MTCs on Ebay June 2016
Indiana, Brazil. 1962 Friendship Festival Concert Band Centennial Half Dollar in well worn Very Fine Condition. Not in previous editions of my catalog. Offered for a $4.00 Plus $2.45 opening bid. Sold to a single bidder.
Indiana, Logansport. 1976 Cass County Sesquicentennial Dollar in Oxidized Nickel-Silver. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $3.50. This and the oxidized brass are the two regular finishes, the Gilt Brass and Silver pieces were limited editions for collectors. Offered for $5.00 plus $2.45 shipping. There were no bids, and it was not resisted - however, the same seller later offered the same item as a Buy It Now item for $6.00 + $2.45. The current listing ends on July 29.
Illinois, Mount Olive Area. 1965 Centennial Half Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $4.00. Up for bid starting at $7.95 plus $1.85 shipping. When no bids were forthcoming, the seller put it in his store at the same price. Still available on August 6.
New York, New York City. 1909 Hudson-Fulton Celebration Dallder reverse muled with a reproduction Sommers Islands (Bermuda) Shilling obverse and struck in Copper. A 1960’s Robert Bashlow concoction made from a pairing of old dies by Elder and Dikeson. Not previously cataloged, but it probably will appear in the next edition along with the other 1909 Hudson-Fulton Exposition “good-fors”. Up for bid starting at what seems like a very steep $149.95 with FREE shipping. Perhaps offered to tempt So-Called Dollar collectors, but so far it has not worked as it still is being offered (now as a Buy It Now item) at the same price, with the current listing ending on September 9.
Maryland, Frederick County - Hagerstown. 1962 Bicentennial Half Dollars (6), Dunker Church variety. The sale was for a lot of 6 Uncirculated pieces. Mintage: 50,000. Catalog value $2.50 each. Opening bid was $19.00 plus $2.45 shipping, with a Buy It Now option of $29.00 + $2.45. No bids, not relisted.
Nebraska, Johnson County (Tecumseh). 1967 Nebraska Centennial Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $4.00. Up for bid at $9.99 with FREE shipping - a price that was not met, and a piece that was not relisted.
Hawaii, Honolulu. 1990 Honolulu Dala in Silver. A Royal Hawaiian Mint issue. Unknown mintage. Not previously cataloged. Start was just 1¢ plus $2.95 shipping. There were 8 bids by 6 different bidders, and it sold for $20.55.
Hawaii, Honolulu. 1991 Honolulu Dala in Silver. Choice Proof. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $15.00 back in 1999. Start was $21.99 plus $3.25 shipping. No bids for two weeks, but then during the third week on ebay there were 2 bids by as many bidders and it sold for $23.05.
Wisconsin, Green Bay. 1932 George Washington Bicentennial Souvenir Coin. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $7.50. Very attractive nearly Uncirculated piece with a minor toning spot on the reverse. Much more appealing than most specimens I’ve seen. Offered for $39.95 with FREE shipping for a couple weeks without attracting a bid, but when the seller lowered it to $34.99 with FREE shipping there was a single bid and it sold.
Michigan, Ishpeming-Negaunee. 1973 Founder’s Day Dollar. Mintage 10,000. Catalog value $4.50. After a $12.95 plus $1.85 start, this piece gradually dropped to $8.00 plus $1.85 - first as an auction item and then as a Buy It Now piece. Still available with the current offering ending on August 9.
New York, Springville. 1984 Sesquicentennial Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value was $15.00, but that will be lowered considerably in the next edition. This was an auction for a pair of these tokens, both Uncirculated, but one with a spot on the obverse. The start was $2.99 plus $4.00 shipping. I won the lot as the second bidder for just $3.25 - A great bargain, I think. We’ll see how many more show up.
Oklahoma, Miami. 1966 75th Anniversary 75¢. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $6.50. Start was $3.99 plus $2.70 shipping. No bids. Not relisted.
Oregon, Newport. 1996 I helped Keiko $2.00. Unknown mintage. Not cataloged in my previous edition of the MTC catalog but listed at $3.50 in the draft for the new edition. Offered for a start of $6.92 plus 99¢ shipping. Sold to a single bidder.
