1829/7 50C MS (PCGS# 6155)

2009 CSNS PN

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1829/7 50C MS66 NGC. Ex: Kaufman. O-102, R.2. This early die state has no evidence of die cracks, clash marks, or any other die defects on either side. The obverse has flowlines drawing the stars to the border, and the reverse also has flowlines drawing the letters to the border. The obverse die is an 1829 over 7 overdate, with the lower upright of the 7 prominently visible at the lower right side of the 9. Many years ago, some numismatists described the overdate as "1829 over 1." If they had had this piece available for study, they would have noticed the traces of the entire top of the 7 visible in the field above the 9, and there would have been no question of its proper identification. Although not from the Eliasberg Collection, this Premium Gem has similar old-time collection toning that is so familiar among coins in the present sale. It is probably the finest known O-102 half dollar, and possibly the finest known of either overdate variety. We are only aware of a single comparable piece, a PCGS MS66 example of the O-101 die marriage that we offered last year in our ANA sale. The obverse has light ivory patina over frosty mint luster, with accents of pale gold, blue, and iridescent toning. The reverse is similar, although a shade or two deeper in appearance. All of the design elements are bold, with a nicely centered impression. The amazing surfaces are free of any marks, either visible to the naked eye or with magnification. Census: 1 in 66, 0 finer (3/09). From The Joseph C. Thomas Collection.
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