NGC-certified McCloskey collection in the Heritage 2022 FUN Show Sale

Numismatic Guaranty Company (NGC) is proud to have certified more than 1,000 coins from the prestigious collection of John W. McCloskey, a renowned numismatist. Heritage Auctions is offering these coins in two auctions in early 2022, including the FUN US Coins Signature Auction, which will offer 136 NGC-certified highlights from the collection on January 7th.

1870-CC Eagle rated NGC VF 25

The centerpiece of the collection is an 1870-CC Eagle rated NGC VF 25 (Lot 4438). This issue was struck in the year the Carson City Mint was founded and is one of the rarest of all gold issues at this Nevada facility, which ceased issuing coins in 1893.

1856-D Quarter Eagle rated NGC XF 451856-D Quarter Eagle rated NGC XF 45

In addition to Carson City, sales include coins from five other US mints, including Philadelphia; New Orleans; Charlotte, North Carolina; San Francisco; and Dahlonega, Georgia. An 1856-D Quarter Eagle with NGC XF 45 (lot 4417) is another highlight of the auction. Only a few dozen examples of this key state in the Liberty Head series are believed to have survived.

1842-O Small Date Quarter grade NGC AU 581842-O Small Date Quarter grade NGC AU 58

The top silver coin in the auction is an 1842-O Small Date Quarter with the rating NGC AU 58 (lot 4326). This is a major variation in the series; only 24 examples are listed in the NGC Census, and this particular coin is second best. The NGC Price Guide suggests that this coin should easily have five digits.

NGC presents these and other McCloskey Collection coins in a picture gallery on its website. To explore the gallery, go to

Nearly 900 more NGC-certified coins from the McCloskey Collection will be offered in auction on February 6th. All of these coins have been given a special McCloskey Collection label highlighting their important family tree.

About John McCloskey

McCloskey’s passion for seated coinage reportedly began in the 1950s when he began collecting and studying Liberty Seated Dimes in high school as a teenager. In 1973 he founded the Liberty Seated Collectors Club, which celebrates the rich legacy of American Liberty Seated silver coins. McCloskey was the club’s elected president and honorary editor of the Gobrecht Journal, the club’s magazine, for nearly four decades.

McCloskey co-authored several of the authoritative books on early US dimes, including Federal Half Dimes 1792-1837, published in 1998, and Early United States Dimes 1796-1837: A Reference Book of Their Types, Vareties and Rarity “. “, Which was published in 1984. He has also written more than 200 articles for the Gobrecht Journal.

He died in 2018 at the age of 80.

“John McCloskey has generously shared his findings with the numismatic community,” said Mark Salzberg, chairman of NGC. “It was an honor for NGC to certify the coins from the McCloskey Collection, which he carefully put together with his numismatic know-how.”

Further NGC-certified highlights in the January sale are:

  • a 1797 13 Stars Dime rated NGC VF 25 (Lot 4310)
  • a 1800 dime rated NGC VF 30 (Lot 4311)
  • a 1803 dime rated NGC VF 30 (Lot 4313)
  • an 1874-CC Arrows Dime with NGC F 12 (Lot 4321)
  • an 1873-CC Arrows Quarter with NGC F 12 (Lot 4335)
  • an 1873-CC seated Liberty Dollar with NGC VG details (lot 4338)
  • an 1834 Classic $ 5 Script 8, Crosslet 4 rated NGC AU 53 (Lot 4374)
  • an 1838-C $ 5 graded NGC VF 30 (Lot 4400)
  • an 1838-C 5 rated NGC VF 25 (Lot 4401)
  • an 1838-D $ 5 graded NGC AU 50 (Lot 4402)
  • an 1870-CC valued at $ 5 NGC VF 25 (Lot 4424)
  • an 1872-CC $ 10 graded NGC VF 20 (Lot 4439)

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