Key Dates

Key Date coinage from all U. S. coin series, combined here so they are easy to find.

There are 19 items in this category

1842-O Small Date Seated Liberty Quarter, RARE
Year: 1842O
Condition: Good
Description: (SOLD July, 2014 for $350) A VERY Scarce to Rare (R-5) variety, Good with a full rim. Original looking surfaces, however someone at one point apparently smoothed the Reverse rim as shown at 7:00 to 9:00, presumably to remove a rim bump (!!). This is unfortunate as this coin would easily otherwise be a $600 item. Absolutely guaranteed genuine. Out of an old time set, from when filling the hole was more critical than quality. Discounted appropriately for the damage based upon what similar pieces have brought at auction.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #003727    See Details...
1864 Small Motto Two Cents, RARE Uncirculated Coin
Year: 1864
Condition: PCGS MS-63BN
Description: A stunning glossy Brown Uncirculated example of this scarce variety, the first Unc that I have seen in a very long time. Unquestionably "new", with a bold strike and few if any noticeable marks - seems very PQ for only a "63". Bold luster pops off of problem free surfaces that have the wonderful slightly purple-red tones that old Copper and Bronze coins tone to if left undisturbed. This variety is identifiable even in lower grades by the shape of the "D" in IGWT - it is shorter and "squattier" than the Large Motto type (compare to any 1864 LM listed on this site).
Price: $1,699.00
Item Id #004244    See Details...
1865 Seated Liberty Quarter, Very Scarce Civil War Date, Low Pop Coin
Year: 1865
Condition: PCGS Fine Details
Description: (SOLD March, 2015 for $400) A very scarce (R-4) Civil War Date with less than 60,000 struck. The Reverse makes VF, but the Obverse is slightly weaker. Like almost all coins put aside in the 1940’s-60’s, presumably lightly cleaned at some point, and an overall sense of light roughness, I think from use and not abuse. The color seems OK now. Submitted to PCGS primarily for authentication, as I can certainly grade these myself. A VERY low pop at PCGS from VG-8 to Fine-15, only six coins. Obviously this coin has been determined to be "impaired", however it is up to the potential buyer to determine how badly - personally, I have seen far worse coins in "regular" certified holders, and the notation of "code 92" (cleaned) may be more a reflection of PCGS's current strictness. This should still find a home with someone as this is a very tough date. Very difficult to price as the various price guides seem to indicate a value in the $300 range, but all of the actual coins being offered are priced higher. This may be due simply to the lack of available examples, obvious in the PCGS numbers. The present example is much nicer than a similar example graded VG being offered on another site at $455.
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Item Id #003731    See Details...
1885 Seated Liberty Quarter, Very Scarce Low Mintage Date Coin
Year: 1885
Condition: VG Details
Description: (SOLD October, 2014 for $500) A Very Scarce (R-4+) date from the period of U. S. Mint coinage when they were desperately striking Morgan Dollars to meet the quota assigned by legislation, in the process neglecting most other Silver coinage. This example has been lightly cleaned at some point in the past, during the period when filling the hole in the album was more important than quality, and when "cleaning" was not such a dirty word! It appears acceptable, and should darken normally over time. Only 13,600 coins originally struck, with a spectacularly low PCGS Population of only eight coins from VG-8 to VF-20! Larry Briggs did note in his book on the series that this date is actually easier to find in EF and above, than Good to VF - presumably due to some minor amount of saving by collectors of the day due to the low mintage. Very difficult to price as the various price guides seem to indicate a value in the $300-$400 range, but all of the actual coins being offered are priced higher. This may be due simply to the lack of available examples, obvious in the PCGS numbers. The present example is much nicer than an example graded VG being offered on another site at $575. In my opinion, the assigned PCGS "Net" grade reflects the slightly weaker Reverse, as the Obverse appears to grade Fine - I will note as well that PCGS tends to downgrade the assigned Net grade on a coin perceived to have problems by one standard grade point (i.e downgrades a VF to a Fine, Fine to VG, etc.)
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #003732    See Details...
1886 Liberty Nickel, Soild Mid Grade Circulated Example
Year: 1886
Condition: Choice Fine
Description: A solid mid grade circulated example of this Key Date, with a full LIBERTY - i. e. a true Fine+. Oddly enough, for a low mintage date, the 1886 suffered from middling production quality, with poor planchets being common, and iffy strikes also being commonly encountered. This coin is equivalent to a certified Fine-15.
Price: $379.00
Item Id #005102    See Details...
