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September 2014 Ebay Municipal Token Listings

 

 

9/2/14

Michigan, Boyne City.  1956 Centennial Quarter.  Unknown Mintage.  Catalog value $6.50.  Up for bid for a start of $5.00 plus an unknown* amount for postage.  This was a nice uncirculated example that sold to a single bidder at the opening price.  A bargain (if the postage costs were not out of the reasonable range).

 

 

9/3/14

California, Calico.  1998 25th Spring Festival Dollar in gilt brass.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $5.00.  This sale was for a pair of these pieces.  Opening bid was $16.95 plus $3.75 postage, but there were no takers.  Relisted for two additional weeks at the same price before the seller reduced the price to $13.95 for three more weeks.  The lot was ended unsold on October 13.

 

 

9/3/14

Hawaii.  1996 Aloha Festivals 50th Anniversary Dala 32mm struck in gilt brass.  Mintage reported as 2,000 by the Royal Hawaiian Mint, but probably more were struck.  Catalog value $4.00.  Available for $19.00 from the RHM.  The opening was $15.00 with FREE shipping.  No bids, and offered repeatedly until October 26 when the seller made it a Buy It Now item in his Ebay Store for $16.00 still with FREE shipping.

 

 

9/3/14

Hawaii, Hilo.  Undated Hilo Dollar.  Oxidized silver plate finish.  HILO DOLLAR with serifs variety.  Unknown Mintage.  Catalog value $3.00.  The most common of the Hilo Dollar series.  Put up for bid with an opening price of $39.99 with FREE shipping.  When there were no bids the seller placed it in his Ebay Store for the same price.  It is still there today, two months later.  Another example of an ebay seller trying to get big bucks for a common token, just because it is from Hawaii. 

 

 

9/3/14

Ohio, Alliance.  1950 Centennial Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $6.00.  Offered for $7.88 plus 95¢ shipping*.  Almost uncirculated - which is typical for this issue.  Sold to a single bidder at the opening price.

 

 

9/4/14

Arizona, Lake Havasu City.  1986/1987 London Bridge Dollar.  Regular issue in bright copper.  Mintage 15,000.  Catalog Value $3.00.  Available from the London Bridge Rotary Club website for $18.00.  Sold to a single bidder for the 99¢ plus $1.93 postage opening price.

 

 

9/4/14

California, Santa Catalina Island.  1989 Trade Dollar.  First year of an eight year series.  Mintage 10,000.  Catalog value $4.00.  Described as ‘lightly used”, but I couldn’t see any wear from the photos, this was offered for 99¢ plus $2.95 postage.  No bids, and after another week at this level, the listing was ended unsold.

 

 

9/4/14

Hawaii, Maui.  1997 Maui Trade Dollar.  Mintage authorized up to 100,000.  Catalog value $2.50.  The starting bid for this piece was $9.00 with an additional $1.99 required for postage.  With no bids, and repeating the listing for the next four consecutive weeks, the seller finally ended the listing unsold.

 

 

9/4/14

Hawaii, Maui.  2014 Maui Two Trade Dollars. Standard nickel silver issue.  Unknown mintage.  Too new to be listed in the previous editions of the catalog.  The start price was just 99¢, but the shipping was $2.25 more - taking it out of the give-away class.  It sold to a single bidder at the opening price.

 

 

9/4/14

Missouri, Glasgow.  1961 125th Anniversary Half Dollar.  Mintage 3,000.  Catalog value $6.50.  Purchased at the Buy It Now price of $10.00 plus $3.25 shipping.

 

 

9/4/14

Montana, Northeast Division.  1964 Centennial Dollar.  Unknown Mintage.  Catalog value $5.00.   There were no bids at the seller’s $4.99 plus $2.50 opening, and the seller has been relisting it at the same opening bid.  It is now Thanksgiving, November 27, and it is still available.  It’s a nice quality scarce coin and a good deal at this price.  Someone ought to buy it!

 

 

9/5/14

Kansas, Newton.  1961 Kansas Centennial Half Dollar.  Struck in the regular gilt brass finish.  Mintage 4,000.  Catalog value $3.50.  The seller wanted a $13.50 plus $1.25 opening bid, which is just too much.  After two more weeks being offered at this starting bid, the seller quit listing it as an auction item and stuck it in his store - unfortunately still at the same Buy It Now price.  It is now three months later and it is still available.

