1892-O 50C Micro O MS65 NGC....
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Like other known Uncirculated Micro O halves, the present piece is moderately prooflike. This suggests that few pieces were struck, since any later strikes would instead display cartwheel luster. The obverse features light pearl-gray and golden-brown patina. The reverse has similar but deeper toning. Careful study beneath a loupe fails to reveal relevant marks, although the strike is slightly soft in the vertical area between the right shield corner and the fletchings. Encapsulated in an old pre-hologram NGC holder that omits the Micro O designation! Census: 1 in 65, 1 finer (4/08).
Only a handful of Mint State 1892-O Micro O half dollars have appeared at auction since 1986. Ranked in order of prices realized, these include:
1. MS67 PCGS. William C. Atwater Collection (B. Max Mehl, 6/1946), lot 581; James A. Stack Collection (Stack's, 3/1975), lot 572; Queller Family Collection of U.S. Half Dollars (Stack's, 10/2002), lot 723; LaBelle Collection (American Numismatic Rarities, 7/2005), lot 1186, which realized $97,750.
2. MS65 NGC. Long Beach Sale (Paramount, 1975), lot 870; Auction '86 (Paramount, 7/1986), lot 1659; Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection (David Akers, 5/1998), lot 125; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2005), lot 4200, which realized $69,000.
3. MS67 Uncertified. Lyman H. Low, 7/1903; J.M. Clapp; John H. Clapp; Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr., Collection (Bowers and Merena, 4/1997), lot 2065, which realized $59,400.
4. MS65 NGC. The present coin. Moreira Sale (Superior, 1/1989), lot 4524; Jascha Heifetz Collection (Superior, 10/1989), lot 3770, which realized $20,900.
5. MS62 NGC. Robert W. Schwan Collection (Bowers and Merena, 10/2000), lot 1339, which realized $10,350; Central States Signature (Heritage, 5/2007), lot 2138, unsold.
Earlier Uncirculated auction appearances, which may be duplicates of those listed above: Empire Collection (Stack's, 11/1957), lot 1487; R.E. Cox, Jr. (Stack's, 4/1962), lot 2044; Reed Hawn Collection (Stack's, 8/1973), lot 320; Auction '81 (Superior, 7/1981), lot 755. Those lots are plated in their respective catalogs, but the photo quality does not allow positive identification.
From The Silbermünzen Collection.(Registry values: P8) (PCGS# 6463)
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