MTC's on Ebay May 2013

 

5/1/13

Minnesota, Virginia. 1958 Minnesota Centennial Iron Nickel. Let's start this month off with one we see a lot of, usually for crazy prices. A So-Called Dollar, so in demand, but still with that 40,000 mintage there are more than enough to go around. This one was offered for 99¢ plus a reasonable 95¢ for shipping, and it sold for the opening price. All in, with the postage and everything, $1.94. About right for a change! This was offered by ebay seller carylj44, who gets my vote for being one of the best sellers on ebay. We have been trading and dealing back and forth for more than 30 years - 'way before ebay! They always have interesting tokens - especially from the upper midwest - as well as well as small collectibles and antiques. That 95¢ postage fee says one of two things...either they are new and inexperienced and haven't figured how to gouge collectors on ebay yet, or they are fair in their business dealings. Their Feedback rating of 7480 shows they certainly are not in the former category. Check them out by doing an advanced search by seller and typing in their ebay name - Carylj44.

 

5/1/13

Montana, Glasgow. 1987 100th Anniversary Souvenir Dollar. An issue that does not appear on ebay a lot. Put up for bid at $4.95 plus $1.95 shipping, there didn't seem to be any interest in it so I made a last minute bid of $5.88 to add it to my duplicate box, but someone else swooped in there and won it for the next increment - $6.38. A nice token for someone. Catalog value $7.50.

 

5/2/13

North Dakota, Minot. 1989 Norsk Hostfest Colletor's Coin. Usually a $5.00 token, but I bid on it because I thought it was a year I still needed - but I was wrong. Not a bad deal to add to my duplicates for the $4.99 opening, but the $3.95 shipping I had to pay took it out of the "not a bad deal" category.

 

5/3/13

Ohio, Dennison. 1965 Centennial Half Dollar. I catalog this one at $6.50, so it is scarce. But there were no bidders at $10.00, even with the FREE shipping. Since that didn't work, the seller decided to relist it at $15.00. Not surprisingly, it did not sell at that price either, and it eventually fell out of ebay on June 6 with no bidders.

 

5/3/13

Michigan. Undated Upper Peninsula Dollar. Second, more common, type with the side view of the eagle. I don't know why these are so popular. They seem to be rather abundant, but they always get lots of action on ebay. This one, which had a nasty spot on one side, started at 99¢ and accumulated 7 bids bringing the selling price up to $8.55. Postage was $1.99. I currently catalog all three minor varieties of these for $2.50 each in this finish (goldene). I list the oxidized bronze version at $5.00, and the goldene version of the "Heraldic Eagle" type at $5.00 as well.

 

5/3/13

Oregon, Canby. 1976 U. S. Bicentennial Half Dollar. Another scarce issue that I list at $6.50. This one up for 99¢ plus $1.99 shipping. A good deal for someone. I put it on my watch list and intended to bid on this one, but forgot. Rats!

 

5/3/13

Michigan, Reed City. 1975 Centennial Half Dollar. Start was 99¢ plus $1.99 shipping. There were two bidders, and it sold for $3.13. This 2,500 mintage token catalogs for $5.00.

 

5/3/13

Montana, Hardin. 1971 Custer/Crazy Horse Dollar. This issue usually sells for $4 or $5 in uncirculated condition, but this dark, stained, circulated piece caught a lot of eyes, and bids. Start was 99¢ plus $2.95 shipping and 7 bids raised the sell price to $7.35. I list this piece with a 20,000 mintage for $4.50.

 

5/3/13

Hawaii. 1989 Cove Dollar. Typical modern Hawaii souvenir token, made to look like the 1883 Kalakaua Dala, but struck in brass. I don't see many of these, and have yet to come across one in choice uncirculated condition - they seem to be mostly extremely fine or almost uncirculated. I am not even certain where they were used, but the seller of this example suggested that it might have been used at the Paradise Cove Luau. I catalog these at $7.50, but this one, in the typical xf/au condition, sold for $17.50 after four bidders had their way with it. Start $9.99, shipping $1.75.

 

5/3/13

Hawaii. Undated Hawaii Visitors Convention Bureau Dala, brass, circulated. Statue of Kamehameha, standing. Map of the Islands, Hawaiian Coat of Arms on the reverse. By the Royal Hawaiian Mint. Start was $9.99 plus $1.75 shipping. Four bidders sent this one up to a surprising $18.76. I catalog this one for $7.50.

