lkeigwin's Coin Album

1823/2 1C VF30BN PCGS #1630

N1, R2.

1823/2 1C VF30BN PCGS #1630

N1, R2.

1807 50C Large Stars 50/20 AU58 PCGS #6086

O.112, R1. CAC. The misnamed 50/20 variety...the 2 underneath the 5 in the denomination is really just an upside down 5! The example has lovely album toning with blue and gold rims and orange and grey centers. Nicely struck with pleasant surfaces and no distractions.

1807 50C Large Stars 50/20 AU58 PCGS #6086

O.112, R1. CAC. The misnamed 50/20 variety...the 2 underneath the 5 in the denomination is really just an upside down 5! The example has lovely album toning with blue and gold rims and orange and grey centers. Nicely struck with pleasant surfaces and no distractions.

1807 50C Large Stars 50/20 AU58 PCGS #6086

O.112, R1. CAC. The misnamed 50/20 variety...the 2 underneath the 5 in the denomination is really just an upside down 5! The example has lovely album toning with blue and gold rims and orange and grey centers. Nicely struck with pleasant surfaces and no distractions.

1807 50C Small Stars AU53 PCGS #6087

O.113a, R2. Proof-like surfaces. LDS. This first-year capped bust is the small stars variety, the only such die marriage. It has the distinctive numeral one with its missing left base and the requisite peripheral die cracks, heads and tails, which identify its die state. This example has superb luster and colorful envelope toning. It is well struck with nicely impressed stars, full dentils, and crisp lettering.

1807 50C Small Stars AU53 PCGS #6087

O.113a, R2. Proof-like surfaces. LDS. This first-year capped bust is the small stars variety, the only such die marriage. It has the distinctive numeral one with its missing left base and the requisite peripheral die cracks, heads and tails, which identify its die state. This example has superb luster and colorful envelope toning. It is well struck with nicely impressed stars, full dentils, and crisp lettering.

1807 50C Large Stars AU53 PCGS #6088

O.114, R3. 1807 is the birth year of the capped bust half, though it shared the year with the last of the draped busts. Officially 750k were minted but most believe the true number to be less than half that (all that from just four die marriages?). Strike is usually soft due to the inherent weaknesses of the design. But these weaknesses (dentils, LIBERTY, stars, clasp, scroll, etc.) are very inconsistent. Which makes accurate grading a real challenge. This variety is sometimes called the real large stars, not the more common O.112 that PCGS also calls large stars but is properly known as 50/20 variety.

1807 50C Large Stars AU53 PCGS #6088

O.114, R3. 1807 is the birth year of the capped bust half, though it shared the year with the last of the draped busts. Officially 750k were minted but most believe the true number to be less than half that (all that from just four die marriages?). Strike is usually soft due to the inherent weaknesses of the design. But these weaknesses (dentils, LIBERTY, stars, clasp, scroll, etc.) are very inconsistent. Which makes accurate grading a real challenge. This variety is sometimes called the real large stars, not the more common O.112 that PCGS also calls large stars but is properly known as 50/20 variety.

1807 50C Large Stars AU53 PCGS #6088

O.114, R3. 1807 is the birth year of the capped bust half, though it shared the year with the last of the draped busts. Officially 750k were minted but most believe the true number to be less than half that (all that from just four die marriages?). Strike is usually soft due to the inherent weaknesses of the design. But these weaknesses (dentils, LIBERTY, stars, clasp, scroll, etc.) are very inconsistent. Which makes accurate grading a real challenge. This variety is sometimes called the real large stars, not the more common O.112 that PCGS also calls large stars but is properly known as 50/20 variety.

1808 50C XF45 PCGS #6090

O.107a, R2. Was NGC XF45 cert 3412378-013. Gobs of luster. Looks AU+.

1808 50C XF45 PCGS #6090

O.107a, R2. Was NGC XF45 cert 3412378-013. Gobs of luster. Looks AU+.

1808 50C XF45 PCGS #6090

O.107a, R2. Was NGC XF45 cert 3412378-013. Gobs of luster. Looks AU+.

1808 50C AU53 PCGS #6090

O.104.1, R2. CAC.

1808 50C AU53 PCGS #6090

O.104.1, R2. CAC.

1808 50C AU55 PCGS #6090

O.108, R.3. Earlier die state without die crack at upper reverse. Strong luster remains on each side. Gold and pink-violet border toning yields to silver at the centers. From the Allgood collection.

1808 50C AU55 PCGS #6090

O.108, R.3. Earlier die state without die crack at upper reverse. Strong luster remains on each side. Gold and pink-violet border toning yields to silver at the centers. From the Allgood collection.

1808 50C AU55 PCGS #6090

O.106a, R3. CAC. Ex-Gehring Prouty, Tim Osbourne. Cataloger's description: A spectacular AU 55 in an old green label PCGS holder that Tim and I considered a strong candidate to earn a gold CAC sticker. The halo of golden toning frames fully lustrous, lightly toned centers. Tim spotted the coin in my case during the 1994 summer ANA Convention in Detroit, part of a group consigned to me for the show by our mutual friend Gehring Prouty.

1808 50C AU55 PCGS #6090

O.106a, R3. CAC. Ex-Gehring Prouty, Tim Osbourne. Cataloger's description: A spectacular AU 55 in an old green label PCGS holder that Tim and I considered a strong candidate to earn a gold CAC sticker. The halo of golden toning frames fully lustrous, lightly toned centers. Tim spotted the coin in my case during the 1994 summer ANA Convention in Detroit, part of a group consigned to me for the show by our mutual friend Gehring Prouty.

1808 50C AU55 PCGS #6090

O.106a, R3. CAC. Ex-Gehring Prouty, Tim Osbourne. Cataloger's description: A spectacular AU 55 in an old green label PCGS holder that Tim and I considered a strong candidate to earn a gold CAC sticker. The halo of golden toning frames fully lustrous, lightly toned centers. Tim spotted the coin in my case during the 1994 summer ANA Convention in Detroit, part of a group consigned to me for the show by our mutual friend Gehring Prouty.

1808 50C AU55 PCGS #6090

O.106a, R3. CAC. Ex-Gehring Prouty, Tim Osbourne. Cataloger's description: A spectacular AU 55 in an old green label PCGS holder that Tim and I considered a strong candidate to earn a gold CAC sticker. The halo of golden toning frames fully lustrous, lightly toned centers. Tim spotted the coin in my case during the 1994 summer ANA Convention in Detroit, part of a group consigned to me for the show by our mutual friend Gehring Prouty.

1808 50C AU58 PCGS #6090

O.102a, R1. CAC. 1808 was the second year for Capped Bust Half dollars using design type #1 from the original hubs. As such pieces from 1808 share the same design as 1807 halves but also striking traits...typically weak in areas, and die deterioration...cracks and die failure due to both design (device location) and steel quality and hardening difficulties. With almost 1.4 million minted and many survivors of this early type, the 1808 is not rare. Higher grade survivors become scare at the AU level and higher. Ten die marriages are known with the O.110 being the most difficult to acquire (R4 ). The 1808/7 overdate is ever-popular as the first overdate of the CBH series. This example displays spectacular deep, colorful toning, lots of original mint luster and minimal strike weakness. Acquired in May 2014 from Eye Appealing Coins.

1808 50C AU58 PCGS #6090

O.102a, R1. CAC. 1808 was the second year for Capped Bust Half dollars using design type #1 from the original hubs. As such pieces from 1808 share the same design as 1807 halves but also striking traits...typically weak in areas, and die deterioration...cracks and die failure due to both design (device location) and steel quality and hardening difficulties. With almost 1.4 million minted and many survivors of this early type, the 1808 is not rare. Higher grade survivors become scare at the AU level and higher. Ten die marriages are known with the O.110 being the most difficult to acquire (R4 ). The 1808/7 overdate is ever-popular as the first overdate of the CBH series. This example displays spectacular deep, colorful toning, lots of original mint luster and minimal strike weakness. Acquired in May 2014 from Eye Appealing Coins.

1808/7 50C AU58 PCGS #6091

O.101, R1. CAC. Ex-Davignon. Hammered! NTS: 58+? Sheridan Downey's catalog description: Ex Gerald Schertz. The surfaces, while virtually free of contact marks, feature a wonderful morass of die breaks and clash marks. Only a peacock might aspire to the range of iridescent colors that grab and hold the viewer’s eye. Keith purchased the coin from me in June 1994; it was part of the nearly complete die variety set of Dr. Gerald Schertz, BHNC #45.

1808/7 50C AU58 PCGS #6091

O.101, R1. CAC. Ex-Davignon. Hammered! NTS: 58+? Sheridan Downey's catalog description: Ex Gerald Schertz. The surfaces, while virtually free of contact marks, feature a wonderful morass of die breaks and clash marks. Only a peacock might aspire to the range of iridescent colors that grab and hold the viewer’s eye. Keith purchased the coin from me in June 1994; it was part of the nearly complete die variety set of Dr. Gerald Schertz, BHNC #45.

1808/7 50C AU58 PCGS #6091

O.101, R1. CAC. Ex-Davignon. Hammered! NTS: 58+? Sheridan Downey's catalog description: Ex Gerald Schertz. The surfaces, while virtually free of contact marks, feature a wonderful morass of die breaks and clash marks. Only a peacock might aspire to the range of iridescent colors that grab and hold the viewer’s eye. Keith purchased the coin from me in June 1994; it was part of the nearly complete die variety set of Dr. Gerald Schertz, BHNC #45.

1809 50C AU53 PCGS #6092

O.106, R3.

1809 50C AU53 PCGS #6092

O.106, R3.

1809 50C AU58 PCGS #6092

O.105, R1. CAC. ex-David Kahn. Catalog description: Fully struck obverse. All 13 stars display center points. The reverse is comparable, with slight weakness at top of left wing. Cartwheel luster rolls beneath the medium grey antique toning. Here is a lovely 1809 for a top flight collection!

1809 50C AU58 PCGS #6092

O.105, R1. CAC. ex-David Kahn. Catalog description: Fully struck obverse. All 13 stars display center points. The reverse is comparable, with slight weakness at top of left wing. Cartwheel luster rolls beneath the medium grey antique toning. Here is a lovely 1809 for a top flight collection!

1809 50C AU58 PCGS #6092

O.103. CAC. Ex-Tom Sears

1809 50C AU58 PCGS #6092

O.103. CAC. Ex-Tom Sears

1809 50C XXX Edge AU58 PCGS #6093

O.102a, R1. This variety is notable, and was collected for its different edge lettering. For reasons we can only guess, four of 1809's 15 varieties have XXX characters stamped into the edge. Four other varieties used III inscriptions. (One variety, the O.108 shows both.) A good guess is that this was done to repair flawed die bars but no one really knows. According to Ivan Leaman and Donald Gunnet's 1986 report, Edges and Die Sequences on Early Half Dollars... ...three of the 1809 edges bear ornamentation and are called the experimental edges. The third edge exhibits heavy vertical grooves at the beginning of each bar in front of FIFTY and HALF. The fourth edge is called the engrailed edge. There is a series of X-like figures at the front of the first bar and at the end of the second. The sixth edge contains only 106. There are light grooves in the front of HALF. We call this the pseudo-engrailed edge.

1809 50C XXX Edge AU58 PCGS #6093

O.102a, R1. This variety is notable, and was collected for its different edge lettering. For reasons we can only guess, four of 1809's 15 varieties have XXX characters stamped into the edge. Four other varieties used III inscriptions. (One variety, the O.108 shows both.) A good guess is that this was done to repair flawed die bars but no one really knows. According to Ivan Leaman and Donald Gunnet's 1986 report, Edges and Die Sequences on Early Half Dollars... ...three of the 1809 edges bear ornamentation and are called the experimental edges. The third edge exhibits heavy vertical grooves at the beginning of each bar in front of FIFTY and HALF. The fourth edge is called the engrailed edge. There is a series of X-like figures at the front of the first bar and at the end of the second. The sixth edge contains only 106. There are light grooves in the front of HALF. We call this the pseudo-engrailed edge.

1809 50C III Edge AU58+ PCGS #6094

O.107a, R3. CAC. This variety is notable, and was collected for its different edge lettering. For reasons we can only guess, four of 1809's 15 varieties have XXX characters stamped into the edge. Four other varieties used III inscriptions. (One variety, the O.108 shows both.) A good guess is that this was done to repair flawed die bars but no one really knows. According to Ivan Leaman and Donald Gunnet's 1986 report, Edges and Die Sequences on Early Half Dollars... ...three of the 1809 edges bear ornamentation and are called the experimental edges. The third edge exhibits heavy vertical grooves at the beginning of each bar in front of FIFTY and HALF. The fourth edge is called the engrailed edge. There is a series of X-like figures at the front of the first bar and at the end of the second. The sixth edge contains only 106. There are light grooves in the front of HALF. We call this the pseudo-engrailed edge.

1809 50C III Edge AU58+ PCGS #6094

O.107a, R3. CAC. This variety is notable, and was collected for its different edge lettering. For reasons we can only guess, four of 1809's 15 varieties have XXX characters stamped into the edge. Four other varieties used III inscriptions. (One variety, the O.108 shows both.) A good guess is that this was done to repair flawed die bars but no one really knows. According to Ivan Leaman and Donald Gunnet's 1986 report, Edges and Die Sequences on Early Half Dollars... ...three of the 1809 edges bear ornamentation and are called the experimental edges. The third edge exhibits heavy vertical grooves at the beginning of each bar in front of FIFTY and HALF. The fourth edge is called the engrailed edge. There is a series of X-like figures at the front of the first bar and at the end of the second. The sixth edge contains only 106. There are light grooves in the front of HALF. We call this the pseudo-engrailed edge.

1810 50C AU50 PCGS #6095

O.105, R2

1810 50C AU50 PCGS #6095

O.105, R2

1810 50C AU53 PCGS #6095

O.102a, R1.

1810 50C AU53 PCGS #6095

O.102a, R1.

1810 50C AU55 PCGS #6095

O.110, R2. Was old, small ANACS AU50 cert# 1406304

1810 50C AU55 PCGS #6095

O.110, R2. Was old, small ANACS AU50 cert# 1406304

1810 50C AU58 PCGS #6095

O.106, R3. Flashy yellow/white, from a dip no doubt, but a proper one that did not impair luster on the frosty surfaces. The unclashed obverse has crisp details and an early die state, while the well impressed reverse shows some signs of clashing. The coin was struck off-center (note the reeding at 6 and 12 o'clock, both sides). Was NGC cert# 3474530-001.

1810 50C AU58 PCGS #6095

O.106, R3. Flashy yellow/white, from a dip no doubt, but a proper one that did not impair luster on the frosty surfaces. The unclashed obverse has crisp details and an early die state, while the well impressed reverse shows some signs of clashing. The coin was struck off-center (note the reeding at 6 and 12 o'clock, both sides). Was NGC cert# 3474530-001.

1810 50C AU58 PCGS #6095

O.101a, R1. Ex-Keith Davignon. NTS: 58+?

1810 50C AU58 PCGS #6095

O.101a, R1. Ex-Keith Davignon. NTS: 58+?

