February 2013 MTCs

 

2/2/13

Missouri, Perry. 1966 Half Dollar. Started and ended with just one bid at the opening of $6.95 plus $1.95 postage. A nice value for a scarce coin.

 

2/2/13

Ohio, Newark. 1952 Sesquicentennial Half Dollar. Somewhat available in slightly used condition for $5 or $6, choice uncirculated ones, like this, are much harder to find. Currently worth maybe $10. This one offered and sold to a single bidder sounded like a real bargain for the opening bid of $3.99 - but the $3 postage pushed its actual cost up to $6.99. Still not bad for one this nice.

 

2/3/13

Hawaii, Honolulu. 1992 Royal Hawaiian Mint Honolulu Dala. Proof Silver. An impressive looking coin, but not rare. Another single bidder coin, this time at $74.00 plus $3.75 shipping. I'd say it is worth nearly double the silver value, $50 to $60 - although I sure would not hesitate to pay this price to get the equal rarity 1993 issue, which is the only one in the series I don't have in my collection.

 

2/3/13

Minnesota, Virginia. 1958 State Centennial "Iron Nickel". This one initially caught my eye because of the high price attached to it. $24.95 or $39.95 Buy It Now. Shipping was $2.95. This is a So-Called-Dollar, HK-518a, and was struck only in aluminum. Also collected by MTC collectors because of the ambiguous Iron Nickel "denomination". Well known as being an abundant issue, this one usually brings far less than this one's asking price. Less well known is the mintage - 40,000 pieces - which does push it over to the $5 or less range, particularly when circulated, as this one was. In the description was the note that according to a survey of So-Called-Dollar collectors, only 14 pieces were known to exist. Hmmm - I've got well over 50 pieces myself, so I thought this was interesting. The item, not surprisingly, did not sell. Nor did it sell the following two weeks either. Now the story gets interesting - Those two re-listings were on the 17th and 22nd, one week apart, which is typical. But there were also lots that closed on the 23rd, 24th, 26th, 27th and 28th. For the listings ending on 2/26 and later, the price dropped a bit to $27.95 or $39.95 BIN. The same item was offered with the following closing dates in February: 1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,10,16,17,19,20,22, and on the 23rd the listing was cancelled as it was "No longer available. Then it re-appeared on the 24th,26th,27th and 28th. Somewhere in there the seller added RARE (14 Known Of) to the main description line and lowered the price to $27.95 with a BIN of $39.95. The story continues into March.....

 

2/4/13

Florida, Greater Pompano Beach. 1958 Golden Jubilee Half Dollar, Brilliant Uncirculated. Offered at a very reasonable 99¢, plus a not-so-reasonable $3.99 postage. No bids. Still not a bad buy - I think this is at least a $6 piece in this choice condition.

 

2/4/13

Alaska, Moose Pass. 1967 Alaska Purchase Centennial Trade Dollar. Private issue for the Jockey Club. Set of two, oxidized brass and silver in a plastic case. The brass one is not hard to find, but the silver is quite scarce. Eight bidders sent the price up to $45.44 for the set. The silver example alone is worth at least $50, the oxidized brass maybe $5. I bought this as a duplicate.

 

2/5/13

Hawaii, Honolulu. 1973 Honolulu Dollar, oxidized brass, numbered variety. Much scarcer than the unnumbered issue, this was started at $4.99 with FREE shipping, and eight bids sent it up to $11.15. I think these are now worth about $10, so the price was just about right.

 

2/6/13

Kansas. 1961 Kansas Statehood. Official Coin of Riley County. Offered up for bid at $24.95, or $45 Buy It Now, plus $3 shipping. Not a rare county, this one is worth less than $10. There were no takers, so it was offered for a more appropriate $9.95 the following week, and it sold to a single bidder for that amount.

