1883 Silver Dollar

1883 Morgan Dollar

GEM WHITE CAMEO. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED. Grade Rating PR68 CAMEO. Third Party Grading Certification ID 3319282-005

“The Morgan dollar was a United States dollar coin minted from 1878 to 1904, and then again in 1921. It was the first standard silver dollar minted since production of the previous design, the Seated Liberty dollar, ceased due to the passage of the Coinage Act of 1873, which also ended the free coining of silver. The coin is named for its designer, United States Mint Assistant Engraver George T. Morgan. The obverse depicts a profile portrait representing Liberty, while the reverse depicts an eagle with wings outstretched.” — Wikipedia

This coin, 1883 Morgan Dollar PR68 NGC¹, is offered by Rare Coin Wholesalers (RCW) which is located in Irvine, California; it’s featured on RCW’s Amazon.com Store. RCW specializes in United States rare coins, and they’ve bought and sold over a billion dollars in rare coins. In fact, RCW has owned or participated in the purchase or sale of over 70 of the “100 Greatest U.S. Coins.” RCW participates in major auctions and maintains important relationships with America’s largest auction houses. In addition to their inventory of fine rarities, Steve Contursi, President of Rare Coin Wholesalers, is proud to have been the current custodian of some of our country’s national treasures. Major purchases to date include the 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar, the King of Siam Proof Set, the Unique 1787 Brasher Doubloon, and finest-graded specimen of America’s “most beautiful coin,” the MCMVII (1907) Proof Ultra High Relief double eagle. In May 2010, RCW made international headlines with the sale of the Neil/Carter/Contursi 1794 Silver Dollar; the coin is believed to be the first silver dollar struck by the United States. The 1794 Silver Dollar sold for a record $7.85 million. In January of 2005, Steve Contursi, President of RCW, acquired the Brasher Doubloon (EB on Breast) the first gold coin minted for the young United States. In January 2011, Steve Contursi sold the Brasher Doubloon. Rare Coin Wholesalers is a team of highly knowledgeable professionals who have the expertise, financial resources, and knowledge of the marketplace; they sell, appraise, purchase, and trade rare coins and precious metals and are dedicated to providing their clients with the highest-quality rare coins.

¹ NGC uses PF vice PR for proof coins.

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$51,000.00 (negotiable)

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1889-S Silver Dollar

1889-S Morgan Dollar

GEM WHITE. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT NGC. Grade Rating MS66. Third Party Grading Certification ID 3319143-010

“The Morgan dollar was a United States dollar coin minted from 1878 to 1904, and then again in 1921. It was the first standard silver dollar minted since production of the previous design, the Seated Liberty dollar, ceased due to the passage of the Coinage Act of 1873, which also ended the free coining of silver. The coin is named for its designer, United States Mint Assistant Engraver George T. Morgan. The obverse depicts a profile portrait representing Liberty, while the reverse depicts an eagle with wings outstretched.” — Wikipedia

This coin, 1889 S Morgan Dollar MS66 NGC, is offered by Rare Coin Wholesalers (RCW) which is located in Irvine, California; it’s featured on RCW’s Amazon.com Store. RCW specializes in United States rare coins, and they’ve bought and sold over a billion dollars in rare coins. In fact, RCW has owned or participated in the purchase or sale of over 70 of the “100 Greatest U.S. Coins.” RCW participates in major auctions and maintains important relationships with America’s largest auction houses. In addition to their inventory of fine rarities, Steve Contursi, President of Rare Coin Wholesalers, is proud to have been the current custodian of some of our country’s national treasures. Major purchases to date include the 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar, the King of Siam Proof Set, the Unique 1787 Brasher Doubloon, and finest-graded specimen of America’s “most beautiful coin,” the MCMVII (1907) Proof Ultra High Relief double eagle. In May 2010, RCW made international headlines with the sale of the Neil/Carter/Contursi 1794 Silver Dollar; the coin is believed to be the first silver dollar struck by the United States. The 1794 Silver Dollar sold for a record $7.85 million. In January of 2005, Steve Contursi, President of RCW, acquired the Brasher Doubloon (EB on Breast) the first gold coin minted for the young United States. In January 2011, Steve Contursi sold the Brasher Doubloon. Rare Coin Wholesalers is a team of highly knowledgeable professionals who have the expertise, financial resources, and knowledge of the marketplace; they sell, appraise, purchase, and trade rare coins and precious metals and are dedicated to providing their clients with the highest-quality rare coins.

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$4,800.00 (negotiable)

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Master Sculptor

Augustus Saint-Gaudens: Master Sculptor

His coins are still considered the most beautiful coins ever produced in America.

