Splendid 1834 Half, O-109, MS671834 50C Small Date, Small Letters MS67 NGC. O-109, R.1. Recutting appears on stars 8, 9, and 10, and the rims are abnormally high and sharp on both sides. A small die line extends from the forward end of Liberty's bust. The 5 is small, with a straight top and closed loop. Splendid patina in shades of copper, olive, and silver-gray complements rich luster and some small areas that are near-brilliant. As demanded at the Superb Gem level, surface abrasions are essentially absent.
Like many of the early half dollars in the present sale, this piece is likely the finest existing example of its variety. NGC has actually certified two different examples of the O-109 die marriage in MS67, the other example previously in the Eliasberg Collection. Side-by-side comparison of the two coins might tell which one is nicer, and even then the comparison may be subject to disagreement. We suggest that the Eliasberg specimen and the Sweet specimen are tied for finest known.
Ex: Sweet Collection (Bowers and Merena, 4/2005), lot 3365.
From The Joseph C. Thomas Collection. (NGC ID# 24FY, PCGS# 6166)
Weight: 13.48 grams
Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper
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