audrop's Coin Album
1892 $10 MS62 Pop. (1472/281) (7/14). The 1892 eagle is a very common date, with thousands graded at the MS-61 and MS-62 levels. Hundreds are available in MS-63, after which the population drops off a cliff. Most 1892 eagles feature bright satiny luster and an occasional proof-like example shows up on the market. In general, the 1892 eagle offers good value to the collector because the rarity premium is barely above that of a normal type coin. Three coins have been graded at the MS-66 level (two NGC and a PCGS), one of the NGC coins sold for a record $14,950 in 1999.
1892-O $10 MS63 Pop. (7/0) (3/13). Despite a relatively low mintage (28,688), the 1892-O eagle is easily obtained in Mint State except above MS-62, at which point the population drops. PCGS has graded but 7 coins at this level and NGC has yet to grade an MS-63. Strike quality is inconsistent on this date and the flatness on some coins indicates that the die faces may not always have been parallel to each other. Unlike every preceding date from the New Orleans Mint, this coin is rarely found proof like. The Smithsonian's specimen grades only AU-50.
1892-S $20 MS61 Pop. (789/2043) (7/14). The 1892-S double eagle follows the same pattern as most of the San Francisco double eagles issues of the era. Large numbers were produced (mintage 930,150) and many were shipped to Europe or South America for international trade. The 1892-S issue is easily found in all grades from VF to MS63. Choice examples can be elusive, but they do show up at auction occasionally. True gem examples are very rare. An NGC MS64 coin sold at auction for $16,100 in early 2007.
1892-S $10 MS63 Pop. (61/4) (3/13). The 1892-S eagle remains a very scarce coin (mintage: 115,500). If this date was found in Europe, the number of coins that has been recovered is very small, especially compared to other dates (some of which were found in huge quantities). Akers mentioned a small hoard of average-quality Uncirculated examples that appeared a few years prior to his 1980 book. As a result of those hoards, scores of this date have been certified at the MS-61 and MS62 levels, but only three dozen or so examples have earned the MS-63 grade.
1920 $20 MS63 Pop. (1977/842) (3/13). In terms of mintage (228,250) and availability, the 1920 double eagle does not garner attention --until a careful study of the population data. This issue is generally well struck and shows typical Philadelphia Mint luster for the period. It ranks as 37th of the 54 dates, and is certainly available in most grades up to MS-64. In MS-65, however,this date is virtually impossible to find and is probably the most underrated gem in the entire series. PCGS has graded only one MS-65, while NGC has graded seven at this level and neither company has graded any finer. In 2007, the Eliasberg example reappeared on the market as a PCGS MS-65 and promptly set a new record price of $109,250. From the Flagg Family Collection.
1921 5C MS66 Pop. (163/29) (6/14). Intermingled toning, in shades of ice-blue, ice-pink, and gold, is present on this Premium Gem. This piece displays rich, satin luster. As is generally the case with this issue, the design elements display a strong level of detail. A small mark in the field below the bison's midsection provides little distraction, if any. Only18 examples have achieved higher numeric examples at PCGS (8/13).
1924 $20 MS65 Pop. (39,646/8,386) (3/13). This date is believed to be the most common of the entire series with a mintage of 4,232,500. Most 1924 double eagles sat out the next several decades in bank vaults in Europe. One of the finest examples graded, a lone PCGS MS-68, sold at the 2006 FUN sale for $63,750.
1924-D $20 MS62 Pop. (149/352) (3/13). This 1924-D double eagle shows a dual surface texture, frosty deep reddish-orange margins yielding to some lighter yellow-gold reflectivity around the figure of Liberty and the central eagle on the reverse. An interesting and appealing example of this former great rarity in the series, certified in a green-label holder. Unlike the 1924 double eagles from the Philadelphia Mint, those from the Denver Mint sat around in the U.S. (mintage 3,049,500), with perhaps a few thousand being sent overseas for international transactions. Therefore, when the 1930's rolled around, they were still available to be turned over to the government and were promptly melted into gold bars and sent to Fort Knox. Survivors show strong luster and average strikes, but many have worn dies around the peripheries, as quality control was lacking. To date, just over a thousand examples have been certified the highest being the Carter/Duckor coin graded PCGS MS-66 that sold in early 2008 for $184,000.
1924-S $20 MS63 Pop. (142/114) (7/14). In lockstep with the 1924-D double eagles, this San Francisco issue was virtually wiped out in the 1930's. Luckily for collectors, several survived in overseas banks. During the 1940's and 1950's, it was generally believed that fewer than a half dozen examples of this date existed. A few coins trickled out from Europe in the late 1950's, and by the 1960's enough had arrived to make this date available to collectors. Most seen are rather well-struck and lustrous, with the typical rounded rims seen on San Francisco coins. They are commonly found with die wear on the peripheral devices and lettering in the form of a shadowy ring. Today the population total his just shy of 1,000 coins certified in all grades. The finest certified example is a single PCGS MS-67, but the price record belongs to the PCGS MS-65 example that sold for $97,750 in 2005. Mintage: 2,922,500.
