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Lot # Date Variety Rarity Grade Description # of Bids * Hammer Price Maximum Bid Total Price Photos
1 1795 Small Head O.128 R.5+ PCGS VG 10 CAC The smooth surfaces are flecked with luster in protected areas.  Antique grey toning attests to the originality of this important Red Book variety.  Just three of more than thirty 1795 die pairs display a “Small Head,” often said to be the work of John Gardner, an assistant engraver.  Tompkins disputes this, suggesting that Chief Engraver Robert Scot prepared all master dies used in 1795, with Gardner helping in the production of certain working dies, including this one.  The Overton Plate coin, graded VF 30 by NGC in 1993, appears to be the finest known.  Tompkins found nothing better while compiling a 7-piece Condition Census encompassing grades from VG 10 through VF 30.     Most Small Head offerings are from the O.126 die pair.  The R.6- O.127 is a famous rarity that has overshadowed the R.5+ O.128.  Students of the series will recognize the importance of this offering.   Est. $3,000 to $3,500. 2 $2,900 $3,201 $3,190  
2 1802 O.101 R.3 PCGS VF25 CAC A handsome survivor of a low mintage date.  The production of 1802 draped bust half-dollars ended at 29,890 pieces.  Light to medium grey toning provides the backdrop for this evenly worn example.  The half-dollars of 1801 and 1802 are want list fixtures of comparable rarity.  Sadly, a good many have been “toyed with” in misguided efforts to improve them.  Here is an honest, eye appealing example.  Est. $2,500 to $3,000. 6 $2,804 $3,608 $3,084  
3 1805/4 O.102 R.3 PCGS VF 35 CAC The bold overdate, balanced strike and nicely detailed devices argue for an XF designation.  Pale grey toning and generally smooth surfaces provide a refreshing air of originality.  The CAC seal of approval is well deserved.  Est. $2,400 to $3,000. 7 $3,800 $3,800 $4,180  
4 1806/5 O.104a R.5 PCGS F.12 CAC First in the emission order of 1806 half-dollars and struck from a pair of dies used in the previous year – a unique event in the series.  The overdate is bold, unlike those labeled O.101, 102 and 103.  This is Tompkins’ die state 3, with a reverse cud over U in UNITED and a heavy die break through the outside points of stars 11-13.  The coin is essentially perfect for the grade: nice surfaces and natural grey toning, infused with a splash of turquoise.   Est. $650 to $800 3 $725 $822 $798  
5 1806 Pt.6, Stem O.120a R.4 PCGS VF 20 Later die state, with striking weakness and the die chip on the shield approaching its magnificent end stage.  Antique grey toning and nice surfaces enhance the eye appeal. Est. $550 to $700. 2 $550 $550 $605  
6 1807 Lg. Stars 50/20 O.111a R.5 PCGS XF 40 A delicate die break connects chest and chin, prompting PCGS to improperly attribute the coin as “O.111b,” the Bearded Goddess.  This is Don Frederick’s set piece, noted on the PCGS label; last offered by Heritage in its April 2010 Central States auction, lot 2875 @$6,325.  The coin is lovely.  Original, medium grey toning graces the problem-free surfaces.  This is a very special coin from a renowned collection.   Est. $6.500 to $7.500. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
7 1807 Lg. Stars 50/20 O.112 R.1 PCGS AU 53 CAC A regal coin with immaculate surfaces.  Unbroken luster flows beneath a crust of antique grey toning.  You’ll not find an “AU 53” any nicer than this.  Acquired by our consignor in 2004 from the late Peter Wesp, a BHNC member revered for his keen eye.  Est. $2,600 to $3,000. 3 $2,700 $3,100 $2,970  
8 1807 Lg. Stars O.114a R.5+ PCGS VF 20 The scarce late die state with swirling die breaks, obverse and reverse.  Luster encases the stars and legend on this lightly toned offering.  No marks deserve mention.  A wholesome example for the Red Book or die variety collector.  Est. $1,200 to $1,500. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
9 1808/7 O.101 R.1 PCGS AU 55 CAC Soft luster, highlighted by sparkles of golden iridescence through the stars and legend.  The surfaces are first rate.  The eye appeal, stupendous.  CAC approval was automatic for this majestic coin.  Est. $3,000 to $4,000. 2 $3,000 $3,600 $3,300  
10 1808 O.110 R.5 PCGS VF 35 Untoned, with loads of luster for a mere “VF.”  Though free of major marks, the surfaces are “busy,” accounting for the conservative grade.  This rare die pair appears more often with an obverse die break, star 7 to Liberty’s nose.  High rims and distinct dentils earmark the early die state.  Est. $650 to $900. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
11 1808 O.110 R.5 PCGS VF 30 Scarce early die state, with none of the die breaks mentioned in Overton.  The speckled, medium to dark grey toning may not be to everyone’s liking.  Signs of contact are limited to an unobtrusive mark at the top point of star 4.  Lightly worn with full dentils and high rims, typical of the varietyEst. $500 to $800 1 $500 $500 $550  
