Early and Modern Commemoratives

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There are 12 Coins for Sale. New coin(s) added on January 17, 2020

Photo Date Grade TPG GFRC Rating Price Description Buy
Early Commemoratives
Early Commems 25C 1893 1893
NGC Fatty
Choice HOLD
New November 29! 1892 Isabella Commemorative, Beautifully Toned, Frosty Luster, CAC Approval. The 1893 Isabella is one of my favorite early silver commemoratives due to many being available with beautiful toning. Made available at the World's Columbian Exposition but in the shadow of the Columbian half dollar. Few were purchased by the public and most were sold in later years. This lovely example offers frosty underlying luster multi-color toning. Surfaces are unabraded. Overall eye appeal is worthy of a JUST BUY IT NOW recommendation. The assgined NGC grade is a function of luster rather than any distracting marks. Housed in early NGC Fatty holder with CAC approval.
Early Commems 50C 1918 1918
New November 29! 1918 Illinios Commemorative, Thick Frosty Luster, Swirling Cartwheels, Fully Struck. A wonderful "Lincoln" Illinios Centennial half dollar with rich frosty luster and active cartwheels. Though considered to be common, most will be found untoned white or with light toning. This fully struck example has eye appealing medium gold coloring and is above average for the asking price. Housed in older NGC holder with standard ring insert.
Early Commems 50C 1920 1920
Gem $525 Pilgrim Tercentenary, Gem Original, Superb Eye Appeal, Osprey Collection. There are always a host of early United States commemoratives on the market. The challenge is locating examples that are truly superior for the grade and offer substantial eye appeal as a differentiator. May I introduce this incredible 1920 Pilgrim for your consideration? This silver commemorative is the definition of originality with brilliant cartwheel luster under the semi transparent toning. Rose, gold and blues are intermixed on the obverse while mottled rose-gold fills the device cavities on the reverse. In hand viewing under a light source is necessary to truely appreciate the exception nature of this Osprey Collection offering. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder with CAC approval. Please forget the price lists on this incredible piece as it would be the highlight of any early commemorative silver set.
Early Commems 50C 1921 1921
Gem New Price
Gem Original, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Deep Gray/Voilet Patina, Accurately Graded. A candidate for the crappiest GFRC images of the year! I bought this early commemorative at the November Westford show without thinking too hard. Surfaces were darkly toned but perfect original and radiate bold cartwheel luster with any amount of lighting. Don't I enjoying swirling this silver piece under a bright light to view dancing luster and embedded golden hues. Folks, this piece is a gem. However, GFRC images with weak sunlight only capture the dark in hand appearance. So some imagination will be necessary to appreciate and then considing ordering on my description. Freshly graded and housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Early Commems 50C 1927 1927
Choice $260 Vermont Sesquicentennial, Near Gem Original, Steely Cartwheels, Substantial Eye Appeal. Net distribution of 28,142 as 11,892 were melted. Struck in very high relief as compared to other early silver commemoratives. Survivors all show excellent detail but the high relief brought about friction on Ira Allen's cheek. This MS63 graded example offers exceptional steely luster and is so pleasing. Cartwheels are vibrant. Faint speckled ebony toning is concentrated at the peripheries. Near gem for the assigned grade level. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder.
Early Commems 50C 1934 1934
NGC Fatty
New November 29! 1934 Boone Commemorative, Low Mintage, Thick Frosty Luster, Copper-Gold Patina, Superb Gem. The 1934 Boone silver commemorative mintage was limited to 10,007 coins with a high survival rate. This issue is found with frosty to satiny-like luster with excellent eye appeal. Collector challenge is locating an example that they find especially appealing. This lovely specimen captured my attention at the 2019 Winter Baltimore pre-show buying event as so attractive and well struck. Housed in old NGC Fatty holder with CAC approval.
Early Commems 50C 1934D 1934-D
Gem $395 Oregon Trail Commemorative, Frosty Cartwheel Luster, Gem Original Surfaces, Accurately Graded. Oregon Trail commemoratives were issued from 1926 through 1939. 1934 Denver strikes have a tiny mintage of 7,006 pieces and are very difficult to locate in MS66 or better grade levels. This superb gem MS66 offers crisp frosty cartwheel luster along with transparent gold patina. Eye appeal is high and should please the most selective collector. Housed in new PCGS 30th Anniversary Old Green Holder and worth of a CAC attempt.
