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Sale 81

The Pre-Long Beach Sale


$5 Liberty/No Motto
 
 
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Lot 1274
1843-D. Medium D. PCGS graded MS-61. Lightly toned with much luster. Light yellow gold with frosty devices and sharply struck in all areas. We are please to see how nice the surface retains its original smoothness. The lack of marks is noteworthy. As is the degree of crisp detail in the stars and date, Liberty's hair and coronet (with fully impressed LIBERTY on the crest), as well as a bold eagle. The eagle is immeasurably better than 90% of later D-mint Half Eagles, whose quality began to deteriorate in the late 1840s and became mushy in the extreme near the end of this Mint's existence in 1861. Here, the neck feathers are sharp, as is the shield, the leg feathers and talons, indeed the entire reverse with its broad square rims it the very picture of careful craftsmanship. A nod must be given to the mint technicians and workmen who produced this fine coin! We readily expect that its next owner will consider it the centerpiece of his or her collection.

When encountered, the 1843-D is usually seen in Very Fine condition, occasionally Extremely Fine, and not often AU. Perhaps a few thousand 1843-D half eagles exist today, this possibly being a generous estimate. Whatever the figure, the presently offered MS61 is among the elite few retaining their Mint originality, per the following census: Pop 4; 8 finer, 3 in 62, 4 in 63, 1 in 64. (PCGS # 8215) .
Estimated Value $9,000 - 9,500.
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Lot 1275
1847. PCGS graded AU-50. CAC Approved Gold Sticker. PQ. Nice old time toning. Housed in an Old Green Holder (PCGS # 8231) .
Estimated Value $500 - 600.
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$1,028
Lot 1276
1848. PCGS graded MS-63. Intensely lustrous with semi prooflike surfaces. A beauty! Housed in an old green label PCGS holder. Fresh golden color. Some faint marks are evident under low magnification, but the overall quality and appeal are both outstanding to the unaided eye. A very choice example of an early No Motto date whose true scarcity is mostly under-appreciated. Here is a date that is practically unavailable in Mint State despite its liberal mintage figure of 260,775 pieces. It could be many sales before a comparable specimen crosses the auction block, or the present piece reappears. After all, there may be collectors lining up to put it away in their collection for years and year. Pop 5; none finer (PCGS # 8236) .
Estimated Value $8,000 - 8,500.
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$10,869
Lot 1277
1850-C. PCGS graded MS-61. Untoned and lustrous. Only 63,591 struck. The 1850-C is one of the more available Charlotte half eagles with perhaps 160 to 170 pieces known in all grades. This lovely, lustrous Mint State '50-C half eagle earns a fairly strong thumb's up for originality and surface integrity. A wonderful example of the date, and a rarity. The coin exhibits frosty pale greenish gold luster. Very sharply struck with full obverse and reverse design definition, the stars are complete, so too the hair including the sweeping curl over Libertys ear which shows its complete form. A sharp-edged coronet with full LIBERTY. And a commendable eagle, whose shield is very finely outlined from a sharp strike by the dies. Only a few very minor abrasions and hairlines are present. We estimate that this example is among the elite Condition Census examples and a true showpiece for the connoisseur and specialist in its grade. Pop 6; 8 finer, 3 in 62, 4 in 63, 1 in 64. (PCGS # 8244) .
Estimated Value $8,500 - 9,000.
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Lot 1278
1855-O. PCGS graded EF-40. A lovely example exhibiting natural rich coppery-golden toning. Housed in an old green label holder. Only 11,100 minted. Pop 7; 41 finer (PCGS # 8264) .
Estimated Value $1,800 - 1,900.
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