Montana. 1964 Diamond Jubilee of Statehood, Centennial for Territory Official Souvenir Dollar struck in Sterling Silver and numbered 735 on the edge. Mintage reported as 1,000 but more were struck. Catalog value was $15.00. This choice uncirculated piece started at 99¢ plus $2.60 shipping, drew 4 bids by 3 bidders and ended up selling for $12.50, which is below the melt value of the silver.
Texas, Childress. 1963 Childress County 75th Anniversary Half Dollar struck in Sterling Silver. Mintage up to 250, depending on number ordered at $5.00 each. Catalog value $20.00. Start was $35.00 plus $3.00 shipping. I was the only bidder. Another great token for my duplicate box!
Arizona, Lake Havasu City. 1973 London Bridge Rotary Club Dollar. Mintage 25,000. Catalog value $10.00. Offered for $100.00 plus 2.45 shipping. No bids. Not relisted.
Arizona, Tombstone. 1929 50th Anniversary Bank of Helldarado Dollar. Uniface restrike (1960’s) from the original obverse die by Anillo. Strangely, this one was circulated - it looked XF or so. The start was just 99¢ and postage $2.75 more. There were no bids on the last day, so I placed a $6.88 bid, thinking I’d probably win it for 99¢ - but at the last minute someone topped my bid and won it for 50¢ more, $7.38!
Iowa, Cresco. 1966 Centennial Half Dollar in Oxidized Brass. Mintage 1,000. Catalog value $15.00. Offered for $7.95 plus $1.85 shipping. There were no bids and it was not relisted. A scarce token seemingly bargain priced, but there were condition problems: It was a bit stained and there were tiny spots of verdigris beginning to appear in the recesses. Too bad!
New Mexico, Fort Wingate (Gallup). 1960 Centennial Half Dollar. Mintage 25,000. Catalog value $3.50. Offered for $9.99 plus 70¢ shipping. No sale. The next week it was $6.99 Buy It Now, and finally $5.49 BIN. None of those prices worked, and the item was ended unsold.
North Dakota, Bowbells. 1981 Diamond Jubilee Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $5.00. With a $2.99 start and a $2.00 shipping charge, this piece was offered for 4 weeks without a bid before the seller ended the listing.
Illinois, Galena. 1961 Civil War Centennial Half Dollar. Mintage 5,000. Catalog value $5.00. This item started at $9.99 with FREE shipping. After two weeks it was made a Buy It Now item for $8.99. After a month or so at this lower price it was returned to the original $9.99 and is still available as I write this. The current listing ends on August 18.
Arizona, Lake Havasu City. 1989/90 London Bridge Dollar. Mintage unknown. Catalog value $3.00 in copper, the most easily obtained version for this year. With a starting bid of $7.88 and $2.45 more for shipping, it is not surprising that this piece met some sales resistance. It was available for four consecutive weeks at the same price before the seller ended the listing unsold. It probably didn’t help that the seller described it as in spotty AU condition - the photos looked much nicer.
Kansas, Wyandot. 1959 Centennial Half Dollar. Mintage unknown. Catalog value $3.50. This slightly circulated example was offered for $9.99 plus $2.50. There were no bids, and on July 26 the listing was ended because there was an “error in the listing” - however it was immediately relisted for $4.99 plus $2.50. So far, as of July 30, there have been no bids at the new price.
Arizona, Lake Havasu City. 1972 London Bridge Dollar. Mintage 25,000. Catalog value $4.00. There were no bids at the $3.00 plus $2.45 start. Not relisted.
Iowa, Coon Rapids. 1963 Centennial Half Dollar. Mintage 5,000. Catalog value $6.00. Offered for $4.99 Canadian, plus C$3.99 more for postage. No bids. Not relisted. Described as being from GRAND Rapids by the seller.
California, San Diego. Undated (1915-16) La Cantina Madrid 25 Bones token. From the popular attraction on the “Isthmus” at the Exposition in Balboa Park. Not previously cataloged, but it will be added if I include World’s Fair items in the next edition. This one was offered at a 99¢ plus $3.50 start and sold for $23.05 after 7 bids by 7 different bidders.
