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    1932 $10 MS 64+ (Grading missed Doubling and misstrike)

    In this case, I did buy the coin and not the slab. I think it’s a rolled planchet error. The star impression on the cheek is significantly deep, and I’m of the opinion it would not be the cause of rubbing in a bag. Yes, that is a U and with a loupe you can make out an N I and T. Additionally you can make out part of a reeded edge in the United planchette strike, which is why I think it’s a rolled error. Regardless, I had to have it as I enjoy the uniqueness of the errors.
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    Updated the registry - Happy Hunting

    In 1801, the United States began producing large silver peace medals for presentation to American Indian chiefs and warriors, following a diplomatic tradition set by the France and Great Britain. Lewis and Clark carried them on their expedition and presented them as tokens of peace from President Jefferson himself. Presented at treaty signings, the medals carried the face of the current president, with symbols of peace and friendship on the reverse. The Mint was authorized to manufacture coins for foreign governments in 1874 (Act of January 29, 1874), as long as the function did not interfere with coinage production for the United States. The first foreign coins were struck at the Philadelphia Mint for the government of Venezuela: two million 2 ½ centavo and ten million 1 centavo denominations from 1875–1876. In the Act of 1792, Congress mandated that all American coins show on one side “an impression emblematic of Liberty, with an inscription of the word Liberty, and the year of coinage; and upon the reverse of each of the gold and silver coins shall be the representation of an eagle, with this inscription, ‘UNITED STATES OF AMERICA’. . . “. Many changes in coin designs have been made since 1792; however, much of the original design scheme remains. All U.S. coinage is produced with what is commonly called a “coin turn.” That means that the reverse side (tails) of the coin is upside down to the obverse side (heads). While Mint historians have researched the history of this practice, they have been unable to determine the exact reason for this custom. The Mint still produces U.S. coinage in this manner for traditional reasons, and not due to any legal requirement. The Lincoln cent is the only circulating coin currently produced in which the portrait faces to the right. The likeness of President Lincoln is an adaption of a plaque by Victor David Brenner, an outstanding portraitist and sculptor. President Theodore Roosevelt was so impressed with Mr. Brenner’s design that he recommended to the Secretary of the Treasury that the design be placed on a coin issued in the Lincoln Centennial Year, 1909. The direction that Lincoln faces on the cent was not mandated—this was simply the choice of the designer. On October 10, 1978, Public Law 95-447 honored Susan B. Anthony on the dollar. Her likeness on the new dollar represented the first time that a woman, other than a mythical figure, appeared on a circulating coin. The first commemorative coin to feature a woman was the 1893 Columbian Exposition Quarter Dollar portraying Queen Isabella of Spain.
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    1932 $10 MS 64+ (Grading missed Doubling and misstrike)

    I was very surprised on this example acquired at HA. The grader missed a star mis-strike on Liberty’s cheek and a rolled U on the reverse that is easily identifiable without a loupe.
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    1812 BD-1 Half Eagle, MS61 Wide Denomination

    1812 BD-1 Half Eagle, MS61 Wide Denomination 1812 $5 BD-1, R.3, MS61 NGC. Bass-Dannreuther Die State a/a with no evidence of clash marks on either side of this splendid specimen. The two varieties of 1812 half eagles represent the last year of John Reich's Capped Bust Left design. The obverse and reverse were each modified for coinage the following year, with the obverse depicting the Capped Head design. The reverse modification created a smaller eagle with the leaves farther from the border and the claws and arrow feather farther from the denomination. This lovely lemon-yellow example has frosty luster and pleasing surfaces that exhibit inconsequential, microscopic marks. Census: 0 in 61 - census is incorrect on this specimen at both NGC and PCGS.
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    1909 VDB 1C Doubled Die Obverse, FS-1101, MS65 Red PCGS.

    1909 VDB 1C Doubled Die Obverse, FS-1101, MS65 Red PCGS. Doubling is evident on the RTY of LIBERTY and on all date digits, with the secondary image east of the primary. Housed in a PCGS 30th Anniversary holder. Blazing orange-gold luster adorns this popular Gem. All design elements are sharply impressed. Devoid of mentionable marks or spots. The Cherrypickers' Guide notes that: "Values have more than doubled in recent years."
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    1805 $5 BD-1, High R.3, MS61 PCGS OGH

    Still updating the registry and sharing the rarer specimens. 1805 Five Dollar, BD-1, MS61 Pinpoint-Sharp Strike 1805 $5 BD-1, High R.3, MS61 PCGS. Bass-Dannreuther Die State a/a, without a vertical die crack through the 0 in the date. The left foot of the 1 is intact -- an obvious die marker for the most collectible variety among 1805 half eagles. According to Early U.S. Gold Coin Varieties, possibly more than 200 coins survive. Of those, a small fraction are known in Mint State. Both sides are evenly struck and well-centered with crisp dentilation. The stars are raised, and the neck, wing, and tailfeathers are sharp as can be. Yellow-gold surfaces display wispy marks in line with the grade. Housed in an old green label holder.
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    1884 PF 66 UCAM $5 Coronet

