Saturday, July 24, 2010

Third Known 1806 B-8 Quarter with Cud Discovered

Rich Uhrich announced that a consignor (who wishes to remain anonymous) has discovered the third known 1806 B-8 quarter with cud.  The B-8 die marriage is an R-6 and coins with this late die stage featuring the cud are quite rare.  Uhrich stated that it is believed that the die crack causing the cud happened early in the die's life, so not many coins were produced from this die pair...which accounts for the coin's scarcity.

Uhrich will auction the coin at the 2010 ANA Show in Boston using a sealed bid format. Images of the coin are below.  As usual, you can click on the image in order to open a larger size image.

Editor's addition 8/15/2010:  The coin sold for $18,666.  Congratulations to the new owner!

There's a neat article on "COINLINK" that mentions this coin.  Here's a link:  Link to COINLINK article

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

1832 LM-9.2 Crosses Auction Block at Heritage

An unattributed 1832 LM-9.2 half dime (NGC AU-58) recently crossed the auction block at Heritage, where it sold for $4,025 including buyer's premium.  To my knowledge, this is the finest known example of this elusive die remarriage.  Your editor was the winning bidder for the item.  My images of the coin in hand are below.  You can click on an image to view a larger version.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Controversial Figures from National Archives Regarding Mintages?

Brad Higgins visited the National Archives and examined some items of interest.  In another post, you can see a document concerning the employment of John Reich.  In this post, the focus is on information Brad found in a ledger.  Two images from the ledger are posted below.  The identifying information concerning the ledger:  NARA's catalog number:  RG104 G-04-06-3; Title is "Coinage and Expenses 1795-1835."  Interestingly, there were only two pages in the ledger that had any writing on them...and those are the two pages imaged below.

Also included is an image of a warrant that Brad found in "Bullion Waste Book B" which has data from 18 July 1794 to 31 December 1806.

The data are cumulative coinage totals of all denominations through December 1795.  Readers of this blog may wish to compare the mintages reported in this ledger to those reported by various numismatic researchers.

You can click on these images to enlarge the image.