NCI tiles available for Skinner sale on September 21

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A collection of coins housed in holders of the Numismatic Certification Institute, which was active in the 1980s and long gone out of business, led the auction at the recent Skinner Auctioneers coin and currency auction. which closed on September 21.

Auction results totaled nearly $ 250,000, led by an NCI-rated Mint State 63/63-rated 1812 Capped Draped Bust Half-Eagle that sold for $ 20,000 for an estimate of $ 18,000 to $ 20,000. It was housed in its original NCI slab with an accompanying NCI photo certificate which gave a separate rating for the obverse and reverse. Skinner called it a “beautiful original piece.”

PCGS CoinFacts explains: “Most of the 1812 Half Eagles feature a strong strike, usually with all the stars on the obverse well defined.” The coin offered shows nice detail, although the site notes: “If there is a weakness, it is sometimes on the tape on the back, where the RI of PLURIBUS may be indistinct.”

The date marks the last year of the Capped Draped Bust type, which was first minted in 1807. Population reports show that this is the most common date of the short-lived type in ranks. Mint State, although still rare.

The market ranking has evolved since the coin was certified by the NCI, but bidders appeared to support the listed ranking, with the selling price being similar to what other examples of the MS-63 have achieved at auction.

Other highlights certified by the NCI included a $ 2.50 Coronet 1905 gold quarter eagle that the firm rated as Proof 65/65 which sold for $ 10,625 (out of an estimate of 12,000 $ to $ 14,000), and a $ 10 Coronet 1891-CC gold eagle rated MS-63/63 which sold for $ 4,063 on an estimate of $ 4,000 to $ 6,000.

Ephemeral ANACS slab

Another coin that reached the podium at an older holder was a Morgan 1879-CC coin rated MS-63 Deep Mirror Prooflike by ANACS which sold above its high estimate of $ 9,500, making 13 $ 750.

An online resource set up by collector Robert Paul allows this slab to be dated between February 1989 and June 1990. He writes: “This support is the 1st generation slab style support issued by the [American Numismatic Association] before being purchased by Amos Publishing and renamed ANACS. Paul calls it the “ANACS Gen 1 (type 11) slab and reports that ANACS slabs in this area are rare.

The Morgan 1879-CC dollar is extremely popular as a semi-key issue in the famous Carson City Mint series. The issue features two types of Mint marks: the clear CC and the “capped CC”, which is the result of a rusty die. Many collectors prefer the clear examples of the Mint brand and, as Rusty Goe observed in The Confident Collector of Carson City, Volume 2, “The answers to this are varied and, frankly, at times a little irrational. ”

The realized price was in line with coins comparably graded by Professional Coin Grading Service and Numismatic Guaranty Corp. As Heritage observed, “PCGS noted nearly 10,000 1879-CC dollars, but less than 1% of those bids received a DMPL designation. “Goe suggests that the population of Morgan 1879-CC dollars with deep mirror-like surfaces is very small with no more than 125 examples extant in any class.

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