    2017 was a banner year for my registry with some of the finest examples know being acquired. Couldn’t resist the Florida Auction and acquired this unbelivable specimen tonight as well as three others. This will go into the vault and will not be seen again by the public for 3 generations. Rick, if you want to see it, we can make arrangements. This piece surfaced in public auctions a decade ago with no accurately traceable pedigree. NGC lists a numerically equal non-Cameo proof, which has either never been offered at auction or is an upgrade from one of the lesser coins in our census, but this piece is without doubt the finest Ultra or Deep Cameo known. Deeply mirrored fields and sharp, frosty devices produce cameo contrast reminiscent of a freshly struck proof. Faint die polishing lines in the fields are visible at certain angles under a loupe, not to be confused with hairline scratches. Technically and visually the finest that the 1884 proof half eagle issue has to offer. PR 66 UCAM - eQuine Holdings (possibly the lost King Farouk example 1954) PR 65 DCAM - Private Collection PR 65 UCAM - unknown, formerly the Child’s Collection PR 65 - Ullmer 1974, Bass 2000 PR 64 DCAM - Unknown. Last Auction Appearance 2003, formerly Eliasberg collection Choice PF - Unknown. Last Auction Appearance 1998 PR 63 - Frontenac PR 63 Cameo - Rogers Fred Proof - Kaufman PR 64 (2 coins) - Smithsonian Proof - JP Morgan Numismatic Society
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    Post your favorite coin purchase of 2017

    My favorite from 2017. 1803/2 $5 BD-2, R.5, MS61 NGC. Bass-Dannreuther Die State d/c. This late die state shows a bisecting crack on the reverse from the U in UNITED, through the eagle's beak, to the E in STATES. Light field chatter slightly subdues semiprooflike mirroring, but no major abrasions are noticed. The left side of the shield and the eagle's left (facing) talons exhibit strike weakness. On the obverse, bold strike doubling is visible on all relief elements. BD-2 is the rarest of the 1803 half eagle die varieties, with only 40 to 50 pieces believed known. Uncirculated examples, such as this eye-appealing piece, are in demand.
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    Updated the registry - Happy Hunting

    I finally broke down and figured out the new format for the message boards, and am catching up with my fellow hunters. I’ve added 18 Top Pops to my registry as well as a number of Journals entries on some of those acquisitions. I leave you with one of my newest additions from The Fun Auction last night. 1836 PG$1 Gold Dollar, Judd-67, Pollock-70, R.5, PR66 PCGS. CAC. Christian Gobrecht both designed and engraved the dies for this gold dollar pattern. The influence of Mexican coinage is clearly seen on the obverse design showing a Liberty cap surrounded by rays of glory. The reverse features the denomination 1 D. within a coiled palm frond, with the date below and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA above. Struck in coin gold with a 10% copper alloy and a plain edge. Original 1836 patterns were struck prior to March 14 of that year, as established by Walter Breen based on the date Mint Director Patterson sent a gold pattern to Secretary of the Treasury Levi Woodbury.Both originals and restrikes exist for Judd-67. Originals, such as this piece, have a coin turn and are alloyed with 10% copper. According to Akers, restrikes from January of 1844 are alloyed with the same percentage of silver and have a medallic turn.This magnificent example displays deeply reflective proof fields. Set against the mirrors is noticeable mint frost over the devices, which yields a moderate cameo contrast. The surfaces are extraordinarily clean; the only interruptions are three tiny planchet voids on the reverse. Even reddish-gold color covers each side. Only two other pieces have been so graded by PCGS, and none are certified finer (10/17). This is the most eye-appealing, original example that this cataloger has seen.
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    1897 $2.5 PF 65 UCAM CAC

    1897 Two and a Half, PR65 Ultra Cameo Starkly Contrasted and Rare 1897 $2 1/2 PR65 Ultra Cameo NGC. CAC. Ultra Cameo proof 1897 quarter eagles are widely scattered across the numeric grade spectrum, but this Superb Gem is nonetheless high-end for the issue. Only 136 pieces were struck, and likely fewer than 100 are known to survive. Certified population reports are unreliable due to resubmissions; currently, NGC and PCGS combined report 151 grading events -- far surpassing the number proofs actually struck. This CAC-endorsed Ultra Cameo displays incredible field-motif contrast and nearly pristine surfaces. The strike is razor-sharp. If the conditional rarity of this piece is not enough to spike interest in multiple collectors, the eye appeal certainly will. Census: 9 in 65 Ultra Cameo, 27 finer. CAC: 4 in 65, 15 finer (11/17)
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    1836 PG $1 PF 66 Cap & Rays Original Strike CAC

