Carson City Rarities Highlight Heritage’s November U.S. Coins Auction

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When the hammer falls for the final time in Heritage Auctions’ US Coins Signature® Auction November 11-14, a number of seldom-seen rarities, many from long-held private collections, will have found new homes.

1870-CC $20 AU53 PCGS. Variety 1-A
1870-CC $20 AU53 PCGS. Variety 1-A (Imaged by Heritage Auctions, HA.com)

"We are very excited to offer such a wonderful array of scarce and rare pieces from passionate collectors," Heritage Auctions Senior Vice President Sarah Miller said. "From Carson Cities to early US type to patterns, there is truly something for everyone in the November Auction."

Prestwick Collection

The Prestwick Collection of Carson City coins reflects the owner’s appreciation of both Scotland’s Prestwick Golf Club, with its legendary place in the annals of golf, and the legacy of Carson City coinage within the numismatic field. Viewed by many as the "true home" of the British open, the venue served as host to the first 12 Opens, starting in 1860, as well as another 12 Opens over ensuing years. The Carson City Mint’s coinage spanned much of the same era and was a microcosm of the Old West numismatic times until it, too, was succeeded by other venues.

1873-CC 50C Arrows, Open 3, Large CC, WB-103, Die Pair 6, R.4, MS63 PCGS
1873-CC 50C Arrows, Open 3, Large CC, WB-103, Die Pair 6, R.4, MS63 PCGS (Imaged by Heritage Auctions, HA.com)

The Prestwick Collection includes 61 lots of Carson City coins, including several classic Western rarities in particularly high grades. The consignor of these coins has played several times at Prestwick and has greatly enjoyed his time collecting distinguished coins from the legendary Nevada Mint, including but not limited to:

Pacific Rim Collection

The Pacific Rim Collection is made up entirely of impressive U.S. patterns, 31 of which will be offered in the Premier Session, with 16 more in the afternoon floor session.

1870 $1 Dollar, Judd-1016, Pollock-1150, Low R.7, PR64 Brown NGC
1870 $1 Dollar, Judd-1016, Pollock-1150, Low R.7, PR64 Brown NGC (Imaged by Heritage Auctions, HA.com)

Among the extraordinary patterns in the collection are an 1870 Indian Princess dollar struck in silver, which joins an 1879 Morgan dollar in copper and an 1880 Goloid Metric dollar among highlights among Premier Session Patterns.

1879 $1 Morgan Dollar, Judd-1614, Pollock-1810, Low R.7, PR65 Red NGC
1879 $1 Morgan Dollar, Judd-1614, Pollock-1810, Low R.7, PR65 Red NGC (Imaged by Heritage Auctions, HA.com)

An 1872 Trade dollar struck in silver also is among the highlights in the 280-lot high-value evening session. Other highlights in the session include, but are not limited to:

Charles Link Collection

The auction will feature a selection of early type coins from Charles Link, a longtime Heritage Auctions client with an exceptional eye for quality and scarce varieties; among his specialties are Flowing Hair, Draped Bust and Capped Bust halves. Overton specialists will want to investigate several outstanding half dollars, including an exceptional 1809 O-107 half dollar certified MS65 PCGS, which tops the Condition Census for the variety and dazzles the eye with its fantastic Gem surface quality.

1809 50C III Edge, O-107, R.2, MS65 PCGS
1809 50C III Edge, O-107, R.2, MS65 PCGS (Imaged by Heritage Auctions, HA.com)

The coin is essentially prooflike beneath a speckling of original reddish-tan toning. A handful of other denominations offer equally impressive selections from this high-quality collection.

Other highlights from the Charles Link Collection include, but are not limited to:

N.E. Lincoln Collection

This collection’s origin was the in the curiosity of the consignor, who discovered coins in his pocket that he found fascinating when he was in his early teens. That initial interest blossomed when he discovered a local coin shop, where he found mesmerizing copper pieces. As his interest grew, he zeroed in on scarcer certified coins.