12 1809 O.102a R.1 PCGS AU 55 Eye-catching obverse toning features shades of red, copper and burnt orange.  The reverse is pale grey with golden highlights.  Cartwheel luster befits the grade.  This die pair, with its curious row of “segments” above the eagle, is the most common of the year.  An 1809 in AU, however, does not qualify as “common.”  Est. $1,200 to $1,500. 6 $1,600 $1,600 $1,760  
13 1809 O.103 R.1 PCGS AU 53 A beguiling ring of iridescent toning circles the stars and legend.  The mostly grey centers display hints of rose.  Crisp dentils, decently struck devices albeit with a hint of weakness in the left wing.  Yes, a pretty 1809!  Est. $1,100 to $1,450. 6 $1,500 $1,500 $1,650  
14 1809 O.112 R.5- PCGS VF 25 CAC Medium grey toning; lighter on the devices and somewhat speckled.  Here is an R.5 with respectable eye-appeal despite ubiquitous softness in the left wing.  R.5’s with CAC stickers are unusual.  I recall a lesson taught me by Richard Pugh circa 1984: rare die marriages, overall, tend to be poorly impressed and short on eye appeal.  Why?  I’ll let you ponder Richard’s sensible answer.   Est. $600 to $900. 2 $600 $800 $660  
15 1810 O.101a R.1 PCGS AU 58 A well struck example with slight weakness atop the left wing.  Rich, antique grey toning paints the obverse.  The lighter, more lustrous reverse features pale gold highlights.  Registry set collectors appreciate the scarcity this date in “58.”  Est. $1,800 to $2,500. 3 $2,000 $2,200 $2,200  
16 1810 O.105 R.2 PCGS AU 58 CAC Robust luster rolls under a patina of coveted “grey dirt.”  The centers display but a whisper of friction and are decently impressed. Weak reverse rims suggest a late die state.  This is a classy 1810, essentially without faults. There WILL be competition.  Est. $3,300 to $4,000. 2 $3,300 $3,400 $3,630  
17 1810 O.105 R.2 PCGS AU 55 CAC Another desirable 1810, this with exquisite gold toning enhanced by soft cartwheel luster.  A touch more friction and softer obverse rims than on the preceding lot.  Still, a first-rate example of the date and variety.  This was David Kahn’s set piece.  Kahn acquired it from your cataloguer in May 1990 and sold it to the consignor in 2007.  Est. $1,500 to $2,000. 10 $2,025 $2,025 $2,228  
18 1811 Lg. 8 O.103a R.3 PCGS AU 58 CAC Ex Tom Palmer and Roger Solomon.  Original!  The pristine surfaces are overlaid with a gorgeous crust of pastel russet toning, the reverse a bit lighter.  This was Tom Palmer’s set piece, acquired by Roger Solomon at the April 2008 Baltimore Show.   Tom is now fighting ALS.  For years he helped organize the FUN Show.  I used his mouthwatering Red Book set of bust halves for slide and video presentations in the 1980s and 1990s.  Tom had the eye and patience to select the best of the best.  This 1811 Large 8 bears witness to his efforts.  Est. $2,700 to $3,500. 12 $3,900 $4,356 $4,290  
19 1811 Sm. 8 O.105a R.2 PCGS MS 62 Silver-grey with occasional rust, gold, and aqua highlights through the stars.  All 13 stars display center points.  Not a hint of friction.  Slight weakness in the left wing and uneven reverse toning account for the conservative grade.  Est. $2,500 to $3,000. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
20 1811 Sm. 8 O.105a R.2 PCGS AU 55 CAC Original grey toning with golden iridescence at the peripheries.  An especially handsome 1811.  From the John Tidwell Collection, offered by your cataloguer at the 2004 ANA Convention where acquired by Peter Wesp.  Thereafter passed to the consignor by private treaty, as NGC AU 58.  The NGC label accompanies.  Est. $1,100 to $1,500. 1 $1,100 $1,100 $1,210  
21 1811 Sm. 8 O.109 R.2 PCGS MS 62+ Ex Keith Davignon.  The first of Keith’s remarkable 10-piece consignment to this auction.  A rainbow of iridescent colors circles the stars and legend.  The centers are antique grey, the surfaces unblemished and the eye-appeal first rate.  Acquired privately from your cataloguer at the Jan. 2011 FUN Show.  Est. $3,500 to $4,000. 3 $4,300 $4,300 $4,730  
22 1811 Sm. 8 O.109 R.2 PCGS AU 58 CAC Enticing turquoise and straw-colored toning, suggest repose in a National Coin Album.  Luster and pleasing surfaces support CAC’s affirmation of the lofty grade.  Est.  $3,200 to $4,000. 8 $3,100 $3,100 $3,410  
23 1812/1 Sm.8 O.102 R.2 PCGS AU 58 CAC Ex Keith Davignon.  “The best strike I’ve seen on a 102,” wrote Keith after purchasing the coin from Norm Pullen in March 1989.  Intense luster spills from the untoned surfaces.  A whisper of friction on Liberty’s chin; all else says MS 62 or better. Est. $3,500 to $4,200. 5 $3,655 $3,808 $4,021  
24 1812 O.104 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC Subtle golden iridescence underlies a blanket of natural pale grey toning.  Full cartwheel luster crosses the well struck central devices.  The reverse is rotated 20° clockwise, a curious but common occurrence on this die pair.  Est. $2,200 to $2,700. 7 $2,708 $2,850 $2,979  
25 1812 O.105a R.2 PCGS AU 58 Untoned with mildly reflective surfaces.  Full if not vibrant cartwheel luster.  Friction on the cheek and top of breast.  Very few signs of contact.  Est. $1,600 to $2,100. 7 $1,500 $2,038 $1,650  
