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A 1794 silver dollar topped bidding at Scotsman’s Oct. 15 auction in St. Charles, Mo.
Selling for $109,250, the rare dollar was graded VF-30 by the Professional Coin Grading Service.
The catalog noted that details on the coin are consistent with the grade, though there is weakness on the left side of the obverse.
Cataloger John Bush reported that overall, the auction realized $1,585,574, including the 15 percent buyers’ fees.
He noted that 84.9 percent of the lots sold.
“I think it was a pretty healthy sale,” he said.
A PCGS Proof-65 1904 Liberty Head $20 gold piece attracted a bid of $66,125. The catalog said the coin displays delightful cameo contrast.
Other gold coins in the sale also brought top bids.
A 1795 $10, Taraszka 1, that the catalog said had uncirculated details but was cleaned brought $36,800.
Bringing $25,300 was a gold $5 dated 1812. The coin, BD-1, was graded MS-63 by the Numismatic Guaranty Corp.
Bush said, “The gold coins didn’t do badly – a majority sold.”
Chinese bulk lots featured in the auction were hot, Bush said.
Forty silver one-yuan coins from the late 19th and early 20th centuries were combined in one lot that was bid to $11,500.
Bush also noted that the half cent lots in the auction also were hot.
For more information, visit the firm’s website at www.scoins.com.