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Long Beach auction features rare Morgan

HerA0925c.jpgAn 1894 Morgan silver dollar in MS-66 and a 1927-S Saint-Gaudens gold double eagle in MS-64 are part of Heritage Auction Galleries? Sept. 27-28 Long Beach auction.

The 1894 Morgan is called remarkable by Heritage for its condition, in particular the blemish-free cheek on the obverse, which sale catalogers highlight. It was certified MS-66 by Professional Coin Grading Service, which has seen four 1894 dollars in this grade and none finer.

Of the 1927-S $20 the catalogers write, ?The mint luster is thick and frosted. The bright surfaces have a noticeable overlay of reddish patina that deepens even more around the margins. Fully struck. There are a few scattered marks on each side.? It was graded PCGS MS-64.

HerB0925c.jpgThis will be Heritage?s 61st official auction of the Long Beach Coin Expo. The firm will present sales of U.S. coins, U.S. tokens and medals, U.S. paper money and ancient and world coins.

?We are especially pleased to be offering the Jim O?Neal collection of Indian half eagles and the No. 3 PCGS ?Mile High? Registry Set of Carson City Morgan dollars,? said Heritage president Greg Rohan.

A Flowing Hair half dollar from 1794 in NGC VF-35 will cross the block, one of 13 or 14 examples known of the Overton 102 variety, catalogers said.

Also to be sold is a proof 1899 $5 gold piece, which had a mintage of 99 pieces. PCGS calls this one Proof-64. The grading firm has seen 15 examples in Proof-64 and seen two finer.

Other coin highlights include the following:

1723 silver pattern Hibernia farthing, PCGS MS-65.

1925-D Buffalo nickel, NGC MS-66.

1827/3 quarter, NGC Proof-65 Restrike.

1915-S Panama-Pacific round $50, NGC MS-62.

1879 Flowing Hair $4 Stella, Judd-1635, NGC Proof-66 Cameo.

1909-O $5, variety one, PCGS MS-63.

1801 $10, NGC MS-63.

1866-S $20, no motto, NGC AU-55.

1879-S $20, PCGS MS-64.

Heritage?s tokens and medals sale includes three gold Pulitzer Prize medals, the first public auction offering known to Heritage catalogers of any gold Pulitzer medals.

Other medal highlights include a circa 1801 Emancipator of America medal, NGC AU-53; a Thomas Jefferson Indian Peace Medal, NGC MS-62 Brown; an 1826 Erie Canal completion medal in gold, HK-1001, NGC XF-45; Seattle World?s Fair complete 20-piece gold and silver sets; and a French 1876 U.S. Centennial medal with box personalized to Statue of Liberty sculptor Frederic Bartholdi.

Individual lots in Heritage?s 61st Official Auction at Long Beach, with descriptions and images, can be viewed at www.HA.com.

Floor sessions for the U.S. coin auction will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center as follows: Session 1 (lots 1-836) starts at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27; Session 2 (lots 837-1992), 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27; Session 3 (lots 1993-2297), 9:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28; Session 4 (lots 2298-3003), 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28; Session 5 (lots 3004-4167), 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28.

For more information, see www.HA.com or call (800) 872-6467.

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