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David Lawrence Rare Coins Sale Highlights – Internet Auction 880 (Closes Sunday, November 1)


We’ve entered the home stretch of David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction #880. The Virginia Beach-based coin company has long offered collectors an easy and simple auction format, weekly auctions with a interesting variety of certified coins for all budgets, many at no reserve, and all with no buyer’s premium. Auction #880 closes on November 1, 2015 at 8pm Eastern.


Collectors may want to take a second look at the following four certified coins, analyzed by CoinWeek’s editors.


1918-S Buffalo Nickel. PCGS MS64

1918sbuffaloLot 6046. Streaky gold toning. Typical strike for the issue. Pleasing and clean coin. PCGS has graded just 199 examples at MS64, with 7 in MS64+. The population of gems is much lower: 34 in MS65, 3 in MS65+, and a sole example in MS66. Since January 2008, the population of gem 1918-S Buffalos in PCGS holders has only increased by eight. This is a scarce semi-key coin and a conditional rarity in this popular and important minor coin series.

Reserve Price of $4,750.

Last Five Auction Hammers:

$6,756.25  | $3,760 | $4,993.75  | $5,287.50  | $4,112.50 





1875 Twenty Cents PCGS PR64

187520centLot 6085. Pale gold toning. Non-attributed cameo frost (in old Green Holder).

First year proof issue with a mintage of 2,790 pieces. Fewer than 1,000 survive and PCGS has recorded only 62 grading events in PR64 and 33 grading events in grades PR65 and above. If attributed as a CAMEO, the coin would be the 20th grading event for an 1875 twenty-cent Proof in PR64CAM – the top pop grade for the issue with the attribution. PCGS has recorded two examples in PR65DCAM.

Current bid has surpassed the Reserve Price. David Lawrence estimates the coin’s value at $4,675.

Last Five Auction Hammers:

$3,995 | $3,818.75 | $3973.85 | $3525 | $3972.68

In Cameo

$4,465 | $7,637.50 CAC | $4,703.53 | $5,462.50 | $6,153 


1892ccmorgan1892-CC Morgan Dollar PCGS MS64

Lot 6154. Brilliant Uncirculated with a hint of localized toning on the face and eagle’s breast. Carson City struck 1,352,000 Morgan dollars in 1892, the year before a great financial crisis struck. Its presumed that a large number of coins from the mintage were released into circulation, with most of the remainder trickling out over the course of the first half of the twentieth century. A sole example found its way into the GSA Hoard. PCGS accounts for 1654 grading events in MS64 with 92 in MS64+. 441 earn MS65 or finer. A single example earned PCGS’ top grade of MS67.

Reserve Price: $3,375.

Last Five Auction Hammers:

$3,995$3,818.75 | $3973.85 | $3525 | $3972.68 



1869/69 Indian Cent PCGS MS64 CAC (FS-301, S-3, FS-008.3)

1869over69Lot 6014. A popular variety (most overdates are), the 1869/69 was first publicized in 1953. Further study has revealed that the obverse die was paired with no less than eight reverse dies. The variety is described in detail in Rick Snow’s excellent The Flying Eagle & Indian Cent Attribution Guide. This example is certified MS64RB by PCGS and has been approved by CAC. PCGS notes 20 1869/69 S3-attributed examples in MS64RB with thirteen higher. CAC has certified seven in this grade and eight higher.

Reserve Price: $1,995

Last Five Auction Hammers:

$1645  | $1351.25 | $1495  | $1955 | $2185

Charles Morgan
Charles Morgan
Charles Morgan is an award-winning numismatic author and the editor and publisher of CoinWeek.com. Along with co-author Hubert Walker, he has written for CoinWeek since 2012, as well as the "Market Whimsy" column for The Numismatist and the book 100 Greatest Modern World Coins (2020) for Whitman Publishing. From 2021-2023, Charles served as Governor of the American Numismatic Association (ANA), where he was bestowed the Glenn Smedley Award. Charles is a member of numerous numismatic organizations, including the American Numismatic Society (ANS) and the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG).

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