 

2/6/13

Hawaii. 1976 Aloha Dollar, oxidized brass, Revolutionary Musicians Bicentennial reverse. Sort of scarce, worth - I think - about $10. The seller was asking $24.99, with free shipping. No bids. Offered at the same price the following two weeks, still with no bids. The next week the seller tried a new strategy and started it at just 99¢, still with FREE shipping. Eight bidders sent the sale price up to $17.05. Go figure! A week later the seller offered another specimen at $1.99 plus an incredible $9.62 shipping. There were 5 bids, and it ended up at $12.10. That is $21.72 including shipping!

 

2/6/13

Tennessee. Undated (1982) Tennessee Dollar. Nickel-silver, Susan B. Anthony Dollar size, featuring a portrait of Elvis Presley. Surprisingly hard to find, but not worth the $19.99 plus $2.99 shipping the seller was asking. No Sale.

 

2/6/13

Ohio, Springboro. 1965 Sesquicentennial Half Dollar. Offered for $5 with FREE shipping, no one else wanted it, so I bought it to stick in my duplicate box. I'd call it currently a $7.50 coin in nice uncirculated condition, as this one is.

 

2/6/13

Hawaii. 1992 Battle of Midway 50th Anniversary Dollar. Silver, one ounce. Offered on a 30 day sale for $69.00 with $3.75 shipping. A $50 item priced just a little too high, it did not sell. Offered again in March for $10 less, it still did not attract a bid. In April it went down another $10 to $49 Buy It Now and $45 opening bid. I put in that $45 bid, and no one topped it, so I won it. Another great token for my duplicate box, but I sure would like to get something new for my collection!

 

2/6/13

Nebraska, Crawford. 1961 Diamond Jubilee 50¢ in oxidized silver plate. Discussed last month. Mintage 1,000, value $10, offered for $25 plus $4, no sale.

 

2/7/13

Kansas. 1961 Kansas Statehood. Official Coin of Council Grove. Not one of the typical County issues, these 1961 Centennial coins from cities, events, organizations etc. are all scarce. This sold for $28.99. Just right.

 

2/7/13

Iowa, Emmetsburg. Lot of 7 different dates of the Irish Dollar series, all uncirculated.A single bidder paid $9.95 plus $2.95 shipping. Not rare, but a bargain at this price! 

 

2/7/13

Arizona, Lake Havasu City. London Bridge Dollars 1972 and 1999. Both uncirculated. Available on the London Bridge Rotary Club Coin site for $133.00. Two bidders pushed the price up to $6.50 plus $2.00 shipping. A good price - I'd say the pair should retail for about $15.00.

 

2/7/13

Arizona, Lake Havasu City. London Bridge Dollars 1986 and 2002. Both uncirculated. Available on the London Bridge Rotary Club Coin site for $48.00. The same two bidders pushed the price up to $5.50 plus $2.00 shipping. A good price - I'd say the pair are equal in value to the last lot - the 2002 being much harder to find than the 1986.

 

2/7/13

Arizona, Lake Havasu City. London Bridge Dollars 2000 and 2001. Both uncirculated. Available on the London Bridge Rotary Club Coin site for $61.00. Once again, the only two people who seemed interested bid the pair up to $7.05 plus $2.00 shipping. The scarcest in actual availability of these three LHC lots, it also brought the highest price. Current value ought to be $20 or so - the 2001 issue picturing the U.S.S. Arizona was quickly snapped up by tourists, and there are just not a lot of them available these days.

 

2/8/13

Wisconsin, Fond du Lac. 1936 Town Centennial 10¢, private issue of Valin Camera Shop. A nice old piece, almost uncirculated with a darker surface than usual. Scarce, but available, and worth $10 or so in AU, but with the original finish. There were no bidders at $8.99 plus $2.07 shipping. Offered the next week at $3.99 plus just 66¢ shipping. No sale. The following week it went out at $2.99 plus 66¢ and it sold to a single bidder. This one probably would have sold the first week if it had been in it's original brilliant finish.

