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Heritage takes gold, more to Long Beach

Saint-Gaudens double eagles lead early online bidding in Heritage Auctions Galleries? official Long Beach Expo sale of U.S. coins, to be held May 30-June 2.

A 1921 $20 graded MS-64 by Professional Coin Grading Service is offered, the cataloger noting that three examples of the 1921 have been graded MS-64 and four have been graded finer.

A 1931-D $20 in PCGS MS-65 is called ?conditionally rare,? with most examples in the MS-60 to MS-63 range or below.

The 1908-S $20 had a mintage of 22,000 pieces, second lowest behind only the High Relief mintages. The 1908-S offered in Heritage?s Long Beach auction is graded PCGS MS-66.

The sale also includes a 1907 High Relief $20, flat rim, in PCGS MS-66, among many other double eagles.

Of course, the sale holds more than gold $20s. Gold denominations are broadly represented, along with some Territorial gold pieces, such as an 1852 Assay Office $50, 900 Thous., graded AU-53 by Numismatic Guaranty Corp.

Seated Liberty and Morgan dollars hold highlights, including an 1852 Seated dollar in NGC MS-62, a Seated 1872-CC in NGC AU-53, an 1887-S Morgan in PCGS MS-65 Deep Mirror Prooflike and an 1893-S Morgan in PCGS VF-25.

Several Lincoln and Flying Eagle cents are up for bids. Mercury dimes include a proof 1937 in PCGS Proof-68 as well as 1939 and 1940 examples in the same grade.

The entire contents of the 3,100-lot sale can be viewed and bid on at www.ha.com.

For more information, see the Web site or contact the firm at 3500 Maple Ave., Dallas, TX 75219; telephone number (800) 872-6467.

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