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Large cent rarity offered in Baltimore auction

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A Condition Census 1798 S-166 Draped Bust large cent is among the rarities to cross the block.

A Condition Census 1798 S-166 Draped Bust large cent is among the rarities to cross the block.

Stack’s Bowers Galleries will offer many high-powered numismatic treasures at its Official Baltimore Auction Nov. 2-4 at the Whitman Expo in the city’s convention center.

Among the highlights on Rarities Night is an MS-65 1838-O No Stars Seated Liberty dime. It is encapsulated by the Professional Coin Grading Service.

The cataloger notes that, “of the three No Stars issues, including both the Small Date and Large Date varieties of 1837, the 1838-O is the scarcest and most celebrated. Just 489,034 coins were struck utilizing a single obverse die and two reverse dies, resulting in two distinct die pairings for the year. The present piece is an exemplary representative of the later state of the first pairing, Fortin-101a, displaying pronounced obverse cuds at 2 o’clock, 4 o’clock and 8 o’clock.”

Only four are known in MS-65 and just one other is in a higher grade, an MS-65+.

Another Rarities Night offering will be a Condition Census 1798 S-166 Draped Bust large cent.

The cataloger notes that it was recently discovered in an old English cabinet and called it a lovely PCGS MS-62.

Another Condition Census coin, this one a Numismatic Guaranty Corporation MS-66 1833 Capped Bust half dollar, will be another highlight.

The cataloger says this “piece (is) in a tie with one other NGC-graded example for third place in the condition census, behind two NGC-certified MS-67s in second place and a single MS-68 (PCGS) that ranks as the finest known O-108.”

Fans of the California Gold Rush will be interested in an AU 1854 Kellogg $20.

The cataloger notes that on Feb. 9, 1854, the first Kellogg gold $20s were issued.

Production of the Kellogg & Co. $20s continued through 1855. About $20 million worth of the coins were struck.

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This article was originally printed in Numismatic News.
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