US COIN ILLUSTRATIONS

I've moved from collecting US coins since they became extremely expensive for some of the more interesting types. I sold most of them years ago but here are a few remaining pieces

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Colonial New Jersey, Cent 1787 (choice AU)
Early American Numismatics Auction: March 21, 1992, lot# 99

 


Draped Bust Half 1806 (AU)

Some years ago I placed a "Wanted" ad in Coin World to buy any Draped Bust Half in very choice AU for $900. Someone, I think from MD, sent me this one. At the time it wasn't my idea of a choice AU so I countered with an $825 offer and it was accepted. It just goes to show that those CW ads do occasionally pay off. I think this coin would probably slab AU-55 today but then you couldn't read the edge lettering.

 

Although I'm mainly a foreign collector I have a few left over USA coins that have hung around.  A sampling is shown at left.


Capped Bust Half 1830 (AU)

 



1797  Bust Dollar
Small Eagle reverse
Dan Sedwick Treasure Auction
early 2013, Winter Park, FL, lot 362

Normally the cardinal rule of Small Eagle Bust Dollars is that they have problems. If they aren't slabbed, then they almost certainly have problems. However, I took a chance on this one as the whole US collection being sold at that auction wasn't slabbed. Furthermore I placed a bid commensurate with what an ugly, tampered with, Small Eagle Dollar would bring. This coin appears quite nice and from observation with a glass I can't find any problems with it. Thus it is, at the very least, a pretty, tampered with, Bust Dollar. It may even be an attractive Small Eagle Dollar which could slab. Also I always wanted one of these but only in EF or better where one could see the breast feathers on the Eagle.

It is my belief that this beautiful reverse design was discontinued as we were on the verge of a Naval War with the New French Republic in 1797 and we wanted a more martial appearing design for our coinage. Hence the Hereldic Eagle replaced this design in 1798 as seen on the 1806 half dollar.



1878-S  Trade dollar   (uncirculated)

This is an 1878-S  US Trade dollar


1880-P dollar
 (Proof Like select uncirculated)


This is a gold dollar comtemporary with the Morgan dollar issues. You can tell that the US was not concentrating on making gold dollars as only 1636 pieces were made for circulation.


1927 20 dollars
 uncirculated (PCGS-64)






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