Municipal Tokens on Ebay May 2014

 

 

5/1/14

California, Kernville.  1961 Whiskey Flat Centennial Half Dollar.  Mintage 5,000.  Catalog value $4.00.  This one was just slightly circulated, and had a start of $2.99 plus $1.50 shipping.  There were no bids, and the seller has relisted it every week since.  It is still available for the same opening bid on July 3. 

 

 

5/1/14

Nevada, Las Vegas.  “1878” (Copyright 1981) Las Vegas Dollar.  Entertainment Capitol of the World type.  Two-tone finish with a nickel silver finish on the “dollar” and oxidized nickel silver over the rest of the coin.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $5.00.  This was a well-worn specimen.  Start was 99¢ plus $2.00 shipping.  There were 7 bids and it sold for $6.29.  The wear made it look like the 1878 Morgan Dollar was real and encased in the token. 

 

 

5/1/14

Pennsylvania, Huntingdon.  1967 Bicentennial Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $7.50.  Unattractive about uncirculated condition.  Offered for $4.49 plus a very reasonable $1.00 shipping.  No bids.  Listed a couple more weeks at the same price before the seller ended the listing with the token unsold.

 

 

5/2/14

Ohio, Loudonville.  1964 Sesquicentennial Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $5.00.    The start was $12.99 with FREE shipping.  Since it didn’t sell at that level, the price was raised by $3.00 to $15.99 and it was placed in the seller’s store.  Still there two months later on July 3.

 

 

5/3/14

Massachusetts, Pittsfield-Berkshire.  1961 Bicentennial Half Dollar.  Mintage 10,000.  Catalog value $3.00.  Offered for a start of $7.50 plus $2.75 shipping.  There was a single bidder, and it sold for the opening bid.

 

 

5/3/14

Nebraska, Verdigre.  1962 Diamond Jubilee Half Dollar.  Mintage 2,000.  Catalog $6.50.  Sold to a single bidder for the $7.50 plus $2.75 opening bid.

 

 

5/3/14

New York, Troy.  1959 Hudson Champlain Celebration Half Dollar.  Mintage 10,000.  Catalog value $3.50.  The seller offered this token for an opening bid of $4.99 plus $2.99 shipping.  No bids.  Currently in the seller’s store for the same price.

 

 

5/3/14

North Dakota, Fessenden.  1968 75th Anniversary Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $4.00.  Opening bid $7.50.  Postage $3.00 more.  There were no bids at that level, so the seller raised the price to $12.99 plus $3.00.  And guess what - if you want to pay that much, it is still available two months later.

 

 

5/4/14

Illinois, Bradley.  1967 Diamond Jubilee Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $6.00.  Start was $8.99 plus another $3.00 for shipping.  There were no bids, so the seller raised the price by $3.00 to $11.99 (still with the $3 shipping) and stuck it in his store.  It is still there waiting for someone to buy it almost two months later.

 

 

5/4/14

Michigan, Albion.  1985 Festival of the Forks $2.  The eighth year of this series.  Mintage about 1,000.  Catalog value $6.00.  Start was $1.25, and postage only 95¢.  After two bids it sold for  $2.34.  A bargain!

 

 

5/4/14

Michigan, Upper Peninsula.  Undated (1981) Upper Peninsula Dollar - Eagle on shield variety.   I am aware of 3 minor varieties, all of which catalog for $2.50 each, so I didn’t bother checking which die variety this one was.  Start was $6.99 but it sold for $7.49 after 2 bids.  Shipping was a very high $3.99.  Almost $11.50 for a very common coin.  Wow!

 

 

5/4/14

Nebraska, Kearney.  1973 Centennial Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $4.00.  Offered for $9.99 with FREE shipping.  No bids.  Relisted until June 15 at the same price, when the seller ended the listing with no sale.

 

 

5/4/14

Pennsylvania, Duncannon.  1965 Centennial Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $5.00.  The starting bid was $11.00 plus $1.95 shipping.  No bids.  Not relisted.  Too much.

 

 

5/4/14

Pennsylvania, Elizabethville.  1967 Sesquicentennial Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $5.00.  Made available for an opening bid of $8.50 with FREE shipping.  No bids this week, so it was relisted repeatedly and is still available for the same bid on June 29. 

 

 

5/5/14

California, Lawndale.  Undated Pirate Days Dime.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $6.00.  The only denomination of this series that shows up with any frequency.  Start was $4.99 with FREE shipping.  Four bids pushed the price to $7.00.

 

 

5/5/14

Ohio, Licking County.  1967 Land of Legend Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $6.50.  This specimen up for bids starting at $9.99 plus $3.00 shipping.  No sale this week so the seller added $3.00 to the price and put it in his store where it lives on today, July 3.

