Ex R.E. Cox A gorgeous coin, still encased in the Art Craft holder that R.E. Cox used to display his world-class collection of half-dollars. The holders were individually prepared. Each shows the date and denomination along with the Beistle attribution, the common name of the variety, if any, and a word or two about characteristics of the die pair.
Cox purchased this coin from B. Max Mehl on January 2, 1958. A page from his inventory ledger shows the cost, $50 plus $4.75 for the Art Craft holder. Cox graded the coin “XF.” On the holder he notes that this is Beistle’s variety 12-J, the Large Stars 1807, and that it may be identified by “Small lumps die defect below ‘7.’” The coin is beautiful though lightly wiped. After 64 years in cardboard the obverse has acquired otherworldly hues of iridescent cobalt, blue and russet. The reverse is more lightly toned, featuring subtle shades of auburn and a half-moon of iridescence through the right-side periphery. Luster dances across both sides, suggesting a grade of XF 45 in today’s parlance. When offering the Cox Collection in April 1962 Stack’s provided a terse, uninspiring description of lot 1777: 1807 B.12J. Large Stars. Extremely Fine. Quite scarce. It sold for $45.
From Mail Bid Sale No. 41, January 2016, lot 87 at $3,520. Lot 88 in that sale was another “encased” coin from the Cox collection, an AU 1813 O.107. They are the only 2 coins that I’ve encountered in their original Art Craft holders. Estimate: $3,500 and up
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