 

 

9/5/14

Michigan, Ishpeming - Negaunee.  1973 Founders Day Dollar.  Mintage 10,000.  Catalog value $4.50.  This slightly circulated example was put up for bid starting at $13.50 plus 75¢ postage.  Way too much for a common coin.  There were no bids this week, or in the next three after that.  Failing to attract any bids, the seller put it in his Store for the same amount.  It lives on there today, November 28 - nearly 3 months later, if you want to pay that much.

 

 

9/6/14

Arizona, Chandler.  1962 50th Anniversary Half Dollar.  Mintage 4,000.  Catalog value $6.50.  This was a nice brilliant uncirculated one with a start of $9.95 plus $1.95.  No bids, and after two more weekly listings, the seller ended the listing.

 

 

9/6/14

Hawaii.  1986 Kamehameha I Dala, struck in bronze.  Much scarcer than the standard silver issue of the same design, which had a mintage of 500 pieces.  This variety has an unknown mintage and was not noted in the last edition of my catalog.  Available for an $80.00 opening bid or a $115.00 But It Now price, either option with FREE shipping.There were no bids, and after three additional weeks at this price, the seller reduced the opening bid to $69.00.  Still no bids, and after a couple more weeks the opening bid was lowered to $60.00.  With no bids at this level, the seller ended his listing. 

 

 

9/6/14

Kansas, Osborne County.  1971 Centennial Commemorative Coin.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $3.50.  This one had a starting bid of $19.50 plus $2.35 postage.  No bids, and offered every week after that up to November 18, when the seller ended his unsuccessful listing “because there was an error in the listing”.  The only error I saw was that it was valued at five times what it was worth!

 

 

 

9/7/14

Minnesota, Chisholm.  1958 State Centennial, City 50th Anniversary.  Very slightly circulated, which is typical for this issue.  Mintage 5,000.  Catalog value $6.50.  You could have had this one for the $35.00 with FREE shipping opening bid, but it was offered and closed with no action.  Not immediately relisted, but I have noted that the same seller has listed the same coin at the same price a few times since then.  Still no bidders. 

 

 

 

9/8/14

California, Santa Catalina Island.  1991 Trade Dollar.  Mintage 10,000.  Catalog value $3.50.  The start was a remarkable $25.00 plus $2.32 shipping, so it receive no bids.  After 3 weeks it seller made it a better deal by offering FREE shipping, but kept his $25.00 start.  A week later the start was dropped to $20.00 with FREE shipping - and as of November 7, it is still at that level, but now there is a $30.00 Buy It Now option to consider.

 

 

9/8/14

Utah, Fort Duchesne.  Undated Buffalo Chip 5.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $6.50.  Offered for a start of $5.00 plus $2.57 shipping.  It did not sell this week, but the following week it sold to a single bidder at the opening price.   

            

 

9/9/14

Arizona, Prescott.  1980 Frontier Buck.  Mintage unknown.  Catalog value $6.00.  Up for bid starting at $24.99 plus $3.00 shipping.  No bids, and after an additional week it was lowered to $12.00 where it has been for the last 6 weeks. 

 

 

9/9/14

Colorado, Durango.  1979 Rotary Club Sponsored Narrow Gauge Train Dollar.  Mintage 15,000.  Catalog value $5.00.  This example was slightly circulated, and at a start price of $6.00 plus $3.00 more for shipping.  No sale, so the seller doubled the price to $12.00 with FREE shipping.  The seller tried at this level for two weeks before giving up and ending the listing.

 

 

9/9/14

Ohio, Geneva-on-the-Lake.  1968 Firemen’s Roundup Dime.  Unlisted.  I was the only bidder for this item first reported a year or so ago.  This is the third one in a year, so I guess they are not too scarce.  Opening price was $3.00 and postage was $2.75* more. 

 

 

9/9/14

Oklahoma, Dell City.  1976 U. S. Bicentennial 20¢ token issued by Del Ford.  Private issue.  Mintage 1,000.  Catalog value $2.50.  A single bidder won it for the $2.99 opening bid.  Postage was $2.00* more.  

 

 

9/9/14

Oklahoma, Tulsa.  1976 Bicentennial Half Dollar for Bordens Cafeterias.  Private issue.  Mintage 1,000.  Catalog value $2.50.  There were no bids at the $8.99 plus $1.01 shipping start.  Finally sold to a single bidder after two additional weeks on Ebay.

