We’ve had a hectic end of the month that culminated in last week’s Whitman Baltimore Expo. In general, the show was fine for us. We sold a few coins, visited with some friends, and came home with a wide variety of fresh new purchases. However, overall the show seemed a bit lacking. The summer Baltimore event has always been slower, and this year attendance seemed to be down quite a bit more. Of course, it didn’t help that the Long Beach Expo was the week prior. It didn’t really reflect what we think the current market is (we’re still incredibly active buying and selling), and it disappointed us a bit overall. On the bright side, there are no real major shows before the ANA World’s Fair event in August…so we get an opportunity to recharge and get ready for the big event.
This week’s CWL features a few new coins from Baltimore, a few offerings from our Mayberry Modern Collection in auction this week, and a few hand-picked items from across our wide stretch of inventory. We hope that you find something of interest or just feel like chatting with us after viewing the items. If not, just shoot us an email to let us know how we can help you!
Thanks again for viewing and have a great evening!
John Brush and Your Friends at DLRC
Why we love it: Collections like this are often torn apart, cracked out for higher grades, and disappear from the market altogether. However, we love seeing groups of coins that remain in these collectible older holders and enjoy leaving meat on the bone for our customers when it comes to value. This is an intriguing, complete set of gorgeous gem proof Liberty Nickels. All the coins are CAC approved except for the 1883 With Cents, 1886, 1889, 1892, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1907, 1909, 1910, and the 1911. This shows that most of the coins are truly high-end examples of their grade making for a strong possibility of a few upgrades. Additionally, the 1897 and 1903 are Gold CAC'd! The entire set is housed in Old NGC Holders and display stunning, pristine surfaces that feature few blemishes and some truly beautiful toning on many of the coins.
Value: This gorgeous, mostly CAC approved gem proof set of Liberty Nickels is available in this week’s auction reserved at just $17,500. This is an incredible opportunity to acquire a nicely toned, fully complete set of this popular and desirable series for a reasonable price!
Why we love it: A rare and famous restrike of the Confederate States of America half dollar. This example displays lustrous, deeply toned surfaces that feature surprisingly few blemishes for the assigned grade. There are only four originals known to exist, making these restrikes the only collectible designs. Highly sought after by collectors of Confederate coinage, only 500 of these historic rarities were struck around 1879.
Value: The PCGS Price Guide has this coin valued at $13,500. It is available for purchase at the reasonable price of just $12,150 via Make Offer! That is a solid $1,350 discount off the PCGS Price Guide value for this popular and scarce restrike of the Confederate States of America half dollar!
Why we love it: A complete proof set of American Silver Eagles, which even includes the rare and desirable 1995-W. All the coins come in stunning, perfect Proof 70 condition with crisp, flashy Deep Cameo surfaces. In addition, the holders bare the autograph of the designer John Mercanti, the Chief Engraver at the time these were created. The blemish-free perfect pieces with strong, deep-mirrors, this set features ideal, premium eye appeal.
Value: This stunning, nearly perfect gem proof set of Silver Eagles including the 1995-W is available in this week’s auction reserved reasonably at just $25,000. This is an exciting opportunity to acquire this lovely, blemish-free, complete set for a fair price!
Why we love it: A blazing white ultra-gem example of this Morgan Dollar issue that becomes tough to find in high gem condition. The eye appeal of this gem is gorgeous as the surfaces display almost no blemishes and incredibly strong luster. This piece is tied with ten others for the finest known in existence graded by NGC.
Value: The CPG value for this coin is $6,250 and the PCGS Price Guide values it at $7,000. A recent sale of a PCGS-graded example from Legend’s Auction in early May brought just short of $8,000! This coin is reserved in this week’s auction for the relatively low price of just $5,250.
Why we love it: This is the finest example of this King Philip V. A scarce and desirable 8 Reales piece from Mexico. This popular Spanish Dollar-size coin becomes especially rare in gem condition. This example displays pristine, blemish-free surfaces with a strong strike and great details. The final date of the Phillip V issue, this piece also includes Ferdinand VI in the shield side legend, with the Philip V type priced slightly higher. This is only one other gem example of this type known to exist.
