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Rare coins up for bid at Heritage Gardner auction

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Silver rarities come into their own in the 630-lot Eugene H. Gardner Collection II Signature Auction that will be conduced Oct. 27 by Heritage Auctions at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.

Among the highlights is a 1796 half dollar with 15 Stars on the obverse graded MS-62 by the Numismatic Guaranty Corp.

One out of many rarities in the Gardner auction is this 1796 half dollar, graded MS-62 by NGC.

One out of many rarities in the Gardner auction is this 1796 half dollar, graded MS-62 by NGC.

A unique 1839 “No Drapery” quarter grading NGC Proof-65 will also be featured.

Heritage says the coin is one of only two “No Drapery” proof quarters and it is pedigreed as the Boyd-Pittman-Kaufman coin.

The fact his coin is now available to collectors is called a “Once in a lifetime” opportunity for buyers by Greg Rohan, president of Heritage Auctions.

“I mean that not just in the context of the 1839 ‘No Drapery’ quarter, but on the grander scale as it applies to the entire Gardner Collection,” he said.

Another “No Drapery” piece, this time an 1838 half dime will also go on the block. It is graded Proof-67 by the Professional Coin Grading Service and was once in the John Jay Pittman Collection. It is the finest known.

Another coin with a famous provenance is a PCGS Proof-65 1842 Seated Liberty quarter with small date. It is from the Eliasberg Collection, the only complete U.S. coin collection ever assembled. Heritage said it is the second finest known of five examples that exist.

Collectors of more modern coinage might be astounded at the price that will be realized by a 1927-S Standing Liberty quarter graded PCGS MS-65 Full Head with a Certified Acceptance Corporation sticker.

Carson City Mint fans will be watching as an NGC MS-65 1871-CC Seated dime goes on the block.

Heritage calls it “possibly the sole finest graded coin of this key date and a capstone of the Gardner Collection.”

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This article was originally printed in Numismatic News Express.
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