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1872 Indian Cent, Certified Extremely Fine, Very Scarce
Year: 1872
Condition: PCGS EF-40
Description: An original high grade circulated example, however like many of the date not a spectacular strike - unevenness is visible in the date and the legend (US of A), which varies from weak to strangely "fat" looking. The common weakness in the feather ends of Liberty's war bonnet as well. All this suggests a problem in die preparation, not strike necessarily. However, problem free surfaces, which is RARE. Like the 1871, a lower Mintage combined with heavy melting by the Treasury meant low survivorship, especially in higher grades. The PCGS Population from EF-40 to AU-58 is less about 100+ coins higher than the 1871, but that does not mean they are more "common" as this date is rarely seen above average circulated. Discounted from the usual levels this grade commands for the less than ideal strike.
Price: $500.00
Item Id #005626    See Details...
1872 Shield Nickel, Extremely Fine
Year: 1872
Condition: Extremely Fine
Description: An interesting coin, with a heavy die gouge across the third leaf cluster on the right - I have not seen this die before and not mentioned in Fletcher. Obverse B, Reverse IIc, also a possible Repunched Date (RPD). There appears to be light repunching on the "87", difficult to tell for sure. Somewhat similar in appearance to F-07, however obviously NOT a DDO, so possibly a new die. A nice coin either way and worthy of some study.
Price: $132.00
Item Id #006906    See Details...
1873 With Arrows Seated Liberty Half Dollar, Famous Type Coin
Year: 1873
Condition: Choice Very Fine
Description: A nice problem free example of this famous two year Type coin. Similar to those struck in 1853/54, Arrows were added next to the date to indicate a change in the weight standard used to strike these. A solid VF+, in the VF-30 to 35 range.
Price: $155.00
Item Id #006925    See Details...
1873 Seated Liberty Dollar, Very Scarce Last Year of Issue Coin
Year: 1873
Condition: VF-20+
Description: (SOLD July, 2015 for $525) The last year of issue for this series, due to the passage of legislation that created the Trade Dollar design. Also a perfect example of a coin that is definitely underrated. Only 293,000 were struck, versus over 1 Million each of 1871 & '72, both of which have higher rates of survival. Bowers notes that official records list a large number of coins melted in July of 1873 - his estimate of surviving coins is as low as 700 in all grades VF to MS-65! Given that some of this date would have been put aside as an example of the "last of the breed", most circulated survivors would likely be Fine or better - even with a 100% error rate, this suggest as few as 2,000 coins may remain, hardly a large number. Yet the 1871 to '73 dates are priced equally on the Wholesale level, and in many so-called "price guides". But go try and find one, let alone purchase one at the guide price. This is a nice solid VF+ and seems problem free - these Dollars seem to have attracted more dings, nick, cuts and bruises than most, probably due to their heavy use as a Commercial coin (rather than simply as currency in U. S. public use), along with the shipping back and forth that this required.
Price: Price On Request
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1873 Trade Dollar, Very Scarce First Year Coin
Year: 1873
Condition: VF/EF
Description: (SOLD for $250 May, 2014 - the listing left posted for its information value) The typical first year of issue for most coin series is reasonably common, due to hoarding by the general public - the perfect example is the 1909 VDB Cent. The 1873 Trade Dollar however is a distinct exception, as virtually the entire mintage was shipped directly to the Orient, as that is what this very "commercial" coin was meant for. As a result, survivors are very few, with an estimate of as few as 2,000 coins left existing out of the mintage of 400,000 or so. As such this is a "sleeper" that suffers from the general lack of collectors for the Series, and one of my favorite dates. By the way, I have sold this same coin TWICE. I had sold it to a dealer for his own collection, then purchased it back, selling it again to a happy collector.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #003391    See Details...
