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Auction Highlights

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The first months of 2024 have been great for the coin market. Vintage coin series, bullion coins, patterns, colonials, and even error coins have been realizing strong prices this year. Among the stars on the auction floor are moderns, which kick off our rundown of A-listers here in Auction Highlights.

1995-W American Silver Eagle, PCGS PR70DCAM. Courtesy of PCGS. Click image to enlarge.
1995-W American Silver Eagle, PCGS PR70DCAM

That first coin on this list is one that made a name for itself after it was given away for free by the United States Mint. Yes, you read that correctly… This coin was actually given away for free by the United States Mint to collectors who bought the 1995 Gold American Eagle 10th Anniversary Proof Set. The coin we're referring to is the 1995-W Proof American Silver Eagle. This piece became a hit with collectors in the years after its release, and it now commands at least a few thousand dollars regardless of grade. On December 14, 2023, Heritage Auctions offered a PCGS PR70DCAM garnering $14,400.

1893-S Morgan Dollar, PCGS FR02. Courtesy of PCGS. Click image to enlarge.
1893-S Morgan Dollar, PCGS FR02

The 1893-S Morgan Dollar, one of the key dates of its perennially beloved series, also happens to be one of the most popular coins in all American numismatics. The 1893-S Morgan Dollar has a low mintage of 100,000; many examples were lost or destroyed over the years, making it even scarcer than its mintage indicates. In 2021, a PCGS-graded MS67 specimen sold for over $2 million dollars in a GreatCollections auction – big money for sure. Today, we’re featuring a specimen on the other end of the grading spectrum. This chosen example grades PCGS FR02, still very collectible and a darling for the many numismatists assembling Low Ball Morgan Dollar sets. Just imagine how many hands this coin passed through and how many different items it may have purchased over its 130 years. This PCGS FR02 1893-S Morgan Dollar sold in another GreatCollections auction on February 18, 2024, taking a cool $2,707.

1934 $1,000 San Francisco Federal Reserve Note Mule, Fr. 2211-Lm, PCGS Banknote Choice Unc. 64. Courtesy of PCGS. Click image to enlarge.
1934 $1,000 San Francisco Federal Reserve Note Mule, Fr. 2211-Lm, PCGS Banknote Choice Unc. 64

Rounding out this Auction Highlights column is a 1934 $1,000 San Francisco Federal Reserve Note Mule, Fr. 2211- Lm, graded PCGS Banknote Choice Unc. 64. While not a particularly scarce note overall, examples in higher uncirculated grades are very difficult to come by. Simply put: the overwhelming number of known notes of this variety have been circulated. Recently, Stack’s Bowers Galleries offered this exact banknote for public sale, and it received an incredible $9,000 highest and winning bid. That is not surprising given the note’s superior eye appeal and fantastic general condition.

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