 

 

5/6/14

Alaska, North Pole.  1963 Santa Claus Dollars, set of golden brass and silver.  Mintage 5,000 for the golden brass, 750 for the silver.  Catalog $4.00 and $20.00.  The opening bid was to have been $30 for the set, but there were no bids and it was not relisted.

 

 

5/6/14

Maryland, Frederick.  1963 Civil War Centennial Half Dollar, Generals Hooker and Meade issue.  Mintage 10,000.  Catalog value $3.00.  The starting bid was $3.49 with FREE shipping.  It did not sell so the seller lowered the price to $3.25 and tried that for a few weeks until it sold on June 5 to one guy who bid, then added another bid  - which wasn’t needed - as a safety net.  

 

 

5/7/14

Kansas, Concordia.  1971 Centennial Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $4.50.  Nice item, but the seller wanted too much - $9.95 plus $1.95 shipping.  No bids.  Not relisted.

 

 

5/8/14

Arizona, Wolfville (Tucson).  Undated One Bit.  Mintage unknown.  Catalog value $10.00, which may be a bit too high.  This was an auction for a very nice about uncirculated specimen with a start of $9.00 and a $5.00 postage charge.  It brought the minimum, but there were no other bidders to push the price up.  Sold for the starting bid.  

 

 

5/8/14

Missouri, Stanton.  Undated Meramec Caverns 10 Jesse James Bucks.  I think I’ll list this one next time.  It is a bit larger than a silver dollar and made from silvery plastic.  I will probably list this novelty item for $3.50, a bit more than this one brought.  There was only one bidder who won it for the opening price of $2.99 with FREE shipping.

 

 

5/8/14

New York, Nyack.  1959 Orangetown Fire Company 125th Anniversary Half Dollar.  Mintage 10,000.  Catalog value $4.00.  Offered and sold for the $4.99 plus $1.99 opening bid.

 

 

5/9/14

Hawaii. Undated (2004) Discoverers Ten Hawaii Silver Dollars $10 Dala.  Quite scarce, mintage reportedly 30 or so.  Offered for $400.00 plus $5.80 shipping.  The same specimen offered unsuccessfully at the same price for three weeks last month, back for another try.  No bids through May, so the price was lowered to $375.00 early in June.  It was available up to June 22, when the seller ended the listing again.

 

 

5/9/14

Hawaii. 1998 (actually struck in 2004) King Kamehameha Ten Hawaii Silver Dollars $10 Dala.  Mintage reportedly about thirty pieces.  Uncataloged in my last listing.  Offered for $200.00 plus $5.80 shipping.  No bids this week or the following, so the seller ended the listing unsold.

 

 

5/9/14

Ohio, Ashland.  1965 Sesquicentennial Half Dollar.  Original mintage 5,000 with perhaps more being struck later.  Catalog value $3.00.  This piece was offered for catalog value, $3.00 plus an additional $2.00 for shipping.  There were no bids and it has been relisted every week since at the same price, without interest.  As of July 4 it is still available.

 

 

5/10/14

Arizona, Lake Havasu City.  1987-1988 London Bridge Dollar.  Graded MS66 and encapsulated by NGC.  Mintage 15,000. Catalog value $3.00.  These are sold on the London Bridge Rotary Club website for $17.00, but "raw", that is without the NGC slab.  If you need one of their issues, you should buy from them.  You will have to pay more, but the money will go to a very good cause - and may even be tax deductible.  This specimen went up for bid at 99¢ with FREE shipping.  There were 7 bids and it sold for $7.72 - less than half what NGC charges just to encapsulate a coin these days.

 

 

5/10/14

Hawaii, Kona.  1976 Kona Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $3.50.  Offered for $7.99 with FREE shipping.  No bids this week, or for the next seven weeks when it was finally sold to a single bidder for the opening bid on June 28.

 

 

5/10/14

Hawaii.  1996 King Kamehameha Mahalo Dala in bronze.  Mintage, according to the seller, 200 or less in this metal.  Offered for $50.00 plus $3.40 shipping.  The same one offered last month for $5.00 more and $5.80 shipping.  This time it sold to a single bidder for the $50.00 opening.

 

 

5/10/14

Hawaii.  1988 Scenic Dala Series #3  Whale Watching, struck in silver.  The commoner version, with the closer view of the whale.  Mintage 2,500.  Catalog from back in the days of cheap silver, $17.50.  This was a series of 10 issues, put out twice a year showing Hawaii’s scenic areas.  The first two issues did not include the word Dala, so this is the first issue of interest to MTC collectors.  Bidding was to open at $50.00 plus $3.40 shipping, but there were no bids.  Relisted at $45.00 for a couple weeks, still with no results.  Then it went down to $40.00 for a week, and then several three day listings, still without success.  Finally put out for sale at $35.00 for a week, and when it did not sell at that level, the seller ended the listing.

