MTCs on Ebay April 2015

 

 

4/1/15

Kentucky, Monroe County (Tomkinsville).  1970 Sesquicentennial Half Dollar, About Uncirculated.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $8.50.  Started at $7.95 with FREE shipping, this one went up a bit, to $9.38, after 3 bids.  Still a bargain for this scarce coin.

 

 

4/1/15

Montana.  Undated Mont. Rodeo Ass’n. Cardboard Dime.  No location noted.  Probably not listable, but I bid on it to put it into my wannabe collection.  It began, and ended, at the $1.99 plus $5.99 shipping opening, with me being the only bidder.  Since the Montana collectors didn't bid it must be common, although I can’t remember ever seeing one before.  I also thought it odd that the postage for this little cardboard token was  $5.99.

 

 

4/1/15

Texas, Aransas County - Rockport.  1970-1971 Centennial Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $6.00.  Started at $5.99 plus $2.32 shipping, this piece attracted two bids and sold for $7.78

 

 

4/1/15

Texas, Columbus.  1973 Sesquicentennial Commemorative Coin.  Unlisted in the last edition of my catalog.  The start was $3.99 and shipping $2.32 more.  Lucky me - I was the only bidder!

 

 

4/2/15

Texas, Childress County 75th Anniversary Half Dollar.  Mintage 3,000 minimum.  Catalog value $4.00.  The start was $9.99 plus $3.00 shipping and it sold to a single bidder.

 

 

4/3/15

Michigan, Albion.  1979 Festival of the Forks Dollar in Silver.  Mintage 115.  Catalog value $25.00.  The second year of a 9 year series.  This is part of a group of 8 different years, missing only the first year.  That year the idea was new and only 65 pieces were made in silver.  That turned out to be not enough to go around, so the coin committee decided to almost double the number of silvers the following year.  That was too many and there were extras left over that were sold for less than the issue price.  Also to be sure there weren't extras left over again, you were required to order the silver edition in advance.  This was enough to discourage many collectors, and the result was that mintages began to drop.  These 8 silver pieces are all numbered 84 on the edge.  That is why there was no coin in this group for the first year when only 65 pieces were produced.  It also explains why there is a number 84 in later years when the mintage was fewer than 84 pieces - collectors were guaranteed that they would get the same number each year.  It also explains the real prizes in this series - the unnumbered pieces.  The number was applied in the final stages of production, and if it turned out that someone who had ordered a silver coin decided not to complete the purchase, the number was not applied and it could be sold by the people in charge of the festival as a generic piece - not part of anyone’s protected set number.  Very few of these unnumbered coins were produced.  I also understand that if there was a price break for ordering, say 50 pieces, and if pre-orders only amounted to 48 - extra unnumbered pieces were ordered to take advantage of the lower price.  But back to the sale of this piece - The start was 99¢ plus $3.00 shipping.  It sold for $17.09 after 7 bids. I was the winner of this and the other pieces in this group.  I am amazed that I was able to win them so cheaply! 

 

 

4/3/15

Michigan, Albion.  1980 Festival of the Forks Two Dollars in Silver.  Mintage 66.  Catalog value $25.00.  The third year of a 9 year series.  The start was 99¢ plus $3.00 shipping.  It also sold for $17.09 after 7 bids.

 

 

4/3/15

Michigan, Albion.  1981 Festival of the Forks Two Dollars in Silver.  Mintage 66.  Catalog value $25.00.  The fourth year of a 9 year series.  The start was 99¢ plus $3.00 shipping.  It sold for $18.09 after 9 bids.

 

 

4/3/15

Michigan, Albion.  1982 Festival of the Forks Two Dollars in Silver.  Mintage 56.  Catalog value $25.00.  The fifth year of a 9 year series.  The start was 99¢ plus $3.00 shipping.  It sold for $19.09 after 7 bids.

 

 

4/3/15

Michigan, Albion.  1983 Festival of the Forks Two Dollars in Silver.  Mintage 48.  Catalog value $25.00.  The sixth year of a 9 year series.  The start was 99¢ plus $3.00 shipping.  It sold for $19.89 after 4 bids. 

 

 

4/3/15

Michigan, Albion.  1984 Festival of the Forks Two Dollars in Silver.  Mintage 32.  Catalog value $25.00.  The seventh year of a 9 year series.  The start was 99¢ plus $3.00 shipping.  It sold for $20.39 after 8 bids.

 

 

4/3/15

Michigan, Albion.  1985 Festival of the Forks Two Dollars in Silver.  Mintage unknown.  Not cataloged in this metal.  The eighth year of a 9 year series.  The start was 99¢ plus $3.00 shipping.  It sold for $21.09 after 8 bids.  I was very pleased to win this and the next lot as I did not have them in my collection and could not give a complete catalog description because I lost contact with the person I was getting these from.  It took twenty-nine years, but I finally came across the missing years, and this time they cost me less than the original issue price which was probably $35.00 each (their cost during the previous 3 years).  However, with fewer produced, they might well have cost more, and I also wonder what the mintage went down to.

 

 

4/3/15

Michigan, Albion.  1986 Festival of the Forks Two Dollars in Silver.  Mintage unknown.  Noted, but not cataloged in silver.  The final year of a 9 year series, and the 20th year of the Festival.  The start was 99¢ plus $3.00 shipping.  It sold for $22.09 after 7 bids.  A very good day for me on Ebay!  Two new ones for my collection and 6 other very scarce ones at give-away prices!

