One of the great U.S. coin rarities, the 1894-S dime, will be offered in Stack?s 72nd anniversary auction Oct. 16-17 in New York City.
It is joined by several other rarities ? such as the documented fourth double eagle struck at the Denver Mint, certified by Professional Coin Grading Service as SP-66, an 1876-CC 20-cent piece and an 1855 Kellogg and Co. $50 proof.
Stack?s 72nd anniversary sale is preceded on Oct. 16 by two offerings of material from the John J. Ford collection, Parts 20 and 21. The first, nearly 400 lots, holds paper money, including obsolete notes, greatest representation of these being from western states though notes from several other locations are offered. It also features patterns and medals from western assayers, as well as several assayer receipts.
Part 21 of the Ford collection consists of 60 lots of Territorial ingots. Most are ?unparted,? and thus contain gold and silver or other metals. Most are also smaller than the ingots we are used to hearing about. Many come from little-known assayers.
The 1894-S dime in the 72nd anniversary sale is graded PCGS Proof-64. Mint records state that 24 were struck. References cite 10 known today, Stack?s catalogers said.
The special 1906-D $20, graded PCGS SP-66, was ?one of six special pieces struck on April 2, 1906, the first day of $20 coinage at the new Denver Mint,? catalogers wrote.
?The present coin was that presented to Colorado pioneer Isaac Gotthelf, born in Germany in 1844, who arrived in Colorado in 1866 and formed the town of Saguache in 1873,? they continued. ?When Colorado achieved statehood in 1876, he was elected to the first state legislature, and was re-elected in 1878. Gotthelf married Florence M. Lot on March 18, 1879, niece of Denver Mint Superintendent Herman Silver. He served as president of the Saguache National Bank, was a member of the firm of Gotthelf & Tarbell (Charles), and was the largest landowner of the county. Isaac Gotthelf died in Saguache on Nov. 10, 1910.?
About the piece, catalogers said, ?This coin?s fields are deeply glowing and wonderfully reflective; the devices are pristine with lightest frosting on the devices creating tantalizingly subtle contrast. The strike is meticulous and exacting, resulting in diamond-sharp stars, letters, locks of Liberty?s hair and eagle feathers. Systematic study reveals a tiny obverse rim disturbance at 11:00 and three reverse hay marks that are noted for accuracy. High magnification reveals parallel microscopic surface lines probably resulting from the special planchet preparation for this Presentation strike.?
Accompanying this coin in the same lot is one of the bronze 1905 Denver Mint opening so-called dollars, Hibler-Kappen 876, called about uncirculated. This is believed to have been struck to test the coining presses that were about to strike double eagles, catalogers said, to provide a souvenir for the ceremony.
The 1876-CC 20-cent piece, PCGS MS-64, is a key to the series in part due to its mintage but also due to an order that came in 1877 to melt all 20-cent pieces on hand.
Among private-issuer gold is a proof Kellogg and Co. $50 of 1855, Kagin 4, graded PCGS Proof-62. ?This actual Proof specimen was one of the three examples of the 1855 $50 round slug that John Glover Kellogg retained when they were struck and kept with his personal effects,? catalogers stated. They said probably fewer than 25 were struck, and they speculate that 11-13 survive to today.
Stack?s 1,700-lot 72nd anniversary sale contains U.S. coins from most series, as well as some related items.
For more information, see Web site www.stacks.com. Color images of lots are posted for viewing, along with descriptions, and online bidding is available.
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