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This Week in Coin News August 3, 2013
In This Issue:
Owen Collection of Barber Coins featured in Chicago
Seldom Seen Selections: The finest certified proof 1853 dollar
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Owen Collection of Barber Coins featured in Chicago Back to Top
1901-S 25C MS66 Star NGC
1901-S 25C MS66 Star NGC
It is our pleasure to feature Part 1 of the Owen Collection in our upcoming 2013 August 8-10 US Coins Signature Auction in Chicago. Barber coin specialists will love the offerings in this collection, which contains a complete set of Barber quarters, Mint State and proof, and a near complete set of Barber halves in both formats. The consignor behind The Owen Collection takes particular pride in the spectacular toning of the proofs, which he carefully chose over the course of his collecting.

Every one of the business strike quarters in this collection is graded MS64 or higher, with proofs grading at least PR66. The highlight of the quarters is the 1901-S, graded MS66 Star by NGC, surpassed numerically by only two other coins graded by that service. Possibly more than any other US coin, the 1901-S quarter is under heavy demand in all grades, and this piece, near the top of the condition census, will likely be the cornerstone of any collection fortunate enough to receive it.

The business strike half dollars lack only one coin from being a complete set, and each piece grades at least MS63, with the proof half dollars all at PR66 or greater. Graded MS63 by NGC, the 1892-O Micro O half is among the lower graded coins in this collection, but its prominence as the key date in the Barber half series more than makes up for it. Only 14 of these coins have been certified in any uncirculated grade by the two major grading services combined, with only 60 certified in *any* grade.

Just a few of the other highlights of this collection include:

Bidding on this collection and the rest of the outstanding offerings in the 2013 August 8-10 US Coins Signature Auction continues at HA.com/coins.

Seldom Seen Selections: The finest certified proof 1853 dollar Back to Top
1853 $1 Restrike PR66 Star Cameo NGC
1853 $1 Restrike PR66 Star Cameo NGC
The amazing cameo contrast of the proof 1853 dollar in our 2013 August 8-10 US Coins Signature Auction in Chicago is as strong and bold as on any proof Seated dollar we have seen, regardless of the date. Certified Proof-66 Cameo by NGC this is clearly the finest proof 1853 dollar known. It was recently sold as a part of the Kaufman Collection specimen, and it is identified as the Pittman coin by two tiny flakes on Liberty's right (facing arm) near the drapery and an extremely small rim void at star 2. Our roster reveals just one other proof with claims to a Gem grade.

In the August 2006 issue of the "Monthly Supplement" for the Coin Dealer Newsletter, Duncan Lee mentioned that "this issue has been surprisingly difficult to find in proof. Based on the combined census, the 1853 rates among the top five rarest issues." It is likely that somewhere from 10 to 15 coins survive today from a mintage of 15 to 20 pieces, the higher-than-normal survival easily explained by their restrike status, i.e. being struck for collectors.

Numerous die polish lines in the fields are faint but visible. The obverse has short die file lines down from the base of Liberty, just above the date. Others are visible at certain points along the border. The serif of the 1 is doubled below. Unfinished die work can be seen below Liberty's chin, much like the business strike die. The other die characteristics are mentioned by Bowers for the proofs. The reverse is well-made with few die defects. The reverse border has a diagonal die line over NI of UNITED, the only identifying characteristic.

The 1853 proof Seated dollars are all considered restrikes (technically novodels, as there are no associated original examples). The Coin Collectors Manual an auction price list written by George F. Jones in 1860, lists the 1853 issue as "rather scarce--(no proofs)," indicating a later production date for the proof coins. The date of manufacture is pinpointed as the 1870s at USPatterns.com, which points out their first listings in silver and copper during that decade.

Full silver mint brilliance is present on both sides of this piece with barely a wisp of champagne toning. The fields have a few faint hairlines with some insignificant slide marks on Liberty's knee. Extraordinary deep mirrors frame the mint frost that covers the devices on both sides.

This impressive Premium Gem Cameo proof, with the added NGC Star designation for superior eye appeal, is sure to please the connoisseur, the only 1853 dollar certified as a Cameo by NGC and clearly the finest survivor known by a wide margin (6/13). As noted above, PCGS has graded one Cameo at the PR64 level.

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This Week's Top Ten Back to Top

The ten highest valued S-mint Buffalo nickels to sell in Heritage Auctions, one per date:

  1. 1917-S 5C MS67 NGC 1917-S 5C MS67 NGC
  2. 1917-S 5C MS67 NGC. Realized $138,000
  3. 1926-S 5C MS66 NGC. Realized $115,000
  4. 1919-S 5C MS66 PCGS. Realized $109,250
  5. 1923-S 5C MS66 PCGS. CAC. Realized $67,562.50
  6. 1918-S 5C MS66 Star NGC. Realized $51,750
  7. 1927-S 5C MS66 Star NGC. Realized $48,875
  8. 1913-S 5C Type Two MS67 PCGS Secure. Realized $47,000
  9. 1914-S 5C MS67 Star NGC. Realized $46,000
  10. 1928-S 5C MS67 Star NGC. Realized $46,000
  11. 1920-S 5C MS65 NGC. Realized $44,562.50

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Coin Buyer Wanted - Dallas and New York Offices

Heritage Auctions is seeking talented numismatists with a broad range of expertise to join our Dallas and New York offices. If you have a good working knowledge base of U S. coins and currency and are comfortable dealing with the public, we have openings for permanent positions as a buyer. Duties will include dealing with walk-in clients, evaluating and purchasing coins and currency, working local coin shows, and accepting Auction consignments. Pay will be commensurate with numismatic experience.