 

 

9/9/14

Oregon.  1959 Centennial.  Generic obverse for the 50¢ municipal tokens and medals, but with a blank reverse.  Regarded as a So-called Dollar, so of interest to a much wider range of collectors than just Municipal Token collectors.  This is the golden bronze with smoke variety with the large hole.  This piece was in extremely fine condition and had a bit of corrosion on the front.  Unknown mintage.  My catalog value $5.00.  The opening bid was $2.00 plus $1.00 shipping.  After 5 bids it sold for $31.00, about right for a So-Called Dollar.  I priced it at $5.00 because that is about how much equally scarce Municipal Tokens bring.  What does that say about the future value of Municipals?  

 

 

9/9/14

Texas.  2010 Republic of Texas Two Units One Ounce Copper Coin.  Unlisted.  This one will probably be listed in the next edition because it has a denomination, sort of, and commemorates the Battle of San Jacinto.  The seller sold out his 5 pieces at the $5.95 starting price.  Postage was $4.00 each.

 

 

9/10/14

Montana, West Yellowstone.  1981 Yellowstone National Park Trade Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $4.50.  This one was offered for a start of $9.99 plus $2.32 shipping.  There were no bids, but the following week it was relisted, and did sell - to a single bidder at the opening price.   

 

 

9/10/14

Ohio, North Royalton.   1968 Sesquicentennial Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $5.00.  This was a nice specimen up for bid at a $2.99 plus $1.17 start.  No bids.  The token was not relisted.

 

 

9/10/14

Pennsylvania, New Brighton.  1963 Quasquicentennial Half Dollar.  Mintage 10,000.  Catalog value $4.00.  Started at 99¢ (plus $2.32 shipping), this token received no bids.  Relisted for one more week before the seller decided to end the listing unsold.

 

 

9/11/14

Nebraska, Phelps County.  1973 Centennial Dollar in oxidized brass.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $15.00.  One of the most difficult locations for Nebraska Municipals.  I can’t believe it, but I was the only bidder and won it for the opening bid of $2.00 plus $2.93 shipping.  It made my day! 

 

 

9/11/14

Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.  1926 Treasure Island Doubloon,  Uniface variety with pin on back.  Unknown mintage.  Not listed in previous editions, but I will probably list this one in the next edition.  It commemorates the U. S. Sesquicentennial and has a denomination, so I think it fits.  I will probably list it for $7.50 or so.  This one was a bit more - $35.00 plus $5.00* shipping.  There were no bids and it was not relisted.

 

 

9/12/14

New York, Delmar.  1961 Fire Department Anniversary Half Dollar.  Mintage 5,000.  Catalog value $4.00.  The seller offered his uncirculated specimen for a start of $6.95 with FREE shipping, but there were no bids, and the item was not relisted.

 

 

9/12/14

Arizona, Lake Havasu City.  1997/1998 London Bridge Dollar struck in oxidized bronze, the regular issue.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $3.00.  Available on the London Bridge Rotary Club website for $9.00.  Offered, and sold, to a single bidder at the opening price of $5.00 with FREE shipping.

 

 

9/13/14

Kansas, Osborne.  1971 Centennial Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $3.50 for the regular edition and $6.50 for the version with a numbered edge - Can’t tell from the photo or description which variety this one is.  It doesn’t really matter, though, because at $19.50 plus $2.35 shipping, it is priced too high for either type.  There were no bids and the item is still available two months later at the same opening bid.

 

 

9/14/14

Alaska, Matanuska Valley.  1968 50th Anniversary 8 coin set, 1¢ to $10.00, not in the plastic case of issue.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $20.00.  This set was offered for $45.00 with FREE shipping.  There were no bids this week, but when it was relisted the following week at the same price there was a bidding war between two determined bidders and it sold for $46.00.    

 

9/14/14

Delaware, Griswold.  1973 Volunteer Fire Company Quarter.  Unlisted.  I am not certain that I will be listing this token in the next edition.  It doesn’t seem to commemorate anything.  Perhaps it is just a merchant token.  Ideas, anyone?  At any rate it started at $4.99 plus $1.00 shipping and I won it for $5.75.  I was just the second bidder. 

 

 

9/14/14

Iowa, Emmetsburg.  1983 Irish Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $3.50.  Available for an opening bid of $4.99 plus $1.00 for shipping.  There were no bids, and despite being repeatedly re-offered at the same price, it did not sell.  On October 27, the seller moved it to his  Ebay Store, but made it a Buy It Now item at the same $4.99 plus $1.00 shipping, and it is still there as I write this on November 14.

