Stack’s Bowers Shines in Baltimore
Stack’s Bowers Baltimore auction of U.S. coins, currency, and Americana was an overall success. The Rarities Night session yielded three six-figure coins, including a pair of 1879 Flowing Hair Stellas that were sold in back to back lots. The first one, graded PCGS PR65+ brought $188,000 while the second offering, graded PCGS/CAC PR62 sold for $135,125. Rounding out these three was a visually stunning proof 1914 Indian Head half eagle graded PCGS/CAC PR67 at $111,625. Also notable were the selections from the John W. Adams collection of early American medals, in which eight pieces realized five-figure prices.

Continued Improvements to the Greysheet
This week we have made extensive revisions and updates to the Brilliant Uncirculated rolls listings on page 3 and on the page 6 listings of modern dollars, mint and proof sets. The BU rolls page had been the most challenging to read and use due to the small font size and the amount of data that was compressed into the chart. In order to free up space, we removed the Ask prices from this section, and as a result we were able to increase the font size. We also cleaned up some inconsistencies in the labeling of the various varieties found throughout the chart. For the years 2004, 2005 and 2009, in which there were multiple designs of the nickel and cent, respectively, the order of the listings were expanded for clarity.

For the modern dollars section, we combined the four coin types we cover into one free flowing chart with sub-headings to denote the series. Again, we made the labeling consistent and more clear than they were prior, and Ask prices were removed. Importantly, we have listed separately the Type 1, 2, and 3 Eisenhower dollars of the year 1972. The common order for each coin will always be P, D, S.

The chart containing Proof and Mint sets has also been modified, and readers will find it easier to use in a continuous column fashion. We have added coverage of the 2014 issues as well. Starting with 2004, when the Mint expanded the amount of different proof sets offered, the order of presentation has been changed. This new order maintains a much more logical flow. These years will read: Clad, Silver, Clad Quarters, Silver Quarters, Presidential, and then any special sets for that year.

We understand that change takes some getting used to, but in the end they make the Greysheet more efficient, user-friendly, and logical.