 

2/9/13

Ohio, Hamilton. 1966 175th Anniversary Dollar in SILVER. A rare issue with a mintage of just 50 pieces. The same one I wrote about back in November. As I mentioned, each month the seller has lowered his price. This month it was offered for just $89.99 with FREE shipping, and it was just too cheap, so I had to buy it! You guys had plenty of chances on this one, but now it is in MY box of rare traders. You snooze, you loose!

 

2/9/13

Hawaii. 1991 Princess Kaiulani and 1994 Queen Lilioukalani Silver Dalas. Offered separately by the same seller at $99.99 + $3 each. Both easily obtainable varieties, they typically bring $50 to $60 each. Neither earned a single bid.

 

2/9/13

Hawaii. 1959 Statehood Souvenir Coin, Crossroads of the Pacific. Scarcer issue, mintage 725, struck in nickel-silver. Offered for $100 + $4. Seems pretty steep, but in addition to being a MTC, this is also a So-Called Dollar, so in demand by hundreds of SCD collectors, not just the few MTC collectors. Another plus (for some) is that this is graded MS-64 in a NGC coffin - oops, I mean holder. This really should have sold, but no one went for it, so it was offered the next week for $90 and that did the trick - a single bidder won the item. I think that if the SCD collectors knew the mintage of this piece it would have sold the first time, with multiple bids. As it is, it brought less than double what a slabbed regular goldene issue would have brought, and that one is common - with a mintage of 10,000 there are plenty of them out there. If this were just a MTC it would be in the $10 - $15 range. Prices like this one brought will not be unusual for MTC's when the collector base grows. Get them while you can!

 

2/10/13

Oregon, Oregon City. 1939 Territorial Days 5¢ and 10¢, cardboard. Very scarce issue, each individually numbered on the back. Easily worth $25.00 for the pair, I bid about that amount to add them to my duplicates, and felt fortunate to win them for just $16.50 after a $9.95 + $2.50 start.

 

2/10/13

North Carolina. "1799" Dogwood Blossom Dollar. Silver (1/2 ounce), gold plated details. A neat little recent issue that is probably scarce - this is only the second one I have seen on ebay - but maybe more will appear. I got my first one maybe 2 years ago, and I wanted this one as a spare. Unfortunately it was priced at a start of $49.95, and I thought that was just a little bit high. I bid about $5 over the start anyway and was sure I would win it...but someone else wanted it more than me and it sold for $57.88 with FREE shipping. Rats!

 

2/10/13

Indiana, Logansport. 1981 Iron Horse Festival $1 token. Big mintage (see November 30, 2013 notes) but hard to get. A single bidder won it for the $2.99 start , quite a nice bargain but diminished a bit by the $2.07 postage fee.

 

2/11/13

New Mexico, Carlsbad. 1963 75th Anniversary Half Dollar. Nice token from a popular western location. Worth $5 in uncirculated. This one started at 99¢ and sold there as well. Unfortunately the buyer had to pay an additional $2.95 postage.

 

2/11/13

Oregon, Grants Pass. 1959 State Centennial Half Dollar. Almost Uncirculated. Offered at $19.95 + $2.75, this one got no bids. Offered the following week at the same price, but with a Best Offer option, this time it sold at an unknown price to someone who made an offer. I hope the offer was low, because this one is one of the more easily obtainable locations in the extensive 1959 Oregon Centennial series. Mintage 20,000 and easily available in full uncirculated for less than $5.

 

2/11/13

Alaska, Anchorage. 1967 Alaska Purchase Centennial . Cook Inlet Native Assoc. $5.00 private issue. Scarce, and worth more than double the $4.95 with FREE shipping this one brought. Most of these had the Cook Inlet Native Assoc. inscription ground off for use at an auction house in Anchorage, and unaltered survivors are scarce. A lucky single bidder won this prize.

 

2/11/13

Hawaii. 1992 Royal Hawaiian Mint Honolulu Dala, Proof silver. Medium scarcity late RHM issue, usually worth $50-60. Offered at $74 bid or $84 buy it now this week and the two following weeks. Sold for an unknown amount one week later when the the seller added a Best Offer option.

