A highlight of this incredible sale. Dr. Charles Link consigned it to my January 2014 FUN Show sale, Mail Bid 38 (lot 76). With a winning bid of nearly $17,000 Dr. Tom Sears made sure the coin stayed in the Bust Half Nut Club and within the confines of the medical profession, moving from the oncology to the pediatric department. The coin spent little time in circulation. It emerged from its tour in commerce with few signs of contact, none worth mention. It exhibits pale russet toning and subdued luster. The strike is as good as it gets. The obverse die, in its 2nd use, always exhibits drawn stars and a generally blunt impression. (Review the previous lot. The 1830 O.113 and O.114 were struck from the same obverse die, the O.113 coming first.) The Large Letters Reverse of 1830 became a Red Book variety a few years back. There was a predictable escalation in demand for quality examples, already established by die variety collectors. We may expect the interest – and bids – for this lot to be as strong as any coin in the sale.Estimate: $13,000 and up
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