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* Note: Auctions prior to #42, do not show true number of bids. Displays as "1".
Lot # Date Variety Rarity Grade Description # of Bids * Hammer Price Maximum Bid Total Price Photos
1 1806/5 O.103a R.2 PCGS AU 55 Wonderfully smooth surfaces, virtually free of contact marks.  Light silver-grey toning.  Late die state with intriguing die breaks, obverse and reverse.  (Tompkins die state 3, obverse and reverse.)  Soft, even luster throughout.  The PCGS grade is spot-on. Est. $4,000 to $6,000. 1 $3,750 $4,100 $4,125  
2 1806 E over A O.124 R.6 PCGS VF 30 The “E over A” is a charismatic rarity; it was discovered between the publication of Al Overton’s 1st and 2nd editions (1967/1970) and carried an R.8 rarity rating until Don Parsley issued his 1990 revision (3rd ed.) when just over a dozen pieces were known.  The R.6 rating has held fast for the last 30 years.  It is a sad fact that most of the known examples are scratched, damaged or improperly cleaned.  Low grades are the norm.  Tompkins could find none above XF 40.  The current example is a breath of fresh air.  It last appeared in Legend’s Feb. 2016 (Regency XVI) Sale, lot 215, bringing $5,875.  The gold and copper toning is a bit uneven, a testament to originality.  Striking weakness at the eagle’s head and the left portion of the motto is a hallmark of the die pair.  It is listed at #5 in Tompkins’ Condition Census.  Red Book, Registry Set and die variety collectors will vie for this important coin.  Est. $5,000 to $7,000. 3 $5,000 $5,000 $5,500  
3 1807 Lg. Stars 50/20 O.112 R.1 PCGS AU 58 The first offering from The Long Island Collection.  Here is an 1807 with stunning luster.  The brilliant centers are framed by a ring of album toning.  Minor luster breaks on the cheek and neck account for the modest grade.  It was last seen 37 years ago when our consignor spotted it in Herbert Melnick’s July 1982 sale of the Leon Goodman Collection.  The auction envelope survives along with a section of the catalog describing lot 1109 as “UNC 60 with violet-tan and blue-violet rim toning, nearly full lustre….”   The exceptional eye appeal will raise eyebrows during preview.  Look for a bidding war among knowledgeable collectors.  Est. $5,500 to $7,500. 4 $5,250 $5,250 $5,775  
4 1808 O.102a R.2 PCGS AU 58 Also from The Long Island Collection, with the same look and eye appeal as the preceding 1807: brilliant centers with halos of album toning and a touch of friction on the cheek and neck.  The coin never saw circulation.  The familiar obverse die break runs from below the date to the rim above Liberty’s cap.  The coin was acquired many years ago as “MS 60+.”  It would be nice to see it remain in the same cabinet as the 1807.  Est. $3,500 to $4,500. 10 $4,507 $4,507 $4,958  
5 1808 O.105 R.3 PCGS VF 35 From the Long Island Collection.  Beautifully toned in shades of cobalt blue, lavender and pale gold.  Die wear accounts for a somewhat soft strike and probably influenced the PCGS graders.  The surfaces are nothing short of magnificent for the assigned grade.  Expect this one to be treated as a strong XFEst. $350 to $500. 7 $551 $557 $606  
6 1809 XXX Edge O.102 R.1 PCGS AU 50 Only early die states of the O.102 die pair feature the experimental XXX edge.  Note the sharp dentils and high rims on this high-grade coin.  Soft luster supports the AU designation.  The coin is evenly toned with subtle iridescence through the legend.  A short drift mark (mint-made of course) rises from the crevice of the eagle’s left wing.  From Heritage’s Oct. 2015 New York Sale, lot 4517 where it realized $2,585.  Est. $2,000 to $3,000. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
7 1809 III Edge O.107 R.3 PCGS XF 45 CAC From the collection of Doug NobletRaucous album toning will entice a legion of bidders.  Smooth surfaces, high rims, sharp dentils and a balanced strike complete the picture.  Est. $1,000 to $1,300. 16 $3,500 $3,500 $3,850  
8 1809 O.109a R.2 PCGS AU 58 From the collection of Doug Noblet via Heritage’s Jan. 2011 FUN Auction where the cataloguer noted the coin’s reddish-gray and electric-blue patination.  The reverse is rotated about 20 degrees clockwise.  High-grade 1809’s never go out of favor!  Est. $1,800 to $2,200. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
9 1809 III Edge O.109a R.2 PCGS AU 53 CAC Ex Dr. Charles Link, noted on the PCGS label.  Good luster for the grade.  Shimmering antique grey toning, with iridescent turquoise highlights on the obverse.  The reverse presents an artist’s palette of copper, russet and pale blue.  All 13 stars display center-points.  Last offered at Heritage’s Sept. 2016 Long Beach Sale, lot 4004, where it brought $2,232.50.  Est. $1,800 to $2,500.  0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
10 1810 O.101a R.1 PCGS AU 58 From the collection of Doug Noblet.  Brilliant with virtually full luster.  A touch of copper iridescence at the rims.  Well struck, an important consideration for this date.  You will love the smooth surfaces.  Acquired in Dec. 2005, Heritage Sale #1118, lot 604, a part of The Eagle Harbor Collection. Est. $2.000 to $2,750. 2 $2,200 $2,200 $2,420  
11 1810 O.102 R.1 PCGS AU 53 From the collection of Doug Noblet.  Rich toning through the stars frames Ms. Liberty and the adjoining fields.  The reverse is lightly toned.  Each side displays soft, even luster that meets expectations for the assigned grade.  The flat left wing is typical of the die pair.  Liberty’s curls and drapery lines are well defined.  Est. $900 to $1,100. 1 $900 $1,177 $990  
12 1810 O.103 R.2 PCGS AU 58 CAC OGH From the collection of Keith Davignon.  A marvelous 1810.  It is one of Keith’s early acquisitions.  It cost him $522.50 in Jan. 1992 when Bowers & Merena sold James Brilliant’s glorious collection.  The cataloguer waxed eloquent in describing lot 130: A gorgeous example.  Delicate golden toning in the central areas changes to a delightful blue shade at the borders.  The fields are lustrous and exhibit just a faint trace of friction.  An 1810 with first rate eye appeal provokes many a bidding war.  Be prepared.  In private conversations with your cataloger and Russ Logan following the sale of his collection Jim Brilliant was not particularly happy.  Many coins that he bought privately and at auction in the 1970s and 1980s as uncirculated were demoted by PCGS and B&M to choice AU.  Here is an example.  Est. $3,000 to $4,000. 10 $5,550 $6,050 $6,105  
