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    1851-O WB-101 Seated Half, MS66
    Remarkable Appeal and Quality

    1851-O 50C MS66 PCGS. CAC. WB-101, Die Pair 4, R.3. Strong silver luster and delightful toning provide exceptional eye appeal for this challenging New Orleans issue. A full strike exists except for some minor weakness on four of the stars -- elsewhere, the strike is uniformly deep and bold. Areas of rich toning display sky-blue, aquamarine, forest-green, and burgundy-brown shades with purple and orange accents. The fields and devices are entirely smooth, frosty, and without distractions.

    Variety: WB-101, Die Pair 4. Large O mintmark positioned high and left, with an obverse die crack from dentil through the right side of star 5.

    Population Data (5/14): PCGS and NGC each list two MS66 with none finer. Only two of those -- this coin and one other -- have the CAC green approval sticker.

    Heritage Commentary: The 1850 through 1852 dates are challenging and highly desirable for series collectors, regardless of the specific mint or mintages. High-grade examples seldom appear. This remarkable coin may be the finest of the issue, although three others are graded its numeric equal.

    Consignor Commentary: Although the Superior cataloguer was effusive in his praise for the coin's appearance, no mention was made of its provenance. At the time, the coin was tied with one other. Gorgeous is a term I'm trying hard not to overwork, but this coin merits it.

    Provenance: Superior Stamp & Coin Auction (Superior, 2/1999), lot 1041.(Registry values: N1) (NGC ID# 24HK, PCGS# 6267)

    Weight: 13.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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    June, 2014
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