Online auctions extend ANA 2021 sales

This year’s American Numismatic Association World Silver Fair auctions take place after the convention, with Heritage holding its ground sessions in Dallas beginning August 18 and online sessions ending August 22. . Stack’s Bowers Galleries ANA sessions begin in Costa Mesa, California, offices on August 16 with online sessions ending on August 25.

These online sessions may provide more affordable options for collectors.

Heritage’s website allows users to rank lots by “most popular (views)” and it turns out that visually exciting collectibles in high grades with a nice toning factor feature heavily in the lots. the most popular.

One of the most visited coins among all heritage offerings is a 1923 Peace Dollar graded Mint State 66+ by Professional Coin Grading Service with a beautiful rainbow tone rarely seen on the design type. A deep, warm orange hugs the obverse edge with accents of sea green, lavender and honey, while Liberty’s profile is nice and frosty. The reverse is in the same tone.

While the 1923 Peace Dollar is one of the most common dates in the series, PCGS only got 313 ratings in MS-66+ with 108 finer. Typical examples sell for $600 to $700 at auction today, but this one has visual appeal that may help it top comparable sales at recent auctions.

Another tonic stunner is a 1943-S 5-cent Jefferson coin of World War II era composition of 56% copper, 35% silver and 9% manganese which was used to help reduce the use of nickel, a metal that was needed for the war effort (the pre-war alloy was 75% copper and 25% nickel).

The presence of silver means that many of these “war nickels” have a nice tone, as seen in this one rated MS-67 + full steps by PCGS which is one of 191 in this grade with three more purposes. Both sides feature a range of mixed pastel colors, with more intense jewel tones on the rims. In accordance with the PCGS definition of “full steps”, the reverse shows five separate steps (lines) at the base of Monticello. An untinted, comparable-quality example fetched $720 at a Heritage auction earlier this year, but collectors seem to be responding favorably to the attractive colors of the offered lot.

Who is ‘JJ’ on this dollar?

Stack’s Bowers Galleries online sessions feature some wonderfully odd items, such as a selection of counter-stamped American coins that were marked by merchants in the 18th and 19th centuries. Many of them have been cataloged by Russell Rulau and more recently in Gregory Brunk’s book Countermarked merchant and private coinsbut some marks remain mysterious and the collecting area is ripe for research.

An 1803 Draped Bust silver dollar is rated Very Good by the auctioneer, while a neat hole obscures much of the 8 and all of the 9 in the date. The obverse features the letters “JJ”, prominently stamped on either side of the liberty, and again on the eagle shield on the reverse. As of August 2, it had a current bid of $160, which is sure to be exceeded as the August 23 closing date nears.

On August 23, a 1959 Nation of Celestial Space 1-Celeston gold coin, struck on a 90% gold blank and measuring just 14 millimeters in diameter, will also close. The Nation of Celestial Space was established in 1948 by James T. Mangan of Evergreen Park, Illinois. The portrait is of his daughter Ruth Mangan and is inspired by the traditional design of 19th century American gold coins, replacing the headband’s FREEDOM with the word MAGNANIMITY. It is rated Proof 65 Cameo by Numismatic Guaranty Corp.

Mangan pledged to protect “outer space” from colonization by a single country. He died in 1970, thus ending the movement, but his efforts are remembered in his gold and silver numbers.

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