1826 O-101 Half Dollar, PR65+
1826 50C PR65+ NGC. O-101, High R.7 as a Proof In our
January 2013 FUN Signature sale, we offered two different proof
specimens of the 1826 O-101 half dollar, and wrote that we believe
only two or three proofs exist. At the time, the present specimen
was unknown and recently came to us from a European source where it
has been hidden since the middle 19th century.
The Finest Proof 1826 Half Dollar
Previously Unrecorded Specimen
This impressive Gem is the finest existing 1826 proof half dollar, slightly finer than the Pittman specimen that was the second example in our January sale, and finer than any other known example. We have updated our roster to reflect this additional specimen:
1. O-101 PR65+ NGC. Obtained by a European noble while visiting this country in the middle 19th century and retained by the same family until the present time. The present specimen.
2. O-101 PR65 NGC. Thomas Cleneay (Chapman Brothers, 12/1890), lot 1162; Colonel E.H.R. Green; Adolph Freidman Collection of Half Dollars/1946 ANA (Abe Kosoff), lot 786; Gustav Lichtenfels Collection (Kreisberg-Schulman, 2/1961), lot 2763; John Jay Pittman (David Akers, 5/1998), lot 1485; Heritage (1/2006), lot 3187; Heritage (1/2013), lot 5632.
3. O-101 PR64 PCGS. 1997 ANA (Heritage, 8/1997), lot 6351; 2005 ANA Sale (Heritage, 7/2005), lot 10206; 2012 FUN (Heritage, 1/2012), lot 3231; 2013 FUN (Heritage, 1/2013), lot 5631.
4. O-102 PR63 Uncertified. Heritage (9/1996), lot 5600. Believed to be ex: Ira Reed; T. James Clarke (New Netherlands, 47th Sale).
5. O-102 PR60. Gilhousen Collection (Superior, 10/1973), lot 930; Ruby Collection (Superior, 2/1975), lot 696; Hoffecker Collection (Superior, 2/1987), lot 3154; Worrell Collection (Superior (9/1993), lot 1279.
A. Proof. Allenburger Collection (B. Max Mehl, 3/1948); McPherson Collection (Stack's, 2/1953); Empire Collection (Stack's, 11/1957), lot 1320. Unplated in the Empire catalog.
This impressive Gem boasts considerable silver brilliance with splashes of apple-green, cobalt-blue, and orange-gold toning over fully mirrored fields. A bold strike is evident and the surfaces are pristine with only a few trivial contact marks, none sufficient for provenance purposes. A delicate die crack connects all the digits of the date, extending to the left of the 1. Census: 2 in 65 (1 in 65+), 0 finer (8/13).
From The Noblesse Collection. (NGC ID# 27SF, PCGS# 6203)
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