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    1830 Half Dollar, O-110
    Sharply Struck PR65
    The Finest Certified at PCGS

    1830 50C Small 0 PR65 PCGS. O-110, R.8 as a Proof. Several diagnostics are useful in confirming the variety of this coin, which is scarce as a Small 0 variety and extremely rare as a proof. The point of Liberty's upper-right hair curl is beneath and between TY in LIBERTY, a triangular defect rests on the the left side of the crossbar of the A in STATES, a high, tall M is seen in AMERICA, and the I in PLURIBUS is centered under the left side of the second T in STATES.

    PCGS has graded just two 1830 half dollar proofs -- this coin as PR65, and a PR62 Cameo. We have confirmed a single proof at NGC graded MS64.

    This Gem example displays light- to medium-intensity indigo-blue with lavender accents on the obverse along with lighter hues of the same coloration on the reverse. Sharply struck design elements are seen on both sides, highlighted by the mirrored fields. Interesting die lines are visible below the bust, as well as some frosted unfinished areas on the reverse beneath the eagle's head and wing, and in the adjacent field, as more care was taken polishing the obverse than the reverse, typical of other true early proofs.

    Roster of Proof 1830 Half Dollars
    1. PR65 PCGS, O-110. A recent discovery in the collection of a European noble family, it was in the family collection since the mid-19th century until January, 2014. To our knowledge it has 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.

    Other Appearances
    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.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 27SG, PCGS# 6209)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper

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    January, 2015
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