 

2/11/13

Hawaii. 1994 Royal Hawaiian Mint Waikiki Dala, Proof silver. Another medium scarcity RHM issue, by the same seller as the lot above, usually worth $50-60. Exactly the same sales pattern as the preceding lot.

 

2/12/13

Michigan, Harrisville. 1952 Kiki Cuyler Memorial Half Dollar. About uncirculated. A scarce early issue of interest to baseball memorabilia as well as MTC collectors. Offered for $9.95 plus $3.00 shipping, but no one bid. Easily a $12.50 value.

 

2/12/13

Michigan, Coldwater. 1961 Centennial Half Dollar, offered along with a wooden nickel and pinback button from the same celebration for a bid of $25.99 or a Buy It Now of $39.99 + $5.25 shipping. This issue has a moderate mintage of 3,500, but is readily available for $5 or $6. It did not sell, and was offered in following weeks at lower and lower prices until the seller finally gave up after it spent a bidless week on ebay at $13.99 during early March.

 

2/12/13

Hawaii. 1976 Molokai Dollar. Aloha Don's monthly Molokai Dollar received no bids this time, but about half the time it does.

 

2/13/13

Connecticut, Haddam. 1962 Tercentennial Half Dollar, uncirculated. While not rare, this is the only community-issued municipal from the state, and with a relatively small mintage of 3,000, it is an eagerly sought after piece. Value $6.50 - $7.50. This specimen opened at $3.00, and closed at $4.10 + $2.50 shipping.

 

2/14/13

Maine, Old Town. 1965 125th Anniversary Half Dollar. Maine Commemoratives are popular right now, but this one offered at $19.95 with FREE shipping, attracted no bids. I catalog this one at $6.00.

 

2/15/13

Michigan, Holland. 1950 Tulip Time Quarter. This was offered for a very reasonable 99¢ plus a not-so-reasonable $2.95 shipping. A single bidder won this nice coin for the opening bid. Not a bad price. This one lists for $5, but the follow-on 1951 issue is a buck or two less.

 

2/15/13

Texas, Childress County. 1963 Diamond Jubilee Half Dollar. Another 99¢ starter selling to a single bidder at the opening bid. A different seller, and coincidentally at the same $2.95 shipping. This one catalogs $4.00 and has a mintage of 3,000 pieces.

 

2/15/13

Maine, Scarborough. 1958 TriCentennial Half Dollar. Choice Uncirculated. A third municipal today starting at 99¢, this one with a $3.00 postal fee. A substantial mintage of 10,000, but 55 years old and in top condition, this was the best of the three 99¢ tokens offered today - but it was the only one that did not sell. Catalog price $6.50.

 

2/16/13

Kansas, Concordia. 1971 Centennial Dollar, Sterling Silver. Opening price was $46.00 plus $2.85 shipping. There was one bidder who won this coin for the opening bid. Spot on - I'd call this one a $45 to $50 token.

 

2/16/13

Texas, Longview. 1970 Centennial Dollar, gold anodized aluminum. There were two issues for Longview's Centennial - this one and a 50¢ in oxidized brass. Both are very scarce, and either one is well worth $15.00. This one sold, after just two bids, to some lucky collector for only $4.25 + $1.00 shipping. OK, OK - I confess...that lucky collector was me. I sure wish some of you guys would give me a little competition on these rare ones. Wait a minute - let's just forget about that last sentence!

 

2/16/13 Wyoming, Thermopolis. 1968 Rodeo Days Dollar. Part of a lot of 6 modern Wyoming commemoratives offered for $3.00 and selling for $6.53 plus 99¢ shipping. This date is very scarce - this may be the first one I have seen on ebay. The 1967 is a $5 - $6 item, but this one would be a bargain at $15. A giveaway!