13 1810 O.104a R.3 PCGS AU 58 CAC From the Long Island Collection.  Earlier in the fabled collection of BHNC co-founder Floyd Farley.  Last offered (raw) as choice AU in Mail Bid Sale No.22, Oct. 1998, lot 159; it brought $935, a strong price 2+ decades back.  Steel-grey toning is awash in luster.  The devices are decently impressed, obverse and reverse.  The surfaces are smooth.  CAC was impressed.  You will be too.  Farley’s personal insert accompanies, noting his purchase at the 1978 ANA Convention from “Sturtridge.” Est. $3,000 to $3,500. 1 $2,500 $2,500 $2,750  
14 1810 O.105 R.2 PCGS MS 61 From the Long Island Collection.  An original bust half with a handsome “grey dirt” obverse and an outrageously colorful reverse that features shades of magenta and crimson.  Weak rims suggest a late die state.  The central devices, however, are decently impressed.  Recently removed from an NGC MS 62 capsule.  (The NGC label accompanies.)  Last offered at Heritage’s 1999 FUN Show Sale, lot 6725.  Do not be dulled by this parade of high grade 1810s.  This is a “killer” date in AU and UNC.  $3,250 to $4,250. 1 $3,000 $3,000 $3,300  
15 1810 O.108 R.3 PCGS XF 45 From the Long Island Collection.  Even, light to medium grey toning.  Short on luster but the balanced strike and pleasing eye appeal provide compensation.  If you don’t require an AU or better 1810 for your date set here is a nice opportunity.  Est. $475 to $600. 1 $450 $450 $495  
16 1811/10 O.101 R.1 PCGS XF 45 From the Long Island Collection.  Soft luster accents the pale grey antique toning.  Evenly worn with surfaces that are free of distractions.  Acquired as a raw “AU 50” at Stack’s June 1989 auction, lot 1766.  Auction tag accompanies.  Est. $850 to $1,100. 2 $800 $800 $880  
17 1811 Sm. 8 O.110a R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC A wisp of friction on Liberty’s chin kept this magnificent 1811 from a mint state designation.  Pay attention to the detail in Liberty’s curls, the folds in her cap and the drapery lines.  Remarkable!  The coin is untoned with extravagant luster.  CAC is fussy when asked to sticker “white” coins.  The eye appeal of this early date was simply irresistible.  Est. $2,500 to $3,500. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
18 1812/1 Sm. 8 O.102 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC From the collection of Doug Noblet.  A gloss of sunset toning with iridescent flecks teases the eye and contrasts with the untoned obverse.  Both sides feature booming luster!  The surfaces are smooth as glass.  Red Book, Registry Set and die variety collectors know how tough it is to locate a high grade 12/1 with eye appeal.  Enough said. Est. $3,500 to $4,500. 2 $3,650 $5,200 $4,015  
19 1812 O.103 R.1 PCGS AU 55 CAC From the Long Island Collection.  Your eye will be taken by attractive album toning, then drawn to bold luster, unbroken in the fields.  The coin will rest comfortably in an AU 58 date set.  Bid accordingly.  PCGS suggests $1,400 for a coin of this quality.  Est. $1,000 to $1,400. 13 $1,909 $1,909 $2,100  
20 1812 O.106 R.3 PCGS AU 53 From the Doug Noblet Collection, earlier in the collection of Dr. Charles Link, noted on the PCGS label.  Electric blue toning encases the stars.  Cobalt and gold intertwine on the reverse.  The mildly reflective surfaces are infested with swirling, wonderful die breaks, obverse and reverse.  No wonder this die pair is a favorite among bust half nuts.  Est. $800 to $1,100. 16 $2,600 $2,600 $2,860  
21 1812 O.107 R.1 PCGS AU 50 From the Long Island Collection.  A blanket of pastel gold encases this offering.  The stars and legend are afire with luster.  Superb surfaces and superior eye appeal.  Est. $525 to $725. 2 $525 $551 $578  
22 1813 50/UNI O.101 R.2 PCGS AU 55 CAC Attractive copper and blue toning with the luster expected of a nice AU.  The misplaced UNI is bold on this early die state; one wonders whether the engraver made a serious effort to erase his error.  The population of high grade “UNI” pieces is well short of that needed to meet the demand for this alluring Red Book variety.  The latest auction appearances of CAC approved, PCGS graded AU 55’s are the Hamilton coin (lot 4525, Heritage, Aug. 2016 @ $4,818) and an example from the Cape Cod Collection in MB 47 (Jan. 2018, lot 26 @ $5,115).   It is your cataloger’s opinion that this coin is nicer that Hamilton’s (I sold it to him in 1990) and a notch better than the Cape Cod Coin.  Est.  $4,000 to $5,000. 3 $3,800 $3,800 $4,180  
23 1813 O.103 R.2 PCGS MS 62 From the collection of Keith Davignon.  A grey-dirt (or, if you like, “pearl-grey”) coin with luster a mile deep.  Contact marks are insignificant.  The original look of the coin will appeal to all.  The PCGS label notes the Overton variety as well as the Dr. Charles Link provenance.  Davignon acquired the coin at Legend’s March 2017 sale (lot 81 @ $4,400). Dr. Link found it in Heritage’s Aug. 2012 ANA Sale (lot 3379 @ $4.406) where its provenance was traced to the Gary G. Walker Collection offered by Heritage in July 2003.  Faint oval indentations above the eagle’s head suggest that the coin was struck through stray bits of very thin material.  They are a mere curiosity, nearly invisible to the naked eye and of no consequence in valuing the coin.  Est. $4,000 to $4,500. 1 $3,200 $3,200 $3,520  
24 1814/3 O.101"a" R.? PCGS AU 53 From the collection of Dr. Charles Link, noted on the PCGS label.  Here is a lovely coin and fascinating die state.  High rims and sharp dentils confirm an early die state.  So do a pair of stray die lines on the reverse (down from the eagle’s beak, up from its left wing). The obverse die breaks described by Overton are there (under the date and through stars 1-6 to cap).  In revising Overton’s treatise Don Parsley notes that the 101a die state should have a die break from the tip of the left wing though UNITED ST.  On this coin there is a wispy die break through STAT but nothing through UNITED or near the wing tip.  It is clear that the reverse die break originated above the A in STATES and worked its way west and south, through the legend to the left wing tip.  The pearl-grey coin has excellent luster for a mere AU 53.  There are no significant contact marks.  The PCGS label carries an attribution of “O.101.”  The coin is pictured in PCGS’ CoinFacts as an example of the rare [R.6] prime 1814/3 as well as in its cert verification resource.  The PCGS cert no. is 28725849.  Est. $2,000 and up 1 $2,000 $2,000 $2,200  