1946-D 50C MS67+ NGC. CAC. Perhaps the most attractive example of this Denver mint issue we have ever seen, this gorgeous Superb Gem is well-struck and shows partial separation of Liberty's thumb. A mixture of lovely apricot-gold and sky-blue toning adorns the satiny, highly lustrous surfaces. Both sides of the coin are remarkably preserved and free of distractions. A long story.....I submitted this coin to PCGS for a crossover and it didn't cross. So I cracked it out to see what PCGS would grade the coin, MS65+!! CAC isn't worth a premium folks, in fact to me, it isn't worth a plug nickel. The least CAC could do is guarantee their grade as accurate at either NGC or PCGS. What a ripoff.
1946-S 50C MS67 Pop. (53/2) (6/14). Mintage: 3,724,000. Trumpet tail S. Splendid aquamarine, cherry-red, and autumn-brown toning encompass this lustrous and well-preserved Superb Gem. The strike is bold for a San Francisco issue, though the branch hand exhibits blending. Marks are limited to the rock above the AR in DOLLAR. Population: 54 in 67 (2 in 67+), 0 finer (4/14).
The 1948-D Franklin Half is the first coin struck at the Denver Mint for this series. It's mintage is just over 4 million so not a rare date but also not a common date. It is only common in circulated grades and up to MS62 grade more or less. Examples in MS63 and even MS64 can still be found in rolls or mint sets. Examples in MS65 have probably already been pulled from rolls. In MS66 condition they are very scarce with several hundred still available at a premium. In MS67 condition they are truly scarce with less than dozen known and none being finer. Pop. 177/9 (6/14) Mintage: 4,028,600.
In 1978 the U.S. Mint began to significantly decrease the mintages to circulating Kennedy Half Dollars. For the 1978-P Kennedy Half Dollar, the Mint struck a little over 14 million examples. The previous year it struck over 40 million. And most years prior to that the Mint struck some dates in the hundreds of millions. Most 1978-P Kennedy Half Dollars are common in MS65 condition or lower. In MS66 condition you really have to search hard through Mint Sets or rolls to find them. In MS67 condition or higher they are very difficult to find. Pop. 28/0 (2/15) Mintage: 14,350,000.
The 1978-D Eisenhower Dollar seems to be the scarcest coin in high uncirculated condition from all the Eisenhower Dollars that were struck at the Denver Mint. Possibly fewer than 1,000 examples have survived in MS66 condition. In MS67 condition it is almost non-existent with the exception of one lone example that has been graded MS67 with none being finer. Pop. 42/3 (1/18) Mintage: 33,012,890.
The 1978-D Lincoln Cent is very common and can be found in circulation very easily. Over 4 billion examples were produced making it very easy to obtain in most grades. It is only scarce in MS67 and anything grading higher is considered rare. Pop. 27/1 (6/14) Mintage: 4,280,233,400.
The 1978-S Proof Jefferson Nickel is easy to obtain in grades up to PR69 deep cameo. In perfect PR70 deep cameo condition they are scarcer but many examples exist and most serious Jefferson Nickel collectors acan afford an example in this grade. Pop. 75/0 (6/14) Mintage: 3,127,781.
Most 1978-S Proof Washington Quarters comes well struck. Examples up to about PR69 Deep Cameo are very common. Only in perfect PR70 Deep Cameo condition do they become somewhat scarce. But still, examples in PR70 Deep Cameo can be purchased very inexpensively as there are hundreds if not thousands of coins remaining in this condition. Pop. 300/0 (6/14).
Most 1978-S Proof Eisenhower Dollars comes well struck. Examples up to about PR69 Deep Cameo are very common. Only in perfect PR70 Deep Cameo condition do they become somewhat scarce. But still, examples in PR70 Deep Cameo can be purchased very inexpensively as there are hundreds if not thousands of coins remaining in this condition. Pop. 26/0 (1/15).
In 1979 the U.S. Mint struck the 1979-S Proof Jefferson Nickel with two different mint marks. The Type 1 mint mark is less clear and is also referred to as a filled s mint mark. The Type 2 1979-S Proof Jefferson Nickel has a clearer s mint mark and is referred to as a clear s mint mark. Both varieties are very collectible and very popular with Proof Jefferson Nickel collectors. Pop. 56/0 (6/14) Mintage: 3,677,175.
In 1979 the U.S. Mint used two different mint marks to strike Proof coins, including the Washington quarters. The Type 1 Washington quarter will have a filled S mint mark, while the Type 2 will have a clear S mint mark. Both Quarters appear to be fairly common with the Type 1 or the Type 2 mint mark. Pop. 251/0 (6/14) Mintage: 3,677,175.
