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Mail Bid Auction 48

Auction ends on January 11, 2019 6:00 pm EST


Lot Number 38

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1824/1 -  O.102 R.5+ PCGS Gen. XF Details

Here is an amazing example of an extreme rarity.  From the fabled collection of Stewart P. Witham, BHNC co-founder and member #1.  This was lot 4888 in Heritage’s Aug. 2010 ANA Sale.  It sold to the current consignor for $2,990.  (I was the disappointed underbidder!)  No uncirculated `24-102’s have surfaced.  The Condition Census includes this example.  The PCGS label notes “cleaned.”  OK, true enough.  But you’ve seen dozens of bust halves with comparable, gently wiped surfaces that are encapsulated with an unqualified grade.  Luster abounds: enough to support an AU designation.  More important, the surfaces, especially the reverse, are semi-prooflike.  The coin was one of the first struck from a short-lived die pair.  If you know and love the capped bust series of half-dollars do not let this opportunity slip by.  Est. $3,000 and up.

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Sheridan Downey, Numismatist
Oakland, California
(510) 479-1585

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