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Gardner Collection Hits the Block

June 23, 2014

     Gold and Silver have been moving higher this past week, just in time for the Whitman Baltimore Expo. Concerns over the Middle East conflict, the price of oil, and inflation showing signs of rising, all point to higher metals in the near future. With Gold at $1,316.50 in morning trading the one ounce Proof Gold Eagle is trading at $1,520, while the Proof Silver Eagle is right at $50.

     Heritage Auctions is hosting Part I of the Eugene H. Gardner Collection in New York City today. Formed over five decades, this first sale includes many early Type coins, the majority of which are intensely toned as original coins tend to be. There are a massive number of potential highlights in this unreserved sale.

     To begin with, the 1793 Wreath Cent Vine and Bars is certified by PCGS as MS68. The coin has excellent eye appeal and to many experts looks as if it was minted yesterday. We have the coin listed at $400,000 Market.

1912 $20 Saint Gaudens in PCGS PR67 CAC sticker brought $193,875

1793 Wreath Cent Vine and Bars PCGS MS68 CAC from the Eugene H. Gardner Collection available in Heritage Auctions U.S. Coins Signature Auction in New York June 23, 2014

     The 1876 CC Twenty Cent is always well received by dealers and collectors. There are only 21 coins certified in Mint State by PCGS and NGC combined. This one came out of the Eliasberg Collection and it is an MS64 graded by PCGS; it is listed at $340,000 Market. Below is a list of other prospective highlights.

Date/DenominationGradeCurrent Market
1802 Half DimePCGS AU50$230,000
1855 O Half DimeNGC MS68* CAC$20,500
1796 Bust DimePCGS MS67 CAC$220,000
1873 CC Seated Dime w/ArrowsNGC MS65$210,000
1850 Seated QuarterNGC PR68$315,000
1871 CC Seated QuarterPCGS MS65 CAC$250,000
1918/17 S Standing Lib QuarterPCGS MS64+ FH$85,000
1797 Bust HalfPCGS MS63$335,000
1839 Seated Half No DraperyPCGS PR64$170,000
1921 S Walking Liberty HalfPCGS MS65 CAC$78,500

     The latest LD Wholesale Market Dealer Price Guide shows a variety of increases throughout Half Cents to Standing Liberty Quarters. Of special interest is Buffalo Nickels with numerous advances in grades MS63 through MS67. The 1915 D in MS66 is up to $3,925 Market and the 1915 S is now $3,575 in the same grade. The 1918 S is always a tough coin in the upper grades with only 50 coins certified in MS65 and higher; there are only two certified in MS66 with none higher. The 1918 S jumped to $15,350 in MS65. Other dates on the rise include 1921 S MS64, 1924 S MS63 & 64, 1925 S MS63 & 64, and the 1926 S in MS64.

     Although there are not a lot of changes in Full Band Mercury Dimes, they appear to be attractive to several buyers at current levels. Many of these dates have been stagnant for a while as dealers have been sitting on inventories. This week the 1918 D is higher in MS66 FB, now at $81,500 Market. There are only four coins certified in this grade and none higher. The 1918 S in MS65 FB is up to $5,175 and the 1920 S in the same grade rose to $5,125. Other dates showing upward movement are the 1921 in MS64 & 65 FB, 1921 S MS63FB, 1926 S & 1927 S in MS65 FB.

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