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    Finest Known 1877 Half Eagle, MS62, Ex: Bass

    1877 $5 MS62 PCGS. Ex: Harry Bass. Formerly offered as lot 1211 in the Bass II Sale, where it was described as, "Lustrous orange-gold. A fully prooflike specimen with frosty devices and mirror fields. A prized rarity in all grades, as might be expected from a mintage of 1,132 pieces, this in an era when no numismatic attention was paid to business strikes of any denomination. In fact, the figure is so low that only the 1875 is lower among Philadelphia Mint issues of this design.
    "The few pieces that survive tend to be in higher grades such as XF or AU, but these are few and far between. The present piece stands high as the finest Mint State coin graded by PCGS."
    Ex: Harry Bass II (Bowers and Merena, 10/99), lot 1211, where it realized $12,650; purchased by Harry Bass from Jack Klausen, June 19,1968. (NGC ID# 25WZ, PCGS# 8342)

    Weight: 8.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2002
    25th-27th Thursday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 8
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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