 

 

9/14/14

Iowa, Emmetsburg.  1989 Irish Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $3.00.  Available for an opening bid of $4.99 plus $1.00 for shipping.  There were no bids.  Even after being re-offered for 6 weeks or so, it did not sell.  It still lives on in the seller’s Ebay Store as of mid November, however now with a Buy It Now price (still $4.99 + $1.00) instead of as an auction item.

 

 

9/14/14

Kansas.  1960 Official Centennial Coin for Gove County.  Unknown mintage, but one of the harder varieties of this more than 100 coin set to locate.  Offered, and sold, to a single bidder for the $3.00 plus $2.93 shipping fee start.

 

 

9/14/14

Missouri, St. Charles.  1969 Bicentennial Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $5.00.  Start was $4.25 plus $2.00 shipping.  No bids.  After 3 weeks at this price the seller lowered the start to $4.00 but raised the postage fee to $2.85.  After two weeks he lowered the start by 15¢ and raised the postage by the same.  During the second week at this level ($3.85 plus $3.00), the coin was sold to a single bidder.  Noting the success of this auction, another seller offered another slightly circulated example of the same token using the same description for virtually the same price with less success.  You will read about this in the November listings.

 

 

9/14/14

New York, New York City.  1986 Statue of Liberty Centennial Dollars.  Set of 6 in original folder.  Unknown mintage, Catalog value $3.50 each ($21.00 for the set).  Issue price was $6.50 each ($39.00 for the set).  The seller had his set priced at a $10.00 plus $2.50 shipping charge, but there were no bidders.  After two weeks it was lowered to $6.95 plus $2.50, but there were still no takers.  After three more weeks it was lowered to $5.95 plus $2.50.  It is now on the second week at this price and ends tomorrow, November 16.  It is just too cheap, so I just placed a $7.88 bid and will probably win it, but who knows!  Note: I did win it for the $5.95 opening bid.

 

 

9/14/14

Ohio, Mansfield.  1958 Sesquicentennial Half Dollar struck in aluminum.  Mintage 5,000.  Catalog value $7.50.  Offered as a good-for version of a So-Called Dollar (HK-710) for $29.00 Buy It Now with FREE shipping, it sold right away to a single bidder.  It was in the typical slightly used condition.

 

 

9/14/14

Tennessee, Rockwood.  1968 Centennial Half Dollar.  Mintage 2,500.  Catalog value $4.50.  The start was 99¢ plus $1.50 shipping.  It sold, after three bids, for $1.29.

 

 

9/14/14

Wisconsin, Kewaunee.  1976 U. S. Centennial Dollar.  Mintage 8,000.  Catalog value $4.50.  The regular issue copper version of this piece.  Offered for $2.00 plus $2.68 shipping.  There were two bidders and it sold for $2.25.

 

 

9/15/14

Alaska, Cordova.  Undated (1960’s) Iceworm Festival 8 Bits.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $6.50.  This about uncirculated specimen sold to a single bidder at its $6.74 plus $1.99 start.

 

 

9/15/14

Hawaii.  “1893” Queen Liliuokalani gold anodized aluminum Akahi Dala by an earlier incarnation of the current Royal Hawaiian Mint.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog $7.50.  Start was $2.50 plus $2.93 shipping.  It sold for $6.48 after accumulating 4 bids.

 

 

9/15/14

New York, New York City.  1964 New York World’s Fair Louisiana Pavilion Half Dollar.  Busts of John and Jacqueline Kennedy.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $12.50.  This was a nice uncirculated one with attractive toning.  Offered for $25.00 plus $2.50 shipping, it received no bids.  Offered for 5 more weeks at the same price, it still attracted no attention, and it was placed in the seller’s store on November 10, still at the same price.  Not really a bad deal for this scarce piece.

 

 

9/15/14

Ohio, Newark.  1952 Sesquicentennial Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $5.00.  Put up for bid at $1.99 plus $1.95 shipping, I was the only bidder!  I like these earlier pieces - I think they have potential.

 

 

9/15/14

Oklahoma, Fort Sill.  1969 Centennial Dollar struck in aluminum.  Unknown mintage, Catalog value $6.00.  This example, which was offered for $4.50 plus $1.01 shipping was in used condition.  No bids and not relisted.

 

 

9/15/14

Oregon, Pendleton.  Undated (1960’s?) Let’er Buck Room Aluminum Meal Ticket.  Another unlisted piece that seems to be a candidate for the catalog.  The start was $8.00 plus $1.00 shipping and it received 6 bids, finally selling for an impressive $22.72.  I bid less than half that amount. 