1811 50C Large 8 AU58+ PCGS #6096

O.104a, R1. Cataloger's description: A thin ring of iridescent toning outlines the dentils. The untoned centers are alive with cartwheel luster. Here is a coin that never saw circulation. Minuscule signs of handling befit the 58 designation. Well struck and ready for a home in a first class die variety or Red Book set.

1811 50C Large 8 AU58+ PCGS #6096

O.104a, R1. Cataloger's description: A thin ring of iridescent toning outlines the dentils. The untoned centers are alive with cartwheel luster. Here is a coin that never saw circulation. Minuscule signs of handling befit the 58 designation. Well struck and ready for a home in a first class die variety or Red Book set.

1811 50C Small 8 AU55 PCGS #6097

O.109, R2. Ex-Hartl. Catalog description: Yes, another 1811 blessed with rings of album toning. Sharply struck obverse, the reverse with typical weakness at the left wing. Strong luster seems unimpaired by a gentle wiping. Exceptionally smooth surfaces, save for an area under the right side of the motto. A pretty coin!

1811 50C Small 8 AU55 PCGS #6097

O.109, R2. Ex-Hartl. Catalog description: Yes, another 1811 blessed with rings of album toning. Sharply struck obverse, the reverse with typical weakness at the left wing. Strong luster seems unimpaired by a gentle wiping. Exceptionally smooth surfaces, save for an area under the right side of the motto. A pretty coin!

1811 50C Small 8 AU58 PCGS #6097

O.108a, R2. Struck off center, clashed, and with interesting sea green, gold, blue, and pink colors. Little to no milling is common for this marriage. Lot# 0869

1811 50C Small 8 AU58 PCGS #6097

O.108a, R2. Struck off center, clashed, and with interesting sea green, gold, blue, and pink colors. Little to no milling is common for this marriage. Lot# 0869

1811 50C Small 8 MS62 PCGS #6097

O.110a, R1.

1811 50C Small 8 MS62 PCGS #6097

O.110a, R1.

1811/10 50C AU55 PCGS #6099

O.101, R1. This overdate, often called the punctuated date is from one of two die marriages (O.102 is the other). Look closely and you can see much of the 0 under the 3rd 1. There is a bold die dot between 8 and 1. And depending on who you believe the fragment between the two 1's is either from another nick in the die or it is what is left over from the earlier 1. In general the strike is just fine on these overdates but the relief is usually not as good as the yeardates due to lapping. Stars are always weak on the left obverse of the O.101 and, oddly, just the opposite on the O.102., same die. How can that be? Only a remarriage explains it (but you have to wonder why remarriages ever happen).

1811/10 50C AU55 PCGS #6099

O.101, R1. This overdate, often called the punctuated date is from one of two die marriages (O.102 is the other). Look closely and you can see much of the 0 under the 3rd 1. There is a bold die dot between 8 and 1. And depending on who you believe the fragment between the two 1's is either from another nick in the die or it is what is left over from the earlier 1. In general the strike is just fine on these overdates but the relief is usually not as good as the yeardates due to lapping. Stars are always weak on the left obverse of the O.101 and, oddly, just the opposite on the O.102., same die. How can that be? Only a remarriage explains it (but you have to wonder why remarriages ever happen).

1812 50C AU53 PCGS #6100

O.107, R1. (BHNC R6? No trace of die lump above left wing.) Most 1812 yeardate halves are very well struck. And yet we still see weakness in the central areas. Chief Engraver Reich prepared a new MD for 1812. It is believed this was done in hopes of improving how the halves struck up. Deeper recesses and thicker curls did not improve detail, however. Just the opposite. Metal flow issues continued to plague the high points. This AU53 is an early die state with no die lump or clashing, full denticles, stars, motto and banner. Just a touch of die erosion. It is richly toned with a pleasant skin of pale brown, and rim accents in red, orange and blue. Luster is strong, though not superb, but the combination of skin, color, luster and strike give it a very eye appealing look.

1812 50C AU53 PCGS #6100

O.107, R1. (BHNC R6? No trace of die lump above left wing.) Most 1812 yeardate halves are very well struck. And yet we still see weakness in the central areas. Chief Engraver Reich prepared a new MD for 1812. It is believed this was done in hopes of improving how the halves struck up. Deeper recesses and thicker curls did not improve detail, however. Just the opposite. Metal flow issues continued to plague the high points. This AU53 is an early die state with no die lump or clashing, full denticles, stars, motto and banner. Just a touch of die erosion. It is richly toned with a pleasant skin of pale brown, and rim accents in red, orange and blue. Luster is strong, though not superb, but the combination of skin, color, luster and strike give it a very eye appealing look.

1812 50C AU55 PCGS #6100

O.105a, R1. CAC

1812 50C AU55 PCGS #6100

O.105a, R1. CAC

1812 50C AU55 PCGS #6100

O.103, R1. A very early die state with exceptional detail and rims. Full luster in spite of the obvious dip. Was NGC AU58 cert# 571861-019

1812 50C AU55 PCGS #6100

O.103, R1. A very early die state with exceptional detail and rims. Full luster in spite of the obvious dip. Was NGC AU58 cert# 571861-019

1812 50C AU58 PCGS #6100

O.110, R1. CAC. Ex-Davignon. Catalog description: A halo of pale gold envelops the stars and legend. The centers are antique grey with subtle rose and copper highlights. Another first-rate 1812. Acquired at the Jan. 2012 FUN Show from David Lawrence RC.

1812 50C AU58 PCGS #6100

O.110, R1. CAC. Ex-Davignon. Catalog description: A halo of pale gold envelops the stars and legend. The centers are antique grey with subtle rose and copper highlights. Another first-rate 1812. Acquired at the Jan. 2012 FUN Show from David Lawrence RC.

1812 50C AU58+ PCGS #6100

O.104, R1. ex-CAC. Reverse rotated 60º.

1812 50C AU58+ PCGS #6100

O.104, R1. ex-CAC. Reverse rotated 60º.

1812/1 50C Small 8 AU55 PCGS #6101

O.102, R2. CAC. The 1812 overdates are not as well struck as the yeardates which were the product of a different MD. Adding to the problem is the fact that most overdates received quite a bit of die lapping to remove or minimize traces of the underdate. The over all impression leaves one to conclude that these coins appear more worn than they likely are. This extremely lustrous, colorful small-8 overdate has a slightly better than average strike (obverse) paired with a very nice EDS reverse. The thick skin adds a feeling of originality.

1812/1 50C Small 8 AU55 PCGS #6101

O.102, R2. CAC. The 1812 overdates are not as well struck as the yeardates which were the product of a different MD. Adding to the problem is the fact that most overdates received quite a bit of die lapping to remove or minimize traces of the underdate. The over all impression leaves one to conclude that these coins appear more worn than they likely are. This extremely lustrous, colorful small-8 overdate has a slightly better than average strike (obverse) paired with a very nice EDS reverse. The thick skin adds a feeling of originality.

1812/1 50C Small 8 AU55 PCGS #6101

O.102, R2. CAC. The 1812 overdates are not as well struck as the yeardates which were the product of a different MD. Adding to the problem is the fact that most overdates received quite a bit of die lapping to remove or minimize traces of the underdate. The over all impression leaves one to conclude that these coins appear more worn than they likely are. This extremely lustrous, colorful small-8 overdate has a slightly better than average strike (obverse) paired with a very nice EDS reverse. The thick skin adds a feeling of originality.

1812/1 50C Small 8 AU55 PCGS #6101

O.102, R2. CAC. The 1812 overdates are not as well struck as the yeardates which were the product of a different MD. Adding to the problem is the fact that most overdates received quite a bit of die lapping to remove or minimize traces of the underdate. The over all impression leaves one to conclude that these coins appear more worn than they likely are. This extremely lustrous, colorful small-8 overdate has a slightly better than average strike (obverse) paired with a very nice EDS reverse. The thick skin adds a feeling of originality.

1812/1 50C Large 8 XF40 PCGS #6102

O.101, R5. Lovely original, problem-free specimen attractively toned from album storage. Looks like a technical VF35 given a bump for its eye appeal.

1812/1 50C Large 8 XF40 PCGS #6102

O.101, R5. Lovely original, problem-free specimen attractively toned from album storage. Looks like a technical VF35 given a bump for its eye appeal.

1812/1 50C Large 8 XF40 PCGS #6102

O.101, R5. Lovely original, problem-free specimen attractively toned from album storage. Looks like a technical VF35 given a bump for its eye appeal.

1813 50C AU50 PCGS #6103

O.107a, R1. Attractive album toning with unusually strong luster. This variety is known for its shattered dies and clash marks, and this example is very late state with spectacularly shattered dies. NTS: regrade

1813 50C AU50 PCGS #6103

O.107a, R1. Attractive album toning with unusually strong luster. This variety is known for its shattered dies and clash marks, and this example is very late state with spectacularly shattered dies. NTS: regrade

1813 50C AU50 PCGS #6103

O.110, R1. Triple clashed LDS obverse as evidenced by the die crack from rim, left of date, up into bust. The reverse is well struck, as is normal, and was later paired with a new obverse in the O.109.

1813 50C AU50 PCGS #6103

O.110, R1. Triple clashed LDS obverse as evidenced by the die crack from rim, left of date, up into bust. The reverse is well struck, as is normal, and was later paired with a new obverse in the O.109.

1813 50C AU50 PCGS #6103

O.110, R1. Triple clashed LDS obverse as evidenced by the die crack from rim, left of date, up into bust. The reverse is well struck, as is normal, and was later paired with a new obverse in the O.109.

1813 50C AU58 PCGS #6103

O.105, R1. Catalog description: Ex Keith Davignon. Deep turquoise toning with enticing rose and gold highlights. The surfaces present the usual assortment of clash marks but are otherwise smooth. Keith found this beautiful 1813 at Don Ketterling’s table during the 2015 ANA Convention.

1813 50C AU58 PCGS #6103

O.105, R1. Catalog description: Ex Keith Davignon. Deep turquoise toning with enticing rose and gold highlights. The surfaces present the usual assortment of clash marks but are otherwise smooth. Keith found this beautiful 1813 at Don Ketterling’s table during the 2015 ANA Convention.

1813 50C AU58+ PCGS #6103

O.108a R2. CAC. Ten marriages for 1813, more than 1.2 million minted, most with weak-to-good strike. This version is a favorite. Formerly owned by Prouty (as a MS62), and more recently by the late Roger Solomon. It is simply superb: a sharply impressed EDS obverse is paired with a well used but nicely struck reverse. The die pair produced halves with very weak milling...often incomplete. Overton states "Many specimens show rim damage in minting, especially on the reverse and adjacent to AMERICA." The 108a die state is more common than the 108 R4. Obverse die cracks and incomplete reverse milling characterize it. Color is attractive silver and gold with a bit of burnt orange. Surfaces are all but mark free, save some Mint clashing. The luster is remarkably full and strong. Only the very slightest rub can be seen at upper left wing.

1813 50C AU58+ PCGS #6103

O.108a R2. CAC. Ten marriages for 1813, more than 1.2 million minted, most with weak-to-good strike. This version is a favorite. Formerly owned by Prouty (as a MS62), and more recently by the late Roger Solomon. It is simply superb: a sharply impressed EDS obverse is paired with a well used but nicely struck reverse. The die pair produced halves with very weak milling...often incomplete. Overton states "Many specimens show rim damage in minting, especially on the reverse and adjacent to AMERICA." The 108a die state is more common than the 108 R4. Obverse die cracks and incomplete reverse milling characterize it. Color is attractive silver and gold with a bit of burnt orange. Surfaces are all but mark free, save some Mint clashing. The luster is remarkably full and strong. Only the very slightest rub can be seen at upper left wing.

1813 50C MS62 PCGS #6103

O.103, R2.

1813 50C MS62 PCGS #6103

O.103, R2.

1813 50C MS62 PCGS #6103

O.103, R2.

1813 50C 50C/UNI AU58+ PCGS #6104

O.101, R2. CAC. A popular variety, the 50C/UNI gets its name from the obviously botched lower reverse. In one of the most spectacular errors, the engraver (Reich) lost his point of reference and punched UNI at the 5 o'clock position (instead of 8:30) before realizing his blunder. Scraping, and later lapping, was done but traces remained as this example shows.

1813 50C 50C/UNI AU58+ PCGS #6104

O.101, R2. CAC. A popular variety, the 50C/UNI gets its name from the obviously botched lower reverse. In one of the most spectacular errors, the engraver (Reich) lost his point of reference and punched UNI at the 5 o'clock position (instead of 8:30) before realizing his blunder. Scraping, and later lapping, was done but traces remained as this example shows.

1813 50C 50C/UNI AU58+ PCGS #6104

O.101, R2. CAC. A popular variety, the 50C/UNI gets its name from the obviously botched lower reverse. In one of the most spectacular errors, the engraver (Reich) lost his point of reference and punched UNI at the 5 o'clock position (instead of 8:30) before realizing his blunder. Scraping, and later lapping, was done but traces remained as this example shows.

1813 50C 50C/UNI AU58+ PCGS #6104

O.101, R2. CAC. A popular variety, the 50C/UNI gets its name from the obviously botched lower reverse. In one of the most spectacular errors, the engraver (Reich) lost his point of reference and punched UNI at the 5 o'clock position (instead of 8:30) before realizing his blunder. Scraping, and later lapping, was done but traces remained as this example shows.

1814 50C XF45 PCGS #6105

O.106, R4+ (R5 in this die state). CAC

1814 50C XF45 PCGS #6105

O.106, R4+ (R5 in this die state). CAC

1814 50C AU55 PCGS #6105

O.107, R2. Same die pair used to mint the Judd-44 platinum bust half. Heavily clashed like so many 1814's, this CBH has superior luster and a pretty, lightly toned look with subtle gold, russet, and turquoise colors. Star 13 has the requisite extension on the end point near the curl. A rough die break can be seen to the left of stars 10 & 11.

1814 50C AU55 PCGS #6105

O.107, R2. Same die pair used to mint the Judd-44 platinum bust half. Heavily clashed like so many 1814's, this CBH has superior luster and a pretty, lightly toned look with subtle gold, russet, and turquoise colors. Star 13 has the requisite extension on the end point near the curl. A rough die break can be seen to the left of stars 10 & 11.

1814 50C AU55 PCGS #6105

O.107, R2. Same die pair used to mint the Judd-44 platinum bust half. Heavily clashed like so many 1814's, this CBH has superior luster and a pretty, lightly toned look with subtle gold, russet, and turquoise colors. Star 13 has the requisite extension on the end point near the curl. A rough die break can be seen to the left of stars 10 & 11.

1814 50C AU55 PCGS #6105

O.109 R2 (O.109'). Early die state, free of clashing, very unusual for this date. It has clean, proof-like fields and is mostly untoned except around the rims. Probably dipped long ago and placed back in a folder. Was NGC AU58 cert# 1806961-010.

1814 50C AU55 PCGS #6105

O.109 R2 (O.109'). Early die state, free of clashing, very unusual for this date. It has clean, proof-like fields and is mostly untoned except around the rims. Probably dipped long ago and placed back in a folder. Was NGC AU58 cert# 1806961-010.

1814 50C AU58 PCGS #6105

O.104a, R2. 1814 is a very fun year for CBH enthusiasts. This historically important year gave us a fabulous overdate (1814/3 O.101) and a few significant varieties (the Single Leaf O.105a and the O.108 E over A) along with the scarce O.106 (R4+). This example illustrates problems the Mint was having with die failure. Note the numerous obverse and reverse die cracks. Acquired at Sept 2014 Heritage Auction in Long Beach.