26 1813 O.105 R.1 PCGS AU 58 Ex Keith Davignon.  Deep turquoise toning with enticing rose and gold highlights. The surfaces present the usual assortment of clash marks but are otherwise smooth. Keith found this beautiful 1813 at Don Ketterling’s table during the 2015 ANA Convention. Est. $2,700 to $3,500. 6 $3,250 $5,210 $3,575  
27 1813 O.106 R.2 PCGS AU 58 CAC Uniform medium grey toning.  Luster is unbroken on the obverse; a whisper of friction on the tops of the eagle’s wings.  Striking weakness is noted at the lowest drapery lines and left end of scroll.  The central devices are nicely impressed. High grade 1813s are distinctly tougher than 1811s and 1812s.  Est. $1,800 to $2,500. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
28 1814/3 O.101 R.7 PCGS XF 45 A new entry into the scant population of 9 or 10 verified examples.  It is tied for finest known with the PCGS XF 45 offered in MB 43 [Aug. 2014, lot 24 @ $3,575].  Though comparable in strike, toning and wear, the current offering is significantly more lustrous.  The devices seem to float on hard, flat surfaces, lightly wiped but devoid of clash marks or die breaks.  Two faint die lines hallmark the prime die state: one from the eagles’ beak down to the shoulder; a shorter one goes up from the top of the left wing into the field.  These die lines disappear on later die states and are described in Overton’s 2013 5th edition.   It is something of a paradox that the over-punched 3 is less distinct on the rare early die states than on 1814/3’s with the usual assortment of clash marks and die breaks.  The PCGS Population Report for the O.101 incorrectly shows an AU 53.  The coin is pictured on PCGS CoinFacts.  It is, however, an O.101a, with the standard obverse die breaks and clash marks. $3,000 and up. 1 $2,750 $3,000 $3,025  
29 1814/3 O.101a R.2 PCGS AU 55 OGH Gold CAC Ex Keith Davignon.  It’s been 31 years since Keith purchased the coin from Alpine in Aug. 1986.  The strike is exceptional for the issue.  It is difficult to locate friction on the lightly toned surfaces.  Luster rolls, undisturbed, through the fields and across the devices.  An overall look of originality supports CAC’s decision to award a gold sticker. Est. $3,000 and up. 7 $4,100 $4,177 $4,510  
30 1814 O.103 R.1 PCGS MS 64 Here is an old friend.  I first acquired it in 1990.  Elliott Goldman of Allstate Coin pried it away, then sold it (raw) to George Hamilton. The Hamilton Collection was a highlight of the Heritage 2016 ANA Sale in Anaheim.  I spotted the coin and was the winning bidder.  My catalogue notes are terse, but definitive: “Nice!  Pretty color.”  The current consignor bought it from me shortly thereafter.  Here is an early date with great skin and color.  The surfaces are virtually free of contact marks.  Clash marks and the hallmark die injury (reverse, wing to scroll) contribute to the intrigue and glamour.  The color, simply put, is outrageous.  Swaths of iridescent gold, blue, russet, and turquoise dance across the peripheries, fields, and devices.  Est. $6,000 to $7,000. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
31 1814 O.109 R.2 PCGS AU 55 CAC The antique grey toning is infused with pastel shades of turquoise and red.  Liberty’s rounded cheek shows but a trace of friction.  Drift marks are seen on the reverse, above and below the eagle’s beak.  Experienced collectors remind us that high grade 1814s are not to be ignored when they come to market.  Est. $1,300 to $2,000. 7 $1,700 $1,700 $1,870  
32 1817 O.105a R.4- PCGS XF 40 The `17-105 die pair is scarce and intriguing.  Both dies are in their second use.  The obverse introduced itself as the “punctuated date,” O.103.  The reverse matches that of the R.6 1817 O.104.  On the O.105 Liberty’s portrait appears mushy while the dentils are usually distinct.  Both dies feature notable die breaks.  (The “prime” 1817 O.105, without obverse die breaks, is a great rarity – probably R.7).  High grade examples of this die pair are rare.  The Overton/Parsley Condition Census includes an AU 50.  The current offering is far superior to most.  It is lightly toned with abundant luster.  The detail is surely that of an XF 45.  PCGS was too much influenced by the softly impressed portrait.  Note, especially, the sharp drapery lines and wing feathers.  Est. $350 to $425. 11 $800 $800 $880  
33 1817 O.112 R.2 PCGS AU 58 CAC A sweet 1817, with light toning and unbroken cartwheel luster.   Liberty’s curls and the eagle’s claws and feathers are nicely detailed.  The surfaces exhibit faint clash marks but no signs of contact.  The coin never saw circulation.  A little cabinet friction on the cheek accounts for the “AU” designation.  Est. $2,200 to $3,000. 10 $3,208 $3,650 $3,529  
34 1818/7 Sm. 8 O.102 R.2 PCGS AU 50 Rings of iridescent turquoise and gold toning encase the stars and legend, suggesting storage in a National Coin Album.  The centers are evenly toned and naturally toned.  This is a handsome coin, suitable for a set of high-grade bust halves.  Est. $900 to $1,200. 7 $1,110 $1,110 $1,221  
