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FUN and Heritage Open the New Year

January 8, 2018

     Platinum Night, the prominent portion of the Heritage FUN Sale, contained numerous true rarities that had not been seen in the market for quite some time and many that had no listed NumisMedia price for the grade. The rare 1943 S Bronze Lincoln Cent AU53 NGC brought $228,000; there is only one in this grade and another six coins listed in higher grades with MS62 the highest. The current FMV for this grade is not available but the AU55 is listed at $231,250.

1943 S Bronze Lincoln Cent AU53 NGC

1943 S Bronze Lincoln Cent AU53 NGC sold for $228,000 at the Heritage Auctions FUN Show U.S. Coins Signature Sale in Tampa, Florida, January 3-8, 2018

     The very rare 1880 $4 Gold Stella Flowing Hair in NGC PR67 Cameo sold for $750,000, another highest grade for the date coin, although there are also two PCGS coins listed in PR67 Cameo. There is no current NumisMedia price for this grade, although the PR66 Cameo has an FMV of $600,000. Below are some of the top highlights from this Heritage FUN Sale.

1880 $4 Stella PR67 Cameo NGC

1880 $4 Stella PR67 Cameo NGC sold for $750,000 at the Heritage Auctions FUN Show U.S. Coins Signature Sale in Tampa, Florida, January 3-8, 2018

1793 Liberty Cap Half CentPCGS MS65 BN$240,000
1793 Chain Cent AMERICAPCGS MS63 BN CAC$300,000
1942/1 Mercury DimePCGS MS66FB CAC$120,000
1806 Draped Bust QuarterPCGS MS65 CAC$102,000
1835 Capped Bust QuarterPCGS PR65 Cameo CAC$168,000
1838 O Reeded Edge Bust HalfPCGS PR63 CAC$444,000
1918 D Walking Liberty HalfPCGS MS66 CAC$108,000
1919 D Walking Liberty HalfPCGS MS65 CAC$240,000
1921 D Walking Liberty HalfPCGS MS66 CAC$168,000
1795 Draped Bust DollarNGC SP62$216,000
1893 O Morgan DollarNGC MS65*$132,000
1893 S Morgan DollarPCGS MS61$204,000
1921 Peace DollarPCGS MS67$111,000
1879 $4 Gold Stella Flowing HairNGC PR67 Cameo$312,000
1795 $5 Gold Heraldic EaglePCGS MS62+ CAC$276,000
1799 $10 Gold Heraldic EaglePCGS MS64$132,000
1856 O $20 GoldNGC AU50$288,000
1861 O $20 GoldPCGS MS60$312,000
1861 S $20 Gold PaquetNGC AU58+$144,000
1870 CC $20 GoldPCGS XF45$300,000
1907 $20 Gold St. Gaudens High ReliefPCGS MS67 CAC$228,000
1909 $20 Gold St. GaudensPCGS PR67$228,000
1931 D $20 Gold St. GaudensPCGS MS66$156,000
1915 S $50 Gold Pan-Pac OctagonalPCGS MS66+$288,000

     Many of the better date Walking Liberty Halves in the highest grades received strong bids in the Heritage FUN Sale and many had the CAC sticker. Some of these Walkers have a very low percentage of coins that meet the CAC requirements in the highest grades. What this means is if you sent in ten MS66 coins of the same date, only one or two might qualify for the CAC sticker. These coins bring strong premiums.

     With 2017 and the FUN Show behind us, dealers can now shift their focus to the new year, and initially it looks like Morgan Dollars in all grades are a target, even if some of the buys are still slightly discounted.

     Gold has maintained its strength above the $1,300 mark; in morning trading Gold is currently $1,319 and Silver is $17.10. One ounce Proof Gold Eagles are trading at $1,360 as long as they are in the OGP. Proof Silver Eagles have advanced to $40 each. Silver Dollars in VG and better are wholesaling at $22,025 per bag of thousand.

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