MTCs On Ebay April 2013
Alabama, Montgomery. 1961 Civil War Centennial Commemorative Half Dollar. Choice Uncirculated. A popular Civil War Centennial issue. Mintage 30,000. Start was 99¢ with FREE shipping. There were four bidders and they pushed the selling price up to $3.50 - 50¢ more than what I catalog it for. I admire this ebay seller - fredweinberg - because he starts everything at 99¢ and postage is FREE. He generally deals in major mint errors, but sometimes sells exonumia as well.
Wisconsin, Kewaunee County. 1976 American Revolution Bicentennial Dollar, copper. Offered at $10.99 with FREE shipping, there were no takers. An attractive piece featuring Chief WarThunder. It had a mintage of a total of 10,000 pieces, one thousand of which were finished in an antique copper, and one thousand in an oxidized silver plate, leaving 8,000 in the regular copper finish. I catalog the regular version at $4.50 and the two special finishes at $6.50 each.
Hawaii. 2007 Warrior of Hawaii Silver Half Ounce $10 Liberty Dollar. Scarcer edition with Hawaiian Islands map counterstamp, but this was not noted in the description. This one started at 99¢ but 10 bidders and 16 bids sent it up to $69.88. I was the underbidder on that one. I had just sent in my order for all the 2007 Hawaii Liberty Dollars when the Federal Government swooped in and shut them down for issuing allegedly illegal currency. My payment had been made, but my coins had not been shipped, so there went a couple hundred bucks down the drain! I have managed to pick up most of the issues since then, but this was one I still needed. I guess someone else wanted it more than I did. Maybe next time!
Wyoming, Thermopolis. 1968 Rodeo Days Dollar. A very scarce date, and only the second I've seen on ebay - the first just two months ago! I catalog this one at $10.00, but that would be a nice buy for a collector as they seldom show up. Start was $9.99 plus $1.69 shipping, and I was hoping to add it to my trading stock, but my $11.88 bid was not enough and it sold to the only other bidder for 50¢ more than that. I thought I'd win it, especially since the seller described it as "used" - and that one in February sold for so little - but the ebay gods did not smile on me this time!
Ohio, Newark. 1952 Sesquicentennial Half Dollar. Uncirculated. A nice, old, issue - and in top shape. Start was 99¢ plus $3.00 shipping. Four bids brought its sale price to $2.25. I catalog this one at $5.00, but that would be in XF-AU condition. A year or two from now this one will look like a real bargain!
Hawaii. Undated (2004) Hawaii 2,000th Anniversary 10 Hawaii Silver Dollars $10 Dala. A very scarce one ounce silver issue with a mintage reported in Unusual Coins of the World as 30 pieces, which I think is suspect. Catalog value in that book is $165.00. Offered for $2,000 plus $7 shipping, this one was listed a couple times at this price, but eventually it was lowered to $1,000. As I write this (in late May) it is still available at that reduced price. I need it, but that is way too much for me!
Pennsylvania, Souderton. 1962 Diamond Jubilee Half Dollar. Mintage just 2,500 pieces, but pretty easily available. This example earned only a single bid at its $2.99 start plus $3.00 shipping. I catalog this one at $5.00, so the price it brought was just about right.
Alaska, Skagway. 1975 Gateway to the Klondike Dollar. This 1975 piece is many, many times harder to find than its 1974 companion piece - I pick them up whenever I can...which is not very often. I catalog it at $10.00. This one started at $2.50 and two bids (the higher one mine) sent it all the way up to $3.92 plus $1.50 shipping. I could use a whole lot more at that price! This was offered by another of my long-time favorite ebay sellers, orchard-mesa. Check them out sometime with an advanced ebay search by seller. They come up with a lot of really neat municipals and other exonumia. Reasonable shipping, fast service and careful shipping - who could ask for more.
South Carolina, Charleston. 1961 Confederate Centennial Commemoration Half Dollar. Circulated. Start was 99¢, but 20 bids later it sold for $152.50. Incredible, incredible, incredible! I have mentioned that there is a surge of interest in items relating to the Civil War, and especially the Confederacy, but the price this common token brought is remarkable. It has a very large mintage of 30,000 pieces, and is easily found in uncirculated condition. I think it brought so much because it was used, so it looked older and more impressive to uninformed bidders. I have noticed this trend of unusually high prices for circulated MTCs on ebay, but now I am going to pay more attention. Of course I will report any unusual results here.