 

 

9/15/14

Pennsylvania, New Brighton.  1963 Quasquicentennial Half Dollar.  Mintage 10,000.  Catalog value $4.00.  The start was 99¢ and postage an additional $2.32.  There were no bids and it was not relisted.

 

 

9/16/14

Arizona, Prescott.  1980 Rotary Club Frontier Buck.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value currently $6.00, but going down to $4.50 or $5.00 in the next edition.  This piece was offered for only $24.99 plus $3.00 shipping.  Of course, there were no bids and it went out the next week at a $12.00 start.  The seller tried for 6 additional weeks at the new price, still without success, before the listing was finally ended.  

 

 

9/16/14

Colorado, Statewide.  1959 Centennial 25¢ Gold Poke.  Mintage 1,000,000 - the highest of any Municipal.  This item was a cellophane bag printed with the Centennial Logo on the front and with redemption information on the reverse.  The bag contained gold tailings from a historic Colorado mine, and as you can imagine, over the years most of the bags have been opened.  Not many of that million are still left!  I remember opening one I got on a trip through Colorado in 1959.  I was really disappointed.  Instead of shiny gold particles, all there was in my bag was plain old dirt!  Catalog value $10.00.  Despite the fact that a ragged one was available on Ebay for $22.09 and a nice one for $29.95 at the same time, no one bid on this choice example with a $14.99 plus $2.99 shipping fee starting price.  The seller tried three more weeks before giving up and ending his listing.

 

 

9/16/14

Michigan, Allegan.  1963 125th Anniversary Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $4.50.  This one started and ended at the 99¢ plus $1.95 opening level.  A bargain for some lucky bidder!.

 

 

9/16/14

Michigan, Webberville.  1971 Centennial Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $4.00.  Sold at the opening price of $1.99 plus $1.95 shipping to a single bidder.

 

 

9/16/14

New York, Delmar.  1961 Fire Department Anniversary Half Dollar.  Mintage 5,000.  Catalog value $4.00.  Offered for $1.99 plus $1.95 shipping, but there were no bids.  Not relisted.

 

 

9/16/14

Ohio, Mason.  1965 Sesquicentennial Half Dollar.  Mintage 5,000.  Catalog value $4.00 for this variety - the more common one where the A of At on the reverse points between the R and E of BEFORE on the reverse.  There was just one bidder and it sold for the start price of $1.99 plus $1.95 shipping.

 

 

9/16/14

Texas, Childress.  1963 Highway 287 Souvenir Half Dollar.  Original mintage 3,000 - perhaps more were ordered later.  Catalog value $3.50.  Despite being priced reasonably at a $1.99 plus $1.95 shipping, there was no one interested enough to place a bid.

 

9/16/14

Washington, Walla Walla.  1959 Centennial 59¢ Buck - Special Issue struck in copper.  Mintage 1,000.  Catalog value $6.00.  Offered for $4.99 plus $1.95 shipping.  Sold to a single bidder.

 

 

9/17/14

California, Yucca Valley.  1976 (1977) Bicentennial Trade Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $5.00.  I was the only bidder at the 99¢ plus $2.95 starting bid.

 

 

9/17/14

Colorado, Breckenridge.  1964 U. L. L. R. Winter Carnival Not a Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $7.50.  An unusual issue in that the token clearly states NOT GOOD FOR 50¢ IN TRADE - but it was.  Problems with the Federal Government the year before prompted the change in the legend.  The start was 99¢ plus $2.00 shipping, but after 5 bids it sold for $4.91.

 

 

9/17/14

Hawaii.  30th Anniversary of Statehood Dala, struck in silver.  Mintage 2,500.  Catalog value $22.50 in the last edition of the catalog.  Available from the Royal Hawaiian Mint website for $69.00.  This one was in its original packaging and was up for bid at $49.95 plus $2.99 shipping.  When it did not sell the postage costs were reduced to $1.99.  After a couple weeks at that cost, the postage was made FREE, but that still didn’t work.  The seller then reduced the start to $45.00 but reinstated the $2.99 shipping.  Then it went up to $51.99 Buy it Now plus $2.99.  Then on November 12 it became an auction item again, this time with a $39.95 start and $2.99 postage.  Though it was now priced quite reasonably, it didn’t sell the first week at this price, and is currently available at that $39.95 opening bid or a $51.99 Buy It Now.  It looks like maybe the Ebay Hawaiian Gold Rush is over.  Many items are not selling well at the high prices they were being offered at, and overall, the prices seem to be moderating.  