Michigan, Albion. 1986 Festival of the Forks $2.00. Mintage c.1,000. Catalog value $6.00. Start was 99¢ (Canadian), but postage was C$5.95 more. Sold for C$1.83 (U.S. $1.39) after 2 bids.
Michigan, Algonac. 1967 Centennial Half Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $4.00. Started at 99¢ (Canadian), with postage C$5.95 more. Sold for a remarkable C$30.00 (U.S. $22.76) after 8 bids by 6 bidders.
Michigan, (Greater) Eaton Rapids. 1962 125th Anniversary Half Dollar. Mintage 5,000. Catalog value $3.50. Start was 99¢ (Canadian), and postage was C$5.95 more. Sold for C$4.13 (U.S. $3.13) after 3 bids by 3 different bidders.
Michigan, Farwell. 1970 Centennial Half Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $6.00. This one started at 99¢ (Canadian), but postage was C$5.95 more. Sold for C$4.13 (U.S. $3.19) after 3 bids by 3 bidders.
Michigan, Nashville - Barry County. Centennial Half Dollar in Aluminum. Mintage 200. Catalog value $12.50. After a 99¢ (Canadian) plus C$5.95 start, this scarce piece sold for a bargain price - just C$4.13 (U.S.$3.13). There were 3 bids by 3 bidders.
Michigan, Vicksburg. 1948 Frontier Days Quarter. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $8.50. This sale was for a lustrous About Uncirculated example. Start was 99¢ (Canadian), but postage was C$5.95 more. Sold for C$26.00 (U.S. $19.73) after 8 bids by 3 bidders.
Missouri, Hannibal. 1969 Sesquicentennial Souvenir Coin in gilt brass. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $3.50. Bidding was to open at $1.99, with postage $3.25 additional, but there were no bids. Still being listed at the same opening price, with the current listing ending on August 4.
New York, New York City. 1909 Hudson-Fulton Celebration Gold Daalder with Hendrik Hudson bust. Small Gold Dollar-size So-Called Dollar, HK-371. Not previously listed, but it will probably be included in the next edition of my catalog. Graded MS65 by NGC and more reasonably priced than the last one of these I noted (a MS67), this one started at just 1¢ plus $2.95 shipping, drew 19 bids, and sold for $640.00.
New York, New York City. 1909 Hudson-Fulton Celebration Gold One Trip token with Robert Fulton bust. Small Gold Dollar-size So-Called Dollar, HK-375. Not previously listed. Graded MS65 by NGC and priced at a start of just 1¢ plus $2.95 shipping. It attracted 20 bids, and sold for $735.00. This one (in any of the metal varieties) is probably not destined to be listed as a MTC because the denomination is ONE TRIP, and I do not list transportation tokens in my listing.
Illinois, Delavan. 1962 Quasquicentennial Half Dollar. Unknown Mintage. Catalog value $3.50. Start was $5.00 plus $2.00 shipping. No bids, and relisted ever since at the same price. Current listing ends on August 1.
North Dakota, Williston Basin. 1961 Territorial Centennial, 10 Years of Oil Development Half Dollar. Slightly circulated AU condition. Mintage 25,000. Catalog value $3.50 in Uncirculated condition. Up for bid starting at $15.00, with a $20.00 Buy It Now option - either way with a $3.00 shipping fee. During its third week someone placed a bid and won it for the $15.00 opening.
Oregon, Sweet Home. 1959 Oregon Centennial Half Dollar unofficially Silver Plated (or maybe Nickel-Silver plate - hard to tell from the photos). Mintage 5,000 in the original Golden Brass. Catalog value $4.00 in the original finish, but noted as known in plated versions as well. This piece sold to a single bidder for the $7.95 plus $1.85 opening bid. I do not place a special premium on the plated pieces because they are unofficial and can easily be made from a standard GBR piece.
Alaska, Skagway. “1898” (1970’s) Gateway to the Klondike Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $3.00. Sold to a single bidder at the 99¢ plus $2.50 opening bid.
