MTCs on Ebay October 2015
Washington, Walla Walla. 1960 Frontier Days Buck. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $12.50. When the last edition of my catalog came out, these were quite scarce, but as sometimes happens a bunch of these were discovered and sold on Ebay. In the five or six years since, everyone who needed one of these was able to get one. I have been watching this lot, offering a pair of the tokens for $11.99 with FREE shipping for quite some time now. The seller originally had two sets, but one has now sold. I do not recall seeing any others listed recently - perhaps they are about gone? This token will probably list for $4.50 in the new edition.
No location mentioned. One Dollar Commemorative. Commemorating the National Currency 1863 “Landing of the Pilgrims” National Currency banknote. Silver clad, approximately 39mm. No real denomination on this (or any of the other medals in this set) so certainly not listable. A fellow collector felt this would be be listable in the catalog, but I don’t. It would have to at least infer that the item had a denomination, and this really doesn’t. How about the Thousand Dollar note commemorated on another medal in this set…would it have a $1,000 denomination? No - especially since you can buy it for the same price as the One Dollar Commemorative. Also no issuing location is noted. Offered for $6.99 with FREE shipping. On October 20, the price was lowered to $5.99, still with FREE shipping, and by October 29 it sold to a single bidder for the opening price.
Iowa, Avoca. 1969 Centennial Half Dollar, advertised as a So-Called Dollar. Mintage 1,500. Catalog Value $8.50. Opening bid was $9.95 plus $3.00 shipping, with a $12.95 + $3.00 Buy It Now option. It spent two months at that price and is currently still available - but a Best Offer option is currently available for the listing ending December 4. I am going to try a $5.00 offer - It might work. *** Nope - seller responded with an $8.00 counteroffer. That’s $11.00 with shipping, and that’s too much for me!
Maryland, Hagerstown. 1962 Bicentennial $10. An unusual private issue MTC Good For $1.00 a year at “Routzahn’s” until 1972. This coin also noted the Grand Opening of the store. There is still a Routzahn’s Department store operating in Hagerstown, so I guess some people may have actually have been able to get the full $10 value for their token! Unknown mintage. Catalog value $10.00. This token is quite hard to find, but I was the only one willing to go the $9.99 with FREE shipping opening bid.
Hawaii, Honolulu. 1973 Hawaii Dollar. With letter (H) and number on raised rectangle on reverse, no “spikes” variety. This one struck in oxidized Bronze and numbered H 101. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $6.00. Sold to a single bidder at the $4.99 with FREE shipping opening bid.
Iowa, Larchwood. 1972 Centennial Half Dollar. Mintage 2,500. Catalog value $5.00. Offered as a “So-Called Dollar” for $9.95 with FREE shipping. No bids, so the seller made it a Buy It Now item priced at $12.95 with FREE shipping. It is still available, the current listing ending on December 3.
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. A pair of 1926 U. S. Sesquicentennial Treasure Island Doubloons, Liberty Bell/sailing ship variety in Extremely Fine condition - as usual. This lot also included a much more modern William Penn/ City Shield brass souvenir medal. The Doubloons are not listed in previous editions, but slated for inclusion in the next. The start was $9.99 with FREE shipping, and it sold for $13.38 after 3 bids.
California, Willits. 1976 50th Anniversary Frontier Days Dollars - Set of Silver and Bronze. Both numbered (76) on edge. Mintage 100 each. Catalog $27.50 for the silver one and $12.50 for the more common UNNUMBERED bronze piece. The numbered bronze was not previously reported. Start was $29.99 plus $3.95 for shipping. No one else wanted this scarcef set, and I won it for the opening bid. Wow!
Iowa, Battle Creek. 1965 Centennial Half Dollar. Mintage reports vary between 750 and 1,500. Catalog value $20.00. Some problems with this piece - it looks to be Extremely Fine or About Uncirculated, but the bright surface is flaking away. Up for bid starting at $9.99 plus $1.99 shipping. No bids this week, and it was relisted at the same price. Still no luck, so the seller made it a Buy It Now item with FREE shipping. No one bought it by November 8 when the seller ended the listing unsold.
