Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

Sale 48

Lot 876

1858 Liberty Seated Half Dollar. NGC graded Proof 66. Star. In NGC holder 3210948-007. The year 1858 marked the launch of regular Proof sales to collectors, which, it so happens, meant the beginnings of numismatics in America. Reported mintage was 80 sets in Proof, although it is likely the figure is more in the neighborhood of 300 coins. That coin in this lot has strikingly beautiful color and surface reflectivity with fully lustrous devices (gently frosted) against nicely mirrored fields. The center on each side is more or less brilliant with just a thin layer of color, surrounded by deeper gold, lavender, and blue toning, much of which is iridescent. The surfaces show a few minor lint marks and other blemishes such as a minor flake below Liberty's elbow, but only a single raised bubble in the field below the inside base of the final A serves to mark the pedigree. This is the only certified Star Proof in this grade, and may represent one of the most appealing examples regardless of designation. Pop 1; 2 finer at NGC.
Estimated Value $20,000 - 25,000.

Realized $27,600

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