 

 

4/4/15

California, Redding.  1965 Kennedy-Whiskeytown Memorial Gold Coin in Nickel-Silver, about uncirculated.  Mintage 300.  Catalog value $10.00.  Sold to a single bidder at the $7.00 with FREE shipping opening bid.

 

 

4/4/15

Indiana, Terre Haute.  1966 150th Anniversary Half Dollar in oxidized brass, with hole.  This one still with part of its original keychain attached.  Unknown mintage.  I catalog the standard oxidized brass version at $8.50, and the holed one at the same price, even though it is much less frequently encountered.

 

 

4/5/15

Montana, Helena.  1964 Centennial Souvenir Gold Piece.  About Uncirculated condition with spots and corrosion on one side, probably from one of those snap-lock plastic coin cases with the foam backing.  Mintage 1,000.  Catalog value between $7.50 and $10 depending on the size and/or lack of an edge inscription, which was not described.

 

 

4/5/15

New York, Alden.  1973 Sesquicentennial Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $10.00.  Offered for $8.00 plus $2.00 shipping.  No bids.  Currently in the Seller’s Store for $9.95 (or Best Offer), still plus that $2.00 shipping fee.

 

 

4/5/15

New York, Haverstraw.  1966 Tercentennial Redeemable Souvenir.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $12.50.  No one else wanted it, so I was able to take this one home for the $8.00 plus $2.00 shipping opening bid.  Neat!

 

 

4/5/15

New York, Haverstraw.  1969 Hose Company Centennial Redeemable Souvenir (50¢).  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $4.00.  Offered for $8.00 plus $2.00 shipping.  When there were no bids, the seller put it in his store for a Buy It Now price of $9.95 (or Best Offer) plus $2.00 shipping.  It is still available on May 30.

 

 

4/5/15

New York, Springville.  1984 Sesquicentennial Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog Value $15.00.  Offered, and sold, for the $19.95 Buy It Now price.  In the last edition of the catalog these were described as Trial Pieces.  I am no longer sure about that, but the issue remains very elusive.

 

 

4/5/15

New York, Unadilla.  1959 Frontier Days Two Bits, Extremely Fine.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $12.50.  Sold for $9.95, which was a Buy It Now price.

 

 

4/5/15

Ohio,Bellbrook.  1966 Sesquicentennial Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $5.00.  This piece was offered for $9.95 plus $2.00 shipping as a Buy It Now item.  There were no takers this week and it is still available as of June 4.

 

 

4/5/15

Texas, Swisher County (Tulia).  1965 Diamond Jubilee Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog Value $6.50.  I found this listing in a seller’s store for $9.95 plus $2.00 with an Or Best Offer option.  I offered $7.50 plus the $2.00 and he countered with $8.95 plus $2.00, and I took it.  A scarce issue in nice condition that will make a great trader some day.

 

 

4/6/15

Iowa, Ridgeway.  1967 Centennial Half Dollar.  Mintage reports vary - 2,000 or 2,300.  Catalog value $7.50.  There were no bids on this choice piece despite its reasonable $3.99 plus $1.99 start.  Not relisted. 

 

 

4/6/15

Nevada, Las Vegas.  1976 Bicentennial Helldorado Days Good For One Nip token.  I don’t list this or other Helldorado days tokens, but I am considering it.  It was a community wide celebration under Elk’s sponsorship, and this year it commemorated the U. S. Bicentennial.  This piece sold to a single bidder for the $4.95 plus $2.50 postage start.

 

 

4/6/15

West Virginia, Lewis County (Weston).  1967 Sesquicentennial Half Dollar, About Uncirculated condition.  Mintage unknown.  Catalog value $7.50.  Bidding started at $4.95 plus $2.30 shipping.  After 3 bids it sold for $8.97.

 

 

4/7/15

Iowa, State Center.  1971 Rhythm N’ Roses Tournament 100 Scents.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $3.50.  The first issue of an 11 year series.  Offered, unsuccessfully for $4.99 plus $2.95 shipping.  The seller tried again for two additional weeks at the same price, with the same result, before ending the listing.

 

 

4/7/15

Minnesota, Virginia.  1967 75th Anniversary Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog Value $5.00.  This was a decent specimen, uncirculated, but with the finish, especially on the obverse, beginning to deteriorate.  The start was $5.00 with a $2.00 postal fee, but there were no bids.  The piece reappeared a few days later in the Seller’s Store for a more reasonable $4.00 plus $2.00 Buy It Now price.  Still available there - the current listing ends on June 11.

 

 

4/7/15

Oregon.  1959 Statehood Centennial Half Dollar obverse with blank reverse.  This one was the unholed brass version with smoke.  Mintage unknown.  Catalog value $5.00.  This was an encapsulated example graded MS64 by PCGS.  It had a beautiful obverse, but some minor rust stains on the blank reverse.  It started at $8.00 plus $3.00 shipping and sold for $103.50 after 12 bids.

 

 

4/7/15

Washington, Connell.  Undated Fall Festival Half Dollar, clad version.  Mintage unknown.  Not cataloged.  The originals, which were first used about 50 years ago, were solid brass.  Then, in the 1990’s, the remaining pieces were engraved with an incuse “C” and reissued for the festival.  I do not know if this plan worked or not, but since then some brass clad steel pieces of the same design have begun showing up - and this is one of those.  Opened and ended at $1.99 plus $1.00 shipping with me the only bidder.  Probably a bargain.