1888 Nickel Three Cents, Choice Uncirculated
Year: 1888
Condition: PCGS MS-64
Description: A scarce Business Strike example of this low mintage year, with only originally 36,500 struck. Very original with nothing serious in the way of marks present - the certified grade may be limited slightly by the presence of obvious heavy clash marks surrounding Liberty's head. These are common to the series, but some would find them mildly distracting. I find them interesting as it shows the nature of the production process by the Mint during this period. So much effort was going into making Morgan Dollars that minor coinage, particularly the "token" (non-Silver) coinage below the Dime denomination, was largely ignored as far as quality control. If it showed a date and denomination, it was OK to go. A few tiny specks from bank storage otherwise problem free and in an older light blue label holder. PCGS Price Guide value of $485.
Price: $449.00
Item Id #005266    See Details...
1908-S Barber Quarter, Extremely Fine
Year: 1908S
Condition: EF-40+
Description: (Sold October, 2013 for $325) A strong EF+ coin, VERY scarce and hard to locate. David Lawrence felt that this was an R-5 in this grade range, equivalent to what the coin is in Uncirculated grades! Not quite as nice as the 1909-S I am also offering at present (October, 2013), as it shows of a very light and very old cleaning, but certainly not horrible. A couple of small marks on LIBERTY are the only other negative to note. Much luster remains, especially on the more protected Reverse, and this should tone back nicely over time. Due to the light cleaning, I do not think that this would certify normally, however it is possible given the "mulligan" that the services tend to give key and better dates, and it almost certainly would in future when re-toned. Normally a $400+ coin (certainly based upon recent auction appearances), I have discounted this to account for the minor problems.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #003194    See Details...
1908-S Indian Cent, Original Choice AU
Year: 1908S
Condition: AU-55
Description: (SOLD August, 2015 for $225) A very nice light chocolate Brown Choice AU example, with considerable luster - I think a more attractive coin than the PCGS AU-53 listed as #3146. This date is generally available in lower grades as the novelty of saving San Francisco Mint Cents boomed in 1909, with the "S VDB" fiasco. However, original AU's and better are not, especially if struck well, as it took a year or two to get the hoarding ball rolling.
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Item Id #004080    See Details...
1909-S Lincoln Cent, Choice Uncirculated
Year: 1909S
Condition: PCGS MS-63RB
Description: (SOLD January, 2015 for $449) An nice Uncirculated example, with the typical light "tan orange" planchet color most of the 1908-1910 San Francisco Mint coins seem to share if they are an original Unc. The assigned PCGS grade is extremely strict - the Obverse is exceptionally clean, with no marks in the fields being readily evident. It does have a slightly weak raised rim on the Obverse, as the metal flow does not seem to have been complete - a bit odd, as the Reverse is fully struck. This may have something to do with the removal of Brenner's "VDB" from the Reverse dies, which would have slightly imbalanced the striking quality of the coins during the remainder of the year. The only minor negative of note is the visible streak of color on the Reverse. This is likely due to a minor alloy difference on this area of the surface, again typical of the "woodgrained" Cents. My guess is that PCGS deducted one grade point for this streak, as I fully expected a 64. In any case, a PQ example for the grade. Please Note: This coin is just a bit darker than the images make it appear.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #003202    See Details...
1909-S Indian Cent, Original Well Struck AU Example
Year: 1909S
Condition: PCGS AU-50
Description: (SOLD for $935) The late date Key to the Indian Cent series - a considerably tougher coin to locate in this grade than the vaunted 1909-S VDB, and undervalued for years. The general quality of the 1908 & 1909 San Francisco Mint issues was poor, with weak, mushy strikes and planchet problems being the norm (I have included an extra image of a more typically struck 1909-S Indian Cent as an example). The coin being offered here is a pleasant exception. Well struck, glossy Brown and showing considerable luster, with few noticeable marks. A quality example, freshly certified (September, 2013) in a new PCGS holder with "sky blue" label, at the current very strict standards. PCGS Price Guide value listed at $865 - I do not usually "push" my prices beyond those listed in the Guide, but I believe in this case the QUALITY of this coin makes for allowances in that department.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #002706    See Details...
1913-S Type 2 Buffalo Nickel, Original Choice Unc
Year: 1913S Ty2
Condition: PCGS MS-63
Description: (SOLD on ebay August, 2014 for $1,425) An amazing, choice Uncirculated example of this key date, in a fresh PCGS MS-63 holder but definitely undergraded in my opinion! I spent 15 minutes looking at this coin with 3 to 20 power magnification to try to find out what was "wrong" with it to only make it a 63. This is struck like you rarely see one of these, from apparently fresh, unclashed dies. The Reverse is about the sharpest I have ever seen for the date, and looks like a 13-P Type One! Original color and pretty luster, and this should easily garner a CAC sticker if submitted. The minor "shadow" that shows on the Reverse over the left hoof of the Bison is a scuff on the holder, not on the coin. PCGS Price Guide value $1275, and that is for the AVERAGE MS-63 of this date, which tends to be a bit dark or toned, and with a typical strike - I think this coin is worth a bit more.
