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1831 O-103 Half Dollar, PR64
Only Five Proofs Known

1831 50C PR64 NGC. O-103, High R.7 as a Proof. Four of the five known proof 1831 half dollars are from the O-103 die pair, and the fifth is an example of O-108. This piece is tied for third best of the five pieces, as shown in the roster below.

1. O-103 PR65 PCGS. Heritage (4/2013), lot 4268.
2. O-103 PR65 NGC. Samuel H. Chapman, as part of a complete proof set, one of only two complete sets known to him; Dr. C.A. Allenburger (B. Max Mehl, 3/1948), lot 871; John Jay Pittman (David Akers, 5/1998), lot 1495; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2006), lot 3188; Greensboro Collection II/FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2013), lot 5636.
3. O-103 PR64 PCGS. Auction '79 (Paramount), lot 155; Sixten Erling, Paramount International Coin Corp.'s Rare Coin List No. 12; private Illinois collector; Rarities Sale (Bowers and Merena, 8/1999), lot 196.
4. O-103 PR64 NGC. Obtained by a European noble while visiting this country in the middle 19th century and retained by the same family until the present time. The present specimen.
5. O-108 Proof. Reed Hawn (Stack's, 8/1973), lot 98; Robison Collection (Stack's, 2/1982), lot 1591;.Auction '84 (Stack's, 7/1984), lot 1143; Stack's (12/1998), lot 2244.

This near-Gem proof has a bold strike with fully mirrored fields around lustrous devices that impart a slight cameo appearance. The obverse is mostly toned in pale gold and light green while the reverse is mostly brilliant with delicate gold and blue toning. An exceptional proof for the connoisseur.
From The Noblesse Collection. (NGC ID# 27SH, PCGS# 6210)

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