 

 

4/8/15

Montana.  1964 Statehood Diamond Jubilee, Territorial Centennial “Silver” Dollar.  Mintage 1,000 in silver, MANY times that in nickel-silver.  Catalog value $15.00 in silver, $2.50 in nickel-silver.  Touted by the seller as silver, but it looked like nickel-silver and it was noted to have a plain edge.  The two varieties of silver pieces I know of have an inscription on the edge, so it probably was not silver.  I suppose it could have been a previously undescribed version struck in silver and without a lettered edge, but I doubt it - enough not to bother to bid.  Started at $9.99 plus $2.99, this piece attracted 5 bids and sold for $16.38.

 

 

4/8/15

Pennsylvania, Huntingdon.  1967 Bicentennial Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $7.50.  Sold to a single bidder at the $8.00 plus $2.00 start.

 

 

4/8/15

South Dakota, Fort Yankton.  Undated Four Bits token.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $4.00.  A fantasy tourist souvenir, probably from the 1960’s, that comes in Two, Four and Six Bits denominations.  Usually found slightly used, as this.  Opening bid was $9.99 plus $3.24 shipping.  When it did not sell, it was placed in the Seller’s Store for the same cost, but Buy It Now.  After a month with it not selling at that price, the seller raised the price to $11.95, but made the shipping FREE.  This listing will end on June 8. 

 

 

4/9/15

California, Redding.  1965 Kennedy-Whiskeytown Memorial Souvenir Gold Coin in gilt brass, Uncirculated.  Mintage 5,000.  Catalog value $3.50.  Put up for bid at $9.99 plus $3.24.  There were no bids so it was relisted at the same price.  After 3 more weeks it was made a Buy It Now item at the same price, and someone bought it.

 

 

4/9/15

Illinois, Grayville.  1955 Centennial Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog $10.00.  An About Uncirculated specimen.  Sold for the $6.00 plus $2.54 starting bid.

 

 

4/9/15

Iowa, Pella.  1990 Dutch Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $3.50.  An earlier issue from one of the few MTC series still in production.  Start was 99¢ and shipping $3.50 more.  No bids this week or the following 3 when it still drew no bids.  I happened to notice that the Pella Lion’s Club was selling that year for $40.00 - only one of two years that are priced that high - so I decided to bid.  After all those weeks with no bids at a 99¢ start, I figured I’d probably win it for much less than the $6.88 I bid.  But no, someone else bid that week too, and it sold for the next bid increment, $7.38!

 

 

4/9/15

Kansas, Coffeyville.  1958 Golden Anniversary Fair and Rodeo Quarter.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $4.00.  It would have only taken 99¢ plus $1.99 postage to have won this choice uncirculated piece, but its week on Ebay passed without anyone noticing it.  It was not relisted.

 

 

 

4/9/15

Kentucky, Paucah.  1941 Strawberry Festival Nickel in well-worn Very Fine Condition.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $7.50.  Started at $9.99 plus $2.25, this piece attracted 4 bids and sold for an awesome $22.01.  Wow!

 

 

4/9/15

Michigan, Big Rapids.  1955 Centennial Quarter.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $4.00.  The opening bid was $5.99 plus $2.00 handling for this choice uncirculated 59 year old piece.  There were no bids and it was not relisted.  

 

 

4/9/15

Michigan, Greenville.  1948 Centennial Quarter in typical XF-AU condition.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $5.00.  An unusual issue in that the Centennial was in the wartime year of 1944, but the celebration for it was delayed until it could be celebrated properly in 1948.  Start was 99¢ plus $1.99 shipping, and after 6 bids it sold for $3.50.    

 

 

4/9/15

Ohio, Ironton.  1938 Northwest Territory Celebration Iron Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $5.00.  This XF-AU piece in typical condition started at 99¢ plus $1.99 shipping.  After a whopping 15 bids it sold for $19.35.  

 

 

4/9/15

Texas, Hillsboro.  1965 75th Anniversary Dollar.  Mintage 4,100.  Catalog value $3.50.  Sold to a single bidder at the $9.99 plus $3.24 start.

 

 

4/10/15

Michigan, Vassar.  1949 Centennial Quarter.  Used for admission to the fair.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $5.00.  There was a single bidder at the $5.00 plus $1.95 opening bid.  

 

 

4/10/15

North Dakota, Rolla.  1963 75th Anniversary Jewelorama Half Dollar with “ruby” jewel in center.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $6.50.  The “bargainosity” of this almost uncirculated piece with a $1.99 start was pretty much eliminated by the $5.99 shipping fee.  There were no bids and it was not relisted.

 

 

4/11/15

Pennsylvania, Pottsville.  1956 Sesquicentennial Half Dollar.  Mintage unknown.  Catalog value $6.50.  This one, in Extremely Fine condition, offered Buy It Now for $11.50 plus $2.00 shipping.  It lives on in the Seller’s Store for the same price as of June 4.

 

 

4/12/15

Hawaii, Honolulu.  1990 Royal Hawaiian Mint Trade Dala in bright coppery brass, the usual finish.  Mintage reportedly 425.  Catalog value $3.00.  Available from the Royal Hawaiian Mint online store for $39.00.  This one undercutting the RHM price by a bit…$25 bid or $35.00 Buy It Now with FREE shipping.  Either way it apparently did not appeal to anybody, because there were no bids and it did not sell.  The token relisted a few weeks later for $30.00 Buy It Now, agin with FREE shipping.  I do have to question the mintage report on this one - I think it shows up altogether too frequently to have a mintage of less than 500 pieces. 

 

 

4/12/15

Nebraska, Gothenberg.  1960 Pony Express Centennial Half Dollar.  Mintage 5,000.  Catalog value $3.50 or $4.50 depending on the orientation.  This was the slightly scarcer up/up (medal orientation) variety.  The start was 99¢ plus $2.00.  Someone else bid $1.05 and I won it for $1.30.

