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Better Date $10 & $20 Gold Liberties Push Higher

April 7, 2014

     Since Gold was trading in the $1,280’s last week, it has fought hard to get back to the $1,300 mark and stay there. Dealers have reported lots of activity for bullion coins but it seems that the big players who control the market with paper trades keep the price of Gold suppressed. The Proof Gold Eagles remain steady with strong premiums. The one ounce coins are trading at $1,540 among dealers. The one ounce Proof Silver Eagles are trading from $49.75 to $52. Ninety percent Silver bags are selling at $14,950 and circulated Silver Dollars are $27,575 by the 1,000 coin bag.

     In this week’s HD Wholesale Market Dealer Price Guide there are advances throughout the Gold charts for better date coins. The two most active series are $10 and $20 Gold Liberties, where there are numerous changes for rare and low population dates and grades. Many of these advances were influenced by two major auctions in March. Heritage Auctions held a Signature Sale in San Francisco which included the Collection of Donald E. Bently. Proceeds from the nearly 600 lots in the Bently portion of the sale are to be used for the Bently Foundation to build a new legacy of creativity, sustainability, and animal rights in the Bay area and Northern Nevada communities. The highlights of this sale include the 1870 CC $20 Gold in PCGS AU53 which sold for $411,250; the 1864 S $10 Gold in NGC AU53 that attracted a final bid of $146,875; and the always sought after 1921 $20 Saint Gaudens in NGC MS60 that brought $99,875.

1870 CC $20 Gold PCGS AU53

The 1870 CC $20 Gold in PCGS AU53 sold for $411,250 in the Heritage Auctions Signature Sale in San Francisco, from the Collection of Donald E. Bently.

     The second major sale was hosted by Stack’s Bowers Galleries at the Whitman Baltimore Expo. Again, U.S. Gold topped the list of highlights. Proof Gold brought some tremendous results. The 1879 $4 Gold Stella Flowing Hair in PCGS PR65 Deep Cameo realized $258,500; a 1912 $10 Gold Indian in NGC PR68 sold for $117,500; and an 1880 $20 Gold in NGC PR66 Ultra Cameo fetched $235,000.

     Listed below are some of the many advances in this week’s $10 and $20 Liberty charts.

Date/DenominationGradeCurrent Market
1855 S $10 GoldAU58$14,750
1859 S $10 GoldAU53$16,500
1860 S $10 GoldAU55$17,500
1862 $10 GoldMS61$14,500
1864 S $10 GoldAU53$55,000
1869 S $10 GoldAU58$16,500
1870 CC $10 GoldAU55$102,500
1873 CC $10 GoldAU53$36,750
1878 CC $10 GoldAU55$25,250
1879 CC $10 GoldAU53$36,500
1870 CC $20 GoldAU53$375,000
1871 CC $20 GoldAU50$36,500
1873 CC $20 GoldAU58$26,500
1877 CC $20 GoldMS61$27,500
1891 CC $20 GoldAU58$24,750

     Only two coins in our list are Mint State; the rest are AU’s and they are all in demand. Tough coins to locate are attracting multitudes of buyers in today’s market.

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