The Finest Known 1851-C Half Eagle, Ex: Elrod1851-C MS 63 NGC. Ex: Elrod. Of the 5-6 Mint State pieces known today, this is the finest, and it is a full eight points better in grade than the specimen from the North Georgia Collection we sold last month.
Unlike most '51-C fives, this piece is remarkably well defined on the hair curls and peripheral stars of the obverse. It is only on the reverse that traces of a soft strike can be detected on the neck of the eagle and arrow fletchings. The fields are bright and prooflike, this effect having been created by heavily striating the dies. Another atypical feature on this coin is the lack of large and deep abrasions. There is, however, an irregular outline around the eye of Liberty from a very shallow planchet flake. There are, of course, numerous small abrasions and luster grazes on each side, but none that could be considered important enough to warrant individual mention. An exemplary coin and one sure to interest the many collectors of Southern gold. (NGC ID# 25U6, PCGS# 8247)
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