Value: Another example of a similar type sold privately at a recently Long Beach show for a sum in excess of $75,000. Honestly, we thought that it was far too much. However, in comparison, this coin was the exact same rarity and is available at a far discounted value with a reserve of just $32,000 in this week’s auction. It’s a numismatic rarity that is a fascinating survivor.
Why we love it: This scarce Classic Head Half Eagle type coin has extremely attractive surfaces with its pretty yellow-gold coloring and fantastic luster. The eye appeal of this coin is beautiful as it displays few blemishes and a frosty, captivating look. This example comes from a moderately low mintage of just 286,588 coins struck.
Value: The CPG lists this piece at $11,600 with the PCGS Price Guide coming in at $11,500. It is available for purchase via Make Offer for the fair amount of just $10,250. An excellent value for this beautiful, lustrous example of this scarce Classic Head Gold Type Coin!
Why we love it: This San Francisco Mint Lincoln Cent is the toughest date in the series to locate with full red color. This lovely near-gem displays rich, red tones and original, lustrous surfaces. This scarce full red Lincoln Cent has only two other examples graded finer by PCGS with the red color designation.
Value: The CPG value for this coin is $6,560 with the PCGS Price Guide at $6,500. A recent sale of another PCGS-graded example from our one of our recent auctions garnered $5,750 after spirited bidding. This example of the same grade is reserved for an even more reasonable lower price of just $4,750 via Make Offer!
Why we love it: An attractive gem example of this popular proof type coin. The eye appeal of this coin is lovely as it is well-struck and displays pristine surfaces that are without blemish. The mostly neutral toning with pretty, golden highlights adds to the appeal beautifully. This Proof Liberty Nickel comes from an original mintage of just 2,960 coins struck.
Value: The CPG Value comes in at $520 with the PCGS Price Guide at $550. That shows how this stunning, CAC-Approved gem example being available for just $450 via Make Offer, is a quality value for the true type collector!
Why we love it: A mostly white yet subtly toned near-gem example of this popular type coin for the Liberty Seated Dime series. The surfaces of this near-gem feature a lack of blemishes and an abundance of luster.
Value: Offered via Make Offer for $360, this example has a PCGS Price Guide of $450 and a CPG Price of $468. It’s an excellent price for this attractive, lustrous near-gem example of this popular Seated Dime type coin!
Why we love it: A scarcer, early San Francisco Mint Lincoln Cent in lovely gem condition with pretty brown tones and underlying red highlights. The incredible lack of blemishes and strong luster gives this gem nice eye appeal and even make it seem undergraded.
Value: The PCGS Price Guide sits at $425 and this coin is available via Make Offer for $425 as well. With the most recent auction records just under $500 for a CAC-approved piece, this is an excellent value in our eyes.
Why we love it: This affordable gem type coin from the Barber Dime series displays pristine surfaces and is housed in an Old Green Label Holder. This pretty, lightly golden toned Barber Dime features nice eye appeal with its strong luster, sharply detailed devices and clear, immaculate fields.
Value: Offered via Make Offer for $380, this pretty, golden toned gem Barber Dime has a PCGS Price Guide of $435 with a CPG Price of $455. That is a fair amount for this lustrous, toned gem Barber Dime type coin housed in an Old Green Label Holder!
Why we love it: A beautiful gem proof Lincoln with lovely, rich red surfaces and a strong cameo. This piece displays mostly blemish-free surfaces and features ideal coloring. This Lincoln Cent comes from an original mintage of just 51,386 coins struck in proof format.
Value: The PCGS Price Guide has this coin valued at $450, and it is available for purchase via Make Offer for just over that at $525. That is only $75 above the PCGS Price Guide Value for this blazing red cameo gem proof Lincoln Cent!
Until next time, thanks for stopping by and sharing some time with us to browse our Coins We Love.