 

5/3/13

Hawaii. 1976 Aloha Dollar with Cradle of Liberty U. S. Bicentennial reverse. Pebbled surface, gold colored plating. Uncirculated. Start was $9.99 + $1.75 shipping. This one, which I catalog for $7.50, shot up to $29.55 after a $9.99 start and 6 bids. Wow! The seller, who also sold the previous two lots, must have thought it was a pretty good price too, and he listed another one just like it the following week. This time the price was raised considerably, to $19.00, and there were no bids. Persistence pays, I guess, because another week later two bidders spotted it, and it sold for $21.48 after 4 bids.

 

5/4/13

Ohio, Green Township. 1959 Centennial Coin. These were passed out for free, and bore the message that the holder should keep the coin because it was valuable and that the value would be revealed in the Centennial edition of the Western Hills Press. It turned out that it was redeemable for 50¢ off a subscription to that newspaper. Big mintage of 13,000, but you don't see these around very much anymore. Start was 99¢, and it reached $2.25 (plus $3.00 shipping) after two bids. Catalog value $5.00.

 

5/4/13

Iowa, Pella. 1971 Dutch Dollar. This was the first year of these Dutch Dollars, a series that is still running and has the record of being America's longest-running series of Municipal Tokens - although the London Bridge Dollar people from Lake Havasu City often claim that distinction. This was offered for $2.99 plus $1.99 shipping. No bids. The listing was continued for a couple more weeks, but still this nice coin failed to find a new home. There were only 1,000 made, and it is cataloged at $7.50.

 

5/4/13

Indiana, Butler. 1941 Centennial Dime. Starting bid was $6.99 (Buy It Now $11.99) plus $3.00 shipping. No bids. A nice old token that I catalog for $6.00. Being relisted weekly, and still available. Start price lowered to $5.99 in early June.

 

5/4/13

Michigan, Spring Lake. 1969 Centennial Dollar. Sold to a single bidder for the opening price, $1.99, plus $3.00 shipping. I catalog this one for $4.00.

 

5/5/13

Arizona, Lake Havasu City. 1985 London Bridge Rotary Club Dollar, Silver. Actually 1985, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2003 and 2008 all choice prooflike pieces offered individually for $65.00 each, plus $2.65 shipping. The 1985 had a mintage of 300 pieces, the issues in the 90's were each made in a quantity of 500, but in the 2000's, the mintages began to fall. To complicate the mintage story, in some years older unsold coins were returned to the mint to provide some of the silver for new issues. I was surprised that NONE of these pieces received a bid. I will be cataloging these in the new edition of the catalog at about $40 each - unless silver goes back up again.

 

5/5/13

Iowa, Montezuma-Poweshiek County. 1968 125th Anniversary Half Dollar. Rather scarce with a mintage of 1,500 pieces, I list this one at $10.00. This specimen was uncirculated, but not choice, and had a start price of $9.95 plus $1.75 postage. There were no bids.

 

5/5/13

Washington, Grand Coulee. 1974 Dam Dollar. Started at $1.99 (Buy It Now $3.99) plus $3.99 shipping. No one bid. Relisted again and again until June 9, when the listing was finally ended. No bids at all. I guess it was that $4 shipping that discouraged the bidders. I catalog these at $4.50.

 

5/5/13

Alaska, North Pole. 1965 Farthest North Rodeo, One Cold Buck. Nickel silver (offered as silver). Choice uncirculated. Catalogs for $5.00. This example offered for $28.00 plus $2.85 shipping. No sale.

 

5/5/13

Mississippi, Booneville. 1961 Centennial Half Dollar. MS-65 in a NGC slab. Started at 99¢, TWENTY bids pushed it up to $12.50. A bargain, especially considering that it would cost you much more than that just to have it graded and put into one of those slabs. Mintage 2,500. Catalog $7.50.

 

5/5/13

Alaska, Sitka. 1963 Alaska's Historical Capital Dollar, Silver. This one has a pretty big mintage for a silver municipal - 500 pieces. I catalog these for $22.50. Offered at a start of $28.00, that is what this token sold for, plus $2.85 shipping.

 

5/5/13

Ohio, Sandusky. 1968 Sesquicentennial Half Dollar. A big, impressive handsome piece featuring on old side-wheel paddle boat. A single bidder won it at the start of $5.99 plus $2.99 shipping. Easily obtainable, I list this one at $4.00.