25 1814 O.103 R.1 PCGS AU 53 From the Long Island Collection.  A faint halo of gold runs near the stars and legend, otherwise untoned.  The coin has strong luster for a “53.”  Clash marks, die breaks and the familiar injury to the reverse die (motto to left wing) hallmark the die pair.  Acquired as “Choice AU” in Stack’s Sept. 1998 sale, lot 564.  The auction tag accompanies.  Est. $800 to $1,000 2 $800 $850 $880  
26 1815/2 O.101a R.3 PCGS VF 35 CAC From the Long Island Collection.  Antique grey toning, original.  This is a handsome, problem-free 1815.  Even wear, a balanced strike and pleasing surfaces make the coin an ideal choice for a VF or XF date set.  The consignor purchased the coin from your cataloguer as a raw XF in the spring of 1999.  My sales tag accompanies.  Est. $4,500 to $5,500. 1 $3,879 $3,879 Not Sold  
27 1817/3 O.101/101a R.2 PCGS AU 55 CAC From the Long Island Collection.  Intermediate die state with the “look” of an early die state.  Note the stars, all with center-points, and the crisp, well-defined dentils.  Iridescent shades of blue and gold toning boost already strong eye appeal.  Luster dances beneath the toning, virtually unbroken in the fields.  Here is a coin on the cusp of AU 55 and AU 58.  A CAC sticker provides confirmation.  The coin’s last appearance was at Stack’s March 1990 sale, lot 111.  The auction tag accompanies.  Est. $4,500 to $5,500. 18 $7,100 $7,100 $7,810  
28 1817 Punct. Date O.103 R.2 PCGS AU 55 From the Doug Noblet Collection.  Doug prevailed by $1 when this coin was offered as part of the Cape Cod Collection in MB 47 last year.  Lot 38, bringing $4,181, was there described: A lustrous example with pastel blue and pale russet toning.  The “punctuation mark” is sharp, as are the stars and dentils.  Softness in Liberty’s central curls and the eagle’s claws is usual.  (Compare the MS 63 Overton Plate Coin.)  The eye appeal of this offering will generate exciting competition!  We may expect a repeat performance.  Est. $3,500 to $4,500. 3 $3,400 $3,608 $3,740  
29 1817 Punct. Date O.103 R.2 PCGS XF 45 A wholesome, naturally toned example.  Medium antique grey toning, a bit lighter in the centers.  Detail matches the grade though we’d like a skosh more luster.  Minor contact marks appear next to star 1 and under the eagle’s beak.  They are consistent with the grade and are all but invisible to the naked eye.  From Heritage’s Oct./Nov. 2015 NYC Sale, lot 4523 @ $2,115.  Est. $1,500 to $2,000. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
30 1817 O.105a R.4- PCGS XF 40 Undergraded by 5 or more points.  Described as follows in MB 46, Jan. 2018, lot 32: The `17-105 die pair is scarce and intriguing.  Both dies are in their second use.  The obverse introduced itself as the “punctuated date,” O.103.  The reverse matches that of the R.6 1817 O.104.  On the O.105 Liberty’s portrait appears mushy while the dentils are usually distinct.  Both dies feature notable die breaks.  (The “prime” 1817 O.105, without obverse die breaks, is a great rarity – probably R.7).  High grade examples of this die pair are rare.  The Overton/Parsley Condition Census includes an AU 50.  The current offering is far superior to most.  It is lightly toned with abundant luster.  The detail is surely that of an XF 45.  PCGS was too much influenced by the softly impressed portrait.  Note, especially, the sharp drapery lines and wing feathers.  The coin brought double its high estimate.  Est. $600 to $800. 3 $550 $550 $605  
31 1817 O.110 R.2 PCGS AU 58 From the Doug Noblet Collection.  Soft grey toning with golden highlights.  Dots on the right wing are toning spots.  Complete, sharp dentils and 13 stars with center-points are a plus.  A thin hairline between stars 3 and 4 is a minor distraction.  Est. $1,150 to $1,500. 2 $1,100 $1,200 $1,210  
32 1817 O.110a R.2 PCGS AU 53 From the Long Island Collection.  A “53” with exceptional luster.  Light silver-grey toning with hints of iridescent russet.  The surfaces are smooth though a tad “busy.”  This is a tough date in AU or better.  Est. $750 to $900. 3 $650 $675 $715  
33 1818/7 Lg. 8 O.101 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC From the Doug Noblet Collection.  Cobalt-blue toning is of ancient origin.  A kaleidoscope of iridescent colors brightens the stars and legend.  Luster runs deep beneath the glorious toning.  This is a connoisseur’s coin.  Est. $3,500 to $4,000. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
34 1818/7 Lg. 8 O.101 R.1 PCGS AU 58 Also from the Doug Noblet Collection.  Doug could not resist the opportunity to own a pair of magnificent overdates.  This well struck example has similar toning to the last lot, a bit lighter perhaps, the luster not quite as bold.  The surfaces display virtually no contact marks.  Our posterity may refer to this die pair (as well as the 1818/7 O.103) as an 1818/7/3.  Be sure to read Jim Ross’ convincing analysis in the Nov. 2018 edition of the John Reich Journal, vol. 28, issue 3, p. 12.    Est. $2,500 to $3,500. 1 $2,200 $2,200 $2,420  
35 1818/7 Sm. 8 O.102a R.2 PCGS AU 58 CAC Cartwheel luster rolls beneath a handsome veneer of pale gold toning.  Signs of actual circulation are missing.  The small 8 overdate of 1818 is generally considered a tougher die pair than either of the large 8 varieties, O.101 and O.103.   The O.102 die was almost certainly prepared by Robert Scott (no notch in star 13); John Reich’s failing eyesight led to his retirement in 1817.  Est. $3,000 to $3,500. 6 $4,000 $5,000 $4,400  
