Visual appeal doubles value of Stack’s Bowers auction peace dollar

The American Numismatic Association auctions at Stack’s Bowers Galleries in Philadelphia fetched surprisingly high prices for several wonderful peace dollars from the Anne Kate collection. Mintage of these coins, with Anthony de Francisci’s high relief design, began in 1921, but the relief was lowered in 1922 to better suit them for mass production coins. Minting continued until 1928, with a brief continuation in 1934 and 1935.

Peace dollars rarely display an attractive tone, so those with a good color always command a premium. This 1924-S Peace Dollar graded Mint States 65 by Professional Coin Grading Service with a green Certified Acceptance Corp sticker. recent Baltimore auction.


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Visual appeal is everything for these toned bucks and the cataloguer observed: “A medley of colorful pastels paints each side of this healthy, attractive gem, accented by deeper bands of honey patina near the edges.”

PCGS has graded less than a dozen finer examples, putting pressure on attractive MS-65 parts, and this is one of the biggest rarities in the series. The typical example is dull with a relatively low strike, so bright, boldly struck examples like the coin in question are coveted by scholars of the series.

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