Iowa, Belle Plaine. 1962 Centennial Half Dollar. Mintage 1,000. Catalog value $17.50. This Extremely Fine specimen was offered for $9.99 plus $1.99 shipping. There were no bids for this scarce piece. Relisted for a couple weeks at the same price, and then the postage cost was eliminated. As of December 4, it is still available, but now with a 10% ($1.00) discount.
Iowa, Cresco. 1966 Centennial Half Dollar. Mintage 4,000. Catalog value $10.00. Offered for a starting bid of $9.99 plus $1.99 shipping. There were no bids so the token was eventually made a Buy It Now item at the same price. Then it was offered with free shipping. Currently (December 4), it is being offered for 10% off - still with the free shipping.
Wyoming, Casper. 1980 Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $6.00. This slightly circulated piece went up for bid starting at $2.99 plus $2.00 shipping. No bids this week, but the piece was relisted at the same start until it finally sold to a single bidder on November 27.
Arizona, Wolfville (Tucson). Undated One Bit. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $10.00. Up for bid starting at $1.99 plus a very steep $5.99 shipping fee. This decent, but below average, Very Fine specimen sold for $4.25 after two bids.
Missouri, Hannibal. 1969 Sesquicentennial Official Coin. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $3.50 in this finish, gilt brass - the most easily found variety. Sold to a single bidder at the $4.99 plus $2.50 opening bid
Kansas, Russell. 1971 Set of Silver and Brass Prairiesta Centennial Dollars, each numbered 53 on the edge. Unknown mintage. Neither numbered piece listed in the last edition of my catalog, but the regular bronze piece catalogs for $6.00. Opening bid was $48.00 plus $2.50 and I was the only bidder. I will have to say I was quite pleased that there was no competition!
Minnesota, White Bear Lake. 1967 All America City Official Souvenir Dollar. Mintage 1,000. Catalog value $4.50. Sold to a single bidder at the $1.99 plus $2.54 opening bid.
Michigan, Leslie. 1961 125th Anniversary Half Dollar. Unknown Mintage. Catalog value $5.00. Starting bid was $9.95, plus an additional $3.00 for shipping. No bids were placed. The seller then made it a Buy It Now item for $12.95 plus $3.00. It stayed at that price until December 6 when the seller ended the listing unsold.
Ohio, Dennison. 1965 Centennial Half Dollar. Mintage unknown. Catalog value $6.00. Available for bid starting at $9.95 plus $3.00 shipping. Apparently that was a bit too high, and there were no bids, so it was made a Buy It Now item for $12.95 plus $3.00. Listed at that price until December 6 when the listing was ended by the seller.
Oregon. 1959 Statehood Centennial Uniface Golden Brass Medal. Unholed variety, with smoke from left smokestacks. Encapsulated and graded MS 64 by NGC. This is an item of interest to So Called Dollar collectors (HK-565) as well as Municipal Trade Coins collectors. The reverse shows evidence of the piece being removed from jewelry. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $5.00. This one started at $7.00 plus $3.00 shipping and sold for $71.99 after 10 bids.
Kansas, McPherson. 1961 Kansas Centennial Half Dollar. Mintage 10,000. Catalog value $3.00. This was a not-very-appealing spotty About Uncirculated piece. Offered for bid starting at $3.50 with Free Shipping. Free shipping too with the $7.00 Buy It Now option. Nobody wanted it either way, and it was relisted at a $3.50 with FREE shipping start until November 9 when the seller ended the listing unsold.
Hawaii. 1988 Scenic Dala Series #3, Whale Watching at Lahaina. Scarcer version with distant view of whale breaching. Mintage 300. Catalog value $35.00. After the first delivery of these coins, the designer decided that the whale should be featured more prominently, and the rest (2,500) were produced with a closer view of the whale. The seller noted it was in Proof condition, but with light contact marks on both sides. Offered for $75.00 Buy It Now, plus a $5.75 postal charge. This scarce piece is still available at the same price two months later. The current listing ends on December 10.
Hawaii, Honolulu. 1991 Honolulu Dala in Proof Silver. Unknown mintage. Formerly cataloged at $15.00, but worth more than double that now. Available for $75.00 plus $5.75 shipping. No bids, and listed ever since at the same cost. The current listing ends on December 10.
