MTCs ON EBAY AUGUST, 2014
Hawaii, Maui. 2014 Two Maui Trade Dollars coin, struck in the regular issue nickel silver. Perhaps slightly circulated. Unknown mintage. Too new to have been cataloged in the last edition of my catalog. Offered for $9.95 plus $3.00 shipping, this token was priced too high and received no bids. It has been placed in the seller’s store for a more reasonable $7.00 Buy It Now plus $3.00 shipping, and is still available as of early October.
Kansas. 1941 Coronado Quarto Centennial nickel, zinc version. Typical about uncirculated condition. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $4.00. Used at various locations along a Pony Express reenactment route. This one started off at just 99¢ with FREE shipping*. After 14 bids it sold for $6.50.
North Dakota, Bismarck. 1961 Dakota Territory Centennial Half Dollar struck in nickel silver. July 4 redemption date. Mintage just 1,000 in this finish. Catalog value $5.00. Opening bid was $14.00 plus $1.20 shipping. There were no bids and it has been repeatedly relisted ever since at the same price. The current listing ends on October 2.
Alaska, Cordova. Undated (1960’s) Iceworm Festival 8 Bits. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $6.50. The starting bid was $7.70 plus $1.99 shipping. No bids. Offered for two more weeks at the same start price, and then the listing was ended by the seller with no sale.
New York, Springville. 1984 Sesquicentennial Dollar. Catalog value $15.00. When we first became aware of these, fifteen or twenty years ago, the story was that there were four trial pieces struck and delivered to the Centennial Committee, which decided that the tokens were not satisfactory, and the order cancelled. Since that time I have been able to track down at least 5 pieces (including this one), so that story is suspect. They still remain a very scarce issue. This piece was offered for a start of $6.95 plus $1.99* shipping. There were 4 bidders and I won it for $15.50, which I think is a real bargain even for my duplicate box!
North Dakota, Rugby. 1986 Centennial $2.00. Mintage 5,000. Catalog value $4.00. Starting bid $4.95 and shipping an additional $4.50. No bids, not even when offered the following week for the slightly lowered Buy It Now price of $4.49 - still plus that $4.50 shipping.
Texas, Hillsboro (Hill County). 1965 Diamond Jubilee Dollar. There were 4100 pieces struck before the die cracked and the obverse rim over COURT of COURTHOUSE broke. There were an additional 100 pieces struck with this defect, and they were sold for $2.50. This auction was for the broken die variety which catalogs for $6.50 (The regular strike lists for $3.50). No one else wanted it so I won it at the $4.95 plus $1.50 shipping start price.
Arizona, Lake Havasu City. 1972 London Bridge Havasu Dollar. The first year of a series that is still being produced. Mintage 25,000. Catalog value $4.00. Offered for a start of 99¢ with FREE shipping, this piece drew 9 bids and sold for $9.00. Currently available from the London Bridge Rotary Club for $126.00.
Arizona, Tombstone. 1929 50th Anniversary Quarter. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $15.00. This piece started at $9.95 and sold for $24.50 after 3 bids. I won this one (as a duplicate) and think it was almost a giveaway! These scarce early pieces will be regarded as very desirable when collecting Municipal Tokens catches on. Get ‘em while you can!
Texas, San Antonio. 1978 Folklife Festival Dollar. Mintage 5,000. Catalog value $2.50. Fourth year of this series which went on through 1996. The listing started at 1¢ plus $2.50 shipping. There were 4 bids and it sold for $1.80.
Texas, San Antonio. 1979 Folklife Festival Dollar. Mintage 5,000. Catalog value $2.50. Fifth year of this series which continued until 1996. The listing started at 1¢ plus $2.50 shipping. There were 7 bids and it finally sold for $1.75. The same bidder won this lot and the preceding one (I could tell because both winners had the same feedback number), which was nice because the seller offered shipping at $2.50 with any other lots thrown in for no additional cost.
Kansas, Silver Lake. 1970 Centennial Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $6.00. Up for bid starting at $1.00 plus $1.95 shipping. This slightly circulated piece (usually found uncirculated) brought out 5 bids and it sold for $2.20.
Ohio, Miamisburg. 1968 Sesquicentennial Half Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $4.50. Offered, and sold for the starting bid of 99¢ plus $2.99 shipping.
