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Mint State 1808 Quarter Eagle to be offered in Rarities Night of our March 2016 Baltimore Auction

Mint State 1808 Quarter Eagle to be offered in Rarities Night of our March 2016 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger. Based on the lot description by Eric Schena.

As a type coin, the 1808 $2.50 has few peers. Struck for only one year and then only in limited numbers, the issue has been a recognized rarity for generations and is a focal point for many numismatists. The quarter eagle denomination was never particularly popular in commercial channels, where preference was given to its bigger cousin, the half eagle. Only 2,710 quarter eagles were struck in 1808 all from one pair of dies. 
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Majestic Choice AU 1795 Small Eagle $5 to be Offered in Rarities Night of our March 2016 Baltimore Auction

Majestic Choice AU 1795 Small Eagle $5 to be Offered in Rarities Night of our March 2016 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney, Cataloger & Numismatist

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to present a Choice AU 1795 Small Eagle $5 in our Rarities Night session of the Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring Expo. Uniform sunshine-yellow toning on each side is amplified by a semi-prooflike reflectivity shimmering across the fields. The design elements are well rendered and densely frosted, haloed by satiny Mint luster in most areas. 
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Stunning Condition Census 1894-O Barber Dime to be Offered in Rarities Night of our March 2016 Baltimore Auction

Stunning Condition Census 1894-O Barber Dime to be Offered in Rarities Night of our March 2016 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to offer a Gem 1894-O Barber dime in our Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo. Delicate peach tones and vibrant teal iridescence are seen on this gorgeous Gem, slightly more pink on the reverse. Gold and amber at the peripheries showcase the satiny, matte-like texture of the fields, producing a graceful and uninterrupted cartwheel at a tilt. The devices are nicely bold with silken luster atop each element. This truly captivating piece is among the finest known for the issue.

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Incredible Near-Gem 1875-S/CC Trade Dollar to be offered in Rarities Night of our March 2016 Baltimore Auction

Incredible Near-Gem 1875-S/CC Trade Dollar to be offered in Rarities Night of our March 2016 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to offer a lovely 1875-S/CC trade dollar in our upcoming Rarities Night session of the Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo. The platinum brilliance that emanates from this gorgeous overmintmark is dusted by the faintest iridescence in select areas. A silken, almost semi-reflective luster blankets the fields on both sides, displaying a soft but elaborate cartwheel at a tilt. The sharp and intricate motifs are richly frosted and even the most prominent elements are undisturbed.  A thoroughly impressive near-Gem.  

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Lustrous Mint State 1850-D Liberty Quarter Eagle to be offered in Rarities Night of our March 2016 Baltimore Auction

Lustrous Mint State 1850-D Liberty Quarter Eagle to be offered in Rarities Night of our March 2016 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist

The vibrant sunshine yellow surfaces of this Mint State Dahlonega rarity are complemented by subtle halos of teal-gold that embrace the motifs on both sides. Satiny luster glistens from the protected regions. Traces of planchet inconsistency (as made) are visible on the obverse under magnified scrutiny, but the surfaces are free from abrasions and deliver a truly premium aesthetic.
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Near-Gem 1838 Liberty Seated Quarter from the Monument Hill Collection to be featured in Rarities Night of our March 2016 Baltimore Auction

Near-Gem 1838 Liberty Seated Quarter from the Monument Hill Collection to be featured in Rarities Night of our March 2016 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger

As a first year, transitional issue, the 1838 Liberty Seated quarter is eagerly sought by type collectors and quarter specialists alike. The redesigned quarters continued the new composition of .900 fine silver that had been instituted in 1837, but replaced John Reich’s Capped Bust design that had been used since 1815. 

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Gorgeous Gem Proof 1858 Flying Eagle Cent to be offered in Rarities Night of our March 2016 Baltimore Auction.

Gorgeous Gem Proof 1858 Flying Eagle Cent to be offered in Rarities Night of our March 2016 Baltimore Auction.

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger.

By the mid-19th century, the international price of copper had risen to the point at which the practicality of issuing half cents and large cents was diminished. Averaging 20 cents per pound in the early 1850s, copper prices hit 28 cents per pound in 1855, greatly impacting the Mint’s seigniorage and prompting a reconsideration of the designs.
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Choice AU 1850 Liberty Double Eagle from the Collection of a Southern Gentleman to be Offered in Rarities Night of our March 2016 Baltimore Auction

Choice AU 1850 Liberty Double Eagle from the Collection of a Southern Gentleman to be Offered in Rarities Night of our March 2016 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger

The 1850 Liberty double eagle represents the first year of production for the $20 denomination and remains one of the most popular issues for collectors today. Prompted by the California Gold Rush, the new double eagle was to serve as a convenient method for transforming bullion into legal tender in order to fuel the growing American economy. 

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