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Dealers Kept Busy with Auctions in New York and Baltimore

November 7, 2016

     This past week was a hectic one with two major auctions beginning with the Heritage Auctions Signature Sale in New York. The highlight of the sale was certainly the 1920 S $20 Gold Saint Gaudens graded PCGS MS65 with the CAC sticker. There are two coins at PCGS grading higher in MS66, but it is hard to imagine them being any better than this coin. This MS65 Double Eagle realized $517,000, a final price that should thrill the owners of the MS66s.

     Another extreme rarity in this Heritage Auctions sale was the 1870 S Seated Dollar in NGC XF40. There is just one Mint State coin certified by either service, PCGS MS62, and there are presumably only 12 coins known. This XF40 Seated Dollar sold for $434,750. Below are some of the other highlights from this sale.

1870 S Seated Dollar NGC XF40

1870 S Seated Dollar NGC XF40 sold for $434,750 at the Heritage Auctions New York U.S. Coins Signature Sale in New York, October 31 - November 2, 2016

1793 Liberty Cap Half CentPCGS MS62 BN$47,000
1926 S Buffalo NickelNGC MS65$47,000
1797 Draped Bust Half Dime 16 StarsPCGS MS66 CAC$123,375
1825/4 Capped Bust QuarterPCGS MS66$32,900
1896 S Barber Quarter PCGS MS65 CAC$70,500
1901 S Barber Quarter PCGS MS65$70,500
1921 S Walking Liberty HalfPCGS MS62$30,550
1795 Flowing Hair Dollar Three LeavesPCGS MS61$56,400
1884 S Morgan DollarNGC MS63$41,125
1900 $2 ½ GoldPCGS PR68 DCameo$42,300
1795 $5 Gold Small EagleNGC AU58$54,050
1910 S $5 Gold IndianPCGS MS65$64,625
1909 $10 Gold IndianNGC PR66$64,625
1927 S $20 Gold St. GaudensPCGS MS65 CAC$199,750
1930 S $20 Gold St. GaudensPCGS MS64 CAC$146,875
1931 $20 Gold St. GaudensPCGS MS66$129,250
1932 $20 Gold St. GaudensPCGS MS66$129,250
1915 S $50 Gold Pan-Pac RoundNGC MS64$88,125
1915 S $50 Gold Pan-Pac OctagonalPCGS MS64$88,125

     Next up was the Stack’s Bowers Galleries auction in Baltimore. Rarities Night featured one of the outstanding rarities in the Buffalo Nickel series; the 1924 S in PCGS MS66+ is the highest certified by PCGS, although there is one in MS67 by NGC. This coin brought $105,750 and will certainly lead to adjustments in the price guides. The following list of highlights are just a few of the rarities sold in Baltimore.

1924 S Buffalo Nickel PCGS MS66+

1924 S Buffalo Nickel PCGS MS66+ sold for $105,750 at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries Rarities Night Auction in Baltimore, Maryland, November 2-4, 2016

1793 Liberty Cap Half CentPCGS AU55$32,900
1916 S Buffalo NickelPCGS MS67$25,850
1919 S Buffalo NickelPCGS MS66$82,250
1796 Draped Bust QuarterNGC AU58$47,000
1797 Draped Bust Half Dollar 15 StarsPCGS VF30$64,625
1895 S Morgan DollarPCGS MS65+$30,550
1861 D $1 GoldPCGS MS60$76,375
1916 S $5 Gold IndianPCGS MS66$82,250
1852 O $10 GoldPCGS MS60$111,625
1852 O $20 GoldPCGS MS60$51,700

     Gold was active last week and wound up over the $1,300 mark. However, this morning, it has backtracked down near $1,282. Analysts are hopeful that election results will finally point to the future direction of the metals.

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