Larry Stendebach's Coin Album
October 2018 Baltimore - Session 3 - Rarities Night - Lots 2001-2226 LOT 2082 DESCRIPTION Richly Toned Choice AU 1795 Flowing Hair Dollar 1795 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar. BB-27, B-5. Rarity-1. Three Leaves. AU-55 (PCGS). A lovely example of both the type and variety, both sides of this coin are richly toned in dominant steel gray and russet shades. Direct lighting calls forth more vivid undertones that include blue, gold and reddish-pink. Boldly to sharply defined from an ideally centered, well executed strike, plenty of satiny mint luster remains to further confirm the desirable Choice AU grade from PCGS. BB Die State II. While first introduced in 1794, it was not until 1795 that the silver dollar was produced in any significant quantity to allow it to fulfill its intended role as the numismatic ambassador for a fledgling nation. The number of dollars coined in 1795 is a matter of quite a bit of debate. The official Mint reports state that all told 203,033 dollars were coined in 1795, but there is no differentiation between the Flowing Hair and the Draped Bust types. Most references now generally cite a mintage of 160,295 for the 1795 Flowing Hair dollars. More recent scholarship by Q. David Bowers indicates that may actually be far too low and that the overall total number of 1795-dated dollars minted is likely closer to 290,000 pieces. Because dies were frequently reused regardless of the date appearing on them, there may have been as many as 185,000 pieces struck as late as 1798, a number derived after very careful die state analysis. It becomes very clear that mass production was planned and these coins were no longer symbolic as they were in 1794 but rather to be an instrumental component to commerce. At least 10 Flowing Hair obverse dies and 11 Small Eagle reverse dies were prepared resulting in 29 varieties cataloged to date. The BB-27 variety is the most available of these and may be distinguished by three leaves under each of the eagle's wings and a "bar" that extends from the topmost curl of Liberty's hair to star 5. Because Liberty's portrait was deeply impressed into the die, this variety was struck in high relief and many details wore down quickly. An estimated 2,500 and 3,500 pieces are believed to exist for the BB-27 die pair, but as with many of the early silver dollars, almost all are in the low to middle circulated grade levels. With 1794 dollars out of reach of most collectors and seldom available, the 1795 BB-27 dollar has long filled the bill for those seeking an example of this issue. Expect spirited bidding for this particularly appealing example.
B-9, BB-156 has a very low date and a 7x6 star arrangement on the obverse paired with a reverse that has four stars with their points touching the clouds above. Exquisite sharpness steps up the appeal of this high-end example, as the stars all thrust fully off the field, and the peripheral devices even show evidence of delicate mint frost. Slate-green toning forms a path around the outer details, yielding to typical silver-grey patina toward the central areas. Neither side has any mentionable abrasions whatsoever.
Coin-facts Platecoin Bass-Dannreuther-4 has the right foot of "T" in LIBERTY intact, and as a single-use obverse die, that is sufficient for attribution. "MS-61" tends to imply a coin of impaired eye-appeal, yet the bold details and generally pleasing luster seen here speak to a coin whose appeal modestly exceeds the sum of the parts. Aside from thin, wispy hairlines seen here and there, very few distractions show up even under a loupe, aside from a handful of brief abrasions on the cheek. A dashing, entry-level type example at the mint-state level. - The Midwest Summer Sale 2017
The Collectors' Auction - 2017 - Lot 613 - Cohen-1 has a small, high "6" in the date, and also produced the final appearance of a "no stems reverse" for the series. Some examples of C-1 were very well struck, but the present piece seems to display about average sharpness for the die-marriage, as the lines in the bust merge slightly, and the tresses at Liberty's forehead are not entirely distinct from each other. Attractive, deep glossy brown color dominates the appearance.
Ex. NGC 1573362-003 - 1831 25C Small Letters, B-2, R.2, MS63 NGC. Tompkins Die State 2/4 with advanced cracks across much of the reverse border. This fully struck Select Bust quarter is deeply patinated lavender, orange, and navy-blue. Luster dominates the margins and motifs. The reverse appears unabraded, and the obverse displays only unimportant marks.
