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1806 Saint-Gaudens 1853 half dollar lead Superior sale

AucSuperior0523C.jpg AucSuperior0523D.jpgA 1908 Saint-Gaudens with motto $20 gold piece and an 1853 Seated Liberty arrows and rays half dollar are two of the featured coins in Superior Galleries? 2006 Pre-Long Beach Elite Auction.

Scheduled for May 28-30, the estimated $15 million sale will be held in Beverly Hills, Calif., and will include more than 2,000 lots.

Graded MS-66 by Numismatic Guaranty Corp., the 1853 specimen is described by the cataloger as, ?A blazing brilliant white gem of this important one-year type, with highly concentrated luster and almost ostentatious eye appeal.?

Of the 1908 Saint-Gaudens $20, graded Proof-67 by NGC, the cataloger writes, ?If you have yet to make an acquaintance with a matte proof double eagle, this is an impressive example of the type. This coin is housed in NGC holder 1923608-009; only five Proof-67 examples certified by NGC as of June 2005, with one higher.?

Both coins will go up for sale on May 28 in separate auction sessions.
Other highlights include a 1794 Flowing Hair half dime, certified NGC MS-67, and a 1915-S Panama-Pacific gold $50 round, graded MS-66 by NGC.

Supporting those offerings is a 1796 gold $2.50 bust no stars, graded AU-58 by Professional Coin Grading Service, that the cataloger calls, ?A wonderful, clean surfaced example of the very desirable no stars 1796 quarter eagle.?

Lot viewing for Superior?s May Beverly Hills Elite Auctions will take place at the firm?s Beverly Hills office by appointment and without appointment during Superior?s regular public exhibition at the company?s newly renovated Beverly Hills Galleries. For more information on this or future Superior Galleries Elite Auctions, contact Paul Song at (800) 545-1001 or at paulsong@sgbh.com. Or visit www.sgbh.com.

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