Municipal Tokens on Ebay October 2013

 

10/1/13

Arizona, Lake Havasu City. 1980 London Bridge Dollar. Still available from the Lake Havasu City Rotary Club website for $26.00. 25,000 were struck in goldene and they catalog for $3.50. This one offered for an initial bid of 99¢ plus $2.00 shipping. It drew 4 bids and sold for $3.32.

 

10/1/13

Arizona, Lake Havasu City. 1984 London Bridge Dollar. Still available from the Lake Havasu City Rotary Club website for $31.00. 25,000 were struck in copper and they catalog for $3.00. This one offered for an initial bid of 99¢ plus $2.00 shipping. It drew 4 bids and sold for $4.13.

 

10/6/13

California, San Buenaventura. 1966 Centennial Half Dollar. Unknown mintage, but with a catalog value of $4.00. Offered for an opening bid of $6.50 with FREE shipping, but there were no bidders.

 

10/6/13

Massachusetts, Great Barrington. 1961 Bicentennial Half Dollar. I have always thought that this was an attractive issue. Not scarce though - its 10,000 mintage has assured that there have been plenty of pieces available to collectors. Catalog value $3.50. This piece was unsuccessfully offered for $11.00 plus $2.07 shipping.

 

10/6/13

Oregon, Joseph. 1959 Oregon Centennial Half Dollar, unofficially silver plated. The regular issue had a mintage of 5,000 and catalogs for $3.50. These plated versions are scarcer, but I don't value them much higher because it is very easy to plate a regular issue, just as the merchants did back in '59 when these came out.

 

10/6/13

Washington, Coulee Dam. Undated Dam Quarter. Looks like someone came up with a few of these and is offering them on ebay. This one started at $3.00 plus a reasonable $1.00 shipping. After 4 bids it sold for $8.38.

 

10/7/13

Alaska, Skagway. "1898" Gateway to the Klondike Dollar. Quite common, offered for $10.00 with FREE shipping. I catalog this token for $3.00. There were no bids, so the seller repeatedly relisted it at the same price until November 30, when he thought he might be more successful by raising the price to $15.00, thankfully still with that FREE shipping. Hmm.

 

10/7/13

Florida. Undated Sunshine Dollar. Goldene version, probably - but how can you tell gold plate from goldene in a scan?  Mintage unknown, but sold at souvenir shops for $1.00. Easily available, and cataloged at $3.50. When these were issued a gold plated version was also available for $6.50. The plated version now lists for $4.50. This one, at $6.99 plus $2.35 shipping did not find a home.

 

10/7/13

Illinois, New Athens. 1966 Centennial Half Dollar. A nice uncirculated example offered for an opening bid of $5.00 plus $2.00 shipping. No bids. Mintage unknown, but easily available. Catalog value $3.00. Relisted at the same price for one additional week, still no bids.

 

10/7/13

Kansas, Dodge City. 1972 Centennial Dollar. Somewhat scarce and popular, this issue catalogs for $6.50 and has an unknown mintage. Offered for 99¢ plus $1.70 shipping. No one else bid, so I won this one at the opening bid. Whatta deal!

 

10/7/13

Oregon, Vale. 1959 Oregon Centennial Half Dollar.  Mintage 5,000 and with a catalog value of $4.50, this one was a surprise - it started at $5.00 with FREE shipping, attracted, 9 bids and sold for an incredible $53.50! Nothing special about the coin, it was the usual "no smoke" variety, but the three bidders were very determined.

 

10/8/13

Alaska, Anchorage. 1967 North Pole Ent. Alaska Purchase Centennial Half Dollar and Five Dollar tokens. Private issues, but with the Centennial logo and denominations, so listable. These are the un-numbered versions. Uncirculated. According to the seller there were 4,000 of the 50¢ tokens made and 1,000 of the big $5.00 tokens produced. I catalog them for $5.00 and $8.50 each. The pair was offered for $15.00 plus $3.00 shipping and sold for a bit more, $15.50 when a second player entered the game.

 

10/8/13

Illinois, Lanark. 1961 Centennial Half Dollar. Put up for bid at $12.50 with FREE shipping, this token did not attract any attention. The following week it was listed for the same price and once again remained unsold. The catalog value is $6.00 with an unknown mintage.