Kansas. 1961 Official Commemorative Coin for Kingman County. Unknown mintage, but a little harder to find than the average issue. Catalog value $2.50 for a generic token in the last edition of the catalog. Next edition will include values for all 105 county issues plus the other related varieties. This one will probably list for $5.00 or $6.00. Sold to a single bidder for the $4.99 plus $2.54 shipping charge opening.
Michigan, Hastings. 1955 Centennial Half Dollar. A very scarce issue. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $17.50. The start was $6.99 plus $1.00 for shipping. Amazingly, I was the only bidder! I think the seller made a significant error by stating that the date was 1971. The 1971 Hastings issue is very common, cataloging only $2.00, but the photo clearly showed that it was the earlier and much scarcer issue. About uncirculated condition - but a bit better than the one in my collection. Lots of good items out there this month!
Mississippi, Meridian. 1960 Centennial Half Dollar. Mintage unknown. Catalog value $10.00. This example is circulated - Extremely Fine or so - and has been toned quite dark, then cleaned. A token with problems! Bidding started at $3.99 plus $1.10. After two bids it sold for $4.25.
Arizona, Lake Havasu City. 1984/1985 London Bridge Dollar. Antique Nickel-Silver finish. Mintage 2,500. Catalog value $5.00. Start was $7.95 plus $3.50 shipping. No bids. Placed in the seller’s store at a Buy It Now price of $9.95, again plus the $3.50. The next month it was priced at $2.95 (bid) plus $3.50. And there were still no takers. That is cheap enough for me, I suppose, so I’ll bid $3.00 and see if I win it. The current auction ends on December 14. ***Note It turned out I was the only bidder, and I won it for the opening bid of $2.95 plus shipping.
Arizona, Lake Havasu City. 1991/1992 London Bridge Dollar. Antiqued Nickel-silver finish. Unknown Mintage. Catalog value $2.50. Start was $9.95 plus $1.99 shipping. No bids. Placed in the seller’s store at the same cost as a Buy It Now item. It is still available. The current auction ends on December 10.
Illinois, Oregon. 1968 125th Anniversary Half Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $7.50. Offered for a starting bid of $9.95 plus $3.00. There were no bids so the seller tried to sell it as a Buy It Now item for $12.95 plus $3.00. It is still available as of December 7.
Minnesota. 1958 Statehood Uniface Half Dollar. So-Called Dollar collectors compete for this as well as MTC collectors, so it generally brings a much higher price than what a similarly scarce Municipal Trade Coin would bring. I did not list this piece in my last edition because of the tiny maker’s name on the reverse was enough to exclude the listing. I’m not so fussy anymore. This one will list for between $7.50 and $10.00 in the next edition - a price level at which other MTCs of similar rarity are listed at. Graded MS 65 and encapsulated by NGC. The seller set the start at $195.00 with FREE shipping, but received no bids. Listed at the same cost until November 29, when the seller ended the offering unsold.
South Dakota. Set of 12 South Dakota Souvenir Dollars 1971-1980. Housed in a nice heavy plastic display Case. One each for the years 1971-1980 plus a couple 1972 Error varieties with the obverse intended for the NORTH Dakota dollars. Mintage 6,000 each for the regular issues which catalog for $3.50 each and and an unknown number of the error issues, which I catalog for $4.00 each. There are a number of edge varieties, which catalog for a little bit more, but I can’t tell from the images. Serial number 3893 printed on the case, so all (except the errors) should have at least that number on the edge. This set available for $129.00 plus $13.50 shipping. Still available in the middle of December.
South Dakota. Set of 12 South Dakota Souvenir Dollars 1981-1990. Housed in a nice heavy Capital Plastic display Case. One each for the years 1981-1990 plus an obverse variety of the 1981 issue, and an extra regular 1981 at the end to show the obverse, and to balance out the display. Mintage 800 each for the regular issues which catalog for $5.00 each and and an unknown number of the 1981 variety issue, which I catalog for $7.50. These prices for the normal lettered and numbered edge varieties. This set is a better buy than the series I set above, but still a bit high, I think, at $129.00 plus $13.50 shipping. Still available mid-December.
Illinois, Watseka. 1966 Centennial Half Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $6.50. Sold to a single bidder for the $4.99 plus $1.00 starting bid.
