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Lot 1838

1883 Hawaiian Half Dollar. PCGS graded Proof 66 CAC Approved. In a new secure plus holder. Pop 1; none finer at PCGS. Probably the finest known. This Proof 66 Hawaiian Half Dollar is as close to perfect as anyone could ask in such a coin, and is unquestionably the finest Proof half dollar of the series that we have ever seen. It is fully struck with a sharp square edge and deep mirror fields that are immaculate and pristine. The few lines present in the fields indistinguishable from faint planchet lines similar to those caused by the minting process. The toning is as lovely and perfect as the technical quality of the surfaces, a near superb pale to medium multicolored iridescent blend of blue and gold, which are the predominant colors, and pastel pinkish or lilac. Every letter is boldly defined with all of its square-edged certainty, while the head and shield are extremely sharp. All of the shields central motifs and escutcheon are also fully struck."

We would note that the mildly frosted motifs stand out against the mirrored fields at all angles, but especially when the coin is tilted under a light source. We would also mention that the toning dominates all areas of both sides. This patina gives it aesthetic appeal above and beyond. The surfaces fit squarely within the strict parameters for the Proof 66 designation, with an entire absence of pedigree markers on either side outside of the color.

The present nearly superb Proof is a forceful reminder to everyone who collects Hawaiian coins that it is quality that matters. Mr. Forsythe is releasing his carefully assembled collection into the marketplace. Bidders may never again have this opportunity to choose from among the top pieces in existence! (PCGS # 10993) .
Estimated Value $25,000 - 30,000.
The Forsythe Collection.

Realized $43,700

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