MTC’s on Ebay October 2014
Arizona, Lake Havasu City. 1993/94 London Bridge Dollar. Standard issue in bright copper. Mintage 10,000. Catalog value $3.00. Available on the London Bridge Rotary website for $12.00. Up for bid starting at $8.55 plus a very reasonable 69¢ shipping. There were no bids, so the seller decided the best thing to do was to raise the price to $12.99 and make it available with a Buy It Now feature, not an auction. After a few weeks he added an Or Best Offer, and someone offered enough because it sold. Unfortunately Ebay will not disclose the amount Or Best Offer items actually sell at. I sure don’t know why, but thanks a lot , Ebay!
Kansas, Newton. 1961 State Centennial Half Dollar. Mintage 4,000. Catalog value $3.50. This auction was for a nicely struck brilliant uncirculated example. The seller started it off at $13.50 plus $1.25 shipping. No bids. He ran it for an additional week as an auction item at the same start price, and when it once more did not draw a bid, he put it in his Seller’s Store at the same price. It is now two months later, and it is still available.
Michigan, Portland. 1969 Centennial Half Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $4.50. The start was $4.99 plus $2.95 shipping. Sold to a single bidder.
Oregon, North Santiam (Stayton). 1959 Oregon Centennial Half Dollar. Privately silver plated example. Mintage for the plated ones unknown, but there were 5,000 originally struck in gilt brass. They catalog for $4.00. I do not list the plated versions, but they should not be significantly more than the regular issues because of the ease of anyone with a plating kit taking a few minutes and plating another one up. This was offered for $15.00 plus an unbelievable shipping fee of $11.55, and someone bid on it. I’m glad he didn’t have any competition!
Indiana, Corydon. 1966 Sesquicentennial Quarter. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $6.00. The starting bid was $1.99 plus $2.50 shipping. This slightly circulated piece drew 7 bids from 4 bidders and it sold for a very respectable $10.51.
Iowa, Emmetsburg. 1980 Irish Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $3.50. Starting bid was $4.99 plus just a dollar for shipping. No bids. After three additional weeks the seller made it a Buy It Now item at the same price. As of December 1, it is still available.
Iowa, Emmetsburg. 1983 Irish Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $3.50. Starting bid was $4.99 plus $1.00 for shipping. No bids, so after three additional weeks the seller converted it to a Buy It Now item, still at the same price. Still available as of December 1.
Iowa, Emmetsburg. 1984 Irish Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $3.50. Starting bid was $4.99 plus an additional dollar for shipping. The item attracted no bids this week or during the following three weeks. The seller then made it a Buy it now item. Still available (as of December 1) as a Buy It Now item for the same price.
California, Santa Catalina Island. 1991 Trade Dollar. Mintage 10,000. Catalog value $3.50. The seller wanted a $25.00 starting bid, but that was ok, I guess, because the shipping was FREE. It did not sell at that level so the seller tried a $20.00 start for four weeks before giving up and ending the listing unsold.
South Dakota. 1979 Souvenir Dollar. Standard nickel silver issue. Seller said it was slightly used, but it looked brand new to me. Mintage 6,000. Catalog value $3.50. The start was to be $5.00 plus $2.95 shipping. When it didn’t sell, the seller put it in his Seller’s Store and raised the (Buy It Now) price to $12.50. It is still there. If you want it, right now (December 3) is a good time to jump on it because it is on sale at a 20% discount for the next two days. Sale price $9.38, still plus that $2.95 shipping.
Alaska, Skagway. 1975 Gateway to the Klondike Dollar. Scarce date. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $10.00. Available for an opening bid of $29.99 plus $3.00 shipping. There were no bids and it came back for a start of $19.99 the next week. Still no bids, so it was cut to $12.99 plus $3.00 and when it did not sell once again, the seller ended the listing.
