1808 50C Overton 108a MS66+

CERTIFICATION#: 25316298
PCGS#: 39373

Owner's Comments

O.108a R4. Newman. CAC. Phenomenal original surfaces with amazing luster, WOW! "Finest O-108a by Four Grading Points. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. This high-end Premium Gem features sharply detailed design elements, most unusual on an 1808 half dollar, which typically comes softly struck. Vibrant mint luster shines through attractive shades of silver-gray, lavender, and champagne-gold toning. The obverse shows some dramatic clash marks around the date and in the right field. This coin shows indescribably rich toning. It is set apart from the preceding jaw-dropping MS65 examples in the same way that a mature observer might prefer Paul Newman to Brad Pitt or Lauren Bacall to a young Audrey Hepburn. In all events, this coin is a "must-have" for advanced specialists and Registry Set collectors. A large mintage of more than 1.3 million Capped Bust half dollars was accomplished in 1808, with 10 die varieties known for the date. Stephen Herrman's survey of auction appearances lists no example of an O-108 finer than MS61, and no O-108a finer than MS62. This coin is far and away the finest known example of the variety. Ex: "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate; Partnership of Eric P. Newman / B.G. Johnson d.b.a. St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.; Eric P. Newman @ $4.00; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society," per Heritage cataloger (Sheridan Downey). Heritage Auction #1190 of the Newman Collection on November 15, 2013, Lot 33439. PCGS cross from NGC MS66+ to PCGS MS66+ on 2/14/2014.

Expert Comments

Diameter: 32.50 millimeters Designer: John Reich Edge: Lettered: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
Mintage: 1,368,600 Weight: 13.50 grams Metal Content: 89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
4
82
6
88
8
103
10
111
12
125
15
140
20
200
1
25
225
30
250
1
35
300
45+
545
50
900
1
50+
1,000
53
1,250
53+
1,450
55
2,150
1
55+
2,300
58
2,600
58+
2,750
60
2,900
61
3,100
1
62
3,700
66
-
0
66+
42,500
1

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

"Colonel" E.H.R. Green - Green Estate - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & B.G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman, who paid $4.00 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2013:33439, $52,875

2 MS63 PCGS grade  

Sheridan Downey FPL 8/2000, $3,000 - Sheridan Downey 7/2002:3, $3,971

3 MS61 PCGS grade
4 MS60 estimated grade  
5 AU58 estimated grade