1814 50C AU58 PCGS #6105

O.104a, R2. 1814 is a very fun year for CBH enthusiasts. This historically important year gave us a fabulous overdate (1814/3 O.101) and a few significant varieties (the Single Leaf O.105a and the O.108 E over A) along with the scarce O.106 (R4+). This example illustrates problems the Mint was having with die failure. Note the numerous obverse and reverse die cracks. Acquired at Sept 2014 Heritage Auction in Long Beach.

1814 50C AU58 PCGS #6105

O.102a, R3. 1814 is a very fun year for CBH enthusiasts. Nine die marriages were produced from a mintage of just over 1 million, the fourth lowest of the series. Among these nine marriages of this historically important year were the 1814/3 overdate (Overton 101), the very scarce single leaf (Overton 105a) and the major variety E over A (Overton 108).

1814 50C AU58 PCGS #6105

O.102a, R3. 1814 is a very fun year for CBH enthusiasts. Nine die marriages were produced from a mintage of just over 1 million, the fourth lowest of the series. Among these nine marriages of this historically important year were the 1814/3 overdate (Overton 101), the very scarce single leaf (Overton 105a) and the major variety E over A (Overton 108).

1814 50C MS62 PCGS #6105

O.103, R1

1814 50C MS62 PCGS #6105

O.103, R1

1814/3 50C AU53 PCGS #6106

O.101a. R2. One of the more popular overdates, the 1814/3 die marriage rapidly deteriorated, producing various die states. Two are fundamental: O.101 without die cracks and O.101a, with. The former is an R6 which testifies to the rapid decline of the dies. Besides the plain overdate there are other notable traits of this die pair. Two dentils north of the second T in STATES, e.g., are oversized and the left one is attached to the T with a die defect. The dies clashing no doubt contributed to their spectacular failure. This example is an early die state for the late O.101a, and is very well struck for the issue (the left wing is always weak on these). It appears original, handsomely toned and remarkably lustrous.

1814/3 50C AU53 PCGS #6106

O.101a. R2. One of the more popular overdates, the 1814/3 die marriage rapidly deteriorated, producing various die states. Two are fundamental: O.101 without die cracks and O.101a, with. The former is an R6 which testifies to the rapid decline of the dies. Besides the plain overdate there are other notable traits of this die pair. Two dentils north of the second T in STATES, e.g., are oversized and the left one is attached to the T with a die defect. The dies clashing no doubt contributed to their spectacular failure. This example is an early die state for the late O.101a, and is very well struck for the issue (the left wing is always weak on these). It appears original, handsomely toned and remarkably lustrous.

1814 50C E/A AU55 PCGS #6107

O.108a, R1. Nine die marriages were produced from a mintage of just over 1 million, the fourth lowest of the series. Among these nine marriages were the 1814/3 overdate, the very scarce single leaf and the major variety E over A. Here is the interesting E over A. Speculation is that the A punched into STATES instead of the correct E was not a matter of illiteracy by the help or a spelling error by Reich. It was likely due to a distraction that caused Reich to lose his place. Seeing a T and little more (under magnification) he didn't realize he was about to strike the fifth letter, not the third. I wonder what expletive he uttered. This die marriage is heavily clashed and LDS's are very eroded. Typical soft spots include the eagle's left wing and head. This better struck example has a pleasant rose, orange, and pale blue hue, not as intense as the True View picture. ex-Eastern Woods II.

1814 50C E/A AU55 PCGS #6107

O.108a, R1. Nine die marriages were produced from a mintage of just over 1 million, the fourth lowest of the series. Among these nine marriages were the 1814/3 overdate, the very scarce single leaf and the major variety E over A. Here is the interesting E over A. Speculation is that the A punched into STATES instead of the correct E was not a matter of illiteracy by the help or a spelling error by Reich. It was likely due to a distraction that caused Reich to lose his place. Seeing a T and little more (under magnification) he didn't realize he was about to strike the fifth letter, not the third. I wonder what expletive he uttered. This die marriage is heavily clashed and LDS's are very eroded. Typical soft spots include the eagle's left wing and head. This better struck example has a pleasant rose, orange, and pale blue hue, not as intense as the True View picture. ex-Eastern Woods II.

1814 50C E/A AU55 PCGS #6107

O.108a, R1. Nine die marriages were produced from a mintage of just over 1 million, the fourth lowest of the series. Among these nine marriages were the 1814/3 overdate, the very scarce single leaf and the major variety E over A. Here is the interesting E over A. Speculation is that the A punched into STATES instead of the correct E was not a matter of illiteracy by the help or a spelling error by Reich. It was likely due to a distraction that caused Reich to lose his place. Seeing a T and little more (under magnification) he didn't realize he was about to strike the fifth letter, not the third. I wonder what expletive he uttered. This die marriage is heavily clashed and LDS's are very eroded. Typical soft spots include the eagle's left wing and head. This better struck example has a pleasant rose, orange, and pale blue hue, not as intense as the True View picture. ex-Eastern Woods II.

1814 50C E/A AU55 PCGS #6107

O.108a, R1. Nine die marriages were produced from a mintage of just over 1 million, the fourth lowest of the series. Among these nine marriages were the 1814/3 overdate, the very scarce single leaf and the major variety E over A. Here is the interesting E over A. Speculation is that the A punched into STATES instead of the correct E was not a matter of illiteracy by the help or a spelling error by Reich. It was likely due to a distraction that caused Reich to lose his place. Seeing a T and little more (under magnification) he didn't realize he was about to strike the fifth letter, not the third. I wonder what expletive he uttered. This die marriage is heavily clashed and LDS's are very eroded. Typical soft spots include the eagle's left wing and head. This better struck example has a pleasant rose, orange, and pale blue hue, not as intense as the True View picture. ex-Eastern Woods II.

1814 50C E/A AU55 PCGS #6107

O.108a, R1. Nine die marriages were produced from a mintage of just over 1 million, the fourth lowest of the series. Among these nine marriages were the 1814/3 overdate, the very scarce single leaf and the major variety E over A. Here is the interesting E over A. Speculation is that the A punched into STATES instead of the correct E was not a matter of illiteracy by the help or a spelling error by Reich. It was likely due to a distraction that caused Reich to lose his place. Seeing a T and little more (under magnification) he didn't realize he was about to strike the fifth letter, not the third. I wonder what expletive he uttered. This die marriage is heavily clashed and LDS's are very eroded. Typical soft spots include the eagle's left wing and head. This better struck example has a pleasant rose, orange, and pale blue hue, not as intense as the True View picture. ex-Eastern Woods II.

1815/2 50C AU58+ PCGS #6108

O.101, R2. CAC. From the George Hamilton collection, lot 4093. Originally housed in an NGC old fattie graded AU55 with a CAC gold sticker. The catalog description: It is challenging to find an 1815/2 half dollar with any degree of eye appeal. They are by and large a dull lot, and many of the surviving pieces are impaired in one way or another. The present coin is a wonderful exception. Originally toned in attractive blue, violet, and tangerine-gold toning, both sides are brightly lustrous and sharply struck. Aside from the inevitable die clashing, there are no marks of consequence. Housed in an early generation NGC holder from about 25 years ago (with hologram but without the barcode), this Choice About Uncirculated coin carries the CAC gold sticker indicating it is undergraded by at least one level. An interesting bit of trivia about the 1815/2 is that the entire lot of coins struck in early Jan 1816 were paid out to a single customer: Jones, Firth and Co. How often can we trace provenance and know with certainty the original owner?

1815/2 50C AU58+ PCGS #6108

O.101, R2. CAC. From the George Hamilton collection, lot 4093. Originally housed in an NGC old fattie graded AU55 with a CAC gold sticker. The catalog description: It is challenging to find an 1815/2 half dollar with any degree of eye appeal. They are by and large a dull lot, and many of the surviving pieces are impaired in one way or another. The present coin is a wonderful exception. Originally toned in attractive blue, violet, and tangerine-gold toning, both sides are brightly lustrous and sharply struck. Aside from the inevitable die clashing, there are no marks of consequence. Housed in an early generation NGC holder from about 25 years ago (with hologram but without the barcode), this Choice About Uncirculated coin carries the CAC gold sticker indicating it is undergraded by at least one level. An interesting bit of trivia about the 1815/2 is that the entire lot of coins struck in early Jan 1816 were paid out to a single customer: Jones, Firth and Co. How often can we trace provenance and know with certainty the original owner?

1815/2 50C AU58+ PCGS #6108

O.101, R2. CAC. From the George Hamilton collection, lot 4093. Originally housed in an NGC old fattie graded AU55 with a CAC gold sticker. The catalog description: It is challenging to find an 1815/2 half dollar with any degree of eye appeal. They are by and large a dull lot, and many of the surviving pieces are impaired in one way or another. The present coin is a wonderful exception. Originally toned in attractive blue, violet, and tangerine-gold toning, both sides are brightly lustrous and sharply struck. Aside from the inevitable die clashing, there are no marks of consequence. Housed in an early generation NGC holder from about 25 years ago (with hologram but without the barcode), this Choice About Uncirculated coin carries the CAC gold sticker indicating it is undergraded by at least one level. An interesting bit of trivia about the 1815/2 is that the entire lot of coins struck in early Jan 1816 were paid out to a single customer: Jones, Firth and Co. How often can we trace provenance and know with certainty the original owner?

1815/2 50C AU58+ PCGS #6108

O.101, R2. CAC. From the George Hamilton collection, lot 4093. Originally housed in an NGC old fattie graded AU55 with a CAC gold sticker. The catalog description: It is challenging to find an 1815/2 half dollar with any degree of eye appeal. They are by and large a dull lot, and many of the surviving pieces are impaired in one way or another. The present coin is a wonderful exception. Originally toned in attractive blue, violet, and tangerine-gold toning, both sides are brightly lustrous and sharply struck. Aside from the inevitable die clashing, there are no marks of consequence. Housed in an early generation NGC holder from about 25 years ago (with hologram but without the barcode), this Choice About Uncirculated coin carries the CAC gold sticker indicating it is undergraded by at least one level. An interesting bit of trivia about the 1815/2 is that the entire lot of coins struck in early Jan 1816 were paid out to a single customer: Jones, Firth and Co. How often can we trace provenance and know with certainty the original owner?

1815/2 50C AU58+ PCGS #6108

O.101, R2. CAC. From the George Hamilton collection, lot 4093. Originally housed in an NGC old fattie graded AU55 with a CAC gold sticker. The catalog description: It is challenging to find an 1815/2 half dollar with any degree of eye appeal. They are by and large a dull lot, and many of the surviving pieces are impaired in one way or another. The present coin is a wonderful exception. Originally toned in attractive blue, violet, and tangerine-gold toning, both sides are brightly lustrous and sharply struck. Aside from the inevitable die clashing, there are no marks of consequence. Housed in an early generation NGC holder from about 25 years ago (with hologram but without the barcode), this Choice About Uncirculated coin carries the CAC gold sticker indicating it is undergraded by at least one level. An interesting bit of trivia about the 1815/2 is that the entire lot of coins struck in early Jan 1816 were paid out to a single customer: Jones, Firth and Co. How often can we trace provenance and know with certainty the original owner?

1817 50C AU50 PCGS #6109

O.111a, R1. Proof-like obverse surfaces. Meaty definition on both sides. Subtle but pretty toning. From the 1946 ANA convention sale by Numismatic Gallery (Kosoff/Kreisberg) in Davenport, Iowa. Lot 1728, graded VF and purchased for $2.90, according to the original coin envelope.

1817 50C AU50 PCGS #6109

O.111a, R1. Proof-like obverse surfaces. Meaty definition on both sides. Subtle but pretty toning. From the 1946 ANA convention sale by Numismatic Gallery (Kosoff/Kreisberg) in Davenport, Iowa. Lot 1728, graded VF and purchased for $2.90, according to the original coin envelope.

1817 50C AU58 PCGS #6109

O.107 R3.

1817 50C AU58 PCGS #6109

O.107 R3.

1817 50C AU58 PCGS #6109

O.110, R2.

1817 50C AU58 PCGS #6109

O.110, R2.

1817 50C AU58 PCGS #6109

O.110, R2.

1817 50C AU58+ PCGS #6109

O.112a, R2. For 1817 Chief Engraver Scot produced a new MD and struck new WH from which WD were made. Relief was somewhat lowered and central hair details were modified...thinner and more detailed, as were the folds in the cap. Liberty got a nose job, smaller and more attractive, and the relief of her cheek and jaw was improved. And yet not enough WD's were produced and the Mint had to rely on earlier ones, using an 1814 first (the ultra-rare 1817/4 variety), the obverse of which quickly broke after a handful of struck coins. The old 1813 die lasted longer, striking tens of thousands. For inspection, here is a pretty example from this tough year. This CBH has excellent luster with just a hint of toning at the periphery. An EDS obverse is paired with a shattered reverse giving this eye appealing coin nice character.

1817 50C AU58+ PCGS #6109

O.112a, R2. For 1817 Chief Engraver Scot produced a new MD and struck new WH from which WD were made. Relief was somewhat lowered and central hair details were modified...thinner and more detailed, as were the folds in the cap. Liberty got a nose job, smaller and more attractive, and the relief of her cheek and jaw was improved. And yet not enough WD's were produced and the Mint had to rely on earlier ones, using an 1814 first (the ultra-rare 1817/4 variety), the obverse of which quickly broke after a handful of struck coins. The old 1813 die lasted longer, striking tens of thousands. For inspection, here is a pretty example from this tough year. This CBH has excellent luster with just a hint of toning at the periphery. An EDS obverse is paired with a shattered reverse giving this eye appealing coin nice character.

1817 50C MS62 PCGS #6109

O.113a, R4. OGH Cataloger's description: An intensely lustrous example with a ring of pastel rose and copper toning that floats through the stars and legend. Die breaks pass through and over the date. The surfaces are free of blemishes save for a short hairline at the tip of star 4. This is an eye-catching coin! From the Davignon Collection, acquired at Stack’s-Bowers’ Nov. 2012 Baltimore sale, lot 1676.

1817 50C MS62 PCGS #6109

O.113a, R4. OGH Cataloger's description: An intensely lustrous example with a ring of pastel rose and copper toning that floats through the stars and legend. Die breaks pass through and over the date. The surfaces are free of blemishes save for a short hairline at the tip of star 4. This is an eye-catching coin! From the Davignon Collection, acquired at Stack’s-Bowers’ Nov. 2012 Baltimore sale, lot 1676.

181.7 50C Punctuated Date AU55 PCGS #6110

O.103. R2. Besides the overdates there are two notable varieties. The single leaf O.106a (a result of lapping) and the punctuated date O.103 (likely from a dropped object on a softened die).

181.7 50C Punctuated Date AU55 PCGS #6110

O.103. R2. Besides the overdates there are two notable varieties. The single leaf O.106a (a result of lapping) and the punctuated date O.103 (likely from a dropped object on a softened die).

181.7 50C Punctuated Date AU55 PCGS #6110

O.103. R2. Besides the overdates there are two notable varieties. The single leaf O.106a (a result of lapping) and the punctuated date O.103 (likely from a dropped object on a softened die).