 

 

5/10/14

Nebraska.  Undated Big Red Dollar in antiqued nickel silver.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $4.00.  Apparently very popular with Nebraska football fans.  This one showed some wear and discoloration, and the seller started it at $28.75 with FREE shipping.  No bids.  After another week at this price it was lowered nearly a dollar to $27.99.  Still no sale.  After another unsuccessful week at that price it was lowered to $25.99, and then to $24.99 when someone finally bid on it.  

 

 

5/11/14

Arizona, Lake Havasu City.  1982-1983 London Bridge Rotary Club Dollar.  Mintage 25,000.  Catalog value $3.50.  Available from the London Bridge Rotary Club website for $36.00.  This was a choice uncirculated example offered for $3.00 plus $2.00 shipping.  No bids and not relisted.

 

 

5/11/14

California, Mount Shasta.  1982 Two and One Half Mt. Shasta Dollars.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $6.00.  Offered for $5.99 with FREE shipping.  No bids and not relisted.

 

 

 

5/11/14

Hawaii, Maui.  2005 Maui Dollar in silver.  Mintage reported as 2,500.  Too new to be listed in my last listing.  Start was $34.25 plus a whopping $17.13 shipping charge from Great Britain. There were 6 bids and it sold for $49.52 plus the shipping.  I was the underbidder on this one - it was a variety of the date which I did not have. 

 

 

5/11/14

Maryland, Wicomico County.  Centennial Coin.  Mintage unknown.  Catalog $12.50.  The starting bid was $9.99 with FREE shipping and it sold to a single bidder - who placed two bids - for the opening price.

 

 

5/11/14

North Dakota, Kenmare.  1972 Diamond Jubilee Dollar struck in nickel silver, the standard issue.  Mintage unknown.  Catalog value $5.00.  This one was in used condition and it was offered at a start of $3.00.  There were 2 bids and it sold for $4.34.

 

 

5/12/14

Michigan, Kalkaska County.  1971 100th Anniversary Coin.  Mintage 1,000.  Catalog value $5.00.  Up for bid starting at $10.50 plus $3.99 shipping.  No bids, and still being offered at the same price as of July 5.

 

 

5/13/14

Kansas, Blue Rapids.  1970 Centennial Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $8.50.  Offered for $9.95 plus $1.95 shipping.  No bids, and the seller ended the listing.

 

 

5/13/14

Michigan, Coleman.  1971 Centennial Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $4.00.  Offered for $10.50 plus $3.99 shipping.  There were two bids and it sold for $11.00.  Wow.

 

 

5/13/14

Michigan, Troy.  1971 Troy 150th Anniversary Souvenir Coin.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $6.00.  Up for bid at $10.50 plus $3.99 shipping.  No bids.  Re-offered weekly at the same price and still available as of July 9.

 

 

5/13/14

Texas, Andrews.  1960 50th Anniversary Half Dollar.  Mintage 2,500.  Catalog value $6.00.   Offered for a $4.99 start ($6.99 Buy It Now), plus a reasonable $1.00 shipping fee.  No bids.  Relisted two additional weeks at the same price, but no one went for it.  Too bad, it was priced right.

 

 

5/14/14

Arizona, Lake Havasu City.  1987-1988 London Bridge Dollar struck in oxidized bronze.  The mintage in this finish 5,000.  Catalog value $5.00.  Offered at a start of 99¢ plus $2.50 shipping.  Four bids pushed the sale price up to $2.80. 

 

 

5/14/14

Hawaii.  1972 clad U. S. Eisenhower Dollar counterstamped ALOHA MONEY on the obverse and ROYAL HAWAIIAN MINT DOLLAR on the reverse.  Similar overstrikes are listed by Cuhaj in his Unusual World Coins catalog struck on Morgan Silver Dollars and silver Eagle coins, but this is the first I had seen on a clad dollar.  He catalogs the ones he lists for $70 each.  The start on this was 99¢ plus $2.29 postage and there were 28 bids which sent the selling price up to $77.66. 

 

 

5/14/14

Hawaii, Kona.  1972 Kona Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $3.50.  Offered for $5.95 plus $2.32 shipping.  There were no bids - it was just too much to ask for a common item.  Listed for three additional weeks at this price before the seller gave up and ended the listing.

 

 

5/14/14

Illinois, Bradley.  1967 Diamond Jubilee Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $6.00.  The starting bid of $1.99 plus $2.75 shipping was not met and the item went unsold.

