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    Prooflike 1828 O-117 Half, MS66

    1828 50C Square Base 2, Small 8, Large Letters MS66 NGC. O-117, R.1. Ex: Eliasberg-Kaufman. In the 1997 Eliasberg catalog this example was conservatively graded MS63, prooflike but the price that it realized, nearly $10,000, was hardly conservative for the assigned grade. Obviously several bidders recognized its true quality at that time, as they will when it crosses the auction block a short time after these words are written.
    Central light gray toning is surrounded by dark blue-green, lilac, and gold toning, with a subdued appearance. Beneath the toning is full prooflike reflectivity with pristine, mark-free surfaces. This coin was called "an aesthetic highlight" in the Eliasberg catalog, a bold statement considering all the amazing half dollars in that collection.
    From The Joseph C. Thomas Collection. (NGC ID# 24FR, PCGS# 6151)


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    The Draped Bust Half Dollars of 1796-1797 by Jon Amato

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