1796 50C Overton 101 15 Stars VF30

CERTIFICATION#: 06994077
PCGS#: 39261

Owner's Comments

O-101, Rarity 5. From the Heritage, Summer 2008 FUN Auction. The design elements display excellent definition for the grade designation, slightly more so on the obverse. Liberty's hair strands in the middle and lower portions of the portrait are sharp, as is the dentilation on both sides, the sole exception being that on the upper obverse. Strong definition is also noted on about one-half of the eagle's wing plumage, along with that on the tail. Particularly noteworthy is the clarity in most of the diagnostic semi-circular crack above Liberty's shoulder; this fine crack is usually visible only on higher-end VF and better examples. Soft champagne-gold patina accented with whispers of sky-blue and lavender covers both sides, and traces of luster are visible in some of the motif interstices, especially those of Liberty's hair and the eagle's feathers. The surfaces are relatively clean for a coin having seen light to moderate circulation. A couple of inoffensive obverse pinscratches are only mentioned for complete accuracy, and two minute marks near the rim above star 7, one between 9 and 6 in the date, and another to the top right of the 2 in the fraction may help in identifying the coin for future catalogers and researchers.

Expert Comments

Diameter: 32.50 millimeters Designer: Robert Scot/John Eckstein Edge: Lettered: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
Mintage: 934 Weight: 13.48 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
1
18,800
2
23,000
3
27,500
4
37,500
6
42,500
8
52,500
10
56,500
12
65,000
15
69,000
20
80,000
25
86,000
30
92,500
1
35
105,000
1
40
122,500
45
137,500
45+
140,000
50
150,000
50+
157,500
53
175,000
53+
182,500
55
210,000
55+
220,000
58
240,000
1
58+
245,000
60
265,000
61
280,000
62+
310,000
63
350,000
63+
475,000
64
575,000

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 estimated grade  
2 MS64 estimated grade  
3 MS63 PCGS grade  

J.M. Clapp - John H. Clapp - Clapp Estate, 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1673, $110,000 - Heritage 8/2006:5222, $310,500

4 MS63 estimated grade  

Norman Stack's type set - Superior 8/1991:501, $198,000 - John Whitney Collection - Stack's 5/1999:1776, $120,750 - American Numismatic Rarities 9/2005:388, $310,500

5 MS62 estimated grade  

Bowers & Merena 3/1989:1990 - American Numismatic Rarities 8/2004:418, $189,750