR-6 example graded MS-63 by
NGC is a notable specimen, as is a splendid 1805
JR-2 4 Berries example. This amazing coin
exhibits beautiful lustre and is essentially
mark-free and, in the grade of MS-66 (NGC), will
be a fabulous addition to any collection of high
The section of U.S. half dollars contains
several important rarities, the first of which
is the classic 1797 example. This O-101a variety
is housed in an AU Details (NGC) holder due to a
past cleaning, but the significance of the piece
cannot be overstated. This is without any
question the rarest type of the entire American
silver series, and is frequently omitted from
even advanced type sets. When it is included, it
is often seen in wretched or holed condition.
Draped Bust half dollars feature a spectacular
1807 O-110 example, a delightfully lustrous coin
certified as MS-63 by PCGS and awarded a green
CAC sticker. Another important offering among
half dollars is an outstanding 1815/2 O-101a
graded MS-64 by NGC. One of the finest coins of
this variety that we have ever offered, this
piece is boldly struck and lustrous with warm
toning on both sides, a true beauty.
Silver dollars boast a fabulous and rare 1836
Gobrecht dollar, a Judd-68, Rarity-6 variety
graded an impressive Proof-64 by NGC. Only three
pieces have been certified as finer by that
service, and the present coin can only be
described as a rare prize for an advanced
collection. Seated dollars showcase a nice array
of pieces including an 1855 MS-61 (NGC), an
Uncirculated 1856 example graded MS-62 by PCGS,
and a colorfully toned 1869 in MS-64 (NGC).
Morgan dollars lead off with a condition rarity
1878 7 Tailfeathers, 3rd Reverse example. This
sparkling, satiny beauty is tied for finest
certified by NGC at MS-66
U.S. commemoratives showcase a modest run of
high quality coins, and gold issues are
highlighted by an impressive pair of 1915-S
Panama-Pacific $50 slugs. The first is a stellar
near-gem Octagonal example, an MS-64 (NGC) coin
from the famous King Farouk Palace Collection.
The mate to this coin is the following lot-a
satiny and impressive Round example in the same
grade. Both of these coins exhibit fantastic eye
appeal as a result of the rich lustre and the
excellent states of preservation.
Pattern coins spotlight a lovely 1838 pattern
half dollar, a Judd-73, Rarity-5 coin graded
Proof-64 by NGC that is partially brilliant with
swaths of orange-gold iridescence and wisps of
violet toning. Also featured here is a
glittering Proof-65 (PCGS) (CAC) example of the
1859 transitional dime. The surviving population
of this Judd-233 variety is probably no more
than 20 pieces, and only a fraction of those are
as beautifully preserved as the present specimen
Territorial coins follow the Patterns, and
several pieces of note are offered here. First
is an 1855 Wass, Molitor, & Co. $50 slug housed
in a Genuine (PCGS) holder. While the coin has
been lightly cleaned and there is some evidence
of minor rim filing, the coin retains the
details of an AU-50 piece. These large Wass,
Molitor & Co. slugs do not appear with the same
regularity of the Humbert or Assay Office
issues, and are generally scarcer and therefore
always in demand. The coin is not perfect, but
it has much to offer in terms of sharpness,
lustre, and general eye appeal, as well as its
nature as a highly coveted piece.
A small section of miscellaneous tokens and
medals paves the way into the U.S. gold
denominations. Important items here include the
amazing pair of 1796 quarter eagles. The first
is the famous 1796 No Stars rarity, one of the
most respected rarities of American numismatics.
The coin is graded AU-50 by PCGS and is bright
yellow gold and somewhat prooflike in the
fields. The obvious mate to this coin is the
1796 With Stars $2.50, offered immediately after
this lot. This delicately toned coin is graded
AU-53 by PCGS and retains some original mint
frost in the protected areas in addition to its
extremely sharp strike. At least twice as rare
as its No Stars cousin, research suggests that
there are likely no more than 50 survivors of
this type in all grades!
Completing the U.S. gold series is the famed
1879 Flowing Hair $4 Stella that appears in this
sale as Lot 4323. This Proof-62 Cameo (NGC) coin
is a gorgeous, two-tone example of one of the
most sought-after denominations of American
coins. U.S. half eagles lead off with a
beautifully toned and very rare 1798 BD-2
example in AU-53 (ANACS), an important coin as
only an estimated 50-70 pieces survive.
Following this coin is a glittering 1807 Capped
Bust Left half eagle, a BD-8, MS-64 (NGC) coin
that is sharply struck, highly lustrous, and
near the top of the census. Later half eagles
include a splendid Sandblast Proof 1908 Indian
in Proof-66 (NGC)
U.S. eagles are highlighted by a fabulous run of
early issues, embodied by a Choice Uncirculated
1799 Small Stars graded MS-63 (NGC). This BD-2
coin exhibits great surfaces, lustre, and eye
appeal and is a Rarity-5 to boot! Following this
impressive lot is a lustrous 1800 BD-1,
Rarity-3+ example. A sharply struck, pleasingly
lustrous and somewhat prooflike coin, this
example weighs in at MS-62 (NGC). A third
impressive early $10 is an attractive 1801 BD-2
example in AU-58 (NGC) that is bright and
lustrous with heavy cameo contrast on the
Double eagles finish out the U.S. coin portion
of this sale, and include important highlights
like the 1903 Proof-64 (PCGS) example. Maybe
half of the tiny 158-piece mintage can be
accounted for today, and few of those extant can
compete with the eye appeal offered by the
present specimen. Saint-Gaudens types are
represented by coins like the 1908-S graded
MS-63 by PCGS and awarded a Secure Plus sticker
and the frosty 1915 example graded MS-65 (NGC)
that exudes warm velvety lustre and a bold
strike. Later date issues spotlight an elusive
and beautiful 1926-S example certified as MS-65
1793 half cent. C-3, B-3. Rarity-3. MS-60 BN
1865 three cent nickel. Proof-67 CAMEO (NGC).
1919-S nickel. MS-66 (NGC)
1815/2 half dollar. O-101a. Rarity-3. MS-64
1836 Gobrecht dollar. Judd-58, Name in Field.
Restrike. Proof-64 (NGC).
1915-S Panama-Pacific $50. Round. MS-64 (NGC).
1859 transitional dime. Judd-233,Rarity-6+.
Proof-65 (PCGS) (CAC).
1855 Wass, Molitor, & Co. $50 gold. K-9.
Rarity-5. Genuine (PCGS).
1796 quarter eagle. BD-2. Rarity-4. No Stars.
1796 quarter eagle. BD-3. Rarity-5+. With Stars.
1879 $4 Stella. Flowing Hair. J-1635, Rarity-3.
Proof-62 Cameo (NGC).
1799 eagle. BD-2, T-14. Rarity-5+. Small Obverse
Stars. MS-63 (NGC)
1903 double eagle. Proof-64 (PCGS).