1873 With Arrows Seated Liberty Half Dollar, Famous Type Coin
Year: 1873
Condition: Extremely Fine
Description: Out of an old set and lightly cleaned at one point in the dim past. No worse than 90% of all of the other Seated Halves on the market and it has partially re-toned now, showing some nice rim toning on the Obverse from years spent in a coin album. Still suitable as an example for Type, discounted for the minor issues.
Price: $225.00
Item Id #006977    See Details...
1873 With Arrows Seated Liberty Half Dollar, Small Arrows Variety
Year: 1873
Condition: PCGS EF-45
Description: WB-107, R-3+, a scarcer variety of this year, the Arrows by the date being noticeably smaller. A very nice example with interesting toning highlights. Only four coins certified attributed by PCGS, two of which are the scarcer WB-108 RPD varieties. Allowing for the fact that this would be less likely to be submitted for certification and attribution than "bigger" varieties, this still indicates something of the rarity of this coin. Pricing is difficult for the same reason, however a modest but I think reasonable premium is being asked for the variety, let alone the original nature of the coin.
Price: $399.00
Item Id #003994    See Details...
1874 Indian Cent, Choice Uncirculated
Year: 1874
Condition: PCGS/CAC MS63BN
Description: A nice original Uncirculated example of this common date, very close to Red Brown. Lots of bright orange-yellow original surface remaining. Certainly not the typical "Brown" coin.
Price: $316.00
Item Id #006919    See Details...
1874 Trade Dollar, Uncirculated
Year: 1874
Condition: PCGS/CAC MS-60
Description: (SOLD January, 2017 for $1,100) One of the peculiarities of the Trade Dollar series is that actual rarity and availability sometimes has little to do with mintage. Case in point: this date had a large Mintage for a Philadelphia Mint product at nearly 1 million, likely due to the initial rush to produce as many coins as possible to satisfy the Far East trade. The flip side is that almost all were immediately exported out of the country, with the result that for a "common" date this is rarely encountered. One estimate is that as few as 1,000 survive in all grades, and 175 in Unc grades (Dave Bowers thinks more like 5,000 in total and less than 500 in Unc, still a very scarce coin). This shows the typical "picky" marks associated with the MS-60 grade, but shows good luster, especially on the Reverse, and seems fully original. Only about 100 in Unc certified at PCGS, 8 in MS-60; 90 in Unc grades at NGC - this is the sole CAC stickered coin at this grade from either service, with 22 others in various Unc grades out of that population of less than 200 BU's certified.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #005196    See Details...
1874 Indian Cent, Choice Uncirculated
Year: 1874
Condition: NGC/CAC MS-64RB
Description: (SOLD March, 2014 for $525) Classified as "Red Brown", but certainly mostly Red. As in the case of many of the earlier dates, the original planchet shade is actually a lighter yellow-orange color, rather than the darker "brick Red" of later Indian Cent dates. This brings up an important point to consider: the classification of Red-Brown covers a lot of ground, from 90% Red with some scattered darkening, to something closer to 75% "Brown". With some diligent searching, the smart buyer can pick up coins that are in fact mostly Red, at a fraction of the full Red price, such as this one. The reason for the price spread is the huge premium for certified "Red" examples which is due to so-called "investor demand". The true lover of Copper and Bronze coinage knows that a) many of those "Red" coins may not stay that way, depending upon how they were handled, so paying the "vig" may not be worth the price, and b) MANY of those "Red" coins had some "help" in getting that way. Better I think to have a natural coin. This coin is also an example of a repunched date, showing an obvious although minor thickening at the base of the 4. It also appears to show some repunching just above the base of the 1. I initially thought that this was Snow-2, however while the date logotype shape is the same, and there is a die crack in the same position to the left of the base of the "1", the date position is actually a bit farther West, similar to Snow-3 (which this is definitely NOT). Apparently unlisted as such; no premium being asked for the potential new variety, as it is minor.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #002655    See Details...
1874 Shield Nickel, Solid Mid-Grade Example, Better Date
Year: 1874
Condition: Very Fine
Description: A solid, problem free mid-grade circulated example, and a better date. One Obverse die crack that if not polished off the die would almost certainly have caused a "cud" to develop, resulting in the die being condemned.