 

 

9/17/14

North Carolina, Morehead City.  1957 Centennial Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $6.50.  This one offered and sold for a $7.99 plus $2.32 opening bid to a single bidder.

 

 

7/19/14

Illinois.  1980 Illinois Dollar 28.5mm Susan B. Anthony Dollar size.  Mintage 8,000.  Catalog value $3.00.   The start was just 95¢ and the postage $1.93 more.  Four bids pushed the price to $2.35.

 

 

9/19/14

Montana, West Yellowstone.  1981 Trade Dollar.  Third issue in a four year series.  Unknown Mintage.  Catalog value $4.50.  This one was offered for $9.99 plus $2.32 shipping, a level that I thought was too high, but it did sell - to a single bidder at the opening price.

 

 

9/20/14

Oregon, Joseph.  1959 Oregon Centennial Half Dollar in “silver”.  The regular issue gilt brass version (which this probably is) had a mintage of 5,000 pieces and catalogs for $3.50.  As noted before, jewelers in Oregon sold plated versions of the standard 1959 Centennial Commemoratives for a nice profit, and virtually all issues were plated, most often in silver. These were not official issues, and since anyone with an inexpensive plating kit can make these up from the regular issues in their garage today, I do not catalog the them any higher than the standard ones.  At any rate, this one was described as silver and was listed with a start of 99¢ plus $3.45 shipping and sold for $19.01 after 7 bids.  It is possible that this was a real silver one, however none are recorded as being struck, and I have never seen a real good-for 1959 Oregon Centennial from Joseph in silver.  Lots of silver plated ones, though - even in different finishes.  If you think you have a silver issue, there are two easy ways to check.  Look for an edge marking signifying sterling or .999 fine silver, and check the weight.  A silver piece should weigh significantly more than a brass one.  If it passes these tests, you have a treasure!

 

 

9/21/14

Michigan, Mt. Pleasant.  1964 Centennial Half Dollar.  Mintage 1,500.  Catalog value $5.00.  Offered for a $1.99 start with a $1.95 postage fee, this scarce item sold to a single bidder at the opening price.  A good deal for one astute bidder.  OK, OK - it was me!  

 

 

9/22/14

Alaska, Haines.  1979-1981 Centennial Dollar.  Version with Chilkat Chief and Sheldon Jackson.  Unknown mintage, Catalog value $4.50.  This one started at 99¢ with FREE shipping, drew 13 bids, and sold for a respectable $10.27.

 

 

9/22/14

North Dakota, Rolla.  1963 75th Anniversary Jewelorama Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $6.50.  This looked like a choice uncirculated one, and they typically come slightly used, so I bid and won it for the opening bid of $5.99 plus $1.30.  This is an unusual issue in that a red watch jewel - the town’s major product - is embedded in the center.

 

 

9/23/14

Florida, Titusville.  1967 Centennial Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $7.50.  Opening bid was $4.95 plus $1.95 shipping.  A second bid pushed the sale price up to $5.20. 

 

 

9/24/14

Missouri, Kirkwood.  1965 Centennial Half Dollar.  100 Years Young variety.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $4.00.  Sold to a single bidder for the 99¢ opening bid, plus $2.50 shipping.

 

 

9/27/14

Alaska, Anchorage.  1967 Alaska Purchase Centennial issue O’Neils Trade Dollar.  Numbered version (actually much more common than the unnumbered variety).  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $3.50.  Offered up for bid for a start of $13.00 plus $2.00 shipping.  No bids.  Relisted one more week at this price, then the start was lowered to $10.00 for two weeks.  Then the seller made it a Buy It Now item for $15.00 plus $2.10 for 3 weeks.  Then back to an auction item starting at $10.00 plus $2.10.  Currently (November 19) being offered for an $8.00 start, still plus that $2.10 postage fee.

 

 

9/27/14

Florida, Marianna.  1962 Territorial Days Rodeo Half Buck.  Unknown mintage, but quite scarce.  Catalog value $10.00.  This example was slightly circulated, which is typical for this issue, and was offered for a start of $5.00 plus $2.75 shipping.  After seven bids it closed at $36.55.  Wow!  I don’t think that was too much for this elusive token.  My last-minute bid of $18.88 as a duplicate did not even get entered! 

