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    1849 Half Dollar, Exceptional PR66
    The Pittman-Buddy Byers Example

    1849 50C PR66 NGC. Ex: Pittman. A boldly detailed example with full stars, head, foot, and gown details on the obverse, and strong eagle, claw, and leaf details on the reverse. This gorgeous Premium Gem proof offers amazing aesthetic appeal. Both sides display brilliant silver proof surfaces with deep peripheral sea-green, russet, violet, and gold patina. Aside from a few wispy hairlines, no contact marks or other blemishes appear.

    Population Data (7/14): NGC shows one PR64, two PR65, and one PR66. PCGS reports one proof each in PR63, PR64, and PR66 and none finer.

    Heritage Commentary: This exceptional Premium Gem proof marks an important opportunity for an advanced Seated half dollar or type specialist, a top-notch early proof Seated half pedigreed to two remarkably fine collections, the legendary Pittman Collection and that of early half dollar specialist George "Buddy" Byers, offered by Stack's in October 2006.

    1849 Proof Half Dollar Roster
    1. PR66 NGC. The present specimen. Paramount (1967 Grand Central Sale), lot 1017; John Jay Pittman (David Akers, 5/1998), lot 1536; Bowers and Merena (8/1999), lot 205; George "Buddy" Byers (Stack's, 10/2006), lot 1150; Malibu Collection (Heritage, 9/2008), lot 2247; Los Angeles Signature (Heritage, 8/2009), lot 1127.
    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 (Stack's, 10/1992), lot 549; Superior (7/1993), lot 421; Phil Kaufman (Heritage, 4/2008), lot 2391; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2010), lot 2555. Breen suggested that 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. Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. (Bowers and Merena, 4/1997), lot 1947.

    Additional Appearances
    A. Proof. Kagin's (7/1978), lot 622.
    B. Proof. Amwest (7/1981).

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 27TB, PCGS# 6393)

    Weight: 13.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2014
    27th Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 12
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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    The Draped Bust Half Dollars of 1796-1797 by Jon Amato

    The Draped Bust Half Dollars of 1796-1797 by Jon Amato is the culmination of more than 10 years of research into the Draped Bust Small Eagle half dollar series, one of the most coveted type coins in American numismatics and one about which remarkably little has been written.

    This work will be the premier reference for 1796-1797 half dollars for years to come. Institutions having an extensive numismatic library or coin cabinet will find it a valuable complement to their holdings, and catalogers charged with writing up specimens for auction can now have an indispensable source of background and pedigree information. Likewise, coin dealers seeking to purchase one or more '96 or '97 half dollars for a client or for inventory, and collectors who own, have owned, or desire to own one will want this important reference work for their libraries.

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