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Rare $2.50 leads Goldberg auction

A 1796 Capped Bust gold $2.50 of the no stars obverse type is offered in a May 25-28 auction by Ira and Larry Goldberg Coins and Collectibles
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A 1796 Capped Bust gold $2.50 of the no stars obverse type is offered in a May 25-28 auction by Ira and Larry Goldberg Coins and Collectibles.

The first U.S. quarter eagle is graded MS-62 by Numismatic Guaranty Corp. The sale catalog description lists the MS-62 population for this type at three pieces and notes three in higher grades. Pre-sale estimate for this piece is set at $290,000-$320,000.

Goldbergs? sale, to take place in the days prior to the May 29-31 Long Beach Coin, Stamp and Collectibles Expo, also features a consignment of U.S. gold from the Ohringer Family Trust, valued at more than $7 million by catalogers. Selections from this group were listed in the April 22 issue of Numismatic News.

The sale also features a run of early coppers and Colonial coins, cataloged for the Goldberg sale by specialists at the firm of Chris McCawley and Bob Grellman.

A group of U.S. Territorial coins is offered as well, including an octagonal 1852 U.S. Assay Office $50 gold piece, ?887 THOUS? variety, graded NGC MS-60.

Silver dollars include a toned proof 1865 Seated Liberty dollar in NGC Proof-68 that is described as the finest certified by NGC, as well as an 1895 Morgan dollar, NGC Proof-66 Cameo with Certified Acceptance Corp. sticker, from the year when only proof Morgans were struck.

An 1836 Gobrecht pattern dollar with name below base, certified by the Professional Coin Grading Service as Proof-61 PQ with CAC sticker, is estimated at $60,000-$70,000.

A five-piece set of James B. Longacre?s 1871 Indian Princess design patterns, all NGC graded Proof-66 and higher, was formerly part of the Garrett collection. Catalogers wrote, ?Each coin in this unique set of Indian Princess types uses a design without obverse stars. The reverses employ Longacre?s cereal wreath consisting of cotton and corn, with the word STANDARD above the wreath.?

In addition to the Ohringer gold and the 1796 quarter eagle mentioned above, further gold coins in the sale include a high-grade 1799 Capped Bust $10 with small obverse stars, NGC MS-64, listed by catalogers as part of a population of four seen at that grade by NGC with none finer certified by that service.

A proof 1866 Liberty with motto $10, PCGS Proof-65 Deep Cameo, is described as the finest certified by PCGS.

Commemoratives include a Panama-Pacific Expo five-coin set, all NGC graded MS-65 and higher.

In addition to U.S. coins and paper money, the Millennia collection of world coins will be featured on May 26, a roughly 1,000-lot grouping of high-quality ancient and world coins to be offered that day in three sessions.

Goldbergs? May 25-28 auction will take place in Beverly Hills, Calif., with live online bidding available through eBay Live.

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For more information about the auction, call the firm at (800) 978-2646; write Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 350 S. Beverly Drive, Suite 350, Beverly Hills, CA 90212; or see Web site