Ohio, North Royalton. 1968 Sesquicentennial Half Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $5.00. Slightly circulated. Offered for $4.99 plus $2.99 shipping. No bids so the seller lowered the start by half, to $2.49. Still no bids, so he raised the start back to $4.99, received no bids so he raised it to $5.99. That did not work either, and it is currently (early October) listed for the original $4.99 plus $2.99 start.
West Virginia, Summers County (Hinton). 1963 State Centennial Half Dollar. Mintage 15,000. Catalog value $7.50. Offered for $49.95 plus $3.00 shipping. Wow! There were no bids, and the seller placed the item in his store where it is still available (October 2) for the same price.
Hawaii. 1964 aluminum Merry Monarch Festival Dollar. Mintage 5,000. Catalog value $4.00. Offered for $8.75 plus $1.50 shipping. No bids. Not relisted.
New York, Delmar. 1961 50th Anniversary of Fire Department. Mintage 5,000. Catalog value $4.00. Offered for $6.95 plus $1.99 shipping. There were no bids and the listing was ended.
Texas. Undated 34mm “Texas Penny” featuring the Alamo. A novelty item, but it does fit the definition of a MTC. Mintage unknown. Catalog value $3.50. Start was $6.95 plus $2.19* shipping. There were two bids and it sold for $7.51.
Florida, St. Petersburg. 1964 Funtime Celebration Half Dollar. Mintage 10,000. Catalog value $3.50. the starting price was 99¢, but 3 bids pushed the selling price all the way up to $1.29! This choice uncirculated piece is housed in a plastic “slab” and graded MS66 by ANACS. It costs twenty bucks or more to have a coin graded and encapsulated by ANACS these days, so the selling price of $1.29 looks like a real bargain!
Georgia, Fitzgerald. 1965 Civil War Centennial Dollar. Mintage 4,000. Catalog value $5.00. The start was just $9.99 plus $2.32 shipping. After 5 bids it sold for $10.49. Not bad for a scarce-ish ANACS slabbed piece in MS64 condition.
Kansas. 1961 Official Centennial Coin for Phillips County. A hard county to find - about a 7 on a scale of 1 (common) to 10 (rare). Start was $9.99 plus $2.50* shipping. There were 6 bids and it sold for $31.01. Very respectable!
Michigan, Ishpeming - Negaunee. 1973 Founders Day Dollar. Mintage 10,000. Catalog value $4.50. This one encapsulated in a plastic “slab” by ANACS, and graded MS66. Start was 99¢ and postage $2.32. There were 13 bids and it sold for $8.51. I guess that is a bargain because it costs well more than twice that amount just to have a token put into a slab!
Michigan, Lakeview. 1967 Centennial Half Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $4.50. In an ANACS slab and graded MS64. Start was 99¢ plus $2.32 shipping. There were 4 bids and it sold for $3.75.
Michigan, Spring Lake. 1969 Centennial Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $4.00. An attractive design graded MS64 in an ANACS slab. It started at 99¢, attracted 8 bids, and sold for a very reasonable $5.54 plus $2.32 shipping.
South Carolina, Beaufort County. Port Royal 400th Anniversary Half Dollar struck in SILVER. Mintage unknown. Catalog value $22.50. Start was 99¢ plus $3.25 shipping. After 12 bids it sold for just $12.49 - well under the melt value and TOO CHEAP for this rare token!
Wyoming, Douglas. 1986 Centennial Dollar. Unknown Mintage. Catalog value $5.00. Offered for a 99¢ start in a ANACS slab and graded MS64. Selling price was $5.55 after just two bids. Postage was another $2.32.
Wyoming, Green River. 1969 Powell Centennial Half Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $4.50. In a plastic ANACS slab graded MS64. The start was 99¢ but 3 bidders sent the final price up to $5.13. Postage was $2.32
Indiana, Terre Haute. 1966 150th Anniversary Half Dollar. Oxidized bronze, holed as made. Mintage unknown. This variety catalogs for $8.50. It also comes in this finish but without the hole - same catalog value. Offered for $9.99 plus $2.95 shipping. There were no bids this week - or in the following 3 weeks when it was offered for the same price. I was tempted, but it was just a little too high for me, especially since it looked like it might have been slightly circulated. The listing ended, unsold, on August 25.
Missouri, Kirkwood. 1965 Centennial Half Dollar. Type with stylized tree on obverse. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $4.00. Start was $2.99 plus $2.50 more for postage. There were no bids and it was not relisted.