 

10/8/13

Kansas, Russell. 1961 Kansas Centennial, Town 90th Anniversary "Prairiesta" Half Dollar.  There were 3,500 of these made and today they catalog for a whopping $4.00, which seems really cheap. This choice copy was offered for $14.99 with FREE shipping, but there were no takers this week or the following when it was again offered at the same price.

 

10/8/13

Kansas Wyandot. 1959 Kansas Centennial Half Dollar. Mintage unrecorded, Catalog value $3.50. This was a choice example offered for $18.00 with FREE shipping. Just too much to ask, for now. The seller tried again at the same level the following week, with the same results.

 

10/8/13

Maryland, Frederick County. 1964 Battle of Monocacy - Generals Wallace and Early Half Dollar. A large mintage of 20,000 in this finish keeps this one from becoming very valuable - it catalogs for just $3.00. (Imagine what any United states coin with a similar mintage would bring), Offered for $5.99 plus $1.75 shipping this example did not attract a single bid despite the current popularity of Civil War related exonumia. Offered for four more weeks at the same price before the seller finally gave up and ended the listing.

 

10/8/13

Pennsylvania, Lower Paxton Township. 1967 Bicentennial Half Dollar, goldene. There were 5,000 pieces struck in this finish and they catalog for $3.50. The sellers start was $5.99 plus $1.75 shipping, but no bids were elicited at this price. For three more weeks the piece was unsuccessfully offered before the listing was ended.

 

10/8/13

Wisconsin, Delavan. 1961 125th Anniversary Half Dollar. This somewhat scarce issue catalogs for $5.00 and had a mintage of 2,500 pieces. Unfortunately, this one was just priced too high at $11.99 with FREE shipping. Relisted for another week at the same price, again unsuccessfully.

 

10/8/13

Wyoming, Gilette. 1966 75th Anniversary 1/2 Buck. I don't know the mintage, but it catalogs for $4.50. The seller set his opening bid at $5.99 plus $1.75 shipping, but received no bids on his item. Relisted week after week (it is still available today, December 4th) it has remained an unappreciated item on ebay.

 

10/9/13

Florida. Copyright 1982 Florida Dollar. Susan B Anthony style and size Dollar featuring the Space Shuttle at launch. When I cataloged it last time I valued it at just $3.00 - now I'd say it is worth about $5.00. This one uncirculated in card of issue for a start of $3.99 sold to a single bidder at the opening price. He had placed another bid just four seconds before the auction ended, just in case, but that bid wasn't needed. Postage was $1.99

 

10/9/13

New York, Albany. 1963 Albany Tulip Festival Half Dollar. I don't have the mintage, but I catalog this easily available issue at $3.50. This seller felt it was worth at least $19.95 plus $2.07 shipping - but couldn't convince anyone else that it was.

 

10/9/13

South Dakota, Rapid City. 1970 Central States Fair 25th Anniversary Dollar. The variety with tall, thin letters that do not touch the monument. Catalog value $5.00. Offered for $2.99 plus $3.50 shipping, and sold to a single bidder.

 

10/9/13

Wisconsin, Oconto. 1969 Centennial Half Dollar. Not always available, I catalog this one at $5.00. The seller wanted an opening bid of $9.99 plus $3.00 shipping, but didn't get it and tried again for another week at the same opening bid, but with FREE shipping, and was once again unsuccessful at enticing that opening bid out of anyone.

 

10/11/13

Indiana, Sheridan (Millwood-Sheridan). 1960 Centennial Half Dollar. This municipal has a nice low mintage of 1,000 and catalogs at $10.00 in uncirculated condition - although this one does not quite make that grade. The starting bid was 99¢ plus $2.00 shipping and there were three bids which pushed the sale price up to $10.50.

 

10/11/13

Nebraska, Lincoln. 1959 Centennial Half Dollar. The opening bid for this piece was $5.00 plus $3.00 shipping, but it found no interest at that level. I catalog this piece with a very large 50,000 mintage at $3.00.

