US $10 gold pieces add weight to Stephenson’s coin auction Dec. 20 


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

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa. – Numismatics, the study and collecting of coins, is a popular hobby 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 regarded as a solid alternative investment to the sometimes-volatile stock market. Gold coins also make great holiday stocking stuffers, both for adults and children.

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

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

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.


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

Designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, a 1926 Indian Head $10 gold piece (shown at top of page), graded by NGC MS63 by NGC, also carries a $900-$1,200 estimate.


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

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.

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.


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

The auction will start at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. Bid absentee or live online through For questions about any coin in the auction, call 215-322-6182 or email


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