The Finest Existing 1827/6 O-102 Half, MS67
1827/6 50C MS67 NGC. Ex: Eliasberg/Kaufman. O-102, R.1. The
bottom right side of the former 6 curves up to the right from the
bottom of the 7. The overdated obverse die was used with three
different reverse dies, and O-102 has the obverse stars lightly
drawn to the edge. Faint "ear bar" clash marks are evident below
the ear, but no other die defects are visible on the obverse. The
reverse also has light clash marks but no other defects.
Ex: Earle, Clapp, Eliasberg
The 1827/6 O-102 is the most plentiful of the three overdate varieties, and the only one that can sometimes be found in Gem quality. This piece from the George Earle, John Clapp, and Louis Eliasberg Collections, is the only 1827/6 overdate that has been certified as a Superb Gem MS67. Incredibly, NGC has only graded one other 1827 half dollar in MS67, an example of the O-120a variety that will be offered just a few lots after this piece! For the connoisseur who desires the finest possible 1827 half dollar, the present sale presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
This satiny and lustrous Superb Gem is boldly detailed with excellent centering, better than usually seen. Lovely golden-brown on the obverse and lighter silver on the reverse, with outstanding iridescent accents on both sides. Today, this piece appears exactly as it did in the 1997 Eliasberg sale, and probably looks much the same as it did way back in 1912 when the George Earle Collection was sold.
Ex: George H. Earle (Henry Chapman, 6/1912); John H. Clapp; Clapp Estate (1942); Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr.; Eliasberg Estate (Bowers and Merena, 4/1997), lot 1827.
From The Joseph C. Thomas Collection.(Registry values: N1) (NGC ID# 24FP, PCGS# 6147)
Weight: 13.48 grams
Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper
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