Hawaii, Honolulu. 1883-1983 Kalakaua Centennial obverse, 1984 I Visited the Hawaiian Mint reverse. Copper, About Uncirculated, spotted. Not listed in my previous editions of the catalog. Offered starting at $25.00 plus $2.55. No bids. Still being offered at the same price, but now as a Buy It Now item. The current listing ends on December 17.
Indiana, Greenwood. 1964 Centennial Half Dollar. Unknown Mintage. Catalog value $4.00. Graded MS 65 and encapsulated by NGC. Offered as a Buy It Now item for $23.00. No bids. Not relisted.
Kansas, Cuba. 1968 Centennial Souvenir Coin. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $4.00. Up for bid at $9.95 with FREE shipping. When no bids were received, it was placed in the sellers store at the same price, as a Buy It Now item. Still available December 15.
Hawaii. 1994 Princess Kaiulani Silver Princess Dala, numbered on reverse (343). Unknown mintage. Not listed in my previous editions. This choice piece was available for $99.00 plus $5.85 shipping, Buy It Now. There were no bids, and it has been listed ever since at the same price, but the current listing, ending December 21, has a Make Offer option.
Hawaii. Set of Four Gilt Aluminum Hawaiian Coin Replicas by ”The Royal Hawaiian Mint” - a previous now-defunct mint, not the current RHM. Includes the “1883” Kalakaua Dala, catalog value $3.50; the “1893” Lilioukalani Dala, unlisted in my previous edition, but in the yet-to-be published new edition I have it priced at $10.00; the “1875-1899” Princess Kaiulani Dala, which I valued at $4.00 in the previous edition, and the 1970 Menehune Money piece I valued at $3.50. All are in their original folded mailing envelope/display stands. The set was offered for $250.00 plus $5.85 shipping. No bids, but listed at this price until November 19. Then the seller raised the price to $300.00 with FREE shipping, and added a make Offer option, that listing ending on December 21. Interestingly, the seller also offers the Kalakaua and Menehune pieces individually for $25.00 each in their mailers, so he must consider the Lilioukalani and Kaiulani pieces considerably scarcer, a factor I would agree with.
Iowa, Malvern. 1969 Centennial Half Dollar. Mintage 1,000. Catalog value $8.50. I was the only bidder at the $6.95 with FREE shipping opening bid.
California, Hayward. 1976 U.S. Bicentennial 20% discount token for the Bay Area Coin & Bullion Exchange. I did not list his series of California Private Issues in my last edition, but they will be listed in the next. Mintage 1,000. Offered, in spotty Extremely Fine condition, for $9.99 with FREE shipping. No bids. Still available mid-December.
Alaska. “1878” The Last Frontier Alaska Dollar. Antiqued Brass with a brighter brass coin image in the center. Unknown Mintage. Not cataloged in the previous edition. Start was $4.99 plus $2.00, and it sold for $9.51 after 5 bids.
Puerto Rico. 10 piece set of Governor Pesos. Since becoming a commonwealth of the United States over 60 years ago, there have been 10 Governors elected by the citizens of Puerto Rico. Each is pictured on the reverse of one of these gold clad coins reminiscent (other than the Governor’s portrait) of the current U.S. Presidential Dollars, and the denomination of One Peso. A Fantasy issue, and an ideal companion to the Puerto Rico Pesetas which I have mentioned previously. These have an incredibly low mintage of just 75 pieces each, so if they fit in your collection, you had better get them now. The usual price of the set, in a nice vinyl binder, $300.00, but currently available for half price, $150.00, postpaid, including a couple nice little bonuses! Available on Ebay, or their website puertoricomint.com. On New Years Eve I checked this item, and there are just two sets left. Now you know what I do on New Years Eve. Party, Party, Party!
Pennsylvania, Tower City - Porter Township. 1968 Centennial Half Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $10.00. I won it for the $1.99 plus $2.25 starting bid. A nice bargain!
Oregon. 1959 Statehood Half Dollar Uniface Obverse. Nickel Silver, with smoke variety. Bolo tie clip attached to the reverse, otherwise an especially choice example. Offered for $2.99 plus $2.00 shipping. Sold for $3.25 after two bids.
Missouri, Perry Area. 1966 Centennial Half Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $7.50. This one up for bid starting at $12.00 plus $3.00 for shipping. There were no bids and it was not relisted.