North Dakota. 1974 Seventh Cavalry Dollar struck in copper. Mintage 2,000. Catalog value $5.00. This one started at $6.95 plus $2.19 postage. There were two bidders and it sold for $7.45
Montana, Billings. 1968 regular issue nickel-silver Will James State Fair Dollar. Mintage 15,063. Catalog value $3.50. There are a lot of collectors of cowboy Will James memorabilia, and these tokens usually sell at higher-than-expected prices…this one being no exception. The start was $9.95 plus $2.95 shipping*. There were two bids - both by the same person who placed a higher price just before closing to make sure he was not outbid - and it sold for the opening bid since there were no other bidders.
Hawaii, Honolulu. 1995 Honolulu Dala in silver with Hula Dancer and Diamond Head. Unknown mintage. Catalog value just $15.00 from back when silver was under $10.00 an ounce. The start was $27.77 plus an unknown amount for shipping. Ebay no longer lets you know the postage charges after an item has sold - and the seller is not currently offering other items for sale so I can’t even use the current shipping charge for a similar item as a basis for determining shipping cost. This piece sold for $34.00 plus some mystery amount for postage after four bids.
Pennsylvania, Indiana. 1966 SesquiCentennial Dollar, silver clad. Mintage 965. Catalog value $12.50. This one was offered for $29.95 with FREE shipping. There were no bids.
Hawaii. 2007 Warrior $10 Liberty Dollar. One half ounce size, silver. Unknown mintage. Uncataloged in last catalog. Offered for $85.00 with FREE shipping. No bids. Relisted for 5 more weeks before the seller dropped the price to $80.00. Still no bids and after two more weeks the listing was ended with no sale. The Royal Hawaiian Mint currently sells this issue for $190.00.
New York, Warsaw. 1968 Quasquicentennial Half Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $5.00. Up for bid for 99¢ plus an undisclosed amount for postage. There were 3 bids and it sold for $4.13.
Illinois, Chanute Air Force Base. 1967 50th Anniversary Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $4.50. The start was $8.50 with FREE shipping. No bids. Not relisted.
Florida, St. Petersburg. 1964 Funtime Celebration Half Dollar. Mintage 10,000. Catalog value $3.50. This almost uncirculated piece was offered for $4.99 plus $1.00 shipping. It sold to a single bidder.
New York, Rensselaer County. 1966 175th Anniversary Half Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $3.50. Up for bid at $5.00 with FREE shipping. Relisted three more weeks, still without success.
New York, Ticonderoga. 1964 Bicentennial Half Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $4.50. Opening bid was a reasonable $3.95 with FREE shipping. Listed until September 20 when the seller ended the listing without a bid.
Virginia, Charlottesville. 1962 200th Anniversary Half Dollar. Monticello version. Mintage 7,000. Catalog value $5.00. Offered at a wild start price of $14.99 plus $1.95 shipping. There were, of course, no bids. Repeatedly listed at the same price until September 29, when the seller put it into his store at the newly revised (doubled!) price of $29.95 plus $1.95. It is still there as of October 12, and probably will remain so for the foreseeable future. I don’t understand some ebay sellers who list their items at very high prices for months and then raise the price when it doesn't sell. I don’t know if they are motivated by greed - or if they are just stupid!
Pennsylvania, Schaefferstown. 1963 Bicentennial Half Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $4.50. This one started at $1.00 plus $3.37 shipping. There were no bids and the seller has been relisting the token ever since. The current offering ends October 16th, and the start is still just $1.00. I think that $3.37 shipping charge is keeping the bidders away.
Indiana, Logansport. 1976 U. S. Bicentennial / 150th Anniversary of county Anniversary Dollar. Set of 4 in oxidized bronze, antique nickel silver, golden bronze and pure silver. The first two were issued in large quantities, but the last two had a mintage of just 400 pieces each. I catalog the set for $33.00, which would be a bargain today. The start for this lot was $23.99 with FREE shipping. Somehow I was the only bidder. Wow.
North Dakota. Dickinson 1972 (1973) Roughrider Festival Dickinson Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog $6.50. The start was $2.75 plus $2.50 shipping*. There were 5 bids and it sold for $9.26.