Hawaii. 1883-1983 King Kalakaua Centennial Dala, struck in gold. Mintage 29 pieces if you accept the numbers in Metcalf and Fong, or 7 pieces according to the Royal Hawaiian Mint Website - quite scarce either way. Unlisted in the last edition of my catalog. This had been listed as a Buy It Now item on Ebay for about 6 months, the seller told me, before I stumbled onto it (I usually look only at the Auction items), and it had accumulated 11 watchers. It was priced at $1,625 plus $25 shipping. The seller had gotten many offers to buy it for less than the listed price, but had held to the original price, which ended up working just fine for me. At the time it was only about $300 over the gold value, which seemed like a decent buy, so I pressed the Buy It Now button and it was mine. I did save the $25.00 shipping fee because I was able to meet the seller and pick it up in person. Of course since then the value of an ounce of gold has fallen nearly $150.00, so I’m not sure that it was such a good buy anymore!
Hawaii. Set of 6 one ounce silver “Ten Hawaii Silver Dollars $10 Dalas" issues put out in 2004 to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Royal Hawaiian Mint. Six obverse dies of various RHM one ounce silver Dalas (of various dates) were combined with a new reverse inscribed Ten Hawaii Silver Dollars / $10 Dala around the typical RHM rendition of the Hawiian Arms. Thirty sets were made as well as some available as singles. Obviously very hard to find. This was a set in its original blue plastic case, all uncirculated, and available for $2,495 plus $12.95 shipping. I’ll bet a lot of collectors looked at this lot and thought about it, but in the end no one placed a bid. I wanted it, as I still need four of the coins, but it was simply priced at more than what I felt it was worth.
Montana, Helena. 1964 Official Souvenir Silver Dollar, struck in nickel silver. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $3.50. The starting bid was an extremely high $40.00, and the shipping a totally ridiculous $11.55. Do I really need to tell you that there were no bids? After being listed six additional weeks at the same price, the seller decided to let it go a little cheaper. It is still available (December 6) for a starting bid of $35.00 plus $11.55 shipping.
Arizona, Quartzite. 1973 Pow Wow Dollar. The first of a 5 year series. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $3.50. This slightly circulated one sold for the opening price of 99¢ plus $2.99 shipping to a single bidder.
Iowa, Clare. 1979 Irish Dollar. The eighth issue in a 10 year series. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $4.00. The start was $9.99 plus $1.99 shipping. No bids. The following week the price was lowered to $8.99. As of December 6 it is still available for $8.99 but somewhere along the way the seller took away the shipping fee and has been offering it with FREE shipping.
Iowa, Mt. Carmel. 1969 Centennial Half Dollar. Mintage 1,500. Catalog value $7.50. Starting at $9.99 plus $1.99 shipping, this choice uncirculated piece sold to a single bidder.
Indiana, New Albany. 1963 Sesquicentennial 5 Cents. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $6.00. Offered for $5.85 plus $1.85 shipping. Relisted at $6.85 with FREE shipping, but this did not work either, and the listing was ended unsold on December 4.
Hawaii. “2000” Ten Hawaii Silver Dollars $10 Dala. Discoverers” design. At least 30, and probably 50 or so stuck. A scarce issue offered for $325.00 plus $5.95 shipping. There were no bids and the listing was ended without a bid.
Oklahoma, Weatherford. 1973 Diamond Jubilee Half Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $4.50. A single bidder won it for the opening price of 99¢ plus $1.93.
Hawaii, Honolulu. 1973 Hawaii Dollar in Sterling Silver. Variety with number (498) on number block, and without the short spikes on the outer torch-like devices. Unknown mintage. Catalog value from long ago, $17.50. This one started at $24.99 plus $2.32 shipping. After four bids it sold for $85.88.
Iowa, Emmetsburg. 1974 Irish Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $4.00. The opening bid was $4.99 plus $1.00 for shipping. After a couple weeks with no bids, the seller put it in his Seller’s Store at the same Buy It Now price. It is still there at the same price as of December 7.
Iowa, Emmetsburg. 1980 Irish Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $3.50. The opening bid was $4.99 plus $1.00 for shipping. After a couple weeks with no bids, the seller put it in his Seller’s Store at the same Buy It Now price. Currently (December 7) available as an auction item, starting at $4.00 and still with the very reasonable $1.00 shipping cost.