1817/3 50C AU55 PCGS #6111

O.101a, R2. The 1817/3 is a very popular overdate, as the underlying 3 is patently visible on the lone die marriage (the presence of the reverse die crack, from M in AMERICA through the denomination and up along UNITED, is what distinguishes this later die state). It is relatively scarce in all grades and downright difficult in grades above VF. Weak strikes are common with the usual difficult locations: eagle's left wing, head and beak, the obverse center. Even Liberty's profile is known to be poorly struck.

1817/3 50C AU55 PCGS #6111

O.101a, R2. The 1817/3 is a very popular overdate, as the underlying 3 is patently visible on the lone die marriage (the presence of the reverse die crack, from M in AMERICA through the denomination and up along UNITED, is what distinguishes this later die state). It is relatively scarce in all grades and downright difficult in grades above VF. Weak strikes are common with the usual difficult locations: eagle's left wing, head and beak, the obverse center. Even Liberty's profile is known to be poorly struck.

1817/3 50C AU55 PCGS #6111

O.101a, R2. The 1817/3 is a very popular overdate, as the underlying 3 is patently visible on the lone die marriage (the presence of the reverse die crack, from M in AMERICA through the denomination and up along UNITED, is what distinguishes this later die state). It is relatively scarce in all grades and downright difficult in grades above VF. Weak strikes are common with the usual difficult locations: eagle's left wing, head and beak, the obverse center. Even Liberty's profile is known to be poorly struck.

1818 50C AU50 PCGS #6113

O.112, R1

1818 50C AU50 PCGS #6113

O.112, R1

1818 50C AU53 PCGS #6113

O.111, R1. NGC AU50 cert# 3808751-003

1818 50C AU53 PCGS #6113

O.111, R1. NGC AU50 cert# 3808751-003

1818 50C AU53 PCGS #6113

O.114a, R2. Ex-Tim Osbourne. Cataloger's description: Silver-grey toning with bountiful underlying luster. High rims and razor sharp dentils. Stray hairlines are from short-term circulation. Acquired via private treaty in October 1991.

1818 50C AU53 PCGS #6113

O.114a, R2. Ex-Tim Osbourne. Cataloger's description: Silver-grey toning with bountiful underlying luster. High rims and razor sharp dentils. Stray hairlines are from short-term circulation. Acquired via private treaty in October 1991.

1818 50C AU53 PCGS #6113

O.114a, R2. Ex-Tim Osbourne. Cataloger's description: Silver-grey toning with bountiful underlying luster. High rims and razor sharp dentils. Stray hairlines are from short-term circulation. Acquired via private treaty in October 1991.

1818 50C AU53 PCGS #6113

O.114a, R2. Ex-Tim Osbourne. Cataloger's description: Silver-grey toning with bountiful underlying luster. High rims and razor sharp dentils. Stray hairlines are from short-term circulation. Acquired via private treaty in October 1991.

1818 50C AU55 PCGS #6113

O.107, R1. CAC in its former AU55 PCGS holder cert# 12588340. ex-Meyer collection. This is the cocked T or slanted T variety. Other interesting year date varieties include the spiked cap and pincher 8, none of which is significant enough to be included as major varieties for the Redbook or registry sets. Note the prominent clashing of eagle's wings on the obverse and, to a lesser extent, Liberty's bust and portrait on the reverse. The often-present shield details can be seen at Liberty's ear. This example is lustrous and handsomely toned with rim accents in red, green and gold.

1818 50C AU55 PCGS #6113

O.107, R1. CAC in its former AU55 PCGS holder cert# 12588340. ex-Meyer collection. This is the cocked T or slanted T variety. Other interesting year date varieties include the spiked cap and pincher 8, none of which is significant enough to be included as major varieties for the Redbook or registry sets. Note the prominent clashing of eagle's wings on the obverse and, to a lesser extent, Liberty's bust and portrait on the reverse. The often-present shield details can be seen at Liberty's ear. This example is lustrous and handsomely toned with rim accents in red, green and gold.

1818 50C AU55 PCGS #6113

O.107, R1. CAC in its former AU55 PCGS holder cert# 12588340. ex-Meyer collection. This is the cocked T or slanted T variety. Other interesting year date varieties include the spiked cap and pincher 8, none of which is significant enough to be included as major varieties for the Redbook or registry sets. Note the prominent clashing of eagle's wings on the obverse and, to a lesser extent, Liberty's bust and portrait on the reverse. The often-present shield details can be seen at Liberty's ear. This example is lustrous and handsomely toned with rim accents in red, green and gold.

1818 50C AU58 PCGS #6113

O.109, R2. CAC.

1818 50C AU58 PCGS #6113

O.109, R2. CAC.

1818 50C AU58+ PCGS #6113

O.104a, R3. CAC.

1818 50C AU58+ PCGS #6113

O.104a, R3. CAC.

1818 50C AU58+ PCGS #6113

O.104a, R3. CAC.

1818/7 50C Small 8 AU55+ PCGS #6114

O.102, R2. Here's a very special CBH, ex-Dick Graham, ex-Tom Palmer. Not only is it a desirable overdate and the unique marriage of the small 8. It is also an EDS and well struck to boot! The 1818 overdates were generally weak-to-good strikes. The small 8 was made from a new lowered-relief hub and generally appears weaker in the center. Yet this example is relatively strong in the center (curls and clasp are well defined) and comes from an early die. Note the complete dentils and well formed stars. Note too the absence of the filled upper loop of the second 8 which happened when a die chip broke off. The reverse is equally early and well defined. Top it all off with sunburst colors of orange and coral, and flashy blue rims with mark-free surfaces. Full, rolling luster on the reverse with just the slightest break on the obverse. (Was AU55 CAC cert# 30431364)

1818/7 50C Small 8 AU55+ PCGS #6114

O.102, R2. Here's a very special CBH, ex-Dick Graham, ex-Tom Palmer. Not only is it a desirable overdate and the unique marriage of the small 8. It is also an EDS and well struck to boot! The 1818 overdates were generally weak-to-good strikes. The small 8 was made from a new lowered-relief hub and generally appears weaker in the center. Yet this example is relatively strong in the center (curls and clasp are well defined) and comes from an early die. Note the complete dentils and well formed stars. Note too the absence of the filled upper loop of the second 8 which happened when a die chip broke off. The reverse is equally early and well defined. Top it all off with sunburst colors of orange and coral, and flashy blue rims with mark-free surfaces. Full, rolling luster on the reverse with just the slightest break on the obverse. (Was AU55 CAC cert# 30431364)

1818/7 50C Small 8 AU55+ PCGS #6114

O.102, R2. Here's a very special CBH, ex-Dick Graham, ex-Tom Palmer. Not only is it a desirable overdate and the unique marriage of the small 8. It is also an EDS and well struck to boot! The 1818 overdates were generally weak-to-good strikes. The small 8 was made from a new lowered-relief hub and generally appears weaker in the center. Yet this example is relatively strong in the center (curls and clasp are well defined) and comes from an early die. Note the complete dentils and well formed stars. Note too the absence of the filled upper loop of the second 8 which happened when a die chip broke off. The reverse is equally early and well defined. Top it all off with sunburst colors of orange and coral, and flashy blue rims with mark-free surfaces. Full, rolling luster on the reverse with just the slightest break on the obverse. (Was AU55 CAC cert# 30431364)

1818/7 50C Large 8 XF45 PCGS #6115

O.103, R3. NTS: regrade. The large 8 overdate is represented by two die marriages sharing the same obverse WD. O.101 and O.103. The underlying 7 shows its ears at the top and the bar connecting them are clearly visible. Often part of the leg of the 7 appears in the loops below. A nice, clear overdate. The large 8 variety is scarcer than the small 8, with the O.103 being very scarce at the XF grade. This attractively toned example has a genuine, original appearance.

1818/7 50C Large 8 XF45 PCGS #6115

O.103, R3. NTS: regrade. The large 8 overdate is represented by two die marriages sharing the same obverse WD. O.101 and O.103. The underlying 7 shows its ears at the top and the bar connecting them are clearly visible. Often part of the leg of the 7 appears in the loops below. A nice, clear overdate. The large 8 variety is scarcer than the small 8, with the O.103 being very scarce at the XF grade. This attractively toned example has a genuine, original appearance.

1818/7 50C Large 8 XF45 PCGS #6115

O.103, R3. NTS: regrade. The large 8 overdate is represented by two die marriages sharing the same obverse WD. O.101 and O.103. The underlying 7 shows its ears at the top and the bar connecting them are clearly visible. Often part of the leg of the 7 appears in the loops below. A nice, clear overdate. The large 8 variety is scarcer than the small 8, with the O.103 being very scarce at the XF grade. This attractively toned example has a genuine, original appearance.

1818/7 50C Large 8 AU58 PCGS #6115

O.101a, R1. The large 8 overdate is represented by two die marriages sharing the same obverse WD. O.101 and O.103. The underlying 7 show its ears at the top and the bar connecting them are clearly visible. Often part of the leg of the 7 appears in the loops below. A nice, clear overdate. The large 8 variety is scarcer than the small 8, with the O.103 being very scarce at the XF grade. This example possesses dazzling luster and vivid, colorful toning.

1818/7 50C Large 8 AU58 PCGS #6115

O.101a, R1. The large 8 overdate is represented by two die marriages sharing the same obverse WD. O.101 and O.103. The underlying 7 show its ears at the top and the bar connecting them are clearly visible. Often part of the leg of the 7 appears in the loops below. A nice, clear overdate. The large 8 variety is scarcer than the small 8, with the O.103 being very scarce at the XF grade. This example possesses dazzling luster and vivid, colorful toning.

1818/7 50C Large 8 AU58 PCGS #6115

O.101a, R1. The large 8 overdate is represented by two die marriages sharing the same obverse WD. O.101 and O.103. The underlying 7 show its ears at the top and the bar connecting them are clearly visible. Often part of the leg of the 7 appears in the loops below. A nice, clear overdate. The large 8 variety is scarcer than the small 8, with the O.103 being very scarce at the XF grade. This example possesses dazzling luster and vivid, colorful toning.

1819 50C AU50 PCGS #6117

O.112, R3. Was ICG AU50 cert# 3892260701

1819 50C AU50 PCGS #6117

O.112, R3. Was ICG AU50 cert# 3892260701

1819 50C AU58 PCGS #6117

O.113 R1. During 1819 the Mint struck a respectable 2.2 million half dollars using fifteen different die marriages. Five were overdates and ten, yeardates. This flashy yeardate is from the Dale Heisler collection and it's notable for its proof-like surfaces, EDS and full strike. A handsome gold album tone is present at the rims.

1819 50C AU58 PCGS #6117

O.113 R1. During 1819 the Mint struck a respectable 2.2 million half dollars using fifteen different die marriages. Five were overdates and ten, yeardates. This flashy yeardate is from the Dale Heisler collection and it's notable for its proof-like surfaces, EDS and full strike. A handsome gold album tone is present at the rims.

1819 50C MS62 PCGS #6117

O.115, R3. During 1819 the Mint struck a respectable 2.2 million half dollars using fifteen different die marriages. Five were overdates and ten, yeardates.

1819 50C MS62 PCGS #6117

O.115, R3. During 1819 the Mint struck a respectable 2.2 million half dollars using fifteen different die marriages. Five were overdates and ten, yeardates.

1819/8 50C Small 9 AU58 PCGS #6118

O.101, R1 Shown here is the unique small 9 overdate marriage and the first of a total of five. The underlying 8 is plain to see in several places around the lower section of the nine. The obverse, shrouded in electric blue, shows striking detail, particularly evident in the hair curls, star centers and points, and in the drapery folds. Overdates are rarely struck-up well. Previously used dies are often lapped in preparation of the numeral change and the die's reuse. The reverse mimics the obverse's color at the rims which then blends to pretty sunset toning. Although graded AU58 by PCGS, the half shows no sign of rub or wear at all, and should probably be graded MS.

1819/8 50C Small 9 AU58 PCGS #6118

O.101, R1 Shown here is the unique small 9 overdate marriage and the first of a total of five. The underlying 8 is plain to see in several places around the lower section of the nine. The obverse, shrouded in electric blue, shows striking detail, particularly evident in the hair curls, star centers and points, and in the drapery folds. Overdates are rarely struck-up well. Previously used dies are often lapped in preparation of the numeral change and the die's reuse. The reverse mimics the obverse's color at the rims which then blends to pretty sunset toning. Although graded AU58 by PCGS, the half shows no sign of rub or wear at all, and should probably be graded MS.

1819/8 50C Small 9 AU58 PCGS #6118

O.101, R1 Shown here is the unique small 9 overdate marriage and the first of a total of five. The underlying 8 is plain to see in several places around the lower section of the nine. The obverse, shrouded in electric blue, shows striking detail, particularly evident in the hair curls, star centers and points, and in the drapery folds. Overdates are rarely struck-up well. Previously used dies are often lapped in preparation of the numeral change and the die's reuse. The reverse mimics the obverse's color at the rims which then blends to pretty sunset toning. Although graded AU58 by PCGS, the half shows no sign of rub or wear at all, and should probably be graded MS.

1819/8 50C Large 9 AU53 PCGS #6119

O.104, R1. A fun variety due to its quirky stars and bizarrely recut S2. Four die marriages, not five, produced large 9 varieties.

1819/8 50C Large 9 AU53 PCGS #6119

O.104, R1. A fun variety due to its quirky stars and bizarrely recut S2. Four die marriages, not five, produced large 9 varieties.

1819/8 50C Large 9 AU53 PCGS #6119

O.104, R1. A fun variety due to its quirky stars and bizarrely recut S2. Four die marriages, not five, produced large 9 varieties.

1819/8 50C Large 9 AU53 PCGS #6119

O.104, R1. A fun variety due to its quirky stars and bizarrely recut S2. Four die marriages, not five, produced large 9 varieties.

1819/8 50C Large 9 AU53 PCGS #6119

O.102, R2. Was NGC AU55 cert# 36704060-020 w/ CAC

1819/8 50C Large 9 AU53 PCGS #6119

O.102, R2. Was NGC AU55 cert# 36704060-020 w/ CAC

1819/8 50C Large 9 AU53 PCGS #6119

O.102, R2. Was NGC AU55 cert# 36704060-020 w/ CAC

1819/8 50C Large 9 AU53 PCGS #6119

O.105, R2. Although still considered an overdate by Overton, the major TPG's and the Redbook, this die marriage has been proven to not be. Researchers found, based on the emission sequence, the fact that the 1 is not flat topped like the other overdates, and microscopic examination showing no evidence of an underlying 8, that the probable cause was a graving slip. This example is an EDS with a nice strike and plenty of remaining luster in spite of the obvious dip in its past.

1819/8 50C Large 9 AU53 PCGS #6119

O.105, R2. Although still considered an overdate by Overton, the major TPG's and the Redbook, this die marriage has been proven to not be. Researchers found, based on the emission sequence, the fact that the 1 is not flat topped like the other overdates, and microscopic examination showing no evidence of an underlying 8, that the probable cause was a graving slip. This example is an EDS with a nice strike and plenty of remaining luster in spite of the obvious dip in its past.

