We’re coming to you live and in color (or patina?) from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, home of this year’s World’s Fair of Money. We’ve already had an incredibly busy week so far, and we’ve barely had a moment to come up for air. Thankfully, we’ve had a loyal crew holding down the fort at the office, with various appearances by different DLRC team members at the show across the week. Overall, it’s been a great week, and we’d be happy to report more next week when we’ve had a chance to review the happenings once we are back in the office.
John Brush and Your Friends at DLRC
Note from our Numismatic Novice
Quick show update from the one employee who went to the show and has returned to the office already! Having come into Norfolk International Airport at 11pm last night due to a delayed flight, I'm still a bit tired as I can assume all of our show-goers will be when they return this weekend. I flew out to Philadelphia Sunday evening so that I could be ready to go for PNG Day of the World's Fair of Money on Monday, and then the ANA opened to the public on Tuesday! It was a lot of the same and still very different from my experience at the Summer Baltimore Show. JB was still quite sought after, although I had not seen the power of ANA President Gary Adkins in action on the floor up until this show. It was like knowing a celebrity of the coin world, and I saw Gary get stopped more than once by someone who wanted to take a picture with him.
I'll be writing more on this later, but I wanted to update everyone that I've gone to my second coin show (and my first ANA show) and enjoyed it a lot!
- Emily Bateman
Why we love it: A scarce and desirable Bust Dollar housed in an Old NGC Holder. This wholesome, choice XF example displays attractive gray-brown peripheral toning with a bright silver center making it a truly high-end representation of the grade. This First Year Draped Bust Dollar comes from a low mintage of just 42,738 coins originally struck.
Value: The PCGS Price Guide Value for this coin is set at $9,500 with the CPG Value much higher at $11,400. It is available in this week’s auction with the reserve set far below both price guides at only $7,350. That is an extremely reasonable price for this lovely XF example of this scarce and popular Bust Dollar!
Why we love it: A beautiful near-gem proof Double Eagle housed in an Old Green Label Holder that is part of our complete 1904 Proof Set each available separately in this week’s auction with no reserve. This flashy, rare piece is fresh to the market and is immaculate in every sense of the word. It displays such pristine and fantastic surfaces that it deserves consideration as a Proof 65. This Proof Liberty Double Eagle comes from an extremely tiny mintage of just 98 coins struck in which there are only four other examples graded finer by PCGS.
Value: The most recent sale of this date and grade was in March in a Stacks Auction where it sold for $45,600! The CPG Value for this coin is set at $48,400 with the PCGS Price Guide Value a good bit higher at $52,000, but it is available in this week’s auction with no reserve (along with the rest of the pieces that are a part of our 1904 Proof Set) and a starting bid of just $40,000! That is an excellent potential value for this gorgeous, rare proof Double Eagle!
Why we love it: A beautifully toned ultra-gem example of this slightly scarcer early date Lincoln Cent. The toning features a crescent rose hue on both sides with bright golden highlights. The obverse also displays a lovely magenta color around part of the rim. The coloring along with its immaculate, lustrous surfaces give this coin absolutely superb eye appeal. There are only two other examples of this early Lincoln Cent Issue graded finer by PCGS with the red color designation.
Value: The CPG Value for this coin is set at $4,500 with the PCGS Price Guide Value sitting at $5,000 even. It is available for purchase via Make an Offer for only $4,000, which is a fair discount off both price guides for this toned ultra-gem example of this slightly better date Lincoln Cent!
Why we love it: An underrated tougher date in the Lincoln Cent series from the San Francisco Mint that is especially scarce with full red color in gem condition. This coin displays lovely red surfaces with subtle hues of magenta and beautiful darker tones throughout, which combined with its strong luster makes for premium eye appeal. There are only nine other examples of this early Lincoln Cent issue graded finer by PCGS with the red color designation.
Value: The PCGS Price Guide Value for this coin is set at $4,750 with the CPG Value a bit higher at a $5,000 even. It is available in this week’s auction with the reserve set at just $4,000. That is a reasonable price for this rare red gem example of this early better date S-Mint Lincoln Cent!
Why we love it: A slightly better date type coin for the 3-Cent Silver series with unique near-gem surfaces. This coin displays a simple yet captivating eye appeal with its gun metal gray toning and subtle underlying luster. This Three-Cent Silver issue comes from a moderately low mintage of just 365,000 coins originally struck.