35 1818 O.106a R.3 PCGS AU 53 CAC Ex Henry Hilgard and Gehring Prouty; acquired by the consignor in 2006 from David Kahn.  Cartwheel luster brightens the crust of silver-grey toning.  Sharp stars, high rims, and well-defined dentils contrast with softness (from die wear) in the centers of this late die state.  Treat this one as a choice AU in formulating your bid.    Est. $800 to $1,000. 1 $700 $700 $770  
36 1818 O.110 R.4 PCGS MS 63 CAC From the collection of Keith Davignon.  This important coin is generally considered the 2nd finest known of a distinctly rare die marriage.  It was discovered by Robert Zornes in an ICG MS 63 capsule sometime before 2005.  Zornes arranged a private sale to Charles “Chuck” De Olden.  It went unsold in my Aug. 2006 “Fabulous 44” sale of De Olden’s more important capped bust halves.  Davignon picked it up the following year.   Lightly toned with extravagant luster.  Essentially “as struck,” the coin offers rarity and eye appeal in a single package.  Est. $5,000 to $6,000. 9 $7,106 $12,562 $7,817  
37 1819/8 Lg.9 O.104 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC Richly and beautifully toned.  Shades of blue and grey predominate with undertones of rose and amber contributing to the eye appeal.  Well struck throughout, including 13 stars with center points.  Be ready to stretch for this one!  Est. $2,300 to $3,000. 5 $3,500 $6,000 $3,850  
38 1819/8 Lg.9 O.106 R.4 PCGS AU 55 CAC Ex Gehring Prouty/Keith Davignon/Charles Link.  Gehring found the coin in Heritage’s 1994 ANA Sale, lot 5360, where offered raw as “MS 60.”  Keith Davignon picked it up during my sale of the Prouty Collection at the 2000 Philadelphia ANA, later passing it to Charles Link (who sold it to the consignor).  Silver-grey toning is clearly original.  On the reverse, a toning streak runs across the lower right quadrant. The surfaces are immaculate.  Nice coin, great provenance!  This is the only R.4 among six 1819/8 Overton varieties.  Est. $1,500 to $2,000. 8 $2,107 $6,001 $2,318  
39 1821 O.103 R.2 PCGS MS 62 Here is a coin with stunning eye appeal.  Surreal rings of album toning surround the lightly toned, flashy centers.  The strike is first rate.  No marks deserve mention.  The 1821 is a low mintage date; attractive, high-grade examples deserve the attention they draw.  Est. $2,800 to $3,500. 3 $3,000 $3,700 $3,300  
40 1821 O.104/104a R.2 PCGS AU 58 CAC Intermediate die state, with one of the two reverse die breaks mentioned in Overton.  Grey dirt with a subtle golden hue.  Magnificent surfaces.  Truly a connoisseur’s coin. Purchased from your cataloguer in 2007.  Est. $2,000 to $2,500. 1 $1,800 $1,800 $1,980  
41 1821 O.106a R.2 PCGS AU 58 CAC Oh my gosh!  Rembrandt would be proud to have painted this one.  But credit must go to the coin’s repose in an album.  Electric blue and turquoise toning is interspersed with flashes of copper, gold and rose.  The centers are not fully struck; but no matter.  I expect a battle royal for this gorgeous 1821.  Est. $3,500 to $4,000. 4 $3,700 $3,700 $4,070  
42 1822/1 O.102 R.4+ PCGS AU 50 A killer R.4 – and perhaps the only true overdate of the year.  (The jury is still out on the question whether the O.101 is in fact an overdate.)  This is a very pretty example, much nicer than the similarly graded coin offered by Heritage in Dec. 2010, lot 7934.   Iridescent gold and turquoise toning at the peripheries enhances the eye appeal.  The surfaces are almost free of contact marks.  Do not pass up a chance to capture an eye appealing `22/1-102!  Est. $1,800 to $2,500. 9 $2,952 $3,311 $3,247  
43 1822 O.105 R.3 PCGS AU 58 CAC Ex John Tidwell via a 1996 purchase from J.J. Teaparty; to Peter Wesp during the 2004 ANA Convention, thereafter to our consignor.  Yet another offering with a beguiling ring of album toning.  The smooth, lustrous fields and central devices are blessed with antique grey toning.  Est. $1,000 to $1,500. 4 $2,400 $2,400 $2,640  
44 1823 Patched 3 O.101a R.1 PCGS AU 55 CAC A resplendent blanket of “grey dirt” encases this glorious coin.  Soft, unbroken luster runs across the fields.  Friction is confined to high points of the central devices.  The surfaces are unblemished.  Ex Steve Nomura via MB 37, lot 37 Aug. 2013 @ $3,137.  Est. $2,700 to $3,500. 6 $3,500 $3,500 $3,850  
45 1823 O.109 R.5+ PCGS VF 35 CAC A new example of this coveted rarity.  What a sweet coin!  Natural grey toning blankets the problem-free surfaces.  The imposing obverse die break is in full flower. Davignon’s XF 40 from MB 39 [Aug. 2015, lot 31 at $$3,751) was lightly wiped and, in truth, no better than the current offering.  Slip on your bidding shoes!  Est. $2,500 to $3,500. 5 $3,951 $4,000 $4,346  
46 1823 Ugly 3 O.110a R.3 PCGS AU 58 Raucous luster erupts from the untoned surfaces.  Excellent strike for the issue.  Essentially without faults, only whispers of friction prevented an MS designation for this important coin.  The demand for broken, patched and ugly 3 varieties of 1823 is unsated.  Two ugly 3’s graded AU 58 by PCGS appeared in my recent ANA sale (MB 45, lots 20 and 82).  They generated a flurry of bidding, yielding $7,994 and $7,150.  Disappointed underbidders lie in wait for this offering.    Est. $6,000 to $7,000. 2 $6,000 $6,000 $6,600  