1903-S $1 MS64 PCGS. CAC
1903-S $1 MS64 PCGS. CAC (Imaged by Heritage Auctions, HA.com)

He then decided to widen the scope of his collection when he concluded it made sense to own a wider selection of American coins rather than simply a few top rarities. He collected by denomination, type and mint to reflect different periods in American history; in so doing, he assembled a trove that now includes key issues, rare varieties, patterns and better-date copper, silver and gold. Selections from the N.E. Lincoln Collection can be found in the regular Floor Session and the online Internet Signature® Session of this auction; highlights from the collection include, but are not limited to:

For images and information on all 1,147 lots in the auction, visit HA.com/1336.

About Heritage Auctions.

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

OMG; what a lineup. What else is there to say?

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Larry T

Kaiser,

Is envy a sin? I sure do wish the Mint had chose to use one of those retro Eagles for the new ASE. Those are indeed amazing coins. It’ll be interesting to see how many Unobtanium coins it’ll take to purchase them!

Mammoth

Larry T, the reverse of that copper 1879 Morgan would have a nice reverse design for the Type 2 ASE.

Kaiser Wilhelm

The whole concept, appearance and all-around unique individuality of that copper Morgan make it a really stunning piece of coinage.

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Larry T

Mammoth,

I have a 1861 O Seated Liberty Half Dollar(from the SS Republic), the same as the 1809 50 C pictured above, and it is mesmerizing
to me. I don’t think I’d ever get tired of seeing it on a new ASE.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Consider yourself one lucky fellah, Larry; that’s some special coin!

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Kaiser Wilhelm

But as we know all coins need two sides to make them complete…

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Mammoth

Larry T., that coin is a Beauty!
True story: A few years back I bought a small lot of old US Silver coins and there was an 1854 Seated Liberty Half in the lot. But it had a hole in the top! To make a ‘rotten apple into applesauce,’ I put a ring through the hole, then hung the half dollar on a silver chain. Gave it to my sister, who was born in 1954, as a unique Christmas gift. She still loves wearing it!

Kaiser Wilhelm

Great story, Mammoth, and clearly a very thoughtful and obviously cherished Christmas gift for your sister (born the same year as my youngest brother, btw).

I’ve seen more than enough of those punctured old coins to know that for the contemporaries of when they were released they were nothing more than pocket change and were treated as such. One person’s floor is another person’s ceiling. Oh well.

Kaiser Wilhelm

No, Larry, you won’t be judged for coveting these designs; who wouldn’t fall in love with them anyway? They are all different and on top of that each is wonderful in its own way. This array of numismatic beauties makes me realize yet once again and as much as ever why I am so enthusiastic about collecting coins. Another aspect of this appreciation is that I don’t feel any pressing need to have to possess any one or all of these gems; just being able to absorb their magnificent artistry with my eyes is more than enough satisfaction for my… Read more »

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SENZA

I thought these were struck beautifully but I can’t fall into line with the concept of history manipulation because someone lobbied the right office the right amount of $$$ motivation

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Rich

Alexander Hamilton, Founding Father of the United States.

Kaiser Wilhelm

You’re so right, Rich, Hamilton was a “Founding Father” in more ways than one, as was Thomas Jefferson, and many times over at that.

Photo below: Freed Bi-racial slave, post Civil War.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

I’m puzzled by your take on this, old buddy SENZA, in that this particular depiction is far more historically accurate than having yet another white slave owner’s spoiled idle daughter portrayed as having had anything whatsoever to do with the building of our country.

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SENZA

A good man knows his limitations Kaiser

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Kaiser Wilhelm

I’m absolutely dedicated to liberty and justice for all, I’ve always been a strong supporter of the Armed Forces, a frosty glass of bubbly water is one of my favorite beverages and there’s certainly nothing wrong with looking but not touching. I knew we were fully aligned, SENZA.