    As Rick would say, “I think you went a little nuts!”. 1836 PG$1 Gold Dollar, Judd-67, Pollock-70, R.5, PR66 PCGS. CAC. Christian Gobrecht both designed and engraved the dies for this gold dollar pattern. The influence of Mexican coinage is clearly seen on the obverse design showing a Liberty cap surrounded by rays of glory. The reverse features the denomination 1 D. within a coiled palm frond, with the date below and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA above. Struck in coin gold with a 10% copper alloy and a plain edge. Original 1836 patterns were struck prior to March 14 of that year, as established by Walter Breen based on the date Mint Director Patterson sent a gold pattern to Secretary of the Treasury Levi Woodbury.Both originals and restrikes exist for Judd-67. Originals, such as this piece, have a coin turn and are alloyed with 10% copper. According to Akers, restrikes from January of 1844 are alloyed with the same percentage of silver and have a medallic turn.This magnificent example displays deeply reflective proof fields. Set against the mirrors is noticeable mint frost over the devices, which yields a moderate cameo contrast. The surfaces are extraordinarily clean; the only interruptions are three tiny planchet voids on the reverse. Even reddish-gold color covers each side. Only two other pieces have been so graded by PCGS, and none are certified finer (10/17). This is the most eye-appealing, original example that the HA Cataloger has ever seen.
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    1803/2 - $5 Draped Bust MS 61

    1803/2 $5 BD-2, R.5, MS61 NGC. Bass-Dannreuther Die State d/c. This late die state shows a bisecting crack on the reverse from the U in UNITED, through the eagle's beak, to the E in STATES. Light field chatter slightly subdues semiprooflike mirroring, but no major abrasions are noticed. The left side of the shield and the eagle's left (facing) talons exhibit strike weakness. On the obverse, bold strike doubling is visible on all relief elements. BD-2 is the rarest of the 1803 half eagle die varieties, with only 40 to 50 pieces believed known. Uncirculated examples, such as this eye-appealing piece, are in demand.
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    1888-O VAM 1B Scarface Small Die Crack

    Ron Guth: The 1888-O VAM 1B "Scarface" variety is one of the most obvious, desirable, and valuable of all Morgan Dollar varieties. There was not question that this would be (and is) a Top 100 variety. However, there is a caveat that accompanies this variety. The "Scarface" is a late to terminal state of a die crack that begins at the dot separating the E from PLURIBUS and grows to include Liberty's face from her nose to the lower hair curls. The value of the "Scarface" variety is dependent on the size of the crack. Early states, where Liberty's face is not involved are not considered to be true "Scarface" varieties or, at least, they do not command the high price of the true "Scarface:" variety.
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    1891 $2.5 PF 64 UCAM

    Only 80 Proofs Struck Rare in All Grades - 1891 $2 1/2 PR64 Ultra Cameo NGC. Characteristics of this proof die pair include bold die doubling of AMERICA (different than the FS-801 circulation strike doubling) and re-punching of the 891 in the date. Mint records indicate that 80 proof 1891 quarter eagles were struck, although likely only about half or slightly less survive today in all grades. HA previously handled only four Ultra/Deep Cameo examples. This Choice Ultra Cameo is fully struck and showcases starkly contrasted devices amid rich yellow-gold coloration. A loupe reveals nothing more than a few stray lines that prevent a Gem numeric grade. A lovely example of this rare 19th century proof gold issue. Census: 2 in 64 Ultra Cameo, 13 finer (6/17).
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    1882 CC MS 60 Double Eagle 1-B

    Of course, I had to pick up the sister to the 1-A 1882-CC $20 MS60 NGC. Variety 1-B. In 1882, coining and refining operations at the Carson City Mint increased over previous years. Double eagles, not struck at the Nevada branch mint since 1879, were struck to the extent of 39,140 pieces. The Carson City Mint was of advantage to miners and mine owners as a convenient place to deposit their gold in exchange for coins or bars. Double eagles that did not circulate locally were eventually exported, and many of the pieces known today were repatriated from foreign trade caches. Uncirculated coins are scarce and in high demand. This piece is sharply struck from dies that do not show the lapping seen on many Carson City double eagles at the eagle's tailfeathers and Liberty's neck truncation. Satiny peach-gold surfaces exhibit olive patina amid the scattered abrasions. The vast majority of Uncirculated 1882-CC twenties are heavily abraded, thus the markers of quality more often than not are a sharp strike and unworn devices, as this piece possesses.