Would you pay $250,000 to $300,000 for a beaver? What if it?s a rare 1849 Oregon Exchange Co. $10 gold ?Beaver??
That would change everything. Such a piece is going to be up for auction in Ira and Larry Goldberg?s Feb. 5-8 Pre-Long Beach Sale in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Comprised of six sessions, a large part of the sale will take place at the Crown Plaza Beverly Hills in the Del Rey Ballroom at 159 S. Beverly Dr., Los Angeles, Calif.
Open lot viewing takes place between Jan. 30 and Feb. 8 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The 1849 ?Beaver? in this sale has a mintage of 2,850, according to the cataloger. It is graded EF-45 by Professional Coin Grading Service.
?Only about a dozen or so Oregon Exchange Co. $10 gold coins are known, and this is the first example to appear in one of our auctions in a while,? writes the cataloger.
Another highlight is an 1877 pattern $50 or ?Half Union? that?s graded Proof-64 by Numismatic Guaranty Corp. Valued at $200,000 to $220,000, there are only three known, according to the cataloger.
Then there?s the story of two 1856-D $5 gold coins, which were found in Georgia with a metal detector. Numismatic Conservation Services removed the dirt and crud on the coins, now graded MS-63 and MS-62, respectively, by PCGS.
The MS-63 piece is worth an estimated $30,000 to $40,000, while the MS-62 specimen has an estimated value of $12,000 to $14,000.
Last but not least, there?s the controversial ?Rays from the central star? variety 1851 U.S. Assay Office $50 ?slug? that?s estimated to be worth $25,000 to $50,000.
To learn more about this Goldberg sale, visit www.goldbergcoins.com, call (310) 551-COIN or (800) 978-COIN, fax (310) 551-2626 or write to: Ira & Larry Goldberg, 350 S. Beverly Drive, Suite 350, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.