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After the Paper, Gem Coins at Stack's Capital City Sale
October 11, 2007



Stack's Capital City Sale Holds Some Surprises

Amidst all the seminal John J. Ford, Jr. collection auctions, Stack's continues to offer sales of quality numismatic items for all kinds of collectors. The Capital City Sale, offers a vast array of U.S. paper money, including Fractional Currency, Federal Currency, Obsolete bank notes, Continental Currency, Colonial Currency, Bank of the United States paper money, American Bank Note Company plates, cylinders, vignettes and seals, plus hidden way at the back of the catalog, a nice very nice selection of U.S. coins with a few standout items.

In this U.S. coin section, which will be closing later this evening, there are several lots, which caught our attention, and which we thought should be brought to your attention. The first is an excellent example of the key date 1811 Half Cent. This coin grades EF-40 and has a bold and attractive appearance. Most Early American Copper collectors have to be satisfied with lower grade and less attractive examples of the 1811 Half Cent, but today you all have a chance to upgrade in style. Current bid as this posting is $3350, check it out online at Stack's, the lot number is 1662.

The second and third items of extra interest are both grade rarities of accessible dates. Lot 1724 offers a 1923 S Buffalo Nickel graded MS-65. It's a good strike and has the peripheral yellow toning common to coin album storage of the day. Current bid rests at $8250 as of this posting time. Washington Quarters have experienced a nice renaissance of late possibly due to some new collectors advancing from State Quarters. Lot 1798 showcases a stunning MS-65 example of the most sought after date of the type; the 1932 D. It's an exceptional piece and should draw its share of attention. Currently the bid is at $9767 while I write this posting.

The last item we'll bring to your attention is a stunning Liberty Seated Half Dollar, 1868 Proof-65. A nice original gem from a small mintage of 600 pieces. Take a look at it in lot 1834 online at Stack's and consider bumping the current bid of $6302, if is the right item to build your collection.

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About the Author
Tom Michael has been Krause Publications primary market analyst on more than 80 world and United States coin catalogs produced over the last 20 years. He came to KP in 1987 with a bachelor of arts degree in history, a master of arts degree in economics and a history of coin collecting stretching back to the 1960s. He began collecting world coins as a child by asking friends and relatives to bring coins back from overseas trips, visiting flea markets and having his mother watch for foreign coins in her register at the local grocery store. Today he works with a dedicated base of over 200 contributors to provide accurate market values for the five-volume Standard Catalog of World Coins series, as well as many specialty catalogs, including Coins & Currency of the Middle East and the fifth edition of Unusual World Coins.

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