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Rarities Still Bringing Top Dollar

June 15, 2020

       The June Long Beach Convention was another in the long line of coin shows canceled over the past three months. Heritage Auctions typically hosts a major sale at the Long Beach shows, but the scheduled auction was instead held at their new Dallas offices adjacent to the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. Without the added attendance from a major show, these remote auctions should suffer somewhat. While this may be the case with some of the lower valued coins, it is certainly not when it comes to the rarities.

       1933 $10 Gold Indian in PCGS MS65 brought $408,000. This is a very popular date with a total of only 12 coins certified in the MS65 grade. There are only two grading higher in MS66, one each by PCGS and NGC. There were over 300,000 coins originally minted, but with the 1933 recall of Gold coins, the majority were melted. It is estimated that there are only 30-40 coins that still exist. The overall populations for PCGS and NGC total just 36 certified in all grades and none below the MS62 grade, with duplicate submissions of the same coin most likely creating the larger total.

1933 $10 Gold Indian MS65 PCGS

1933 $10 Gold Indian MS65 PCGS sold for $408,000 at the Heritage Auctions Long Beach Expo U.S. Coins Signature Sale in Dallas, Texas, June  4-7,  2020

       1907 $10 Gold Indian with Rolled Edge in PCGS MS65 brought $240,000. With just 42 coins originally minted this is an extremely rare date. There are only 27 coins certified in the MS65 grade, however, there are 24 grading higher with MS67+ the highest. With so many high grades, the small original mintage must not have gone unnoticed by the collectors of the time. Below are some of the other highlights from the Long Beach Auction held by Heritage in Dallas.

1907 $10 Gold Indian Rolled Edge PCGS MS65

1907 $10 Gold Indian Rolled Edge PCGS MS65 sold for $240,000 at the Heritage Auctions Long Beach Expo U.S. Coins Signature Sale in Dallas, Texas, June  4-7,  2020

Date/DenominationGradePrice Realized
1793 Half CentPCGS MS64 BN$84,000
1913 TI Buffalo NickelPCGS MS68+ CAC$31,200
1937 D Buffalo Nickel Three LegNGC MS66$26,400
1796 Draped Bust DimePCGS MS64$55,200
1916 D Mercury DimePCGS MS66+ FB CAC$72,000
1796 Draped Bust QuarterPCGS MS63$150,000
1860 Seated QuarterPCGS MS67 CAC$25,200
1916 Standing Liberty QuarterPCGS MS65+ FH CAC$42,000
1794 Flowing Hair HalfPCGS AU55$78,000
1874 S Seated Half Dollar ArrowsNGC MS66 CAC$22,800
1889 CC Morgan DollarPCGS MS63+ CAC$51,000
1796 $2.5 Gold No StarsPCGS XF45 CAC$144,000
1808 $2.5 GoldNGC MS61$138,000
1846 C $2.5 GoldPCGS MS63$40,800
1911 D $2.5 Gold IndianNGC MS65$31,200
1854 O $3 GoldNGC MS62$54,013
1863 $3 GoldNGC MS67+$51,600
1879 $4 Gold Stella Flowing HairNGC PR63 CAM$138,000
1823 $5 GoldPCGS MS63+ CAC$50,400
1908 $5 Gold IndianNGC PR67$57,600
1909 $5 Gold IndianNGC PR66+$75,000
1799 $10 GoldPCGS MS64$114,000
1801 $10 GoldPCGS MS64$102,000
1895 $10 GoldNGC PR66+ UCAM $63,000
1907 $10 Gold Indian Wire RimNGC MS65+ $63,000
1861 $20 GoldPCGS MS65+ CAC$84,000
1871 CC $20 GoldNGC AU58$72,000
1895 $20 GoldNGC PR67 UCAM$234,000
1907 $20 Gold High ReliefNGC PR67+$168,000

       After showing a month of strength the metals have suddenly begun to fall, and could be headed lower according to more than one analyst. In morning trading Gold was nearing $1,700 but has rebounded to the current $1,728 level. The metals have been rather sensitive to world events, another consideration for buyers and sellers before making their buy/sell decisions. Silver was nearing $18.50 two weeks ago but has since dropped to $17.45. Keep a close watch on these markets.

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