Price: $105.00
Item Id #004996    See Details...
1874 Indian Cent, Choice Uncirculated
Year: 1874
Condition: PCGS/CAC MS-64BN
Description: (SOLD December, 2016 for $359, on ebay) An excellent example of why to not automatically ignore Indian or Lincoln Cents that are certified "Brown". This is a NO doubt Choice Unc coin, just naturally mellowed to a soft purple-red brown with flecks of brighter ares where the original planchet color (straw gold) shows. A low CAC Population as well, with only 9 in the combined PCGS/NGC census of 128 coins. I don't think that a whole lot needs to be said about this coin - the images speak for themselves. Definitely PQ for the assigned grade.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #003772    See Details...
1875-CC Trade Dollar, Popular Carson City Mint Date
Year: 1875CC
Condition: PCGS AU-55
Description: (SOLD December, 2016 for $1,169 on ebay) A nice, lightly circulated example of the most common Carson City Mint Trade Dollar date. Due to a larger mintage, as well as the fact that a number stayed within the United States and avoided being chopped or melted, makes this date available at a more moderate price level than its other CC brethren. This is Breen 5796, Tall CC Mintmark. Original and problem free, which is becoming increasingly scarce. This shows a bit more luster than I could capture properly, tucked away in various protected areas of the coin. On sale for Christmas.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #005195    See Details...
1875-CC Trade Dollar, RARE GRADE!
Year: 1875CC
Condition: AG/Good
Description: (SOLD Feb. 2015 for $289 - the listing left for its information value) A spectacularly rare coin in this grade, oddly enough. The 1875-CC is the most common Carson City Dollar date, likely due to most being sent to China and then returned when the price of Silver dropped. Most are apt to be chop marked or cleaned, sometimes both, and most of the problem free examples tend to be VF to EF, likely coins which never left the U. S. This is a totally problem free low grade coin, with even wear and good color. My only guess is that this was a personal pocket piece for someone, for MANY years by the look of it. For the collector with a sense of humor, as well as an appreciation for history.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #003826    See Details...
1875-S Twenty Cent Piece, Almost Uncirculated
Year: 1875S
Condition: Almost Uncirculated+
Description: A decent AU+ example of the most common date in the series. Not terribly common as an AU - most surviving specimens that actually circulated are VF and below. Equivalent to what I see in AU-53 to 55 certified holders. I will note a few light hairlines, so undoubtedly this was "wiped" gently at some point, although the color is excellent. The "lines" visible on the Reverse under one of the Eagle's wings are actually die polish lines.
Price: $399.00
Item Id #006708    See Details...
1876 Indian Cent, Extremely Fine
Year: 1876
Condition: EF-40
Description: A nice example of this scarcer date, surprisingly so as this was the year of the U. S. Centennial Celebration, which you would expect to normally cause hoarding of all coins with the date. In an interesting comment on how this series was struck, this coin is equivalent in overall detail to that listed as #5809, but the lettering, date and some other details are more shallow looking and less rounded. Presumably, this particular die was not hubbed as deeply.
Price: $185.00
Item Id #006741    See Details...
1876 Indian Cent, Very Fine+
Year: 1876
Condition: VF/EF
Description: A nice example of this popular "Centennial" date. Probably very lightly cleaned long ago, possibly when pulled from circulation as a souvenir. Not really a problem coin today and could possibly still certify, however discounted a bit for the less than ideal surfaces.
Price: $105.00
Item Id #006742    See Details...
