1823 O-111 Half Dollar, PR63
1823 50C PR63 NGC. O-111, R.8 as a Proof. Several proof 1823
half dollars have been reported over the years, although few
actually exist. PCGS has never certified a proof, and this specimen
is the only proof 1823 that NGC has certified. We believe that this
piece and the Eliasberg O-112 half dollar are the only two proofs
that exist for the date. One other specimen that appeared in a
September 1996 auction has a polished obverse and proof reverse,
and may have originated as a "one-sided" proof. Walter Breen
mentioned just one proof from the Levick and Cleneay collections,
and past catalogs have suggested that this Norweb specimen and the
piece in the Cleneay sale might be the same, except they are from
different obverse dies. Only the obverse appears in the Cleneay
plate, and it appears to match the O-112 obverse.
The Norweb Specimen
The Only Certified 1823 Proof
Although the stars at the right and the eagle's claws are flat, all other design elements are quite boldly defined on this splendid Select proof. This piece has exceptionally deep mirrors with quite a different "look" to it than a prooflike business strike. Both sides show light golden toning and the devices have a moderate amount of frost which provides modest contrast on each side. A tiny dark spot at the back of the cap, just below the point of star 8, will serve as a subtle pedigree marker. A faint hairline is evident from the M in AMERICA past the corner of the scroll. This piece will be a star in any cabinet of important early U.S. coins.
Ex: B. Max Mehl (11/1954), lot 230; Norweb Collection (Bowers and Merena, 11/1988), lot 3079; FUN Signature Sale (Heritage, 1/1996), lot 149; Central States Signature Sale (Heritage, 4/2011), lot 1154.
From The Greensboro Collection, Part II. (NGC ID# 27SD, PCGS# 6198)
Weight: 13.48 grams
Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper
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