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Lot # Date Variety Rarity Grade Description # of Bids * Hammer Price Maximum Bid Total Price Photos
1 1795 O.106 R.6 PCGS F.12 CAC A rare and sexy die pair hallmarked by a disfiguring reverse die break.  My introduction to the variety dates to May 1989.  I was in Beverly Hills for Superior Galleries’ Casterline/Hall sale.  Don Parsley was in the front row. Don, of course, is Al Overton’s son-in-law.  He and wife Bonnie owned Al’s reference collection of bust half-dollars.  Don was intent upon completing a die variety set of 1795s.  The 1970 2nd Edition of Overton’s reference work listed 32 die pairs.  Three were missing from the Overton collection when Al passed away in 1972. The O.118 was and is unknown in any collection and probably does not exist.  An O.132 had not appeared since M.L. Beistle published a photo in his 1929 Register of Half-Dollar Die Varieties.  (A VG example turned up in 2000.  I bought it on behalf of a client at a Goldberg auction in February 2001.)  The third die pair missing from the Overton Collection was the O.106.  Remarkably, Superior had uncovered an AU example.  Don did not let it escape!  That coin, later encapsulated and graded AU 50 by NGC, is the plate coin in Don’s 3rd, 4th and 5th revised editions of Overton’s standard reference work; it is 20 points better than any other example and remains in the firm hands of the present-day owner of the Overton Collection.  The current offering is a charming example, respite from the morass of scratched, damaged, cleaned and homely 106s offered in recent times.  It is one of just three O.106s blessed with a CAC sticker.  A CAC approved PCGS VF 25 sold for $12,650 in August 2010; a PCGS VF 20 with a little green bean brought $6,900 at Heritage’s April 2010 sale of Don Frederick’s collection; and the coin offered here traded hands at a bargain price, $3,900, in March 2019.  Antique grey toning blankets the evenly worn, generally smooth surfaces.  Detail in Liberty’s curls and the eagle’s left wing argue for something better than the current F.12 designation.  Est. $3,500 to $5,000. 4 $3,850 $5,000 $4,235  
2 1795 O.117 R.4 ANACS VF 20 A prize for the date or type collector.  From the same discriminating consignor as the preceding O.106.  The O.117 is a relatively common die pair.  Natural toning and strong eye appeal are distinctly uncommon among survivors of the flowing hair design.  This early die state has the detail one expects of a VF 20.  The surfaces are first rate save for an ancient contact mark in the I of LIBERTY.  Est. $2,000 to $2,500. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
3 1806/5 Knob 6, Large Stars O.103a, T-8 R.2 PCGS VF 30 Late die state with bold die breaks, obverse and reverse.  (Tompkins DS-3.)  Evenly toned with exceptionally nice surfaces. Est. $750 to $1,000. 5 $940 $940 $1,034  
4 1806 Knob 6, Small Stars O.105a, T-5 R.2 PCGS XF 40 The PCGS label incorrectly identifies the coin as a Large Stars variety.  This is a handsome example with original pale russet toning.  The surfaces are virtually free of contact marks.  Hints of luster encase the stars, legend and central devices.  Est. $1,650 to $2,100 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
5 1806 Large Stars, Pt. 6, Stem O.110, T-10 R.6 PCGS AU 50 Ex Dr. Gerald Schertz and Charles De Olden.  The Overton, Munson, Pugh and Schertz coins have been variously listed as “finest known.”  Each is plated at p.305 of Tompkins.  I’ve seen and handled all of them.  Here is what I’ve learned.  NGC refused to grade the Overton coin when I submitted it in 1993.  It has AU detail but was cleaned.  Don Parsley gave it a net grade of XF 45. Paul Munson’s discovery coin came from Dean Oaks (@$200!) in August 1965.  It has AU detail but was cleaned.  It is plated in Overton’s 1970 2nd Edition.  Richard Pugh’s coin passed to Charlton Meyer in 1990 and was subsequently graded by PCGS as XF 45.  It is plated in Overton’s 3rd, 4th and 5th Editions.  The Schertz coin is offered here.  Jerry acquired it in April 1987 from Paul Kagin who graded the (raw) coin “AU/UNC.”  PCGS landed on XF 45 before I offered the coin in MB 23, Feb. 1999, lot 194.  Charles De Olden picked it up for $8,470.  Nine years later it realized $19,550 at Heritage’s Jan. 2008 FUN Show sale of De Olden’s coins, still in a PCGS XF 45 holder.  Bidders suspected the coin would “upgrade.”  It eventually did, after acquiring a CAC sticker.  This is its first auction appearance dressed in an AU wrapper.  Deep grey toning subdues the coin’s considerable luster.  The smooth surfaces are a delight.  The strike and die state are standard: weakness at the lowest drapery lines and clouds opposite; a magnificent “elephant trunk” die break joins the rim to Liberty’s nose.  The coin may be the most important offering in this sale.  Est. $13,000 and up. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
6 1806 Large Stars, Pt. 6, Stem O.110, T-10 R.6 PCGS F.15 CAC Similar die state to the preceding Schertz coin with parallel die breaks, rim to nose, forming an interior cud.  (Tompkins DS 4.)  Here is a charming coin, plucked from circulation and carefully preserved.  The surfaces are a marvel – smooth and attractively toned.  From the collection of Dr. Charles Link, last offered at Heritage’s Sept. 2015 Long Beach Sale, lot 4321, bringing $5,170.    Est. $4,500 to $5,500. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
