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1822 50C

2001 F.U.N. Signature Sale #244

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Auction Ended On: Jan 5, 2001
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Location: Orlando, FL
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Early Die State 1822 Half Dollar, A Richly Toned MS 66 Representative
1822 50C MS 66 NGC. O-106, R.3. This coin is incorrectly labeled on the insert as an 1822/1 overdate. The most spectacular Capped Bust half dollar that this cataloger has ever seen, there is ample evidence for us to call this one of the first impressions with this die pair. The devices display razor sharp, if not full striking definition over nearly every feature. There are also several die scratches (as produced) along the obverse rim below star 13. Overton does not mention these scratches in his book, so it is likely that they were polished away in middle and later die states. In addition, the lower base of the second 2 in the date is heavy and recut. This feature probably also faded with subsequent impressions, and it may have misled NGC into labeling this coin as an 1822/1 overdate. There is a hairline-thin mark in the lower obverse field before the date, but the balance of the surfaces are all but abrasion-free with a crisp, frosty sheen. A rich overlay of crimson-copper and cobalt-blue toning rounds out this coin's list of positive attributes. This Gem is tied for finest certified honors with one other MS 66 NGC example (10/00). (NGC ID# 24FG, PCGS# 6129)

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