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Item Id #003546    See Details...
1916-S Walker Liberty Half, Very Scarce EF/AU Coin!
Year: 1916S
Condition: EF/AU
Description: (SOLD Feb. 2015 for $800) An attractive EF/AU example of the first year San Francisco issue, no where near available normally, even here in "S Mint Country". This seems original, but if it has ever been cleaned, it was close to a Century ago. This would likely certify as an EF-45 if submitted. The first that I have seen in quite a while.
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Item Id #003839    See Details...
1921 Peace Dollar, Choice Uncirculated
Year: 1921
Condition: PCGS MS-63
Description: (SOLD September, 2014 for $450) A true and obviously Uncirculated example of this date. I say "true Unc" as many if not most of the coins certified from MS-61 to 63 shows enough marks and/or hairlines to make me question their status. This is a no-doubt "BU", the only mark of significance and the only thing that kept this from a higher grade in my opinion is a ding on the edge of the trunk of Liberty's neck. Not unusual as this is the highest point of the Obverse, which tended to stick out and invite contact. Very sharply struck with nice luster under the mild toning. Coins like this are almost always dipped out, but I prefer the originality of the present color.
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Item Id #003192    See Details...
Year: 1922D
Condition: PCGS Good-6
Description: (This coin has been sold - I left the listing posted for the information on the variety. If you have an interest in this date, please let me know as I can usually locate one with not too much trouble) This famous error, or variety if you prefer, is somewhat of a mystery, in both why and how it came to be made. First of all, there was no particular need apparently for new Cents to be struck at Denver in 1922, as they had over 20 Million on hand at the end of the 1922 Fiscal Year (June 30) - and the 1922 mintage of only 7.2 million was not a significant portion of this number. The "how" has been widely debated. The typical theory is that some excessively worn dies were re-polished, removing the "D" mintmark. But if the mintage was so small, why would the dies have been worn out? Walter Breen suggests that a last minute "rush" to strike Cents to fill an existing order resulted in a damaged die being pressed into service after being re-surfaced, thus removing the "D". A more tantalizing theory is suggested by combining facts mentioned by both Breen and Dr. Sol Taylor, author of "The Standard Guide to Lincoln Cents". Breen notes that the last minute rush to strike Cents was also due to the impending start of production of the Peace Dollar, whose production by fiat of the Treasury Department was to be very large and proceed with evident haste. Taylor mentions that one theory advanced to explain the missing "D" is that it had never been punched into the die in the first place. From this, we can suppose that it is possible that a damaged or defective die that had been previously set aside as "unusable", was rushed into service at the last minute to finish up the Cent production at the end of February, which is a matter of record. In the rush to get the last of the smaller coins struck, the die may have made it's way into the press without the Mintmark ever being applied, a case of "I thought that you had done that". This theory bears more credence given that it is likely that the last of the Cent production may have been assigned to novice pressmen, both due to the exigence of the upcoming Dollar production taking precedence, as well as the fact that much experience was lost to all of the Mints due to workers going into into the Army during the First World War. In any case, these exist and have been widely sought after since their discovery. Prohibitively rare in true EF and better, most seem to be found today in Fine to Very Fine. This is a pleasing lower grade example, unusual in being damage free with as much use as it saw. This coin is actually difficult to locate in Good, I think because the overall poor strike made them wear out at the lower end of the scale.
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Item Id #001408    See Details...
1926-S Buffalo Nickel, PCGS VF-20
Year: 1926S
Condition: PCGS VF-20
Description: As typical for any of the scarcer 1920's dated San Francisco Mint Buffalos, this coin does not show traditional "old school" Very Fine detail on the Reverse. However, unlike 95% of the "VF" coins certified by PCGS or NGC, I actually agree with this one. The horn tip, while VERY weak, is just there. It is flat and sort of blends into the field (I certainly could not get a good enough image to show it), and does not show any three dimensionality, but I would term it "complete". In fact, overall this coin displays more detail than you will usually see in a certified VF-20, and is more like the typical VF-30 (VF-35 if NGC). The slight deduction may be due to the two nicks on the Bison's rump. Otherwise an original and problem free coin, the first 1926-S in true VF that I have owned in a while, as I simply cannot make myself pay the $200+ it takes to buy the average sketchy slabbed example (I bought this one raw and sent it in myself). As an aside, I once owned a PCGS VF-35 coin that was about as fully struck as the AU-50 example listed as coin #2407 (now in our archives). That coin today would re-grade at AU-50 or above, based upon what I have seen, and is one of the few coins that I have sold over the years that I regret ever letting go of!
