Rare double eagles were the featured attractions as the 2015 January 29 – February 1 US Coins Signature Auction in Long Beach saw $7 million in rare coins change hands. All results include a 17.5% Buyer’s Premium.
Easily the star of the show was a 1869 double eagle, graded Proof-65 Ultra Cameo by NGC. Proof gold carries a special mystique due to its beauty and rarity, and the 1869 twenty additionally boasts of one of the smallest mintages in the series. This example is the second finest certified by one of the major grading services, placing it easily within the condition census. It realized $229,125.
An MS64 1920-S double eagle exemplifies the earliest of the many melt rarities towards the end of the Saint-Gaudens series. Only 100-150 examples are believed known out of a mintage of 558,000, and this PCGS-graded piece is surpassed in numerical grade by only eight coins at the major grading services. This coin sold for $99,875.
The finest result among coins with a face value of less than $20 belonged to a 1807 draped bust half dollar, graded MS66 by NGC. Early half dollars in grades this high are elusive, to say the least, and this was the first auction appearance of an 1807 half in this grade. This quintessential type coin sold for $82,250.
Just a few of the many other highlights of this auction included:
- 1861-D G$1 MS61 PCGS. Variety 12-Q. Sold for $70,500.
- 1843 $2 1/2 PR63 Cameo NGC. Sold for $70,500.
- 1796 $2 1/2 No Stars on Obverse, BD-2, R.4, XF40 NGC. Sold for $61,687.
- 1885 $5 PR66 Ultra Cameo NGC. CAC. Sold for $56,400.
- 1876 20C MS67 PCGS. CAC. Sold for $44,650.
- 1803 $1 Large 3, B-6, BB-255, MS63 NGC. Sold for $44,650.
- 1852 50C PR65 NGC. WB-101. Sold for $43,475.
- 1900 $5 PR66+ Cameo NGC. Sold for $42,300.
- 1929 $20 MS64 PCGS. Sold for $37,600.
- 1905 G$1 Lewis and Clark MS67 PCGS. Sold for $37,600.