 

 

5/14/14

Indiana, Evansville.  1962  Sesquicentennial Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $3.50.  Offered, and sold, for the opening bid of 99¢ plus $2.50 shipping.

 

 

 

 

5/14/14

New York, Ticonderoga.  1964 Bicentennial Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $4.50.  Available for bid at $1.99 plus $2.75 shipping.  No bids.   Relisted for an additional week at the same price, with a single bidder finally winning it for the opening bid.

 

 

5/14/14

Maryland, Frederick County.  1962 Hagarstown Clara Barton issue.  Mintage 30,000.  Catalog value $2.50.  This specimen in an unattractive extremely fine condition.  Offered for a start of $5.95 plus $2.50 more for postage.  No bids this week, and it was placed in the seller’s store, where it is still available two months later at the same price.

 

 

5/15/14

Minnesota, Dakota City.  Undated (1990’s?) Dakota City Dollar.  Henry Sibley/Vermillion Bank.  A souvenir issue for a tourist’s historical village.  Unlisted in previous editions of my catalog.  Offered and won for the opening bid of 99¢ plus $1.95 shipping.

 

 

5/16/14

Michigan, Three Oaks.  1967 Centennial Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $12.50.  This scarce piece started at $7.69 plus $1.19 postage and sold for $10.25 after 4 bids.

 

 

5/17/14

Hawaii.  Undated Aloha Dollars, gilt and oxidized silver plate versions.  Scarcer 32mm versions.  These are scarce - at least compared to the larger versions - and are cataloged for $12.50 each.  However these were offered for $155.00 with FREE shipping.  No bids and lowered to $140 the following week.  Again, no bids, so the price was raised to $160.  On July 1 it was repriced at $152.00.  Then $144.40, and currently available for an opening bid of $137.18 until July 21. 

 

Note - as of March 20, 2015 these are still being offered.  Over the months the price has dropped to a start of $75.00 ($120.00 BIN), still with FREE shipping. Maybe I'll check them again in another 6 months or so!

 

 

5/17/14

Hawaii.  Set of 5 “Coins of Hawaii” - An Aloha Dollar, a Hilo Dollar, A Honolulu Dollar, a Kauai Dollar and a Maui Dollar.  All late undated gilt brass versions.  Very common, even in the original snap lock plastic and cardboard case.  Catalog $12.50 for the set.  Offered for an opening bid of $95.00 ($125.00 BIN) plus $6.15 shipping.  No bids.  Relisted several times and available until at least July 24 for the same price.  Just another example of how some very, very enthusiastic ebay sellers are trying to catch that wave of very high offering prices (not sales) of modern Hawaiian commemoratives.  If you want to go surfing in a Hawaiian market like this one, you had better know what you are doing - there are treasures out there, but please don’t think that anything related to Hawaii is rare and valuable.  Just a thought.  

 

 

5/17/14

Iowa, Scranton.  1969 Centennial Half Dollar.  Mintage 2,000.  Catalog value $5.00.  Offered for $10.95 with FREE shipping.  No bids and not relisted. 

 

 

5/18/14

California, San Jose.  1961 - 1962 Cvil War Centennial “In Trade” token.  Private issue for the Rumpus Room.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $5.00.  Sold to a single bidder for the $3.99 plus $3.00 shipping opening bid.

 

 

Hawaii, Honolulu.  1973 Hawaii Dollar with number block inscribed with prefix H and number (286).  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $6.00.  Sold to a single bidder at the opening price of $4.99 plus $2.75 shipping.     

 

 

5/18/14

Illinois, St. Francisville.  1962 Sesquicentennial Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $5.00.  Put up for bid at $9.99 plus $1.99 shipping.  There were no bids.  The seller sweetened the deal a bit by offering it for the same price but with FREE shipping for a few more weeks, but he ended the listing unsold on June 9.

 

 

5/18/14

Oklahoma, Talequah.  1991 Centennial Dollar.  The first of these I have heard of, and a nice new listing for the catalog.  I’ll probably list it for $10.00 in the next edition.  This coin was offered for $12.50 plus $3.50 shipping.  There was only one other bid, and I won it for $14.38.

 

 

5/19/14

Hawaii, Hilo.  1973 Hilo Dollar with number block and a “H” prefix before the number (in this case 708).  Mintage reported as 1,999 but this figure probably includes the 1973 issues without the H prefix.  Catalog value $5.00.   Offered for an opening bid of $8.99 plus $2.99 shipping.  No bids, and it was relisted through the rest of May and June at the same price.  For the first two weeks of June it went down to $5.99, but then it went up a couple bucks to $7.99.  Currently (July 20) listing for $8.99 plus $2.99 again, although this time with a Buy It Now price of $14.99.

