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Sheridan's Coins

Sheridan Downey, Numismatist
                          4100-10 Redwood Rd. #398 • Oakland, CA 94619
                                        510-479-1585        800-597-9403


I have been a very active buyer of collections and at auction over the past few months. The theme of these acquisitions is eye appeal. Over 100 coins are now available for purchase. Each coin has been photographed by Lance Keigwin. Most of the coins are graded by PCGS and lie in the grade range AU 50 through MS 63. Click here to go directly to the Fixed Price List and photos. I expect orders to come fast and furious. Get to your phone or computer without delay. I will try to keep the list of available coins up to date via daily messages to Dave Rutherford, my stalwart and patient web master.

You should read the Terms of Sale before ordering any coins. Nothing unusual there, but always a good idea. Note that postage and insurance is added to invoices. There is an unconditional 5-day return privilege on all purchases.

Never hesitate to call if you have a specific question about any of the coins offered here.


Overton Book – 5th Edition

Don Parsley (Al Overton’s son-in-law) has completed his revision of the standard reference work on bust half-dollars, United States Early Half Dollar Die Varieties 1794-1836. The 5th edition is at the printers and is now scheduled for shipment in March. Don tells me the size of the book is reduced by 70 pages. The photos are the same as in the 4th edition but printed on white coated paper that will prevent bleeding and sharpen the images. The Condition Census and rarity ratings have undergone substantial revision.

The retail price is $85 per copy. I placed a substantial order and am happy to offer copies at the discounted price of $69, including shipping via USPS media mail. Add $5 if you prefer that your copy be sent priority mail. There is no sales tax unless your book is shipped to California. Then add 9%. This price will hold until my initial order is sold out. Place your order now.

Mail Bid Sale No. 39

I am thrilled to report that Keith Davignon has agreed to part with another 80 delightful capped bust halves from his collection. All are graded by PCGS. These are Keith’s “set pieces,” not duplicates. The sale will occur in conjunction with this year’s ANA Convention (World’s Fair of Money) in Rosemont (outside Chicago), August 5-9, 2014. The coins will be delivered to me at the Baltimore show in March. As soon as Lance Keigwin completes the photography I will post a lot list and photographs of this remarkable consignment. A fully illustrated, descriptive catalogue will be issued in July.

I have room for another 40 coins in the auction. Flowing hair and draped bust halves would be especially welcome. But do not be shy to discus a consignment from the capped bust series. Email or call anytime.

In the meantime you may want to order the latest edition of Steve Herrman’s AMBPR. This invaluable pricing tool is yours for $30. (Postpaid, media mail; add $5 for Priority Mail.) I have a few copies of the Fall 2013 Edition in stock. First come, first served. Other books in stock include the 1st edition of Edgar Souders Bust Half Fever, the 2nd edition of Keith Davignon’s book on Contemporary Counterfeits, Dick Graham’s 2013 reference work on die varieties of Reeded Edge Capped Bust Half Dollars and Steve Herrman’s 2010 “AMBPR Complete Edition” on CD. Call or write for current pricing on these items.


I look forward to seeing many of you at the Baltimore Show, March 27-29 or the Central States Convention in Schaumburg, April 23-26. It would be a pleasure to speak with you whenever you wish to discuss the sale or consignment of your collection.