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Downward Drift Continues for Generic Gold

December 11, 2017

     Heritage Auctions held their annual December Dallas Signature Sale last week and, while it may not have had the depth of most of their sales, results showed that there is still plenty of buying power in the market. One of the highlights was the 1866 S $20 Gold No Motto in NGC AU58; rarely seen in Mint State, this near miss coin brought $72,000, selling at a discount of our previous Market price. The highest known grade is an NGC MS62. Another rarity from the Twenty Dollar Gold series, the 1879 O in PCGS AU53 brought $66,000. Again this is a date where very few Mint State coins exist. Below are some of the other highlights from this sale.

1879 O $20 Gold PCGS AU53

1879 O $20 Gold PCGS AU53 sold for $66,000 at the Heritage Auctions U.S. Coins Signature Sale in Dallas, Texas, December 7-10, 2017

1848 Half Cent Braided Hair OriginalPCGS PR65 RB CAC$43,200
1955 Lincoln Cent Double DiePCGS MS64 Red CAC$20,400
1864 Two Cent Small MottoPCGS MS65 Red$10,200
1920 S Buffalo NickelPCGS MS65$13,200
1805 Bust Dime Heraldic EaglePCGS MS66+ CAC$60,000
1858 S Seated DimeNGC MS66$38,400
1927 D Mercury DimePCGS MS66 FB$14,160
1853 Seated Quarter Arrows & RaysPCGS MS66 CAC$28,800
1865 Seated Half NGC MS67 CAC$28,800
1896 O Barber HalfNGC MS66 CAC$25,200
1866 Seated Dollar W/MottoPCGS MS64 CAC$20,400
1889 CC Morgan DollarPCGS MS62$36,000
1878 Three Dollar GoldPCGS MS67+$60,000
1887 Three Dollar GoldNGC PR66 UCAM$45,600
1842 C $5 Gold Small DateNGC AU58$31,200
1800 $10 Gold Heraldic EaglePCGS MS62$34,800
1875 CC $10 GoldPCGS AU53 CAC$34,800
1915 $10 Gold IndianPCGS MS67$38,400
1878 CC $20 GoldPCGS AU55$26,400
1879 CC $20 GoldPCGS AU55$24,000
1908 D $20 Gold Saint Gaudens N/MottoPCGS MS66$19,200

     The Gold market remains weak and generic U.S. Gold has dropped further. In this week’s HD Wholesale Market Dealer Price Guide, prices are continuing to drift downward, especially in the Gold charts. Ten Dollar Liberty Gold prices are down across the board, Fine through MS62. The Market for the MS62 is now at a lower $665. Ten Dollar Indian prices have also declined in the same grades, with the MS62 now at $720.

     Twenty Dollar Liberty Gold prices are down from Fine all the way through MS64; the MS64 has dropped to $1,500 wholesale. There is only a $100 difference between the AU58 at $1,260 and the MS63 at $1,360. Saints are following the same trend with Fines at $1,230 and AU58 declining to just $1,275. The Mint State grades are all lower up to and including MS65; the MS65 is now down to $1,550 Market.

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