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    1857-S Half Eagle, MS62
    Original Surfaces, Ex: H.W. Bass, Jr.

    1857-S $5 MS62 PCGS. Ex: H.W. Bass Jr. Collection. Of the six 1857-S half eagles offered in the three Harry Bass gold sales, this piece was the finest. At the time (1998), it was the finest-certified example at PCGS, and it is still housed in the old blue label Generation 4.0 PCGS holder (with barcode on the back) from that sale. The 1857-S half eagle remains scarce in Mint State to this day, and rare with original, non-seawater surfaces.

    This Bass Collection coin displays sharp design elements and frosty original luster. Most of each side is rich, yellow-gold in color, although deeper orange-gold hues visit the central motifs. Light marks in the fields account for the grade, but are not distracting in any way. When we last sold this coin in December 2017, the combined PCGS and NGC population was 2 in 62, 7 finer. Most, if not all of the finer coins were from initial S.S. Central America recoveries. Since that time, two dozen pieces have been added to the Mint State population reports -- all housed in "with pinch" holders from recent S.S. Central America finds. This coin remains either the finest, or one of the finest, non-shipwreck examples that exist. Population: 8 in 62, 24 finer (11/19).
    Ex: Northern California Estate; Rare Coin Auction, Part I (Superior, 2/1973), lot 444; Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, Part II (Bowers and Merena, 10/1999), lot 1101; Dallas Signature (Heritage, 12/2017), lot 3250.(Registry values: P6) (NGC ID# CBE7, PCGS# 8275)

    Weight: 8.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

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

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2020
    8th-12th Wednesday-Sunday
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