Jesh Coin Album
CAC. Ex: Eliasberg. The obverse die is worn and the reverse die is crisp with evidence of a repunched mintmark. This splendid Premium Gem has attractive medium gold toning over frosty luster. Population: 7 in 66, 2 finer (8/10). Ex: Chapman Brothers (5/1900); J.M. Clapp; Clapp Estate; Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr.; Eliasberg Estate (Bowers and Merena, 5/1996), lot 1239.
CAC. The 1901-S offers the twin appeals of the popular S mintmark and its status as probably the most common half eagle in high grades -- a status due as much to the large mintage as to the overall excellent production criteria. This remarkable Premium Gem displays those criteria in abundance, with a nearly full strike (save for a couple of obverse star centers), glorious luster, and attractive red-orange coloration. Abrasions are virtually absent. Population: 46 in 66, 2 finer (9/11).
CAC. Spiked Shield, Variety 20A. Ex: S.S. Central America. SSCA 2796. The Central America went from being an almost-forgotten maritime disaster to an oft-told treasure tale after the discovery of the wreck -- and the golden cargo within. This Premium Gem 1857-S double eagle was one of thousands packed tightly together on the ship and bound for New York with who-knows-what eventual fate when a hurricane sank the Central America. After more than a century and a quarter, this coin and its fellows changed collector understanding of the 1857-S double eagle forever. Despite being packed for shipping, riding through two rough oceans, sinking in a hurricane, and being raised from the ocean floor, this Premium Gem has come through hardly the worse for events (and obviously with no wear). Canary-gold luster, bright and pale, deepens slightly toward the rims. A tiny mark along Liberty's chin is well within the bounds of the grade. Offered alone (no box or paperwork), but this coin and its gold-insert holder carry their own credentials. From The Richard P. Ariagno, M.D. Collection