Jefferson Nickels from 1985 from the Denver Mint are not rare or scarce by any means, as they were struck in the hundreds of millions. However, in high Uncirculated grades this date is scarce in MS66 and higher. With the Full Steps designation, it is even scarcer. There are no more than a few hundred examples that would probably grade MS66 with Full Steps but more than likely, there may even be less than 100 examples total. In MS67 with or without Full Steps this coin is almost unheard of. Any example that looks MS67 or higher is definitely a coin worth keeping and worth grading, as it would be one of the nicest examples out there. Pop. 44/1 (12/10) Mintage: 459,747,446.
From the 1980's to about the year 2000, the Mint was producing about 20-30 million Kennedy Half Dollars from each Mint each year. Therefore, the 1985-D is a common issue since it's mintage is close to 20 million coins struck. It is only scarce in MS67 condition or higher. Anything grading less than MS67 is fairly common and can be purchased very inexpensively. Pop. 83/0 (3/13) Mintage: 19,814,034.
The 2001-S Proof Sacagawea Dollar is very common in the series. It's mintage is over 3.1 million. There are numerous other dates in the series that have mintages under 3 million. A few dates in the Proof Sacagawea Dollars also have mintages under 1 million. Therefore, the 2001-S Proof Sacagawea Dollar can easily be obtained for a very small premium. Most examples appear to be in about PR68-PR769 Deep Cameo condition. Perfect PR70 Deep Cameo examples are a lot more difficult to find but enough examples exist that prices remain affordable to most collectors. Pop. (596/0) (6/14) Mintage: 3,184,606.
The 2003-S Proof Sacagawea Dollar has a large mintage if compared to other proof coins in the series. It should be fairly easy and inexpensive to find an example. The majority of coins came very nicely struck and range from about PR68 to PR69 condition. Coins in perfect PR70 Deep Cameo condition were much more difficult to find. Pop. 898/0 (7/14) Mintage: 3,298,439.
The circulation strike 2006 Jefferson Nickels were released by the U.S. Mint on January 12, 2006. However, the Proof coins were issued at different times since they came in different Proof Sets from the U.S. Mint. The 2006 Jefferson Nickel is the first coin to have a Presidents portrait facing forward. In the past, the Presidents depictions have been displayed on a profiled view. Most 2006-S Proof Jefferson Nickels came in Proof Sets ranging from PR68-PR69 Deep Cameo quality. Perfect PR70 Deep Cameo examples were a little more difficult to find but enough examples were stuck that almost anyone can afford one very inexpensively in graded PR70 Deep Cameo condition. Pop. 460/0 (6/14) Mintage: 3,054,436.
The 2010 Proof Shield Lincoln cents were issued in a 2010 (14 Coin) Proof Set. The 2010 cent replaced the old Memorial reverse and now has a new Shield reverse design. 2010 (14 Coin) Proof Set: The 2010 (14 Coin) Proof Set was first sold by the U.S. Mint on July 22, 2010 at 12:00 Noon (ET). Each set had a price of $31.95 each. Each set contained a Lincoln cent, Jefferson Nickel, Roosevelt Dime, Kennedy Half Dollar, Native American Half Dollar, the five America the Beautiful Quarters and four Presidential Dollars all in Proof format and from the year 2010. Pop. 266/0 (6/14) Mintage: 1,689,216.
The 2010-S Proof Jefferson Nickel carried the same design issued from 2006 to date. The 2010 Proof Jefferson Nickels were issued in a 2010 (14 Coin) Proof Set. 2010 (14 Coin) Proof Set: The 2010 Proof Set was first sold by the U.S. Mint on July 22, 2010 at 12:00 Noon (ET). Each set had a price of $31.95 each. Each set contained a Lincoln cent, Jefferson Nickel, Roosevelt Dime, Kennedy Half Dollar, Native American Half Dollar, the five America the Beautiful Quarters and four Presidential Dollars all Proof and from the year 2010. All Proof coins in the set are struck on specially prepared blanks which are polished and cleaned prior to striking. The blanks are then struck by polished dies at least twice to produce a sharp relief. Pop. 379/0 (6/14) Mintage: 1,689,364.
The 2011-P Nickels were produced in large quantities therefore coins can still be easily obtainable from circulation. Even coins grading up to MS65 can still be found by searching. In grades of MS66 they are a bit more scarce requiring some effort to find either in circulation or from rolls or bags. In MS67 they are very scarce and possibly most examples in this grade came from original rolls or bags. None have been discovered in higher grades than MS67 but if one or more are found they are definitely very scarce. Pop. (76/1) (6/14) Mintage: 450,000,000.
