From 1980 until he was felled by brain cancer in 1991 Richard Pugh was a fixture at coin shows in Southern California. His cherry-picking successes were legendary. They included a pair of 1827 O.137s and two 1827 O.148s, not to mention the (still) R.8 1805 O.114! His widow consigned his collection to Superior Galleries for its May/June 1992 Jack Adams Sale. The current offering was lot 1133 in that sale. I was the happy buyer, passing it to Tim Osborne immediately after the sale. The russet toning is highlighted by flashes of gold, aqua and turquoise iridescence. I suspect that the coin was stored for some time in a kraft envelope.
Estimate: $550 to $700
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Sheridan Downey, Numismatist 4400 Keller Ave.,
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