47 1823 O.111a R.2 PCGS AU 55 CAC From the collection of Keith Davignon.  Antique grey and gold toning generates exceptional eye appeal.  Lovely surfaces.  A double profile, especially common in the years 1823 and 1824, adds to the charm.  Est. $650 to $850. 9 $975 $975 $1,072  
48 1824/1 O.102 R.5+ PCGS VF 30 CAC Last offered as a raw VF in 2007: MB 33, lot 140 @ $2,251.  There described -- Here is another often abused issue.  Why is it that so many 24-102s are both low grade and damaged?  This is a lovely exception.  The surfaces are smooth and the toning both natural and attractive.  We can do nothing about the worn dies.  This is a pearl for the collector who cannot afford gems but wants his rarities without problems.  Est. $2,000 to $3,000. 7 $2,700 $3,110 $2,970  
49 1824 O.111 R.2 PCGS AU 55 CAC Traces of friction, smooth surfaces, and original antique grey toning: a recipe for approval at the grading services and among discerning collectors.  Full cartwheel luster.  In a word, Nice!  The consignor plucked this from your cataloguer’s inventory at the 2007 summer ANA.  Est. $600 to $800. 4 $650 $825 $715  
50 1824 O.113 Prime R.1? PCGS AU 58 Blinding luster leaps from the untoned surfaces.  I note a trace of friction on the obverse.  The reverse is uncirculated. Sharply impressed throughout.  This early die state is hallmarked by a horizontal die line inside the top-curl of the 2 in the date.  Est. $1,200 to $1,600. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
51 1824 Dbl. Struck O.117 R.1 NGC AU 55 CAC A loose obverse die struck the coin before it was ejected from the coining chamber, leaving a trail of incused dentils alongside the inner points of stars 11-13.  Mike Summers spotted the double strike and came away with it when I sold the Brown collection in 1995.  The consignor acquired it from Peter Wesp who had pried it from the Summers collection in 1996.  The coin is lovely!  The toning and surfaces are simply scrumptious.  No effort has been made to cross it to PCGS.  For the past 22 years it has been housed in the same “fattie” NGC holder.  Give this one an A+ for eye appeal, throw in the striking error, a distinguished provenance and bid accordingly.  Est. $1,000 to $1,500. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
52 1825 O.103 R.4- PCGS AU 58 From the collection of Keith Davignon.  Thin rings of album toning flank the brilliant, untoned centers.  Blinding luster contributes to “monster eye appeal” (Keith’s accurate assessment).  The reverse appears uncirculated, the obverse with minuscule traces of friction.  A scarce die pair, last appearing in Bowers & Merena’s Greenwald and Jackson Sale, Sept. 1995, lot 558.  Est. $2,000 to $3,000. 9 $2,601 $3,200 $2,861  
53 1825 O.104 R.4+ PCGS MS 64 From MB 37, lot 43, Aug. 2013.  There described: “Here is a coin with jaw-dropping eye appeal.  Please preview the lot before bidding.  Only then will you have a chance to prevail.  Intense luster transports us to the depths of the coin.  The obverse toning is an iridescent blend of grey and gold.  The reverse presents a crust of antique silver that bespeaks originality.  All this in a seriously rare die pair!  The 1825 O.104 is absent from many advanced collections.  I know of two miracle coins that rate #1 and #2 in the Condition Census.  The Overton Collection set piece is NGC MS 67!  Here is an example that can well defend its claim to #3.  Back in 1987 I attended Superior’s Buddy Ebsen Sale.  The sale included an array of spectacular coins, set aside by Charles Wormser while partner with John J. Ford in New Netherlands Coin Co.  Included was a remarkable 1825 O.104, lot 1369. Superior graded it “MS 64.”  It brought nearly $8,000 despite an unfortunate fingerprint on the obverse that interfered with otherwise lovely toning.  That was 26 [now 30] years ago.  It will be wise to observe the lessons of history when formulating your bid on this important coin.”  The coin brought $5,143 in 2013.  A new entrant to the Condition Census, also graded MS 64 by PCGS, brought $6,169 in Heritage’s Jan. 2016 FUN Show Sale, lot 3849.  Est. $4,500 to $5,500.  0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
54 1826 O.104 R.3 PCGS AU 58 CAC Ex Gehring Prouty.  A blanket of golden toning bristles with underlying luster.  The surfaces and strike meet expectations for this CAC approved AU 58.  Peter Wesp purchased the coin at my sale of the Prouty Collection during the 2000 summer ANA Convention in Philadelphia.  Our consignor picked it up a year later.  Est. $1,000 to $1,300. 2 $1,000 $2,900 $1,100  
55 1826 109 R.1 PCGS MS 62 CAC Ex Charles De Olden, via MB 32, lot 71, July 2005.  I offered a cryptic description.  “If originality floats your boat, pay attention.  This 'grey dirt' example has it in spades.  And the strike is first rate as well.  There are no marks or blemishes worth mention.”  Est. $1,700 to $2,000. 1 $1,700 $2,200 $1,870  