 

5/6/13

Texas. Undated (1980's) One Texas Dollar by Don Casey Company Inc. A full ounce silver "round" with a denomination. Start was just 99¢ and six bidders brought the sale price up to $36.00 plus a $2.50 shipping charge. Catalog $35.00.

 

5/6/13

California, El Segundo. 1967 Golden Anniversary Half Dollar. A scarcer southern California issue that I catalog for $7.50. This one offered for a mere 99¢ only had a single bidder. A good bargain - tempered somewhat by the very steep $4.00 shipping fee.

 

5/6/13

Minnesota, Virginia. 1958 Minnesota Centennial Iron Nickel. Choice Uncirculated. Can I let a month go by without mentioning this issue? Many sellers list it for $20 or more because it is listed in the So-Called Dollar catalog. Actually among the most common MTC's (and SCD's), it is really only worth 2 or 3 dollars. I list it at $2.50. 40,000 made.

 

5/6/13

Alaska, Nenana Valley. 1972 Chamber of Commerce Souvenir Dollar. Offered as silver, but apparently the usual nickel silver variety. I am not aware of one struck in real silver, but it would not surprise me at all. Apparently not many other collectors thought it was silver either because there was only one bid, and it was won for the opening of $15.00 plus $2.85 shipping. The nickel silver variety is moderately scarce, and I catalog it at $6.50, silver is unlisted.

 

5/6/13

Pennsylvania, Jeanette. 1963 75th Anniversary Half Dollar in goldene. Sold to a single bidder at the opening price of $6.00 plus $2.50 shipping. Mintage was 6,000 and catalog value is $4.00. I think the price was a bit steep, about what you would expect to pay for the much scarcer oxidized brass version - but if you don't have a token to represent the town, it probably looks cheap. Fifty years old, uncirculated condition, it's gotta be worth $6.00. Actually, most of them from this period should bring at least that much. Maybe someday. Not yet. Not quite yet.

 

5/7/13

Indiana, Attica. 1966 Centennial Half Dollar. These show up on ebay every few months, and usually find a home right away. This one was not so lucky. Offered for a start of just $1.00 plus $2.95 shipping this piece attracted no bids, probably because of some minor spotting on the piece. Re-offered until June 26, when the seller gave up and withdrew the lot. Not a common piece, I catalog it at $5.00.

 

5/7/13

Ohio, Brunswick. 1965 Sesquicentennial Half Dollar. Crude design featuring a an old trapper and a space capsule. Significantly scarcer than the last piece, these seldom appear on ebay. I catalog it at $6.00. Offered initially at $4.95 plus $2.00 shipping, but lowered to $3.95 plus when it did not sell the first week. Surprisingly, it is still available as of the time I write this, June 29.

 

5/7/13

Alaska, North Pole. 1964-65 Santa Claus House Dollar. Started at 99¢, this coin received 4 bids and sold for $4.10 plus $1.99 shipping. Second in a four year series. Catalog value $4.00.

 

5/7/13

Alaska, North Pole. 1967 Santa Claus House Dollar. Exactly the same stats as the last lot - same start, same number of bids, same selling price, and same catalog value. Even the same bidder, who got free shipping because of the first North Pole Dollar he won.

 

5/7/13

Montana, Havre. 1993 Centennial Dollar. Start was $9.99 plus $2.53 shipping. There were two bids, one a last minute bid by the same bidder that did not affect the sale price. Catalog value $5.00

 

5/7/13

Pennsylvania, Indiana. 1966 Sesqui-Centennial Souvenir Dollar. A token from a town with a confusing name. This is a Franklin Mint issue in clad silver. Mintage 965. Catalog $12.50. Offered for a start of $35.00 or a Buy It Now of $49.00, either one plus $2.85 shipping. This listing attracted no bids.

 

5/7/13

North Dakota, Grenora. 1976 Town's 60th Birthday, Nation'sBicentennial. Start was $2.99 plus a dollar shipping. There were six bids by three bidders and it ended up selling for $15.01. Catalog value $6.00.

 

5/8/13

California, Fort Bragg. 1976 (77) Bicentennial Trade Dollar. This one the more common variety with full water details. Catalog $7.50. Offered, and sold, with a single bid at the opening price of $5.99 with FREE shipping.

 

5/8/13

Iowa, Webster City. 1957 Centennial Half Dollar. A very scarce issue with a mintage of just 1,000 pieces. Catalog value $17.50 in uncirculated. This one a slightly used extremely fine example. Open was $4.95 plus $3.00 shipping. It sold to a single bidder at that price.

