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Elite Collection of Morgan Dollars at Heritage Long Beach US Coins Auction

Heritage Auctions June 2024 Long Beach Auction, Morgan Dollars.

A collection of Morgan Dollars will be among the top treasures in Heritage’s Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction June 13-16.

The Citizen Bold Collection includes 109 Morgan Dollars. Created from 1878-1904 and again in 1921, and once more starting in 2021 as a modern Mint collectible, Morgan Dollars are enormously popular with collectors across the country and around the globe.

Among the top coins in both the collection and the entire auction is an 1893-S Morgan Dollar, MS63 PCGS that is a Mint State example of the coin acknowledged as the business-strike key of the series. Because of the financial climate at the time, the San Francisco Mint struck just 100,000 dollars in 1893, most of which went into circulation. Today, an Uncirculated 1893-S is widely considered the “Holy Grail” of a Morgan Dollar collection.

Another prize from the Citizen Bold Collection is an 1892-S Morgan Dollar, MS64+ PCGS. CAC that also is a landmark condition rarity in the incredible series. The issue is readily available in circulated grades but trails only the legendary 1893-S in high-grade rarity. This auction marks just the sixth time Heritage Auctions has offered a specimen of the 1892-S that graded MS64 or better in the last 10 years.

Other top Morgan Dollars from the Citizen Bold Collection include:

  • An 1894-O Morgan Dollar, MS64 NGC is a brilliant example from a modest mintage of 1.7 million 1894-O Morgan Dollars. NGC has graded just seven numerically finer examples.
  • An 1889-CC Morgan Dollar, MS64 Deep Prooflike NGC is from a small mintage of 350,000 produced during the second half of the year. It is a challenging issue in the series, widely considered the most elusive Morgan Dollar from the Carson City Mint.
  • An 1879-CC Silver Dollar, MS65 NGC is one of the finest certified from a limited mintage of just 756,000 pieces, and most of the coins that were struck circulated throughout the West. It is considered the second-rarest Morgan Dollar from the Carson City Mint overall, surpassed only by the 1889-CC in terms of collector demand within the Carson City subset.

Besides the Morgan Dollars, additional highlights from this collection in the Heritage sale include a 1795 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar, MS63 NGC that, in this condition, is without question among the top 100 coins of this date. Even that estimate might be conservative, considering the Three Leaves reverse, as opposed to the Two Leaves reverse style.

Another notable collection is the Mercury Rising Collection, Part II, in which one of the highlights is an 1879 Flowing Hair Stella, PR66 Cameo NGC. Listed among the 100 Greatest U.S. Coins, the 1879 Flowing Hair Stella is acknowledged as the most popular 19th-century pattern issue. It is believed that 425 examples of the 1879 Flowing Hair Stella were struck between October 4, 1879, and May 10, 1880, all for inclusion in three-coin pattern sets that also included examples of the 1879 goloid dollar (Judd-1617) and the 1879 goloid metric dollar (Judd-1626). These sets were offered to congressmen for their bullion cost of $6.10, but not to collectors or the general public until the 1880 congressional term was over.

A 1908-S Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, MS67 PCGS. CAC is among the most important coins in the auction and one of the finest certified by PCGS, one of just six examples graded MS67 or better — five (including two at MS67+) at PCGS and a single MS67★ specimen at NGC.

A third notable collection is The Avraham Collection, which comes from a longtime collector of U.S. gold. This assemblage consists largely of Liberty Head Double Eagles and Eagles, including many Carson City and other branch mint dates.

Highlights include, but are not limited to:

The Heritage Signature Auction also features several exceptional coins that are not part of the Elite Collection of Morgan Dollars or any other assemblage.

An 1871-CC Liberty Double Eagle, AU55 NGC is the second-rarest Carson City $20. A sought-after rarity from a production total of 14,687, the vast majority were released into circulation and suffered extensive wear. In his series reference The Confident Carson City Coin Collector, Rusty Goe estimates the surviving population at 155-200 examples in all grades and says the 1871-CC double eagles are “the second-rarest date in a 19-piece set of one of the most powerful and captivating series in all of U.S. numismatics.”

An 1865 Three Dollar Gold, PR66 Cameo PCGS. CAC is exceedingly rare — one of just 25 Proof Three-Dollar Gold pieces struck, to go along with 1,140 business-strike pieces. PCGS CoinFacts estimates the surviving population at 13-18 examples in all grades, and in his new series reference, United States Proof Coins, Volume IV: Gold, John Dannreuther estimates the surviving population at 12-14 specimens, including an example in the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution and another in the collection of the American Numismatic Society (ANS). This coin is the top-ranked specimen in Dannreuther’s list of Significant Examples.

An exceedingly rare 1872 Amazonian Quarter, Judd-1197 PR66 Cameo PCGS is the finer of just two known examples. These patterns were issued in denominational sets of the quarter, half dollar, and dollar in silver, copper, and aluminum. It has been a highlight of several important collections — remarkably, Bob R. Simpson acquired both of the known examples of this extremely rare pattern for his collection.

A magnificent 1955-Dated New York Assay Office Silver Ingot measures 11.1 inches (28.3 centimeters) long and weighs an estimated 1,041.68 ounces, making it one of just 13 known New York Assay Office silver ingots to eclipse 1,000 ounces. The end is stamped with the melt number 6973A, and it has a fineness of .999, as is expected for the date. A “6” is stamped on the opposite end of the ingot, indicating the lot number.

More information and images of all the Elite Collection Morgan Dollars and other rare U.S. coins in the Heritage Signature Auction can be found at coins.ha.com.

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