(California, Granada, Hills). 1976 U. S. Bicentennial Dime. Private issue for the Mid Valley Coin Co. Mintage 1,000. Not previously cataloged. Offered until July 26 for $19.95 plus $2.50 shipping when the seller ended the sale because “there was an error in the listing”. I think the error was the price!
California, Brea. 1967 Golden Jubilee Half Dollar, Golden Brass version. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $7.50. This specimen, unfortunately, was was a dark, corroded XF piece with just a bit of luster left. However the price was right - just 1¢ …but with a $3.75 shipping charge. There were no bids, and the seller put it in his store as a Buy It Now item priced at $4.99 with FREE shipping. Still available on August 20.
Illinois. 1980 Illinois Dollar. Susan B. Anthony Dollar size. Mintage 8,000. Still in the original card of issue. Catalog value $3.00. Offered at a start of $9.95 plus $2.60 shipping. That was too much and no one bid. The seller then lowered his price by 10¢ and tried for two more weeks. Then he lowered it another dime to $9.75, then $9.65, then $9.55. Continued small weekly reductions occurred, and it is still being listed - currently for $9.36 plus $2.65, ending on August 25. At this rate it will get to a level it will sell at some time next year!
Nevada. Undated (1975) Nevada Dollar variety with bright Copper finish. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $3.50. There was a single bid and it sold for the 99¢ plus $2.60 opening price.
Kansas. 1961 Official Centennial Coin for the Miss Kansas Pageant in Pratt. Struck in Sterling Silver and numbered 41. Unknown mintage. Not previously cataloged. This scarce token started off at $16.99 plus $2.50 shipping and quickly rose to $67.66 after just 3 bids by 3 bidders.
Ohio, Akron. 1925 Centennial 50¢ or $1 Discount on Purchase from the Akron Truss Company. Very Fine condition and slightly pitted. Cleaned. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $12.50, which is probably a bit too high now. Offered for a starting bid of $35.00, plus an additional $4.25 for shipping. Listed at the same price until August 12 when the seller ended the listing unsold.
Wyoming, Lander. 1968 Pioneer Days Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $6.00. Originally offered as an auction item at a starting price I neglected to record, but it did not sell and was relisted, and sold, at $7.95 plus $1.86 as a Buy It Now item the following week.
New York, New York City. 1909 Hudson Fulton Exposition large Silver 1 Daadler. Variety with the manufacturer’s name on the edge. A so-Called Dollar, HK-369. Described as Uncirculated, but there is some slight wear evident in the photo. Pleasing antique finish (as made). Not previously cataloged. Started at 99¢, this piece attracted 34 bids by 12 bidders and sold for $348.77.
Iowa, Webster City. 1957 Centennial Half Dollar. Mintage 1,000. Catalog value $17.50. This sale for a lightly worn Extremely Fine specimen. The start was $1.00 plus $2.45 shipping, and it sold for $2.25 after 2 bids.
Kansas. 1961 Official Centennial Coin for Harper County. Unknown mintage. Not previously cataloged. Just moderately scarce. This piece sold to a single bidder for the opening price of $15.00 + $2.45.
Kansas, El Dorado. 1965 50 Years of Oil Half Dollar. Unknown Mintage. Catalog value $5.00. This sale was for a lot of 6 of these. I think I was quite lucky to be the only bidder, and I won them for the opening bid of $10.00 plus $2.45 shipping.
Kansas, Leavenworth. 1979 Buffalo Bill Cody Days Dollar, struck in Sterling Silver, and numbered 18 on the edge. Mintage 100. Catalog value $20.00. Like most silver municipals, quite scarce. Offered with a $40.00 plus $2.45 start. When there were no bids, the seller made it a $42.99 plus $2.45 Buy It Now item, then ended the listing after 2 days because “there was an error in the listing”.
Minnesota. 1958 Uniface token with design used as the obverse for the 1958 Minnesota MTCs. A So-Called Dollar, HK-517. Extremely fine, Golden Brass, holed. Unknown mintage. Not listed in previous editions of my catalog because there is a small maker’s name on the reverse, and I used to exclude similar pieces unless the reverse was completely blank. Now I have decided they are close enough to be listed. Offered at a $45.00 with FREE shipping start. No bids. Not relisted.
