1944 Half Dollar Mint Error brings record price
1944 Half Dollar Mint Error brings record price

The 2001 ANA Convention is history, and the positive reviews are flowing in from across the country. The ratings for the show have ranged from "okay" to "the best ever" depending on the source, but no one appears to have had a show that was anything less than a total success.

I ran into Thad Olson of Spectrum Numismatics in Irvine, California, as he was bringing his new purchases to PCGS. It was only a few weeks ago that Mr. Olson rated the most recent Long Beach show as the all-time best, but he has a new favorite. "I thought maybe that I overstated the case when I assessed the last Long Beach show as the greatest ever," he said, "but there's no doubt that the ANA was the best ever and it is the new number one best in history for me."

Fred Weinberg of Encino, California, is another frequent contributor to this column, and he couldn't agree more. "Any dealer with a good following had to have a great show in Atlanta," Weinberg said. "Whether you are a specialist in modern issues or the classics of numismatics, there was a great deal of business to be done with enthusiastic collectors and dealers alike."

1944 Half Dollar Mint Error brings record price.

One of the major news events of the show was the Bowers & Merena Galleries "Rarities Sale" and some of the record prices that were realized. "The price of the 1944 half dollar error was absolutely amazing," Weinberg continued. "When I saw the coin in the sale, I thought it would bring $10,000 to $12,000. Instead, it realized $23,000, which is a record for any half dollar Mint Error from any era." The Walking Liberty error in the B&M sale was struck on a quarter planchet and certified by the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) as MS65.

PCGS coins sparkle in Heritage ANA Signature Sale.

Auctions are always a focal point of the ANA, and Heritage Numismatic Auctions of Dallas, Texas, proved to be a record-setter in its own right with some memorable prices. Here are a few of the highlights:

Item Grade Price Realized
New England Shilling PCGS VF20
$34,500
Lord Baltimore Sixpence PCGS XF45
$12,650
1793 Half Cent PCGS AU55
$15,525
1856 Flying Eagle Cent PCGS Proof 66
$42,550
1932-D Washington Quarter PCGS MS66
$89,125
1796 Half Dollar PCGS AU55
$50,600
1795 Flowing Hair Dollar PCGS MS62
$51,750
1851 Liberty Seated Dollar PCGS MS64
$51,175
1875 $3 Gold Piece PCGS Proof 65
$117,875
1909-S $5 Indian PCGS MS65
$32,200
MCMVII High Relief $20 PCGS MS67
$65,550
1792 Half Disme PCGS XF45
$40,250

Kingswood "Enfield Sale" is RIGHT NOW!

The Kingswood Coin Auctions "Enfield Sale" closes on August 16, 2001. That, of course, is immediately, so to check out the lots or enter those last minute bids on your personal favorites, click here.

"This is our busiest auction ever," says Raeleen Endo, Kingswood Auction Representative. "I know that I say that with every auction, but the popularity of these sales continues to grow, and the collector enthusiasm has been terrific."

Next week we'll bring you some of the highlights of the prices realized from this outstanding sale.


Bruce Amspacher has been a professional writer since the 1950s and a professional numismatist since the 1960s. He won the OIPA sportswriting award in 1958 and again in 1959, then spent eight years in college studying American Literature. This background somehow led him to become a professional numismatist in 1968. Since then he has published hundreds of articles on rare coins in dozens of publications as well as publishing his own newsletter, the "Bruce Amspacher Investment Report," for more than a decade. His areas of expertise include Liberty Seated dollars, Morgan and Peace dollars, United States gold coins, sports trivia, Western history, modern literature and the poetry of Emily Dickinson. In 1986 he was a co-founder of the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS).