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Remarkable 1835 O-109 Half, MS67
Possible Presentation Strike

1835 50C MS67 NGC. Ex: Eliasberg/Kaufman. O-109, R.2. Both dies are perfect on this remarkable piece. The obverse has star 7 minutely recut, and the flag of the 5 is long and straight with only a tiny upward curve at its tip.
In the Eliasberg catalog, this beauty was presented as "possibly a presentation striking" and "far and away the finest known." Original 1835 proof half dollars are extremely rare, as most proofs of this date are technically restrikes with the edge lettering crushed. The restrikes were made a short time later, perhaps in 1836.
This Superb Gem has incredible surfaces with fully prooflike fields, save for tiny areas of mint frost in the left obverse field. While clearly not a proof, this beautiful example was carefully produced, and is an attractive representative of the 1835 coinage issues that approached the end of an era, before steam power was introduced late the next year. Easily the finest known example, this piece is one of half a dozen MS63 or finer examples of the variety known to us.
Both sides have an amazing strike with all details boldly defined, a few stars at the left being the only exception. The obverse has brilliant gold toning with incredible rose, lilac, and blue peripheries. The reverse is deeper in appearance but similarly toned. Census: 1 in 67 , 0 finer (3/09).
Ex: Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr.; Eliasberg Estate (Bowers and Merena, 4/1997), lot 1899.
From The Joseph C. Thomas Collection.
(Registry values: N1) (NGC ID# 24FZ, PCGS# 6168)

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