New York, Buffalo. 1899 (1901) Pan American Exposition Good for 25¢ on purchase from H. Kleinhaus & Co. This example Very Fine, holed. Not previously listed. This piece offered for 99¢ plus $2.50 shipping. There were 9 bids and it sold for $17.39.
Alaska, Anchorage. 1967 Alaska Purchase Centennial, O’Neills Trade Dollar. Numbered version. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $3.50. Starting bid was $5.00 and shipping $3.00 more. No bids. Not relisted. The number was possibly 4283, but it was unclear in the illustration.
Arizona, Lake Havasu City. 1982/83 London Bridge Dollar. Mintage 25,000. Catalog value $3.50. Available from the London Bridge Rotary Club for $36.00. Offered for $20.00 plus $3.00 shipping. No bids. Relisted weekly, dropping to a $15.00 start after the November 11 listing . A month later, after still no bids, the seller ended his listing unsold.
Oregon, Joseph. 1959 Oregon Centennial Half Dollar. Mintage 5,000. Catalog value $3.50. This one in spotty About Uncirculated condition. Start was $9.99 plus $2.50 shipping. After four bids this very easy-to-find piece sold for $16.39.
Kansas, Stevens County. 1961 75th Anniversary Half Dollar. Mintage 3,000. Catalog value $5.00. Offered for that price, plus $1.93 shipping. No bids, and despite being offered for the next 6 weeks, it went unsold until being removed by the seller on December 17.
Montana, Scobey. 1963 Golden Jubilee Half Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $6.00. Start was $1.99 plus just 95¢ shipping. It attracted 9 bids by 3 bidders and sold for $10.00.
Oklahoma, Wilburton. 1965 75th Anniversary Half Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $5.00. This piece sold to a single bidder for the $6.00 plus $3.00 opening.
Washington, Walla Walla. 1986 Whitman Centennial $1.50, with number (6654). This is my “finer Dies” variety, which I previously only noted in the unnumbered version. Unknown mintage. Catalog value, for the numbered version of the original die, $5.00. Opening bid was $11.95 ($15.95 BIN), either option with a $1.95 shipping charge. There were no bids, and by November 16, the opening bid was lowered to $9.95, without a BIN price. The following 4 weeks it was listed only as a BIN item, still $9.95. Currently, and until January 16, it is available for $8.95 plus $1.95 shipping.
California, Willits. 1976 50th Anniversary Rodeo Dollar, Bronze. Mintage Unknown. Catalog value $12.50. I was the only bidder for this piece, which had a $12.00 with FREE shipping start.
Kansas, Russell. 1971 Centennial Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $6.00. This piece, housed in a heavy custom plastic holder, sold to a single bidder at its $3.00 plus $1.99 opening.
Minnesota, Virginia. 1959 Statehood Iron Nickel. Mintage 40,000. Catalog value $2.50. Nice Uncirculated. Sold to a single bidder at its 99¢ plus $2.25 opening bid.
Ohio, Put-In-Bay. 1983 New Year’s Eve Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $5.00. Bids were to start at $9.50, plus $2.54 shipping, but no one bid. Not relisted.
Arizona, Lake Havasu City. 1974 London Bridge Dollar. Mintage 20,000. Catalog value $4.00. Original die, no die crack variety. Started at $1.79 with FREE shipping, and sold for $4.25 after 3 bids. Currently priced at $107 on the London Bridge Rotary Club website.
Hawaii. 1883 / 1980 King Kalakaua replica Akahi Dala in Antique Bronze finish. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $4.50. Start was $16.00 with FREE shipping. When there were no bids, the seller made it a Buy It Now item, and has relisted it continually since, still at the same price. It is still available - the current listing ending on December 31.
Illinois, Champaign. Abraham Lincoln Eternal Light Souvenir Dollar. Mintage 5,000. Catalog value $4.50. Start was $4.99 plus $2.49 shipping. No bids. Relisted repeatedly at the same price, the current listing ending on December 20.
New Mexico, Albuquerque. 1976 U. S. Bicentennial Quarter. Private issue by Irv and Ruth Swallwell. Mintage 2,000. Not previously cataloged. This one was not quite uncirculated, and offered for just 99¢, but with a very high $3.25 shipping charge. No bids. Relisted for another week before the seller ended the listing unsold.