 

10/11/13

Ohio, Whitehouse. 1964 Centennial Half Dollar. A harder-to-find issue that catalogs for $6.50. Offered at an initial bid price of 49¢ with FREE shipping. This listing attracted 5 bids and sold (to me!) for $4.75. I think it was a good bargain.

 

10/12/13

Arizona, Lake Havasu City, 1993-94 London Bridge Dollar, struck in .999 fine silver. A scarce issue in this metal, with only 500 made. Originally issued for $35.00 and today worth about the same (old catalog value $25.00). This one was offered for $39.95 plus $3.00 shipping, but there were no bidders.

 

10/12/13

Florida, Ft. Pierce. 1963 125th Anniversary Half Dollar. I was surprised that this choice condition piece drew only a single bid at its 99¢ plus $1.00 opening. Catalog value $4.50.

 

10/13/13

Alabama, Montgomery. 1961 Civil War Centennial Half Dollar. The common 30,000 piece issue, this time selling at a bargain price. The start: 99¢ with FREE shipping but after two bidders had their way with it, it sold for $1.25.

 

10/13/13

Hawaii. 1996 Queen Lilikaulani Mahalo Dala. One ounce proof silver. The start for this one was a give-away 99¢ with FREE shipping, but it sold for a more realistic $43.88 after 9 bids.

 

10/13/13

Michigan, Upper Peninsula. Undated side-view eagle Dollar. The start was $3.99 plus $2.00 shipping. There were two bids and the token sold for $4.31 plus the shipping. Catalog value just $2.50.

 

10/13/13

Oregon, Albany. 1948 Half dollar in nickel silver. Well known in goldene, and cataloging at $3.50 (mintage 5,000) in that finish. This one looked a little suspicious, but of course I had to bid anyway. After a $2.00 plus $2.00 shipping start, this sold for a reasonable $7.50. I surely looked to be nickel silver in the picture, but when it arrived, it was apparent that the token was very heavily scrubbed, and it seems possible that the original finish could have been removed exposing a white metal core. I will have to experiment with these and see if the coins are indeed plated. If not it will be an interesting and rare addition to the catalog.

 

10/13/13

Oregon, Myrtle Creek. 1959 Oregon Centennial Half Dollar. Lacquered myrtlewood. A scarce issue cataloging $12.50. This one started at $6.50 with FREE shipping and sold for $10.50 after 3 bids.

 

10/20/13

Hawaii, Honolulu. 1990 Honolulu Dala Silver Proof. The seller started this one off at $39.95 plus $3.00 shipping and that is exactly what he/she got from a single bidder. Old catalog value $20, but now worth more in silver alone - call it about $30.00 in the next edition.

 

10/20/13

Hawaii, Honolulu. 1990 Honolulu Dala Silver Proof with First Day of Issue Counterstamp. Catalog value $37.50, but this one which was offered for $49.99 plus $3.00 shipping drew an amazing 12 bids and sold for $172.37. Wow! You never can tell about those Hawaiian MTCs - when the right people are there, the can sell for very impressive prices.

 

10/20/13

Hawaii. 1983 King Kalakaua Kala Dala, Silver Proof. A copy of the original Dala of 1883 by The Hawaiian Mint. Old catalog value $22.50, but listing for about $35.00 in the next edition. Offered for $69.99 plus $3.00 shipping, but this one did not attract a single bid.

 

10/20/13

Hawaii. 1990 King Kalakaua Hawaii Dala, Silver Proof. Mintage 10,000 and old Catalog value $20.00 - now, because of the rise in silver prices, $30.00. Sold for a single bid at the opening price of $47.99 plus $3.00 shipping.

 

10/20/13

Hawaii. 1991 Princess Kaiulani Princess Dala with First Day of Issue Counterstamp. One ounce proof silver. This dala started off at $49.99 plus $3.00 shipping. It attracted 17 bids and ended up at $131.38. After this first one, two others by the same seller brought $138.88 (22 bids) and an incredible $171.50 (38 bids)! Unusual in that usually the first one offered brings the highest price and the succeeding ones less, but this time it worked just the opposite way.