1876 Shield Nickel, Original EF/AU, Scarcer
Year: 1876
Condition: EF/AU
Description: (SOLD September, 2015 for $194) A nice problem free example of this date, which oddly enough is a bit scarcer. Almost all coins dated 1876 were saved in large numbers as this was the Centennial of American Independence. However, the Nickels of this year are definitely not seen as often in better circulated grades (or Unc), apparently as the denomination was less popular, or perhaps due to the fact that the "Nickle" was the most important coin denomination in circulation between 1880 and 1910 or so, so they are wore out. This coin also shows some strong "machine" or mechanical doubling at the date, due to the dies bouncing or twisting when the coin was struck, and not to be confused with a true repunched date or doubled die.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #004456    See Details...
1876 Shield Nickel, U. S. Centennial Year, Choice BU
Year: 1876
Condition: PCGS/CAC MS-64
Description: Oddly enough, although most of the other U. S. coins struck in 1876 are relatively available, due to general saving of this Centennial Year's coinage as souvenirs, the Shield Nickel of that year is not particularly common. This is probably due to the relative lack of interest in the denomination at the time - basically, until the Buffalo Nickel came along, collectors and people in general pretty much dismissed the 5 Cent coinage as "utilitarian". This is a nice bright BU specimen, perhaps a bit odd in that the Reverse is nicer than the Obverse - Shield Nickels tend to be the opposite. 196 at PCGS/NGC in the grade versus only 10 CAC.
Price: $500.00
Item Id #007031    See Details...
1876 Twenty Cent Piece, Scarce Low Mintage Date
Year: 1876
Condition: Almost Uncirculated+
Description: An original example of this startlingly low mintage date, with less than 15,000 struck. In any other series, this would result in a monster Key Date. However, as relatively few collect "Double Dimes", this carries little premium versus the much more common 1875-S. Oddly enough, it is also scarcer than the 1875-CC, with roughly half the PCGS Population in AU grades, yet sells for half as much. This coin shows obvious Semi-Prooflike surfaces, not surprising given the limited use any dies would have seen. Moderately darker toning, but not too objectionable. There is a darker area beneath the Eagle, which may be where grease was on the dies when struck, or it may be due to storage at some point. Discounted accordingly from the $600-$700 this should command in lower AU grades - still worthy as a more unusual, scarce date to add to a U. S. Type set.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #007034    See Details...
1876 Indian Cent, Extremely Fine
Year: 1876
Condition: EF-40+
Description: A sharp well struck example with parts of three diamonds showing. An interesting heavy die crack on the Reverse - this area would shortly be developing into a retained cud. Original and largely problem free, if not absolutely perfect (a few light scuffs typical of a circulated coin).
Price: $184.00
Item Id #005809    See Details...
1876 Seated Liberty Quarter, Choice AU/Unc Slider
Year: 1876
Condition: NGC/CAC AU-58
Description: (SOLD February, 2017 for $369, on ebay) A very nice example of this date made common as a rule by widespread saving as a souvenir of the Centennial of American Independence. Oddly enough however, it is priced a bit higher in Choice AU, perhaps due to its popularity as a Type date. This is a nice original example, toned a medium gray with sea green highlights on the Obverse, a bit more red in with the gray on the Reverse. This shows 95% of the original luster and is the kind of coin that unfortunately usually gets dipped out and sold back East as “Choice Unc”.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #004066    See Details...
1876 Shield Nickel, U. S. Centennial Year
Year: 1876
Condition: VF-20
Description: Oddly enough, although most of the other U. S. coins struck in 1876 are relatively available, the Shield Nickel of that year is not particularly common. This is probably due to the relative lack of interest in the denomination at the time - basically, until the Buffalo Nickel came along, collectors and people in general pretty much dismissed the 5 Cent coinage as "utilitarian". This is a solid VF example, with some heavy die cracks on the Obverse, a problem which plagued this series.
Price: $125.00
Item Id #005364    See Details...
1876-CC Seated Liberty Half Dollar, Popular Carson City Mint Coin
Year: 1876CC
Condition: Very Fine
Description: By the standards of the Carson City Mint, a "common" date, albeit one that always seems to carry a premium just because of the that "CC" mintmark. A nice example for Type that seems problem free.
Price: $199.00
Item Id #006923    See Details...