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    Reed Hawn's 'Brilliant Proof' 1806 Half Dollar
    O-118, MS63 Prooflike

    1806 50C Pointed 6, Stem MS63 Prooflike NGC. O-118, R.4. In Walter Breen's Proof Encyclopedia for 1806, he states succinctly: "Half Dollar. Reed Hawn: 20 at $2,300 may qualify." In the Stack's August 1973 catalog of the Reed Hawn Collection, lot 20 is described as a "Brilliant Gem Proof. Undoubtedly struck for presentation purposes."
    Both sides of this incredible, boldly defined piece have deep steel, cobalt-blue, and iridescent toning over spectacular mirrored surfaces, the fields entirely prooflike. Two or three finest examples of this die combination are known, although we are unaware of any other prooflike pieces.
    Whether you call this piece prooflike, as NGC does and we do, or proof as Stack's does, it is a sensational beauty, one of the most important 1806 half dollars currently on the market.
    From The Joseph C. Thomas Collection.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24EJ, PCGS# 6071)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

    View all of [The Joseph C. Thomas Collection, Part One ]

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