 

10/20/13

Hawaii. 1991 Princess Kaiulani Princess Dala this one without the First Day of Issue Counterstamp. One ounce proof silver. This dala started off at $49.99 plus $3.00 shipping. It attracted 8 bids and ended up at $100.87. A second piece by the same seller brought $71.00 after 10 bids a few minutes later.

 

10/20/13

Indiana, Portland. 1966 Indiana Sesquicentennial Half Dollar. Offered for $2.99 plus $2.85 shipping this item which catalogs at $6.50 didn't attract a single bid!

 

10/20/13

Kansas, Leavenworth. 1981 Buffalo Bill Cody Days Dollar in oxidized brass. Mintage 1,000 and catalog value $7.50. This specimen was offered for, and sold, at the opening bid of $7.99 with FREE shipping. Just right!

 

10/20/13

Michigan, Hart. 1950 Mexican Fiesta and County Fair Quarter. Catalog value $8.50. This one a little better than the typical extremely fine condition sold for the opening bid of $8.99 plus $2.85 shipping.

 

10/20/13

Montana, Billings. 1969 Midland Empire Fair and Rodeo Dollar, in golden brass, by the Franklin Mint. Scarcer finish with a mintage of 1,580 and a catalog value of $6.50.  This example was offered for $7.99 plus $3.50 shipping, but failed to attract any bids. Then relisted for an additional week at the same price, still with no results.

 

10/20/13

Oregon, Corvallis. 1957 Centennial Half Dollar - almost uncirculated, which is typical for this issue. Mintage unknown, but with a catalog value of $6.00. This one was offered for $2.99 plus $2.85 shipping. Sold to a single bidder at the opening price.

 

10/21/13

Illinois, Calumet City. U. S. Bicentennial Dollar. A surprisingly scarce issue that comes in three reverse varieties, this one showing a Revolutionary soldier superimposed on a current American Flag. Each of the varieties catalog for $10.00 each. This started off at just 99¢, plus $2.00 shipping, and sold for $8.60 after 6 bids.

 

10/21/13

Oregon. 1959 State Centennial Uniface "Dollar" struck in nickel-silver.  This is also collected by So-Called Dollar collectors (HK-564), so it attracts more and higher bids than equally scarce MTCs which are not SCDs. For those who care this one was the "with smoke" version with the large hole. In the last edition of the MTC catalog they list for $5.00, but this one brought $77.52 after a start of $9.90 + $2.00 shipping and a dozen bids. It was in about uncirculated condition.

 

10/21/13

Pennsylvania, Pottsville. 1956 Sesquicentennial Half Dollar. An older issue and while not really hard to get, it does catalog for $6.50 in uncirculated condition. The one being offered by this seller was a nice fully uncirculated piece. The opening price was $10.00 with FREE shipping. There were no bids. Offered for another week at the same price, the seller had the same result. He then put it in his store for $14.00, where it is still available as I type this on December 20.

 

10/22/13

Alaska, North Pole. 1968 Santa Souvenir Dollar #4. Pair of golden brass and silver. There were 750 pieces of the silver version struck, and an unknown, but much larger, number of golden bronze. The set offered, and sold, for an opening bid of $30.00 plus $3.00 shipping.

 

10/22/13

Iowa, Battle Creek. 1965 Centennial Half Dollar. A very scarce issue with a mintage of just 750 (perhaps later doubled to 1,500), but this one in worn extremely fine condition. It started at 99¢ plus $1.50 shipping, and sold for $4.53 after 4 bids. Ugly, but a bargain!

 

10/22/13

Iowa, State Center. 1980 Rhythm 'N Roses 100 Scents Dollar. The tenth issue in an 11 year series. Unknown mintage, catalog value $3.50. Sold for the opening bid of $1.00 plus 60¢ shipping.

 

10/23/13

Arizona, Lake Havasu City. 1991/1992 London Bridge Dollar. Still available on the London Bridge Rotary Club website for $13.00. Mintage 15,000 - Catalog value $2.50. The starting price was 99¢ and it sold for $1.05 after a second bidder had his way with it. A nice price, but unfortunately the $3.00 shipping fee took it out of the bargain category. If you go looking this one up, you won't find it under 1991/1992 - the seller called it 1971. That year is on the coin, as it was the year the bridge was reconstructed in Lake Havasu City, and many issues feature that date as well as the issue date.

