B-6,BB-241. This common variety is often found in high grades of AU or better. This coin is graded PCGSAU53 but could easily go up to AU55-58. Nice steel-like toning with lots of luster. Great strike. R1-2. Est.Pop. 1000-1500 coins.
Ron Howard: Imagine - not one, but TWO Gem MS-65 examples back-to-back! That's the unlikely pleasure I experienced in the PCGS grading room in June, 2010. One example was beautifully toned, the other predominantly white; both were original. Despite my affinity for toning, I thought the whiter example, overall, to be a bit superior. Both were fully struck. Thank you to whomever submitted this remarkable pair!
Europe, via "a New York dealer;" - New Netherlands Coin Co. 11/1956:649 - Floyd T. Starr Collection - Stack's 10/1992:578 - Bowers & Merena 11/2001:4293, $96,600 - American Numismatic Rarities 6/2005:58, $247,250 - Bob R. Simpson Collection
Matthew A. Stickney Collection - Henry Chapman 6/1907:1116 - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2196, $165,000
Jack Lee Collection - Heritage 11/2005:2197, $126,500 - American Numismatic Rarities 3/2006:1079, $149,500