 

 

4/12/15

North Dakota.  1971 North Dakota Souvenir Dollar.  Mintage 4,000.  Catalog value probably $5.00, since the seller noted the edge said MADE IN CANADA, but did not mention a number.  The numbered version is more common, cataloging at $3.50.  Offered for $1.99 plus $3.60 shipping.  It sold to a single bidder.

 

 

4/12/15

Ohio, Brunswick.  1965 Sesquicentennial Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $6.00.  Available as a Buy It Now item for $9.95 (or Best Offer) plus $2.00 shipping.  It is still available for that price as on June 4. 

 

 

4/12/15

Oregon, Baker.  1974 Centennial Dollar in Oxidized Brass.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $6.50.  Start was 99¢ plus $2.04 shipping.  Someone bid the opening bid and I won it for the next increment of 5¢ more.  A good deal for me.  Where are the other bidders?

 

 

4/12/15

Pennsylvania, Shickshinny.  1961 Centennial Half Dollar, slightly circulated.  Mintage 1,000.  Catalog value $6.50.  Sold at the opening bid of $8.00 plus $2.00 shipping to a single bidder.

 

  

4/12/15

West Virginia.  1963 Statehood Centennial in Yellow Plastic and scarce Gilt Brass.  Mintage unknown for the plastic, just 250 for the Gilt Brass.  Catalog value $4.00 and $15.00 - You guessed it, the lower valuation for the plastic piece.  The seller noted that the GB piece was a “trial piece”.  Bidding could have started at $49.95 plus $3.24 for the pair, but no one bid.  The following two weeks the same pair was offered for $49.95 Buy It Now, again with no takers.

 

 

4/13/15

Iowa, State Center.  1979 Rhythm “N Roses Tournament 100 Scents.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $3.50.  The ninth issue in this series.  The starting price of $1.99 was great, but the postage fee of $5.99 was just too much, and the bidders shied away from this one.  It was not relisted.

 

 

4/13/15

Michigan, Pickford.  1977 Centennial Dollar.  Mintage unknown.  Catalog value $12.50.  Just to show you that if you want to spend a lot of time searching the listings, there are good bargains to be had on Ebay -  this very scarce piece was listed with a start of 99¢ and a postage fee of $2.32.  Someone bid the opening price and I won it for 5¢ more.  Probably the reason it sold for so little is that it was not listed correctly.  It was in an obscure non-numismatic category instead of being listed under exonumia.  It pays to peek around in the darker corners of the Ebay listings.  Sometimes there are treasures lurking there!

 

 

4/13/15

Ohio, Geneva.  1966 Centennial Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $4.00.  Sold to a single bidder for the $4.99 plus $2.00 opening bid.

 

 

4/14/15

 

Oklahoma, Lawton.  1951 50th Anniversary Half Dollar, Extremely Fine condition.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $10.00.  Start was $5.99 with postage adding $2.99 more to the final cost.  There was a single bidder for this lot which also included a coin dealer token and a wooden nickel from 2006.

 

 

4/15/15

Iowa, State Center.  1977 Rhythm ’N Roses One Hundred Scents.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $3.50.  A choice Uncirculated piece, offered for a reasonable $1.99 start, but with a $5.99 shipping fee.  There were no bids and it was not relisted.  I suspect that the postage fee was part of the reason it did not sell.  Nobody really wants to pay $2.00 for a token and then have to pay three times that amount to have it delivered. 

 

 

4/15/15

South Dakota, Sturgis.  1976 U. S. Bicentennial Quarter.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $3.00 or $5.00 depending on orientation, which could not be determined from the images.  What was unusual about this piece is that it was circulated, Extremely Fine or so.  Mostly seen uncirculated, so this one must have looked different, and attracted more interest.  It started at 99¢ with FREE shipping, attracted 7 bids, and sold for $6.25.    

 

 

4/16/15

California, Universal City.  “1878” Universal Studios Dollar in oxidized brass.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $5.00.  Start was 99¢ with shipping 99¢ more.  There were 5 bids and the sale price was $2.75.

 

 

4/16/15

South Dakota, Sisseton.  1952 60th Anniversary Dime.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $12.50.  This rare one was beat up, bent, nicked and scratched.  Too ugly even for me, and South Dakota is “my” state!  Someone was able to see its true beauty through all the flaws and bought it for the $1.99 plus $1.00 opening bid.  I’m glad it found a home!  

 

 

4/17/15

Colorado, Yuma.  1962 75th Anniversary Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $10.00.  The start was $1.95 plus the same amount again for postage.  This was a great rip-off for me because I was able to win this scarce item for just $2.26 plus postage.  

 

 

4/17/15

Iowa, La Porte City.  1971 Centennial Commemorative Coin struck in Silver.  Mintage 300.  Catalog value $20.00.  Offered for $30.00 plus $2.00, there were no bids but it was placed in the Sellers Store for a buck less, and it is still available as I write these notes on June 4.  I think it would have sold if it had still been in its original condition.  This piece had one very noticeable mark in the obverse field as well as hairlines from polishing over the surfaces on both sides.

 

 

4/17/15

Kansas, McPherson.  1961 Kansas Statehood Half Dollar.  Mintage 10,000.  Catalog value $3.00.  Offered for an opening bid of $5.50 plus $3.00 shipping.  No bids this week, and after two additional weekly listings at the same cost, the listing was ended unsold.

 

 

4/18/15

Georgia, Ringgold.  Undated (established 1976) 1890’s Days Jamboree Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Not previously listed.  The start was 99¢ and after 5 bids it sold for $6.38.  Postage was $1.50 additional.

