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New England shilling in Heritage auction

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Though it won’t be the top lot by price, a 1652 New England shilling will go home to Boston at the official American Numismatic Association convention auction to be conducted by Heritage Aug. 8-15.

It is one of five silver New England lots owned by Dwight Manley.

“The set is small but mighty,” said Greg Rohan, president of Heritage, “just five lots accounting for a million dollars in estimated value.”

The New England shilling, Noe III-C, is not dated but was struck in 1652. It was graded AU-50 by the Professional Coin Grading Service. It has a pre-sale estimate of $300,000+.

Rohan said previous owners include F.C.C. Boyd and John J. Ford, Jr.

A discovery coin, the 14th known proof 1855 Kellogg & Co. $50 gold piece,  is graded Proof-60 by PCGS.

It is the first addition to the census since 1987 and carries a catalog estimate of $400,000+.

A PCGS MS-67 1931 Saint-Gaudens gold $20 from the Dr. Brandon Smith Collection is estimated at $250,000+.

“This superb gem is the single finest example known to NGC or PCGS out of just 100 to 120 pieces known,” Rohan said.

Expected to bring $70,000 or more is the single finest 1901-S Barber half dollar. It grades MS-67+ PCGS Secure Plus, CAC.

The pedigree extends all the way back to the San Francisco Mint, which originally sent the coin to S. Benton Emery.

“The 1901-S half dollar is one of several coins in the collection to have a pedigree that begins with the mint of origin,” said Rohan.

For more information about the sale, visit the website at www.HA.com.

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