 

5/8/13

Illinois, Earlville. 1963 Centennial Half Dollar. Almost uncirculated, and holed - not an officially holed issue, but with a hole someone put there on their own. Opening price was $10.95 plus $3.00 shipping. No sale. Offered the following two weeks for a dollar more, $11.95, and still there was no sale. Then the seller lowered it way down to 99¢ and it finally sold, after 3 weeks more without a bid, for $1.30 on June 30. Two bidders. A fairly scarce coin that I value at $7.50 without the hole and in uncirculated condition.

 

5/8/13

North Dakota, Rolla. 1988 Centennial Two Dollars. Offered for just 99¢ plus $2.00 shipping. These do not show up very often, but they certainly are not rare. I couldn't resist, and was able to buy it for the opening bid. Catalog Value $4.00.

 

5/8/13

Montana, Wolf Point. 1965 Golden Jubilee Dollar. Uncirculated. Starting bid 99¢, plus $2 shipping. I catalog these for $4.50. This was a nice example, so I bid and won it for $2.25. It sometimes amazes me - this was a big, attractive, scarce 48 year old commemorative dollar, and it only brings $2.25? There is something wrong there! The two other hopefuls bid $1 and $2 respectively.

 

5/11/13

Hawaii. 1984 25th Anniversary of Statehood Silver Dollar. Queen Liliuokalani, Proof. Mintage is 5,000 pieces, which is huge for a silver municipal token. Probably worth $10 or so over silver, but not the $41.99 plus $3.00 that this one brought. These are not hard to find and pieces are generally available on ebay. It is attractive and impressive, so it often sells at a higher price just because it looks neat. This one did not even have the attractive presentation case it was issued in.

 

5/11/13

Massachusetts, Boston. 1976 U. S. Bicentennial issue by the Shreve, Crump and Low Company department store. One ounce pure silver. This is the Concord Minuteman variety (it comes with 4 other Revolutionary War designs). One thousand of each design were produced, and it is seldom seen. As the seller noted, most were probably melted during the silver "rushes" that followed its issue, when the metal was worth twice the face value. The seller, a major dealer, also noted that this was the first of these they had seen in 30 years. Even so, it apparently was not worth the $99.99 (plus $4.00) they were asking for an opening bid. That was too much - they are currently cataloged at $25.00 each, but that price was set long before the recent boom (and bust) in silver prices. I would say a more reasonable up-to-date price would be $40.00.

 

5/11/13

Michigan, Albion. 1986 Festival of the Forks $2.00. The final year for this series that was issued from 1978 to 1983. The mintage is uncertain, but it was probably 1,000 pieces or less. Catalog is $6.00. A seldom-seen issue, but this one, offered for $4.99 with FREE shipping did not get a bid. Offered for two more weeks then raised to $8.00 and the seller ended the sale early because of an "error in the listing".

 

5/11/13

Maine, Brooks. 1966 Sesqui-Centennial Half Dollar. Another issue that is hard to find. Catalog $7.50. Opening price was $4.99 with FREE shipping. No bids. Just like the last listing (offered by the same seller), this was offered for two additional weeks, the price was then bumped up to $9.00 and the auction was ended due to an "error in the listing". I wonder what was going on with these?

 

5/12/13

Ohio, Gallipolis. 1938 NorthWest Territory Sesqui-Centennial Souvenir Nickel / 25 Centimes / 5 Sous. Cardboard. Catalog $8.50. Offered for $15.75 or a Buy It Now price of $20.75 for the next six weeks until the listing was finally ended on June 28 without a single bid.

 

5/12/13

Illinois, Warsaw. 1962 Sesquicentennial Half Dollar. This is one of those issues that is seldom seen in choice uncirculated condition, but this one was encapsulated in an ANACS "slab" and graded MS64. These catalog $5.00 in about uncirculated with a note that they are scarce in strictly uncirculated condition. Opening price was $14.00 plus $2.85 shipping. I felt pretty confident in bidding $23.88, but it sold to the only other bidder for 50¢ more, $24.38! I guess some one else out there appreciates how hard these are to find in top condition.

 

5/12/13

Wyoming, Green River. 1969 Powell Expedition Centennial Half Dollar. Another piece in an ANACS slab, Graded MS64. Offered for $15.00 or a Buy It Now of $25.00 (+$2.85), this one did not sell. I catalog these for $4.50.

