1825 50C MS (PCGS# 6142)
The November 2011 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 2276
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1825 Capped Bust Half Dollar. O-109. Rarity-5. MS-64 (PCGS). OGH. A delightful coin, pedigreed back to one of the finest cabinets formed of this denomination, that of James Bennett Pryor. The surfaces are beautiful, fresh and original. Both sides exhibit strong cartwheel luster, with some prooflike character on the obverse that adds considerably to the visual appeal. Soft champagne and silver at the central obverse, changing to deeper golden brown around the rims with accents of blue and red. A few trivial hairlines are noted for accuracy, but they have precious little effect on the superb eye appeal. The reverse is satiny pearl gray. Nicely struck and noticeably nicer in this respect than the Overton plate coin, which is also of much lower grade than the present specimen. One of the finest known of this rarer variety, with the Overton Census including examples graded 65, 64, 62, 60, 60. The impressive compilation of auction records maintained by Stephen J. Herrman includes no appearances of any piece graded higher than MS-64. A lovely coin that has just about everything going for it, and one that we are most pleased to have the opportunity to offer once again.<br /> <br /> <strong>Numismatic Reflections by Q. David Bowers</strong><br /> What a nice coin this is, an “old friend” that I and Stack’s handled with the James Bennett Pryor Collection. It was quite some time ago, but was actually 15 years in the past when I flew from New Hampshire to Colorado Springs, then connected on Mesa Airlines to Albuquerque, where I spent a pleasant several hours with Barbara Pryor, daughter of James Bennett Pryor. Four auction companies were in competition, and each stated its strong points. The collection was awarded to us, after which Barbara made the remark, “Each of the other auction companies criticized the others, but none criticized you.” I have always remembered this.