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1831 O-103 Half Dollar, PR65
Ex: Pittman Collection

1831 50C PR65 NGC. O-103, R.8 as a Proof. This piece is an unquestionable, deeply reflective proof striking that looks as much like a proof as any late 19th century or early 20th century silver proof. The fields are glassy-smooth and deeply reflective. The striking details are fully brought up in all areas, including all the star radials, Liberty's hair curls, and the eagle's feathers. There is a series of parallel, shallow lines on the cheek of Liberty that appeared during the minting process.
A number of 1831 half dollars have appeared in auctions over many years, yet only two examples seem to have claim to proof status. The two pieces are the present coin, and the specimen that appeared as lot 155 in Auction '79.
The surfaces are marvelously clean for a proof striking from this time period and the only mentionable flaws, other than the Mint-made ones on the cheek of Liberty, are a thin staple scratch over the eagle's right (facing) wing, and a light scuff in the field above star 1. Generally brilliant throughout, there is just a bit of light golden color around the peripheries on each side. A rare opportunity to acquire what is undoubtedly one of the finest proof Bust halves as well as one of the rarest dates in proof format.
Ex: Samuel H. Chapman, as part of a complete proof set, one of only two complete sets known to him; to Dr. C.A. Allenburger; Allenburger Sale (B. Max Mehl, 3/1948), lot 871, where it sold for $58.50 to John Jay Pittman; Pittman II (David Akers, 5/1998), lot 1495, where it brought $46,200.
From The Greensboro Collection, Part II. (PCGS# 6210)

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