56 1826 O.114 R.4+ PCGS AU 55 Splendid antique grey toning, flooded with underlying luster.  Unquestionably nicer than either of Don Frederick’s pair of AUs, offered by Heritage in 2010.  This is a tough die pair in all grades; the opportunity to acquire an AU example demands consideration.  Est. $1,100 to $1,500. 4 $950 $1,102 $1,045  
57 1826 O.118a R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC Silver-grey toning, infused with subtle iridescent gold and turquoise highlights.  The intensely lustrous surfaces are virtually free of marks.  Est. $1,100 to $1,400. 2 $1,050 $1,500 $1,155  
58 1827/6 O.101 R.2 PCGS AU 58 CAC Caky luster rolls beneath an original crust of grey and pale gold toning.  Nicely detailed hair curls and wing feathers are a bonus.  Where's the friction?  Est. $1,500 to $2,000. 8 $2,800 $2,800 $3,080  
59 1827/6 O.102 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC Thinner luster and a bit more friction than on the preceding 27/6 – but the color is adequate compensation.  Electric rings of iridescent album toning surround the stars and legend.  The effaced and overpunched 6, though never bold, is readily visible. Est. $1,500 to $2,000. 16 $2,800 $2,801 $3,080  
60 1827/6 O.103 R.4 PCGS MS 63 CAC Ex Henry Hilgard, Gehring Prouty and Dick Graham, last appearing in MB 27, lot 38, April 2002.  One of the more important coins in this sale, pushing hard on the Condition Census.  Gehring Prouty pried obtained it from Henry Hilgard on Sept. 23, 1994.  The coin was “raw.”  Henry and Gehring simply graded it “UNC.”  I suggested “Choice Unc.” when cataloging it, still raw, for MB 27.  Dick Graham was the winner.  He passed it to the consignor after it visited the grading room at PCGS.  The coin features lovely surfaces, with rich antique grey toning and a blush of rose iridescence.  The eye appeal argues for a higher grade.   Drawn stars and soft rims, inherent in the variety, may have tempered the PCGS grade.  The sophisticated eye, however, will recognize the virtual gem quality of this very important coin.  Prouty's handwritten notes on the coin accompany the lot.  Est. $4,500 to $5,500. 6 $7,100 $7,555 $7,810  
61 1827 Sq. Base 2 O.114 R.3 PCGS Shield MS 63 From the collection of Charles Link, noted on the PCGS label.  A blast of white, caky luster greets the eye.  Subtle gold highlights outline peripheral devices.  Short streaks of darker toning appear right of the date.  Superb eye appeal and an important provenance make this a special coin for the date, variety, or type collector. Est. $2,200 to $2,750. 1 $2,000 $2,100 $2,200  
62 1827 Sq. Base 2 O.139 R.4- PCGS AU 55 CAC Another scarce die pair in high grade.  This one appeared on my May 2011 Fixed Price List.  I remarked, “A grey dirt coin knocking on the door of the Condition Census. Perfect for the grade. An original piece that just misses the 58 plateau.”  CAC recently offered its seal of approval.  Est. $900 to $1,200. 5 $1,010 $1,010 $1,111  
63 1827 Sq. Base 2 O.142 R.3 PCGS MS 60 CAC Ex Michael Summers.  The consignor purchased it from your cataloguer as a “raw” coin in 2006 after I acquired it from Mike Summers.  PCGS designated it MS 60, a rarely seen grade - and CAC agreed.  How many CAC approved MS 60’s have you seen?  This is my first.  The coin is better than MS 60.  It sports a crust of grey dirt, with full underlying luster.  Contact marks are nil.  The obverse lacks “flash,” while the reverse is choice unc. Treat this one as a solid MS 61 or 62 and you’ll be in the running.  $1,200 to $1,500 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
64 1827 Sq. Base 2 O.143 R.3 PCGS AU 58 CAC Pale gold and amber toning with hints of rose and blue.  Strong eye appeal!  A touch of cabinet friction on the cheek.  That’s it.  Bold, unbroken luster befits the CAC approved grade.  Est. $1,100 to $1,500. 4 $1,100 $1,501 $1,210  
65 1827 Sq. Base 2 O.145 R.5 PCGS Shield AU 58 CAC From the collection of Keith Davignon.  Many will view this offering as the most important in the sale.  The Eric Newman coin, graded NGC MS 64, took over the No. 1 CC spot in Nov. 2013.  Charles Link acquired that coin for his incomparable collection.  Keith spotted an opportunity.  He quickly arranged a trade for Link’s backup – the coin here offered.  The Link provenance is noted on the PCGS label.  This coin debuted in Nov. 2002, MB 27, lot 87; it immediately went to battle with Chuck De Olden’s NGC MS 61 for the title of “finest known.”  Iridescent turquoise and russet toning runs through the stars and legend.  The centers are mostly brilliant.  It is readily identified by an unobtrusive drift mark traversing the tip of the left wing.  The strike is vastly superior to most seen.  Minor contact marks and hairlines are from short-term circulation, not numismatic beauticians.  In 1993 NGC graded the Overton Plate coin AU 58.  You will have to trust me – it was generously graded and not as nice as the 145 here offered.  Est. $7,500 and up. 3 $8,050 $9,150 $8,855  