1819/8 50C Large 9 AU53 PCGS #6119

O.105, R2. Although still considered an overdate by Overton, the major TPG's and the Redbook, this die marriage has been proven to not be. Researchers found, based on the emission sequence, the fact that the 1 is not flat topped like the other overdates, and microscopic examination showing no evidence of an underlying 8, that the probable cause was a graving slip. This example is an EDS with a nice strike and plenty of remaining luster in spite of the obvious dip in its past.

1820 50C Curl Base 2, Small Date AU50 PCGS #6121

O.103b (late die state, crack at 50c, rarity TBD). This example of a curl 2, small date was acquired for its unspoiled, original appearance. Rarely has a 200 year old silver coin not been conserved at some point in its life. This one appears to have lots of 19th century dirt. Nice and crusty with very respectable luster.

1820 50C Curl Base 2, Small Date AU50 PCGS #6121

O.103b (late die state, crack at 50c, rarity TBD). This example of a curl 2, small date was acquired for its unspoiled, original appearance. Rarely has a 200 year old silver coin not been conserved at some point in its life. This one appears to have lots of 19th century dirt. Nice and crusty with very respectable luster.

1820 50C Sq. 2, Lg Date, Knob 2 AU55 PCGS #6122

O.105a, R3. 1820 is the third lowest mintage of the series with only slightly more struck than in 1807. Deducting for the overdates explains why the 1820 is considered a key to the series with just six non-overdate varieties. Several different style 2 punches were used. Square and curled bases, knobbed and not, producing a total of four major varieties from 8 total marriages. Shown here is the square 2 with knob, large date. Originally graded AU55 by NGC (cert# 3419620-012) it crossed at PCGS. The half displays obverse weakness in the central details but an impression suggesting an EDS (crisp, complete stars, full dentils), wrapped in crusty, dirty appearance.

1820 50C Sq. 2, Lg Date, Knob 2 AU55 PCGS #6122

O.105a, R3. 1820 is the third lowest mintage of the series with only slightly more struck than in 1807. Deducting for the overdates explains why the 1820 is considered a key to the series with just six non-overdate varieties. Several different style 2 punches were used. Square and curled bases, knobbed and not, producing a total of four major varieties from 8 total marriages. Shown here is the square 2 with knob, large date. Originally graded AU55 by NGC (cert# 3419620-012) it crossed at PCGS. The half displays obverse weakness in the central details but an impression suggesting an EDS (crisp, complete stars, full dentils), wrapped in crusty, dirty appearance.

1820 50C Sq. 2, Lg Date, Knob 2 AU58 PCGS #6122

O.104, R4. Eric P. Newman Collection, ex-Col. E.H.R. Green as NGC MS61 cert# 2037647-069

1820 50C Sq. 2, Lg Date, Knob 2 AU58 PCGS #6122

O.104, R4. Eric P. Newman Collection, ex-Col. E.H.R. Green as NGC MS61 cert# 2037647-069

1820 50C Sq. 2, Lg Date, No Knob AU58 PCGS #6123

O.108 R2. This is a very special variety from the Roger Solomon collection. It is a Class IV doubled die (offset hub doubling from centers misaligned). Not shelf doubling...true hub doubling. The reverse WD was slightly offset during its second hub impression, leaving visible doubling on the left wing, talons, claws, leaves, berries and arrow heads. Lovely sunburst rim toning is seen over flashy, clean surfaces, along with bountiful luster on an EDS, full denticles. An exceptional AU58.

1820 50C Sq. 2, Lg Date, No Knob AU58 PCGS #6123

O.108 R2. This is a very special variety from the Roger Solomon collection. It is a Class IV doubled die (offset hub doubling from centers misaligned). Not shelf doubling...true hub doubling. The reverse WD was slightly offset during its second hub impression, leaving visible doubling on the left wing, talons, claws, leaves, berries and arrow heads. Lovely sunburst rim toning is seen over flashy, clean surfaces, along with bountiful luster on an EDS, full denticles. An exceptional AU58.

1820/19 50C Square Base 2 AU58 PCGS #6125

O.101, R2. CAC 1820 was the 4th consecutive year for bust half overdates. And it was a spectacular one, with two varieties each of which boldly display the underrate. This is the square base 2 variety, somewhat scarcer, and while the underdate 9 may not be as prominent as the curl base 2 variety it shows the underdate 1 a tad better. The knob of the 9's tail can be seen at the lower left inside of the 0. Other researchers (Edgar Souder, William Atkinson) feel certain it is an 1820/19/18 based on microscopic image overlays. Both 1820/19's tend to carry a premium over price guides.

1820/19 50C Square Base 2 AU58 PCGS #6125

O.101, R2. CAC 1820 was the 4th consecutive year for bust half overdates. And it was a spectacular one, with two varieties each of which boldly display the underrate. This is the square base 2 variety, somewhat scarcer, and while the underdate 9 may not be as prominent as the curl base 2 variety it shows the underdate 1 a tad better. The knob of the 9's tail can be seen at the lower left inside of the 0. Other researchers (Edgar Souder, William Atkinson) feel certain it is an 1820/19/18 based on microscopic image overlays. Both 1820/19's tend to carry a premium over price guides.

1820/19 50C Square Base 2 AU58 PCGS #6125

O.101, R2. CAC 1820 was the 4th consecutive year for bust half overdates. And it was a spectacular one, with two varieties each of which boldly display the underrate. This is the square base 2 variety, somewhat scarcer, and while the underdate 9 may not be as prominent as the curl base 2 variety it shows the underdate 1 a tad better. The knob of the 9's tail can be seen at the lower left inside of the 0. Other researchers (Edgar Souder, William Atkinson) feel certain it is an 1820/19/18 based on microscopic image overlays. Both 1820/19's tend to carry a premium over price guides.

1821 50C AU53 PCGS #6128

O.102, R1

1821 50C AU53 PCGS #6128

O.102, R1

1821 50C AU55 PCGS #6128

O.107, R3

1821 50C AU55 PCGS #6128

O.107, R3

1821 50C AU58 PCGS #6128

O.105, R1. 1821 was marked by a small mintage (1.3 million pieces), likely smaller still as many were undoubtedly 1820's struck early in the year. Just 7 marriages resulted with no remarkable varieties. Most are well struck, as is this EDS example. When weak it was in predictable areas...center obverse, eagle's left wing, and banner. Experts believe the 1821 to be an undervalued sleeper and scarce at AU55 and above. This CBH, formerly a blue ANACS AU58 cert# 4162328), is a fully lustrous example with a thin ring of light album toning at the rims. It has more chatter from bag hits than I like, unfortunately.

1821 50C AU58 PCGS #6128

O.105, R1. 1821 was marked by a small mintage (1.3 million pieces), likely smaller still as many were undoubtedly 1820's struck early in the year. Just 7 marriages resulted with no remarkable varieties. Most are well struck, as is this EDS example. When weak it was in predictable areas...center obverse, eagle's left wing, and banner. Experts believe the 1821 to be an undervalued sleeper and scarce at AU55 and above. This CBH, formerly a blue ANACS AU58 cert# 4162328), is a fully lustrous example with a thin ring of light album toning at the rims. It has more chatter from bag hits than I like, unfortunately.

1821 50C AU58 PCGS #6128

O.103, R2. Broken serifs on E, A. Was NGC AU58 cert# 332790-023

1821 50C AU58 PCGS #6128

O.103, R2. Broken serifs on E, A. Was NGC AU58 cert# 332790-023

1821 50C AU58 PCGS #6128

O.103, R2. Broken serifs on E, A. Was NGC AU58 cert# 332790-023

1821 50C AU58 PCGS #6128

O.104a, R1. 1821 was marked by a small mintage (1.3 million pieces), likely smaller still as many were undoubtedly 1820's struck early in the year. Just 7 marriages resulted with no remarkable varieties. Most are well struck, as is this EDS example. When weak it was in predictable areas...center obverse, eagle's left wing, and banner. Experts believe the 1821 to be an undervalued sleeper and very scarce at AU55 and above. This example has a favorite look: soft rose, gold and amber with rims of blue, green and yellow. Undoubtedly from many years in album storage.

1821 50C AU58 PCGS #6128

O.104a, R1. 1821 was marked by a small mintage (1.3 million pieces), likely smaller still as many were undoubtedly 1820's struck early in the year. Just 7 marriages resulted with no remarkable varieties. Most are well struck, as is this EDS example. When weak it was in predictable areas...center obverse, eagle's left wing, and banner. Experts believe the 1821 to be an undervalued sleeper and very scarce at AU55 and above. This example has a favorite look: soft rose, gold and amber with rims of blue, green and yellow. Undoubtedly from many years in album storage.

1821 50C MS63 PCGS #6128

O.101a, R1. CAC. Provenance for this lovely half dollar dates back to violin virtuoso Jascha Heifetz. It was sold as part of his set by Superior Auctions in October 1989, lot 677, where it realized $3,960. In May 2008 it was sold by Heritage (Long Beach, 1108), lot 532, where it realized $3,738 as an NGC MS63, cert# 125439-008 (old fatty, no-line holder circa 1988-89). Ex Silbermünzen, Heifetz. Next is the Heritage 1173 (Philadelpha) sale in August 2012, lot 3392, where it realized $3,819 as PCGS MS63 (ex-Silberrmünzen), cert# 16142160. Finally it appeared in the Heritage 1329 (Dallas) sale in April 2021, lot 3465, where it realized $3,120 as PCGS MS63 (ex-Silbermünzen), cert. no. 28725897.

1821 50C MS63 PCGS #6128

O.101a, R1. CAC. Provenance for this lovely half dollar dates back to violin virtuoso Jascha Heifetz. It was sold as part of his set by Superior Auctions in October 1989, lot 677, where it realized $3,960. In May 2008 it was sold by Heritage (Long Beach, 1108), lot 532, where it realized $3,738 as an NGC MS63, cert# 125439-008 (old fatty, no-line holder circa 1988-89). Ex Silbermünzen, Heifetz. Next is the Heritage 1173 (Philadelpha) sale in August 2012, lot 3392, where it realized $3,819 as PCGS MS63 (ex-Silberrmünzen), cert# 16142160. Finally it appeared in the Heritage 1329 (Dallas) sale in April 2021, lot 3465, where it realized $3,120 as PCGS MS63 (ex-Silbermünzen), cert. no. 28725897.

1821 50C MS63 PCGS #6128

O.101a, R1. CAC. Provenance for this lovely half dollar dates back to violin virtuoso Jascha Heifetz. It was sold as part of his set by Superior Auctions in October 1989, lot 677, where it realized $3,960. In May 2008 it was sold by Heritage (Long Beach, 1108), lot 532, where it realized $3,738 as an NGC MS63, cert# 125439-008 (old fatty, no-line holder circa 1988-89). Ex Silbermünzen, Heifetz. Next is the Heritage 1173 (Philadelpha) sale in August 2012, lot 3392, where it realized $3,819 as PCGS MS63 (ex-Silberrmünzen), cert# 16142160. Finally it appeared in the Heritage 1329 (Dallas) sale in April 2021, lot 3465, where it realized $3,120 as PCGS MS63 (ex-Silbermünzen), cert. no. 28725897.

1822 50C AU53 PCGS #6129

O.105, R3. Was NGC AU53, cert# 3808764-020.

1822 50C AU53 PCGS #6129

O.105, R3. Was NGC AU53, cert# 3808764-020.

1822 50C AU55 PCGS #6129

O.115, R3

1822 50C AU55 PCGS #6129

O.115, R3

1822 50C AU55 PCGS #6129

O.114, R3. 1822 would have been a forgettable year for the CBH series were it not for two notable varieties. The peculiar button-cap O.107. And the Large E's varieties (O.114 and O.115). Here's an example of the latter, from the Elton Dosier and Gehring Prouty collections. Note the larger E's in the legend. These somewhat scarce varieties are accompanied by A's with missing inner serifs (an ideal way to spot the variety). This half has a very respectable strike with none of the usual weak areas, full denticles, crisp stars and clean surfaces. Medium gold/gray in color, it has excellent luster as well. The reverse die crack adds a little personality to this tough variety. Ex-Dosier, ex-Prouty.

1822 50C AU55 PCGS #6129

O.114, R3. 1822 would have been a forgettable year for the CBH series were it not for two notable varieties. The peculiar button-cap O.107. And the Large E's varieties (O.114 and O.115). Here's an example of the latter, from the Elton Dosier and Gehring Prouty collections. Note the larger E's in the legend. These somewhat scarce varieties are accompanied by A's with missing inner serifs (an ideal way to spot the variety). This half has a very respectable strike with none of the usual weak areas, full denticles, crisp stars and clean surfaces. Medium gold/gray in color, it has excellent luster as well. The reverse die crack adds a little personality to this tough variety. Ex-Dosier, ex-Prouty.

1822 50C AU55 PCGS #6129

O.111, R2. Was NGC AU55 cert# 1718248-009

1822 50C AU55 PCGS #6129

O.111, R2. Was NGC AU55 cert# 1718248-009

1822 50C AU55 PCGS #6129

O.109, R2. CAC. Ex-Jim Ross, ex-Tom Powell.

1822 50C AU55 PCGS #6129

O.109, R2. CAC. Ex-Jim Ross, ex-Tom Powell.

1822 50C AU55 PCGS #6129

O.110a, R2. Ex-Meyer, ex-Jim Ross.

1822 50C AU55 PCGS #6129

O.110a, R2. Ex-Meyer, ex-Jim Ross.

1822 50C MS62 PCGS #6129

O.108a, R3. Was CAC as an AU58 with cert# 5725105 (misattributed as an 1825)

1822 50C MS62 PCGS #6129

O.108a, R3. Was CAC as an AU58 with cert# 5725105 (misattributed as an 1825)

1822 50C MS63 PCGS #6129

O.113, R3. NTS: regrade Cataloger's description: From the Davignon collection, found on the bourse floor during the 2003 ANA Convention. A blast of vibrant luster greets the eye. Frosty, untoned centers are framed with halos of russet toning. There is not a hint of friction on the devices; contact marks are virtually non-existent. The strike is first rate. In short, an ideal coin for an ambitious type or date collector. This was the last coin consigned to the sale. Keith uncovered and purchased an ethereal `22-113 at the recent Baltimore show. He explained, “[It] did indeed turn out to be a [George] Plimpton [family] Hoard coin. It was lot 700 in the 1981 NASCA sale of the Providence Collection, one of the 3 confirmed Plimpton Hoard auctions. I was able to identify it with 100% certainty from position of minor toning spots in the catalog photos.” Keith’s sleuthing and good fortune shook loose the coin offered here.

1822 50C MS63 PCGS #6129

O.113, R3. NTS: regrade Cataloger's description: From the Davignon collection, found on the bourse floor during the 2003 ANA Convention. A blast of vibrant luster greets the eye. Frosty, untoned centers are framed with halos of russet toning. There is not a hint of friction on the devices; contact marks are virtually non-existent. The strike is first rate. In short, an ideal coin for an ambitious type or date collector. This was the last coin consigned to the sale. Keith uncovered and purchased an ethereal `22-113 at the recent Baltimore show. He explained, “[It] did indeed turn out to be a [George] Plimpton [family] Hoard coin. It was lot 700 in the 1981 NASCA sale of the Providence Collection, one of the 3 confirmed Plimpton Hoard auctions. I was able to identify it with 100% certainty from position of minor toning spots in the catalog photos.” Keith’s sleuthing and good fortune shook loose the coin offered here.