Wisconsin, Fond du Lac. 1936 Wisconsin State Centennial Dime. Private issue by Valin Camera Shop, extremely fine condition. A scarce issue, but several have appeared on ebay over the last year or so, so I am going to lower its catalog price from $12.50 to $8.50 or so. This one started at $9.99 plus $2.25 shipping, but no one bid.
Georgia, Fitzgerald. 1965 Civil War Centennial Dollar. Goldene version, in an ANACS slab, graded MS-64. Offered for $25.00 plus $4.65 shipping, this one did not sell. It is somewhat scarce, mintage 4,000, but watch out for the antiqued version with a mintage of just 1,000 - that one is scarcer than its mintage might suggest.
Hawaii. 1984 Admission Day Dala in golden bronze. Common, but actually scarcer than its companion silver piece. Mintage 6,874. I think it is a $5.00 token, but this one was offered for $9.99 plus $2.99 shipping. There were two bids and it sold for $11.15.
Hawaii. 1992 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway Dala. Silver. An interesting design showing U.S. dive bombers attacking the Japanese fleet. Beautiful proof in a nice case. Offered for $45.00 plus $4.50 shipping. I regard this one as being worth about double its silver value, so the single bidder who won it got it for just the right price.
Hawaii. 1883-1983 Centennial Dala. Golden Bronze. Rare in this metal. Unusual Coins of the World reports this one as having a mintage of 50 pieces. Many reported mintages in the Hawaii section of that reference are inaccurate, but I think this one is about right. Catalog value there $45.00, in mine $17.50. This example offered for for $40 with FREE shipping did not sell.
Oregon, North Bend. 1959 Oregon Centennial 50¢, wood. One of the few wooden issues I list in the catalog. This one I list because it is actually a commemorative copy of similar emergency money issued by the Chamber of Commerce in this community during the 1930's, and it just "fits" into the extensive series of 1959 Oregon Centennial Half Dollars. This one was worth the $9.99 + $1.99 is was offered for (I catalog it for $7.50), but no one recognized its value.
Indiana, Brazil. 1961 Friendship Festival Half Dollar. A scarce issue, particularly in uncirculated condition, as this one was. I list this one for $8.50 in XF-AU, the condition it is usually found in. This one was started - and sold for - $9.99 with FREE shipping. Just the one bidder. A good buy for a nice example of a scarce piece.
Alaska, Fairbanks. 1959 Statehood Dollar. An extremely common issue with a mintage in excess of 200,000 that I list at the lowest price in the book (shared with the 1962 Seattle Washington World's Fair Dollar) of an impressive $1.50. But this one was encased in a NGC slab, and graded MS-65. Also, it was advertised as a So-Called Dollar, which it is not. Its start price was $8.99 plus $3.29 shipping, and a single bidder won it for that amount.
Montana, Saco. 1968 50th Anniversary Dollar. An unusual issue as it looks like a typical merchant token, not a MTC. I think it is somewhat scarce and catalog it for $6.50, but this one was offered for $6.00 (or BIN for $8.50) plus a reasonable $1.00 for shipping for four consecutive weeks, and there were no takers.
Minnesota, Virginia. 1958 Minnesota Statehood Centennial "Iron Nickel". Also listed as a So-Called Dollar. Typical slightly circulated condition. Offered for $1.99 with FREE shipping, this one was purchased by a single bidder.
Ohio, Ashtabula. 1953 Sesqui-Centennial Half Dollar. Very slight circulation, better than most. Offered for $8.04 plus $1.99 shipping. I list this one for $6.50 in average about uncirculated condition - it seldom is available fully uncirculated. There were no bids, so the seller lowered his price to $6.12. No luck the first week, but on its second listing at that price two bidders bid and it sold for $7.06.
Minnesota, Cass County. 1958 Minnesota Statehood Centennial Half Dollar. Almost Uncirculated. By the same seller as the last item. Start was $7.54 plus $1.99 shipping. No bidders. Offered again, still no bidders. Lowered to $5.52, still with no bites for three weeks. Finally lowered to $4.02, and a single bidder purchased it. Seems about the right price - I list it for $5.00.
Montana, Sidney. 1986 75th Anniversary Souvenir Dollar. Antiqued brass. A scarcer issue in this finish, but almost as hard to find in its usual goldene. Just a slight trace of circulation, but attractive. The seller put it up for $2.99 with FREE shipping. Six bids brought the price up to $10.60. Just about right - I list this one at $10.00.
Florida, Pensacola. 1959 Quadri-Centennial Half Dollar, aluminum. Lot of 12 offered for a start of $7.50 plus $2.45 shipping. Only 1 bidder. A bargain - I list these for $5.00 each.