 

5/12/13

Hawaii, Maui. Undated Maui Dollar, elongated clouds variety, oxidized silver plate. Catalog value $5.00. This one was offered for just 99¢ plus $1.95 shipping and with a Buy It Now price of $18.95. The token received no bids.

 

5/13/13

Colorado, Durango. 1981/82 100th Anniversary Durango - Silverton Narrow Gauge Train Dollar. Mintage 12,000. Catalog value $4.00. This example offered for a start of $2.99 with FREE shipping. There were 5 bids by just 2 bidders, and it sold for $6.60. 5/14/13 Michigan, Upper Peninsula. Undated (1979) Dollar. Side view of eagle. This started at 99¢ plus $2.50 shipping. There were 7 bids, and it sold for $6.61. Mintage was at least 5,000 and catalog value $2.50.

 

5/14/13

North Dakota, Minot. 1961 Ward County Diamond Jubilee Half Dollar. Two pieces, one choice, one about uncirculated. Start was 99¢ with FREE shipping. Only a single bidder, so someone won two municipals delivered right to their door for less than a dollar. Catalog $4.50 each in uncirculated condition.

 

5/15/13

Minnesota, St. James. 1970 Centennial Half Dollar. Not easily obtainable. Start was 95¢ plus an additional $2.00 for shipping. Just two bidders - me and someone who bid $1.55. I think I got a real bargain at $1.80 plus the shipping. Catalog $7.50.

 

5/15/13

Montana, Malta. 1962 75th Anniversary of the Great Northern Railroad Dollar. Nickel-silver. Start was 99¢ plus $2.00 shipping. Eleven bids pushed the purchase price up to $8.00. Catalog is $5.00 in this finish.

 

5/15/13

Montana, Miles City. 1984 Centennial $5.00. Private issue for the Range Riders Bar. This started at just 99¢ plus $2.00 for shipping. After 10 bids it sold for $7.51. This was another win for me, and this very choice condition piece was a condition upgrade for me as well. Catalog $10.00.

 

5/15/13

Montana, Libby. 1967 Diamond Jubilee Dollar. Another hard to find Montana issue. This one also started at 99¢ + $2 and sold for $5.00 after 6 bids. Catalog value $6.50.

 

5/15/13

North Dakota, Zap. 1976 U. S. Bicentennial Half Dollar. This one catalogs at $4.50, so a sale price of $1.83 plus a buck for postage was a pretty good price.

 

5/15/13

Montana, Hardin. 1971 Chief Crazy Horse Trade Dollar. Start 99¢ plus $2.00 for shipping. Four bids put the sale price at $2.52. A large mintage of 20,000 keeps the catalog price pretty low, at $4.50.

 

5/15/13

Montana, Red Lodge. 1973 Yellowstone Park Centennial Dollar. The start was 99¢ and shipping $2.00. Three bids raised the sale price to a reasonable $2.25. Catalog value $5.00.

 

5/16/13

Georgia, Rossville. 1976 U. S. Bicentennial private issue quarter for Heritage House Rare Coins. This comes in Indian Head and Independence Hall designs, this being the former. Mintage was 1,000 each, Catalog value is $3.50 each. This piece offered for $9.99 with FREE shipping. Just too much for a coin still available from the manufacturer, Jesse Patrick of the Patrick Mint. No bids.

 

5/16/13

Michigan, Oscoda - Au Sable. 1948 Centennial Quarter, nearly uncirculated. Offered for $19.00 plus $2.85 shipping, this item was described as silver, but is actually an oxidized nickel silver plating on brass. Opening was $19.00 and two bidders sent the price up a bit, to $20.00. This one catalogs $5.00.

 

5/17/13

Oklahoma, Del City. 1976 U. S. Bicentennial Dime. Private issue of Del Ford. Another Patrick Mint issue like the Rossville Georgia piece that was offered yesterday. Mintage 1,000, Catalog $3.50. Sold at the opening price of $1.99 plus $1.75 shipping to a single bidder.

 

5/17/13

North Carolina, Kinston. 1964 Confederate Ship Neuse Half Dollar. Gold anodized aluminum. This scarce token started off at $1.99 plus $3.00 shipping and 14 bids by just 3 bidders pushed the sale price up to $16.00. Another example of the popularity of Civil War (especially Southern) related Municipals. Catalog $8.50.

