Heritage Offers One of the Rarest Massachusetts Colonial Coins in Existence, Certified by NGC

Posted on 12/12/2022

The coin is likely to sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars in a January auction that features US rarities.

Hundreds of exciting vintage American coins certified by Numismatic Guaranty Company™ (NGC®) are available in an upcoming Heritage Auctions sale. The bidding is scheduled to begin in late December for the FUN US Coins Signature Auction, which will be held January 11-15, 2023.

A top highlight of the auction is a 1652 'NE' Massachusetts Sixpence graded NGC XF Details and pedigreed to The Christopher J. Salmon Collection of Massachusetts Silver Coins. It is one of only seven such pieces known, including three in museums, according to the auction house.

These coins used in 17th century New England are the first that were struck in what is now the United States. NGC has graded over 350 of these coins from the Salmon Collection, including 10 that realized over $100,000 in a Heritage Auctions sale in August 2022. Salmon is the author of "Silver Coins of Massachusetts: Classification, Minting Technique, Atlas," the definitive work on these historic coins. The reference book includes an effective and flexible system to classify their varieties that uses the name of its author.

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Also featured is an 1845 Quarter Eagle graded NGC PF 67 Ultra Cameo. Only three of these exceptionally rare Proofs are confirmed to exist, and this is the finest graded. Another is also NGC-certified, while the third is part of the Smithsonian’s National Numismatic Collection.

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The auction includes four NGC-certified 1915-S Panama-Pacific $50 pieces. The three Round ones are graded NGC MS 65+ (lot 3971), NGC MS 64+ (lot 3970) and NGC MS 62 (lot 3969), while the Octagonal one is graded NGC MS 65 (lot 3974). These coins were issued for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915, which celebrated the completion of the Panama Canal and the recovery of San Francisco, the host of the expo, after a devastating earthquake.

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The auction also includes one of the rarest Peace Dollars known, a 1922 Low Relief Peace Dollar graded NGC PF 65 Matte (lot 3805). Only three have been documented for this date in the matte finish. Another Peace Dollar that is expected to inspire lively bidding is a 1922 Low Relief graded NGC PF 63 Satin (lot 3806), which is also one of only three known to exist.

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Other NGC-graded coins in this auction include:

  • a Massachusetts (1652) 'NE' Shilling graded NGC VF 30
  • a 1795 Flowing Hair, Three Leaves Silver Dollar graded NGC MS 64
  • an 1870-S Seated Liberty Dollar graded NGC XF 40
  • an 1854-S Quarter Eagle graded NGC VF 30
  • a 1799 Large Stars Obverse Eagle graded NGC MS 66
  • an 1854-O Double Eagle graded NGC AU Details
  • an 1857-S Double Eagle graded NGC MS 67+ and pedigreed to the SS Central America
  • a 1912 Double Eagle graded NGC PF 68★ and pedigreed to the Simpson Collection
  • a 1915 Double Eagle graded NGC PF 67 and pedigreed to the Simpson Collection

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