 

 

5/19/14

Nebraska.  “1878” Big Red Dollar in oxidized brass.  Unknown mintage, catalog value $4.00.  This is a nice specimen being offered for about half of what the ugly 3/31/14 listing is still being offered for, $13.99 ($19.99 BIN) plus $1.93 shipping.  It did not sell this week, but the following week it did - for the $13.99 opening bid.

 

 

5/19/14

North Dakota, Williston Basin.  1961 Dakota Territorial Centennial - 10 Years of Oil.  Mintage 25,000.  Catalog $3.50.  Opening bid was to be $7.99 plus another $2.99 for shipping.  Offered by the same seller as the Hilo Hawaii token above, it too did not sell and has been listed over the weeks at  fluctuating prices: $8.99, $8.95, $5.99, and still available currently for a bid of $6.99. 

 

 

5/19/14

Washington, Ellensburg.  1967 Centennial Dollar.  Mintage unknown.  Catalog value $4.00.  Opening bid was just 99¢, but this was balanced off by a $2.90 shipping fee.  When it didn’t sell for the low price this week the seller determined that the way to sell it was to raise the price, which he did, to $3.45.  That didn’t work so he raised it a bit more, to $3.50 plus that $2.90 shipping for a while longer before giving up and ending the listing unsold on July 12.  

 

 

5/20/14

Alaska, Juneau.  1967 Alaska Purchase Centennial Dollar in yellow plastic.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $4.50.  Also comes in green and dark blue - all colors equally scarce.  Offered for a start of $5.99 plus 99¢ shipping.  No bids, so the seller thought the thing to do was to raise the price to $7.99.  There was still no sale so he raised it to $8.22, which is what it has been at to this day, July 20.  It’s still available, if you want to pay that much - or if you want to pay even more, you can opt for the $11.99 Buy It Now price and not have to worry about competition from other bidders.

 

 

5/20/14

Iowa, “Kenset”.  1972 Centennial Coin.  The town name was incorrectly spelled with just a single “T” at the end instead of two T’s.  Reportedly only 100 were struck, or perhaps released, before the error was detected and the coins returned to the manufacturer and a corrected version was issued.  I don’t have confidence in that figure, and I catalog it for $8.50, which is in line with other issues that turn up with the same frequency.  This one was offered for $22.00 plus $1.95 shipping, but there were no bids and the listing was ended.    

 

 

5/20/14

Iowa, Pella.  1976 U. S. Bicentennial Dutch Dollar.  Mintage unknown.  Catalog value $7.50.  Somewhat more collectable than other years in that period because of the Bicentennial reverse design.  Opening bid was $6.99 plus $2.00 shipping.  No bids.  Relisted until June 8 when the seller “ended the listing because the item is no longer available”.  However the same specimen shortly became available again and is still out there waiting for someone to buy it (still $6.99 plus $2.00) in mid July.

 

 

5/20/14

Michigan, Spring Lake.  1969 Centennial Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $4.00.  Opening bid $19.95 with FREE shipping.  No bids.  Two months later, it lives on in the seller’s store, still available for purchase at $19.95, but now with a “Make Offer” option.

 

 

5/20/14

New York, New York.  1986 Statue of Liberty Centennial Dollars, a complete set of 6 in the original folder.  Surprisingly hard to find, but I have a hunch there is a warehouse filled with these out there somewhere.  I catalog them for $3.50 each, which is $21.00 for the set.  These were offered for an opening bid of $20.00 plus $2.32 shipping.  Although it was relisted another few weeks, this set did not find a home before the seller ended his offering on June 10.

 

 

5/20/14

North Dakota, Bismark.  1962 Little League World Series Half Dollar, gilt brass version.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $5.00.  The opening bid was to be $6.79 plus another $2.69 shipping, but it failed to receive a bid.  A nickel-silver version of this token appears just about as frequently - it too catalogs for $5.00.  

 

 

5/20/14

Pennsylvania, Beaver Falls.  1944 Diamond Jubilee Cork Nickel, red printing.  Unknown mintage, catalog value $7.50.  A scarce wartime issue produced on cork to conserve metals for the war effort.  Opening bid was $9.95 plus $2.49 shipping.  No bids and it was placed in the seller’s store where it can now be purchased for the same amount.  Also available in his store is the black printing variety, which also catalogs for $7.50, for a purchase price of $12.50 + $2.49.  