If you are interested in these positions, please contact Jobs@HA.com.


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Employment Opportunities Back to Top

As the fastest growing American-based auction house, financially rock-solid Heritage Auctions continues to grow and seek the best talent in the industry. If you are a specialist or have strong general collectibles knowledge, we want to hear from you. These specialists will, in some cases, head new departments and in others will enhance existing department expertise. We have positions open at our headquarters in Dallas as well as at our new state-of-the-art galleries in prime locations in both Midtown Manhattan and Beverly Hills.

Heritage is seeking to hire the world's best specialists in the following categories:

  • Asian Art Specialist
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  • Coin Buyer: (Dallas, New York)
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If you are interested and feel you have the qualifications we seek, please email your resume and salary history to Experts@HA.com.

We are also seeking to fill the following corporate positions:

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Earliest Known Cover Of The White Album May Bring $20,000+ To Lead Important Beatles Rarities At Heritage

The Beatles [The White Album] Lowest-Possible Numbered A0000001 Copy LP, U.S. Pressing (Apple 101, 1968)The lowest possible numbered cover of The Beatles' famous The White Album, No. A0000001 — given to a top Capitol Records executive in 1968 — is expected to realize $20,000+ to lead a trove of important Beatles albums and memorabilia in Heritage Auctions' Entertainment & Music Memorabilia auction Aug. 10 in Dallas.

Nearly 100 lots devoted to the Fab Four will cross the block, including rare LP stereo acetate records for the unreleased album Best of the Beatles, also expected to sell for $20,000+.

"The White Album appears as a direct results of our April auction, which set a new world record when a signed copy of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band sold for $290,500," said Garry Shrum, Director of Music Memorabilia at Heritage. "The August auction's selection of Beatles albums and autographs are some of the rarest and most important specimens I've worked with in my career."

The White Album stands as a turning point in The Beatles' discography. White Album No. A0000001 was gifted to a top Capitol Records executive in 1968, one of 24 copies created as a promotional item celebrating the release. The album is also accompanied by the original poster and four individual photos along with a set of two EX 7 records (not original to this album) and is expected to bring $20,000+.

Beatles Best of the Beatles Rare LP Stereo Acetates (Two) for an Unreleased Album (Capitol 46934-41, 1964)Ranking in rarity and collector interest are two rare LP stereo acetates for Best of the Beatles dated June 2, 1964. One of only two known to exist, the double album was shelved due to a copyright spat with Vee-Jay records, which maintained control of the rights to its 16 Beatles songs until October of 1964.

Another lot meant for record executive's eyes only is a rare album cover for Sgt. Pepper's featuring 40 Capitol Records executives' faces rather than the original collage of celebrities. It's believed only 40-50 copies were ever produced and the UK's Record Collector magazine ranked it #1 on a list of the world's most expensive record covers. The 1967 cover is expected to bring $12,000+.

Beatles and Brian Epstein Signed A Hard Day's Night Northern Premiere Souvenir Programme (Liverpool, 1964)Leading the auction's extensive signed memorabilia is a souvenir program for the July 10, 1964 Liverpool premier of the movie A Hard Day's Night and live performance signed by all four of The Beatles and their well-known manager Brian Epstein. The home-town rarity is expected to bring $12,000+.

An unusual train luncheon menu dated March 4, 1964, used in the film Hard Day's Night and featuring bold autographs of George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and Ringo Starr, may fetch $10,000+ and a hard-to-come-by contract and related letter for a Nov. 13, 1962 Beatles' performance, also signed by Epstein, is expected to sell for $7,500+.

An original black and white photo by Dezo Hoffmann signed by all four Beatles in February 1964 is expected to bring $7,000+. The photo was shot while 'the boys' were in New York for their history-making performance on the Ed Sullivan Show. The signatures were obtained by Marty Ostrow, the editor of Cash Box, an American music publication that covered the Beatles emergence in 1963, well before most American publications.

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Trivia

1. Which two cent piece is known with both Small Motto and Large Motto varieties?
       A) 1864
       B) 1865
       C) 1866
       D) 1867
       E) 1873


2. What was the first year of the Presidential dollar?
       A) 2006
       B) 2007
       C) 2008
       D) 2009
       E) 2010




Last week's question:

1. Who was the first US president to appear on a US coin struck during his lifetime?
Correct Answer: A) Calvin Coolidge (22%).

2. Which of the following was not both depicted and mentioned by name on a Statehood or Territorial quarter?
Correct Answer: A) Daniel Boone (33%).
Is it Time to Sell? Back to Top

Our upcoming Official Auctions of the September Long Beach Coin & Collectibles Expo will feature collections such as The Perry Owen Collection, Part II, The RLM Collection, Part II, and the Col. Steven Ellsworth Die State Collection. Your coins and currency can sell alongside these great collections and others to come. To consign to our Long Beach auctions, please call us at 1-800-872-6467 x1000 (coins) or x1001 (currency).

2013 September 25-29 US Coins Signature Auction – Long Beach
Consignment Deadline: August 12, 2013

2013 September 26-30 World & Ancient Coins Signature Auction – Long Beach
Consignment Deadline: August 6, 2013

2013 September 26-30 Currency Signature Auction – Long Beach
Consignment Deadline: August 6, 2013

David Mayfield
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David@HA.com
1-800-US-COINS ext. 1000

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