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1850 50C PR61 NGC. CAC. ...

2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia #1173

 
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Auction Ended On: Aug 3, 2012
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Location: Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel
201 North 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Description:
1850 PR61 Half Dollar
Only Five or Six Pieces Believed Known
1850 50C PR61 NGC. CAC. Only seven times in 20 years have we offered a proof 1850 Seated Liberty half dollar in any of our auctions, this piece is one of just five or six proofs believed to exist. The present example is identified as WB-102, with the lower right curve of the 0 doubled. Some dissension exists among numismatists about the varieties of this date that are known in proof. Walter Breen listed several varieties in his Proof Encyclopedia, while David Akers suggests that true proofs of the date are from the single die variety that was included in the Pittman sale. This example has light silver surfaces with tinges of gold toning along the borders. The surfaces are lightly marked, consistent with the grade, yet it is an exceptionally attractive piece. The devices are all boldly defined, with fully mirrored fields on both sides.
Ex: ANA Signature (Heritage, 7-8/2008), lot 562, where it brought $14,950. (PCGS# 6394)

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