1830 Half Dollar, O-110, Sharply Struck PR65
1830 50C PR65 NGC. O-110, R.8 as a Proof. The following
attribute the variety: The point of Liberty's upper-right hair curl
is beneath and between TY in LIBERTY, a triangular defect resting
on the the left side of the crossbar of the A in STATES, a high,
tall M in AMERICA, the I in PLURIBUS centered under the left side
of the second T in STATES.
The Finest Certified at NGC
NGC has graded two 1830 half dollar proofs, a PR64 and the present PR65; PCGS has certified a PR62 Cameo.
The Gem example in this lot displays light- to medium-intensity cobalt-blue with lavender accents on the obverse along with lighter hues of this color palette on the reverse. Sharply struck design elements are seen on both sides, highlighted by the mirrored fields, especially on the reverse. No marks are worthy of individual mention. Interesting die lines are visible below the bust.
Roster of Proof 1830 Half Dollars
1. PR65 NGC, O-110. Recently discovered in the collection of a European noble family, it has been in the family collection since the mid-19th century. It has never been on the market since, and possibly never been in the hands of a U.S. collector since it was minted (per Marc Emory, December 1, 2013 email). The present coin.
2. Gem Brilliant Proof, O-108. Dr. Christian Allenburger Collection (B. Max Mehl, 3/1948), lot 865; John Jay Pittman; Pittman Collection, Part II (David Akers, 5/1998), lot 1494; Medio-Gomez Collections (American Numismatic Rarities, 6/2004), lot 4360; Public Auction Sale (Stack's, 12/2003), lot 351.
3. PR64 NGC, O-111. Terrell Collection (American Auction Association, 5/1973), lot 837; Gary Burghoff Collection (Superior, 1/1980), lot 205; Massachusetts Historical Society Sale (Bowers and Merena, 11/19994), lot 2252; Rarities Sale (Bowers and Merena, 8/1999), lot 125; ANA Sale of the Millennium (Bowers and Merena, 8/2000), lot 4111; Benson Collection, Part II (Ira and Larry Goldberg, 2/2002), lot 966; ANA Auction (Bowers and Merena, 7/2003), lot 1503; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2005), lot 30217.
4. PR63, O-117. ANA Sale (Kagin's, 8/1977), lot 1460; Auction '84 (Paramount, 7/1984), lot 663; L.W. Hoffecker Collection (Superior, 2/1987), lot 3158; Brilliant-Sieck Collections (Bowers and Merena, 1/1992), lot 347; George "Buddy" Byers Collection (Stack's, 10/2006), lot 1075.
5. PR62 Cameo PCGS, O-103. Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 10/1989), lot 602; Thomas Chalkley Collection (Superior, 1/1990), lot 3531; Chicago Sale (Superior, 8/1991), lot 509; Pittsburgh Signature (Heritage, 8/2004), lot 6215; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2013), lot 5635.
6. Brilliant Proof, O-110. Public Auction Sale (Lester Merkin, 2/1971), lot 720; Reed Hawn Collection (Stack's, 8/1973), lot 93; Robison Collection (Stack's, 2/1982), lot 1589.
A. Proof. Parmelee Collection (New York Coin & Stamp, 6/1890), lot 998; William Woodin; possibly Waldo Newcomer and Col. E.H.R. Green.
B. Proof. ANA Sale (Numismatic Gallery, 8/1949), lot 1482; R.T. McPherson Collection (Stack's, 2/1953), lot 879; C.A. Cass; Empire Collection (Stack's, 11/1957), lot 1330.
C. Proof. Davis-Graves Collection (Stack's, 4/1954), lot 519.
D. Proof. Joseph Mickley Collection (W. Elliot Woodward, 10/1867), lot 1709, part of a three-piece silver proof set; realized $8 to Hodge. (NGC ID# 27SG, PCGS# 6209)
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