1826 O-101 Half Dollar, PR65
1826 50C PR65 NGC. O-101, R.8 as a Proof. There is no doubt
that this Gem proof from the Pittman Collection, with a provenance
dating to the late 19th century, is a proof strike. Every aspect of
this coin is exactly what is expected of proof Capped Bust half
dollars. Proof 1826 half dollars are quite rare, with less than
half a dozen known. PCGS has certified one PR64 and two PR62
examples, and NGC has graded this PR65 example and no others.
Ex: Pittman Collection
The Norweb, Eliasberg, Queller, and Byers collections all lacked a proof of this date. Although Walter Breen recorded five pieces that he felt were proofs, none of those have been seen since the early 1970s, except for this Gem specimen. When we offered this piece seven years ago, we listed three possible proofs, although one of those, the Ruby coin, sold for a mere $2,530 in 1993, the price suggesting its nonproof status. Like others from the same era, more research is needed, but we believe that there are only two or three surviving proof 1826 half dollars.
This exceptional coin shows strike definition and depth of mirrors comparable to proofs struck 30 years later. Every line of the star centrils is complete, as are all of Liberty's hair curls and the eagle's plumage. A magnifier is required to see the few light hairlines on the delicate mirrored surfaces. Both sides are brilliant with a slight accent of golden-brown at the margins. The diagonal toning line on the obverse will identify this specimen in the future. Outstanding quality and eye appeal provide an important opportunity for the connoisseur.
Ex: Thomas Cleneay (Samuel and Henry Chapman, 12/1890), lot 1162; Colonel E.H.R. Green; Adolph Freidman Collection; 1946 ANA (Abe Kosoff), lot 786; Kreisberg-Schulman (2/1961), lot 2763; John Jay Pittman (David Akers, 5/1998), lot 1485; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2006), lot 3187.
From The Greensboro Collection, Part II. (NGC ID# 27SF, PCGS# 6203)
Weight: 13.48 grams
Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper
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