 

 

4/18/15

Maryland, Rockville.  1960  Half Dollar.  Mintage 5,000.  Catalog value $4.50.  Up for bid for just $1.00 with FREE shipping.  This nice uncirculated piece sold for just $1.25 to a wise and intelligent bidder - Me!  

 

 

4/19/15

Hawaii.  1984 Queen Lilioukalani Admission Day Anniversary Dala in Golden Bronze.  Mintage traditionally thought to be 6,874, but noted as 3,874 on the Royal Hawaiian Mint website.  Catalog value $4.00.  Offered for $29.00 by the RHM.  This example included a “last Day of Issue certificate, was started at 99¢ plus $1.99 shipping, and sold for $12.50 after 13 bids. 

 

 

4/19/15

Nebraska, Chadron.  1960 Diamond Jubilee Half Dollar in “Silver”.  Mintage in silver 25 pieces.  Catalog value $35.00.  This piece started at 99¢ with FREE shipping, and ended up at $14.00 after 17 bids.  See my discussion of other offerings of this piece in silver.  They are very attractive pieces, often with beautiful toning, but you can almost bet that they are not really silver.  It is much more likely that they are the silver plated issue which had a mintage of 1,000 minimum and which catalog for $6.00.  This one I didn’t  even have to consider being silver as the seller noted the weight, which was the same as the regular issue.  Remember - First check the edge for the STERLING notation, then check the weight to be 100% certain. 

 

 

4/19/15

Nebraska, Crawford.  1961 Diamond Jubilee Half Dollar in golden bronze.  Mintage 3,000.  Catalog value $4.00.  This piece started at 99¢ with FREE shipping, and ended up at $5.00 after 6 bids.  

 

 

4/19/15

Nebraska, Crawford.  1961 Diamond Jubilee Half Dollar in Oxidized Nickel Silver finish.  Same design as the coin above.  Mintage 1,000.  Catalog value $6.00.  This piece started at 99¢ with FREE shipping, and after 8 bids sold for $6.50.

 

 

4/19/15

Oregon, Bend.  1959 Oregon Centennial Half Dollar.  Mintage 2,500.  Catalog value $6.00.  This was a very choice copy that started at 99¢ with FREE shipping, and ended up selling at $16.50.

 

 

4/19/15

Texas, San Angelo.  1968 Fort Concho Centennial Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $4.50.  Opening bid 99¢.  Postage fee $2.74.  Number of bids for this choice piece… a surprising zero.  Not relisted.

 

 

4/20/15

Hawaii, Maui.  1996 Maui Trade Dollar, Gold Plated version.  Mintage 1,000 maximum.  Catalog  value $10.00.  After a $15.00 plus $2.54 start, it sold for $21.05 to a second bidder. 

 

  

4/20/15

Hawaii, Maui.  1998 Maui Trade Dollar, Gold Plated version.  Mintage 1,000 maximum.  Catalog value $10.00.  After a $15.00 plus $2.54 start, the same two bidders fot the lot above pushed the price up to $22.50.

 

 

4/20/15

Iowa, Emmetsburg.  1979 Irish Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $3.50.  Start for this piece was $1.99, but unfortunately the postage charge was $5.99, so it did not attract any bids.  Not relisted. 

 

 

4/20/15

Kansas, Marion.  1961 Old Settlers Centennial Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $25.00.  Although this one started at $6.99 plus $2.25, just two bids sent the sale price all the way to $32.10.  I guess both bidders (I was the underbidder) knew what they were bidding on.  Interestingly, someone must have seen the selling price of this piece, and listed another one, not quite so nice, grading About Uncirculated the very next day.  The start was $8.00 plus $2.00.  I guess the guy who won last week was happy with his, so he didn’t bid, and I won it for the opening price.  Needless to say, I was pleased. 

 

 

4/20/15

Missouri, Hannibal.  1969 Official Coin in Sterling Silver.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $17.50.  Marked STERLING and numbered 735 on the edge.  The start was $29.95 plus $1.50 shipping, and after 3 bids it sold for $47.00 - the highest price I have seen one of these actually sold for.

 

 

4/20/15

Nebraska, Plainview.  1961 Diamond Jubilee Half Dollar.  Mintage 1,000.  Catalog value $8.00.  Not quite uncirculated, but better than most examples this seller has been offering recently.  There was a single bid and the item was won for the 99¢ plus $1.93 shipping fee.

 

 

4/20/15

New York, New York City.  1964 World’s Fair Louisiana Pavilion John and Jacqueline Kennedy Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $12.50.  Start was $6.95 plus $1.99 shipping, and after 8 bids it sold for $16.50.

 

 

4/20/15

Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.  1926 U.S. Sesquicentennial Treasure Island Doubloon, Liberty Bell/Ship version.  Extremely fine condition.  This coin did not find a new home at its $9.99 plus $2.00 start.  Offered for the same cost every week since then, it is sill available as of June 1.

 

 

4/21/15

Arizona, Casa Grande.  1979 Centennial Dollar.  Mintage unknown.  Catalog value $5.00.  Even in About Uncirculated condition, as this one was, it sold cheap to a single bidder at the 99¢ plus $2.00 start.

 

 

4/21/15

Illinois, Wheeling.  1969 Diamond Jubilee Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $5.00.  Very close to Uncirculated, a bit spotty and dirty.  Sold to a single bidder at the $1.99 plus $2.00 opening bid.  Surprisingly hard to find these days. 

