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Registry Collectors Continue Search for Low Pop Eagles

September 21, 2015

     The Long Beach Expo exhibited several areas of market strength throughout the show. While common date modern coins remain lethargic, there are a variety of series that are attracting buyers.

     Silver Dollars, especially the rare dates and higher quality coins, are steady even though buyers are being a little selective; CAC approved and/or + designation coins are favored in this current market.

     Better and rare date U.S. Gold continues to draw a lot of interest with the Carson City Mint coins the most sought after, while more specialized collectors are looking for Charlotte and Dahlonega Gold. Modern bullion coins are extremely active as buyers are looking for coins that have the lowest premiums; however, Registry collectors are still looking for those highest graded certified coins.

     A few dealers are looking for the only certified MS70 1995 $25 Gold Eagle in a PCGS holder. NGC has certified 74 coins in MS70, which are valued substantially less than this recently certified PCGS coin. This is just one example where modern coin collectors are finding rarity within the population reports even if the mintage reports don’t agree.

     Heritage Auctions hosted the official Long Beach Sale with a respectable array of rarities finding new homes. One of the featured coins was the 1792 Copper Disme in PCGS XF40. This is a pattern that challenges a very few specialty collectors, but is always in demand when made available. This coin brought $211,500.

1792 Copper Disme PCGS XF40

1792 Copper Disme PCGS XF40 sold for $211,500 at the Heritage Auctions Long Beach Expo U.S. Coins Signature Auction in Long Beach, California, September 17-20, 2015

     Another highlight of the sale was the 1799 Bust Dollar certified by NGC as MS65 which sold for $152,750; this is a tough coin to find in the high grades.

1799 Bust Dollar NGC MS65

1799 Bust Dollar NGC MS65 sold for $152,750 at the Heritage Auctions Long Beach Expo U.S. Coins Signature Auction in Long Beach, California, September 17-20, 2015

     Below are some of the other highlights from this recent Heritage Auctions sale.

Date/DenominationGradePrice Realized
1793 Large Cent Liberty CapPCGS VF35$76,375
1909 VDB Lincoln CentNGC PR66 RB$23,642
1924 D Buffalo NickelPCGS MS66$16,450
1795 Flowing Hair Half DimePCGS MS66 CAC$73,438
1796 Draped Bust DimeNGC MS62$17,625
1838 O Seated Dime No StarsPCGS MS65 CAC$25,850
1796 Draped Bust QuarterNGC F15 CAC$21,738
1838 Bust QuarterNGC MS67$82,250
1797 Draped Bust HalfPCGS F15 CAC$70,500
1921 S Walking Liberty HalfPCGS MS62$30,550
1851 Seated DollarNGC AU58$28,200
1876 $3 GoldPCGS PR60$32,900
1808 $5 Gold PCGS MS64$37,600
1875 $5 GoldNGC PR64 Cameo$141,000
1799 $10 GoldPCGS MS63$70,500
1920 S $10 Gold IndianNGC MS62$70,500
1929 $20 Gold St. GaudensNGC MS63+$32,900

     This week’s Moderns Wholesale Market Dealer Price Guide shows an assortment of changes, especially in the bullion coins. The metals have been up and down over the last few weeks, but with Gold over $1,130, the majority of adjustments are higher in the Modern Eagles chart. Common MS69 $50 Gold Eagles are at least $1,165 for one ounce coins. Platinum is down since the last printed issue so the $100 one ounce coin is trading at $1,010 in MS69. Check the other Moderns charts for all of this week’s changes.

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