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1827 50C PR64 PCGS....

2007 Milwaukee, WI (ANA) Signature Coin Auction #444

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Auction Ended On: Aug 9, 2007
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Location: Milwaukee, WI
1827 Half Dollar, PR64
The Breen Plate Coin and the Only O-107 Known as a Proof
1827 50C PR64 PCGS. Breen Plate Coin. O-107, R.7, as a proof. Since 1990, we have a record of only eight appearances of the 1827 half in public auctions. This probably represents no more than five or six individual coins, which makes Breen's statement from 1977 an accurate assessment of rarity: "at least four different specimens exist, possibly as many as seven." Of the five pieces listed in Stephen Herrman's list of auction appearances, all are of the O-121 variety. This piece is unlisted on his roster. From Breen's notes from his book 30 years ago, this is the only proof known from this die pairing, and that still seems to be the case today.
Identifiable as the plate coin by a slightly angling toning streak on the left side of the reverse. The central devices show razor-sharp definition, while the peripheral stars are slightly weak in the centers (a normal occurrence for proofs struck on a screw press). The fields are deeply reflective on each side, and both obverse and reverse are well-matched in terms of visual appeal, toning, and preservation of surfaces. Lightly toned around the margins on each side, with slightly deeper golden and blue color on the reverse. These tonal qualities surround centers that are essentially brilliant.
Proofs of any denomination from this era are of the greatest rarity and importance. This particular coin represents a singular opportunity to acquire the only O-107 proof striking from this year. As such, it is an opportunity not to be missed. (PCGS# 6205)

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