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1796 50C Overton 101 15 Stars (Special Strike)

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PCGS SP63
PCGS #:
86057
Diameter:
32.50 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot/John Eckstein
Weight:
13.48 grams
Edge:
Lettered: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
Mintage:
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
 
63
1,000,000
1
65
2,000,000
Condition Census (Explain)
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 SP63 PCGS grade

Dr. Christian A. Allenburger Collection - B. Max Mehl 3/1948:385 - Dr. J. Hewitt Judd Collection - Kosoff 1962 (or 2?) FPL, lot 36 - Kreisberg & Schulman 3/1964:1289 - L.A. Collection - Stack’s 10/1990:1646 - John Whitney Walter Collection - Stack's 5/1999:1777, $138,000 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1100, $587,500

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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 SP63 PCGS grade

Dr. Christian A. Allenburger Collection - B. Max Mehl 3/1948:385 - Dr. J. Hewitt Judd Collection - Kosoff 1962 (or 2?) FPL, lot 36 - Kreisberg & Schulman 3/1964:1289 - L.A. Collection - Stack’s 10/1990:1646 - John Whitney Walter Collection - Stack's 5/1999:1777, $138,000 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1100, $587,500

Ron Guth: This is one of the most remarkable of all early U.S. coins.  It is a fully prooflike 1796 Half Dollar, replete with lintmarks on both sides from where the planchets and/or the dies were wiped before the coin was struck.  Lintmarks are typical on later Proof coin and they indicate a high degree of special care and preparation.  Technically, there are no American Proof coins prior to 1917, but there are several coins (this one included) that were obviously made for a special purpose, thus they are called Specimen coins.  There is no other 1796 Half Dollar like this.  It has a great pedigree going back to the Allenburger and Judd collections, the latter being the well-known author of the standard reference book on U.S. pattern coins.