Colorado, Sterling. 1959 Diamond Jubilee Half Dollar. Mintage 5,000. Catalog value $4.00. This piece is struck in nickel silver, but the seller described it as sterling silver. The seller even gives the weight as 12 grams - which is what the standard nickel silver issue weighs. If there were any sterling silver issues (and it seems with a town name like that, there should be) they would weigh more. This was available for an opening bid of $24.99, or a Buy It Now price of $40.00. Shipping was to have been $3.99. No bids. Not relisted.
Iowa, Emmetsburg. 1970 Irish Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $5.00. This example started at $4.99 plus $1.00 shipping. No bids. Relisted 7 additional times before finally being ended by the seller on October 11.
Arizona, Quartzite. 1975/1976 Pow Wow Dollar. The scarce muling of the 1976 obverse and the 1975 reverse. Mintage unknown. Catalog value $7.50. Up for bid at $4.99 plus $2.50 shipping. Listed until early October when the seller ended the listing. The seller did not note that it was the 1975/1976 variety.
Pennsylvania, Cambridge Springs. 1966 Centennial Dollar in goldene. Slightly circulated and a bit spotty. Mintage unknown. Catalog value $17.50. Quite scarce in this finish - this is only the second one I have seen. The opening bid was $6.00 with FREE shipping. Nobody else spotted this treasure, and I won it for the $6.00 start!
Pennsylvania, Souderton. 1962 Diamond Jubilee Half Dollar. Mintage 2,500. Catalog value $4.50. Offered for a starting bid of $14.00 plus $1.75 shipping. Relisted until September 21 at this price, and then lowered to a $12.50 start. When it received no bids, the seller placed it in his store at the same price, and there it lives on today.
Mississippi, Columbus. 1962 Civil War Centennial Half Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $5.00. The start was $9.00 plus $1.50 shipping. There were 7 bids and it sold for $13.38.
Mississippi, Laurel. 1957 Diamond Jubilee Masonite Nickel made out of…Masonite! Unknown mintage. Catalog value $8.50. The opening price was $8.00 - but the postage costs have been deleted from the listing by ebay. There was a lot of interest in this item - seven bidders sent the price up to $21.53 plus whatever the postage was.
New York. 1980 New York Dollar. Susan B. Anthony size. Mintage 10,000. Catalog value $3.00. The start was $9.99 with FREE shipping. No bids. The price was dropped to $8.99 and it is still being offered at that price. The current listing ends on October 19.
Washington, Olympia. 1933 Old Ironsides Oyster Money Quarter. This wooden piece was not listed in the last edition of the catalog, but it will probably be in the next. This scarce piece started at $9.99 plus $6.99 shipping. After 15 bids it sold for $70.00. The seller noted that it was slightly bent.
Arizona, Willcox. 1973 Rex Allen Days Copper Dollar. This was the numbered version, slightly circulated and cleaned. Mintage unknown, Catalog value $6.00. The start was $1.99 plus an unknown amount for postage. There were 3 bids and it sold for $2.76+.
Hawaii. “1883” Akahi Dala Reproduction. Described as Bruce X#MB4a, which it is not - that one is is a KALA Dala not an AKAHI Dala, as this specimen is. This is the large date, long denticle variety described in my catalog, and which I catalog for $3.50 (unknown mintage). The seller noted that the mintage was just 40 pieces (a newer edition of Bruce says 50 pieces). That low mintage may be true for the Kala Dala, but the Akahi Dala is a completely different coin and very common. Strangely, the seller did not mention that the coin had been enameled with the background in deep blue or black, and the design elements left in their bright brassy tones. Touted as a great investment at a start of $39.95 plus $2.49 shipping* - this piece actually did get a bid! Amazing!
Wisconsin, Edgerton. 1975 Tobacco Days Commemorative Coin. Numbered (perhaps all for this year are?). Mintage unknown. Catalog value $6.50. Offered for a start of $5.01 plus $1.97 shipping. No bids. Relisted over and over (eventually going up to a $6.01 Buy It Now price) before I finally decided to get it on October 15.
South Dakota. 1975 South Dakota Dollar struck in copper, not the typical nickel silver for this year. Mintage unknown. Catalog value $8.50. A single bidder won it for the opening price of $3.50 plus an unknown amount for shipping.
* Ebay has begun hiding the amount of postage paid on lots that have sold. If a postage charge is followed by an asterisk, the postage fee was determined by seeing what the seller is charging for similar items which have not sold yet. Not totally accurate, but the best I can do. Sometimes the seller notes the postage fee in his description, and then I can give an accurate amount.