 

 

4/21/15

New York, Lansingburgh.  1971 200th Anniversary  Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $12.50.  I stole this one at the $6.95 plus $1.99 shipping start!  The only two others I have seen on Ebay since I started this listing in 2012 appeared last July.  The first one brought $32.10 and the next one $23.40.  With 3 new pieces out there, the catalog value will be dropping down to $10.00.  

 

 

4/21/15

North Dakota.   1981 North Dakota Dollar (Mandan Depot Reverse) numbered 495 on edge.  Regular issue in nickel-silver.  Mintage 750.  Catalog value $5.00.  Offered for $25.00 with FREE shipping from Canada.  There were no bids, and shortly later the same specimen appeared in the Seller’s Store for a Buy It Now price of $27.63, still with the FREE shipping.  Still available as of June 1.

 

 

4/21/15

Oklahoma, Miami.  1966 75th Anniversary 75¢ Piece.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $6.50.  This slightly circulated piece sold to a single bidder at the $4.50 plus $2.50 opening bid.

 

 

4/21/15

Washington, Hayden Island.  1980 $2.50 Volcano Token.  Unknown mintage.  Not previously listed.  A strange item with incuse enameled lettering on a blank disk.  One side with an image of the volcano and WADDLE’S / HAYDEN / ISLAND.  The other lettered OFFICIAL VOLCANO TOKEN / MOUNT / ST. HELENS / WASH. / $2.50 U S / 1980.  Holed as made.  Looks like I’ll be listing it.  The start was $9.99 plus $1.30 shipping and it sold for $15.50 after 3 bids.  

 

 

4/22/15

Ohio Gurnsey County.  1948 SesquiCentennial Nickel.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $3.50.  There were no bids for this choice 67 year old municipal token , even at its reasonable $1.99 plus $2.75 start.  Not relisted. 

 

 

4/22/15

Oregon, Bend.  1959 Oregon Centennial Half Dollar.  Mintage 2,500.  Catalog value $6.00.  This was an especially choice copy that sold too cheap at the $3.99 plus $2.40 starting bid.  With Oregon currently being a “hot” state, I am surprised this deal was not caught by the other Oregon collectors, especially since the mintage was mentioned in the lot title, and the interest in the specimen that sold on the 19th.

 

 

4/23/14

Iowa, Monroe.  1975 Old Settlers Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $3.50.  The fifth year in this series that made it to year nine before fading away.  This has been available for some time now for $7.99 with FREE shipping, but the seller has put it on special sale at 10% (80¢) off.  On June 6 there are still two days left to take advantage of this bargain. 

 

 

4/24/14

Baker Island.  2005 60th Anniversary of the Yalta Conference 5 Dollars.  A fantasy issue for a United States Territory in the Pacific.  Joseph Stalin (one of the 3 Heads of State at the Yalta Conference) on the obverse, and United States Seal on the reverse.  Offered for $49.99 ($58.50 Buy It Now) plus $7.00 shipping from Russia.  No bids and still being offered.   A search of past sales on the Feedback page shows that it has been over a year since this dealer has sold one of these.  I don’t care much for this type of item, but it fits the definition of a MTC - Not issued by the government, Commemorates an important event, and has a denomination - so I will be listing it.  I did not like the price, so I went looking around on the internet and found a place where I was able to buy them for 12 Euros each, so I paid just over $60 for all 3, including postage. 

 

 

4/24/14

Midway Islands.  2005 60th Anniversary of the Yalta Conference 5 Dollars.  A fantasy issue for a United States Territory in the Pacific.  Franklin D. Roosevelt (one of the 3 Heads of State at the Yalta Conference) on the obverse, and United States Seal on the reverse.  Offered for $39.99 ($51.99 Buy It Now) plus $7.00 shipping from Russia.  No bids and still being offered.  A search of past sales on the Feedback page fshows that it has been over a year since this dealer has sold one of these.

 

 

4/24/14

Wake Island.  2005 60th Anniversary of the Yalta Conference 5 Dollars.  A fantasy issue for a United States Territory in the Pacific.  Winston Churchill (one of the 3 Heads of State at the Yalta Conference) on the obverse, and United States Seal on the reverse.  Offered for $39.99 ($51.99 Buy It Now) plus $7.00 shipping from Russia.  No bids and still being offered.  A search of past sales on the Feedback page shows that it has been over a year since this dealer has sold one of these. 

 

 

4/25/15

Oregon, Ashland.  1980 Two Ashland Dollars.  Un-numbered version.  Mintage 10,000.  Catalog value $4.00.  The first and easiest-to-find issue of this five year series.  Available Buy It Now for $6.95 plus $1.95.  No sale.  Still available on June 6.

 

 

4/26/15

Alaska, Cordova.  Undated Iceworm Festival 8 Bits.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $6.50.  This one started at 99¢ plus $2.32 shipping and ended up selling for $3.76 after 6 bids. 

 

 

4/26/15

Kansas.  1961 Kansas Statehood Official Centennial Coin in Silver, Extremely Fine.  Variety with METAL ARTS and STERLING stamped in two lines of small letters in the blank area where the issuing location would usually have its name applied.  The silver ones are somewhat hard to find, but this was a bargain for someone who didn’t mind a circulated example.  It started at 99¢ with FREE shipping, attracted 9 bids, and sold for $9.78.  You won’t find another one that cheap! 

 

 

4/26/15

Nebraska, Oakland.  1963 Centennial Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage (much of which was confiscated by the Treasury Department for infringing on the Federal Government’s exclusive right to produce coins).  Catalog value $6.50.  Started at 99¢ with FREE shipping, there were 5 bids and it sold for $7.50.   

