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Collector Coins Steady at Current Levels

July 10, 2017

     The metals have been falling consistently over the last couple of weeks and buyers seem to have very little confidence in a quick turnaround. Dealers are feeling a slight shift in demand for collector coins and many reported a good show at the just completed Summer FUN in Orlando. This is a good bit of news since we are in the “summer months” which are usually rather slow.

     Heritage Auctions hosted the sale at this year’s Summer FUN Show and, although there were not any million dollar coins available, there were plenty of important rarities to attract bidders. One of the main highlights of the sale was an 1876 Twenty Cent in PCGS MS67 with CAC approval, realizing $88,125. This is one of six coins certified at this grade level with just one higher at MS67+.

1876 Twenty Cent PCGS MS67 CAC

1876 Twenty Cent PCGS MS67 CAC sold for $88,125 at the Heritage Auctions Summer FUN U.S. Coins Signature Sale in Orlando, Florida, July 6-9, 2017

     Another featured coin was the 1907 $20 Gold St. Gaudens High Relief, Wire Rim in PCGS MS64 with a CAC sticker; this coin brought $32,900. A similar High Relief with the same grade, but without the CAC sticker, brought $23,500. Below are some of the other highlights from this sale.

1793 Liberty Cap Half CentPCGS VF35$14,100
1866 Two CentPCGS MS66+ Red$15,275
1794 Flowing Hair Half DimeNGC MS61$18,800
1916 D Mercury DimeNGC MS64 FB$25,850
1806 Heraldic Eagle Bust QuarterPCGS MS63 CAC$23,500
1811/10 Bust Half DollarPCGS MS64$14,100
1887 Seated Half DollarPCGS MS67$11,750
1919 Walking Liberty HalfPCGS MS65+ CAC$10,575
1893 S Morgan DollarPCGS AU55$38,796
1911 D $2 ½ Gold IndianPCGS MS64$15,863
1886 $3 GoldPCGS PR64+ DCam CAC$19,975
1911 D $5 Gold IndianPCGS MS62+ CAC$22,325
1907 $10 Gold Indian No MottoPCGS MS66+ CAC$18,800
1866 $20 Gold MottoPCGS MS62$21,150
1874 CC $20 GoldPCGS AU58 CAC$17,038

     There appears to be more stability in current price levels as trades are occurring with fewer discounts. We may be reaching a balance after a couple of years of constant backtracking. In this week’s LD Wholesale Market Dealer Price Guide, Half Cents and Large Cents are mostly stable with most changes higher.

     Eye appeal is essential in Half Cents; buyers are willing to pay more for a coin that is original with no distractions for the grade. The 1828 13 Stars in MS64 Red is up to $2,725 Market; there are only six coins certified at this level with just three grading higher.

     The 1811 Half Cent in AU53 BN is higher at $8,450. The original mintage for this date is 63,140 and there are only seven certified in AU53. There are only nine certified in the higher AU grades with just four certified in all Mint State grades. These numbers are for Brown only.

     In the Large Cents chart, there may not be a lot of advances, but they do outnumber the declines. The 1803 Small Date Small Fraction in MS63 Brown jumped up to $9,475; there are 29 coins in this grade with 28 grading higher and the MS66 is the highest.

     The 1810 over 09 Large Cent advanced in MS62 and MS63 Brown; the MS62 is up to $11,650 and the MS63 is $13,750. There are just four coins that grade higher.

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