This handsome, naturally toned example is generally considered the 2nd finest known of the O.101 die pair. With only minimal wear the coin is essentially without faults. The workhorse reverse die, in its first use, displays striking weakness in the left wing, typical of the die marriage. The coin was a highlight of David Kahn’s collection until 2009 when Dave passed it to an equally notable die variety collector, Tim Osborne. Our consignor pried it loose from Tim in 2019. This is only the 2nd AU 1809 O.101 that I have seen or handled. The other was the Farley/Meyer example offered as lot 23 in my July 2008 Selected Rarities Sale of coins from the Meyer Collection. It brought $17,355 as a raw AU 55. (Later encapsulated, I was told, as PCGS AU 53.) Estimate: $10,000 and up
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Sheridan Downey, Numismatist 4400 Keller Ave.,
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