1822/1 50C AU58+ PCGS #6130

O.101, R2. ex-Davignon

1822/1 50C AU58+ PCGS #6130

O.101, R2. ex-Davignon

1823 50C AU58 PCGS #6131

O.112. R1. ex-CAC under different cert# (regraded). Link to auction: https://auctions.stacksbowers.com/lots/view/1-1NY35/1823-capped-bust-half-dollar-o-112-rarity-1-au-58-pcgs-cac Tall 3 variety. Great surfaces, color, and luster. Only the faintest touch of cabinet friction. Should probably be MS62.

1823 50C AU58 PCGS #6131

O.112. R1. ex-CAC under different cert# (regraded). Link to auction: https://auctions.stacksbowers.com/lots/view/1-1NY35/1823-capped-bust-half-dollar-o-112-rarity-1-au-58-pcgs-cac Tall 3 variety. Great surfaces, color, and luster. Only the faintest touch of cabinet friction. Should probably be MS62.

1823 50C AU58 PCGS #6131

O.103, R2

1823 50C AU58 PCGS #6131

O.103, R2

1823 50C AU58 PCGS #6131

O.104, R3. CAC.

1823 50C AU58 PCGS #6131

O.104, R3. CAC.

1823 50C AU58 PCGS #6131

O.111a, R2. Lot 380. Catalog description: Ice blue peripheries encircle the champagne glow that dominates each side of this lovely Choice AU half. The surfaces remain entirely free from singular, consequential blemishes, revealing just the faintest traces of handling across the high points upon investigation. Overall well pronounced in spite of the later die state, with a profound quadrupling to Liberty's profile dramatically apparent.

1823 50C AU58 PCGS #6131

O.111a, R2. Lot 380. Catalog description: Ice blue peripheries encircle the champagne glow that dominates each side of this lovely Choice AU half. The surfaces remain entirely free from singular, consequential blemishes, revealing just the faintest traces of handling across the high points upon investigation. Overall well pronounced in spite of the later die state, with a profound quadrupling to Liberty's profile dramatically apparent.

1823 50C MS62 PCGS #6131

O.105, R1

1823 50C MS62 PCGS #6131

O.105, R1

1823 50C Broken 3 AU50 PCGS #6132

O.101, R1. 1823 gave us some fun varieties, particularly due to weird 3 numerals in the date. We have the broken 3, patched 3, ugly 3...even the tampered-with 3. The 3 punch had not been used in 10 years and the new style punch, with its curvy upper loop (as opposed to a straight top 3 last used in 1813,) is believed to have been defective. But deemed good enough. It was used to produce O.101 broken 3 halves. Al Overton suggested that the top half of a 2 punch was used twice and that is why the 3 appears broken. But diagnostics prove the shape was not correct. Early research blamed an inept Mint worker, substituting for a gravely ill Robert Scot (Kneass was not hired until Jan 1824). It is illogical to assume he blundered just once and afterward produced flawless 3's. Whatever the case the broken 3 variety is very collectible and it took a few purchases before this one was acquired. It was submitted for photographing and was purchased on the spot. It has a lovely album toning appearance, awash in sea blue and green, marigold and rust, with splendid luster, and virtually mark-free surfaces.

1823 50C Broken 3 AU50 PCGS #6132

O.101, R1. 1823 gave us some fun varieties, particularly due to weird 3 numerals in the date. We have the broken 3, patched 3, ugly 3...even the tampered-with 3. The 3 punch had not been used in 10 years and the new style punch, with its curvy upper loop (as opposed to a straight top 3 last used in 1813,) is believed to have been defective. But deemed good enough. It was used to produce O.101 broken 3 halves. Al Overton suggested that the top half of a 2 punch was used twice and that is why the 3 appears broken. But diagnostics prove the shape was not correct. Early research blamed an inept Mint worker, substituting for a gravely ill Robert Scot (Kneass was not hired until Jan 1824). It is illogical to assume he blundered just once and afterward produced flawless 3's. Whatever the case the broken 3 variety is very collectible and it took a few purchases before this one was acquired. It was submitted for photographing and was purchased on the spot. It has a lovely album toning appearance, awash in sea blue and green, marigold and rust, with splendid luster, and virtually mark-free surfaces.

1823 50C Patched 3 MS62 PCGS #6133

O.101a, R1. At some point Mint officials chose to touch up the WD that had been producing broken 3 varieties. The results would turn out less than graceful. The softened die was struck with a short blunt punch to impart a connection to the separated 3 pieces and the patched 3 was born. The die was placed back in service (O.101a) and later mated to a new reverse (O.102), giving us two die marriages. This example is one of the prettiest I have come across with its rose and amber central toning and blue rims with a touch of brick red. Full luster and clean surfaces give it strikingly strong eye appeal.

1823 50C Patched 3 MS62 PCGS #6133

O.101a, R1. At some point Mint officials chose to touch up the WD that had been producing broken 3 varieties. The results would turn out less than graceful. The softened die was struck with a short blunt punch to impart a connection to the separated 3 pieces and the patched 3 was born. The die was placed back in service (O.101a) and later mated to a new reverse (O.102), giving us two die marriages. This example is one of the prettiest I have come across with its rose and amber central toning and blue rims with a touch of brick red. Full luster and clean surfaces give it strikingly strong eye appeal.

1823 50C Ugly 3 AU53 PCGS #6134

O.110a, R3, ex-CAC (different cert#). Ex-Troy Nelson (Allgood collection), ex-Dick Graham. Dirty, proof-like surfaces. A lot can be said about the troublesome 3 in the 1823 varieties. Four different varieties resulted but not all from the same WD. The broken 3 (O.101) came from a new 3 punch and the less than satisfactory result was not touched up as would normally have happened. The patched 3 (O.101a, O.102) was a botched repair attempt to the same die. And the ugly 3 (O.110a) was due to a die crack from the rim upward which simply broke away the right side of the numeral. The fourth 3 variety -- not a recognized major one, the tampered-with 3 (O.106a), was likely due to a simple die chip and not inept tampering. Not all researchers agree on the causes for the calamity. But collectors enjoy them and it brings some excitement to an otherwise drab year.

1823 50C Ugly 3 AU53 PCGS #6134

O.110a, R3, ex-CAC (different cert#). Ex-Troy Nelson (Allgood collection), ex-Dick Graham. Dirty, proof-like surfaces. A lot can be said about the troublesome 3 in the 1823 varieties. Four different varieties resulted but not all from the same WD. The broken 3 (O.101) came from a new 3 punch and the less than satisfactory result was not touched up as would normally have happened. The patched 3 (O.101a, O.102) was a botched repair attempt to the same die. And the ugly 3 (O.110a) was due to a die crack from the rim upward which simply broke away the right side of the numeral. The fourth 3 variety -- not a recognized major one, the tampered-with 3 (O.106a), was likely due to a simple die chip and not inept tampering. Not all researchers agree on the causes for the calamity. But collectors enjoy them and it brings some excitement to an otherwise drab year.

1824 50C AU53 PCGS #6137

O.111, R2. CAC.

1824 50C AU53 PCGS #6137

O.111, R2. CAC.

1824 50C AU53 PCGS #6137

O.113, R1. Was NGC AU53 cert# 3808760-018. Early die state as evidenced by the crossbar in the date's 2. A very pretty look with dusty pastels of rose and coral giving way to blue/teal borders at the rim.

1824 50C AU53 PCGS #6137

O.113, R1. Was NGC AU53 cert# 3808760-018. Early die state as evidenced by the crossbar in the date's 2. A very pretty look with dusty pastels of rose and coral giving way to blue/teal borders at the rim.

1824 50C AU53 PCGS #6137

O.113, R1. Was NGC AU53 cert# 3808760-018. Early die state as evidenced by the crossbar in the date's 2. A very pretty look with dusty pastels of rose and coral giving way to blue/teal borders at the rim.

1824 50C AU53 PCGS #6137

O.113, R1. Was NGC AU53 cert# 3808760-018. Early die state as evidenced by the crossbar in the date's 2. A very pretty look with dusty pastels of rose and coral giving way to blue/teal borders at the rim.

1824 50C AU55 PCGS #6137

O.107, R2. Ex-Herrman (raw).

1824 50C AU55 PCGS #6137

O.107, R2. Ex-Herrman (raw).

1824 50C AU58 PCGS #6137

O.115, R2. ex-CAC. A splendid type coin with exceptionally strong album toning front and back. The die chip in the field, left of eagle's wing along with a smaller dot inside C, near bottom are helpful attributing marks. Sold at Jan 2011 FUN, Heritage auction, lot# 10774, for $1840.

1824 50C AU58 PCGS #6137

O.115, R2. ex-CAC. A splendid type coin with exceptionally strong album toning front and back. The die chip in the field, left of eagle's wing along with a smaller dot inside C, near bottom are helpful attributing marks. Sold at Jan 2011 FUN, Heritage auction, lot# 10774, for $1840.

1824 50C AU58 PCGS #6137

O.104, R2. CAC.

1824 50C AU58 PCGS #6137

O.104, R2. CAC.

1824 50C AU58 PCGS #6137

O.112a, R4. Perfect grey dirt. Untouched and unspoiled. Ex-Paul Manheim.

1824 50C AU58 PCGS #6137

O.112a, R4. Perfect grey dirt. Untouched and unspoiled. Ex-Paul Manheim.

1824 50C AU58+ PCGS #6137

O.116, R3.

1824 50C AU58+ PCGS #6137

O.116, R3.

1824 50C AU58+ PCGS #6137

O.116, R3.

1824 50C MS63 PCGS #6137

O.117, R1. Ex-Davignon. Catalog description: Another magnificent 1824. This example features electric sea-green toning in the centers, with a halo of pale gold through the stars and legend. Minor striking weaknesses in the lowest drapery lines and a portion of the motto are trifling criticisms. Picked up at the Nov. 2007 Baltimore Show.

1824 50C MS63 PCGS #6137

O.117, R1. Ex-Davignon. Catalog description: Another magnificent 1824. This example features electric sea-green toning in the centers, with a halo of pale gold through the stars and legend. Minor striking weaknesses in the lowest drapery lines and a portion of the motto are trifling criticisms. Picked up at the Nov. 2007 Baltimore Show.

1824 50C Over Various Dates AU58 PCGS #6138

O.103, R1. ex-CAC PCGS cert# 12023321. The 1824/2/0, otherwise known as over various, is the most bizarre overdate in the CBH series. The WD was overstruck multiple times and maintenance to remove traces of the wrong numerals seems to have been slipshod. But whatever the cause and whatever the numerals, one thing is certain: the obverse strike is poor due to the shallow design and excessive lapping. Stars are always large and flat. High points on the obverse wore very quickly. Grading, therefore, can be a little tricky as there is almost always a full grade difference in appearance, front and back.

1824 50C Over Various Dates AU58 PCGS #6138

O.103, R1. ex-CAC PCGS cert# 12023321. The 1824/2/0, otherwise known as over various, is the most bizarre overdate in the CBH series. The WD was overstruck multiple times and maintenance to remove traces of the wrong numerals seems to have been slipshod. But whatever the cause and whatever the numerals, one thing is certain: the obverse strike is poor due to the shallow design and excessive lapping. Stars are always large and flat. High points on the obverse wore very quickly. Grading, therefore, can be a little tricky as there is almost always a full grade difference in appearance, front and back.

1824/1 50C AU58 PCGS #6139

O.101, R2. A somewhat scarce overdate, struck by a tired and lapped WD, produced halves with a mushy obverse and a generally strong reverse. Liberty's clasp is often absent entirely and central hair detail is always weak. 1824 had more than its share of problems, all to be faced by newly hired Chief Mint Engraver, William Kneass.

1824/1 50C AU58 PCGS #6139

O.101, R2. A somewhat scarce overdate, struck by a tired and lapped WD, produced halves with a mushy obverse and a generally strong reverse. Liberty's clasp is often absent entirely and central hair detail is always weak. 1824 had more than its share of problems, all to be faced by newly hired Chief Mint Engraver, William Kneass.

1824/4 50C AU58 PCGS #6140

O.110, R2.

1824/4 50C AU58 PCGS #6140

O.110, R2.

1824/4 50C AU58 PCGS #6140

O.109, R2. Not truly an overdate as it is really a RPD (or re-engraved...the numeral 4 was usually hand sculpted). It is a Redbook and registry variety nonetheless.

1824/4 50C AU58 PCGS #6140

O.109, R2. Not truly an overdate as it is really a RPD (or re-engraved...the numeral 4 was usually hand sculpted). It is a Redbook and registry variety nonetheless.

1824/4 50C AU58 PCGS #6140

O.109, R2. Not truly an overdate as it is really a RPD (or re-engraved...the numeral 4 was usually hand sculpted). It is a Redbook and registry variety nonetheless.

1825 50C AU50 PCGS #6142

O.101, R1. OGH.

1825 50C AU50 PCGS #6142

O.101, R1. OGH.

1825 50C AU53 PCGS #6142

O.113, R1. ex-Charles DeOlden

1825 50C AU55 PCGS #6142

O.105, R2.

1825 50C AU55 PCGS #6142

O.105, R2.

1825 50C AU55 PCGS #6142

O.107, R2. Was AU53 rattler.

1825 50C AU55 PCGS #6142

O.107, R2. Was AU53 rattler.

1825 50C AU55 PCGS #6142

O.111, R1. ex-CAC as an AU50.

1825 50C AU55 PCGS #6142

O.111, R1. ex-CAC as an AU50.

1825 50C AU55 PCGS #6142

O.115, R3

1825 50C AU55 PCGS #6142

O.115, R3

1825 50C AU55 PCGS #6142

O.115, R3

1825 50C AU58 PCGS #6142

O.116, R3.

1825 50C AU58 PCGS #6142

O.116, R3.

1825 50C AU58 PCGS #6142

O.110, R2. CAC Lot #67, Auction Sale 22 September Internet Sale

1825 50C AU58 PCGS #6142

O.110, R2. CAC Lot #67, Auction Sale 22 September Internet Sale

1825 50C AU58 PCGS #6142

O.112, R2.

1825 50C AU58 PCGS #6142

O.112, R2.

1825 50C AU58 PCGS #6142

O.112, R2.

1825 50C MS62 PCGS #6142

O.106 R3. A little rework was done to the obverse MD, recutting hair detail which had become a little indistinct throughout the early 1820's. This left fewer curls under the cap and above the ear but with greater detail. Some changes were also made to the folds in the cap. All in all, a marked improvement. This scarcer variety has light golden toning with a little iridescent color. The surfaces are clean, the strike is quite good. Rub on high points is barely perceptible.

1825 50C MS62 PCGS #6142

O.106 R3. A little rework was done to the obverse MD, recutting hair detail which had become a little indistinct throughout the early 1820's. This left fewer curls under the cap and above the ear but with greater detail. Some changes were also made to the folds in the cap. All in all, a marked improvement. This scarcer variety has light golden toning with a little iridescent color. The surfaces are clean, the strike is quite good. Rub on high points is barely perceptible.

1825 50C MS62 PCGS #6142

O.102, R1.

