NGC-certified Rarities Realize Six Figures at Long Beach Auction

Posted on 9/17/2019

A rescued 1817/4 Bust Half Dollar and a 2000 Sacagawea Dollar mint error are among the NGC-graded highlights from Heritage Auctions' sales in early September.

Several US coins certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) realized six-digit prices at the Long Beach Expo coin auctions presented by Heritage Auctions in early September 2019.

Topping the list was a 1817/4 Bust Half Dollar graded NGC XF Details that realized $156,000. This peculiar coin was created when a leftover 1814-dated die was reused by punching a 7 over the final digit. Adding to its curious backstory, a contractor discovered the coin nearly two centuries after it was minted while raking dirt. The NGC Details - Environmental Damage description reflects the corrosion caused by being buried.

1817/4 Bust Half Dollar graded NGC XF Details, Price Realized: $156,000
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Meanwhile, a 2000 Sacagawea Dollar muled with a Washington Quarter graded NGC Mint Error MS 67 sold for $102,000. This coin is a rare mint error that features a Washington Quarter obverse design paired with the eagle design from the Sacagawea Dollar on the reverse. Only 18 examples of this notable mint error are known to exist.

2000 Sacagawea Dollar Muled with a Washington Quarter graded NGC Mint Error MS 67, Price Realized: $102,000
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Among other highlights from the US Coins Signature Auction are two NGC-certified Liberty Head Eagles that sold for over $100,000: an 1887 $10 graded NGC PF 65 Cameo realized $132,000, while an 1885 $10 graded NGC PF 65 Cameo realized $108,000.

Also, a 1792 Small Eagle, Plain Edge, G. Washington President Getz Pattern Cent graded NGC MS 62 BN realized $117,000, and an unusual large-denomination gold piece, an 1851 Humbert $50, graded NGC AU Details, sold for $102,000.

At the World & Ancient Coins Signature Auction, NGC-graded coins also realized high prices. Significant world coins sold included:

Top prices realized for coins graded by NGC Ancients included:

For more information about NGC’s certification services for US, world and ancient coins visit For more information about Heritage Auctions, visit

Prices realized include buyer’s premium.

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