36 1818/7 Lg. 8 O.103 R.3 PCGS AU 58 From the collection of Keith Davignon.  This is the Norweb coin, accompanied by the tag for lot 3063 in B & M’s November 1988 sale.  The coin was offered raw as “Uncirculated.”  You’ll get no disagreement from your cataloguer.  The eye appeal rates straight “A.”  Antique grey, infused with pastel rose and gold, is a favored recipe for silver coins held in important collections of the Norweb era.  The surfaces are superb.  This is a “wow” coin, certain to bring – and deserve – a “wow” price.  Est. $4,000 and up. 3 $5,550 $6,016 $6,105  
37 1818 O.107 R.1 PCGS MS 61 From the collection of Keith Davignon.  Spectacular album toning dazzles the eye.  Luster abounds, as expected on a mint state coin.  The strike and surfaces will not disappoint the next owner.  I foresee an “upgrade” effort in the future of this marvelous coin.  Est. $2,500 to $3,500. 8 $3,600 $3,775 $3,960  
38 1818 O.107 R.1 PCGS AU 58 From the Doug Noblet Collection.  Gold and amber toning circles the mostly brilliant centers; pleasing satiny luster radiates from the minimally marked surfaces.  Well struck.  This coin was lot 2070 in Heritage’s Sept. 2008 Long Beach Sale, selling for $1,725.  It was then in a different PCGS holder (same grade, cert #4990063) with a green CAC sticker.  The green bean was lost and the cert number changed when the coin was transferred to its current “Gold Shield” capsule.  Est. $1,800 to $2,250. 5 $1,760 $1,760 $1,936  
39 1818 O.112 Prime R.6? PCGS AU 55 CAC Smooth, “hard” surfaces (frequently seen on very early die states) with a protective grey-dirt patina.  Nearly full luster.  No marks deserve mention.  Nearly all from this die pair come with a die break on the reverse, below the denomination and up through UNITED.  When struck from perfect dies, as here, Steve Herrman’s AMBPR suggests a rarity rating of R.6, 13 to 30 pieces known.  I’ve handled but one other “prime,” an XF example.  This important coin may be the finest known of its ilk; its pedigree includes the collection of BHNC member David Kahn. Est. $1,000 to $2,000. 5 $1,500 $2,000 $1,650  
40 1819/8 Lg.9 O.102 R.2 PCGS MS 64 From the collection of Dr. Charles Link, noted on the PCGS label.  Blinding luster, appropriate to the lofty grade, engages the eye.  A gossamer veil of golden toning further enhances the eye appeal.  The smooth surfaces and sharply struck devices are a marvel.  The stewards of this coin for the past 200 years deserve a bow.  PCGS has graded one other MS 64 from this die pair along with an MS 65 and an MS 66.  Est. $10,000 to $12,000. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
41 1819/8 Lg.9 O.102 R.2 PCGS AU 58 CAC Yet another colorful early date.  Pastel hues of the rainbow grace the surfaces.  The toning, luster, surfaces and eye appeal are first rate.  You will enjoy the consignor’s remarks: I purchased this coin in 1984 (age 19) at a coin show in Elmhurst, IL.  I must have made some money caddying that week.  Est. $2,750 to $3,500. 4 $4,100 $5,400 $4,510  
42 1819/8 Lg.9 O.103a R.4 PCGS MS 62 From the collection of Dr. Charles Link.  Outrageous eye appeal.  The intensely lustrous centers are surrounded by rings of electric copper and turquoise toning.  Purists will note a touch of cabinet friction on the portrait.  It would, nonetheless, be a crime to deny the coin a Mint State designation.  Six die pairs comprise the overdates of 1819, O.101 through O.106.  The O.103a die state is the scarcest of the lot and invariably brings a premium.  It is the poster-child for PCGS CoinFacts: coin may be traced to the “College Collection,” offered by Heritage in its Aug. 2015 Chicago ANA Sale, lot 4955 as PCGS AU 58 CAC, bringing $5,405.  PCGS currently suggests $7,000 as the starting point for any 1819/8 graded MS 62.  Est. $4,750 to $6,500 3 $5,000 $5,500 $5,500  
43 1819 O.109 R.2 PCGS AU 50 From the Doug Noblet Collection.  Gorgeous album toning with plenty of luster to support the AU designation.  Acquired from Don Willis, dba Premium Numismatics, shortly before he assumed the presidency of PCGS in 2008.  Est. $450 to $650. 8 $725 $925 $798  
44 1820/19 Sq. Base 2 O.101 R.2 PCGS AU 58 CAC Subtle shades of blue, antique grey and rose are fired by underlying luster.  The surfaces are virtually free of contact marks.  The square-base `20 over `19 in choice AU is a prize for advanced collectors.  It is distinctly tougher to find than its curl-base counterpart.  CAC has approved only 3 examples graded AU 58, half the number of curl-base overdates.  Last seen in Legend’s New Orleans Regency Sale XVII, May 2016, lot 200 as “O.101a.”  It brought $4,852.50. Est. $4,500 to $5,500. 1 $4,000 $4,200 $4,400  
45 1820/19 Sq. Base 2 O.101a R.3 PCGS AU 58 From the Doug Noblet Collection, earlier in the renowned collection of Roger Solomon.  This was lot 38 in my Aug. 2011 sale of the Solomon Collection: An exquisitely detailed specimen, the central obverse features attractive pale gold toning, surrounded by a halo of colorful iridescence.  The reverse is brilliant with light toning through the denomination and legend.  Hairlines will be found under the obverse toning; the reverse surfaces are fully lustrous with minor contact marks and no hairlines. … From Heritage’s 1994 ANA Sale, lot 5363 where offered raw as MS 60 and described as follows: 1820/19 MS 60. O-101, R.2. Satiny surfaces peer out from beneath the olive-gold toned surfaces of this coin. Darker burnt-gold and steel-blue colors appear near the peripheries. The reverse appears brighter and has slightly less color than the obverse.  Roger Solomon prevailed at what was then a strong price, $1,045.  Est. $3,500 to $4,500. 10 $5,250 $5,450 $5,775  
46 1820/19 Curl Base 2 O.102 R.1 PCGS AU 58 From the Long Island Collection.  The obverse toning is stunning.  The lighter reverse merely gorgeous.  Both sides exude luster.  Well struck throughout, the overdate being unusually bold.  Est. $4,000 to $5,000. 4 $3,500 $3,500 $3,850  
47 1820/19 Curl Base 2 O.102 R.1 PCGS AU 55 Yes, a 4th overdate from this low-mintage year.  An embarrassment of riches.  Do not be misled.  All 1820’s are scarce.  Any chance to grab an AU specimen demands attention.  This fully lustrous, lightly toned example is just the ticket for collectors assembling an AU Red Book or Registry Set.  Minor drift marks appear in front of the portrait and atop the eagle’s left wing.  The peripheries are adorned with iridescent orange toning.  Est. $2,000 to $2,500. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
