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Pair of 1794 Dollars Lead Heritage's May 2008 Long Beach Auction

- May 9, 2008

Dallas, TX. A pair of 1794 silver dollars and three Continental dollars are among the rarities included in the catalog for the Official Auction of the May 2008 Long Beach Coin Expo. The auction, being held in California May 28-30, is now posted by Heritage Auction Galleries on their website. Signature catalogs for the auctions of both U.S. and World Coins & Ancients have been posted.

"The strong market is continuing to bring great rarities onto the Heritage auction block," commented Heritage President Greg Rohan, "including the Col. Steven Ellsworth Collection of U.S. Half Cents, Part Three of the Liberty Collection of U.S. Colonial Coins, and the Silbermünzen Collection. Among the other rarities included are: an 1891-O Quarter dollar Specimen MS65; 1796 15 Stars Half Dollar, O-101, AU55; 1800 Dotted Date $1, B-14, BB-194, R.3 MS66; 1808 $2.50 MS61, Breen-6125, BD-1, R.4; 1907 $10 Wire Rim, Periods, MS67, Judd-1901 (formerly J-1774); an 1855 $50 Wass Molitor, MS61. CAC. K-9, R.5; and a (1797) New York Theatre Penny Token, D&H-Middlesex-167, Rulau-E-NY-892, PR64 Brown PCGS. This auction contains a wide range of material!"

"In addition to the Ellsworth and Liberty Collections," continued Rohan, "Long Beach contains rarities from Part Three of the Mario Eller Collection, the Northwest Collection, Part One of the Estate of Robert R. Rollins Collection, Part One of the Estate of Francis A. Sullivan, Jr., Part Two of the Leroy Van Allen Collection, and Part Two of the Yoder Family Collection. Altogether, more than 650 consignors are participating in our May Long Beach auctions. With a wide range of rarities from Colonials through double eagles, this will be an incredible event!"

Highlights from Heritage's Long Beach Signature Auction:

Lot 799: 1794 Dollar VG10 PCGS.
Of the mere 1,758 pieces struck, approximately 125 individual examples have been traced today, making this first dollar an essential rarity. Ex: John N. Brooks Collection (United States Coin Co., 12/1914), lot 17. From The Northwest Collection.

Lot 800: 1794 Dollar VF30 PCGS.
Struck on the initial day of the production of silver coinage, October 15, 1794, this rarity is a historic relic of America's earliest attempt to produce large size silver coinage that would compare favorably in weight to the widely circulated Spanish (Carolus) dollars.
Ex: George C. Slawson (Stack's, 4/1970), lot 840; 1991 ANA (Bowers and Merena, 8/1991), lot 436.

Lot 2201: (1797) New York Theatre Penny Token, D&H-Middlesex-167, Rulau-E-NY-892, PR64 Brown PCGS.
The obverse shows THE THEATRE AT NEW YORK (Park Theater), which opened in New York City on Monday, January 29, 1798 with a performance of 'As You Like It.' The token is one of the nicest of the British Conder series. Ex: 2007 Milwaukee Signature Auction (Heritage, 8/2007), lot 1523, which realized $32,200.

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