Condition Census. Until I offered the Kahn-Osborne-Sears AU 50 in my January sale this year (MB 51, lot 5 at $9,350) I had seen or handled but one other AU 1809 O.101, the Floyd Farley/Charlton Meyer coin. I have never cherried an example. I won’t belabor the rarity of this die pair. If you collect by Overton variety you already know. Dusty, pale auburn toning allows luster to flicker in protected areas. Contact marks are minimal. In February 2015, Sharfman found the coin in the inventory of a noted eastern dealer and did not hesitate at the asking price, $10,000. The Meyer coin, a bit nicer, brought $17,355 in July 2008.
Estimate: $8,500 to $10,000
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