1812/1 50C Large 8 MS (PCGS# 6102)
The March 2011 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 1861
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1812/1 Capped Bust Half Dollar. O-101. Rarity-5. Large 8. VF-35 (PCGS). A find for the Bust Half Dollar variety collector, this is a pleasingly original mid-grade example of the elusive 1812/1 Large 8 <em>Guide Book </em>variety. An early state of the die marriage without the obverse cracks, bold sides remain boldly defined in the presence of light-to-moderate wear. Sandy-gray patina deepens a bit at the borders. The reverse is quite smooth, but we are compelled to mention a concentration of wispy abrasions over and around the obverse portrait. That side of the coin also reveals strike doubling to Liberty's profile and stars 1-7.