This is the second year in which the Mint used the Lincoln Shield design. The 2011 Proof Shield Lincoln cents were sold in regular Proof and also in Silver Proof sets from 2011. 2011 Proof Set: The 2011 Proof Set consists of 14 Different coins which include the Shield Cent, Jefferson Nickel, Roosevelt Dime, Kennedy Half Dollar, Native American Dollar, 4 different Presidential Dollars and finally, the 5 different America the Beautiful Quarters. The 2011 Proof Set originally went on sale at the U.S. Mint on January 11, 2011. The price of each set was originally priced at $31.95 if purchased directly from the U.S Mint. 2011 Silver Proof Set: The 2011 Proof Set consists of 14 Different coins which include the Shield Cent, Jefferson Nickel, Native American Dollar and 4 different Presidential Dollars. It also included the following coins that were composed of 90% silver, which are the Roosevelt Dime, Kennedy Half Dollar, and finally, the 5 different America the Beautiful Quarters. The 2011 Silver Proof Set originally went on sale at the U.S. Mint on January 25, 2011. The price of each set was originally priced at $67.95 if purchased directly from the U.S Mint. Pop. 334/0 (6/14) Mintage: 1,673.010.
The 2011 Proof Jefferson Nickels were sold in regular Proof sets from 2011. 2011 Proof Set: The 2011 Proof Set consists of 14 Different coins which include the Shield Cent, Jefferson Nickel, Roosevelt Dime, Kennedy Half Dollar, Native American Dollar, 4 different Presidential Dollars and finally, the 5 different America the Beautiful Quarters. The 2011 Proof Set originally went on sale at the U.S. Mint on January 11, 2011. The price of each set was originally priced at $31.95 if purchased directly from the U.S Mint. Pop. 310/0 (6/14) Mintage: 1,453,276.
The 2012-D Jefferson Nickel is very common as the mintage is well over 380 million. Examples in MS66 appear to be a little difficult to find but with enough searching, a nice example in this condition can be found. In MS67 condition it is scarce with possibly hundreds, if not thousands of examples out there. However, with such a large mintage the time involved to find one would be monumental. Therefore, MS67 examples are considered very scarce. Pop. 33/1 (6/14) Mintage: 383,040,000.
The 2012-S Proof Lincoln Cent is the third year in which the Mint struck the Lincoln Cent with a Shield Reverse design. Most 2012-S Proof Lincoln Cents were well struck ranging from about PR67 - PR69 Deep Cameo condition. Perfect Proof 70 Deep Cameo coins were much more difficult to find but enough examples were struck to meet collectors demand. Pop. 82/0 (6/14) Mintage: 1,237,415.
Kings of all England. Cnut (Canute) (1016-35) Penny c.1017-23 Cambridge mint, Adam as moneyer, S-1157, North-781, MS63 PCGS. + CNVT REX ANGLOR, crowned bust left within quatrefoil / + AD| AM | ON G | RAT, voided long cross with crescent ends over quatrefoil with pellet at each apex. An appealing piece, slightly double-struck, with mauve toning.
William I the Conqueror (1066-87) Penny c. 1068-70, Oxford mint, Wulfwi as moneyer, S-1251, North-842 (S), Bonnet type, MS62 PCGS. PILLEMVS REX A, crowned and diademed bust facing with two fillets to each side / PVLFPI ON OXEN, voided short cross, arms extending from a central annulet with limbs terminating in two crescents and a pellet, pile in angles with pellet at tips. A superior example of this issue, sharply struck with remarkable surfaces. The cabinet patina is truly lovely and in combination with the detail of the devices and underlying luster, this coin deserves the attention of an advanced collector.
Charles I (1625-44) Maltravers Farthing MS62BN S-6526 Pop. (1/0) (6/14). Thomas Mitchell: Born 19 January 1639 and died 1699 both at Ballinturley, Castle Strong, Roscommon, Ireland. Joan Smoote: Born 1625 in Ireland. Simon Hadley: Born 1640 West Meath, Kings County, Ireland. Died 6 June 1711 County Westmeath, Ireland. William Gregg, Jr.: Born 1642 Ardmore, Waterford, Ireland. Died 1 July 1687 New Castle, Colony of Delaware, British Colonial America. Martha Ann Wilkinson: Born 1644 Ardmore, Waterford, Ireland. Died 5 January 1692 Strand Milles, New Castle, Colony of Delaware, British Colonial America. Valentine Hollingsworth, Sr.: Born June 1632 Belleniskcrannel, Parish of Legoe,Aramagh County, Ireland. Buried in Friends Cemetery, Newark, New Castle, Delaware. Anne Ree: Belleniskcrannel, Segoe Parish, Armagh, Ireland. Died 1 April 1671 Moyraverty, Armagh, Ireland. George Robinson: Born 1636 Belleniskcrannel, Armagh, Ireland. Died 14 February 1694 New Castle, Delaware.