1834 50C Sm Date, Small Letters MS (PCGS# 6166)
The March 2012 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 4099
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Tied for Condition Census #1 for the otherwise common 1834 O-109 die marriage, this important coin is one of only only two MS-67s listed in the Autumn 2011 revision to Stephen J. Herrman's <em>Auction & Mail Bid Prices Realized for Bust Half Dollars: 1794-1839</em>. We see in this coin an original Superb Gem with soft, satiny luster and warm, slightly mottled, silver-olive patina. What we do not see, however, are distracting or otherwise grade-limiting abrasions. Sharply struck, and very pleasing in all regards.<br />
Die diagnostics for the obverse include recutting to stars 8, 9 and 10. The O-109 marriage represents the first use of this obverse die, which went on to strike examples of the 1834 O-110 variety. The reverse die of the O-109 pairing was used only once for the 1834 dated issue, and it exhibits faint horizontal die lines (as made) between the vertical stripes of the shield and a double denticle on the rim outside the final S in the word STATES.<br />
<strong>Numismatic Reflections by Q. David Bowers<br />
</strong>Quality comes to the fore, and this piece certainly is memorable as an elegant condition rarity. It has appeal in two directions -- for a specialist and for someone desiring an ultra grade piece for a type set.