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1836 50C Lettered Edge PR63 PCGS....

2007 September Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #446

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Auction Ended On: Sep 27, 2007
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Location: Long Beach, CA
Rare 1836/1336 Lettered Edge Half, PR63
1836 50C Lettered Edge PR63 PCGS. 1836 / 1336 50C Lettered Edge PR63 PCGS. O-108. While Lettered Edge proofs are known from several different dies of this year, this is certainly the most interesting variant. The 8 in the date was erroneously first punched over a 3, creating this unusual overdate. Several proofs are known from the O-108 dies, but this is the first we have handled since we sold this piece in 1994. It seems obvious to even the most casual observer, that this coin was not struck on a steam press. The screw press used to produce these proofs gave the coin less of a determinant edge, so it is not possible to use the test of "squared off rims" that one expects on later, more "commercial" strikings. The fields are moderately reflective, perhaps being a bit subdued by the medium density gray and blue toning seen over both sides. A splash of blue toning is seen over the eagle's left (facing) wing, and serves as a useful pedigree identifier. The striking details are exceptionally crisp, and judging from that aspect alone, it is difficult to believe the coin was struck using the power generated by the muscles of a horse or man. Extremely rare and highly desirable.
Ex: 1994 ANA (Heritage, 7/94), lot 6573, where it was bought back by the consignor. (PCGS# 6221)

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