1818 Half Dollar, Amazing PR66
1818 50C PR66 NGC. O-113, R.7 as a Proof. Ex: Eliasberg.
Walter Breen lists only six proof half dollars from 1818, four of
this variety and two overdates. Not all those pieces were examined
by Breen, and in all likelihood several of those six pieces were
prooflike business strikes. Which means, of course, that this date
is even rarer than previously thought. This piece has been accepted
as one of the few legitimate proofs since 1912, when Henry Chapman
described it as: "Wide date. Proof. Short hairline scratch at
throat. Sharp, even impression. Excessively rare." This hairline
scratch is quite faint, but when angled just so can be seen
(magnification helps also). What is perhaps the most striking
aspect on this coin is the incredible detail that was captured by
the screw press that struck it. The strike is full in all areas
except one: Only star 13 shows any sign of weakness. The fields are
also profoundly mirrored, but this is not immediately apparent as
each side is so deeply patinated with multiple layerings of gray,
rose, and golden toning with lavender around the margins. This is a
wondrous example of an early proof Bust half, and as stated in the
Eliasberg catalog, "Very few equals exist anywhere in the early
American silver series."
Profoundly Mirrored, Deeply Toned Rare Early Proof
Ex: George H. Earle Collection (Henry Chapman, 6/25-29/1912, lot 2888, where it brought $5.75; John H. Clapp; Clapp Estate to Louis Eliasberg, Sr.; Eliasberg Collection (4/1997), lot 1756; Baltimore Signature (Heritage, 7/2003), lot 7526, where it brought $85,750; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2008), lot 2871, where it realized $126,500.
From The Greensboro Collection, Part II. (NGC ID# 24G8, PCGS# 6193)
Weight: 13.48 grams
Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper
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