 

5/17/13

Arizona, Bullhead City. 1978 Bullhead Buck. A nice uncirculated copy. Offered for just 99¢ this went to a single bidder at that amount. With a catalog value of $5.00, this was a very nice bargain - until you add in the $3.00 shipping. Still not a bad buy.

 

5/18/13

Pennsylvania, Marietta. 1962 Sesqui-Centennial Half Dollar. Start was $5.99 pus $3.00 shipping, but there were no bids. Offered for three additional weeks - the final week at a dollar less, but still with no luck. This one catalogs for $6.00.

 

5/18/13

Oregon, Milton-Freewater. 1972 Centennial Half Dollar. Starting bid $9.50, Postage $1.69, Catalog value $4.50. All this adds up to no sale. Still available at a lowered Buy-It-Now price of $8.50.

 

5/19/13

Iowa, Emmetsburg. Irish Dollar, 1973. The eighth year in this still-running series. The start was 99¢ plus $1.95. A single bidder won it. Catalog value $4.50.

 

5/19/13

Oregon, Joseph (Wallowa County). 1959 Oregon Centennial Half Dollar. Silver plate. Starting bid was $6.50 and shipping was FREE. The two bidders placed a total of 7 bids and it brought $26.00. There were 5,000 of these struck in goldene, and an unknown number were silver plated by several jewelers around the state. I catalog the usual version for $3.50, and the much scarcer silver plated version for the same amount. Why no difference in the price? The plated oregon issues were not official, just a way for a merchant to take an item he paid 50¢ for, spend a few minutes plating it, and offering it for $3.00. I've got a plating outfit out in the garage right now, and can make you a nice silver plated example in a few minutes that you could not tell from the ones done back in 1959. I do have three old silver plated ones in my collection, each with a different look to the plating, but I don't think they should have any extra value. The example sold on ebay was not described at all - the bidders just saw what appeared to be a silver token. Maybe they thought it was silver. There are no records for silver examples of the Joseph issue, and I don't know any collector who has a real silver one, but maybe they exist...and maybe this was one of them. If it was, I missed a real treasure I'd gladly have paid $200.00 for.

 

5/20/13

Kansas, Leavenworth. Buffalo Bill Cody Days Dollar, 1980. From the series 1969-1983. Mintage 1,000 if the edge is unnumbered, 100 if it is numbered. Not stated. Catalog value $7.50 or $10.00 depending on that number. This one sold to a single bidder for the $4.95 opening bid, plus $2.00 shipping.

 

5/20/13

Illinois, Oregon. 1968 125th Anniversary Half Dollar. Starting bid was $9.99 plus $3.00 shipping. This token, from a town with a confusing name, is somewhat scarce and lists for $7.50. Two bidders and 3 bids set the sale price for this one at $17.50.

 

5/20/13

Oregon, Bend. 1959 Oregon Centennial 50¢. One of the scarcer Oregon Centennial issues, with a mintage of just 2,500 pieces, and interesting because it is in a larger 37mm size. Catalog is $6.50 and this one that opened at $4.99 (plus $2.07 shipping) sold for $12.49 after four bids.

 

5/21/13

Ohio, Norwalk (Firelands). 1959 Sesquicentennial Half Dollar. Antique brass finish. This was new to me. Of course I knew about the usual golden bronze or goldene issue, but this one with an antique brushed finish had never been reported to me. There was a $9.99 start plus $3.00 shipping - and I was the only bidder! The regular finish catalogs for $4.50 and I will be listing this one for $15.00.

 

5/21/13

Illinois, Braidwood. 1965 Centennial Half Dollar struck in nickel-silver. Any metal is scarce - the golden brass ones list for $7.50 and the Nickel catalogs $15.00. This is just the second example of this composition I have heard of. It started at 99¢ + $1.99 shipping, and the three bidders sent the sale price up to a whopping $1.80! Bargain city!

 

5/22/13

Virginia, Balls Bluff. 1968 Civil War Battle 107th Anniversary Half Dollar. Nickel silver, up/up orientation, pierced at top for mounting on a badge for participants in a re-enactment of the battle. Very scarce and with a catalog value of $10.00. This one started at $9.99 plus $3.00 shipping. There were 2 bidders and 3 bids and it sold (to me!) for $15.50 - a bargain, I think - especially with the very high bids other Southern Civil War related municipals have been receiving recently. Interestingly, the following week the same seller offered another specimen and the same guy I outbid on the original specimen outbid me! Again 2 bidders and 3 bids, but this time it sold for $19.38 plus that $3.00 shipping.