48 1820 Lg. Dt., Knob 2 O.105 R.1 PCGS AU 50 From the Doug Noblet Collection.  The silver centers are surrounded by halos of iridescent toning.  Excellent luster for a “50.”  The fields are somewhat busy but free of significant marks.  Acquired some years ago from David Lawrence R.C., then in an NGC AU 55 capsule.  The NGC label accompanies.  Est. $900 to $1,150. 2 $1,000 $1,000 $1,100  
49 1821 O.103 R.2 PCGS AU 53 From the Doug Noblet Collection.  Classic “target” toning from a Wayte Raymond album.  Good luster.  A few ticks and stray hairlines from short-term circulation, nothing serious.  A pretty coin!  Est. $550 to $750. 10 $900 $900 $990  
50 1821 O.106 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC From the Doug Noblet Collection.  A veil of pale gold toning blankets the surfaces of this low mintage 1821.  Luster rolls through the fields and over the devices.  A faint vertical drift mark is seen on Liberty’s neck.  Well struck throughout.  Here is a great coin for a date set.  The CAC sticker is a nice bonus.  Est. $1,800 to $2,500. 2 $2,000 $2,444 $2,200  
51 1822 O.104 R.3 PCGS AU 55 From the Doug Noblet Collection.  The peripheries feature russet toning mixed with silver and grey, occasionally uneven, esp. near the date and stars 11-13.  Well struck with good luster.  From the Rex and Cindy Phillips “Southeast Kansas” Collection offered by Heritage in its 2017 summer ANA sale, lot 7577 (misattributed as O.110).  It brought $764.  Est. $500 to $700. 10 $605 $605 $666  
52 1822 O.105 R.3 PCGS AU 55 From the Doug Noblet Collection.  Pastel copper toning at the peripheries.  Protected areas of the coin, obverse and reverse, are semi-prooflike.  The delicate surfaces appear rather busy because of this quality.  Est. $550 to $700. 11 $600 $1,076 $660  
53 1823 Patched 3 O.101a R.1 PCGS MS 63 From the collection of Keith Davignon; earlier in that of Dr. Charles Link, noted on the PCGS label.  This is a fabulous coin -- original through and through.  Caky luster fires an ancient patina of grey, gold and iridescent turquoise.  The “look” of the coin is unlike 99% (even more, truth be told) of those seen today.  It tells us that it was set aside shortly after leaving the mint and has been lovingly cared for by generations of collectors.  Preview is a must, if only for one’s numismatic education.  Keith pried this one out of Chuck during the March 2016 Baltimore Show.  Est. $9,000 to $12,000. 1 $7,500 $9,107 $8,250  
54 1823 Patched 3 O.102 R.4 PCGS AU 58 From the collection of Keith Davignon.  Same obverse, different reverse than the preceding Patched 3 - and in a different league when it comes to rarity.  Herrman’s AMBPR lists only one auction appearance of an AU 58 over the past 10 or more years.  (Lot 81 in my Aug. 2017 MB 45 @ $6,000.)  The O.102 die marriage is distinctly rare in all grades, scandalously so in high grade.  AU examples with strong eye appeal may be counted on the fingers of one hand and you won’t need all your fingers.  This lovely example displays cartwheel luster under an original blanket of antique toning.  The surfaces are uncommonly smooth save for an inconsequential tick near Liberty’s mouth.  For die variety collectors this is a r-a-r-e opportunity.  Keith acquired the coin at the Jan. 2010 FUN Show in a trade with Dr. Link, giving up his finest known 1808 O.110 R.5.  Est. $5,500 to $6,500 14 $7,700 $8,888 $8,470  
55 1823 O.103 R.2 PCGS AU 58 CAC From the collection of Keith Davignon.  Steel-grey with excellent luster.  Decently struck with sharp rims, complete dentils and a full motto.  A few signs of handling account for the conservative grade.  Its last auction appearance was in a July 1992 Sotheby sale where it was offered as Uncirculated.  I was the buyer.  It went into the collection of John Crowley. Keith Davignon purchased it at the 2001 summer ANA Convention when I sold the Crowley collection.  Est. $900 to $1,200. 3 $910 $910 $1,001  
56 1823 O.103 R.2 PCGS AU 55 CAC Album toning, yet again!  Luster in the fields is lightly disturbed, otherwise a “58.”  The eye appeal is such that the consignor was happy to acquire it at a 4-figure price. Est. $725 to $900. 3 $700 $700 $770  
57 1823 O.111a R.2 PCGS AU 55 CAC From the collection of Keith Davignon.  Terrific eye appeal, as we expect of Keith’s coins.  Russet toning at the peripheries, the centers with a crust of silver-grey.  Luster befits a nice “58.”    Est. $750 to $950. 7 $1,215 $1,320 $1,336  
58 1823 O.112 R.1 PCGS MS 64 From the collection of Keith Davignon.  A grey-dirt beauty.  Luster runs deep.  Well struck devices with surfaces that support the assigned grade.  In all, a coin without faults and ready for a new home in a high-grade date or type set.  Est. $3,000 to $3,500. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
59 1824/1 O.101a R.2 PCGS MS 64 From the collection of Dr. Charles Link, earlier in the legendary collection of Louis Eliasberg.  The Link/Eliasberg provenance is noted on the PCGS label.  This was lot 1799 in the April 1997 Eliasberg Sale, bringing $4,840 (to the late Martin Paul in partnership with Ron Karp).  The Eliasberg coins were stored in an environment that was not conducive to colorful toning.  The “Eliasberg look” today suggests a pristine coin with undisturbed luster beneath a silver-grey patina.  Here is an example. The surfaces are gem quality.  A bit of toning is seen inside the shield and at the rim between STATES OF.  In short, a wonderful coin with a wonderful provenance.  Est. $8,000 to $10,000. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
60 1824/1 O.101a R.2 PCGS AU 58 From the Doug Noblet Collection.  Deeply toned through the stars and legend from album storage.  The brilliant centers were gently wiped but retain nearly full luster. Est. $1,400 to $1,800. 3 $1,600 $2,350 $1,760  
61 1824 Recut Date O.109 R.2 PCGS AU 58 CAC From the Doug Noblet Collection.  More album toning!  The obverse is a twin to the preceding 24/1 with cleaner surfaces and a bit more pizzazz.  The reverse is even nicer.  Soft golden toning blankets the fully lustrous surfacesEst. $1,500 to $2,250. 14 $2,327 $2,327 $2,560  