 

2/19/13

Maine, Whitefield. 1959 Sesquicentennial Half Dollar. Almost Uncirculated. Quite hard to find, and with a mintage of just 1,000 pieces. The seller was asking $30 Buy It Now, with no bidding option. I currently catalog this one at $15, and that would be a bargain, but I think $30 is a little high for one in this condition. But I'll tell you - if I needed it in my collection, the cost surely would not have stopped me. It doesn't really matter as the seller ended the listing early because the "item is no longer available".

 

2/19/13

Montana, Fort Benton. 1971 (72) 125th Anniversary Dollar, numbered variety. There were reportedly 14,000 nickel silver dollars in the unnumbered version and an additional 1,000 numbered on the obverse, which were sold to collectors for $2.50 back in 1971. They should be worth 7 or 8 bucks today. This was offered at a start of just 79¢ with postage at $2.25. There was only one bidder, so that is what it sold for. A bargain! However, the mintage report is in question because this coin is numbered 1258. Perhaps they did not start at number 0001. It is possible that they started at, say, 0976 and went to 1976? Also commemorative tokens sometimes sell better than expected, and additional tokens are ordered later. Who knows?

 

2/19/13

Texas, Port Arthur. Undated (c.1950) CavOILcade Dime, plastic. The first of these I have seen or heard of. Certainly very scarce, and probably rare. I will have to make inquiries to the Texas collectors to find out. It started at a hefty $8 +$3 and there were just two bidders. One person bid $31.78 and I won it at the next advance over that - $32.78. At least one other collector realized this was a rare item. I guess either everyone else already had it, or more likely, they didn't think it was worth the $8 +$3 start. The first new addition to my collection in a while!

 

2/20/13

Kansas, Marysville. 1960 Pony Express Centennial Half Dollar. This was offered at 99¢ plus $2 shipping. There were 8 bids by 4 bidders, and the coin ended up at $13.00. I catalog this one at $6.00. As mentioned before, Kansas is a very popular state right now, and this MTC with a mintage of just 2,000, was bid on by several eager collectors. This is what is going to happen when MTC collectors become aggressive. It just takes a few people to push prices on collectible items that are truly scarce up to new levels. You should try to get the ones you need now...or you'll probably have to pay a whole lot more later.

 

2/21/13

Alaska, Anchorage. 1967 Alaska Purchase Centennial Plastic Dollars, set of 3 red, white and blue. In original gold cardboard holder. Offered at a start of $9.99 plus $6.99 shipping. $9.99 is not too much for these coins if they are still in the original commemorative holder, but when you add the very high $6.99 shipping the cost is actually nearly $17.00 which is too much for a common item. No bids. No bids the next week either - or the next or the next or the next. As I write this in early April, it is still being offered at the same amount.

 

2/22/13

Arizona, Lake Havasu City. London Bridge Rotary Club Dollar, 1990, copper. Offered for $15.00 by the seller - the same price it is available for on the LHC London Bridge Rotary Club website, but the ebay seller has FREE shipping. The most common of the 5 metal/finish varieties, this one is usually available on ebay for $5.00 or less. No sale, but offered over the next 5 weeks for $12.00 and then $10.00. It never did sell.

 

2/22/13

Iowa, Lemars. 1969 Centennial Half Dollar. Offered for $24.95 OBO with FREE shipping. An abundant MTC. Mintage 5,000 and with plenty available for collectors. Not surprisingly this one did not sell. Since the original listing this has been available in the sellers store, where it is still looking for a good home. These typically bring less than $5.00, and even the special issue marked FIRST ISSUE on the back (mintage 200) usually bring only $10.00 to $15.00.

