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Imperial Currency is Always Buying

Imperial Currency is buying rare United States coins. We are always interested in buying rare United States gold, silver and copper coins. We will pay strong premiums for coins certified by PCGS and NGC. As you know we make a market in New Orleans gold coins and may pay more than anyone in the country but, there are many other areas that we have focus in for individual collectors with specific wish list. Here is what we buy: All pre 1933 gold coins in any grade Certified Morgan Silver dollars All proof gold coins Certified and uncertified Colonial U.S. coins Certified copper coins minted prior to 1910 Proof silver coins minted prior to 1900 Select certified and uncertified modern issue U.S. gold coinage We … [Read more...]

1909-O $5 Indian NGC AU55

1909-O $5 Indian NGC AU55 Original Mintage 34,200 Total Population ALL Grades 1632 NGC Population in AU55 234 Finest Know MS66 sold for $690,000 (2011) The rarity of this issue cannot be understated. Let’s just take a quick look at some of the undisputed facts of this New Orleans gold coin. 1909 is the last year the New Orleans mint struck gold coins. It is also the only year that the Indian Head design was produced at the New Orleans mint.  With only 34,200 coins struck it boast the lowest mintage figure of any business strike half eagle in the entire series, making it the key date king of the  $5 Indians. Looking at the population reports you will notice that even though the 1909-O is known in most all grades it is almost … [Read more...]

New Orleans Gold Coins- 1846-O $10

This has been a favorite "sleeper" date of mine for years and it remains so even in 2015. The 1846-O is not often seen above the EF45 to AU53 range, and when it is it tends to be abraded, bright, and unappealing. While certainly not in the same rarity class as the 1841-O or 1849-O, the 1846-O is one of the rarest New Orleans eagles from the 1840's and it remains extremely rare in Uncirculated with just four known to me. … [Read more...]

1845-O $10 Gold Liberty

Production of eagles at New Orleans was reduced to just 47,000 coins in 1845, yet the 1845-O is only a touch scarcer than the 1843-O and 1844-O. As with both of those dates, the 1845-O is extremely rare in Uncirculated with around six or seven known. The 1845-O is also very scarce to rare in the higher AU grades, especially with natural color and choice surfaces. When available the typical piece is in the EF-40 to AU-50 range and tends to be both abraded and unappealing. Overall Rarity Ranking: 16th of 21 … [Read more...]

New Orleans Gold Coins

The No Motto Eagles from New Orleans make an excellent set for the specialized collector. There are no "impossible" dates, although many of these issues will prove very difficult to find in the higher circulated grades, especially with good eye appeal and choice surfaces. Production of eagles at the New Orleans mint didn't begin until 1841; two years after the introduction of the quarter eagle, and a year after the first half eagles were struck. The so-called No Motto eagles were made at New Orleans through 1860 when production was stopped by the outbreak of the Civil War during the following year; the mint didn't reopen until1879. Beginning in 1879, the production of With Motto eagles began in New Orleans and it continued through … [Read more...]

1844-O $10 Gold Liberty

Given its high mintage figure, the 1844-O is similar to the 1843-O in terms of overall and high-grade rarity. The 1844-O is usually seen in the EF40 to AU53 range and often with poor overall eye appeal. It is extremely rare in Uncirculated with six or seven known, as well as one absolutely unquestionable Proof. There are bunches and bunches graded AU55 and AU58 by NGC and PCGS, but only a small handful are CAC quality. Overall Rarity Ranking: 18th of 21 … [Read more...]

1843-O $10 Gold Liberty

The mintage figure skyrocketed to 175,162 coins in 1843, and the 1843-O Eagle is a fairly easy coin to locate in lower grades. It becomes scarce in the higher About Circulated range and it is very rare in Uncirculated with no more than six or seven known. This is an issue which is plagued by bagmarks and many coins are not fully struck at the centers. While the number of coins graded by the services in AU grades is seemingly high, only a small number are choice. … [Read more...]

1842-O $10 Gold Liberty

The 1842-O is an issue which appears to have seen wide commercial use as most are found in well-circulated grades. This is an extremely rare date in Uncirculated with around four or five known. and even properly graded AU55 and AU58 examples are very rare. In fact, I believe that this is among the harder No Motto issues from this mint to find natural color and choice surfaces. … [Read more...]

1841-O $10 Gold Liberty

The 1841-O is a numismatically desirable coin as the first year in which New Orleans Eagles were struck Fewer than 75 are known in all grades, and many are either damaged or very well worn. The 1841-O is currently unknown in Uncirculated and it is very rare in properly graded  About Uncirculated. Prices have risen dramatically for this date in the last decade, but I still think it is very undervalued, especially in Extremely Fine and higher condition. … [Read more...]

1854-O $3 Gold Princess

A Quick Look at a Stand-Alone New Orleans Gold Coin   1854 New Orleans Three Dollar Gold Piece – A true stand-alone New Orleans gold coin A stand-alone New Orleans gold coin is a coin that has unique attributes, in this case 1854-O $3G is the first and only year that a coin of the $3 denomination was ever produced at the New Orleans mint. As a cherry on top for this issue; it is also the very first year of production for any $3G coin at any U.S. Mint! Since it was the only $3 gold piece struck at New Orleans and it has an affordable price point it has always been a New Orleans gold coin. The typical 1854-O is not boldly struck and some pieces are seen with mint-made defects in the fields. This is compounded by the fact that … [Read more...]