Wyoming, Casper. 1964 Diamond Jubilee Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $5.00. Sold to the single bidder who met the $6.00 plus $2.50 opening.
New York, New York City. 1909 Hudson-Fulton Celebration Dallder reverse muled with a reproduction Sommers Islands Shilling obverse and struck in Sterling Silver. A 1960’s Robert Bashlow concoction. Mintage 3,000. Not previously cataloged, but I suppose I will have to add it if I include the regular Hudson-Fulton pieces. This one was offered for $99.00 with FREE shipping. No bids. Not relisted.
New York, Palmyra. 1964 150th Anniversary Half Dollar. Mintage 5,000. Catalog value $4.50. This one was up for auction starting at $3.00 plus $2.75 shipping. There were no bids, and it was made a BIN item at the same price for 3 additional weeks, after which it was deleted without being sold.
Hawaii, (Oahu). 1998 Waikiki Dala. Mintage 500 in Proof and an additional 925 pieces in Uncirculated. Not cataloged, but Uncirculated pieces are currently available from the Royal Hawaiian Mint for $59.00. The RHM products are of such high quality that it is often hard to tell the Proofs from the Uncirculated pieces. The Proofs were issued with a small Certificate of Authenticity attesting to their quality, but this one has no Certificate, so it might be Uncirculated. Sure looks like a nice Cameo Proof, though. Anyhow it was offered starting at 99¢ plus $2.95 shipping and attracted 13 bids by 6 bidders and ended up selling for $28.02 - not a bad price for either variety!
Minnesota, Cass County. 1958 Centennial Half Dollar, About Uncirculated. Mintage 7,500. Catalog value $5.00 in Unc. This one was described as having the obverse of So-Called Dollar HK-517, probably to make it appeal to SCD collectors. A good sales trick - the piece sold to a single bidder for $9.99 plus $2.80 postage.
Pennsylvania, Dallastown. 1966 Centennial Half Dollar in Nickel-Silver. Mintage unknown. Catalog value $3.50. The opening bid was set at $3.00, and with postage adding another $2.75 to the bill, but nobody bid, and the seller did not relist the item. The two common compositions of this medal are Gilt Brass and Nickel-Silver. Those two seem about the same in scarceness. There is an Aluminum striking, however, that is much rarer - it catalogs for $15.00. This one appeared to be the Nickel-Silver version, but it is very hard to tell the difference in Nickel-Silver and Aluminum from a photograph. I suppose this could have been the Aluminum variety (the seller did not describe it) but I hope not. If it was, I missed a chance to upgrade the specimen in my collection!
Hawaii. 1988 - 1991 Hawaiian Scenic Series Silver Hawaii Dalas. The same set I mentioned in February and May back for yet another try after not being listed for a few days. Still priced at $350.00 plus $10.00 shipping. This time relisted several times, and its current listing ends on August 23. Did I mention that this set is housed in a heavy dark red custom plastic case?
Montana, Fort Benton. 1971 125th Anniversary Dollar in “Sterling”, numbered 703. Mintage 1,000. Catalog value $20.00. This looks like a great deal, but the problem is it does not look like it is the Silver version. The numbered coins came in sets of both Sterling and Nickel-Silver pieces, with the Silver ones marked STERLING on the edge. In the headline the seller called it Sterling, but in the description he said it looked like Sterling or Nickel-Silver and that it weighed 21.8 grams. That is about 2/3 of what the silver ones weigh, so I am certain it is Nickel-Silver. Apparently no one else thought it was Silver either because it has been available for $12.00 with FREE shipping since June, and the current sale ends on August 14. The numbered Nickel-Silver pieces, which this one no doubt is, catalog for $7.50.
California, Palm Springs. 1976 Palm Springs Dollar, Oxidized Brass version. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $5.00. Offered at a start of $7.00 plus $2.65. There were no bids this week, but the following week a single bidder placed two bids and won it for the opening price.
