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    1849 Half Dollar, Lightly Toned PR64
    The Eliasberg Coin
    Only Six Proofs Believed To Survive

    1849 50C PR64 PCGS. WB-101. Ex: Eliasberg. Splashes of ice-blue and russet toning occur around the rims and in the fields, while rose and golden-gray patina dominates the surfaces. As expected, the devices are fully struck, contrasting markedly against the glassy mirrors. The CAC endorsement attests to this proof's originality and eye appeal. The Eliasberg catalog noted that the 1849 proof halves "are among the greatest half dollar rarities of the decade, even more elusive than the 1848 ... ." Wiley and Bugert (1993) accurately estimated "at least five are known."

    1849 Proof Half Dollar Roster
    1. PR66 NGC. Grand Central Sale (Paramount, 11/1967 ), lot 1017; John Jay Pittman Collection (David Akers, 5/1998), lot 1536; Bowers and Merena (8/1999), lot 205; George "Buddy" Byers Collection (Stack's, 10/2006), lot 1150; Malibu Collection (Heritage, 9/2008), lot 2247; Los Angeles Signature (Heritage, 8/2009), lot 1127; Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II (Heritage, 10/2014), lot 98528.
    2. PR66 PCGS. Stack's (3/1975), lot 453; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2014), lot 5262.
    3. PR65 NGC. F.C.C. Boyd; World's Greatest Collection (Numismatic Gallery, 4/1945), lot 296; Floyd T. Starr Collection (Stack's, 10/1992), lot 549; Superior (7/1993), lot 421; Phil Kaufman Collection (Heritage, 4/2008), lot 2391; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2010), lot 2555. Walter Breen suggested this coin was possibly earlier in the Parmelee (lot 1201) and Earle (lot 2997) sales.
    4. PR64 NGC. Richmond Sale, Part III (David Lawrence, 3/2005), lot 1793; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2012), lot 3251.
    5. PR64 PCGS. Randall Collection, lot 409; Garrett Collection (Stack's, 3/1976), lot 214; Auction '88 (RARCOA, 7/1988), lot 1725; Heritage (9/2005), lot 3265.
    6. PR64 PCGS. Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection (Bowers and Merena, 4/1997), lot 1947; Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV (Heritage, 10/2015), lot 98714. The present coin.

    Additional Appearances
    A. Proof. Kagin's (7/1978), lot 622.
    B. Proof. Amwest (7/1981). (NGC ID# 27TB, PCGS# 6393)

    Weight: 13.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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