Specimen 1795 Dollar and error rarities highlight Heritage Auctions’ U.S. Coins FUN Sale January 3-8

1943 Bronze Cents from Philadelphia and San Francisco featured in January 4 Platinum Night

Dallas, Texas (December 18, 2017) — Nearly 7,000 lots from private collections, including early U.S. treasures, error coins, and shipwreck ingots, highlight Heritage Auctions’ January 3-8 U.S. Coins Auction during the Florida United Numismatic (FUN) Convention in Tampa, Florida.

Standout presentation pieces include extraordinary a 1795 Draped Bust Dollar, SP-62 — a special example of this rather curious coin — and the finest-graded Specimen of an 1861-S $20 Paquet, AU-58+. The important one-year design subtype offers the rare opportunity to own one of the rarest of all San Francisco double eagles, of only about 200 pieces are known in all grades.

“I think collectors will be surprised at the amount of unusual Specimens offered this season,” said Greg Rohan, president of Heritage Auctions. “We have the pleasure of presenting private collections that, in some cases, are giving up their secrets for the first time.”

The event features nearly 30 special collections, including the Steven L. Duckor Collection of Walking Liberty Half Dollars and the McCoy Family Collection of U.S. Early Gold, which includes an 1805 $5 BD-1, High R.3, MS-64.

The Burgess Lee Berlin, M.D., J.D. Collection of Important United States Rarities is releasing its stunning 1880 $4 Judd-1657, Pollock-1857, PR-67 Cameo. The coins seldom appear at public auction, and every offering is a notable numismatic event. This magnificent PR-67 Cameo example presents an excellent opportunity to obtain a truly legendary coin, in just its third public auction appearance.

An 1838-O Reeded Edge Half Dollar, Branch Mint, PR-63 — one of the finest of only nine surviving pieces known — appears courtesy of the Jenkins Family Collection. The classic early branch mint rarity is one of 20 examples documented to have been minted, which only maintains the coin’s mysterious origins. Steeped in American history, the coinage was extremely limited due to equipment malfunctions and extended closures during the yellow fever epidemic. Pre-auction bidding for the enigmatic issue had already pushed the price for the coin into the six-figure range.

Error collectors will certainly zero in on two 1943 Lincoln bronze cents, one a Philadelphia coin and the other from San Francisco. A 1943 Cent Struck on a Bronze Planchet, MS-61 Brown, is a legendary off-metal error produced outside the U.S. government’s switch from bronze cents to zinc-plated steel during WWII. A 1943-S 1C Struck on a Bronze Planchet, AU-53 is one of just six known examples traced to the Mint as it remains among the best-known and most valuable issues in all of American numismatics.

Heritage Auctions’ FUN U.S. Coins Auction runs January 3-8 in Tampa, Florida. The firm’s Platinum Night Auction starts at 6 p.m. Eastern Time, January 4, offering bidding via live floor, live phone, mail, fax, Internet, and Heritage Live.

Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, London, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

Heritage Auctions’ website has over one million registered bidder-members and searchable free archives of four million past auction records with prices realized, descriptions, and enlargeable photos. Reproduction rights are routinely granted to media for photo credit.

Press release courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

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  1. cagcrisp says

    One of you Low Mintage Wonder guys better jump All Over This…

    On December 16th a Boys Town Gold Uncirculated was Offered on the bay as a BIN for $999.99. No Takers.

    This Morning a Boys Town Gold Uncirculated was Offered on the bay as a BIN for $899.95. No Takers.

    Just a few minutes ago a Boys Town Gold Uncirculated was Offered on the bay as a BIN for $775.00. No Takers.

    YOU guys Do Know to Pump the prices Up, you Have to buy these when they become available, otherwise your Pump was for Naught…

  2. KEITHSTER says

    George Rogers Clark on Santa’s Remind Me list tell Me it ain’t so? Must have to dig up the rest at the Mint/ Otherwise it will end up under 15 grand but don’t suppose? Well Good Luck All “>”>

  3. Mintman says

    Why does everyone have to have an immediate return on investment?
    Don’t worry—those BT Uncs Gold will be double issue in OGP—you just have to be patient
    If the point trying to be made is there is no demand—we all might as well give up this hobby for something else
    It will be dead—stick a fork in it

  4. Jerry Diekmann says

    Are we only talking about coins only a rich person could ever own? Where does that leave the actual collector? Never mind – we’re not in the 1% so we don’t count.