 

 

4/26/15

New Mexico, Alamagordo.  1958 60th Anniversary Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $7.50.  Start was $1.99 and shipping a dollar more.  It sold for $4.13 after 4 bids.  A bargain even in its slightly circulated condition.  

 

 

4/26/15

New Mexico, Carlsbad.  1963 Diamond Jubilee Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $4.50.  This choice piece had a $1.99 plus $1.00 start, attracted 3 bids, and sold for $2.82.  

 

 

4/26/15

New Mexico, Fort Wingate (Gallup).  1960 Centennial Half Dollar.  Mintage 25,000.  Catalog value $3.50.  Another choice New Mexico piece - this one was spotted by only a single bidder and it opened - and ended - at the $1.99 plus $1.00 start. 

 

 

4/26/15

New York, New York City.  1909 Hudson-Fulton Celebration tiny aluminum Daalder.  Another previously unlisted (in this catalog) MTC/So-Called Dollar, HK-374.  It commemorates an important event and it has a denomination, so I am seriously considering adding the Henry Hudson Dallders of both sizes and all metals to my listing.  This example was graded Extremely Fine and was offered for a start of $33.00 with FREE shipping, but it failed to find a bid.

 

 

4/26/15

New York, New York City.  1909 Hudson-Fulton Celebration tiny Gold Daalder.  Another of these soon-to-be-listed as a MTC So-Called Dollars.  This one the much scarcer gold version, HK-471.  Starting price for this neat item was $2,820 (or $4,000 Buy It Now).  This piece was in an NGC capsule graded MS67, and the seller noted that there was only one graded higher, an MS68 which sold for $4,112.50 last year in a major auction sale.  The same sale had a MS66 example that sold for $2,820.00.  This Ebay seller started his MS67 off at that MS66 price and would “let the bidders tell me what it is worth”.  I guess they did, because no one placed a bid.  This is as good a spot as any for me to jump up on my soapbox again and rant for a while about one of my pet peeves - the grading services.  For the past 5 or 6 years I have been fortunate to be in a position that allows me to examine many coins, medals, and tokens that have been graded by third-party graders.  In my opinion, the grades assigned to many pieces of exonumia are so random they are of little value.  There are no standards, although the major graders do maintain a database of images that the graders can compare the token in question to, but it almost seems the time of day or the day of the week that the piece was graded has more to do with the grade assigned than the amount of wear or damage a piece exhibits.  In addition it seem clear to me that the norm is to call an item by the higher grade whenever there is the slightest question as to its grade.  It’s almost like they want the collectors and dealers who submit their items to be happy with the grade they paid $35.00 or so for.  These comments are for exonumia, not coins, the grading of which is much more standardized.  Although…..and here I go again…. you almost can’t help but notice that there is a relaxation of grading standards even in coins these days.  How many people do you know who re-submit their coins graded years ago to see if they have improved in grade in the intervening years?  Hey - if your MS62 Morgan Dollar comes back regraded as a MS63 it could be worth hundreds or thousands of dollars more.  Well worth the relatively small cost of having a coin regraded.  Also, have you ever wondered what would become of the grading services when all the slabable coins were graded?  I think they have thought about it.  But what if you could send in the coins you had graded 10 years ago and reasonably expect that many of them would come back graded higher, wouldn’t that assure the grading companies another generation of work?  Just thinking here.    

 

 

4/26/15

Oregon, Grants Pass.  1959 Oregon Centennial Half Dollar.  Mintage 20,000.  Catalog value $3.00.  Start was 99¢ with FREE shipping.  After 4 bids it sold for $6.16.

 

 

4/26/15

Oregon, Newport.  1996 I helped Keiko $2.00 coin.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $3.50.  This one started at 99¢ and postage was a mere 49¢ more.  Sold to a single bidder for the opening price.    

 

 

4/26/15

Oregon, Sweet Home.  1959 Oregon Centennial Half Dollar.  Mintage 5,000.  Catalog value $4.00.  Started at 99¢ with FREE shipping, this piece attracted 6 bids and sold for $8.39.

 

 

4/26/15

Guam.  2014 silver clad $5 coin.  Unusual flat ended crescent shape, like 1/5 of a silver dollar with the center cut out.  An unofficial, fantasy coin.  Mintage 200 pieces.  Offered for $24.95 plus $3.50 shipping.  No bids.  I will be listing it.

 

 

4/27/15

Hawaii, Maui.  2000 Maui Dollar in Silver.  Reported mintage 2,500.  Variety with no reverse date.  Edge: 0270   1 OZ .999AG.  This nice proof example was offered with a start of $65.00 plus $2.74 shipping.  There were no bids, and it was relisted for a $60.00 start.  The next week it was $55.00 and then $50.00.  When no bids were forthcoming at the $50.00 level, the seller ended his listing.

 

 

4/27/15

Indiana, Mt. Vernon.  1966 Sesquicentennial Half Dollar, About Uncirculated.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $7.50.  Offered at a starting bid of $4.99 plus $3.54 shipping.  No bids, and not relisted.  Shortly later the same specimen reappeared in the sellers store for $8.99 plus $3.54, that listing ends June 15.

 

 

4/27/15

Iowa, Emmetsburg.  1982 Irish Dollar.  Unknown Mintage.  Catalog value $3.50.  Starting at $4.99 and a reasonable $1.00 for shipping, this Irish Dollar did not find a home.  It has been relisted every week since, still without success, with the current week ending June 11.

