The Finest Known 1818 O-104 Half Dollar, MS67
1818 50C MS67 NGC. Ex Kaufman. O-104a, R.3. All of the die
cracks on late die state O-104 half dollars appear on the obverse,
and the present specimen makes certain that they are all visible,
thanks to its sharp strike. A heavy die crack from the border
curves down through the left field to the bust and drapery, ending
at the bottom of the left ribbon end. A second crack from the
border, crosses the right side of the first 8, continuing to the
drapery. A further crack from the border passes over star 7 through
the front of the cap and the headband, eventually to the hair below
IB. Even later die states exist, with a crack through the stars on
the right, but there is no evidence of the later die state on this
Late Die State, O-104a
This example is visually and numerically superior to the Eliasberg coin that is considered the finest known. Incredible frosty luster and pristine surfaces are visible through the amazing deep green-gold toning on the obverse, and grayish-gold on the reverse. The strike is sensational with every individual design element boldly defined. Considered the new finest known, this piece is better than any others recorded. Stephen Herrman lists the Eliasberg MS66 coin, the MS65 that we handled in 2006, and a small number of MS64 grade pieces as the best to appear in recent sales. The present specimen is finer than all of those, and clearly the best in existence. Census: 2 in 67, 0 finer (3/09), for all 1818 varieties.
From The Joseph C. Thomas Collection.(Registry values: N1) (NGC ID# 24F9, PCGS# 6113)
Weight: 13.48 grams
Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper
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