NGC-certified Continental Dollar Realizes $456,000 in Heritage Sale

Posted on 6/21/2021

NGC-certified rarities struck in pewter, silver and gold brought six figures in the June auction.

Two 18th-century rarities certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) were among the top lots in Heritage Auctions' Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction #1331.

A 1776 Pewter EG FECIT Continental Dollar graded NGC MS 67 (lot 3005) realized $456,000. As the finest-known Continental Dollar across all die varieties and compositions, this coin was once a highlight of several important numismatic collections, including those of Virgil Brand and John J. Ford. For more than 200 years, the enigmatic 1776 Continental Dollars have fascinated numismatists and continue to do so.

1776 Pewter EG FECIT Continental Dollar graded NGC MS 67. Realized: $456,000.
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Another highlight in the sale was a historic 1792 Half Disme graded NGC MS 63 (lot 3061) that realized $252,000. This is one of the finest pieces known of this issue. Half dismes are generally considered to be the first United States coins struck under the authority of the Coinage Act of 1792.

1792 Half Disme graded NGC MS 63. Realized: $252,000.
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Other NGC-graded highlights in the sale included:

  • an 1855 Wass, Molitor & Co. $50 graded NGC AU 58 (lot 3241) that realized $138,000
  • a 1907 High Relief Saint-Gaudens $20 graded NGC PF 66 (lot 3227) that realized $84,000
  • a 1918/7-S Standing Liberty Quarter graded NGC MS 64 FH (lot 3085) that realized $72,000
  • an 1801-dated Thomas Jefferson medal graded NGC MS 62 (lot 3264) that realized $72,000
  • an 1862 Seated Liberty Quarter graded NGC PF 68★ Cameo and pedigreed to the Newman Collection (lot 3080) that realized $52,800
  • a 1797 Large Eagle $10 graded NGC MS 60 (lot 3199) that realized $44,400
  • an 1862 Seated Liberty Half Dime graded NGC PF 68+★ Cameo and pedigreed to the Newman and "Col." E.H.R. Green collections (lot 3067) that realized $40,800
  • an 1876 Gold Dollar graded NGC PF 67 Ultra Cameo (lot 3162) that realized $40,800
  • a 1796 Dime graded NGC MS 63 (lot 3068) that realized $40,800

Prices realized include buyer's premium.

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