66 1827 Curl 2 O.146 R.2 PCGS AU 55 CAC Even, pale gold toning with iridescent hues at the peripheries.  Good luster, pleasing surfaces and the refreshing look of originality.  Est. $800 to $1,200. 4 $1,250 $1,311 $1,375  
67 1827 Curl 2 O.146 R.2 PCGS AU 55 CAC Yes, another: same date, same variety, same grade and same CAC sticker.  But a quite different look.  This one is for those in love with colorful toning.  I had to learn a new word to describe the coin – chatoyant.  It means having a changeable luster, like that of a cat’s eye at night.  French speakers will recognize the root, chat: cat.  Twirl the coin under light and watch colors appear, then give way to a rainbow of hues.  Chatoyant luster aptly describes the look of the coin.  Word mavens may visit the following site for a further description of chatoyant luster, including pronunciation: $800 to $1,200. 9 $2,700 $5,250 $2,970  
68 1827 Curl 2 O.147 R.4 PCGS AU 58 Lightly toned, the reverse with a blush of amber.  A new reverse die is married to the obverse that produced the two preceding lots.  The marriage was not long-lived, creating a challenge for Overton collectors.  Soft rims, drawn stars and a rather blunt portrait are products of the worn obverse die.  We are left with few eye appealing examples.  Here is a coveted exception.  Strong luster and smooth surfaces will attract those chasing both Red Book and die varieties of 1827.   Keith Davignon’s PCGS AU 58 yielded $3,275 in my last auction, MB 45, lot 31, Aug. 2017.  Est. $2,000 to $2,500. 6 $1,802 $2,500 $1,982  
69 1828 Sq.2 with Knob, Lg 8's O.109 R.3 PCGS AU 53 CAC A gold CAC sticker would have been no surprise.  The coin is truly “choice AU.”  The impeccable surfaces are protected by a blanket of antique grey toning, infused with iridescent gold and turquoise.  By all measures, the personification of a “sweet coin.”  Est. $500 to $700. 6 $610 $850 $671  
70 1828 Sq.2, Sm.8, Lg. Lets O.116 R.2 NGC AU 55 Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green, noted on the NGC label.  From Heritage’s Nov. 2013 sale of Eric Newman’s remarkable accumulation of originally toned bust half-dollars.  Heritage sought my services in cataloging the series.  This was lot 34468.  I penned a brief description: “Rich aquamarine and golden-brown toning blankets this briefly circulated Choice AU half dollar. Marks are minor and confined to the field near the beak.”  Newman’s brown kraft envelope accompanies, noting his grade and cost: “Uncirculated -- $4.00.”  Our consignor was the winning bidder at $1,645.  Every bust half collector should have the Newman provenance in his or her collection.  If you missed out, consider this a lucky second chance - and expect competition.  Est. $500 and up. 6 $600 $650 $660  
71 1828 Sq.2, Sm.8, Lg. Lets O.120 R.1 PCGS AU 50 CAC A twin to lot 69, with a bit more wear.  The color and surfaces are eerily similar – and original!  The coins would make wonderful additions to a top flight Red Book set of 1828s.  Est. $400 to $600. 7 $505 $505 $556  
72 1829 O.109a R.4+ PCGS AU 53 This die pair, long a sleeper, is coming into its own.  Davignon’s O.109a, PCGS AU 50, landed at $1,216 in MB 39, lot 57, Aug. 2014.  In 2013 it cost him over $2,500 to corral Newman’s NGC MS 61.  He commented, very under-rated variety in AU or better; I searched many years for a choice AU; finally got one at Newman sale.  This lightly toned example has the luster one expects of an AU coin.  No marks deserve mention, though a taste of raw planchet may be sampled in the weakly struck left side of the scroll.  Est. $700 to $1,000. 6 $1,100 $1,100 $1,210  
73 1830 Sm.0 O.102 R.3 PCGS AU 55 Gold CAC Subtle rainbow hues grace the smooth, lustrous surfaces.  The balanced strike comes with high rims and a complete set of dentils.  The eye appeal of the coin held special appeal for CAC.  Here is a nifty coin for your date or type set.  This coin last appeared in MB 30, lot 85, 2005. I offered the following description: Subtle iri­descence pervades the pastel grey, aqua and rose toning.  Softness in the left wing is part of the strike, not wear.  Uncommonly distinct dentils and high rims.  Est. $700 to $900. 12 $1,130 $1,251 $1,243  
74 1830 Sm.0 O.105 R.4 PCGS XF 40 Hard to believe, but this is the same obverse die used on the preceding lot!  The reverse die first appeared on the 1830 O.112.  The O.105 marriage was short-lived and produced softly impressed half-dollars.  The current offering is typical.  Hints of luster survive in protected areas.  The glossy surfaces are smooth save for a tiny mark before Liberty’s throat.  This die marriage is probably the 2nd toughest of the year (behind the O.114, Large Letters) and well deserves its R.4 rarity rating.  Est. $300 to $500. 1 $300 $300 $330  
75 1830 Med.0 O.119 R.1 PCGS AU 55 CAC Silver-grey toning with sparkling luster.  Friction confined to high points of the coin. The PCGS label notes, “Small 0.”  Overton’s description, used here, is more accurate. Est. $400 to $600. 2 $420 $465 $462  