Early Commems 50C 1937 1937
Gem $900 Antietam Civil War Battle Commemorative, Superb Gem Original, Old Mint Holder Toning, Accurately Graded. The 1937 Antietam Civil War half dollar commemorative is popular with collectors. The original mintage was 50,028 coins although 32,000 were melted as unsold. Therefore the surviving mintage distributed to collectors is only 18,028. Most surviving examples will grade in the MS63 to MS66 range. This offering is well above average with old mintage holder paper toning that is quite evident on the reverse. Frosty cartwheel luster is brilliant and swirling when viewed under a light source. A superior example that is fairly graded as MS66+ and approved by CAC. Housed in 2015 style PCGS holder.
Early Commems 50C 1938 1938
Gem $545 New December 7! 1938 New Rochelle, Superb Gem, Heavily Frosted Surfaces, Shimmering Cartwheels, Old Paper Mount Peripheral Gold. An eye catching New Rochelle offering with shimmering frosty cartwheels. Peripheral copper-gold nicely framed the center obverse while the reverse is more heavily toned. Hammered strike adds to the overall eye appeal. Surfaces are completely unabraded and so well preserved. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder and handpicked for GFRC inventory due to its attractiveness.
Early Commems 50C 1946 1946
NGC Fatty
Gem $295 Booker T Washington, Superb Gem Original, Rose-Gold and Aquamarine Patina, Incredible Preservation State . A magnificent 1946 Booker T. Washinton commemorative housed in pristine NGC Fatty holder to consider. A superb gem example with strictly original surfaces. Obverse is covered with rich rose-gold and aquamarine colors while the reverse glows with fiery rose-gold when any light source is added. CAC approval is icing on the cake. For collectors who desire wildly toned coins.
Gold G$10 1915S 1915-S
Choice $3650 New January 17! Low Mintage Date, Choice Original Surfaces, Orange-Gold Coloring, Thick Mint Frost, CAC Approval. 1915 San Francisco strikes are rare in Mint State as a result of mintage being limited to 59,000 pieces. Mint State pricing quickly approaches the high four figures and well into the five figures when graded choice. Examples graded choice AU with CAC approval become a compelling alternative for date and mintmark set collectors at less than half the price. GFRC is pleased to be offering a thoroughly pleasing 1915-S AU55 graded $10 Indian. This frosty example generates lustrous cartwheels during bright light inspection. Coloring is typical orange-gold rather than crusty copper-gold seen on those pieces repatriated from Europe. Surfaces are micro granular textured as we have come to expect from strictly original $10 Indian gold. Abrasions are very limited and add to overall appeal. Housed in PCGS Gen 6.0 holder with CAC approval. Please note that CAC has only approved five pieces at the AU55 grade level for both services. Priced at CDN CAC price guide.
Modern Commemoratives
Gold G$5 1987W 1987-W
Gem $400 Constitution Commemorative, Satiny Luster, Perfect Surfaced and Grade, 0.242 Oz Gold. Probably the boldest design rendition of the classic United States eagle. Surfaces are absolutely perfect and offer satiny luster. Some die polish lines can be seen moving in the denticles on the left obverse. A very competitive asking price when comparing to eBay listings. Housed in old NGC holder with standard insert. A cool way to own a quarter ounce of gold.
Gold G$5 1987W 1987-W
Gem $400 Constitution Commemorative, Bold Design, Satiny Luster, Accurately Graded MS70, 2.42 Oz Gold. Accurately graded at the MS70 level with no blemishes whatsoever. Satiny luster dominates. A historic $5 gold commemorative issue. Housed in older NGC holder with standard ring insert.
Gold G$5 1991W 1991-W
Gem $400 Mount Rushmore Commemorative, 0.242 Oz Gold, Perfect Surfaces, Watery Mirrors. One of the better executed United States modern commemorative designs with a bold eagle and diminutive Mount Rushmore monument. Reverse design is nicely done with Mount Rushmore National Memorial in script over watery proof fields. A piece of perfection graded as PF70 Ultra Cameo by NGC and housed in old standard insert holder.
Gold G$5 2007W 2007-W
Gem $380 Jamestown 400th Anniversary Commemorative, Mottled Orange Patina, Watery Proof Surfaces, 0.242 Oz Gold. Mintage is only 47,123 pieces. Watery proof fields surround the main devices including the Jamestown Memorial Church on reverse. The raised device areas are slowly turning a pretty orange gold as seen on occasional United States $5 gold commemoratives. Housed in 2013 transitional PCGS holder with blue label and edge view insert.