50C 1808 PCGS MS67 0-103
Hard to believe this marvelous GEM has any equals. This coin was purchased by a collector from our 9/2018 sale. He decided not to do a Bust Half Collection. Now, this prize coin can be yours! Here is our description from the sale: Really, MS67? This coin should NOT exist! After the mint stopped striking silver dollars in 1804, the largest silver coin in circulation for daily transactions was the half dollar. The vast majority circulated extensively, making a SUPERB GEM like the present coin a miracle of numismatic survival. This incomparable O-103 hails from the famed Knoxville Collection, one of the greatest type collections ever assembled. Once you see the technical quality and amazing eye appeal it is not a surprise it was included in those two amazing cabinets. Not only is this 1808 half dollar one of the most spectacularly preserved for the date, it is indeed one of the finest specimens of the entire design type. A superb, bold, mint luster blooms from all over with a strong frosty and vibrant. Impressive, totally original toning dominates on both sides, but is not dark or thick, allowing the satin glow of the mint frost to shine through. The obverse displays a lovely mix of peach and gold with shades of pastel blue and violet near the rim. The reverse shows original brilliant silver that offers highlights of gold infused with bright blue and magenta in the protected areas toward the periphery. The visual allure is SUPERB and is of nearly perfect preservation! Even using the strongest of loupes, no marks are visible, and the fields are totally devoid of any hairlines that plague even high grade examples of this type. Sharply struck from dies that were first clashed and then lapped to remove the clash marks. A later die state, we note some minor die cracks and the stars are drawn to the rim, with denticles weak in some areas, nonexistent in others. The eye appeal is so unbelievable, it really is hard to imagine a nicer example! PCGS 4, NGC 1, CAC 2. The D. Brent Pogue Collection boasted TWO 1808’s in MS67; this coin, appearing as lot 2005 and another 2006. This one realized $88,125; the other $99,875. A SUPERB coin like this really should see a fierce bidding war when it comes up. With NONE FINER at PCGS, we know this coin will end up in a SUPERB set, whether of U.S. type coins OR a specialized Capped Bust half dollar set by date; either way it is a coin that would certainly be a HIGHLIGHT of any set! Note: this coin realized $91,062.00 in our September Regency Sale. This is one of the very few chances any one will ever have to buy a ANY MS67 Bust Half. Not only is this coin full “Legend quality”, but we have owned it before many years ago! Loved it then, love still today!
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