1807 50C Capped Bust, Large Stars MS65 PCGS. CAC....
Large Stars, O-114, Sole Finest at PCGS
Brilliant silver-white with mere dashes of pinkish-gray and subtle gold display full cartwheel luster, and pristine surfaces are essentially free of blemishes. The strike is as full and sharp as any we have seen.
Two examples of the O-114 die marriage are seemingly tied for top honors in the Condition Census of the variety. This piece is the sole finest 1807 Large Stars half dollar that PCGS has certified (3/10). We are unaware of any previous auction offerings of this example in the last 25 years. The other Gem specimen is the Norweb-Pryor-Prouty coin that most recently appeared for sale at auction a decade ago in Superior's October 2000 sale, lot 3273 where it realized $24,150. Before being upgraded, that coin was called MS60/63 in the Norweb Collection and MS63 in the Pryor Collection. The comparison indicates that the present Gem specimen is clearly the finest existing 1807 Large Stars half dollar. (NGC ID# 24EN, PCGS# 6088)
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