 

5/20/14

West Virginia, Logan County.  1963 State Centennial Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $4.00.  This one was offered for an opening bid of $7.44 plus 99¢ shipping.  The seller ended the listing when it did not sell, but I see that the same coin from the same seller is currently (July 20) available again for an opening bid of $7.99 or a Buy It Now price of $12.87.

 

 

5/21/14

Alaska, Sitka.  1957 Alaska Day $1.00 token.  A private issue for the Sitka Elk’s Club recognizing the October 18th community-wide festival.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $10.00. Offered for $9.99 plus $1.50 shipping, but there were no bids - perhaps due to the nasty black spot on the token.  Not relisted. 

 

 

5/21/14

Hawaii.  1994 Queen Liliuokalani Royal Hawaiian Silver Aloha Dala, un-numbered edition.  Put up for bid at 99¢ plus an additional $1.00 for shipping.  There were 10 bids and it sold for $36.00.  You get a really good idea of the true value of a coin when it starts at a very low price and the market allows it to find its true level.  One collector outbid all the others at $36.00.  I would feel confident calling this a $35.00 token for cataloging purposes.  If someone else offers the same coin in the same condition for $175.00 and it does not sell, it certainly does not mean that it is a $175.00 coin.  Frequently at coin shows I come across overpriced items I would be interested in buying only to hear a comment like, “There was one offered on ebay last week for $500.00.  I can let you have mine for just $450.00”.  Come on guys, it’s gotta sell at that level.  And it always pays to check out how many people are bidding on an item.  Sometimes, when I’ve got money burning a hole in my pocket, and I haven’t added anything to my collection in a while and someone offers me a municipal token I need and catalog at $20.00 - which is quite high for a non-precious metal municipal token - for say $100.00, I just might pay the price.  That, however does not change its value in the catalog.  It is not now a hundred dollar token (unless there were other bidders willing to pay near that amount).  In fact, now that I’ve got one, it might be even harder to get the original value since the former top bidder is no longer in the game.  There are not people lining up to pay top dollar for these things … yet!  OK, OK - sorry!  I’ll get down off my soapbox now.    

 

5/21/14

Hawaii.  1991 Total Solar Eclipse Dalas, the two regular issues in sterling silver.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $17.50 each from back in the days when silver was well under $10.00 an ounce.  Accompanying these was a third one ounce silver medal unrelated to the two Hawaiian pieces, and not a Municipal token.  Starting bid, and sale price for the single bidder, was $90.00 plus $8.99 shipping. 

 

 

5/21/14

Illinois, Palestine.  1961 Sesquicentennial Half Dollar.  Mintage 5,000.  Catalog value $3.50.  Start was $4.95 plus $1.50 shipping.  No bids, even after being offered for an additional week.

 

 

5/21/14

Indiana, Evansville.  1962 Sesquicentennial Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $3.50.  Offered for a start of $4.25 plus $1.50 shipping.  No bids.  Offered unsuccessfully for an additional week before being ended by the seller.

 

 

5/21/14

Iowa, Emmetsburg.  2010 Irish Dollar.  The 50th year of the celebration, and the 45th issue of these dollars - the longest lasting series of Municipal Trade Coins.  As happens with these long series, the mintage drops as time goes by, and now less than 1,000 of these are minted each year.  Too new to be listed in my last edition.  Offered for $4.99 plus $3.32 postage.  No bids, and the sale was ended.  

 

 

5/21/14

Michigan, Cedar Springs.  1956 Red Flannel Town Quarter.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $7.50.  This scarce piece in almost uncirculated condition started at $4.99 plus $1.99 shipping.  There were two bids and it sold for $6.05.  It would have brought a little bit more, and I might have won it, if I had remembered to bid!

 

 

5/21/14

Michigan, Harrisville.  1952 Kiki Cuyler Memorial Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $10.00.  Scarce issue remembering a local baseball player who made it to the big leagues in the 20’s and 30’s and went on from that to be a manager.  Hard to find, especially in uncirculated condition, and popular with sports collectors who usually end up with these because they are willing to pay more for them than municipal collectors.  This one, in choice nearly uncirculated condition was offered for an opening bid of $15.00 plus just 69¢ for shipping.  I was pleased to be the only bidder and be able to add it to my duplicate box!

 

 

5/21/14

Pennsylvania, Elizabethville.  1967 Sesquicentennial Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $5.00.  Opening bid was $8.50 with FREE shipping.  No bids, and still being offered at the same starting price as I write this two months later on July 20.

 

 

5/22/14

Iowa, Clare.  1974 Irish Dollar.  Third in a 10 year series.  Mintage unknown.  Catalog value $5.00.  Opening bid was $4.99 plus $2.00 shipping.  No bids this week, and still being offered as of July 20.

