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Lot 1836

1853 Half Dollar Round Arms of California. BG-435. Low Rarity 5. PCGS graded MS-63. Well struck and semi-prooflike. Lightly toned. The only "Arms of California" reverse type. This is the famous Arms of California type: helmeted female, draped and cloaked, holding a spear and shield; bear at her feet (concealing part of a shield); mountains behind, all within a plain circle. Around, 13 minute elongated stars, with date below. The reverse eagle has a scroll in its beak, shield in one talon, and a huge branch in the other, attempting either to alight on or rise from a mountaintop, all within a plain circle. CALIFORNIA GOLD HALF DOLLAR around.

For type collectors, the Arms of California issue is the key to the entire series since neither the arms nor this eagle occur on any other die. The lettering, numerals, and stars resemble no other variety in the series. Housed in an Old Green Holder. Pop 18; 11 finer, 7 in 64, 3 in 65, 1 in 66 (PCGS # 10471) .
Estimated Value $13,000 - 14,000.


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