Alabama, Montgomery. 1961 Civil War Centennial Half Dollar. Choice Uncirculated. Start was $1.50 plus $2.07 shipping. Four bids by three bidders pushed it up to $5.00. Mintage 30,000. Catalog value $2.50.
Montana. 1964 Territorial Centennial Dollar. Silver. One of the most easily obtainable silver MTTs. This comes in numbered (1,000 struck) and numbered varieties, but if it had a numbered edge, it was not mentioned in the description. Either one worth $20-$25 - maybe 1 1/2 times the silver value of this thin piece. This example started off at just 1¢, but 7 bids sent it up to $19.38 + $2.50 shipping.
North Dakota, Bowbells. 1981 Diamond Jubilee Dollar. A $5.00 item. Offered for a start of $1.99 plus just $1 shipping. No bids.
Michigan, Reed City. 1950 Diamond Jubilee Quarter. Fairly common, for an older piece. Catalog value $4.00 in extremely fine. This one uncirculated, or nearly so. Start was $9.99, and it attracted four bids, ending at $11.26 plus $2.24 shipping.
Louisiana, Franklinton. 1961 Centennial Half Dollar. Scarce - mintage just 1,000 pieces. Worth $10.00 in uncirculated, this one was in a very worn fine condition. Start was 99¢ + $1.50 shipping, and four bids by three bidders brought the sale price up to $2.75. A nice price, but the coin has an unusual amount of wear.
Alaska, Fairbanks. Undated (c. 1967) Alaskaland Exposition Half Dollar. Almost uncirculated, which is typical. Start was $5 + $3, and with three bids it sold for $6.50. My catalog - also $6.50!
Wyoming, Cheyenne. Undated Frontier Days Sticker Dollar. Sticker covering the entire reverse of a 1921 Morgan silver dollar. A cartoon eagle, wearing a cowboy hat and holster with the inscription GREETINGS FROM THE CHEYENNE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE / THE / HOME OF / FRONTIER / DAYS / ONE / CARTWHEEL. Offered for $79.99 plus a $2.25 postage fee, there was just one bidder. The bidder who had more money than sense that day was me. I'm not sure if I am going to list it, but it does have Chamber of Commerce sponsorship and a denomination, so maybe it fits. Neat item anyway!
Pennsylvania, Dunmore. 1962 Centennial Half Dollar. Offered for a start of $1.00 plus $2.95 shipping. Just one bidder. Catalog $4.00.
Indiana. Attica. 1966 Centennial Half Dollar. Somewhat scarce, I list this one for $5.00, but this nice example which was offered for just $1.00 plus $2.95 shipping, garnered no bids!
Pennsylvania, Waynesboro. 1963 Civil War Centennial Half Dollar. Not quite hard enough to find for me to call scarce, this one with a mintage of 2,500 catalogs for $4.50. Offered at $1.00 plus $2.95 shipping, this piece attracted a lot of attention. Ten bids sent the sale price of this Civil War related piece up to $16.51. Impressive!
Indiana, New Haven. 1966 Centennial Half Dollar. By the same seller that offered the previous three lots. This one catalogs $4.00 and that is just about what the one bidder won this lot for: bid $1.00 plus $2.95 shipping.
(Missouri), Silver Dollar City. "1892" Mayor Shad Heller / Sullivan's Mill Dollar. Just a novelty issue for a tourist attraction, but it fits the definition of a MTT. Not common, and cataloged at $4.50. This example opened at $1.99 plus $2.75 shipping, and after three bids sold for $3.13.
Michigan, Calhoun County. 1948 County Fair Centennial Quarter. Silvered brass, XF condition. Started at 99¢ plus $1.99 shipping, there were 5 bidders who pushed the selling price up to $7.50. I catalog this one at $6.50.
Kansas, Caney. 1971 Centennial Dollar. An interesting issue that doesn't show up too often, and this one a very choice example. It started at $5.00, and there were just two bids - $10.10 and another above that because it sold at the standard 50¢ increment of $10.60. This comes in a numbered and an unnumbered version, but which variety it was could not be determined from the description or the photographs. I catalog these for $6.50 for the plain edge variety and $10 for the numbered edge.
Missouri, Freistatt. 1986 Ernte Fest Beer Token Dollar. Green anodized aluminum. Sold to a single bidder for the starting bid of 99¢, with an additional $2.50 for postage. I have found these in various colors of aluminum for the years 1984 to 2007, but they probably were issued in earlier years (this German themed Harvest Festival began in 1972), and certainly were issued in later years. Catalog value $4.50 for the 1986.