 

2/23/13

Hawaii, Kona Coast. 1984 Dollar in oxidized brass. All varieties of the final two years of the Kona dollars (1983 and 1984) are scarce, and this one with a reported mintage of 250 is the toughest to find. Offered for $3.00 with $1.50 shipping, this one got two bids: One for $10 and mine that won it for another 50¢. I currently list this one for $10.00, but if the mintage really proves to be just 250 pieces, I'll probably raise it to $15.00. A duplicate for me, this one is now a resident of my "scarce MTCs for trade" box. The sharp-eyed reader may note that the previous item is older and had fewer pieces made, and yet is "worth" less. Not an error - Hawaiian exonumia is very popular, with easily a couple hundred collectors looking for items to add to their collections. There are currently far fewer collectors of Iowa tokens, so they just don't bring as much as Hawaiian tokens of the same scarcity. Supply and Demand - we all learned that back there in high school.

 

2/23/13

Minnesota, Cass County. 1958 State Centennial Half Dollar. These usually come slightly circulated, and this one is par for the course. Offered for $5 +$2 shipping, this one attracted one bid. The 1958 Minnesota MTCs are all (except for the ultra common Virginia piece) at least a little bit scarce. This one (mintage 7,500) comes in as #2 in availability - I'd say $5 to $6 in about uncirculated condition, like this, and double that in strict uncirculated.

 

2/23/13

Pennsylvania, Plymouth Borough. 1966 Centennial Half Dollar. Set of all three metals, Aluminum, nickel-silver and gilt brass, or goldene. The first two metals were struck in quantities of 2,500 each, and appear for sale frequently - more so than their 2,500 mintage would suggest. But only 500 goldene ones were produced for collectors, and were sold at a premium over face value. Offered for $9.95 plus $2.75 shipping, no one bid. However the next week, still at the same price, there were two bidders and they sold for $10.50. Just right.

 

2/25/13

Montana, Hungry Horse. Hungry Horse Dollar, 1972, unnumbered variety, extremely fine. Start 99¢, plus $2.07 shipping. Four bids sent this up to $8.52 - over $10 with shipping. This has a reported mintage of 10,000, and it is available, so it seems like a maximum $5 item to me. The numbered edition (1,000 pieces) should bring nearly $10.

 

2/25/13

Colorado. 1959 State Centennial 25¢ Gold Poke. Offered for $9.95 plus $2.25, but it received no bids. Relisting the next week for $6.99 drew out bids from four collectors, and it ended at $10.51.

 

2/25/13

Wisconsin, Green Bay. 1932 George Washington Bicentennial Souvenir Coin. Scarce, and worth about $15.00 these days. This nice about uncirculated example was offered for a $10 start, plus $4 shipping. No bids.

 

2/25/13

Minnesota, Litchfield. 1969 Centennial Half Dollar. Mintage just 2,500 and somewhat scarce, this should bring $6 - $7. This one started at $2.95 plus $1.25 postage and a couple bidders pushed it up to $4.13 - just about where it should be, when you figure in the postal charges.

 

2/25/13

Ohio, Sandusky. 1968 Sesquicentennial Half Dollar. A very attractive token with an image of an old side wheeler boat, and struck in a size usually reserved for dollar tokens. Offered for $8.99 plus $2.99 shipping. This one is readily available and worth about $4.00, so I was not surprised when it did not sell. The price was dropped by $1.00 the next week with no results, so the following week it went down another buck to $6.99. When it still didn't sell the seller lowered it to $5.99, and it still has not sold at that price at the date of this writing in mid April.

 

2/26/13

Ohio, Bryan. 1990 150th Anniversary Half Dollar. I like this coin because it is a part of a nice set - Bryan issued a 10¢ coin in 1940 for their Centennial, a 25¢ in 1965 for the 125th Anniversary, and this 50¢ coin in 1990 for the 150th Anniversary! It would be nice if there will be a spendable coin for the 175th Anniversary in 2015. Not a common coin, this one offered at $4.99 plus 95¢ shipping did not sell. Offered the following two weeks for a dollar less, it was still a no sale. A $5.00 coin, I think.

