Fans of numismatic auctions, rejoice! This Saturday, Aug. 31, one of the finest rare coin auctions you're likely to come across will be taking place at American Heritage, Inc., in Henderson, Nev., and online at iCollector.com. With some of the finest coins in the antique and collectibles category, this auction promises to make coin collectors' hearts flutter.
Rare Morgans and other 19th century pieces
Among the many highlights of the upcoming auction will be several Silver Morgan Dollar coins. Produced between 1878 and 1921, they are named for their designer, George T. Morgan, and feature Lady Liberty on the obverse and an American Eagle holding an olive branch and arrows on the reverse side. They are an essential addition to any coin collection, and with more than 30 available, the Heritage auction is your best bet to find the exact specimen for which you've been searching.
If 19th century coins are your specialty, there are many more options available than just early Morgans. A cased, 1858 Flying Eagle Cent is also on the block, along with an 1866 2-cent coin, an 1835 Capped Bust Dime, a genuine Braided Hair Cent from 1848 and an 1892 Barber Dime.
Most of the more valuable coins available hail from the 19th century – among them are an 1889 $10 gold piece, with an estimated auction price between $1,000 and $1,500; an 1882 Proof Shield Nickel, estimated in the same price range; and an O Seated Dollar from 1860, which is expected to go for anywhere from $1,200-1,600.
Gems of the 20th century
Some of the great presidential coins of the 20th century are also among the items on the block. From examples as simple as 1973 and 1977 Roosevelt Dimes and a 1962 Lincoln Cent piece, to more elaborate pieces like a Kennedy Silver Dollar and a Washington DDO, both of which marked the country's bicentennial, many of our country's greatest leaders will be represented.
The 1934 Walking Liberty coin is a classic that's not easy to find, and the same can be said for the 1907 Barber Half SGS. Both of those will be available for the astute numismatist.
But the headliner, and also one of the most expensive pieces available at the auction, is a classic $500 bank note featuring the 25th president of the United States, William McKinley. He may not have survived an assassin's bullet, but his image will be forever remembered for adorning this now defunct bill.
For more information on this auction, or to get involved in the bidding, go to iCollector.com.