Washington, Auburn. 1966 75th Anniversary Dollar. Franklin Mint silver clad version, in original mint packaging. Mintage 550. Catalog value $12.50. The opening bid was $20.00 plus an additional $2.14 shipping. There were no bids and the seller lowered his start price to $15.00 plus the same postage. This didn’t work either, and the seller put it in his Seller’s Store at $15.00, still plus the $2.14 shipping, and it has been there ever since. Still available as of December 8.
Alaska, Haines 1981 Chamber of Commerce Bell Dollar. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $5.00. Sold to a single bidder at the $6.95 with FREE shipping opening bid.
Kansas. 1961 Centennial Coin for Butler County. The start was $4.00 plus $2.00 shipping. There were two bids and it sold for $4.84.
Oregon, Madras. 1959 Oregon Centennial Half Dollar. Mintage 5,000. Catalog value $3.50. This one, put up for $7.00 with FREE shipping, attracted two bidders and it sold for $9.01.
Hawaii, Honolulu. 1984 I Visited the Hawaiian Mint reverse with “1883” King Kalakaua obverse. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $4.00. This choice uncirculated specimen started at $6.99 plus $1.92 shipping. Twelve bids later it sold for $27.66.
Oregon, Creswell. 1959 Oregon Centennial Half Dollar. Mintage 5,000. Catalog value $3.50. Spotty About Uncirculated. Offered for $9.99 with FREE shipping. Sold to a single bidder for the opening price. The buyer had placed another bid in case he was outbid, but since there were no other bidders, it was not needed.
Hawaii. King Kalakaua 1991 Silver Akahi Dala. Mintage reports vary, this seller says 450. Unlisted in the previous edition of my catalog. Very slightly circulated and offered at a $69.00 Buy It Now price with FREE shipping. There were no bids before the seller ended the listing on the final day of the sale “because the item is no longer available”.
Kansas. 1961 Centennial Coin for Greenwood County. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $2.50 for the generic version. The next edition will give values to each of the 105 County issues, as well as all the other city, individual, and private issues. This scarce one started off at $4.99 plus $2.00 shipping and sold for $20.49 after 4 bids.
Arizona, Globe. Undated Days Of ’49 Dime. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $17.50, and going down in the next edition. This one had been dug, and showed damage from burial. It started at $2.95 with FREE shipping, and sold for $9.38 after 5 bids.
Hawaii, Honolulu. 1990 Honolulu Dala by the RHM. Gold plated base metal. Unknown mintage, but very scarce. This one started at $7.98 plus $1.98 shipping. After 7 bids it sold for $35.99, which I think is a bargain.
Hawaii, Kona. 1983 Kona Dollar. Goldene. Mintage 1,500. Catalog value $6.00. Available at a Buy It Now price of $38.00, with FREE shipping. The listing was terminated because “the item is no longer available”, whatever that means!
Kansas, Clyde. 1966 Centennial Half Dollar struck in Sterling Silver. Unknown mintage. Catalog value $22.50. A nice rare item, but at a start of $79.95, just too expensive - even with the FREE shipping. The next week it was started ten dollars lower, at $69.95, and still there were no bids. On November 19, it went down to $59.95 - still unsuccessfully. Finally offered for $56.95 Buy It Now, it spent its final week on Ebay, and the seller ended the listing unsold.
Kansas, Plainville. 1961 Kansas Centennial Half Dollar, slightly circulated. Mintage 2,500. Catalog value $6.50. The start was $9.99 with FREE shipping. Two bids, and it sold for $10.49.
Oregon, Springfield. 1959 Oregon Centennial Half Dollar. Mintage 7,500. Catalog value $3.00. This was the “with smoke” variety in choice uncirculated condition. Offered for a start of $8.00 plus $2.99 shipping. It did not sell, and for the next 3 weeks it was offered for the same price, but now Buy It Now, not as an auction item. The listing was then ended unsold.
Hawaii. King Kalakaua 1994 Hawaii Dala. Struck in silver and Numbered 461 on the reverse. Unknown mintage. Not cataloged in the previous editions of my catalog. The seller noted that the coin was circulated, but it looked really nice in the illustrations. Priced at $69.00 Buy It Now. The coin did not sell, and the listing was ended.
That’s it for October. I was gone for a couple weeks for a GREAT tour of China. I wonder what I missed while I was gone.