 

 

9/27/14

Hawaii.  1990 Royal Hawaiian Mint bright bronze Trade Dala.  Mintage 425.  Catalog value from ‘way back when was $3.00.  Currently available on the Royal Hawaiian Mint website for $39.00.  This one on Ebay had a starting bid of $45.00 or a Buy It Now price of $70.00 - either way with FREE shipping.  With no bids, the start went down to $42.00 for 4 weeks.  Still no sale so the start was lowered to $30.00.  With no interest generated even at that level, the seller ended the listing unsold.

 

 

9/27/14

Hawaii.  1991 U. S. Silver Eagle with 10mm 1990 obverse counterstamp of Kalakaua I, and corresponding 1991 Pearl Harbor Dala counterstamp on the reverse.  A Royal Hawaiian Mint concoction.  Reportedly only 10 were struck.  Offered for $695.00 with FREE shipping.  There were no bids and it was not relisted. 

 

 

9/27/14

Hawaii.  2000 Discoverers design Ten Hawaii Silver Dollars $10 Dala.  Only 30 pieces minted, and too new to have been included in the last edition of the catalog.  Priced at a starting bid of $325.00 plus $5.95 shipping, this rare item spent its week on Ebay without attracting a bid.  Same story when the seller continued the listing for two additional weeks.  No bids!  Rare, but apparently priced too high.   

 

 

9/28/14

California, Santa Catalina Island .  1989 Trade Dollar.  The first year of an eight year series.  Mintage 10,000.  Catalog value $4.00.  Offered for $4.95 plus $2.25 shipping.  No bids.  Still available and currently on its seventh week at this price. 

 

 

9/28/14

Hawaii, Honolulu.  1992 Honolulu Dala.  Silver issue by the Royal Hawaiian Mint.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value from back in the days when silver was under $10.00 an ounce (are we headed there again?) $15.00.  This piece had a little rubbing, keeping it from being called a gem.  The start was $60.00 with FREE shipping.  No bids, but the listing was ended “because the item is no longer available”.

 

 

9/28/14

Hawaii, Kauai.  “1973” (Undated) Kauai Dollar.  Golden bronze variety without Chamber of Commerce sponsoring.  The seller said it was slightly circulated, but it looked very nice to me.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $3.50.  Nobody wanted to make a bid at the start level of $76.95 plus $1.91 shipping (Buy It Now $100.04), so the seller tried a much lower $7.95 start (no Buy It Now), but the shipping was fee bumped up to $1.93.  Still no sale.  The seller then placed the item in his Seller’s Store for purchase at $9.75 plus $1.93 shipping.  Towards the end of October the price was lowered to $8.95, but the seller eventually gave up and ended the listing unsold.

 

 

9/28/14

Missouri, St. Charles.  1969 Bicentennial Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog Value $5.00.  The start was a reasonable $4.25 plus $2.00 shipping.  When it didn’t sell the seller lowered the start by 25¢ to $4.00, but raised the shipping 85¢, to $2.85.  After two more weeks at this price, the start was raised a buck to $3.85, and the shipping raised to $3.00.  After two weeks at this new and higher price, the coin finally sold. 

 

 

9/28/14

Texas, Wilson County / Kansas Statehood Mule.  1960/1961 Half Dollar.  Very unusual issue with the redemption side of the 1960 Wilson, Texas Centennial Half Dollar and the obverse of the generic 1961 Kansas Statehood Centennial Half Dollar.  It is thought that the 1961 Kansas side was finished and sent off to the Kansas issuers for approval.  Since there were several communities that would be using this die, and those reverses had not been prepared yet, the new die was mated with the redemption side of a random issue of the same diameter from last years’ leftover dies, and this “mule” was the result.  Kansas communities that were interested in having their own centennial coins could see almost exactly what their finished coin would look like and place orders.  It is also possible that the pairing was just a mistake, and some were accidentally released.  I think this is a less likely explanation primarily because of the discrepancy in dates - it is not likely the minting facility was still striking expired 1960 Texas pieces when the Kansas 1961 pieces were being struck.  No one knows for sure, and it is likely to remain a mystery.  What is not a mystery is the rarity of this piece.  It is one of the mostdesirable of the Municipal Token series and RARELY shows up for sale.  In 50 years of collecting, this is the third of these that I have run into.  No mintage figures are known, but I list it for $35.00, which was the highest price for a modern non-precious metal issue in the last edition of the catalog.  The seller thought it must be some kind of mint error, and priced it at a start of $8.00 plus $2.00 shipping.  Incredibly, there were just two bids - someone bid $15.00 and my bid, which was much more than that, won the token for the give-away price of $15.50.  Wow.  Wow, wow wow!  It made my day, that’s for sure.  Kansas is a pretty popular state right now, and I had expected much more competition.  The seller mentioned both Kansas and Texas in the title of the lot, which should have attracted attention from collectors of both states, but I guess no one else noticed. 

