1837 LIBERTY SEATED H10C, NO STARS, LARGE DATE MS67
ONLY ONE COIN GRADED HIGHER.
ANTIQUE GOLD, STEEL-BLUE AND DEEP ROSE PATINA ANNOINT THE SURFACES OF THIS LUSTROUS HALF-DIME.
1837 witnessed the Battle of Lake Okeechobee against the Seminole Indians. The US forces led by General Zachary Taylor, totaled 1,100 men while the Seminole force was 400 warriors strong. Due mostly to the events of this battle that saw the US gain a strategic victory, future US president Zachary Taylor was given the nickname “Old Rough and Ready”. This 1837 half dime recalls an event that helped Taylor secure the presidency in 1849.
1839 D $2.5 Gold Classic Head NGC AU58
The 1839-D quarter eagle is generally seen in Very Fine and Extremely Fine grades. About Uncirculated examples are scarce but are more plentiful than once believed. This date is rare in the higher About Uncirculated grades and it is very rare in Mint State. Only one superb Uncirculated coin is known.
STRIKE: In comparison to the other mintmarked issues of this design, the 1839-D quarter eagle shows a relatively sharp strike. The obverse border is unusually broad and configured unlike any other Classic Head quarter eagle. The denticles are long and sharp and have a unique shape. The central details on the obverse are fairly bold, including the hair over the ear, which is mostly full. The stars are somewhat flat at the centers but sharp at the points. The strike on the reverse is not as full as on the obverse. The feathers are weak near the shield and on the left wing tip. The shield is fairly well detailed with the exception of the horizontal lines. The arrow shafts are weak and the heads of the arrows are somewhat faint.
SURFACES: Most 1839-D quarter eagles are noticeably abraded in the fields. It is not unusual for higher grade examples to display conspicuous marks or scratches. Mint-made planchet problems are not uncommon. All examples show light clashmarks within the ear of Liberty. The first star is repunched.
LUSTER: This date usually shows bright, frosty luster. Some have slightly subdued grainy luster.
COLORATION: Uncleaned, original 1839-D quarter eagles exhibit an attractive orange-gold color. Some show coppery overtones as well. It has become increasingly difficult to locate a piece with natural color as more and more are being cleaned or dipped.
EYE APPEAL: It is still possible to find an example with above-average eye appeal. This date comes better struck than other Classic Head issues (including some of the Philadelphia dates) and has nice luster and color.
PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS: The 1839-D quarter eagle is one of five one year only issues from the Dahlonega mint (the others are the 1855-D gold dollar, the 1854-D three dollar gold piece, the 1838-D half eagle and the 1839-D half eagle). This has always made it an immensely popular coin. The James Stack coin, now owned by a prominent western collector, is by far the best I have seen. It brought a then-remarkable $55,000 when auctioned in 1994.
DIE VARIETIES: Two varieties are known, employing one obverse and two reverses.
The obverse has the mintmark located below the bust and over the 3 in the date. The 3 is doubled inside the upper loop while the 9 touches the curl and is far from the denticles. The digit was improperly cut and it looks as if the date were 1839/8. This is incorrect and this has been improperly labeled as an “1839/8” overdate for many years.
All 1839-D quarter eagles have a wide gauge reading that distinguish them from their Philadelphia, Charlotte, and New Orleans counterparts.
Variety 1-A: The obverse is described above. The reverse is identifiable by a weak branch stem that extends over to the upright of the D in the denomination. This is the more common of the two varieties.
It is estimated that approximately 8,000 examples were struck using this reverse.
Variety 1-B: The obverse is the same as on Variety 1-A. The reverse is identifiable by a bold branch stem located entirely to the left of the D in the denomination. This reverse develops a crack that runs from the rim through the upright of the second T in STATES and through the field to the eagle’s head. A second crack runs through the base of the letters in UNITED and then out into the field to the right of the D in this word. A third crack can be seen from the tip of the left wing up into the denticles and the rim.
This is the rarer of the two varieties. It is estimated that approximately 5,500 were struck using this reverse.