Delaware, Seaford. 1965 Centennial Half Dollar. Mintage 5,000. Catalog value $6.00. This one caught my eye because it was listed for $499.00 plus $2.75 start, the highest price I have seen on a MTC in a while! As you could guess, no one bid. The piece came back the next week at $4.99 + $2.75, a little more in line with its value. Still it did not sell and was listed until August 2 before the seller took it off the market. The seller noted it had spots, marks, and light toning.
Texas. “1845” Texas Penny. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $3.50. This sale was for a lot of 3 Uncirculated pieces. Start was $9.99 plus $2.45 shipping. No bids. Not relisted.
Wisconsin, Green Bay. 1932 George Washington Bicentennial Souvenir Coin. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $7.50. This About Uncirculated example was offered starting at $14.95 plus $3.50 shipping. Sold to a single bidder.
Maine, Scarborough. 1958 TriCentennial Half Dollar. Mintage 10,000. Catalog value $6.50. This nice Uncirculated copy has been in an Ebay seller’s Store for some time now for a BIN price of $8.50 with FREE shipping. No one has paid this listing any attention, and it remains available at the same price two more months later.
Arizona, Lake Havasu City. 1993/1994 London Bridge Dollar struck in Silver. Mintage 500. Catalog value $25.00. This was a nice proof specimen that sold for $31.00 plus $3.00 after a $29.99 start and 2 bids.
Oregon, Gold Beach. Undated One $1.00 Chinook. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $22.50. This piece had some dark spots on the reverse, and mottled toning on the obverse. It wasn’t bad enough to keep me from bidding on it for a duplicate, and I won it for catalog value, $22.50, after a $9.99 start and 3 bids by 2 bidders. Postage was an additional $2.95.
Virginia/West Virginia, Pocahontas Coalfield. 1983 Centennial $3.00. Unknown mintage. Not previously cataloged. I was the only bidder at the $4.95 plus $3.00 start. While typing this up I noted another example that was housed in a plastic “cointainer” within a vinyl pouch with a cardboard holder inscribed POCAHONTAS COALFIELD / CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION / DESCENDANT’S BANQUET / August 20, 1983. It had a $10.95 BIN price with FREE shipping, and I bought it as a novelty.
Hawaii, Honolulu. 1990 Royal Hawaiian Trade Dala by the Royal Hawaiian Mint. An advertising piece, not a commemorative, but listed because it does say “Trade Dala”. Mintage reported as just 425 pieces, and currently being offered by the RHM for $39.00. Catalog value $3.00 (before I found out that there were so few made). Offered for $6.00 plus $2.50 shipping. After 3 weeks the price was changed to a slightly higher $6.50 plus $2.80. Later it was lowered to $5.00 Buy It Now plus $2.80, which is what it is as I write this. The current listing ends on August 24. You know - I think I will buy it. I don’t completely trust that mintage figure (although it was reported by the mint) because I have accumulated several of them, but it is a choice Uncirculated piece, so why not. OK, Got it!
Kansas. 1941 Coronado Quarto Centennial Nickel struck in nickel-silver. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $4.00. Extremely Fine. Sold to a single bidder at the 99¢ plus $1.00 start.
Kansas. 1961 Official Centennial Coin of Stafford County. Unknown mintage. Not previously cataloged as an individual issue. The Stafford County piece seems to be somewhat scarce. Offered unsuccessfully as a Buy It Now item at $9.95 with FREE shipping.
Hawaii, Maui. 1993 Maui Trade Dollar. Mintage 100,000 max. Catalog value $2.50. Up for bid at a start of $7.00 plus $2.45 postage. Also available as a BIN item at $22.00 plus $2.45. The week ending July 28 brought a lowering of the starting bid to $6.00 and the end of the BIN option. The next week it went down to $5.00 and it stayed at that level until the seller ended the listing unsold on August 18.
Oregon, Joseph (Wallowa County). 1959 Oregon Centennial Half Dollar. Mintage 5,000. Catalog value $3.50. Offered, and sold, to a single bidder at the opening price of $6.00 with FREE shipping.
Pennsylvania, Mount Carmel. 1962 Centennial Half Dollar. Mintage 5,000. Catalog value $5.00. Started at just 99¢ with $2.60 additional for postage. There was just one bid for this choice token and it sold for the opening bid.