 

10/23/13

Colorado, Denver. 1982 Golden Aluminum Bronco Buck Sports Schedule Token. Not good for money, but it does say "buck" and it does sort of commemorate the football season...so maybe listable. I do list the earlier 1967 Bronco Buck which is not sports related. Any thoughts, anyone? This one sold to a single bidder for $3.95 with FREE shipping

 

10/23/13

New Hampshire, Ellsworth. 1969 Centennial Dollar. The ONLY standard MTC issue currently known from the state. Quite elusive, with a catalog value of $12.50. I spotted this one in a seller's store (which I normally do not check) and jumped on it for the Buy It Now price of $12.50 plus $2.00 shipping. I wonder how long it had been sitting there, unappreciated! This will be a nice trader for me down the line. Thanks, Ben, for the tip on this token!

 

10/23/13

Ohio, Bryan. 1940 Centennial Dime, choice uncirculated. Offered for $5.99 with FREE shipping, and I was the only bidder. A really nice example - I am amazed these do not sell for more. Catalog value $6.50.

 

10/24/13

North Dakota, Zap. 1976 U. S. Bicentennial Half Dollar. Unknown mintage, but with a catalog value of $4.50. Started at 99¢ plus $2.00 shipping. I bid $1.88 and lost out to the only other bidder at $2.13.

 

10/24/13

Ohio, Cuyahoga Falls. 1962 Sesquicentennial Half Dollar. Offered, and sold, to a single bidder for the $3.00 plus $2.50 shipping charge opening. I don't know the mintage, but it is cataloged at $4.00.

 

10/24/13

 

Pennsylvania, Kulpmont. 1975 Centennial Half Dollar. Mintage unknown to me, but quite scarce. Catalog value $7.50. Start was $3.99 plus $1.05 shipping. I bid $6.88, but someone else came along and won it for the next bid increment of $7.38. There were only those two bids.

 

10/24/13

Pennsylvania, Marysville. 1966 centennial Half Dollar. Mintage unknown, but scarce enough to list for $6.00. This was one I couldn't resist and I won it for the opening bid of $2.99 with FREE shipping. A bargain!

 

10/24/13

Wyoming, Lander. 1968 Pioneer Days One Buck. Another scarce issue of uncertain mintage cataloging $6.00. Very close to uncirculated. Sold to a single bidder at the opening bid of $6.00.

 

10/26/13

Indiana, Cass County. 1976 U. S. Bicentennial Dollar in oxidized bronze. Comes in four metal or finish varieties, this being the most abundant. Catalog value is $3.50. The seller offered this one for 99¢ plus $1.98 shipping. After 3 bids it sold for $4.01.

 

10/26/13

Nevada, Las Vegas. "1878" Las Vegas Dollar, version with the Showgirl reverse. Overall oxidized bronze with the "Dollar" in a golden color. Catalog value $5.00. This piece was offered for $9.99 plus $2.00 shipping, and sold to a single bidder.

 

10/26/13

Washington, Auburn. 1968 75th Anniversary Dollar, nickel silver. 5,000 pieces were produced for circulation in this finish. Catalog value $4.00. Offered for $7.00 plus a $1.00 shipping fee. No bids. Placed in the seller's store, where it still is today, 12/25. Merry Christmas everyone!

 

10/27/13

Indiana, Winchester. 1962 Founders Day Half Dollar. Mintage 2,000 - Catalog value $4.00. This coin started at $6.99 plus $2.99 shipping. There were 3 bids and it sold for $11.61.

 

10/27/13

Nebraska, Gordon. 1960 Diamond Jubilee Half Dollar. Scarce, I catalog these at $7.50 in uncirculated condition. This one, which was slightly used was offered for $5.99 plus $2.00 shipping did not sell.

 

10/29/13

Illinois, Auburn. 1965 Centennial Dollar struck in oxidized bronze. This issue comes in both bright and oxidized finishes - both equally scarce, and either variety listing at $5.00. This one was offered at that price, and sold to a single bidder. Unfortunately the winner had to pay an additional $3.00 for shipping.

