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Quality rewarded at Las Vegas sale

Pristine quality made a huge difference in price Dec. 15 at Legend Rare Coin Auctions’ 19th Regency Sale in Las Vegas at the Professional Coin Grading Services Members Only Show.


Top grade multiplies value by almost 200 times for a Type II 1913 Buffalo nickel in Legend’s latest auction. It brought $58,750. An MS-65 is $340.

A Proof-68 Type II 1913 Buffalo nickel graded by PCGS and stickered by Certified Acceptance Corporation brought $58,750.

An ordinary MS-65 is $340 and one you might have put in your Whitman album as a kid is just $21 in good.

But top quality was the name of the game in the 514-lot sale anchored by two core collections.

The nickel came from Angel Dee’s Collection of Toned Buffalo Nickels.

There was also the Young-Dakota Collection of Proof Barber Dimes.

All prices include a 17.5 percent buyer’s fee.

The Type I 1913 in MS-68 CAC reached $28,200.

A 1936-D graded PCGS MS-67+ CAC fetched $10,575.

Among the Barber dimes, an 1898-O graded PCGS MS-67+ CAC hit $36,425.

Ever popular Morgan dollars also realized strong prices.

An 1898-O that any collector can buy in MS-65 for around $185 becomes a monster at $18,800 for a PCGS MS-66 DMPL (Deep Mirror Proof-Like) CAC.

Laura Sperber said of her results, “Even in this somewhat choppy market, great coins will bring strong prices.”

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