 

 

9/29/14

Arizona, Lake Havasu City.  1978 London Bridge Dollar.  Mintage 25,000.  Catalog value $4.00.  Available on the London Bridge Rotary Club website for $27.00.  This one was offered for $9.95 plus $2.25 shipping.  There were no bids and the listing was ended.

 

 

9/29/14

California.  1974 Walker Scott $10.00 gift coin.  The token uses the obverse of the the generic 1974 Corbin Mint California Dollar, which I do list, combined with a new Walker Scott Gift Coin reverse.  Walker Scott was a department store chain based in California for many years, but it is gone now.  I suppose this one should be listed along with the California Dollar version.  The seller wanted a start of $19.99 (Buy It Now $29.99) plus $3.99 shipping.  No bids, and I have been watching it for several months now, hoping for a price reduction, but it stays at that $19.95 start.  And the $3.99 shipping cost seems annoying since the seller lives less than 20 miles from me.  And I’ll have to pay California sales tax.  Guess I’m going to have to bid on it.  It closes in 4 days (December 2).  If I get lucky I’ll win it for the opening bid - I’m NOT going to pay the Buy It Now price.  So it will cost me $25.00 or more, and I’m going to list it for $7.50.  That’s how to make it in the coin business!  Note:  I won the item at the opening bid.    

 

 

9/29/14

Hawaii.  (1993) Aloha Money Counterstamp on a 1974-D U. S. Dime.  Mintage uncertain - perhaps 790 - on various dates.  Not Cataloged.  Available for $60.10 on the Royal Hawaiian Mint website.  Offered for a $9.99 plus $2.25 start.  There were 12 bids and it ended up selling for $40.99.      

 

 

9/29/14

Kansas, Elkhart.  1963 50th Anniversary Half Dollar.  Unknown mintage.  Catalog value $4.50.  This auction was for a nice uncirculated example that had a start of $9.99 with FREE shipping.  Sold to a single bidder at the opening price. 

 

 

9/29/14

Oregon, Eugene.  1961 Emerald Empire Roundup Half Dollar, the standard issue struck in nickel silver.  Mintage 10,000.  Catalog value $3.00.  The start was just 88¢ and postage an additional $1.95.  It sold after 3 bids for $1.25.

 

 

9/29/14

Utah, Salt Lake City.  1976 Dollar token for U. S. Bicentennial.  This token made from a 1976 Cedar City, Utah Bicentennial Dollar with the central part of the redemption information milled off, and an adhesive label stuck on in its place indicating that the Dollar was now redeemable at the Shakespeare Dinner House in Salt Lake City.  Mintage uncertain, but probably a little more than 200.  Catalog value $6.00.  The seller started this at $3.00 plus $2.75 postage.  After four bids it sold for $6.00. 

 

 

9/30/14

Iowa, Rolfe.  1963 Centennial Dollar.  Mintage 4,000.  Catalog value $5.00.  This seller wanted a start of $20.00 for his spotty uncirculated piece, which is too much - especially when you add in the crazy $11.55 shipping fee.  There was no bid that first week, and it has been listed every week since at the same start.  It has been two months - give it up!

 

 

9/30/14

New York, New York City.  1964 World’s Fair John and Jacqueline Kennedy 100 Cents at the Louisiana Pavilion Coin Center.. Scarce anyway, this piece was unusual in two respects - first it retains its white metal plating (it has been scrubbed off on most specimens) and it has a name engraved in the place on the obverse left blank for personalization.  The start was $24.99 plus $4.00 shipping, and it did not receive a bid.  Had I realized it was a personalized one, I would have bid on it, but I was careless and missed it.  There were no other bids so it went unsold and it was not relisted.  I will contact the seller and see if it is still around.  It has been two months, but I might get lucky!   Note: The seller did not reply.

 

 

9/30/14

Oregon, John Day.  1959 Oregon Centennial Half Dollar - variety with no smoke from left smokestacks.  Slightly scarcer than the variety with smoke.  Mintage, both varieties combined, 6,000.  Catalog value for this variety $3.50.  Offered at a $9.95 plus $2.32 shipping start.  Sold to a single bidder at the opening bid.  

 

 

 

 

 

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