California, Palm Springs. 1976 Palm Springs Dollar struck in antique brass. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $5.00. It sold to a single bidder (who bid twice) for the opening price of $7.00 plus $2.65 shipping.
Colorado, Colorado Springs. Undated Centennial Coin. A wooden Nickel with an Indian head on the other side. Not listable, of course, for at least a couple reasons: “Centennial Coin” is the name of a coin shop in Colorado Springs, and does not refer to the Centennial of the town. It’s made of wood, and very few wooden municipals are listed, mostly because they are well cataloged elsewhere. Those wooden pieces that make it into the listing are included because they have a close tie-in to regular metallic MTCs. Oregon had the most wooden pieces in the last edition. I listed the 3 denominations of the Forest Grove 1949 Pacific University Centennial because they have typical MTC inscriptions on them, they are round and made of heavy wood with a coin-like appearance, and they say CENTENNIAL COIN right on them. Also, they were redeemable by the Forest Grove National Bank, not the University, inferring that the celebration of the Centennial of the University was a community-wide celebration. I list the 1959 Myrtle Creek issue because it is round, made of heavy wood, it appears coin-like, and it has the same design and inscriptions as the many metal Oregon Centennial pieces which are unquestionably listable. I also listed the 1959 North Bend Half Dollar - this does not share the common design of the metallic Oregon Centennial pieces, but it copies the 1933 Depression Scrip issued a quarter-century before. It is also heavy and coin-like, as well as being redeemable by the local Chamber of Commerce, as most of the other 1959 Oregon Centennial MTCs were. It just seems to “fit” with the others in the series, so I have listed it right from the first edition. If it was a flat, rectangular Wooden Nickel, or of a different denomination, or made from a less durable wood, it wouldn’t have made it into the book. The next edition will have a few more wooden pieces listed because their coin-like (as opposed to wooden nickel-like) appearance now seems acceptable to most MTC collectors. The collectors also seem to accept other coin-like pieces issued during the 1930’s Depression Era, like the reeded-edge heavy wooden quarters issued to commemorate the visit of the old warship, the U.S.S. Constitution, to various ports in the Northwest, and these - as well as a few others will probably be added to the next edition.
But - back to the Colorado Springs Centennial Coin issue - It was offered for $2.99 plus another Dollar for shipping. $3.00 seems to be too much for most modern Wooden Nickels, and it was ignored by bidders for 5 weeks. The seller then reduced it to a $1.99 start plus 75¢ shipping charge for a couple weeks. This also failed to attract anyone’s bid, so he made it a Buy It Now item priced at $2.99 plus 75¢. It is still available at that cost, with the present listing ending on September 12.
Iowa, Webster City. 1957 Centennial Half Dollar. Mintage 1,000. Catalog value $17.50. Not quite uncirculated, but I couldn’t resist this Buy It Now item priced at $7.99 with FREE shipping. A bargain!
Kansas, Russell. 1971 and 1981 Prairiesta Dollars. Mintage unknown for either year. The 1971 issue catalogs for $6.00, but the 1981 Dollar was not listed in the previous issue of my catalog. The pair was offered for $9.99 plus $2.99 shipping and I was the only bidder. This is the first appearance of the 1981 issue on Ebay since I began my listings in 2012.
Nebraska, Oakland. 1963 Centennial Half Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $6.50. Offered at a start of $2.99 plus $2.39. No bids. Relisted for a month until it finally sold to a single bidder on July 31.
North Dakota. 1983 North Dakota Dollar. Mintage 750, assuming it was the numbered edge variety, which was not noted by the seller. There were far fewer issued un-numbered. Offered for a bid of $4.99 plus $2.75 shipping. Sold to a single bidder.
Pennsylvania, Dunmore. 1962 Centennial Half Dollar. Mintage Unknown. Catalog value $4.00. Begun as an auction item priced at a start of $19.99 with FREE shipping, this item met sales resistance at that price and did not find a home. Somewhere along the line between then and now it was made a BIN item at the same price, and was listed until August 14, when the seller ended the listing early “because there was an error in the listing”. However it reappeared at the same price and with no changes to the listing, with the current offering ending on September 29.
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