 

10/29/13

Illinois, Rock Falls.  1967 Centennial Half Dollar.   The opening bid was $3.00 plus $2.50 shipping, but no one went for it. Catalog value $4.50. Mintage unknown.

 

10/29/13

Maine, Ellsworth. 1963 Solar Eclipse Half Dollar. The seller wanted, but did not receive, a starting price of $7.00 with FREE shipping. Catalog value $4.50. Mintage unknown.

 

10/30/13

Arizona, Lake Havasu City. 1973 London Bridge Dollar. Traditionally the most difficult LHC Dollar to locate. The original issue of 25,000 long ago sold out from the London Bridge Rotary Club. When last available from them, the price had risen to $156.00, but the club has no more available for sale. When they show up on ebay they generally bring a bit over $10.00, but with the recent changes in the LHC Rotary Club coin program, interest has increased for the unavailable issues. This example started off at 99¢ plus $2.25 shipping, but sold for $26.00 after 9 bids. Not a record price, but impressive. I catalog these at $10.00

 

10/30/13

Delaware, Seaford. 1965 Centennial Half Dollar. One of only two standard MTCs issued in this state. A total of 6,000 were made, but they are somewhat hard to find. I catalog them for $6.00. This one looks slightly circulated and was offered for $5.00 plus $1.00 shipping - there was also a Buy It Now option for $7.50. Neither deal turned the trick, and the token lives on even today being relisted weekly at the same price.

 

10/30/13

Ohio, Springboro. 1965 Sesquicentennial Half Dollar. Somewhat scarce, this issue catalogs at $5.00. I won this one for just $2.25 plus $2.00 shipping. The starting bid was $2.00 and there was just one other bidder.

 

10/30/13

West Virginia, Summers County (Hinton). State Centennial Half Dollar. This is an odd issue in that it has a relatively large mintage of 15,000 - but it is quite hard to find. I catalog it for $7.50. This one was offered by a seller right there in Hinton for an optimistic $49.95 plus $3.00 shipping. There were no bids, so the seller added it to his Store listings, where it is still available two months later.

 

10/31/13

Arizona, Lake Havasu City. 1972 London Bridge Dollar. The first year of a series that continues today. Mintage 25,000 - catalog value $4.00. Available from the issuer for $126, which is odd because l think the last time I checked it was marked unavailable. Perhaps they had some more restrikes made, or maybe they are buying them on ebay and then reselling them - who knows! At any rate, this was a nice uncirculated specimen that started at $5.99 and sold for $6.49 after two bids. Postage was $1.75.

 

10/31/13

California, Redding. 1965 Kennedy - Whiskeytown Memorial Souvenir Gold Coin. Mintage 5,000 - catalog value $3.50. This one started at $12.00 plus $1.00 shipping and sold for $12.50 with 2 bids. The seller, knowing he had another potential sale to the underbidder immediately listed another specimen. Unfortunately the underbidder apparently did not notice the relisting, so after two weeks the offer was deleted because "there was an error in the listing".

 

10/31/13

Iowa, Story City. 1976 Scandinavian Dollar. The final issue of a 5 year series of Scandinavian Dollars. Unknown mintage, catalog value $4.00. Offered for $2.00 plus $2.07 shipping, this coin did not find a home. The price was raised to $5.00 plus $2.07 shipping and it was offered unsuccessfully for another three weeks when the listing was ended because "there was an error in the listing". This was by a different seller than the Redding, California piece above that was ended for the same reason. I wonder what the advantage is of ending relistings early because of an error - I have noticed it a number of times.

 

10/31/13

Maine, Brooks. 1966 150th Anniversary Half Dollar. Unknown mintage, but hard-to-find with a catalog value of $7.50. This was a choice uncirculated piece offered for less than catalog ($7.00 with FREE shipping), so I bid and won it at the opening price.

 

10/31/13

Ohio, Geneva-On-The-Lake. Undated Fireman's Roundup Dime. A different variety than the one I reported on in September. This one not even listed in Lipscomb's listing of Ohio tokens, and new to me as well. Starting bid was $3.99 plus $1.05 shipping. Once again I was the only bidder!

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