 

5/22/13

Nevada, Carson City.  1964 Nevada Centennial Dollar. Cast pewter-like gray metal. Common years ago, supplies of this token with a mintage of 5,000 now seem to be drying up. Catalog value $5.00. This one sold at a nice price - starting at 99¢ this one attracted 3 bids and sold for $1.53 plus $2.00 shipping.

 

5/23/13

Hawaii. 1959 Crossroads of the Pacific Souvenir Coin. Goldene. A crossover MTC/SCD that often sells for a lot more than a typical MTC because it is also of interest to So Called Dollar collectors. Quite common, and with a 10,000 mintage, easily available. This token catalogs in the current So-Called Dollar catalog at $10 - $25 in circulated condition, and $25 - $250 in uncirculated. I list them at $5.00 in uncirculated because that is what others of the same time period and similar rarity which are not cataloged as So-Called Dollars are worth. There is no shortage of them, they are not hard to find, so there is little reason for them to be priced higher (in my catalog) than other items of the same period and of the same rarity. If I did catalog them at even the low end of the uncirculated price range suggested in So-Called Dollars, $25, then this common issue would be priced higher than 99% of the other MTCs - most of which are many times rarer than this particular SCD. I do note in the catalog that this is listed in the So-Called Dollar catalog and may be valued higher by SCD collectors. Within the So-Called Dollar catalog items are valued higher or lower in relation to their relative rarity. The same for my MTC catalog - disregarding differences due to precious metal content, a $5 item is going to be more easily obtainable that a $10 item, and that $10 one easier to find than one valued at $15. Valuations are reliable only within references, not across references. I think this discrepancy in prices is one fact that suggests a huge potential for an increase in value for MTCs. Whether it is good or bad, when Municipals begin to be as widely collected as So-Called Dollars, the prices they bring will also increase. Rare SCD's often sell for $1,000 or more, but unless they are gold, MTC's simply do not - in fact they seldom break the $10 barrier! You can see that in the online prices I have been documenting.

 

5/23/13

Rhode Island, Davisville.  1967 25th Anniversary of the Seabees theatre admission token. I first became aware of this token two or three years ago when someone listed several on ebay, but this is the only example I have noticed lately. Start was $4.99 plus $1.00 shipping. There were 3 bids and it sold for $7.38 plus that buck for postage. Catalog $7.50.

 

5/23/13

Nebraska, Leigh. 1962 Diamond Jubilee Half Dollar. Mintage 2,500, catalog $6.50. This slightly circulated example started at $1.49 plus $2.55 shipping. There were two bidders and it sold for $2.27 plus shipping. A bargain on this scarce piece.

 

5/23/13

Wyoming, Green River. 1969 Powell Expedition Centennial Half Dollar. Catalog is $4.50, but this one sold for the opening bid of $1.49 plus $2.55 shipping. Not bad!

 

5/23/13

Missouri, Worth County. 1961 Centennial Half Dollar. A scarce issue, cataloging $7.50, that is especially hard to find in uncirculated condition, as this one was. It opened at $1.49 plus $2.55 shipping and sold for that amount. This and the previous two lots were offered by ebay seller whitehead4. I have mentioned him a few times in these listings and I warned you guys to watch his listings. He offers a lot of great stuff that sometimes does not get noticed. I was able to snag these 3 items for giveaway prices. I'm thrilled to win these at such low prices, but sometimes I wish I had a little more competition!

 

5/24/13

Iowa, Le Mars. 1969 Centennial Half Dollar. Start price $19.99 with FREE shipping. Unfortunately, this is a common issue with a mintage of 5,000 that catalogs for $3.50. Not surprisingly, there were no bids.

 

5/25/13

Indiana, Butler. 1941 Centennial Dime. A nice older piece, nearly uncirculated. Start was $6.99 plus $3.00 shipping. No bids. Catalog $6.00.

 

5/28/13

Missouri, Lee's Summit. 1965 Centennial Half Dollar. Goldene, with an image of Cole Younger's grave - another issue from the same celebration features a steam locomotive. Starting price $5.00 plus $1.50 shipping. There were no bids for this MTC that catalogs for $4.00.

 

5/28/13

Michigan, Petersburgh. 1969 Centennial Half Dollar, oxidized brass. there were 4,000 pieces struck in goldene, and that issue is easily obtainable. Not so for the oxidized version. I am am not sure how many were made, but they catalog for $8.50 ($3.50 for the regular finish). This one started at $3.99 plus 95¢ postage, and attracted four bids, selling at $9.55 - just about right, I'd say.