CAC / Ex. NGC 2672172-002 JR-1, with the late reverse die showing two cracks from the scroll to the rim. Despite the worn dies, considerable sharpness adds to the appeal as a type coin, and that doesn't even begin to describe the allure of ruby-gold patina swirling with action in the peripheral areas. Splashes of aqua-green add to the presentation, and one might mistake this for an even higher grade were it not for somewhat muted overall luster.
CAC - EX FUN 2017. Briggs 2-B. In 1853, the weight of the U.S. quarter dollar was reduced from 6.68 grams to 6.22 grams. This change was signified by the addition of arrows to the obverse design near the date and rays around the eagle. The rays were omitted in 1854, however, making this an important one-year type. This example is well-struck and essentially untoned, save for a faint golden cast. Surface marks are absolutely minimal for the grade. Ex: Baltimore Signature (Heritage, 3/2009), lot 1026; ANA Signature (Heritage, 3/2010), lot 771.
CAC LEGEND August Premier Sessions 2018 We are surprised PCGS did not + this coin (NO promises). It is VERY high end and is really is special. We do NOT see these like this. Absolutely deep and stunning mirrors beam boldly from all over. The mirrors have amazing clarity, are exceedingly clean, and are totally reflective. A wild and clearly original album type circular toning beams from all over. The colors are faded navy/violet/forest green/pearl green/gold. The color pattern on the reverse is just heart pounding. On either side, you do NOT have to imagine the colors. Miss Liberty and every detail are fully struck and do have clear thick frost. The eye appeal is sensational! PCGS 20, NGC 2, CAC 12 (obviously there was a big resubmission). NO PCGS CAC piece has ever been sold via auction. The current Collectors Universe Value is $7,500.00. We fully expect active bidding on this coin and for the price to be much stronger than $7,500.00. A PR 65 would cost you at least $40,000.00-if you could even find one! Do not just take our word on it, see this coin in person at the ANA show!
Finest Known Example / PCGS Coinfacts Platecoin / Jaw Dropping Toning SC The Collectors' Auction - 2017 - LOT 805 - The Quantum Collection. 1 graded PR-67, zero higher at PCGS. Barring cameo examples, this 1860 quarter has recently become the finest known to PCGS. Beyond the amazing technical aspirations, which include staggering strike accuracy and flawless surface quality, the aesthetics are leaps and bounds above most others. Phenomenal indigo-blue, golden sky and creme colors encircle both sides, showing a particularly incredible, eye-appealing pattern on the reverse. Two microscopic oblong abrasions the head may serve as pedigree markers.
NGC 3418610-005 Needle sharp definition could hardly be more precise for the most common 20-cent issue. Rich denim-blue and cinnamon-gold hues drape down the left field of the obverse, and permeate much of the lower reverse with similar coloration. Aside from slightly subdued luster, there appears to be no reason this example could not contend for a full gem grade.
SC The Collectors' Auction - 2017 - LOT 818 - The Quantum Collection. Mintage: 13,700. 34 graded MS-66, 29 higher at PCGS. 1879 marked the beginning of paltry mintages in Philadelphia, although the limited use of the dies resulted in dazzling coins; the date is known for numerous fully prooflike examples, this being no such coin. Indeed, many astute collectors, realizing how common the cameo circulation strike coins are, choose instead to pursue one with this type of non-mirrored finish. But aside from all that, what elevates the breathtaking visual appeal is the presence of huge, wide wintergreen and lavender tone on the obverse, missing only the periphery, where chartreuse brilliance takes over. The reverse has an electric-magenta and peach-gold central portion surrounded by shimmering bands of cobalt-jade, Persian-blue and emerald bands, obviously placed there by long album storage.
