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LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1839-O 50C, BM (Special Strike)


PR64 estimated grade
Image courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions
PCGS #:
6253
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
13.36 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$373,750 • NGC PR65 • 2-13-2008 • Ira & Larry Goldberg
 
Condition Census (Explain)
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR64 estimated grade  

Ellis Robison Collection - Stack's 2/1982:1607 - Queller Family Collection - Stack's 10/2002:448 - private collection - Goldbergs 2/2008:2177, $373,750 - Heritage 2/2012:3633, $299,000

2 PR63 estimated grade  

Heritage 7/2008:1690, $195,500 - Greensboro Collection - Heritage 1/2013:5645, $123,375

3 PR62 PCGS grade  

Stack's/Bowers 8/2015:10108, $105,750

3 PR62 estimated grade  

Krouner Collection - Lester Merkin 2/1971:736 - Stack's 9/1992:358 - George Byers Collection - Stack's 10/2006:1098 - Heritage 9/2008:2164, $149,500 - Bay State Collection - Heritage 7/2009:1119, $80,500. The Breen Proof Encyclopedia Plate Coin

5 PR60 estimated grade  

Heritage 9/2008:2163, $63,250 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2462, $40,250

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR64 estimated grade  

Ellis Robison Collection - Stack's 2/1982:1607 - Queller Family Collection - Stack's 10/2002:448 - private collection - Goldbergs 2/2008:2177, $373,750 - Heritage 2/2012:3633, $299,000

2 PR63 estimated grade  

Heritage 7/2008:1690, $195,500 - Greensboro Collection - Heritage 1/2013:5645, $123,375

3 PR62 PCGS grade  

Stack's/Bowers 8/2015:10108, $105,750

3 PR62 estimated grade  

Krouner Collection - Lester Merkin 2/1971:736 - Stack's 9/1992:358 - George Byers Collection - Stack's 10/2006:1098 - Heritage 9/2008:2164, $149,500 - Bay State Collection - Heritage 7/2009:1119, $80,500. The Breen Proof Encyclopedia Plate Coin

5 PR60 estimated grade  

Heritage 9/2008:2163, $63,250 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2462, $40,250

Ron Guth: The following pedigrees are based on Lot 3633 in the February 2012 Heritage Numismatic Auction:

1. PR65 NGC. Ellis Robison Collection - Stack's 2/1982:1607 - Queller Family Collection - Stack's 10/2002:448 - Goldbergs 2/2008:2177, $299,000
2. PR64 NGC. Bowers & Merena 9/1994:1214 - Heritage, 7/2008:1690
3. PR63 NGC. Krouner Collection - Lester Merkin 2/1971:736 - Stack's 9/1992:358 - George Byers Collection - Stack's 10/2006:1098 - Heritage 9/2008:2164 - Heritage 7/2009:1119. The Breen Proof Encyclopedia Plate Coin.
4. PR62 NGC. Heritage 9/2008:2163

Additional Appearances
A. Proof. F.C.C. Boyd - World's Greatest Collection - Numismatic Gallery 5/1945:411 - Christian Allenburger - B. Max Mehl 3/1948:1936 - R.E. Cox - Stack's 4/1962:1875. Walter Breen believed these descriptions were all of the same coin, but the first two appearances were not plated, and the catalogers of the Cox specimen report that the consignor was told it was the Allenburger coin, but they could not verify that claim. The plate of the Cox coin shows an unsightly planchet void near the eagle's head. Considering the painstaking process employed in striking proofs of this era, it seems unlikely that the coiners would select a damaged planchet to strike a proof coin. The Cox specimen may be a prooflike business-strike.
B. Proof. An unverified example that Breen reported in the Philip G. Straus Collection, circa 1951. The coin remains unseen since that time and is likely one of the four listed above.