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Lot 1840

1853. BG-435, R-5. State Arms of California. Round Liberty Half Dollar. . BG-435. PCGS graded MS-64. A classic example of this highly desirable issue. Mint fresh luster throughout, with slightly prooflike fields on the obverse. Boldly struck by the dies, and quite well preserved. An excellent coin for the grade in every way. One faint coppery spot right of the eagle's beak may help trace the pedigree.
It is not known who struck these, but they are almost certainly a Period One issue (1852-56). The State Arms of California shows a draped and helmeted Liberty, holding a spear and shield with a bear at her side. On the reverse, an eagle with outstretched wings, holding a scroll in its beak, with a shield in one claw, and a branch in the other, encircled by the inscription CALIFORNIA GOLD HALF DOLLAR. Needless to say, this is an extremely important type issue, and one that is rare in high grades. In a recent PCGS Population Report we see that 5 have been graded this high, with 2 graded higher.
Estimated Value $4,000 - 5,000.

Realized $7,763

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