 

2/26/13

Hawaii. 1959 Statehood  Crossroads of the Pacific Souvenir Coin. Regular goldene issue. Mentioned earlier this month in the much scarcer nickel silver variety. This type has a big mintage of 10,000 but is collected as a So-Called Dollar, so it has an appeal to a much wider group of collectors. This was a nice one, not slabbed like the earlier one, but choice - at least a MS-64, probably a 65. Start was $13.95 with FREE shipping. Five bids sent it up to $19.38 - I was the last underbidder on this one. Spend $30 to get it slabbed, and a SCD collector would pay nearly $100 for it.

 

2/27/13

New York, New York City Louisiana Pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair. 50 Cents. Portraits of John and Jacqueline Kennedy. A nice specimen, appearing fully uncirculated. Scarce, popular and worth $15 or so. This one was offered for $24.99 plus $1.99 shipping, but there were no bidders. Just a bit too high, I guess.

 

2/27/13

Pennsylvania, Malvern. 1964 75th Anniversary Half Dollar. Not really scarce, but one you don't see every day. Easily worth $6.00, maybe $7.50. Offered for $15 plus $5 shipping. The seller just wanted too much, and wanted an unreasonable $5 extra for postage. There were no bids.

 

2/27/13

North Dakota, Rolla. 1963 75th Anniversary Jewelorama Half Dollar. One of the more unusual Municipals, each one has a synthetic ruby watch bearing mounted in a hole at its center. The manufacture of these bearings is Rolla's largest industry. I don't know how many of these were made, but I do know that the issue was well received locally because most specimens encountered today are circulated. I value these at $6.50 - $7.50 so this choice example should have received bids, but it did not. The starting bid was $9.99 + $2.85 postage, or you could have opted for the $24.00 Buy It Now price.

 

2/27/13

Iowa, Blairstown. 1962 Centennial Half Dollar. Choice uncirculated. A rare issue, with a reported mintage of a mere 500 pieces. The start was only 99¢ plus $2.95 shipping. I was the only bidder and won it for that 99¢ +. A big fat bargain! I value these at $17.50.

 

2/27/13

Nebraska, Gothenburg. 1960 Pony Express Centennial Half Dollar. This is a very attractive issue that, with a mintage of 5,000 pieces, is fairly easily obtainable. The goldene issue comes in two varieties - one with coin orientation and one with medal orientation - either one not worth much over $5.00. Watch out, though, for the oxidized brass version...that one is RARE! This goldene one was offered for a start of 99¢ and sold for $1.96 which, with the $3.28 shipping fee, put it right in the expected price range.

 

2/27/13

Hawaii, Aloha Dollar. Undated silver plated 38mm plane over Oahu variety. Worth $5 or so. Start was $1.95 and postage was another $1.95. This piece sold for a bid of $5.50 + the postage. Seems reasonable, especially since it was encased in its original commemorative plastic holder. Too bad it wasn't the similar issue in the smaller 32mm size - that one is worth three times as much.

 

2/28/13

Montana, Scobey. 1963 Homestead Golden Jubilee Half Dollar. Somewhat scarce and from a small town in remote northeastern part of the state. The population was about 1,700 and falling when the coin was issued, so you've got to wonder how many were made. This nice copy was offered for $2.99 plus $2.85 shipping, but there were no bids. I catalog this one at $6.00.

 

2/28/13

Illinois, Grayville. 1955 Centennial Half Dollar, choice uncirculated. A very nice near 60 year old issue with the image of an old sidewheel riverboat. Scarce and choice, this should have been a $12.50 to $15.00 item. Sold for the opening bid of $4.99 + $2.99 it was just another bargain I have won from ebay seller whitehead4. Do yourself a favor and check out his offerings. He always has something interesting in his listings - for instance, the previously discussed item from Scobey, Montana, and the next from Shelby, Ohio.

 

2/28/13

Ohio, Shelby. 1934 Centennial Dime. One of the oldest MTC's, and scarce. This one extremely fine and easily worth about $10 in this condition. Offered for a start of $3.99 plus $2.99 shipping. This one sold for just $5.28 with just two bids.

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