62 1825 O.101 R.1 PCGS XF 40 From the Long Island Collection.  Iridescent shades of gold, crimson and aqua make this a special coin for those seeking attractive XF coins.  The central devices softened as this workhorse die pair approached retirement.  Est. $180 to $225. 3 $150 $200 $165  
63 1825 O.102 R.1 PCGS AU 55 CAC From the Doug Noblet Collection.  Another bust half with intense album toning.  This example arrives with exceptional luster for the assigned grade.  It brought $1,645 2+ years ago (without a CAC sticker) when offered by Heritage as part of The R. Thayer Sheets Yorktown Collection.  Doug – and other knowledgeable bidders – found the eye appeal irresistible.  Ignore standard price guides when they are this pretty.  Est. $700 and up. 6 $900 $900 $990  
64 1825 O.114 R.1 PCGS MS 64 From the collection of Keith Davignon.  The semi-prooflike surfaces drew Keith to this coin when he acquired it by private treaty.  Fully struck devices and the absence of clash marks suggest that the coin was one of the first struck from the O.114 die pair.  A gloss of pale gold toning further enhances the eye appeal.  I note that the reverse is rotated 15° counterclockwise.   Est. $2,800 to $3,200. 1 $2,500 $2,500 Not Sold  
65 1825 O.116 R.3 PCGS MS 63 CAC From the collection of Keith Davignon.  Classic grey-dirt.  Booming luster rolls beneath the protective patina.  A late die-state is evidenced by drawn stars.  Exquisite detail in Liberty’s curls and the eagle’s feathers and claws, however, belie their age. Here is a top end MS 63.  Est. $2,000 to $2,500. 1 $1,950 $2,101 $2,145  
66 1825 O.117 R.4 PCGS AU 55 Pale gold toning throughout.  Strong cartwheel luster.  How nice to find a sticky R.4 in high grade, with superior eye appeal.  The consignor acquired the coin from BHNC stalwart Jim Ross.  Est. $850 to $1,100. 1 $775 $775 $853  
67 1826 O.116a R.1 PCGS AU 55 CAC From the Doug Noblet Collection.  Antique grey with a pastel ring of blue and aqua inside the stars.  Wear on the high points; the luster is somewhat subdued but typical of the assigned grade.  Acquired privately as the rare O.114.  Est. $475 to $575. 7 $654 $654 $719  
68 1827/6 O.101 R.2 PCGS AU 58 Bold luster with minimal signs of handling.  Trace of friction on the cheek.  Brilliant and untoned save for a bit of amber and turquoise through some of the stars.  Superior eye appeal.  A private acquisition from my Sept. 2017 Fixed Price List.  Est. $1,500 to $2,000. 1 $1,350 $1,350 $1,485  
69 1827 Sq. Base 2 O.118 R.3 PCGS AU 58 From the Doug Noblet Collection.  Full luster with splashes of russet toning at the peripheries.  The centers are lightly toned.  Pretty!  Est. $800 to $1,000. 3 $725 $825 $798  
70 1827 Sq. Base 2 O.122 R.5 PCGS XF 45 One for die variety collectors.  The `27-122 is a solid R.5.  Cherry pickers look for 1827s with star 1 distant from the bust, a feature unique to this die (also used on the O.121 and O.123).  This coin, formerly in the collection of Jim Ross, was lightly circulated but retains a fair amount of mint luster.  Natural grey toning.  Dirt is lodged in portions of the eagle’s wing feathers.  Consider this a mark of distinction: no one tried to “improve” the coin by cleaning it.  The Witham coin, also graded PCGS XF 45, brought $1,725 at Heritage’s 2010 Boston ANA Sale.  PCGS blew the attribution on this one.  The label identifies it as an 1827 “Curl 2.”  Oops!  Est. $1,250 to $1,500. 2 $1,200 $1,255 $1,320  
71 1827 Sq. Base 2 O.142 R.3 PCGS AU 55 CAC From the Doug Noblet Collection.  More color!  Rainbow hues sparkle with iridescence.  The coin has decent surfaces and adequate luster.  Eye appeal, however, is its selling point.  Est. $500 to $625. 9 $875 $875 $963  
72 1828 Curl 2, No Knob O.101 Prime R.? PCGS AU 55 From the collection of Dr. Charles Link, noted on the PCGS label.  A vast majority of this die pair come with a chip in the F of OF.  In their attribution guides Overton and Peterson note that a few `28-101’s lack the chip.  I’m not sure that I’ve handled an example.  Certainly not recently.  Here is a true prime O.101: die lines are below the bust, the die chip is missing and the surfaces retain hints of a prooflike quality.  An important offering for students of the series.  Oh, the coin is lovely!  Pale rose and silver toning, lots of luster and nice surfaces.   Est. $800 and up. 3 $800 $1,126 $880  
73 1828 Sq.2, Sm.8, Lg. Lets O.117a R.1 PCGS MS 62 From the collection of Keith Davignon.  Superb eye appeal, as usual for coins from this collection.  A panoply of glittering colors floats across the obverse.  The same colors grace the reverse while the texture of the regal patina bespeaks an antique provenance.  It is appropriate that Keith found the coin in a 2016 Stack’s/Bowers auction that featured The Fossil Creek Collection. Fancy phrasing aside, this is a marvelous coin.  You’ll love it!  Est. $1,800 to $2,300 4 $1,800 $1,800 $1,980  
74 1829 O.105 R.1 PCGS AU 50 From the Doug Noblet Collection.  Who can resist target-toning?!  Not many of us.  Soft luster throughout, the surfaces gently wiped.  Est. $400 to $500. 14 $650 $651 $715  
75 1829 O.113 R.2 PCGS AU 58 CAC From the collection of Keith Davignon.  All our 58’s should look like this: beautiful toning that fails to diminish deep, unbroken luster.  A whisper of friction on the cheek and trivial signs of contact, otherwise mint-state quality.  Keith has owned the coin since May 1996.  It was lot 222 in MB 17, then in an NGC AU 58 capsule.  My description, in part: Superb “album toning,” russet centers with iridescent aqua through most stars and the legend…. Exceptional eye appeal.   Est. $1,200 to $1,500. 5 $1,766 $1,800 $1,943  
76 1829 O.115 R.1 PCGS AU 50 From the Doug Noblet Collection.  A lustrous, well struck AU 50.  The reverse is brilliant.  The obverse enjoys the now familiar album toning, a magnet for many of Noblet’s acquisitions.  Est. $300 to $425. 16 $1,105 $1,105 $1,216  
77 1829 O.116a R.4 PCGS AU 53 From the Doug Noblet Collection.  Early die state of the “a-model.”  The obverse die break is yet to appear; the reverse die break is thin and the diagnostic chip at R is present.  The reflective surfaces are toned in shades of rose, gold and turquoise. Est. $350 to $500. 14 $705 $705 $776  
