Scintillating luster was the watchword when I offered this coin in Mail Bid Sale No. 48 at the January 2019 FUN Show. It brought $6,325, a testament to the quality and eye appeal of the coin. (PCGS now suggests $7,250 for this quality.) Here is how I described the coin:
Bold luster oozes from this remarkable survivor of the early Mint. A pale ring of russet toning encases the stars and legend. The strike will be a major selling point. Few draped bust half-dollars display the detail found on this coin. Note, esp., Liberty’s lower curls and drapery lines. The eagle’s wing and breast feathers are equally sharp. A trace of friction crosses the bust. I doubt that the coin ever saw circulation. In all, a magnificent specimen that should draw serious bids from those working on a high-grade date or type set.Estimate: $5,500 to $6,500
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Sheridan Downey, Numismatist 4400 Keller Ave.,
Suite 140, PMB 398 Oakland, California 94605 email@example.com (510) 479-1585