No. 6 in the Condition Census. The obverse die, in its 6th and final appearance, is cracked and worn. Most O.121s lack any semblance of eye appeal. Here is a wonderful exception – the only O.121 to ever receive a CAC sticker! Lovely toning encases the obverse and reverse. Circulation ticks are minimal. Soft luster highlights the central and peripheral devices. In short, an O.121 to die for. Steve Nomura found this prize in the Nov. 2017 Stack’s/Bowers sale of Catherine Bullowa-Moore’s collection, lot 3105 @ $3,960. Catherine was 97 when she died in May 2017. As a youngster I bought circulated Barber quarters and halves from David Bullowa, Catherine’s first husband. David died in 1953, only 2 years after their marriage. Catherine took over his coin business and became a prominent dealer, joining Abe Kosoff in founding PNG in 1955. She conducted periodic mail bid sales under the name CoinHunter. Her sales were invariably punctuated by sparkling rarities, many having been squirreled away in the 1940s. I would not be surprised if this 1806 O.121 was among that coveted cache. Estimate: $3,500 to $4,500
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