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4/27/15

Iowa, Emmetsburg.  2000 Irish Dollar.  Unknown Mintage.  Catalog value $3.00.  Bidding opened at $8.00 plus $2.00 shipping, but there were no bids.  Same deal the following week.  The coin was then placed in the seller’s Store at the same price, but this time with a Make Offer option.  Later it was raised to $9.95 plus $2.00, but still with the Best Offer option.  Still listed on June 6.

 

 

4/27/15

Iowa, Emmetsburg.  2001 Irish Dollar.  Unknown Mintage.  Catalog $3.50.  Bids were to begin at $8.00 plus $2.00 shipping, but there were none.  Like the last item, the token was listed another week with no bids and placed in the seller’s Store at the same price, but this time with a Make Offer option.  Still available as of June 6.

 

 

4/27/15

Kentucky, Paducah.  1941 Strawberry Festival Nickel.  Bright finish variety, About Uncirculated.  Sold to a single bidder for the $8.00 plus $2.00 opening bid.

 

 

4/27/15

Montana, Helena.  1964 Centennial Silver Dollar, struck in nickel silver.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $3.50.  The start was $2.00 plus $2.50 shipping.  There were 8 bids, six of them from one bidder, and it sold for $40.55.  I wonder if the bidders thought they were bidding on a silver coin - it does say “Silver Dollar” right on the coin.  I have yet to see or have a reliable report of any of these pieces in real silver, but it sure makes sense that they exist.  Montana residents have always been proud of their silver history, even mentioning it on their flag and state seal.  Also, at that time there were plenty of real silver dollars being used every day, so why not?  This one looked like the typical nickel silver issue, it was not described by the seller as silver and even had a low $2.00 start, so I doubt that it was a silver piece.

 

 

4/27/15

Nevada, Las Vegas.  “1878” (1981) Las Vegas Dollar with Dancing Girl reverse.  Two-tone finish, overall oxidized brass and the obverse dollar design gilt.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog  value $5.00.  This one was put up for bid with a $14.99 plus $2.54 start.  There were no bids for a couple weeks so the seller lowered his start to $9.99 plus $2.54.  After trying two weeks at that lower level the seller ended his listing without a sale.

 

 

4/27/15

West Virginia.  Cabell County.  1959 Sesquicentennial Half Dollar.  Mintage 5,000.  Catalog value $5.00.  This nice uncirculated example was offered for a $4.95 start plus $2.30 shipping, but there were no bids.  Not relisted.

 

 

4/28/15

Nebraska, Scottsbluff.  1960 60th Anniversary Half Dollar.  Mintage 3.500.  Catalog value $6.50.  The seller put this up for a $25.55 with FREE shipping start, but received no bids.  The next week he added a $39.95 Buy It Now option which didn’t seem to work either, because it is still being listed at the same cost  - the current listing ending on June 9th.

 

 

4/29/15

Arizona, Lake Havasu City.  1973 London Bridge Dollar.  The second issue in a series that is still ongoing.  Mintage 25,000. Catalog value $10.00.  Currently available from the London Bridge Rotary Club website for $156.00.  This piece was started at 99¢ plus $1.50 shipping.  It attracted 21 bids and ended up selling for $38.00 - pretty high for one of these.

 

 

4/29/15

Connecticut, Waterbury.  1924 250th Anniversary Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value$7.50.  This About Uncirculated piece started at 99¢ plus $2.25 shipping and shot all the way up to $22.66 after 9 bids.  Pretty steep for a token that is not hard to find, even in this condition.   

 

 

4/29/15

Maryland, Brunswick.  1965 Diamond Jubilee Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $5.00.  This one opened and closed with a single bid at the opening price of $8.00 plus $2.00 shipping.

 

 

4/29/15

Maryland, Laurel.  1970 Centennial Half Dollar in oxidized brass.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $10.00, but probably dropping a bit.  I was the only person interested in paying the $8.00 plus $2.00 shipping start.

 

 

4/29/15

Oregon, Astoria.  1970 Regatta Anniversary Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $4.50.  The starting bid was $1.99 plus $3.25 shipping.  There were no bids and it was relisted every week since at the same opening bid.  The current listing ends on June 6. 

 

 

4/30/15

Hawaii.  Undated Hawaiian Sand Dala by The Hawaiian Mint - Not Royal Hawaiian Mint as in the seller’s description.  Bronze, Extremely Fine.  Mintage 842.  Catalog value $5.00.  I am not sure where this was issued, but the main device on the obverse is a map of the “Big Island” of Hawaii, with a star placed in the area of Waimea and Waikoloa Village (whose names and locations are not indicated  on the map), perhaps indicating that this token was issued in one of those communities.  Offered for $20.00 plus $2.00 for two weekly listings before the seller lowered the starting bid to $18.00 plus $2.00.  When there were no bids at this new level, the seller ended the listing unsold.

 

 

4/30/15

Iowa, Pella.  1983 Dutch Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $4.50.  The 13th issue in this second-longest running series of Municipal Trade Coins.  This one offered for $7.99 with FREE shipping.  No bids.  Not relisted.

 

 

4/30/15

Iowa, Pella.  1990 Dutch Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $3.50.  This one offered for $6.99 with FREE shipping.  There were no bids and it was not relisted.

 

 

4/30/15

Kansas. 1961 Official Centennial Coin for Rooks County.  Unknown mintage.  Not previously cataloged by communities.  One of the scarcer issues, this piece started at $2.93 with FREE shipping, and sold for a reasonable $10.50 after 3 bids.  Everyone who bid knew this was a scarce issue - the bids were $9.99, $10.00 and the winner who probably bid more than the $10.50 it sold for.  

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