1825 50C MS62 PCGS #6142

O.102, R1.

1825 50C MS62 PCGS #6142

O.102, R1.

1826 50C XF45 PCGS #6143

O.110, R2. Was PCI XF45 cert# 5214166002. Looks 50/53.

1826 50C XF45 PCGS #6143

O.110, R2. Was PCI XF45 cert# 5214166002. Looks 50/53.

1826 50C XF45 PCGS #6143

O.110, R2. Was PCI XF45 cert# 5214166002. Looks 50/53.

1826 50C XF45 PCGS #6143

O.104a, R3. OGH. CAC. Ex-Tim Osborne.

1826 50C XF45 PCGS #6143

O.104a, R3. OGH. CAC. Ex-Tim Osborne.

1826 50C XF45 PCGS #6143

O.104a, R3. OGH. CAC. Ex-Tim Osborne.

1826 50C XF45 PCGS #6143

O.104a, R3. OGH. CAC. Ex-Tim Osborne.

1826 50C AU50 PCGS #6143

O.117a, R2. Was CAC for cert# 12984190 (AU50).

1826 50C AU50 PCGS #6143

O.117a, R2. Was CAC for cert# 12984190 (AU50).

1826 50C AU53 PCGS #6143

O.116a, R1

1826 50C AU53 PCGS #6143

O.116a, R1

1826 50C AU55 PCGS #6143

O.102, R1. CAC. During 1826 the Mint struck a record 4 million coins using 13 obverse and 18 reverse dies for 20 marriages. And while some are scarcer than others there are really no unusual, interesting varieties. 1826 halves are commonly available and most collectors are satisfied with an attractive type coin. One interesting piece of trivia is that the 1826 CBH is the only silver coin of any denomination struck that year. This AU half is nicely detailed with a reasonably good strike. And it has eye appeal with pretty gold-orange toning in the protected areas with traces of blue and green. It retains much of its original mint luster. The variety can be quickly spotted by the unusually high position of the 6 in the date.

1826 50C AU55 PCGS #6143

O.102, R1. CAC. During 1826 the Mint struck a record 4 million coins using 13 obverse and 18 reverse dies for 20 marriages. And while some are scarcer than others there are really no unusual, interesting varieties. 1826 halves are commonly available and most collectors are satisfied with an attractive type coin. One interesting piece of trivia is that the 1826 CBH is the only silver coin of any denomination struck that year. This AU half is nicely detailed with a reasonably good strike. And it has eye appeal with pretty gold-orange toning in the protected areas with traces of blue and green. It retains much of its original mint luster. The variety can be quickly spotted by the unusually high position of the 6 in the date.

1826 50C AU55 PCGS #6143

O.109, R1

1826 50C AU55 PCGS #6143

O.109, R1

1826 50C AU55 PCGS #6143

O.106, R3. Was ICG AU55 cert# 5625621101

1826 50C AU55 PCGS #6143

O.106, R3. Was ICG AU55 cert# 5625621101

1826 50C AU55 PCGS #6143

O.105, R1. CAC

1826 50C AU55 PCGS #6143

O.105, R1. CAC

1826 50C AU55 PCGS #6143

O.113a, R3. Ex-Gehring Prouty.

1826 50C AU55 PCGS #6143

O.113a, R3. Ex-Gehring Prouty.

1826 50C AU58 PCGS #6143

O.101, R1 Proof-like surfaces with vivid accents of tangerine, russet and sea blue.

1826 50C AU58 PCGS #6143

O.101, R1 Proof-like surfaces with vivid accents of tangerine, russet and sea blue.

1826 50C AU58 PCGS #6143

O.108a, R1. NTS: regrade. This garden variety 1826 is a new favorite, purchased from a fellow-collector on the PCGS forum. It drips with eye appealing colors, surfaces and luster. The O.108a is no scarcer than its early die state O.108. It is identifiable by additional die cracks to both sides, about the date and lower obverse rim, and through UNITE and along the top of scroll to S2 on the reverse.

1826 50C AU58 PCGS #6143

O.108a, R1. NTS: regrade. This garden variety 1826 is a new favorite, purchased from a fellow-collector on the PCGS forum. It drips with eye appealing colors, surfaces and luster. The O.108a is no scarcer than its early die state O.108. It is identifiable by additional die cracks to both sides, about the date and lower obverse rim, and through UNITE and along the top of scroll to S2 on the reverse.

1826 50C AU58 PCGS #6143

O.118, R1. Perfect strike! MS62?

1826 50C AU58 PCGS #6143

O.118, R1. Perfect strike! MS62?

1826 50C AU58 PCGS #6143

O.107, R3. Ex-Davignon.

1826 50C AU58 PCGS #6143

O.107, R3. Ex-Davignon.

1827 50C Square Base 2 AU50 PCGS #6144

O.127, R5. OGH. Ex-Ivan Leaman, Swampy Meyer and Dave Rutherford.

1827 50C Square Base 2 AU50 PCGS #6144

O.127, R5. OGH. Ex-Ivan Leaman, Swampy Meyer and Dave Rutherford.

1827 50C Square Base 2 AU53 PCGS #6144

O.115, R2. Original toning with superb surfaces.

1827 50C Square Base 2 AU53 PCGS #6144

O.115, R2. Original toning with superb surfaces.

1827 50C Square Base 2 AU53 PCGS #6144

O.114, R3. Ex Dr. Charles Link.

1827 50C Square Base 2 AU53 PCGS #6144

O.114, R3. Ex Dr. Charles Link.

1827 50C Square Base 2 AU53 PCGS #6144

O.121. R3. EDS. Dave Kahn's description: Extremely early die state. The strike is crisp and the fields are smooth, hard and flat. The dentils, especially the notoriously weak obverse ones, are full, sharp and absolutely complete. In fact, there are a some die lines or defects at the tip of the bust and just above - very similar to those found on the obverse of 27-144 and 145 - that we have never noticed before. They must have been lapped or worn off the die very quickly. So, this is the earliest die state 27-121 we've ever seen, and one heck of a nice coin as well.

1827 50C Square Base 2 AU53 PCGS #6144

O.121. R3. EDS. Dave Kahn's description: Extremely early die state. The strike is crisp and the fields are smooth, hard and flat. The dentils, especially the notoriously weak obverse ones, are full, sharp and absolutely complete. In fact, there are a some die lines or defects at the tip of the bust and just above - very similar to those found on the obverse of 27-144 and 145 - that we have never noticed before. They must have been lapped or worn off the die very quickly. So, this is the earliest die state 27-121 we've ever seen, and one heck of a nice coin as well.

1827 50C Square Base 2 AU55 PCGS #6144

O.108a, R4. Ex-Ross.

1827 50C Square Base 2 AU55 PCGS #6144

O.108a, R4. Ex-Ross.

1827 50C Square Base 2 AU55 PCGS #6144

O.118, R3. Ex-Hartl. Catalog description: A hint of amber toning crosses the brilliant surfaces. This is another coin that was dipped to bring out its luster. The surfaces are immaculate, the strike first rate. Needs one more notch of “flash” to earn a higher grade.

1827 50C Square Base 2 AU55 PCGS #6144

O.118, R3. Ex-Hartl. Catalog description: A hint of amber toning crosses the brilliant surfaces. This is another coin that was dipped to bring out its luster. The surfaces are immaculate, the strike first rate. Needs one more notch of “flash” to earn a higher grade.

1827 50C Square Base 2 AU55 PCGS #6144

O.118, R3. Ex-Hartl. Catalog description: A hint of amber toning crosses the brilliant surfaces. This is another coin that was dipped to bring out its luster. The surfaces are immaculate, the strike first rate. Needs one more notch of “flash” to earn a higher grade.

1827 50C Square Base 2 AU55 PCGS #6144

O.128, R4. CAC. Ex-Tim Osborne

1827 50C Square Base 2 AU55 PCGS #6144

O.128, R4. CAC. Ex-Tim Osborne

1827 50C Square Base 2 AU55 PCGS #6144

O.119, R4. ex-Herrman, ex-Davignon, ex-Jules Reiver

1827 50C Square Base 2 AU55 PCGS #6144

O.119, R4. ex-Herrman, ex-Davignon, ex-Jules Reiver

1827 50C Square Base 2 AU55 PCGS #6144

O.119, R4. ex-Herrman, ex-Davignon, ex-Jules Reiver

1827 50C Square Base 2 AU55 PCGS #6144

O.119, R4. ex-Herrman, ex-Davignon, ex-Jules Reiver

1827 50C Square Base 2 AU58 PCGS #6144

O.120a, R3 (R4 die state). Was NGC MS61.

1827 50C Square Base 2 AU58 PCGS #6144

O.120a, R3 (R4 die state). Was NGC MS61.

1827 50C Square Base 2 AU58 PCGS #6144

O.120a, R3 (R4 die state). Was NGC MS61.

1827 50C Square Base 2 AU58 PCGS #6144

O.135, R3. Ex-Hartl. Early die state. Catalog description: Full cartwheel luster, only slightly subdued by a gentle wiping. An attractive band of electric blue toning hovers over Liberty’s cap. The devices are beautifully detailed.

1827 50C Square Base 2 AU58 PCGS #6144

O.135, R3. Ex-Hartl. Early die state. Catalog description: Full cartwheel luster, only slightly subdued by a gentle wiping. An attractive band of electric blue toning hovers over Liberty’s cap. The devices are beautifully detailed.

1827 50C Square Base 2 AU58 PCGS #6144

O.138, R4. Ex-Davignon.

1827 50C Square Base 2 AU58 PCGS #6144

O.138, R4. Ex-Davignon.

1827 50C Curl Base 2 AU53 PCGS #6145

O.146, R2. The curl base 2 variety is unique for 1827 -- just one obverse die for two marriages, and had not been used for more than 5 years. In later years it is seen more often, suggesting the Chief Mint Engraver warmed to its appearance.

1827 50C Curl Base 2 AU53 PCGS #6145

O.146, R2. The curl base 2 variety is unique for 1827 -- just one obverse die for two marriages, and had not been used for more than 5 years. In later years it is seen more often, suggesting the Chief Mint Engraver warmed to its appearance.

1827/6 50C AU55 PCGS #6147

O.102, R1. 1827 was a production bonanza. More than 5 million pieces were coined from 49 die marriages, the largest in the series. Just one obverse overdate was stamped and used with three different reverses. The O.102 seen here was the second emission for the year, and the 2nd overdate, following the O.101. As the understruck 6 is fairly prominent in this example it was likely an early strike from this unique obverse WD. Most examples have a more faint, partial impression. By the time the obverse was paired with the 3rd reverse (O.103), and after much die maintenance (lapping), signs of the 6 are all but gone. This AU55 is very nicely detailed and free of major disturbances. Subtle rim toning suggests album storage. While absent hairlines it was likely dipped some time ago.

1827/6 50C AU55 PCGS #6147

O.102, R1. 1827 was a production bonanza. More than 5 million pieces were coined from 49 die marriages, the largest in the series. Just one obverse overdate was stamped and used with three different reverses. The O.102 seen here was the second emission for the year, and the 2nd overdate, following the O.101. As the understruck 6 is fairly prominent in this example it was likely an early strike from this unique obverse WD. Most examples have a more faint, partial impression. By the time the obverse was paired with the 3rd reverse (O.103), and after much die maintenance (lapping), signs of the 6 are all but gone. This AU55 is very nicely detailed and free of major disturbances. Subtle rim toning suggests album storage. While absent hairlines it was likely dipped some time ago.

1827/6 50C MS62 PCGS #6147

O.101, R2.

1827/6 50C MS62 PCGS #6147

O.101, R2.

1828 50C Curl Base 2, No Knob VF25 PCGS #6148

O.105, R5. Ex-Frank Benick

1828 50C Curl Base 2, No Knob VF25 PCGS #6148

O.105, R5. Ex-Frank Benick

1828 50C Curl Base 2, Knob AU58 PCGS #6149

O.107, R2. It would seem Kneass was terribly conflicted over the shape of the number 2. And the size and shape of 8. For during 1828 he experimented with a curled base 2, straight, with a top knob, without, large and small 8. Thank heaven he ultimately settled down. From 1832 onward it was all curl base, knob 2 and small 8. Ex-Willis, ex-Link.

1828 50C Curl Base 2, Knob AU58 PCGS #6149

O.107, R2. It would seem Kneass was terribly conflicted over the shape of the number 2. And the size and shape of 8. For during 1828 he experimented with a curled base 2, straight, with a top knob, without, large and small 8. Thank heaven he ultimately settled down. From 1832 onward it was all curl base, knob 2 and small 8. Ex-Willis, ex-Link.

1828 50C Square 2, Small 8s, Lg. Letters AU58 PCGS #6151

O.114, R3. Try to find a bag mark on this coin. Okay, there are a few but barely noticeable. This coin isn't as flashy as some but it's wholesome and pristine. A favorite.

1828 50C Square 2, Small 8s, Lg. Letters AU58 PCGS #6151

O.114, R3. Try to find a bag mark on this coin. Okay, there are a few but barely noticeable. This coin isn't as flashy as some but it's wholesome and pristine. A favorite.

1828 50C Square 2, Small 8s, Lg. Letters AU58 PCGS #6151

O.110, R2. This is the first die pair using a small 8 in the date and a square base, knobbed 2. It is typical of what collectors would call "hammered", with sharply impressed devices that boldly stand out. The obverse die must have sat on the Mint's shelf a while, waiting its turn. Evidence of die rust appears on Liberty's neck and lower curl. Only a hint of rub is seen. The "military" colors of grey, brown and green are unusually attractive.

1828 50C Square 2, Small 8s, Lg. Letters AU58 PCGS #6151

O.110, R2. This is the first die pair using a small 8 in the date and a square base, knobbed 2. It is typical of what collectors would call "hammered", with sharply impressed devices that boldly stand out. The obverse die must have sat on the Mint's shelf a while, waiting its turn. Evidence of die rust appears on Liberty's neck and lower curl. Only a hint of rub is seen. The "military" colors of grey, brown and green are unusually attractive.

1828 50C Square 2, Small 8s, Sm. Letters AU58 PCGS #6152

O.119, R3. A special variety for 1828. It is the only one struck from the small legend letters reverse; note also the filled A in AMERICA. And look closely to see that STATES was punched too far left then the WD was lapped and repunched correctly. This handsome half dollar has brilliant, full luster with satiny surfaces. Sharp strike and free of any distracting abrasions. Wonderful eye appeal. Ex-Premium Collection, Don Willis. B&M 11/07 lot 2242.

1828 50C Square 2, Small 8s, Sm. Letters AU58 PCGS #6152

O.119, R3. A special variety for 1828. It is the only one struck from the small legend letters reverse; note also the filled A in AMERICA. And look closely to see that STATES was punched too far left then the WD was lapped and repunched correctly. This handsome half dollar has brilliant, full luster with satiny surfaces. Sharp strike and free of any distracting abrasions. Wonderful eye appeal. Ex-Premium Collection, Don Willis. B&M 11/07 lot 2242.

1829 50C AU53 PCGS #6154

O.113a, R2. Small letters. PL surfaces.

1829 50C AU53 PCGS #6154

O.113a, R2. Small letters. PL surfaces.

1829 50C AU53 PCGS #6154

O.119, R2. CAC.

