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Early Rarities Lead Market for the Year

December 9, 2013

     The Money Show of the Southwest in Houston was the scene for the latest Heritage Auction. Both the show and auction attracted hundreds of dealers. While the metals continued to languish at lower levels, rare coins were attracting buyers. The 1879 $4 Gold Flowing Hair Stella in PCGS PR65 Deep Cameo brought $205,625; this is slightly above our current Market value of $200,000. There are a total of only 14 certified in this grade with just eight grading higher. Another exceptional coin was the 1798 Small Eagle Bust Dollar with 15 Stars; this was graded by NGC as an MS60 and sold for $76,375. The current Market is $69,500. There are many more examples below that show how strong the market is for true rarities. Please contact Heritage Galleries for a complete list of prices realized.

1798 Small Eagle Bust Dollar with 15 Stars

1798 Small Eagle Bust Dollar with 15 Stars graded MS60 by NGC sold for $76,375 in Houston by Heritage Galleries

Date/DenominationGradePrice Realized
1793 Wreath Cent Vine & BarsPCGS AU53$28,200
1864 L Indian CentNGC PR64 RB$58,750
1836 Bust DimePCGS MS67 CAC$44,063
1920 D Mercury DimePCGS MS67+ CAC$38,188
1818 Bust QuarterPCGS MS66 CAC$67,563
1842 O Seated Quarter SDPCGS AU58$32,900
1839 O Bust HalfNGC MS65$32,900
1904 S Morgan DollarPCGS MS66 P/L$30,550
1925 S Peace DollarNGC MS65 CAC$17,625
1796 $2 ½ Gold No StarsPCGS VF30$94,000
1803 $10 GoldNGC MS62$47,000

     Rare coins continue to increase in value as shown in the NumisMedia 500. The 1797 Bust Dollar 10x6 Stars climbed to $275,000 in MS64; this is up over 57% since the beginning of the year. The always tough 1838 $10 Gold in MS61 is up 49% in MS61 to $44,750. There are only 2 coins certified by PCGS in this grade with only 4 in all higher grades. The 1876 CC Twenty Cent in MS62 is just about as rare in Mint State and has increased to $185,000 Market, up 42% this year. This date also has only two coins certified by PCGS in MS62 but there are a total of 18 certified in higher grades by PCGS and NGC. See the complete list of coins rising and falling in the NumisMedia 500, many coins have increased 25% or more since the beginning of the year.

     In this week’s Moderns Wholesale Market Dealer Price Guide the bulk of changes to the charts are downward. This includes the majority of those in the bullion charts. The latest Market prices for the common $50 Gold Eagle in MS69 is $1,260. The most common $25 Gold Eagles are listed at $630. However, the better dates in the $25 Gold Eagle series are maintaining their values with several bidders still looking for quantities of the following dates: 1987 through 1992, 1995, 1996, and 2001.

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