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Prices Rising for Better Date Bust Type

June 26, 2017

     Stack’s Bowers Galleries hosted the official auction for the just completed Whitman Baltimore Expo. For Indian and Lincoln Cent collectors there was a long list of high-grade better dates that should improve some Registry collections. Many of these cents are CAC approved. There was also quite a few Mint State Barber Dimes and Quarters for the set collectors.

     A coin once part of the Queller Family Collection, the 1801 Draped Bust Half Dollar in PCGS MS60 brought $70,500. This is the only MS60 certified by either service and there are only four certified in higher grades with MS64 the highest.

1801 Draped Bust Half Dollar PCGS MS60

1801 Draped Bust Half Dollar PCGS MS60 sold for $70,500 by Stack’s Bowers Galleries at the Whitman Baltimore Expo in Baltimore, Maryland, June 21-23, 2017

     The 1793 Chain Cent AMERICA without Periods in PCGS AU53 sold for $79,312.50; there are eleven certified in this grade. Below are some other highlights from this sale.

1803 Draped Bust Half CentPCGS AU58+ CAC$49,350
1909 S Lincoln CentPCGS MS66 Red CAC$7,638
1918 D Lincoln CentPCGS MS65 Red CAC$15,275
1864 Two Cent Small MottoPCGS PR65 BN$54,050
1795 Flowing Hair Half DimePCGS MS64$21,150
1796 Draped Bust DimePCGS MS63$35,250
1895 O Barber DimePCGS MS64+$17,625
1916 D Mercury DimePCGS MS65+ FB CAC$58,750
1877 Twenty CentNGC PR63$21,150
1796 Draped Bust QuarterPCGS XF40$42,300
1805 Draped Bust QuarterPCGS MS62+$18,213
1806 Draped Bust QuarterPCGS MS64+ CAC$58,750
1897 O Barber QuarterPCGS MS66 CAC$14,100
1901 S Barber QuarterPCGS MS63$43,475
1902 O Barber QuarterPCGS MS66+ CAC$25,850
1913 S Barber QuarterPCGS MS63+$21,150
1919 D Walking Liberty HalfNGC MS63 CAC$24,675
1920 S Walking Liberty HalfPCGS MS65$21,150
1866 Seated DollarPCGS MS64 CAC$22,325
1861 $3 GoldPCGS MS65$25,850
1811 $5 Gold Capped BustPCGS MS62+ CAC$25,850
1842 C $5 Gold Small DateNGC AU58$30,550
1910 $5 Gold IndianPCGS PR63$28,200
1799 $10 Gold Capped BustPCGS AU55 CAC$30,550
1911 S $10 Gold IndianPCGS MS65$22,325
1852 O $20 GoldNGC MS61$32,900
1881 $20 GoldPCGS AU58$88,125

     Dealers remain in discount mode for most common coins and premiums continue to drop on generic U.S. Gold coins. With metals down the last couple of weeks there does not seem to be a turnaround coming any time soon; Gold is currently down to $1,245.50 and Silver is $16.55; Platinum is $916.90.

     Most common coins are being discounted but there are many better dates that are attracting collectors. Bust Half Dollars in MS63 and higher are in demand as long as they are original with no distractive toning.

   -  The 1819/8 Bust Half Dollar in MS64 is up to $7,850 Market; both the Small 9 and the Large 9 have a total of just 35 coins certified by the grading services in MS64, five having the + designation. There are only 18 coins grading higher.

   -  The 1829 Bust Half Dollar may be considered a common date but in MS65 it becomes more difficult to find with attractive toning; this week it is up to $6,825. There are 42 certified in MS65 with six additional coins holding the + designation.

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