1829 50C AU53 PCGS #6154

O.119, R2. CAC.

1829 50C AU55 PCGS #6154

O.108, R2

1829 50C AU55 PCGS #6154

O.108, R2

1829 50C AU55 PCGS #6154

O.117, R2. Ex-Davignon, ex-Ross. Was NGC AU58.

1829 50C AU55 PCGS #6154

O.117, R2. Ex-Davignon, ex-Ross. Was NGC AU58.

1829 50C AU58 PCGS #6154

O.112a, R1. Small letters. Original and spectacularly colorful, this bust half has deep, thick album toning of red, orange, blue, brown and green on both sides. And a rich patina and full luster. Devices are well impressed, save the C in the denomination. Surfaces are free of distracting marks.

1829 50C AU58 PCGS #6154

O.112a, R1. Small letters. Original and spectacularly colorful, this bust half has deep, thick album toning of red, orange, blue, brown and green on both sides. And a rich patina and full luster. Devices are well impressed, save the C in the denomination. Surfaces are free of distracting marks.

1829 50C AU58+ PCGS #6154

O.104a, R3. ex-CAC. Ex-Solomon.

1829 50C AU58+ PCGS #6154

O.104a, R3. ex-CAC. Ex-Solomon.

1829 50C MS63 PCGS #6154

O.105', R1. CAC. MB43 catalog description: This is a scrumptious MS63! Intense luster dances beneath the pastel gold toning. Very early die state, scarce as such. The central devices are razor sharp. Only stars 8 and 9 lack center points. All in all, a regal coin looking for a home in an important collection. ex-Link. Was NGC MS64 3164052-001

1829 50C MS63 PCGS #6154

O.105', R1. CAC. MB43 catalog description: This is a scrumptious MS63! Intense luster dances beneath the pastel gold toning. Very early die state, scarce as such. The central devices are razor sharp. Only stars 8 and 9 lack center points. All in all, a regal coin looking for a home in an important collection. ex-Link. Was NGC MS64 3164052-001

1829 50C MS63 PCGS #6154

O.111, R2.

1829 50C MS63 PCGS #6154

O.111, R2.

1829/7 50C AU58 PCGS #6155

O.101, R1. This variety should properly be called 1829/1827. Because all the digits were restruck, with a curl 2 over a square one and the 9 being restruck and hand cut. Generally, these are well struck except for some softness to the obverse center (not seen here).

1829/7 50C AU58 PCGS #6155

O.101, R1. This variety should properly be called 1829/1827. Because all the digits were restruck, with a curl 2 over a square one and the 9 being restruck and hand cut. Generally, these are well struck except for some softness to the obverse center (not seen here).

1830 50C Small 0 XF45 PCGS #6156

O.102, R3. ex-CAC (cert# 16638347)

1830 50C Small 0 XF45 PCGS #6156

O.102, R3. ex-CAC (cert# 16638347)

1830 50C Small 0 XF45 PCGS #6156

O.117, R2. OGH. Should be AU50. Not worth the regrade $.

1830 50C Small 0 XF45 PCGS #6156

O.117, R2. OGH. Should be AU50. Not worth the regrade $.

1830 50C Small 0 AU50 PCGS #6156

O.106, R2. A small 0 variety, the most common of the three (O.119 is the only medium 0). The same obverse die was used to strike the 1829 O.104. And so clearly not the product of the 1830 reworked MD. This half dollar has a fairly traditional look...dirty gray brown...enhanced with rim accents in burnt orange. A very original example with better than average strike and luster.

1830 50C Small 0 AU50 PCGS #6156

O.106, R2. A small 0 variety, the most common of the three (O.119 is the only medium 0). The same obverse die was used to strike the 1829 O.104. And so clearly not the product of the 1830 reworked MD. This half dollar has a fairly traditional look...dirty gray brown...enhanced with rim accents in burnt orange. A very original example with better than average strike and luster.

1830 50C Small 0 AU55 PCGS #6156

O.121, R1. Misattributed. Large 0, not small. Should be PCGS coin# 6157

1830 50C Small 0 AU55 PCGS #6156

O.121, R1. Misattributed. Large 0, not small. Should be PCGS coin# 6157

1830 50C Small 0 AU55 PCGS #6156

O.122, R1. OGH Misattributed. Large 0, not small. Should be PCGS coin# 6157. NTS: regrade

1830 50C Small 0 AU55 PCGS #6156

O.122, R1. OGH Misattributed. Large 0, not small. Should be PCGS coin# 6157. NTS: regrade

1830 50C Small 0 AU55 PCGS #6156

O.108, R3.

1830 50C Small 0 AU55 PCGS #6156

O.108, R3.

1830 50C Small 0 AU55 PCGS #6156

O.118, R3. ex-Steve Herrman.

1830 50C Small 0 AU55 PCGS #6156

O.118, R3. ex-Steve Herrman.

1830 50C Small 0 AU55 PCGS #6156

O.104, R3. Ex-Fox, ex-Ross.

1830 50C Small 0 AU55 PCGS #6156

O.104, R3. Ex-Fox, ex-Ross.

1830 50C Small 0 AU55 PCGS #6156

O.116, R2. CAC

1830 50C Small 0 AU55 PCGS #6156

O.116, R2. CAC

1830 50C Small 0 AU58 PCGS #6156

O.113, R2.

1830 50C Small 0 AU58 PCGS #6156

O.113, R2.

1830 50C Small 0 AU58 PCGS #6156

O.101, R1. Was yellow ANACS AU55 cert# 4564947.

1830 50C Small 0 AU58 PCGS #6156

O.101, R1. Was yellow ANACS AU55 cert# 4564947.

1830 50C Small 0 AU58+ PCGS #6156

O.115, R2. Cataloger's description: Eye appeal! Gorgeous rainbow toning blankets the pleasing surfaces. What’s not to like about this one?! Be sure to preview it in person. From the Cape Cod Collection.

1830 50C Small 0 AU58+ PCGS #6156

O.115, R2. Cataloger's description: Eye appeal! Gorgeous rainbow toning blankets the pleasing surfaces. What’s not to like about this one?! Be sure to preview it in person. From the Cape Cod Collection.

1830 50C Small 0 MS62 PCGS #6156

O.110, R3.

1830 50C Small 0 MS62 PCGS #6156

O.110, R3.

1830 50C Small 0 MS62 PCGS #6156

O.115, R2. CAC Catalog description: Eye appeal! The consignor, Tim Osborne, gave this one an A+. There will be no disagreement. The rose colored centers are framed by an exciting halo of electric blue and turquoise, album toning at its best. The surfaces and strike are dandy. A common variety in uncommon condition. Tim picked up this one at the Jan. 1999 FUN Show.

1830 50C Small 0 MS62 PCGS #6156

O.115, R2. CAC Catalog description: Eye appeal! The consignor, Tim Osborne, gave this one an A+. There will be no disagreement. The rose colored centers are framed by an exciting halo of electric blue and turquoise, album toning at its best. The surfaces and strike are dandy. A common variety in uncommon condition. Tim picked up this one at the Jan. 1999 FUN Show.

1830 50C Large 0 AU55 PCGS #6157

O.120, R1. Ex-Meyer, ex-Queller, ex-Ross. Sold Stacks 10/15/02 lot 356.

1830 50C Large 0 AU55 PCGS #6157

O.120, R1. Ex-Meyer, ex-Queller, ex-Ross. Sold Stacks 10/15/02 lot 356.

1830 50C Large 0 AU58 PCGS #6157

O.123, R1. Although a reworked MD produced a number of marriages with minor alterations to the cap, mouth, jaw line and curls, the O.123 is not one of them. Shown here is an exceptionally flashy bust half with full cartwheel luster. It is toned on the right side rims in deep orange and red with a trace of blue. This coin also illustrates the famous bulge or halo to the surface immediately in front of Liberty's face. The bulge is due to Mint lapping to remove clashing (eagle's left wing), which resulted in a slight flat impression to the working die.

1830 50C Large 0 AU58 PCGS #6157

O.123, R1. Although a reworked MD produced a number of marriages with minor alterations to the cap, mouth, jaw line and curls, the O.123 is not one of them. Shown here is an exceptionally flashy bust half with full cartwheel luster. It is toned on the right side rims in deep orange and red with a trace of blue. This coin also illustrates the famous bulge or halo to the surface immediately in front of Liberty's face. The bulge is due to Mint lapping to remove clashing (eagle's left wing), which resulted in a slight flat impression to the working die.

1831 50C VF20 PCGS #6159

O.114, R3.

1831 50C VF20 PCGS #6159

O.114, R3.

1831 50C AU55 PCGS #6159

O.104. CAC

1831 50C AU55 PCGS #6159

O.104. CAC

1831 50C AU55 PCGS #6159

O.119, R3. CAC

1831 50C AU55 PCGS #6159

O.119, R3. CAC

1831 50C AU58 PCGS #6159

O.111, R1. An unremarkable year notable mostly for changes to edge lettering. Some varieties (e.g., O.106, O.107) show doubling to LIBERTY. While this example is not either of those marriages it appears to show the same. Not hub doubling but the more common mechanical doubling, likely do to loose bolts on the screw press. This example looks to have spent many years in an album acquiring deeply colored rim toning. Unspoiled, undipped, original good looks with very clean fields. A wavy die crack joins the numerals at the base of the date and stripe one lines in shield merge and appear as two lines, not three.

1831 50C AU58 PCGS #6159

O.111, R1. An unremarkable year notable mostly for changes to edge lettering. Some varieties (e.g., O.106, O.107) show doubling to LIBERTY. While this example is not either of those marriages it appears to show the same. Not hub doubling but the more common mechanical doubling, likely do to loose bolts on the screw press. This example looks to have spent many years in an album acquiring deeply colored rim toning. Unspoiled, undipped, original good looks with very clean fields. A wavy die crack joins the numerals at the base of the date and stripe one lines in shield merge and appear as two lines, not three.

1831 50C AU58 PCGS #6159

O.102, R1. Was NGC AU58, cert# 2559115-001.

1831 50C AU58 PCGS #6159

O.102, R1. Was NGC AU58, cert# 2559115-001.

1831 50C AU58+ PCGS #6159

O.110, R2. CAC.

1831 50C AU58+ PCGS #6159

O.110, R2. CAC.

1831 50C MS64 PCGS #6159

O.114, R3. CAC. Catalog description: Flamboyant rainbow toning encircles both sides of this vibrant near-Gem half. Brightly lustrous, shades of amber-gold, sea-green, sky-blue, and lavender provide a dazzling display on both sides. Frosty luster beams from the finely granular surfaces, which show a scattering of light abrasions but no serious marks. The strike is sharp except on the eagle's right (facing) talons. CAC endorsed, the eye appeal is terrific. Tied for finest of the variety according to both the Steve Herrman and Donald Parsley census listings.

1831 50C MS64 PCGS #6159

O.114, R3. CAC. Catalog description: Flamboyant rainbow toning encircles both sides of this vibrant near-Gem half. Brightly lustrous, shades of amber-gold, sea-green, sky-blue, and lavender provide a dazzling display on both sides. Frosty luster beams from the finely granular surfaces, which show a scattering of light abrasions but no serious marks. The strike is sharp except on the eagle's right (facing) talons. CAC endorsed, the eye appeal is terrific. Tied for finest of the variety according to both the Steve Herrman and Donald Parsley census listings.

1831 50C MS64 PCGS #6159

O.114, R3. CAC. Catalog description: Flamboyant rainbow toning encircles both sides of this vibrant near-Gem half. Brightly lustrous, shades of amber-gold, sea-green, sky-blue, and lavender provide a dazzling display on both sides. Frosty luster beams from the finely granular surfaces, which show a scattering of light abrasions but no serious marks. The strike is sharp except on the eagle's right (facing) talons. CAC endorsed, the eye appeal is terrific. Tied for finest of the variety according to both the Steve Herrman and Donald Parsley census listings.

1832 50C Small Letters AU53 PCGS #6160

O.103, R1. Was NGC AU53 cert# 2671236-001

1832 50C Small Letters AU53 PCGS #6160

O.103, R1. Was NGC AU53 cert# 2671236-001

1832 50C Small Letters AU53 PCGS #6160

O.120a, R3. No Tail Feathers.

1832 50C Small Letters AU53 PCGS #6160

O.120a, R3. No Tail Feathers.

1832 50C Small Letters AU55 PCGS #6160

O.102, R1. CAC.

1832 50C Small Letters AU55 PCGS #6160

O.102, R1. CAC.

1832 50C Small Letters AU55 PCGS #6160

O.113, R2. Was ICG AU58 (cert# 4116923401)

1832 50C Small Letters AU55 PCGS #6160

O.113, R2. Was ICG AU58 (cert# 4116923401)

1832 50C Small Letters AU58 PCGS #6160

O.110, R1. Was NGC AU58 cert# 4477117-011

1832 50C Small Letters AU58 PCGS #6160

O.110, R1. Was NGC AU58 cert# 4477117-011

1832 50C Small Letters AU58 PCGS #6160

O.110, R1. Was NGC AU58 cert# 4477117-011

1832 50C Small Letters AU58+ PCGS #6160

O.121, R3. Was NGC MS61.

1832 50C Small Letters AU58+ PCGS #6160

O.121, R3. Was NGC MS61.

1832 50C Small Letters AU58+ PCGS #6160

O.121, R3. Was NGC MS61.

1832 50C Small Letters MS62 PCGS #6160

O.118 R1. Another laced lips variety, though not as recognized as the '33 O.106. Although a different die was used for O.101 and O.102 these two also show the same die line appearing to seal Liberty's lips and her lips to chin. No doubt a graving error to the new MD, which also produced improved relief along with alteration tweaks (e.g. the cap is now larger with deeper creases, the cheek is rounder and fuller, Liberty's gaze is less skyward, and the entire bust has been shortened). This 1832 example is a favorite for its lovely surfaces, outstanding luster with exceptionally pleasing toning.

1832 50C Small Letters MS62 PCGS #6160

O.118 R1. Another laced lips variety, though not as recognized as the '33 O.106. Although a different die was used for O.101 and O.102 these two also show the same die line appearing to seal Liberty's lips and her lips to chin. No doubt a graving error to the new MD, which also produced improved relief along with alteration tweaks (e.g. the cap is now larger with deeper creases, the cheek is rounder and fuller, Liberty's gaze is less skyward, and the entire bust has been shortened). This 1832 example is a favorite for its lovely surfaces, outstanding luster with exceptionally pleasing toning.

1832 50C Small Letters MS62 PCGS #6160

O.118 R1. Another laced lips variety, though not as recognized as the '33 O.106. Although a different die was used for O.101 and O.102 these two also show the same die line appearing to seal Liberty's lips and her lips to chin. No doubt a graving error to the new MD, which also produced improved relief along with alteration tweaks (e.g. the cap is now larger with deeper creases, the cheek is rounder and fuller, Liberty's gaze is less skyward, and the entire bust has been shortened). This 1832 example is a favorite for its lovely surfaces, outstanding luster with exceptionally pleasing toning.

1832 50C Small Letters MS63 PCGS #6160

O.115. R1. Was ICG MS62 cert# 4706800101

1832 50C Small Letters MS63 PCGS #6160

O.115. R1. Was ICG MS62 cert# 4706800101