 

 

5/22/14

Iowa, Pella.  1987 Dutch Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog $4.00.  Offered for just 99¢ plus, darn it, a $3.00 shipping fee.  No bids, and offered until July 15 at the same price before being ended by the seller.

 

 

5/23/14

Oregon, LaGrande.  1959 Oregon Centennial Half Dollar.  Scarcer variety with smoke from smokestacks on left.  Mintage 10,000 total for all varieties.  Catalog value $6.50.  Opening bid was $3.99 plus a postage fee of $2.32.  Two bids sent the sale price up to $8.49.  The variety without smoke lists for just $3.00.

 

 

5/24/14

Kansas.  1961 Official Centennial Coin for Coffeyville.  Unknown mintage, but quite scarce - as are most of the non-county issue Centennial Coins.  Offered for $4.99 plus $2.00 shipping.  I assumed this would sell for a price higher than I was willing to pay, but there were no bids for this neat item.  Since it looked like no one else wanted it, I bid $8.88 the following week when it was relisted.  But this time two other bidders spotted it and it sold for the next increment over my $8.88 bid - $9.38.  A very good value for the winner!

 

 

5/24/14

North Dakota.  1981 Souvenir Dollar, gold plated edition.  Mintage just 4 pieces in this finish, but unfortunately with a couple nasty spots on the reverse - a condition the gold plated issues from this manufacturer frequently have.  Catalog value $17.50.  Offered for $10.00 plus $2.99 shipping.  I was the only bidder interested in this rarity, and I won it for the opening bid.  When it arrived I noted that it did not have the edge numbered, so it turned out to be a new variety!  My guess is that the spots were so bad the manufacturer discarded the piece before numbering it as it did not meet their quality standards.  This new variety will also catalog for $17.50.

 

 

5/24/14

Texas, Andrews.  1960 50th Anniversary Half Dollar.  Mintage 2,500.  Catalog value $7.50.  This one had a slightly spotty finish, but appeared to be uncirculated.  Opening bid was $4.99 ($6.99 BIN) plus just a dollar for shipping.  No bids this week, and after two additional weeks the listing was ended by the seller.

 

 

5/25/14

Hawaii.  2007 $5 Discoverers Dala selectively gold plated.  Quarter ounce silver, by the Royal Hawaiian Mint.  The plated issues of this series are rare and quite attractive.  This one was up for bid at a start of $400.00 plus $5.80 shipping.  The price was lowered to $375.00 on for the week ending June 7 and it continued at that level until July 13, when the listing was ended by the seller.  I still need this one, but the cost seemed way too much for me - and apparently to everyone else too.

 

 

5/25/14

Kansas, Larned.  1972 Centennial Dollars, set of bronze and silver, both numbered 053 on the edge.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $8.50 for the numbered bronze and $17.50 for the silver.  The silver piece now has more intrinsic value than its old catalog price because of the change in the value of silver.  The set started at $13.99 plus $2.50 shipping and sold for $27.88 after 5 bids.  If you care about such things, the silver piece has the STERLING stamp below 1972 - the more common variant.

 

 

5/25/14

Kansas, Pawnee County.  1961 Official Centennial Coin.  Of typical, average, scarcity among the 105 Kansas County Centennial Coins.  Not abundant - not rare.  It started at 99¢ plus $2.50 postage and ended at $6.04 after 4 bids.

 

 

5/25/14

Kansas, Sabetha.  1961 Kansas Statehood Half Dollar.  Mintage 2,000.  Catalog value $7.50.  Described by the seller as being “extremely rare, unique”.  I guess that description worked because after a $1.99 plus $1.99 shipping start it drew 7 bids and sold for $20.50.  Not bad, and you know what - worth it!

 

 

5/25/14

Michigan, White Cloud.  1973 Centennial Half Dollar.  Mintage 2,500.  Catalog value $4.00.  Offered for a starting bid of $4.99 plus $1.95 shipping.  No bids, and not relisted.     

 

 

5/25/14

Oklahoma, Miami.  1966 Diamond Jubilee 75¢.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $6.50.  Start was just $1.50 plus $2.00 shipping.  There were only two bidders - I bid $6.88 but someone else came along and outbid me.  Rats!  Sold for $7.33.

 

 

5/25/14

Pennsylvania, Mount Carmel.  1962 Centennial Half Dollar.  Mintage 5,000.  Catalog value $5.00.  The opening bid was $8.99 with FREE shipping.  No bids.  Relisted for a couple weeks at the same price, then the seller lowered the start price to $7.99.  Still available at that price as of July 20.

