Saturday, July 22, 2017

Fitzgerald Silver Dollar Collection – Lincoln Fitzgerald’s Roots


Fitzgerald Silver Dollar Collection – Lincoln Fitzgerald’s Roots
 
As I wrote in my book “Fitzgerald Silver Dollar Collection – The Purple Gang Set”, the collector might expand his collection to include other items tied to the life of Lincoln Fitzgerald.  One of the items I find fun and interesting to include are casino chips from the illegal gambling houses that Lincoln and/or the Purple Gang operated.  The most famous illegal gambling club was Chesterfield Club in Detroit.  Casino chips from that club can regularly be found on Ebay at reasonable prices.  The chips shown below are the most popular available and often can be found for less than $10.




Another chip used at the Chesterfield Club just contain the inscription “24845 Gratiot Ave”.


While reviewing some old photo’s of the Chesterfield Club, I noticed the picture below.  The photo does note the address of the Chesterfield Club, but also notice the address sign on the front of the building – “24845”. 



The street number is a little difficult to see in this photo, but is very clear and visible in the original.  You can also find this photo on Ebay at times.




 
  

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Fitzgerald Collection - 1902-S Morgan Silver Dollar, NGC AU58


Fitzgerald Collection Population - 1 Silver Dollar.

Only 1, 1902-S Morgan silver dollar was graded and authenticated by NGC in the Fitzgerald Nevada Club Reno Hoard and shown here is that coin.  NGC graded the coin as AU58.  This coin, with a population of 1, is the ultimate rarity in the Fitzgerald Collection and one of the kings for the collector to add to the set.






 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Binion Collection – 1887 Morgan Silver Dollar, MS63 PL (Proof Like)



Binion Collection – 1887 Morgan Silver Dollar, MS63 PL (Proof Like)

Binion Collection Population - 136 Silver Dollars

Binion Collection – The 1887 Binion Morgan silver dollar in PL (Proof Like) condition is a popular variety with 136 coins graded and authenticated as PL. Both the NGC January 2014 Statistics and the NGC October 2009 Census Report are consistent with this population. Both the obverse and reverse display a mirror like reflection much better that the photo’s show.




Sunday, April 16, 2017

Binion Collection – 1886-O Morgan Silver Dollar, VAM-1A


Binion Collection – 1886-O Morgan Silver Dollar, VAM-1A
 
Binion Collection Population - 4 Silver Dollars

Binion Collection – Extremely Rare – Only 4, 1886-O Binion Morgan silver dollars were authenticated and graded by NGC. All 4 were of the VAM-1A variety and graded as VF.  Shown here are 2 of the 4 – or again, 50% of the 1886-O Binion VAM-1A population. Source: The NGC Census Report (January 2014 and October 2009).






Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Binion Collection – 1886 Morgan Silver Dollar, VAM-1C


Binion Collection – 1886 Morgan Silver Dollar, VAM-1C

Binion Collection Population - 4 Silver Dollars

Binion Collection – Very rare – This is another very rare variety with only 4, Binion 1886 VAM-1C, "3+2" Clash Morgan dollars authenticated and graded by NGC according to the 2014 Population Report. The NGC 2009 statistics do not show any 1886 of this type variety and again support the theory of the decrease in non-variety coins being offset by the increase in VAM populations.
 
Three of the silver dollars were graded as MS64 and the remaining one received the highest grade of the group with an MS66 designation. Shown here are 2 of the 4 known/identified coins to date or 50% of the total population.  The MS66 1886 VAM-1C, "3+2" Clash shown is the highest grade known to date.






Monday, April 10, 2017

Binion Collection – 1886 Morgan Silver Dollar, VAM-1A


Binion Collection – 1886 Morgan Silver Dollar, VAM-1A
 
Binion Collection Population - 15 Silver Dollars

Binion Collection – Very rare – The NGC 2014 census statistics show a population of only 15 Binion 1886 VAM-1A Morgan dollars authenticated and graded by NGC (the 2009 report shows a population of 12 coins).  This supports the theory on the decrease in non-variety coins and increase in VAM populations.



Sunday, April 9, 2017

Binion Collection – 1886 Morgan Silver Dollar


Binion Collection – 1886 Morgan Silver Dollar

Binion Collection Population - 2,538 Silver Dollars

Binion Collection – Population statistics for this date/mintmark are interesting in that the 2009 census statistics report 2,548 coins while the 2014 census statistics report 2,538 coins (excluding VAM varieties).  Generally, one would not expect a decrease in the population; however, in this case the decrease may be the reflection of the increase in the number of 1886 VAM coins that have been identified Year 2014 over Year 2009.  VAM coins will be covered in subsequent listings.
 
While this date/mintmark is not rare, it is also not common and generally brings a slight premium price in auction. The 1886 Binion displayed here has been graded as MS65 by NGC with partial toning on the obverse of the coin while the reverse has an attractive silver brilliance.