Stack's Bowers Offers Early US Rarities and Gold $50 Pieces Certified by NGC

Posted on 8/9/2022

Among the NGC-certified coins in the spotlight is a coin from when the United States was fighting for its independence.

A stunning coin from the Revolutionary War is among hundreds of rare coins that are certified by Numismatic Guaranty Company™ (NGC®) being offered by respected auction house Stack’s Bowers. Online bidding is underway for the Summer 2022 Global Showcase Auction – Session 8 Rarities Night, which will be held August 25, 2022.

A top highlight of the auction is an incredibly rare (circa 1780) Regulated Dollar - Philip Syng Jr. ‘PS’ on a Bolivia 1751P 8 Reales graded NGC VF 25 (lot 7006). The obverse clearly depicts the mark of Philip Syng Jr., a renowned Philadelphia silversmith who is most famous for creating the inkstand used for the Declaration of Independence and US Constitution.

(circa 1780) Regulated Dollar - Philip Syng Jr. ‘PS’ on a Bolivia 1751P 8 Reales graded NGC VF 25.
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Like Ephraim Brasher did in New York a few years later, Syng regulated foreign currency in order to adjust it up to local standards. Unlike the famous Brasher Doubloon pieces, Syng’s work on this piece (indicated by the PS countermark) is dated to the Revolutionary War. This lot also includes an unadulterated Bolivia 1751P 8 Reales, graded NGC AU 53, for comparison.

Another rarity featured in the sale is a 1776 Pewter ‘CURENCY’ Continental Dollar graded NGC MS 62 (lot 7001). This Newman 1-C variety includes the CURENCY spelling on the obverse, while the reverse depicts the 13 colonies in a sundial pattern encasing the words WE ARE ONE. 1776 Continental Dollars are famous among numismatic collectors for their variations in design and metal as well as their enigmatic links to the nascent American nation.

1776 Pewter ‘CURENCY’ Continental Dollar graded NGC MS 62.
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The auction also features two 20th century gold rarities, including an impressive 1915-S Panama-Pacific Round $50 Commemorative graded NGC MS 65 (lot 7231). Issued for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition held in San Francisco, the round versions were struck alongside octagonal versions in 1915 but did not sell as well as their counterparts. Because of this, only 483 were distributed to the public. Very few Gem Mint examples are known to still exist, making this a fantastic opportunity for collectors.

1915-S Panama-Pacific Round $50 Commemorative graded NGC MS 65.
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An example of the octagonal counterpart to the Panama-Pacific $50 piece is also being offered in the sale. The 1915-S Panama-Pacific Octagonal $50 Commemorative graded NGC MS 65 is a fantastic example of the coin, especially considering that the number issued (625) was not much higher than the Round pieces. Their high denomination (and even higher sales price) made them a luxury, and today they are now eagerly sought by advanced collectors.

1915-S Panama Pacific Octagonal $50 graded NGC MS 65.
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Other highlights in the auction include:

  • a 1776 Pewter ‘CURRENCY’ Continental Dollar graded NGC AU 58 (lot 7003)
  • a 1937-D 3-Legged Buffalo Nickel graded NGC MS 65 (lot 7024)
  • an 1815 Capped Bust Quarter graded NGC MS 65 (lot 7028)
  • a 1916 Standing Liberty Quarter graded NGC MS 64+ FH (lot 7033)
  • an 1829 Capped Bust Half Dollar graded NGC PF 66 and pedigreed to the Pittman Collection (lot 7054)
  • an 1879 Morgan Dollar graded NGC PF 68 Cameo (lot 7074)
  • an 1880-O Morgan Dollar graded NGC MS 65+ (lot 7078)
  • an 1884-CC GSA Morgan Dollar graded NGC MS 67+ (lot 7079)
  • an 1890-CC Morgan Dollar graded NGC MS 66 (lot 7087)
  • an 1874 Gold Dollar graded NGC PF 66 Cameo (lot 7124)
  • an 1834 Classic Head Quarter Eagle graded NGC MS 65 (lot 7133)
  • an 1868 Liberty Head Quarter Eagle graded NGC PF 64 Cameo (lot 7139)
  • an 1835 Block 8 Classic Head Half Eagle graded NGC MS 65 PL (lot 7163)
  • an 1871-CC Liberty Head Double Eagle graded NGC AU 53 (lot 7194)
  • an 1891-CC Liberty Head Double Eagle graded NGC AU 53 (lot 7206)
  • a 1920-S Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle graded NGC AU 58 (lot 7222)

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