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1827 50C

2001 November Santa Clara Signature Sale #275

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Auction Ended On: Nov 15, 2001
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Location: Santa Clara, CA
Extremely Rare 1827 O-121 Proof Half Dollar
1827 50C Square 2 PR64 NGC. O-121, R.7 as a proof. Very few proof 1837 Half Dollars were produced, Breen states, " least four different specimens exist, possibly as many as seven." Eliasberg had a Gem proof O-121, as did Norweb, but we do not know the provenance of this high grade example. The devices are fully defined in all areas and each side is draped in rich shades of cobalt-blue and rust with lemony-yellow accents. The fields are deeply mirrored, as expected. There are no contact marks on either side that could reliably be used as pedigree identifiers.
Proofs of this year may actually be rarer than indicated in Breen. Stephen Herrman only lists three O-121 proofs:
1. The Norweb '88 coin (PCGS 66).
2. The Eliasberg II coin (sold as a PCGS 64, now apparently a 65).
3. The Auction '90 piece (PCGS PR66).
This is the fourth distinct proof example of this particular variety. It would not be an overstatement to say that this coin would be the centerpiece of any collection of Bust Halves or 19th century proof type coins. (PCGS# 6205)

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