 

 

5/26/14

Alaska, North Pole.  1965 Farthest North Rodeo Cold Buck.  Un-numbered nickel-silver variety.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $5.00.  The start was $6.95 plus $1.99 shipping.  No bids.  Not relisted.

 

 

5/26/14

Indiana, Carlisle.  1965 Sesquicentennial Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $6.00.  This piece started off at $2.65 plus $1.95 shipping, and sold for $6.01 after 6 bids. 

 

 

5/27/14

Iowa, Emmetsburg.  1975 Irish Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $4.00.  The starting bid was $5.99 plus $3.85 shipping, but it received no bids.  Still being offered at the same price on July 22. 

 

 

5/27/14 

Maine, Ellsworth.  1963 Bicentennial and Totl Solar Eclipse Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $4.50.  The start was a bold $10.00 plus a ridiculous $5.00 shipping charge, but still it sold to a single bidder.

 

 

5/27/14

Michigan, Perry.  1968 Diamond Jubilee Half Dollar.  Mintage 3,000.  Catalog value $4.00.  Offered for just $1.99 with FREE shipping, this piece enticed one bidder to bid twice.  There was no competition, so he won it for the opening bid.  

 

 

5/27/14

Ohio, Akron.  1925 Centennial Good for 50¢ or $1.00 discount on purchase token.  Private issue for Akron Truss Company.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value now $12.50, but going down in the next edition.  This one, which was in an especially choice uncirculated or nearly so condition sold for the opening bid of $9.10 plus $3.00 shipping.  I bought it to upgrade the condition of the piece in my collection.

 

 

5/28/14

California, Lemoore.  1973(74) Redeemable ($1.00) Centennial Token.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $6.50.  This sale was for a pair of these tokens, one uncirculated and the other spotted, dirty and worn.  The start was $20.00 plus $2.95 shipping.  Relisted several times at the same price until the seller ended it unsold on July 4.  

 

 

5/28/14

Illinois, Bradley.  1967 Diamond Jubilee Half Dollar.  About uncirculated.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $6.00.  A single bidder won it for the $1.99 plus $2.75 start.

 

 

5/29/14

Michigan, Marshall.  1980 Education Oak Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value in this finish, oxidized bronze, is $7.50.  Sold to a single bidder at the $2.99 with FREE shipping opening bid.  A good bargain!  

 

 

5/29/14

Washington, Ephrata.  1974 Freedom Festival Dollar.  Unholed.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $5.50.  This piece started off at $1.99 plus $1.95 shipping and sold, after 4 bids, for $3.28.

 

 

5/30/14

Nebraska, Alliance.  1963 Diamond Jubilee Half Dollar in antiqued silver plate.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $7.50.  Opening bid was just $1.99, but the shipping price was a hard to swallow $3.99.  Still, this scarce token was a bargain for the single bidder who won it at the starting bid.

 

 

5/30/14

Pennsylvania, Lehighton.  1966 Centennial Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog $6.50.  Offered for $6.00 with FREE shipping.  This lot also included 5 wooden nickels from the same celebration.  One bid.  Sold for the opening price.  I see the same seller is now offering another one, but this one with 6 wooden nickels, for $7.00.

 

 

5/31/14

California, Burney State Park.  Undated (1962) Centennial Gold Coin.  Short trees variety.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $5.00.  Offered for $5.00 with FREE shipping.  Sold to a single bidder.  

 

 

5/31/14

Indiana, Cass County.  1984 Ironhorse Festival Dollar struck in gilt brass.  Mintage 100 pieces in this finish.  Catalog value $10.00.  I found this and the following two pieces in a seller’s store where there were many municipals all priced at $10.00 plus $3.25 shipping each.  These were the only three I wanted.

  

 

5/31/14

Indiana, Cass County.  1995 Ironhorse Festival Souvenir Coin struck in gilt brass.  Mintage a minuscule 65 pieces in this finish.  Catalog value $10.00.  Buy It Now (the only option) $10.00 plus $3.25 shipping.  These had been available in his store since February.  Glad I stumbled onto them! 

 

 

5/31/14

Indiana, Cass County.  1999 Ironhorse Festival Souvenir Coin struck in gilt brass.  Unknown mintage.  Issued in 3 metal varieties…one less than 2,000, the others probably 50 and 100.  I already had these, but thought I’d take a chance since the other two Cass County pieces he had were scarce ones.  It cost me a $10 Buy It Now price plus $3.25 postage which was reduced to all 3 for $3.75.

 

 

5/31/14

Kansas.  Allen County.  1961 Official Centennial Coin.  As these county issues go, this would rate a 2.5 on a scale from 1 (common) to 5 (rare).  Offered for $4.95 with FREE shipping.  No bids, and not relisted.

 

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