    RIP American Democracy – you were getting old and had been getting sicker and more feeble this century, and today you finally passed.

  5. Mintman says

    I assume the negative posts are from those that didn’t acquire the new king of the modern gold commem series

  6. smalltimecollector says

    The boy’s town coins are not interesting to me. Now, my mechanical revolving boys town (gift shop) calendar, that there, is cool.

  7. Numismatrix says

    Viewing these coins one can only be wishful – for now I will
    have to satiate myself, and salivate by downloading the photos.
    The pride of my collection is a very undergraded ICG Dahlonega
    half eagle (vintage era) and a Jackie Robinson half eagle (modern).

    Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukkah, Happy New Year to ALL !

  8. cagcrisp says

    The 2017 Gold Uncirculated Boys Town listed yesterday for $775.00 has SOLD…

    …All is Right with the world…

  9. Numismatrix says

    Hidalgo : ” It honors a great American hero ! ”

    Always very near and very dear to my heart !

    Anyone heard of Louis Tewanima?
    40+ age Olympian in the London and Stockholm Olympics!
    Contemporary of J. Thorpe.

  10. Tinto says


    Thanks for that notice. I too like that Jim Thorpe design (a lot) and really too bad the Mint is no longer producing NA $1 C&C sets with information on the person’s achievements. But I will buy a proof and mint set ..

  11. cagcrisp says

    “The value of most coins once again is disappointing, as all but very specialized areas of collecting declined in value as silver went below $16 an ounce. Gold did nothing, even as the dollar dipped in value against the Japanese yen. The price of First Spouse gold coins has not been adjusted recently, as only 75 trades were reported online as of Dec. 1 as compared to 120 one month earlier (and 60 two months earlier).

    Better-date gold and silver American Eagle coins were flat lined, while the price declined on the more common material. Likewise, there has been no movement in scarcer commemorative coins for months, while the more common material continues to follow the declining spot price of their metal content.

    Coin dealers are hesitant to sell much of their inventory due to the loss they would take, yet the value of much of that inventory continues to decline.

    Few of the better coins are appreciating in value. Even among the scarce to rare coins, this scarcity being due to date or condition, the coins are primarily of interest to bargain hunters. This is unfortunate, since should the market suddenly rebound as it did in 2011, this will result in missed opportunities.

    The market continues to be a bargain basement for dedicated collectors, while speculators remain in the more attractive equity markets. The bravest ones are buying Bitcoin, but that is very risky. It would be better if anyone with current Bitcoin profits moves them into rare coins.”


  12. John Q. Coinage says

    BT time will tell, are the 3,000 dedicated modern AU collectors that “must” have it? We’ll see, I passed, but no worries the mint soured me already on chasing anything. I did not care for the design, loved the NPS & the mint closing sales with weeks to go & 47,000 unsold, stinks like limburger, not sour grapes, last year the NPS unc. was sold till almost the end of the month, the mint is gearing up to strike the WW1 commem honoring Japan’s contribution to the WW1 effort…..or a self-portrait of the ‘designer’ including the nose bump…….

  13. Junior says

    I have a collectors view on commemoratives. I buy them because they depict a time in history or an institution of some significance. I appreciate the artistry of the coins. Simple. One of the 3000.

  14. LurkingTroll says

    OT – puck hunters & FS watchers: Ellis Island is trickling away, only 42 left; while the latest release, George Rogers Clark, remains unavailable. Meanwhile, the last 95 Bessie’s seemed doomed for the melting pot…
    Maybe one more driving wheel/whistle stop will escape the pot at the rate they have been going at the bitter end.

  15. just another dave in pa says

    Love that Jim Thorpe dollar.

    I go to Jim Thorpe, Pa a lot..The town is named for him but it’s a controversial subject and most people still use the name Mauchunk.

    It’s a great little mountain town along the Lehigh River with a nice memorial to Jim Thorpe who did a lot more than just the Olympics.

    The Jim Thorpe story is pretty amazing, though he probably died almost penniless.

  16. datadave says

    The 2017 Silver Kruggerrand can be had for under $40 now. I remember it started out above $50. With a million made it will probably slip closer to $30 in the long run.

  17. earthling says

    Silver K-Rand should be cheaper than the US ASE. Its not as exotic as they try to market it as. But I suppose they know if you price things like a bargain no one wants it except non rich people.

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