1842 50C PR64 PCGS....
Only Example Certified by PCGS
We believe this coin is the third-finest known, with sharply detailed design elements and deeply reflective fields. The surfaces are darkly toned in shades of sea-green and violet, with extraordinary eye appeal. This lot represents an important opportunity for the early proof specialist.
The seven different 1842 proof half dollars believed extant are listed below:
1. PR66 NGC. R. Green (11/29/1946); John Jay Pittman (David Akers, 5/1998), lot 1524; Phillip Kaufman Collection Part III (Heritage, 4/2008), lot 2381.(PCGS# 6386)
2. PR65 NGC. The Norweb Collection (Bowers and Merena, 11/1988), lot 3131; Phil Kaufman; Rarities Sale (Bowers and Merena, 8/1999), lot 201; Central States Signature (Heritage, 5/2003), lot 6776; 2006 FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2006), lot 3197.
3. PR64 PCGS. F.C.C. Boyd; World's Greatest Collection (Numismatic Gallery, 4/1945), lot 255; 1946 ANA-Adolph Friedman Collection (Numismatic Gallery, 8/1946), lot 816; Public Auction Sale (Stack's, 3/1965), lot 443; Richmond Collection, Part III (David Lawrence, 3/2005), lot 1787; the present coin.
4. PR62. The Eliasberg Collection (Bowers and Merena, 4/1997), lot 1922; Chicago Signature (Heritage, 8/2011), lot 7173.
5. PR60. Superior (10/2000), lot 4373. Superior catalogers note that this specimen has a "reverse die crack ... from edge of wing to denticles between IC of AMERICA. Minor hairlines and signs of handling." Possibly another appearance of one of the coins above.
6. Proof. American Numismatic Society Collection.
7. Proof. Smithsonian Institution.
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