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B&M to sell pedigreed Hawaii half

2081ocolor.jpg 2081rcolor.jpgA 1928 Hawaiian commemorative half dollar with its pedigree documentation is a featured item in Bowers and Merena?s 2006 March 16-17 Baltimore auction.

?It was the eighth coin out of 50 presented to Juliette Mae Fraser, who designed the Hawaii commemorative half dollar,? said Jeff Ambio, director of numismatics at Bowers and Merena. ?This one is significant because most of the 50 were sandblasted.?

Graded Proof-66 by Numismatic Guaranty Corp., the piece will be a featured item in the sale, the signature auction of the Baltimore Coin and Currency Convention.

The auction will be held at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore at 300 Light St., starting with Session 1 on March 16 at 6 p.m. Sessions 2 and 3 will be held March 17 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively.

Lot viewing will take place March 15 (noon to 6 p.m.), March 16 (9 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and March 17 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.).

There will also be live bidding via the Internet.

Ambio talked about two special undated Colonial-era coins, a St. Patrick?s farthing struck in silver that?s graded VF-30 by Professional Coin Grading Service and a London Elephant token struck on a thick planchet that?s in PCGS MS-63 brown condition.

In addition to a host of small-size and obsolete notes, the sale also includes a number of error coins, like an 1873 doubled-die Liberty on an Indian cent that?s graded PCGS MS-64 brown and a 1955 doubled-die cent graded PCGS MS-65 red.

For more on the sale or to find out more about Bowers and Merena, visit www.bowersandmerena.com or call (800) 458-4646. Prices realized will be posted on the company?s Web site soon after each session closes.

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