78 1830 Sm.0 O.103 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC From the Doug Noblet Collection.  Well struck, beautifully toned, great luster and nice surfaces.  Common date and variety, making this one a prize for the type or date collector.  A private treaty purchase from your cataloger some years back.  Est. $850 to $1,100. 7 $1,125 $1,355 $1,238  
79 1830 Sm.0 O.113 R.2 PCGS AU 58 CAC From the collection of Keith Davignon.  A creamy white coin with great depth of luster.  Not a hairline to be seen.  A few contact marks on the obverse (miniscule); the reverse is pristine and would serve well on a choice or select uncirculated coin. Est. $850 to $1,100. 2 $850 $850 $935  
80 1830 Sm.0 O.113 R.2 PCGS AU 58 From the Long Island Collection.  Full cartwheel luster enlivens the brilliant, untoned fields and the nicely impressed central devices.  Est. $750 to $900. 1 $700 $700 $770  
81 1830 Sm.0 O.117 R.2 PCGS MS 64 CAC From the collection of Keith Davignon.  An impressive bust half.  A delicate veil of iridescence coats the immaculate surfaces.  Keith classified the coin as one with “original, grey-dirt,” noting that it is tied for the 2nd spot in the Condition Census.  Here is a showpiece coin, CAC approved and fit for the finest collection.  From Heritage’s 2015 FUN Show Auction, lot 4879 @ $4,465.  Est. $3,250 to $4,000. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
82 1830 Lg.0 O.121 R.3 PCGS MS 63 CAC From the collection of Keith Davignon.  More grey dirt, this with a beguiling swath of iridescent toning over the cap.  Note the detail in Liberty’s curls, the motto and the eagle’s wings and claws.  Pleasing surfaces befit the grade.  Just 4 of 23 die pairs for the year have the Large 0.  Est. $2,500 to $3,000. 1 $1,900 $1,900 $2,090  
83 1831 O.102 R.1 PCGS AU 58+ CAC Here is a common date and variety with all the bells and whistles.  Registry set collectors please pay attention.  The coin has full luster, minimal signs of handling and a wisp of friction that you’ll have to find.  I cannot.  Dipped, to be sure but the + grade and CAC sticker are well deserved.  Est. $900 to $1,250. 1 $850 $850 $935  
84 1831 O.108 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC From the Doug Noblet Collection.  The smooth surfaces are blanketed with enticing blue-grey toning.  Strong, unbroken luster.  Acquired privately from your cataloguer; earlier in the collection of Howard Sharfman.  Est. $800 to $1,000. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
85 1831 O.111 R.1 PCGS AU 55 From the Doug Noblet Collection.  Halos of electric toning please the eye and remind us of a time when silver coins were stored in Wayte Raymond albums.  Most collectors dipped their coins before inserting them in the album.  Toning made its way from the rims to the centers.  Here is a lustrous example.  Est. $400 to $500. 5 $455 $555 $501  
86 1832 Sm. Lets. O.108 R.3 PCGS MS 62 From the collection of Dr. Charles Link, noted on the PCGS label.  A flashy, untoned 1832.  Liberty’s curls are fully struck, even those above and behind the ear.  This die pair is moderately scarce in high grade.  Est. $1,300 to $1,500. 1 $1,200 $1,200 $1,320  
87 1832 Sm. Lets. O.110 R.1 PCGS AU 50 From the Doug Noblet Collection.  For devotees of color the feast continues.  This technicolor 1832 rested in a sulfur laden environment for decades.  Soft luster may still be seen under the magnificent toning.  Est. $400 to $500. 4 $420 $901 $462  
88 1832 Sm. Lets. O.111 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC From the Doug Noblet Collection.  A regal coin, sporting a patina of ancient origin.  I suspect its history includes storage in a strong box or leather pouch.  The coin never ventured into circulation.  Cabinet friction on the feather tips and Liberty’s cheek prevent a mint state designation.  Luster abounds.  Ex Troy Nelson whose “Allgood” collection was sold by Heritage in April 2011.  This was lot 10930, offered without attribution.  Est. $800 to $1,000. 1 $800 $800 $880  
89 1832 Sm. Lets. O.114 R.4+ PCGS MS 62 From the collection of Keith Davignon.  A gorgeous example of this noted rarity.  Keith acquired the coin from Dr. Charles Link during the 2010 ANA Convention in Boston.  It is the 2nd or 3rd finest known of the variety.  Lustrous surfaces are painted with colorful, iridescent shades of amber, russet and turquoise.  The surfaces are excellent; I see only miniscule signs of contact.  The obverse die, appearing first on the O.113, was nearing its end when married to a new reverse.  Weak rims and drawn stars are mandatory.  A quick key for cherry pickers is star 9.  It is the only one with a center-point.  The others are flat.  This is a very important coin.  Est. 3,000 to $4,000. 1 $2,750 $2,750 $3,025  
90 1832 No Tail Feathers O.120a R.3 PCGS MS 61 From the collection of Dr. Charles Link.  An early die state of the “a-model.”  The three obverse die cracks are spiderweb thin.  The eagle’s tail feathers are missing on this popular – and scarce - variety. Cartwheel luster, light toning and pleasing surfaces are further enticements.  The coin carries a marvelous provenance: Gehring Prouty and Keith Davignon preceded Dr. Link’s ownership.  Keith acquired it privately in 2003.  It last appeared in my Jan. 2014 FUN Sale, MB 38 lot 83, where it brought $2,517 (as PCGS AU 58 with a CAC sticker).   Est. $2,000 to $3,000. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
91 1832 Sm. Lets. O.121a R.3 PCGS AU 58 From the collection of Dr. Charles Link.  The pastel gold centers are flanked by a partial ring of iridescent turquoise and blue.  A pretty coin with the look and luster we expect of a “58.”  Est. $800 to $1,000. 2 $851 $1,100 $936  
92 1833 O.103 R.3 PCGS MS 63 From the collection of Dr. Charles Link.  Sharply struck central devices.  Caky luster befits the choice unc designation.  Light grey toning in the left obverse field.  The reverse is brilliant with a halo of pale copper through the legend.   Est. $1,800 to $2,200. 3 $2,000 $2,226 $2,200  