Price: $239.00
Item Id #003147    See Details...
1926-S Lincoln Cent, Original Unc
Year: 1926S
Condition: NGC MS-61
Description: (SOLD October 2013 for $150) A very scarce and genuinely Unc example of this Semi-Key date. Typically one of the poorly struck mid-1920's dates (due to excessive die wear), the 26-S is seldom seen in Unc and is actually one of the true Keys to the series in Red Unc. In MS-65 Red, this is more expensive than even the 1955 Double Die, as few if any survivors combine the full or nearly full strike necessary to make a "65" with original Red color. Obviously, color is not an issue with this coin as it is obviously fully Brown, however it is very well struck for the date and displays "booming" luster on top of the naturally toned surfaces. It is minimally marked, the grade of "only" MS-61 being assigned mainly as both NGC and PCGS are stingy about awarding higher grades to fully Brown coins that are fairly dark rather than bright. The concern is that these could really be "Sliders" that look "new", and therefor should not be certified as a 63 or 64. In my opinion, this coin is strictly Uncirculated, and not an AU-58 given a mulligan. It shows some very minor contact on the highest points of Lincoln's features (forehead/cheekbone/jawbone & edge of the coat lapel), mainly noticeable as these areas are slightly lighter in color. This is from minor contact with other coins. It even displays some hints of the original Red planchet color in protected areas. All in all a PQ example for the grade. There is a gulf in posted values for NGC versus PCGS examples in this grade, mainly as many of the NGC "61's" are, frankly speaking, marginal, which this is not. This should cross over to PCGS at the same grade, or possibly a tick higher, however not worth my expense at this time, so I offer it at a price that seems a reasonable compromise.
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Item Id #002892    See Details...
 1926-S Buffalo Nickel, FULLY STRUCK SLIDER
Year: 1926S
Condition: Choice AU
Description: (SOLD July, 2013 Wholesale for $3,000) An amazing coin that shows the current bias at PCGS against ORIGINAL, darker Copper-Nickel coinage. This coin has never been in circulation - the edge shows NO wear, marks, nicks, spots, etc. The highest points of the Bison do show some true "rub", from being in a loose lot of material, probably just about since the year of issue. Otherwise, while a bit dark, the luster underneath shows plainly. This coin absolutely meets the technical definition of an AU-58, however it was graded by PCGS in their typical fashion when faced with an original coin with darker color. I believe they have a bias against darker coins due to the application of a "market" grading standard that rewards brightness and "flash" over strike, wear and originality. This came out of a miscellaneous lot of coins owned by a non-collector purchased by a dealer I know. I got offered the coin first, probably because I am known for paying "stupid money" for NICE Nickels. When I saw the coin, I just about fell over - when I heard the price, I definitely fell over! Trust me, it wasn't cheap or anywhere near Greysheet numbers. But as my friend said, "look at the coin", by which he meant the STRIKE, which is beyond phenomenal for a 26-S. I have only ever owned one other 1926-S Nickel with anything like the strike of this coin. That coin was graded VF-35 by PCGS 15+ years ago (netted down five points from EF-40 due to a subtle "wipe" of the Obverse surface), in the days before the standard slipped to where a Buffalo does not even need a horn to make VF! I guarantee that that other coin today would probably certify AU-53 to 55, however it rests happily in the collection of a very satisfied owner.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #002407    See Details...
1927-S Standing Liberty Quarter, Choice Very Fine
Year: 1927S
Condition: PCGS VF-30
Description: (SOLD February, 2016 for $529, on ebay) An nice example of this Key Date, nicked 5 grade points by PCGS in my opinion, as I felt that this was a "35". This is both due to the possibility that it is not 100% original (very hard to tell in any case), and that the Reverse strike is a bit mushy. Better Obverse strike than many however, and some traces of luster still show. It is reported that 95% of the survivors of this mintage grade Good or worse, which says a lot about heavy use at the beginning of the Depression. Obverse image of the coin prior to certification left posted as I felt it gave a better idea of what the coin really looks like.
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Item Id #004258    See Details...
1928-S Peace Dollar, Choice Uncirculated
Year: 1928S
Condition: PCGS MS-63
Description: (Sold Nov. 2013 for $535, added to our Archive as an example of the quality I like to offer) A nice bright fresh looking coin, a distinctly better date. The strike is decent for the date, which usually comes very poorly struck per Wayne Miller; as typical this shows a scattering of minor marks overall. Few if any 1928-S Dollars are truly Gem BU, which is why a certified MS-65 is a $20,000+ coin! I think this a reasonable substitute for someone who wants to build a nice true Unc set.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #003151    See Details...