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Early High Grade Walkers in Demand

March 13, 2017

     Gold dropped below the $1,200 mark for a short time last week putting a damper on the market. Reports were mixed from dealers at the ANA National Money Show; some felt lower metal prices encouraged buyers while others thought business was slowed by the downturn. Gold is at $1,203 in morning trading and Silver is at $16.98. One ounce Proof Gold Eagles in OGP are currently trading at $1,410 and Proof Silver Eagles are at $49 wholesale.

     Kagin’s Auctions hosted the official sale at the ANA in Orlando and one of the highlights was the 1792 Half Disme in PCGS AU50 sold for $138,062.50; this coin ranks in the top 20 of finest known for this issue. This sale also included the Steve Brewer Flying Eagle Pattern Collection. The majority of these coins are extremely rare and the only thing that holds down their value is the limited collector base. One of the important highlights from this collection was the No Date, No Legend variety in PCGS PR64 which brought $51,700. This is the finest of three known examples of the J-178. There was also another No Date, No Legend variety, this one was listed as a J-179 in PCGS PR66 Brown; it realized $37,600. Below are some of the other highlights from the Kagin’s Auction.

Flying Eagle No Date No Legend J-179 PCGS PR66 Brown

Flying Eagle No Date No Legend J-179 PCGS PR66 Brown sold for $37,600 at the ANA National Money Show in Orlando, Florida, March 9-10, 2017

1839 Large Cent Silly HeadPCGS MS66 BN CAC$14,688
1856 Flying Eagle CentPCGS PR65 CAC$29,375
1876 CC Seated DimePCGS SP66 CAC$158,625
1818/5 Capped Bust QuarterPCGS MS65 CAC$31,725
1873 CC Seated Half Dollar w/ArrowsPCGS MS64$24,675
1795 Flowing Hair DollarNGC AU55$17,038
1881 Seated DollarPCGS PR66 DCam$16,450
1832 $2 ½ GoldNGC MS61$19,975
1856 $2 ½ GoldPCGS PR65$102,813
1875 $2 ½ GoldPCGS PR65 Cameo$94,000
1795 $5 Gold Small EaglePCGS AU55$47,000
1865 $5 GoldPCGS PR65$141,000
1929 $5 Gold IndianPCGS MS63$44,063
1860 $10 GoldPCGS PR65$258,500
1911 D $10 Gold IndianPCGS MS63$25,263

     Buyers are looking for specific date and grade Seated Halves; the 1852 is higher in MS63 at $2,950, the 1861 O in MS64 is up to $2,850, and the 1866 in MS66 is up to $7,000. Buyers seem to be looking for specific coins that represent good value in these grades compared to the next higher grade.

     Barber Halves appear to be a little pricey in the higher grades as discounts are being offered in many cases to initiate a sale. The 1895 S in MS66 is lower at $9,250 Market, while the 18990 O in the same grade is down to $9,425. The 1900 S in MS66 has dropped to $9,850.

     Walking Liberty Half Dollar levels are fairly stable although the highest graded rarities are in strong demand when on the market. Plus and CAC coins in rare dates are active sellers, especially when they are the top grades. Several of the 1935 and later dates have faltered this week with the 1935 in MS67 down to $2,450 and the 1935 D in MS66 lower at $2,550. Also, the 1936 S in MS67 has fallen to $7,850.

     With Gold lower the last couple of weeks, the U.S. Gold coin charts are showing lots of declines for common coins, especially in the $5 and higher denominations. Most of these series are showing declines in Market values for MS64 and lower grades. Even the $20 Liberty in MS65 is down, now at $2,550 Market as is the $20 St. Gaudens in the same grade, lower at $1,560.

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