CAC / EX: PCGS 08867787 Auctions: [2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa #12312007] [St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #434 - The 2007] Guide Book indicates that 930 proof quarters were struck in 1885. PCGS and NGC have certified a fairly good number, totaling over 400 pieces, the majority of which are PR64 and below. On the Gem specimen in this lot, electric blue peripheral toning fades to lavender, and to pale orange on the obverse and deep pumpkin-orange on the reverse. Distinct contrast is visible between the eagle and the nearby fields. A solid strike results in crisp definition on the design elements. [The Regency Auction XVII - 5/19/2016] The surfaces are aglow with richly reflective fields. Blue, pink and orange toning shines brightly when viewed under a strong light. The reverse is particularly beautiful. Only 930 were struck for collectors. PCGS 34, NGC 38, CAC 7. The most recent record for a PCGS/CAC coin selling in a major auction was in January 2016, realizing $1,470. This really seems cheap given the PCGS Price Guide value of $2,100. Because of the amount of low quality examples, “dreck” is often the word to describe them, the market has really put PQ examples on sale. We think that at current levels, GEM CAC proof Seated quarters are a good value.
Coinfacts Platecoin - 4 graded PF-67 DCAM, 2 higher at PCGS. Devastating visual impact comes to full fruition with the amazing near-white-on-black contrast offered by the pristine surface. Like a hologram, a faint image of cartwheel luster flutters through the fields with ghostly presence only because the proof quality is so strong that the reflectivity seems practically infinite, even upon close inspection. One can readily surmise that these must have been fresh dies, and the presence of some undercurrent brilliance within the lowest crevices of the portrait (e.g. along the top of the thigh) provides evidence of extensive repolishing of at least the obverse die. All superior ultra-cameo proof quarters are rare for the Seated Liberty series, and the exuberant quality here means the connoisseur need never seek an upgrade for his type set.
EX NGC 66CAM 1898923-001 Scoins Midwest 2017 Sale - Free Travels Collection. Deep, vivid concentric rings of color on both sides create a very nearly perfect halo effect, and incorporate cobalt-blue, cyan, russet-gold and amber gradations that fervently suggest long album placement. The cameo effect cannot be missed and is made all the more appealing by the brilliance of the central regions, as well as a very powerful strike. An exemplary proof type coin, and one that will readily entice strong bids.
CAC Deep, reflective mirrors offer the boldest in brilliance and clarity and beam from all over! What a great example of the first year of Barber's Liberty head design. The design elements are extremely sharp in strike, and ultra frosted devices showing the extreme in Deep Cameo contrast. PCGS 3, NGC 0, CAC 1. This GEM sold for $7,200 in December 2017. A non-CAC PCGS PR65 DCAM sold for $4,113 in September 2013. These DO NOT come up with any frequency so prepare to bid liberally if you want to take this beautiful coin home!
CAC / PCGS COINFACTS PLATECOIN / Ex. NGC 1962813-001 January 2016 HA - This delectable coin undoubtedly appears much the same as it did when it dropped from the proof dies 113 years ago, with no toning and pronounced Cameo contrast. The strike is boldly impressed, and perusal with a loupe reveals only die polish lines and a single, dot-like depression in the right obverse field before Liberty's eye, probably a trivial planchet flaw, as struck, since the proof luster continues unabated through the tiny dot. One of the finest. Population: 7 in 67, 0 finer (1/06).(Registry values: N2998) (NGC ID# 23G4, PCGS# 84877)
CAC / Coinfacts Plate-coin Intricate definition will be the hallmark for this excellent proof dime, and we believe it is a dead-on cameo example even though such is not designated on the slab. This is typically the case for original proof silver that hasn't been dipped to reveal the true depth of contrast. And, it's a good thing nobody has dipped this coin, as the obverse displays a dramatic toning pattern, including gleaming peripheral sunrise-gold that surrounds ocean-blue and tropical green coloration nearer the centers. The reverse has an altogether different toning pattern, as cool navy-blue, cobalt-gold and magenta surround the violet centers.
SC The Midwest Summer Sale - 2018 | LOT 157 | U.K. Lorgnettes Collection. Stunning definition from the dies, but the first thing that captures the eye is a vast splash of peculiar gunmetal and plum-orange. The reverse is shaded in deep orange, albeit this is a highly lustrous coin.
EX: The Redwood Collection of Swiss Coins - Bern mint, KM24, HMZ-21204z. A coin that has an exorbitant amount of glamorous frosty luster that is complimented by a full strike to create a sharp appearance. Wow comes to mind! AUCTION: 2016 September 25 The Redwood Collection of Swiss Coins Monthly Internet Auction, Part I #271639