93 1833 O.105 R.2 PCGS MS 62 CAC From the collection of Keith Davignon.  This one is ripe for upgrade.  In Keith’s words, “…an absolutely beautiful coin with super original surfaces.”   He corralled it in Oct. 1994 when I was selling Robbie Brown’s collection.  The Brown provenance is noted on the PCGS label.  The coin is nothing like a 62.   At preview, your first question will be “Is it a 63 or 64?”  The antique toning is scrumptious.  I expect runaway bidding.  Robinson S. Brown, Jr., the numismatist, is best known for twice completing a Sheldon die-variety set of large cents.  In the business world he was Chairman of the Board for Brown-Forman Corp., a Kentucky distillery with such familiar brands as Old Forester, Southern Comfort, Jack Daniels and Old Bushmills.  Robbie had a cherubic countenance and personality.  He passed away in 2005 at age 88.  Est. $2,000 and up. 2 $1,900 $1,900 $2,090  
94 1833 O.109 R.3 PCGS MS 63 CAC From the collection of Keith Davignon.  This is the Col. Green-Newman coin sold by Heritage in Nov. 2013.  It was lot 33663 in the Sale, graded MS 64 by NGC.  My cryptic note in the catalog is “Pretty!  63+.”  Davignon was the buyer, paying $5,287, a testament to the eye appeal of the coin.  After crossing it to PCGS he wrote, with typical humility, “…now properly graded as MS 63.”  Whatever the grade, the coin is gorgeous.  Album toning, brilliant centers with bold luster and nice surfaces.  The NGC label accompanies.   Est. $2,500 to $3,000. 1 $2,500 $3,033 $2,750  
95 1833 O.113 R.2 PCGS MS 62 CAC From the collection of Keith Davignon.  In his consignment notes Keith wrote, “… gorgeous original coin with ‘grey dirt’ and iridescent colors.”  Amen.  It is a paradigm of originality.  This is a very high-end MS 62 with deep, undisturbed luster.  From Heritage’s Sept. 2005 Long Beach Sale, lot 3194.  Est. $1,500 to $1,900. 1 $1,500 $2,177 $1,650  
96 1833 O.114 R.2 PCGS MS 62 From the collection of Keith Davignon.  Rich antique grey toning with immaculate surfaces.  A touch of cabinet friction on the cheek?  Maybe.  Maybe not.  Immaterial.  I first encountered the coin in Nov. 1988 when it appeared as lot 3104 in B&M’s sale of the Norweb Collection.  It appeared two years later as lot 1752 in B&M’s Chris Schenkel Sale.  Then, in Aug. 1997, it was consigned to my MB 20 (lot 155).  Russ Logan prevailed.  At the B&M Sale of Logan’s collection Michael E. Summers, distinguished planetary scientist, numismatic colleague and my bust-half mentor, was the winning bidder.  Mike later passed the coin to his friend David Kahn and Kahn sold it to Davignon during the 2010 Boston ANA Convention.  Whew!  Quite a provenance.  Your turn.  You can’t go wrong.  Est. $1,500 to $2,000. 3 $2,200 $2,312 $2,420  
97 1834 Lg. Dt. & Lets O.102 R.1 PCGS MS 65+ CAC From the collection of Dr. Charles Link.  Mind boggling eye appeal, as we expect from a CAC approved MS 65+.  Scandalous luster, great surfaces and lovely toning.  I cannot find a prior auction appearance.  (It is not the 65+ in Legend’s Sept. 2018 Konstantine Sale.)  If a gem bust half is on your want list here is a joyous opportunity.  The date is the most common in the series, good news for your budget.  PCGS suggests $14,500.  Sight unseen bids for a PCGS MS 65 1834 without the + designation or CAC sticker start around $8,000. Est. $9,000 to $12,000. 6 $8,500 $8,500 $9,350  
98 1834 Lg. Dt. & Lets O.103 R.1 PCGS MS 63+ From the collection of Keith Davignon.  Another Green-Newman coin with booming luster and a rainbow at the rims.  NGC graded it MS 64+.  Keith won the battle for lot 33665 at $8,225.  The smooth surfaces are a marvel.  Without question the PCGS grade is conservative.  Treat this one as a nifty MS 64 and you’ll be in the running.  The NGC label accompanies.  Est. $2,500 to $3,500. 2 $2,700 $2,800 $2,970  
99 1834 Sm. Dt. & Lets O.116 R.1 PCGS MS 65 From the collection of Dr. Charles Link.  A stunning 1834!  Intense luster accents equally intense iridescent toning.  Rose and turquoise are the dominant flavors.  The strike displays occasional weakness.  Color and eye appeal demanded the gem designation.  Est. $5,500 to $7,500. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
100 1835 O.104 R.3 PCGS MS 62 From the collection of Keith Davignon.  The pioneer psychologist Carl Jung would peg the coin as an archetype of grey-dirt.  The patina showcases underlying luster and is blessed with a diaphanous hue of sea-green on the reverse, through the legend.  Davignon collected the coin from my offering of Dick Graham’s collection during the Jan. 2013 FUN Show.  His comment about the coin is brief and to the point: “Beautiful original skin.”  Est. $1,800 to $2,200. 4 $2,600 $2,600 $2,860  
101 1835 O.105 R.1 PCGS AU 58 From the Doug Noblet Collection.  More from the artist’s palette.  The toning is a polychromatic blend of colors.  Aqua, gold, rose and turquoise come to mind.  Under a glass I find no surface problems, just a pretty coin.  Est. $800 to $1,000 1 $700 $700 $770  
102 1836 O.104a R.3 PCGS AU 55 From the Doug Noblet Collection.  Classic album toning on the obverse.  Decent luster and no significant signs of handling.  Pulled from circulation early on.  From Heritage’s Feb. 2018 Internet auction (lot 27489) where Doug made sure he brought home the coin.  It realized $1,020.  Est. $450 to $600. 4 $630 $800 $693  
103 1836 Beaded Border O.106a R.3 PCGS AU 58 CAC I hear a clamor for this one from Registry Set collectors.  Silver-grey toning blankets the lustrous surfaces.    High grade examples – with a complete set of beads, as here – are genuinely scarce.  The reverse die was first used to strike the extremely rare crushed lettered edge proofs dated 1833, 1834 and 1835.  (They were struck in 1836 alongside 1804 dollars.)  The die was then used to strike coins for general circulation.  Est. $1,850 to $2,500. 2 $1,850 $1,850 $2,035  
104 1838 Reeded Edge GR-4 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC A fully lustrous piece recently crossed from an NGC MS 61 capsule. (The NGC label accompanies.)  Sharply struck throughout.  Cabinet friction on the cheek.  A flashy coin, just right for the date or type collector.  Est. $850 to $1,100. 3 $950 $951 $1,045  

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