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1851 $50 RE Humbert Fifty Dollar, 887 Thous. -- Damage or Tooling -- Genuine PCGS. XF Details. K-6, R.4....

2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont #1188

 
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Auction Ended On: Aug 9, 2013
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Location: Hyatt Rosemont
6350 N. River Road
Rosemont, IL
60018
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1851 Humbert Fifty, 887 Thous., K-6, XF Details
Traces of Luster Remaining, Ex: John A. Beck
1851 $50 RE Humbert Fifty Dollar, 887 Thous. -- Damage or Tooling -- Genuine PCGS. XF Details. K-6, R.4. Ex: John A. Beck. The Humbert/U.S. Assay Office fifty dollar gold pieces, regardless of their exact variety (1851 or 1852, Lettered Edge or Reeded Edge, varying finenesses, etc.) all evoke a piquancy due to their octagonal shape and original design that no other Old West or Territorial gold pieces do in the same way. This heavy piece boasts considerable luster remaining on the obverse, even more than 160 years after its production. The reverse is a bit more muted. It matters little whether the surfaces show damage or tooling, although we would vote for the former. There are some intentional straight-line scrapes through the central reverse, and the obverse shows far more extensive marks of varying sizes, along with some possible improvements in some of the device areas. But nothing destroys the appeal or evocative nature of this coin. Listed on page 381 of the 2014 Guide Book.
Ex: John A. Beck Collection (Quality Sales, 1/1975), lot 681, realized $3,900. Accompanied by the original flip from that sale. John A. Beck (1859-1924) formed an extensive collection sold by Quality Sales in three auctions, including many 1856 Flying Eagle cents, an extensive Territorial gold collection, three stellas, a complete Panama-Pacific set, and many other rarities.

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