 

5/29/13

Indiana, Attica. 1966 Centennial Half Dollar. This specimen slightly circulated. I list this token at the $5.00 level, but this one couldn't get a bid at its $1.00 start (plus $2.95 shipping). It probably would have sold if it were uncirculated.

 

5/29/13

Colorado, Grand Junction. 1957 Diamond Jubilee Half Dollar. Catalog $7.50 in uncirculated, as this was. Sold way too cheap at $3.66 with FREE shipping.

 

5/29/13

Hawaii, Maui. Trade Dollars near complete set, 1995-2013. Nickel-silver regular issues. Missing only the 1992, 1993 1994 and 2001. Eighteen pieces. Start was $29.95 plus $4.99 shipping. Five bids pushed the price up to $42.05. Not bad!

 

5/29/13

South Carolina, Charleston. 1961 Confederate Centennial Half Dollar, corroded, dark and dirty - like it had been buried since 1961 - in fact the piece was described as being in very fine to extra fine condition with verdigris. This is a very common piece with a mintage of 30,000 pieces and cataloging at $3.50 in uncirculated condition, but I guess those Southerners like their coins old and worn out, because this one started at 99¢ plus $2.95 shipping, then attracted 6 bids and sold for $11.27! I think there might be an opportunity there for someone to make money by buying uncirculated municipals on ebay for two or three dollars, artificially aging them, and putting them back on ebay to sell for 3 or 4 times his original cost!

 

5/30/13

Ohio, Dennison. 1965 Centennial Half Dollar. I don't know the mintage on this one, but it is not always readily available. I catalog it at $6.00. This specimen was offered for $9.99 plus $2.65, but there were no bidders. The seller took a closer look at his coin, and noticed that several letters in the obverse were double punched, and relisted his piece - noting that it had a double-stamped obverse - and raised his price to $21.00 plus $2.65. The trouble is that the letters were double-punched in the die, so all specimens have that characteristic. As of the date of this writing, July 19, it is still available.

 

5/30/13

Nebraska, Gothenburg. 1960 Pony Express Centennial. This one started at $9.95 plus $3.00 shipping, and was won at that price by a lone bidder. A handsome coin, with a Pony Express rider, and in choice condition. Mintage was 5,000 pieces and it catalogs $4.50.

 

5/30/13

Alabama, Montgomery. Civil War Centennial Half Dollar. Very common for a municipal token, with a mintage of 30,000 and a catalog value of $2.50. Start was $6.99 plus $1.00 shipping. There were 3 bidders and it sold for $9.28. See what can happen to the values of "common" MTCs when just a few people are looking for them? Be warned, guys, and get the ones you want while you can - they won't stay cheap forever!

 

5/30/13

Mississippi, Columbus. 1962 Civil War Centennial Half Dollar, oxidized brass - the only finish I have seen for this piece. Mintage unknown, but it has the "feel" of a piece with a mintage of about 3000 pieces - it appears with the frequency of pieces with known mintages in that range. Catalog value $5.00. This one started out at $1.99 and drew 5 bids - finally selling at $3.25. That would have been a nice bargain if it weren't for the ridiculous $5.00 shipping fee.

 

5/30/13

Wisconsin, Edgerton. 1986 Tobacco Days Commemorative Coin. Four pieces, plus a non MTC medal. Start was $3.99 + $3.50 shipping. There were two bids and I won the lot for 25¢ over the opening bid - just $4.24. I was very pleased because this was a year of this celebration that I did not have in my collection.

 

5/31/13

Iowa, Vinton. 1969 Centennial Half Dollar. Mintage 2,000, catalog $6.00. Slightly circulated, ugly and spotted. Offered for $4.99 with FREE shipping. No bids.

 

5/31/13

Illinois, Fox Lake. 1957 Golden Jubilee Half Dollar. An earlier issue that is somewhat scarce. Catalog $6.50. This extremely fine / almost uncirculated example was offered for $16.50 (or $25 BIN) plus $2.85 shipping. No bids.

 

5/31/13

Florida, St. Petersburg. 1962 Treasure Hunt Coin redeemable for One Silver Dollar. Prize coin in the Funtime Treasure Hunt event. Catalog $4.50. Offered for a start of $5.99 plus $3.00 shipping. No bids.

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