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An 1808 quarter eagle headed results of Heritage Auction Galleries
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An 1808 quarter eagle headed results of Heritage Auction Galleries? $19.3 million Signature sale at the Long Beach Expo.

Sale catalogers said about 35-40 of the 1808 quarter eagles are believed to survive from an original mintage of 2,710. This example, graded MS-61 by Numismatic Guaranty Corp., sold for $163,875.

A 1794 silver dollar graded VF-30 by Professional Coin Grading Service brought $161,000, the same price bid for a colorfully toned 1891-O specimen quarter, one of just two known, this one graded NGC MS-65.

A proof 1833 Capped Bust quarter, PCGS Proof-65, realized $149,500 as did a 1796 half dollar with 15 stars in NGC AU-55.

Also bringing $149,500 was a proof 1846 Seated Liberty dollar. It was graded PCGS Proof-65.

Two gold $10s also came in at $149,500 each: a proof 1899 in NGC Proof-68* Ultra Cameo and a 1907 Indian with wire rim in NGC MS-67.

Half cents from the Colonel Steven Ellsworth collection were led by a 1796 with pole example graded PCGS AU-55. ?The 1796 half cent is the classic rarity of the denomination from a mintage of just 1,390 coins,? sale catalogers wrote. This one brought $138,000.

Another 1794 silver dollar, a PCGS VG-10 piece, fetched $115,000.

Early quarters included a proof 1820 Bust quarter in NGC Proof-64. It was described as having ?golden-brown, jade-green, honey-gold, and lilac-gray toning? by sale catalogers. It realized $97,750.

Joining the 1820 quarter at that $97,750 price level was an 1866-S Seated Liberty quarter graded PCGS MS-66. Catalogers noted that the coin is in a first-generation PCGS holder and no finer example has been seen by PCGS in the 20 or so years since this piece was encapsulated.

Five pieces finished at $92,000. They were an 1892-O ?micro ?O?? Barber half dollar in NGC MS-65, an 1839 no drapery Seated Liberty half dollar in NGC MS-64, a 1739 Broad Axe Higley copper in PCGS VF-20, a pewter 1776 Continental dollar in PCGS MS-62 and a 1792 George Washington ?Roman Head? cent in PCGS Proof-61 Brown.

Heritage also conducted an auction of world coins at the Long Beach Expo, which realized a total of $7,218,850. A world coin Final Session sale added about $208,560 to Heritage?s activity at the show.

For more prices realized, visit the Coins section of Web site

The firm?s next floor auction will be held June 26-29 in conjunction with the Florida United Numismatists? Summer FUN show in West Palm Beach, Fla. Heritage will also conduct a U.S. coin sale at the American Numismatic Association?s 2008 World?s Fair of Money in late July and early August, with consignment deadline of June 19.

Heritage may be contacted at Heritage Auction Galleries, 3500 Maple Ave., Dallas, TX 75219; telephone (800) 872-6467.