1929 $2.5 Indian Gem BU
The 1929 quarter eagle is the final date of the series and is considered somewhat underrated in terms of rarity. Philadelphia Mint coins from 1929 are usually found well-struck, and the luster is typically attractive and frosty.
The 1929 is also quite available through Choice Mint State, becoming much scarcer beyond that. MS-63 examples are very common and are often priced just above bullion value, while MS-64 coins command a slightly bigger premium. However, in Gem this is a considerable condition rarity, most resembling the 1909 or the 1915. Experts suggest that fewer than 500 pieces remain in Gem condition, though coins in grades above MS-65 are extremely rare. Perhaps just a dozen or two examples exist in MS-66 or MS-67, though the Superb Gem population is certainly in the single digits.
1964-2014 KENNEDY 50th ANNIV GOLD HALF DOLLAR HIGH RELIEF NGC PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO
2014 marks the 50 year anniversary of the initial release of the iconic John F. Kennedy Gold High Relief Half Dollar coin from the West Point Mint. The original fifty cent Kennedy piece was approved shortly after Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. The obverse of the Kennedy Half Dollar was designed by Gilroy Roberts and depicts a stunning replica of John F. Kennedy's profile with the inscriptions, 'Liberty' and 'In God We Trust' and the dual year, 1964-2014. The raised Kennedy profile is frosted and appears to float on the mirror-like background. The reverse of the coin features the Presidential Coat of Arms.
This 3/4 oz .9999 fine 24-karat gold coin is the first U.S. Mint gold coin weighing .75 ounces. This coin is graded in perfect Proof 70 Condition by NGC.
1986 W American Gold Eagle G$50 NGC PF70
1986 W American Eagle G$50 NGC PF70 Ultra Cameo Mercanti Signed Beyond MINT++
A true modern coin rarity, and an incredible gold coin to own, especially in this market. Mercanti signed and ready to be yours.
Sign by John Mercanti:
John Mercanti was the 12th Chief Engraver of the United States Mint and designed the American Silver Eagle Reverse. The reverse design is John Mercanti’s rendition of the Heraldic Eagle with a shield grasping an olive branch with one talon and an arrow in the other. Above the eagle are thirteen stars that represent the original thirteen colonies. The eagle holds a banner with the motto ‘E PLURIBUS UNUM’ in its beak. ‘UNITED STATES OF AMERICA’ and ‘1 OZ FINE SILVER~ ONE DOLLAR’ are inscribed on this side along with John Mercanti’s initials.
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2015 BVI $125 Gold Smithsonian Collection: Lincoln PF-69 Ultra Cameo NGC
This limited mintage Ultra High Relief Gold coin was commissioned by the Smithsonian Institution. It was limited to 500 coins produced making this a scarce issue.
Contains 1 oz of .9999 fine Gold.
Graded Proof-69 Ultra Cameo by the NGC and housed in a protective NGC holder.
This coin has been designated as Ultra High Relief.
Housed in its original issued wooden display box.
Obverse: Features one of the first sculptural examples of Abraham Lincoln executed during Augustus Saint Gaudens' career.
Reverse: Displays Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II along with the country and year.
Sovereign coin backed by British Virgin Islands government.
First Spouse Series 2015 W G$10 Jaqueline Kennedy First Day of Issue PF 70 Ultra Cameo
2015 W First Spouse Series Jacqueline Kennedy NGC PF70 First Day Of Issue $10 PROOF Gold coin (1/2 oz gold). This coin is bright, clean, with very sharp detail, and a bright shine on the field and has proof like characteristics. This coin is certified PF 70 by NGC . The 2015 Jacqueline Kennedy One–Half Ounce Gold Proof Coin is the third release in the 2015 First Spouse Gold Coin Series. This gold coin is one-half ounce of 24–karat gold minted with an proof finish. The obverse (heads) features a portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy. The reverse (tails) depict the species of saucer magnolia Mrs. Kennedy chose to be planted in a White House garden and near the eternal flame at her husband’s grave in Arlington National Cemetery. The petals stretch across the globe, its tips connecting the points of some of her most notable diplomatic visits.
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