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Jeff

Got my 2021 Morgan (P). Scratch / rust (?) near “R” in Trust. If I return it to the U.S. Mint, will I get a replacement?

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Jeff,

IMHO that’s a rather minor “defect”, if one can even call it that. The decision, however, is ultimately yours.

SENZA

The 2021 Morgans are not faring as well in the secondary market of Feebay No takers at $185.00 when just weeks ago some were selling over the $600 point.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

I’ve been pointing this out, SENZA, since the first Mint Sales Report after their Pre-Order sales showed cancellations, and which same have been consistently piling up on the negative side of the ledger without fail weekly ever since then. This is a case of nice coins being sold in the typical not so nice way via the usual collusion between the Mint and its commercial comrades in what I choose to call another case of anti-numismatic behavior for no reason other than sheer greed. Those Mint operatives and their profiteering partners just couldn’t leave a good thing alone, and here… Read more »

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TRW

Kaiser, you are right, with the feedback everyone was providing it has been a cluster-cluck! The Mint made it a nightmare for them and those who could not anticipate the difficulties it would cause to purchase all 6 coins on 3 different dates as a set. Now after the preorder time has lapse ,the shipping and receiving has begun, we see there is an over abundance of each coin being offered for a secondary sale. It would of been much better if the Mint offered the Morgan’s and Peace dollars as a set of 6 in a nice presentation box… Read more »

Rich

Yes, that would have been ideal, but nice presentation boxes are probably a thing of the past.

Kaiser Wilhelm

What you’ve pointed out here, Rich, is that no matter how much we continue to hope that things will get better with the Mint it still seems to come up with another way to impede the path to improvement.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

You certainly hit the nail right on the head, TRW. This obviously did not have to happen, especially not with those unusually generous mintages. The Mint apparently just couldn’t stop itself from once again being of service to its sketchy collaborators in the world of coin re-selling. In order to accommodate them, meaning to make sure those profiteers could get their usual pound of flesh, the Mint bent over backwards to once more make buying any coins as difficult as possible for the average consumer; meanwhile, it shoveled buckets of them into the inventories of the big dealers, buying clubs… Read more »

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Seth Riesling

These are going as low as $159 each “raw” from a dealer company in Phoenix not on Ebay ®™ . (Phoenix is near the 5th level of Hell for those on a tour of the “Hottest” vacation spots!). Lol.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

It appears, Seth, that the re-sellers are trying their utmost to squeeze the last bit of profit out of these silver dollars before the bottom falls out from under this particular failing market. Ordinarily the artificial pumping up of coin prices as it is typically co-engineered by the Mint and its profiteer compatriots succeeds in keeping the valuations at that imaginary high level for the duration of the coins’ sales. This time the overall mintages were just too large for the flippers to sustain the fiction of scarcity and as a result the secondary market prices are in the process… Read more »

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Kaiser Wilhelm

This is not in reference to your use of the appellation, Seth, but in general I find the description of coins in their natural habitat, which is to say not graded and ensconced in a plastic container, as being technically “raw” somewhat disingenuous. After all, aren’t coins in their OGP already in a “finished” condition?

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SENZA

Hmmmm……………….

Got my Peace dollars today – the good old Mint had some fun with me – the capsules had fingerprint smudges and some kind of residue and initially the coins looked awful but after cleaning the capsules – the coins were Beautiful.

As I look at this cheapened packaging and the lid covers with the same color ink for the mint logo (so it can’t be seen) and the ugly silver foil portrayal of the of the obverse it just makes me want to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MG7KCOO76Wc

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Wow, thanks for the music video clip, SENZA; I haven’t seen that scene in ages! I love that Otis Day was a fictional character and yet this film appearance launched his career; apparently the fickle finger of fate can occasionally point one in the right direction. And that look “Otis” gives the white college boy when he shouts a greeting at the stage…absolutely priceless, and doubtless one of the most emotionally expressive non-verbal “replies” in the history of modern cinema. Minimalism at its very finest.

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