76 1831 O.107 R.3 PCGS MS 64 Booming luster, with a magnificent swath of electric turquoise toning atop Liberty’s cap and most stars.  The surfaces and eye appeal are all we expect from a coin with this lofty grade.  Parsley’s Condition Census includes a pair of MS 64’s.   Est. $2,800 to $3,400. 2 $2,806 $3,200 $3,087  
77 1831 O.111 R.1 PCGS MS 63 Outrageous album toning frames the pale gold and silver centers.  Strong luster throughout.  The motto is weak at PLUR.  The centers, however, are sharply impressed. Note, especially, the detail in Liberty’s curls as well as the eagle’s claws and feathers. Est. $2,300 to $2,700. 2 $2,300 $2,300 $2,530  
78 1831 O.111 R.1 PCGS Shield MS 62 Ex Charles Link Collection, noted on the PCGS label.  Brilliant and untoned.  Well struck, with slight weakness in the motto.  (Compare with the previous lot.)  Not a hint of friction.  Cartwheel luster is uninterrupted across the fields and devices.  This is a nice MS 62.  Est. $1,600 to $1,900. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
79 1832 Sm. Lets. O.103 R.1 PCGS MS 63 CAC The near-pristine surfaces are blanketed by an ancient crust of silver-grey toning, a favorite of the grading services and seasoned collectors.  Luster is undisturbed and deep.  The strike is first rate.  Kudos to the families that set aside and preserved this coin over the past 185 years. Est. $2,000 to $2,500. 1 $2,000 $2,350 $2,200  
80 1832 Sm. Lets. O.104 R.3 PCGS Shield AU 58 Ex Charles Link Collection, noted on the PCGS label.  Another marriage struck from worn dies.  The obverse was unveiled on the O.103 (see previous lot).  The reverse debuted on the 1832 O.102.  Drawn stars and weak obverse rims frequent this issue.  The coin is best described as Uncirculated, with a trace of cabinet friction on the cheek.  Full luster and unmarked surfaces confirm the fact that the coin never entered the stream of commerce.  Est. $800 to $1,200. 1 $800 $846 $880  
81 1832 Sm. Lets. O.122 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC Caky luster and lovely surfaces owe much to a protective patina of “grey dirt.”  Well struck central devices are a nice plus.  This is a coin for the connoisseur.  Ex MB 30, lot 35, March 2005 as NGC AU 58.  Est. $1,200 to $1,500. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
82 1833 O.114 R.2 PCGS AU 53 CAC Ex Don Frederick, as noted on the PCGS label.  Another grey dirt wonder.  Soft, unbroken luster adorns the fields.  A private acquisition from your cataloguer during the 2011 ANA Convention.  Est. $425 to $600. 6 $510 $601 $561  
83 1834 Sm. Dt.&Lets O.121 R.3 PCGS AU 58 CAC Ex John Tidwell; acquired from your cataloguer at the 2004 summer ANA Convention.  “One of my favorite coins,” writes the consignor.  It’s easy to see why. Intense luster permeates a gloss of silver toning.  Splashes of translucent burnt orange contribute to the eye appeal.  But for rub on the cheek the coin might have achieved MS 63 status.  Est. $1,000 to $1,300. 7 $1,101 $1,501 $1,211  
84 1835 O.103 R.2 PCGS MS 62 CAC From the collection of Keith Davignon.  An untoned bust half with Wham! Raucous luster instantly grabs the eye.  Nice surfaces and a balanced strike enhance the eye appeal.  High grade 1835s are notably more scarce than other dates in the 1830s. Acquired as no. 3, Condition Census.  Ex Dick Graham via David Kahn, Jan. 2010.  Est. $2,000 to $2,500. 7 $2,402 $4,000 $2,642  
85 1836 O.103 R.4- PCGS MS 63 CAC From the collection of Keith Davignon; ex Gehring Prouty and David Rutherford.  Last offered in MB 33, lot 99, Aug; 2007.  A spectacular coin!  Strike, luster, eye appeal and proven­ance are united.  Wait until you see the definition in Liberty’s curls and the eagle’s talons.  Only star 5 lacks a center point.  Untoned with bottomless luster.  Ex Gehring Prouty collection via your cataloguer, Aug. 7, 2000.  Prouty’s insert accompanies, tracing the coin to B & M’s “Lexington Sale,” Jan. 1994, lot 588.  Est. $2,500 to $3,000. 15 $3,755 $4,850 $4,130  
86 1836 Beaded Border O.106a R.3 PCGS AU 55 CAC Ex Brad Higgins.  Last offered in MB 30, lot 66, March 2005 as “Ch. AU” [raw]. There described: Not a hint of friction in the fields.  Thick luster under “dirty” grey toning.  Well struck.  The reverse die appears on the legendary Crushed Lettered Edge Proofs of 1833, 1834 and 1835.  Est. $450 to $650. 15 $950 $950 $1,045  
87 1836 O.110 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC Silver-grey with intense, eye-catching luster.  The reverse is uncirculated, the obverse with cabinet friction on high points.  No marks of consequence.  Est. $900 to $1,200. 1 $850 $950 $935  
88 1836 O.114 R.2 PCGS AU 58 CAC Ex Brad Higgins.  From MB 30, lot 70, March 2005 as ANACS AU 58.  There described: A splendid “grey dirt” specimen.  Nicely impressed with but a hint of weakness in the motto.  Caky luster and a touch of friction on the cheek - maybe.  You’ll have no quarrel with the ANACS grade!   Est. $900 to $1,200. 2 $950 $1,181 $1,045  

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