An excerpt from Augustus Saint-Gaudens: Master Sculptor:

At the beginning of the twentieth century, no American sculptor was more celebrated than Augustus Saint-Gaudens. When he died, in 1907, his passing was recorded in the foreign press, and his career was the subject of lengthy commentary in domestic newspapers. The Boston Globe, which featured his obituary on its front page, hailed him as the artist who had “raised the standard of sculpture in America to a height little dreamed of 30 years ago [and whose] influence during this period has been felt in nearly every part of the domain of art in the United States.” Yet within a few years of his death his reputation had faded, the victim of the totally different form that so-called modern art was taking during the teens and later decades of the century. Saint-Gaudens’s talent nevertheless remained unquestioned: a reporter for Time, in reviewing an exhibition of his sculpture held in 1948 at The Century Association in New York on the hundredth anniversary of the sclupture’s birth, commented that the show “highlighted the delicacy of his bas-reliefs and reached a rare pitch of portraiture in the stubble-bearded head of General Sherman.” The reporter went on to speak of such major Saint-Gaudens works as Chicago’s “Standing Lincoln,” Washington’s Adams Memorial, Boston’s Shaw Memorial, and New York’s Sherman Monument as “art which exerts a grip on millions of imaginations.” In 1969, the National Portrait Gallery devoted a show to Saint-Gaudens’s portrait reliefs, which Time reported variously as “sensitively modeled” and reflecting “the understanding of a psychologist.”

1907 Indian Gold Eagle

1907 Indian $10 Ten Dollar

ROLLED EDGE. JUST 42 STRUCK. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT NGC. Grade Rating MS67. Third Party Grading Certification ID 3265198-001

“The eagle is a base-unit of denomination issued only for gold coinage by the United States Mint based on the original values designated by the Coinage Act of 1792. It has been obsolete as a circulating denomination since 1933. The eagle was the largest of the four main decimal base-units of denomination used for circulating coinage in the United States prior to 1933, the year when gold was withdrawn from circulation. These four main base-units of denomination were the cent, the dime, the dollar, and the eagle, where a dime is 10 cents, a dollar is 10 dimes, and an eagle is 10 dollars. The eagle base-unit of denomination served as the basis of the gold quarter-eagle (US$ 2.50), the gold half-eagle (US $5), the eagle (US $10), and the double-eagle coins (US $20).” — Wikipedia

This coin, 1907 Indian 10 Ten Dollar MS67 NGC, is offered by Rare Coin Wholesalers (RCW) which is located in Irvine, California; it’s featured on RCW’s Amazon.com Store. RCW specializes in United States rare coins, and they’ve bought and sold over a billion dollars in rare coins. In fact, RCW has owned or participated in the purchase or sale of over 70 of the “100 Greatest U.S. Coins.” RCW participates in major auctions and maintains important relationships with America’s largest auction houses. In addition to their inventory of fine rarities, Steve Contursi, President of Rare Coin Wholesalers, is proud to have been the current custodian of some of our country’s national treasures. Major purchases to date include the 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar, the King of Siam Proof Set, the Unique 1787 Brasher Doubloon, and finest-graded specimen of America’s “most beautiful coin,” the MCMVII (1907) Proof Ultra High Relief double eagle. In May 2010, RCW made international headlines with the sale of the Neil/Carter/Contursi 1794 Silver Dollar; the coin is believed to be the first silver dollar struck by the United States. The 1794 Silver Dollar sold for a record $7.85 million. In January of 2005, Steve Contursi, President of RCW, acquired the Brasher Doubloon (EB on Breast) the first gold coin minted for the young United States. In January 2011, Steve Contursi sold the Brasher Doubloon. Rare Coin Wholesalers is a team of highly knowledgeable professionals who have the expertise, financial resources, and knowledge of the marketplace; they sell, appraise, purchase, and trade rare coins and precious metals and are dedicated to providing their clients with the highest-quality rare coins.

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$624,800.00 (negotiable)

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It is Impossible to Describe Him

Peter the Great: His Life and World

Emperor of Russia

An excerpt from Peter the Great: His Life and World:

Unfortunately, their grumbling touched a raw nerve in Peter’s character: Once again, the Streltsy were mixed up in charges of treason. His fear and loathing of them boiled forth. The three men were bloodily executed on Red Square, losing first their arms and legs to the axe, and then their heads. In addition, Peter’s fear that their dissent might be only the prelude to an attempted Miloslavsky restoration stirred him to a lurid act of contempt against that family. The coffin of Ivan Miloslavsky, who had been dead for fourteen years, was placed on a sledge, yoked to a team of swine and dragged into Red Square. There, the coffin was opened beneath the execution block, so that the blood of the newly condemned men would spatter the face of the corpse.

The Formation of Russia: Slavs, Vikings, and Byzantium

Russia in World History

More than a thousand years ago, the Rus recognized a group of Norsemen as their overlords.

An excerpt from Russia in World History:

Two centuries after the events they reported, the composers of the Primary Chronicle or Tale of Bygone Years described the formation of Kievan Rus, the earliest forerunner of modern Russia, and its disparate features: a population of Slavic, Finnic, and Baltic tribes; a ruling dynasty descended from a Scandinavian Viking; and an official religion, Christianity, borrowed from Byzantium. Piecing together bits of fact and legend, the chroniclers recorded that in the year 859 CE, “Varangians from beyond the sea imposed tribute” on a group of Finnic and Slavic tribes. Within just a few years, however, “the tributaries of the Varangians” rebelled and “drove [the Varangians] back beyond the sea.”