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A rare New Orleans proof half dollar, a notable collection of large cents and a collection of high-grade U.S. type coins will be offered among 5,500 lots of coins, tokens and medals in Heritage
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A rare New Orleans proof half dollar, a notable collection of large cents and a collection of high-grade U.S. type coins will be offered among 5,500 lots of coins, tokens and medals in Heritage?s Feb. 14-16 official Long Beach Expo auctions.

The branch mint proof is an 1838-O reeded edge half dollar, graded Proof-63 by Professional Coin Grading Service, with additional certification from Certified Acceptance Corp.

Heritage sale catalogers stated that the accepted 1838-O proof mintage is 20.

Catalogers provide a roster and pedigrees for 11 known examples, saying, ?The combined data from the Numismatic Guaranty Corp. Census Report and the PCGS Population Report of 1838-O halves indicates that five pieces have been graded at the Proof-64 level, with four achieving a Proof-63 designation and one certified as Proof-45. Based on the roster of known specimens, it is probable that the population data represents resubmissions of the same coin or coins. Three of the coins in the roster are missing grades.?

?The 1838-O half dollar is one of the most celebrated properties in America?s numismatic history,? said Heritage President Greg Rohan.

The Walter J. Husak collection of large cents 1793-1814 holds several rare and high-grade pieces, including the finest known 1796 Draped Bust cent, Sheldon 93, graded PCGS MS-65 Red and Brown and also MS-63 by Early American Coppers.

Of the Husak collection, Rohan said, ?It includes virtually every Sheldon number in the 1793 to 1814 series,? noting that it holds 299 of the 302 Sheldon-numbered varieties and sub-varieties. ?Included are many mint state pieces, numerous condition census examples, and several are the finest known.?

Gem type coins from the Southwest Collection include an 1831 dime in NGC MS-67, a 1916-D Mercury dime in NGC MS-65 Full Bands, an 1853 Seated Liberty quarter with arrows and rays in NGC MS-67, a 1795 Flowing Hair dollar in NGC MS-64, an 1810 $5 gold piece in NGC MS-65, a proof 1908 gold $10 in NGC Proof-66 and a proof 1908 with motto gold $20 also in NGC Proof-66.
?Valued at more than $4 million, these eye-appealing coins combine rarity with eye appeal,? Rohan commented.

 Also offered is the former Eliasberg example of the 1794 Flowing Hair dollar in PCGS XF-45.

One fun item in the sale is a lot containing a 2000-P Sacagawea dollar and Lincoln cent that were part of the year 2000 early distribution of 5,500 Sac dollars in Cheerios cereal boxes. The Sac is graded PCGS MS-67 and the cent PCGS MS-66 Red. The dies used to strike the 5,500 early Sacs were different from those used for regular production strikes. The original packaging materials are included.

Heritage?s Long Beach anchor consignments include the Harold C. Ayres VMD collection, the Al Blythe collection of half dimes, the Jimmy G. PCGS Registry collection of Morgan dollars with varieties, the Walter J. Husak collection, part two of the Liberty collection of U.S. Colonial coinage, the Scheppman collection #4 PCGS Registry of Full Band Mercury dimes, the Southwest Collection and part two of the John J. Stimson Sr. Collection.

The auction and expo will take place at the Long Beach Convention Center, 100 S. Pine Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802.

Lot viewing is scheduled for Booth 400 Wednesday-Saturday during the show. The floor auction sessions are to take place in Room 103 B, C.

All lots are illustrated with color, enlargeable photos online at Online bidding is also available at the site.

To order a copy of the Heritage auction catalog, call (800) 872-6467 ext. 1150, or see