1895 Morgan Dollar Anchors Heritage Sale at June 2016 Long Beach Expo


The Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Expo is set for the convention center in Long Beach, California from June 9 to 11.

1895-O Silver Dollar
This 1895-O Morgan dollar leads offerings in Heritage’s June 2016 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction

Heritage Auctions, the official auctioneer of the show, will present an array of coin rarities in their signature event held June 8 to 12.

Anchoring the auctions is an 1895-O Morgan silver dollar, graded MS65+ NGC CAC, from the Rev. Dr. James Gore King McClure Collection of coins, tokens and medals.

"As a victim of excessive melting and long circulation times," said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions, "the 1895-O is the third-rarest Morgan dollar in Mint State grades. This 1895-O $1 was acquired by McClure (1848-1932) at the bank at the time of issue and has not seen the light of day since, making this an extraordinary opportunity for the right collector."

The Morgan dollar, struck at the New Orleans Mint, will be offered along with the finest coins in the event in a Premier Session on Thursday, June 9, 2016.

1856-O Liberty double eagle
The key date 1856-O Liberty double eagle

A key date 1856-O Liberty double eagle, graded AU55 by PCGS, is another major rarity that is expected to fall under the auction hammer with a high bid. Not many were made. Its lot description notes that the recorded mintage of 2,250 pieces is the smallest production total of the series and virtually all of them were placed into circulation.

"One sole specimen strike is known in mint state, so collectors looking for the finest examples of this coveted issue will find this coin quite compelling as it’s as high an AU coin of this issue as they are likely to come across," said Greg Rohan.

It is considered the rarest coin struck in the 70-year history of the New Orleans Mint and is, to Heritage’s knowledge, the third-highest graded example in existence.

1921-S Walking Liberty half dollar
A 1921-S Walking Liberty half dollar

The Rev. Dr. James G. K. McClure Collection provides a number of exceptional rarities in the auction like a 1921-S half dollar, graded MS66 by NGC. It is unsurpassed in quality at either major grading service and the first example to be auctioned in a grade this high in more than a decade. As a well-circulated issue, only approximately 200 1921-S halves exist in Mint State, with a majority of those MS64 and lower.

Additional highlights include but are not limited to:

  • 1806/5 25C MS64+ PCGS CAC
  • 1820 25C Small 0 PR64 PCGS Secure CAC, Ex: Norweb: Unique as proof.
  • 1822 25C 25 Over 50C MS65 PCGS: Sought-after "Blundered Reverse" variety.
  • 1802 50C O-101 MS60 PCGS: Second-finest known.
  • 1794 $1 VG10 NGC
  • 1838 Gobrecht Dollar Name Omitted PR64 NGC: An unknown example off the market since 1932.
  • 1839 Gobrecht Dollar Name Omitted PR63 NGC CAC 
  • 1852 $1 Original PR66 NGC: Single-finest certified Proof example and one of two-known proofs.
  • 1804 $2-1/2 13 Stars Reverse AU50 PCGS
  • 1915-S $50 Panama-Pacific Octagonal MS63 NGC

Heritage Auctions is the largest auction house founded in the United States and the world’s third largest, with annual sales of more than $850 million and over 950,000 online bidder members. To learn more about the company, visit HA.com.

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