I introduced this collection as follows. All the grades listed in the present post have been established by PCGS.
The half cent was the smallest denomination established by the U.S. Coinage Act of April 2, 1792. Its value was too low for it to become really popular. Produced in Philadelphia, it only overcame twice the million units within a single year, in 1804 and 1809.
The half cent and the cent constituted the whole category of US copper coins. In 1857, when the cent was made in an alloy of copper and nickel, the half cent did not follow and was removed.
The no longer circulating half cent did not even excite the collectors, more attracted by the disappointments in the early development of the cent. It was a pity because some half cents have been preserved in excellent condition.
For four decades, the collector Tett Tettenhorst endeavoured to gather the best half cents of every type and even from every die, with the co-operation of the Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
The first variety, in 1793, shows Liberty looking to the left. The best example of the first strike, carried out in June 1793, is graded MS-65 and estimated $ 250K (lot 1). The best from all known coins of this type, graded MS-66, is estimated $ 300K (lot 6).
The second variety, from 1794 to 1797, has now Liberty looking to the right. An almost perfect 1794 coin graded MS-67 red and brown is estimated $ 500K (lot 20).
Two 1796 coins are exceptional. One of them (lot 36) is from a die which broke prematurely, leaving a bisecting crack. Graded MS-65, it is estimated $ 750K. The other coin retained a red brown color close to the original color. Graded MS-65+, it is estimated $ 650K (lot 37).
Here are now the results including premium : the Missouri collection fetched $ 18.3M. The five coins that I selected in the above discussion were sold as follows : $ 380K (lot 1), $ 920K (lot 6), $ 1.15M (lot 20), $ 890K (lot 36), $ 720K (lot 37).
The third sale of the D. Brent Pogue collection will be held by Stack's Bowers in association with Sotheby's in New York on February 9. It includes four coins acquired by the collector after being auctioned by Goldberg.
They are :
Lot 3001 (1793, MS-65, Goldberg lot 4 sold for $ 720K).
Lot 3003 (1794, MS-66, Goldberg lot 14 sold for $ 300K).
Lot 3004 (1794, MS-67 RB, Goldberg lot 20 already discussed above, the top lot of the Goldberg sale sold for $ 1.15M).
Lot 3011 (1797, MS-66, Goldberg lot 43 sold for $ 400K).
The tweet below features the lot 3001 of the next sale.
RESULTS INCLUDING PREMIUM
Lot 3001 : $ 450K
Lot 3003 : $ 210K
Lot 3004 : $ 940K
Lot 3011 : $ 294K
All results listed above from both sales include the premium.