It's been a while since I've been able to find time for a Nuggets column. Here's a selection of interesting or unusual items I came across in the marketplace recently. Tell us what you think of some of these. We always focus on
history rather than grade, but we'll start off with some eye candy. -Editor
Finest Graded 1862 Indian Cent
Featured in our upcoming June 2020 Santa Ana Auction is an incredible MS-68 (PCGS) 1862 Indian cent that stands alone at the top of the condition census. It is the sole finest 1862 cent graded by PCGS or NGC, and is tied with the very finest
known across the entire Indian cent series. It is an ideal candidate for a high-end PCGS Registry Set of Indian cents or 19th century type coins. It simply cannot be improved upon.
With 28,075,000 pieces struck, the 1862 Indian cent has the second highest mintage of the copper-nickel, Oak Wreath series produced from 1861 through 1864. Examples of the 1862 are readily available in most Mint State grades up through MS-65, but
it becomes exponentially more elusive approaching Superb Gem condition.
From the June 2020 Stack's Bowers sale. -Editor
To read the complete lot description, see:
The Single Finest Graded 1862 Cent to be Featured in our June 2020 Santa Ana Auction
1936 Toned Proof Buffalo Nickel
1936 5C BRILLIANT NGC PR68 CAC
Incredible color for Proof Buffalo Nickel. Album toning over a long period of time likely created this beauty. Previously Legend Auction 5/19 @ 12,925.
This one stopped me in my tracks when I saw it in the April 16, 2020 In the Loupe email from Harry Laibstain Rare Coins. Sorry, it's been sold. -Editor
1823/2 25C PCGS XF45
Iconic rarity among U.S. Quarter Dollars. Seldom offered on any list. Make us an offer or propose a trade.
Another notable coin from the same Harry Laibstain Rare Coins email price list. After publishing last week's issue I saw this comment in the JR Newsletter from the John Reich Collectors Society. -Editor
Nathan Markowitz wrote:
"For provenance geeks some real news. While perusing an email from HLRC I noted an example of the rare 1823/2 quarter that I did not recognize. After consulting the excellent image gallery in the book by Rea, Peterson, Karoleff, and Kovach
the “new” example was indeed the coin plated in the 1925 Browning reference. We have been looking for this XF example! It last appeared 85 years ago in 1935 on the Louis Hemmer premium list. From the Great Depression to the great pandemic its
whereabouts have been shrouded in mystery. If anyone can fill in the missing provenance that would be great! "
Nice catch. Harry Laibstain adds:
"I did not know of the pedigree until Nathan came up with it. The owner has since decided to have me sell it in auction for him. It was placed in the Stack’s Bowers June sale where I’m sure they will give it a good write up based on this new
information. I suspect there will be some real interest."
We'll be on the lookout for the lot description. Thanks, everyone. -Editor
To visit the HLRC web site, see:
Vote the Land Free
Lot 483. Foreign Coins and Tokens, USA, Hard Times Tokens, Land Limitation Scheme, VOTE THE LAND/FREE, stamped on very worn large cent, 179(6?), attributed to the National Reform Association, a political movement associated with the 1848
Presidential election, pierced, counterstamp fine; and a silver-coloured medallet, HIS GRACE MOST REV. P. J. RYAN SILVER JUBILEE, about extremely fine (2)
The slogan ‘Vote the Land Free’ was the campaign cry of the anti-slavery movement in the Presidential election. See an article by Gregory G. Brunk at www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v15n44a12.html.
Howard Daniel passed along this lot from Baldwin's of St. James. Nice to see the reference to The E-Sylum. -Editor
To read the complete lot description, see:
Lot 483. Foreign Coins and Tokens, USA, Hard Times Tokens, Land Limitation Scheme, VOTE THE LAND/FREE (https://www.sixbid.com/en/baldwins-of-st-james/7373/foreign-coins-and-tokens/
Wayne Homren, Editor
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