Value: Offered via Make Offer for $474, this example has a PCGS Price Guide value and CPG Value of $650. It’s an excellent price for this subtly toned, near-gem example of this popular 3-Cent Silver type coin!
Why we love it: A deeply rainbow toned ultra-gem Washington Quarter with spots of lustrous, bright white surfaces sticking out mostly on the obverse. The toning is found mostly on the reverse and features darker tones of green and magenta with a more vibrant gold providing nice contrast. There is only one other example of this early Washington Quarter in existence graded finer by PCGS.
Value: The PCGS Price Guide has this coin valued at $375. It is available for purchase at just $350 via Make Offer. This rainbow toned ultra-gem is sure to find a new home quickly!
Why we love it: An uncommon New Orleans Mint Quarter Eagle with a fully rotated reverse. This coin displays ideal yellow-gold coloring and few real signs of wear that, along with some subtle signs of remaining luster, make this a perfect representation of the assigned grade. This Classic Head Quarter Eagle comes from a mintage of just 17,781 coins originally struck.
Value: The PCGS Price Guide Value for this coin is set at $5,500 with the CPG Value just a bit higher at a $5,620, in which both assess the value accurately. It is available in this week’s auction with the reserve set comparable to both price guides at just $5,500. That is a fair price for this attractive AU example of this rare and desirable O-Mint Quarter Eagle!
Why we love it: A stunning bright red gem example of this popular key date S-Mint Indian Cent that becomes even more tough and desirable with that full red color. This coin displays pristine surfaces that are covered in blazing luster giving it incredible eye appeal. This late Indian Cent issue comes from a lower mintage for the series of just over a million coins struck in which there is only one other example in existence graded finer by PCGS.
Value: The most recent sale of this date and grade without CAC approval was this past April in a Heritage Auction where that example sold for $6,000! The PCGS Price Guide sits at $6,250, but our piece is available via Make Offer for just $4,500! That is an excellent price for this beautiful gem example of this popular key date that becomes much more desirable with full red color!
Why we love it: A well under-graded, CAC approved example of this tough date from the New Orleans Mint. This coin belongs in a Mint State holder as there are no notable signs of wear and an excessive amount of luster for an AU coin also making the eye appeal unbelievably stunning. This piece comes from a low mintage of just 52,500 coins struck in which there are only 14 other examples graded finer by NGC.
Value: The PCGS Price Guide has this coin valued at $8,500. It is available in this week’s auction with the reserve set reasonably at just $7,500! That is a discount of $1,000 off the PCGS Price Guide value for this arguably under-graded and lustrous example of this scarce O-Mint Eagle even with CAC approval!
Why we love it: An arguably perfect ultra-gem Washington Quarter with gorgeous toning and pristine, blemish-free surfaces giving it clearly well-deserved CAC approval. The color incases the entire coin except a bit of the obverse and features bright orange-red and golden highlights throughout with some subtle blue-green hues on the reverse. This Washington Quarter is tied for the finest known for the issue in existence graded by PCGS.
Value: The CPG value for this coin is set at $650. It is available for purchase via Make Offer for only $475. With a discount of $175 off the CPG Value that is a fair price for this gorgeously toned CAC approved ultra-gem Washington Quarter!
Why we love it: One of our favorite design types, though short-lived, this is an affordable yet attractive gem example of this popular and desirable Type 1 Denver Mint Issue Buffalo Nickel type coin. This coin displays well-struck, pristine surfaces that are covered with pretty, yet subtle toning especially on the obverse. Those characters along with the incredible amounts of stunning luster give this coin nice eye appeal.
Value: The PCGS Price Guide has this coin valued at $675 with the CPG Value comparable at $682. It is available for purchase at the reasonably low price of just $550 via Make an Offer! That is a discount of well over $100 both price guides for this lightly toned, gem example of this desirable Type 1 Denver Mint Issue type coin!
Why we love it: This attractive yet affordable AU type coin from the Braided Hair Cent series displays lustrous surfaces that are nearly completely without any signs of wear. This pretty, smooth brown Large Cent features nice eye appeal with its uninterrupted, sharply detailed devices and mostly clear, original fields.
Value: The PCGS Price Guide has this coin valued at $240. It is available for purchase at just $200 via Make Offer. That is a fair $40 discount off the PCGS Price Guide value for this perfectly affordable Large Cent type coin!
Until next time, thanks for stopping by and sharing some time with us to browse our Coins We Love.