From the collection of Jerome Zonca. Don Gunnet discovered the variety in 1970, too late for Al Overton to include in his 2nd Edition. When I entered the bust-half domain a dozen years later, the “1831-DG-1” population stood at 10. It’s taken another 40 years to reach 20 or so. Heritage did not disclose its provenance when it offered this coin at the April 2018 Central States Show (lot 3445). Jerry Zonca prevailed at $9,600. The bulge in the left obverse field helps explain the early removal of the die from service and its current-day rarity. It also allows for quick attribution. The ancient, charcoal-grey patina gives way to lighter areas on the devices. Circulation and handling marks are insignificant and shrouded by the toning. A rare opportunity to acquire a very rare die marriage! Estimate: $7,500 and up
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