US $10 gold pieces add weight to Stephenson’s Coin Auction slated for Dec. 20

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Earliest coin in sale is PGCS-graded 1881 $10 US Liberty Head gold piece

1901 $10 U.S. Liberty Head gold piece, PCGS-graded MS62. Estimate: $900-$1,200
1901 $10 U.S. Liberty Head gold piece, PCGS-graded MS62. Estimate: $900-$1,200

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. – Numismatics, the study and collecting of coins, is a popular hobby that’s as old as money itself. What sets coins apart from many other types of collectibles is that they have intrinsic value based on the precious metals they contain. Through good economic times and bad, gold and silver coins have been touted as a solid alternative investment to the sometimes-volatile stock market. Gold and silver coins also make great holiday stocking stuffers, both for adults and children. 

1926 $10 U.S. gold piece, NGC-graded MS63. Estimate: $900-$1,200
1926 $10 U.S. gold piece, NGC-graded MS63. Estimate: $900-$1,200

With holiday gift-giving in mind, Stephenson’s Auction in suburban Philadelphia is planning a Sunday, December 20 live gallery auction of fine graded examples of U.S. gold and silver coins, with absentee and Internet live bidding available exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.

1881 $10 U.S. Liberty Head gold piece, PCGS-graded MS62. Estimate: $900-$1,200
1881 $10 U.S. Liberty Head gold piece, PCGS-graded MS62. Estimate: $900-$1,200

Twenty $10 Liberty Head gold pieces, all graded by either PCGS or NGC, are offered as individual lots in the auction. The oldest is an 1881 $10 U.S. Liberty Head gold piece graded MS62 by PCGS. Its pre-sale estimate is $900-$1,200. The auction opener is a 1901 $10 U.S. Liberty Head gold piece, also graded PCGS MS 62 and estimated at $900-$1,200.

1828 Capped Bust half dollar, ungraded. Estimate: $50-$100
1828 Capped Bust half dollar, ungraded. Estimate: $50-$100

Designed by the celebrated American Beaux Arts sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907), a 1926 Indian Head $10 gold piece, graded by NGC MS63 by NGC, also carries a $900-$1,200 estimate. 

One of the oldest U.S. coins in the 127-lot auction is an ungraded 1828 Capped Bust silver half dollar. A winning bid in the $50-$100 range is expected.

Sixty-five sterling silver bars, ‘The World's Greatest Racing Cars’ by the Franklin Mint, each bar weighing .940ozt. Total weight for set: 61ozt. Condition: proof. Accompanied by display case, COAs. Estimate: $1,200-$2,400
Sixty-five sterling silver bars, ‘The World’s Greatest Racing Cars’ by the Franklin Mint, each bar weighing .940ozt. Total weight for set: 61ozt. Condition: proof. Accompanied by display case, COAs. Estimate: $1,200-$2,400

Modern collectibles in the auction include a Franklin Mint set of the “World’s Greatest Racing Cars” consisting of 65 sterling silver bars, each weighing .940ozt and totaling 61ozt. The lot estimate is $1,200-$2,400. The proof set comes with a display case and certificates of authenticity. 

The auction will start at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. Inspection will be held from 11 a.m. till auction start time. View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid at LiveAuctioneers.com. Questions: tel. 215-322-6182 or email [email protected]. The gallery is located at 1005 Industrial Blvd., Southampton, PA 18966, in Bucks County (suburban Philadelphia). Visit Stephenson’s online at www.stephensonsauction.com.