Pennsylvania, Nanticoke Area. 1968 175th Anniversary Half Dollar, goldene, about uncirculated. Offered at a surprising $24.99 start, plus $2.41 shipping, but there were no takers. Actually quite common, this piece catalogs $3.50. A scarcer nickel silver variety is worth $5 or $6.
North Dakota. 1964 Statehood Diamond Jubilee Half Dollar in oxidized brass. Another item offered for far more than it is worth. This one was first put up for auction with a start bid of $29.00 plus $5.00 shipping. Common and cataloged in this finish at $4.00. When it didn't sell, the coin was re-offered for $26.00 and is still being listed at that start price as I write this in mid June.
Vermont, St. Albans. 1963 Bicentennial Half Dollar. Choice uncirculated. Here is yet another item offered for a seemingly high starting price ($19.99 + $2.50) that did sell to a single bidder. Scarcer than the last two items, this one catalogs at $5.00. These St. Albans coins are out there but, as I mentioned, this one was especially choice. I still think $20 is pretty steep for this token.
Arizona, Lake Havasu. 1983/83 London Bridge Rotary Club Dollar. Started at $1.50 + $2.50 Postage, this one sold to a single bidder for the starting price. This year is available from the issuer today for $36.00. My catalog price - $3.50. Mintage 25,000.
Montana, Havre. 1962 Pioneer Multitennial Half Dollar. Circulated, dark and nearly extremely fine condition. Start was an outrageous $35.00 plus $2.80 shipping. This one has a mintage of 10,000 and is easily available in uncirculated condition for about the catalog price of $3.50. It has been relisted and is still available at that starting bid of $35.00. (as of June 18)
Florida, Pensacola. 1958 Quadri-Centennial Half Dollars. Aluminium. Catalog $5.00 each so this group of 12 for a Buy It Now price of $7.50 plus $2.45 postage was a bargain - but there were no takers. Relisted again and again but still no bids until today, 6/18, when I bought the lot. It was just too cheap!
North Dakota, Woodworth. U. S. Bicentennial 50¢ token, 1976. Catalog value $8.50 (which will be lowered to $6.50 in the next edition). Start was $1.99 plus a reasonable $1.00 for shipping, this example had two bids and sold for $3.13.
Pennsylvania, Beaver Falls. 1968 Centennial Half Dollar, very choice Uncirculated. Not mentioned, but this was the scarcer variety with REDEEMABLE mis-spelled "REEDEMABLE". Mintage 15,000 for this variety - 25,000 for the corrected version. The start price was $3.50 plus 95¢ shipping. No bids. Relisted until early June when the price was lowered to $2.75, but there were still no bids and the listing was ended. I catalog both varieties for $3.00 each.
Nevada, Las Vegas. Undated Las Vegas Nickle. 1 ounce .999 Fine Silver "round". Indian head/Buffalo nickel design. Just a souvenir issue, but not so common. I'd say it is a $30 token, considering that it contains an ounce of silver. A gold plated version is scarcer, but probably worth about the same. This one offered for $29,99 plus $3.80 shipping. No bids. Relisted the following week when a single bidder won it.
Indiana, Butler. 1941 Centennial Dime. Very nice older issue that I catalog for $6.00. This one offered for $6.99 plus $3.00 shipping. No bids.
West Virginia, Cabell County. 1959 150th Anniversary Half Dollar. Start price was $3.99 plus 95¢ shipping. Sold to a single bidder for the opening price. This one catalogs $5.00 and has a mintage of 5,000 pieces.
Ohio, New Lexington and West Liberty. 1967 Sesquicentennial Half Dollars. Two separate listings by the same seller. Each offered for $4.99 plus an additional $2.50 each for shipping. No bids for either one. Both common issues which list for $3.50 and $4.00 respectively.
Wyoming, Douglas. 1962 Diamond Jubilee Days Half Dollar. This one comes in a couple die varieties, depending on the jackalope's whisker length and the height of the trees on the reverse. Both varieties catalog the same - $4.00. This one was a nice uncirculated specimen offered for $7.99 plus $2.95 shipping. At this time $11.00 is just too much for most people to pay for one of these. Relisted for at a reduced price of $4.99, it is still available.
Arizona, Mesa. 1978 Centennial Dollar. The start was $3.50 plus an additional 95¢ for shipping. Sold to a single bidder. These catalog $5.00.
Ohio, Chardon. 1962 Sesquicentennial Half Dollar. There was only one bidder, and it was won for just 99¢ plus another $1.99 shipping. This easy-to-find issue catalogs for $4.00.
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