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1982

1855 $20 Wass Molitor Twenty Dollar, Small Head PCGS Genuine....

2009 October Signature US Coin Auction #1130

 
Sold for: Not Sold
Auction Ended On: Oct 23, 2009
Item Activity: 6 Internet/mail/phone bidders
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Heritage Auctions
3500 Maple Avenue
Dallas, TX 75219

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The Saint Charles Convention Center
Booth 501
Saint Charles, MO 63303

 

Description:
1855 Small Head Wass Molitor
Twenty Dollar, K-7, VF Details
1855 $20 Wass Molitor Twenty Dollar, Small Head PCGS Genuine. K-7, R.6. The PCGS number ending in .98 suggests Damage as the reason, or perhaps one of the reasons, that PCGS deemed this coin not gradable. In our opinion, this coin has the details of an VF specimen that has been tooled, repaired, reengraved, cleaned (totally resurfaced). The Small Head Wass Molitor is one of the classics among Territorial gold. As noted in Don Kagin's 1982 reference, this piece shows the expected weak strike on parts of the eagle's wings and eagle's neck. The surfaces on each side show extensive evidence of smoothing and tooling, which alternately have lessened impairments and strengthened design elements. The coin has a subdued yellow-gold color. One impairment remains: several parallel, shallow scratches in the right obverse field. Listed on page 373 of the 2010 Guide Book.

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