Ex Charles De Olden and Donald Parsley.Your first impressions will focus on the strike and luster. The central devices are as sharp as any I’ve seen on an 1817/3. High rims, complete dentils and 10 of 13 stars with center points confirm the early die state. Full luster rolls across the remarkably smooth surfaces. The coin is untoned, allowing a rare view of several “dots” in the obverse fields, a product of imperfections in the die. A couple of insignificant drift marks appear over the eagle’s head. Charles De Olden acquired the coin in its current holder from Dave Olmstead (Alpine Numismatics) in December 2002. In August 2006 I offered it in a sealed bid sale of De Olden’s more important coins. This was lot 14 in that sale, labeled “The Fabulous 44.” Don Parsley prevailed against stern competition, with a winning bid of $8,250. A darkly toned 1817/3, PCGS MS 62, appeared in Legend’s July 2018 sale, bringing $9,988. Most will prefer the De Olden/Parsley coin.
Estimate: $8,000 to $11,000
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