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The South Texas Collection - 3rd

2014 2015 2016
Current Statistics
Rank

3
GPA with Top Bonuses

62.675
GPA Weighted

62.542
Complete

100.00%
Set Rating

62.675

About This Set: This set began in 1996 as a complete gold typeset. With a little encouragement from Doug Winters (at the ANA summer camp in Colorado Springs in the summer of 1999), I set out to finish a complete set of $3.00 gold pieces. As in any coin collectors pursuit of a collection your knowledge of a given field grows as does your collection. But when you narrow down the scope of your collection and begin to specialize in a specific field such as the Indian Princess then the knowledge consumed can become priceless. This set combines some of the lesser known and appreciated rarities in a rarity laden series. The 1856 being well struck, the 1856 S small s and medium S, the 1873 closed 3 in AU 53, 55,58, MS 61, 63,& 64. As well as pedigrees ranging from Bass to Pittman. This set is destined to be mostly comprised of Mint State 61,62, & 63 pieces chosen on the basis of originality, clean surfaces, and prooflike appearance.

The South Texas Collection

Image Item PCGS # Date Denom Grade PCGS # Pop PCGS # Pop Higher Pop Pop Higher Comments
1854 7969 1854 $3 MS64 142 54 14254
Satiny luster is present throughout. Obverse is two tone coloring, reverse is dark gold probably from sitting on fabric in a coin cabinet. The sharpest and most complete strike of any coin in this collection.Unusual to find one with strong strike.
1854-D 7970 1854-D $3 AU55 24 12 2412
This is an extremely early striking of the 1854 D. The reason I make this statement is threefold. First and foremost is the die polish lines in the fields. They are not only visible but prominent, something I have never witnessed from another 1854 D. Die polish lines are typically seenin earlier strikes. Secondly the dentils are struck up and complete around the entire circumference of the coin on both obverse and reverse. So far we have found only three others like it. Thirdly the fields are semi-prooflike with this coin retaining over 95% of its luster. I have seen only one 1854 D with semi-prooflike fields, the Bass example which currently resides in the ANA Museum in Colorada Springs, CO. This should probably be in an AU 58 or higher slab for there is no evidence of wear, only contact marks from what would appear to be a very short stint in circulation. It was probably net graded because of a mint made laminationon the obverse that begins between the D of united and the S of states and extends to the eyebrow of the Indian Princess. A very unique1854 D with original crusty surfaces characteristics and an old gold/brownish/red hues in its coloring.
1854-O 7971 1854-O $3 AU58 25 3 253
Fiery prooflike fields and struck from the relapped die
1855 7972 1855 $3 MS63 70 35 7035
Prooflike and lustrous
1855-S 7973 1855-S $3 MS61 1 1 11
Original skin, semi-prooflike, good strike, mellow honey coloring on obverse with darker toning around the devices on reverse.
1856 7974 1856 $3 MS64 33 5 335
Satiny cartwheel lustre,darker gold coloring around the devices on obverse and reverse.Honey gold coloring in the fields.This is one of the better struck 1856 $3.00's
1856-S 7975 1856-S $3 MS64 3 0 30
Satiny fields of honey gold coloring. Very well struck. This is the medium S variety, much more attainable than the small s type. A tick in the obverse field below the D in united is the only observable marker for identification. Top pop.
1857 7976 1857 $3 MS62 35 28 3528
Prooflike original, from a clashed die
1857-S 7977 1857-S $3 AU58 9 2 92
Former Richard Jewell Collection
1858 7978 1858 $3 MS63 3 3 33
Prooflike and swirling luster, well struck.Formerly of the Bass collection
1859 7979 1859 $3 MS63 27 27 2727
Semi pl fields with a satin lustre.Old gold coloring with original and undipped surfaces.Strong strike. Formerly in the El Zorro collection.
1860 7980 1860 $3 MS64 15 4 154
1860-S 7981 1860-S $3 MS62 2 0 20
Top pop well struck except for the bow knot on the reverse. Semi-prooflike old gold coloring.
1861 7982 1861 $3 MS63 16 16 1616
Semi prooflike light yellow gold coloring.Good strike.
1862 7983 1862 $3 MS64 8 7 87
Very well struck, darker orange coloring, heavily polished die-disappearing neck variety.
1863 7984 1863 $3 MS62 11 25 1125
Blazing luster and prooflike
1864 7985 1864 $3 MS64 6 5 65
Two toned coloring of orange and lilac.Semi pl around the devices with satiny lustre due to the die polishing. Full strike and undipped original.
1865 7986 1865 $3 MS66 2 1 21
1866 7987 1866 $3 MS64 6 5 65
1867 7988 1867 $3 MS64 3 3 33
1868 7989 1868 $3 MS64 15 7 157
Frosty cartwheel luster, fully struck,the coloring is lght gold with reddish hues.
1869 7990 1869 $3 MS63 6 3 63
Old yellow gold coloring with lustrous and pl surfaces, also from the American Princess collection
1870 7991 1870 $3 MS63 8 4 84
1871 7993 1871 $3 MS63 10 16 1016
Proolike, well struck, old gold coloring. Really clean looking fields.
1872 7994 1872 $3 MS63 9 6 96
Purchased from Sonny Henry auction, difficult to locate one any better than MS62
1873 Closed 3 7995 1873 $3 MS64 2 0 20
Bright blazing cameo appearance, formerly of the Bass collection
1874 7998 1874 $3 MS64 94 30 9430
1877 7999 1877 $3 MS62 3 2 32
Prooflike with dark gold coloring
1878 8000 1878 $3 MS64 764 338 764338
1879 8001 1879 $3 MS64 123 61 12361
Full strike, prooflike,with light honey gold toning.
1880 8002 1880 $3 MS63 40 85 4085
Feiry gold, prooflike cameo, very pretty under a light.
1881 8003 1881 $3 MS63 10 7 107
CAC stickered for the following reasons: Wholly original coin inclusive of the copper spotting, prooflike, with a mellow old gold coloring. Well struck.
1882 8004 1882 $3 MS64 22 13 2213
Fully struck, mellow gold coloring, with proof-like appearance.
1883 8005 1883 $3 MS62 38 63 3863
The old green label holder, and a very original coin. Nice luster and pl
1884 8006 1884 $3 MS66 2 0 20
Brilliant bright prooflike coin, with the orange peel appearance so commonly found in gold proof coinage. Additionally it has a flashy cartwheel lustre, unusual to find oth in the same coin. The sharpest and fullest srike of any in this collection.
1885 8007 1885 $3 MS64 26 22 2622
IN AN OLD GREEN HOLDER. Full strike with tangerine/gold coloring. And a beutiful cameo prooflike appearance.
1886 8008 1886 $3 MS64 6 1 61
Prooflike cameo,tangerine gold color,fully struck original coin, formerly in the Great Lakes Collection.
1887 8009 1887 $3 MS64 71 38 7138
Brilliant prooflikeon obverse and reverse, darker gold coloring, with an impressive complete and bold strike.
1888 8010 1888 $3 MS64 139 134 139134
Full strike, frosty mellow gold coloring
1889 8011 1889 $3 MS64 63 46 6346

COMMENTS

Beautiful collection!

Posted @ 11/14/2012 5:32 AM By Gold7272