7 1806 E over A O.124, T-22 R.6 PCGS F.15 How many “fines” retain luster through their stars and legend?  The typical striking weakness in LIBERTY’S lower curls and the eagle’s wings misled the PCGS graders.  Check out the detail in the drapery lines and shield.  You will get a handle on the actual sharpness grade of this seriously rare variety.  Dipped a few decades back, the coin now features pleasant light grey toning.  The surfaces are generally smooth while exhibiting the usual contact marks from circulation.  An unobtrusive hairline runs from the rim, through the arrows to the eagle’s left wing.  Nothing else deserves mention.  This is a “killer” die pair, chased by die variety and Red Book collectors.  Est. $2,300 to $3,000. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
8 1807 Lg. Stars 50/20 O.112 R.1 PCGS AU 53 Well struck with strong luster, key factors in gauging the appeal of John Reich’s first efforts; 1807s are infested with poorly impressed examples, short on luster.  Light silver toning and copper iridescence through the stars enhance the eye appeal.  If you’ve waited for the “right” 1807 to put in your collection here is the reward for your patience.  Recently crossed from an NGC AU 55 capsule.  The coin last traded at the 2006 FUN Show.  It took $2,450 to extract it from my inventory.  The NGC label accompanies.  Est. $2,000 to $2,500. 3 $1,800 $1,800 $1,980  
9 1807 Small Stars O.113 R.2 PCGS XF 45 Ex John Jay Pittman, Russell Logan, Dave Rutherford and Henry Hilgard.  The provenance of this important offering dates to August 20, 1952 when John Jay Pittman paid $10 to free it from the cabinet of Jim Charlton.  Pittman died in 1996, having assembled one of the great numismatic collections of the 20th Century.  The Pittman family retained David Akers to sell the collection.  The sale occurred in Baltimore, May 20-21, 1998.  When I retrieved the dusty catalog from my bookshelf bidder card #182 fell to the floor.  It is a reminder of one of the most significant nights of my numismatic career.  The Pittman Collection included a complete set of the 1833-34-35 crushed lettered edge proofs.  I bought them all!  I also had eyes for lot 1453, the coin offered here.  My handwritten notes were short and clear: “Nice.  Buy!”  Well, I didn’t get it.  Russ Logan did.  I wrote his name and the hammer price in red ink: Russ -- $1,800.   Russ was BHNC member #33.  He died in 2002, far too young.  (Our birth dates are a few weeks apart.)  Bowers & Merena auctioned his collection in November 2002.  The Pittman 1807 Small Stars was lot 2210.  Alongside the photo I wrote: “Sweet XF+.  Nice!”  This time I bought it.  Sort of.  I did so as agent for BHNC member Dave Rutherford, publisher of the Bust Half-Dollar Prices web site.  When Dave bowed out of collecting in 2007, he sold the coin to our mutual friend Henry Hilgard.  A year later Henry accepted an offer of $4,500 to part with his prize.  This is its first auction appearance since the 2002 Logan sale.  The coin enjoys deep antique grey toning and nearly immaculate surfaces (a sine qua non for Henry).  The strike displays moderate weakness in the devices, typical of the variety.  The stars sparkle with luster.  The provenance?  It doesn’t get better.  The Pittman and Logan auction tags come with the lot Est. $3,000 and up. 6 $3,507 $4,251 $3,858  
10 1807 Large Stars O.114 R.3 PCGS XF 40 CAC Spot-on for the grade.  Even, medium grey toning with superior eye appeal.  Hints of luster in protected areas.  Last offered, privately, in January 2008 (@ $3,560) by Don Willis, dba Premium Numismatics, shortly before he assumed the presidency of PCGS. Est. $2,000 to $2,700. 1 $1,700 $2,100 $1,870  
11 1808/7 O.101 R.1 PCGS XF 45 CAC Outlandish album toning will take away your breath.  Late die state, but no matter.  The eye appeal is off the charts.  There are a few ticks from circulation.  None deserve mention.  This is a showpiece XF 45.  Est. $1,000 and up. 6 $1,253 $1,253 $1,378  
12 1808 O.102a R.2 PCGS AU 53 CAC Ex Don Frederick, noted on the PCGS label.  Exceptional luster for the assigned grade.  A ring of pale gold toning frames the brilliant centers.  Here is a common die variety with uncommon eye appeal, a wonderful coin for the date collector.  Lot 2880 in Heritage’s April 2010 sale of the Frederick Collection.  Last offered in MB 41, lot 12, Aug. 2015 where it sold for $2,118 Est. $2,000 to $2,400. 1 $1,700 $1,700 $1,870  
13 1808 O.103 R.1 PCGS AU 58 Booming luster and sharply impressed devices are what we expect of our “58s.”  No disappointment here.  Notice, especially, the detail in Liberty’s curls and the folds in her cap. Thin rings of iridescence encase the dentils and nearby peripheries.  A couple of contact marks on the obverse are noted.  The surfaces are otherwise smooth and free of hairlines. This was lot 3 in my June 2006 of Charles De Olden’s capped bust half-dollars (MB 32).  It took $2,475 to bring it home 13+ years ago.  PCGS suggests $3,750 today. Est. $3,000 to $4,000. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
14 1808 O.104 R.2 PCGS AU 50 CAC OGH Full cartwheel luster with nice surfaces, lightly toned centers and colorful iridescence at the peripheries.  Far nicer than one expects of “AU 50.”  Housed in an Old Green Label Holder.  I daresay this one is a lock to upgrade should the buyer wish to enrich PCGS coffers.  Est. $1,500 to $2,000. 12 $2,332 $2,332 $2,565  
15 1808 O.108 R.3 PCGS AU 55 CAC Ex Roger Solomon.  The pleasing surfaces shimmer with luster.  The devices are outlined with russet toning, an unusual but wholly original – and charming – artifact of storage in a healthy, protective environment.  The central devices are sharply impressed.  I offered the Solomon Collection of bust coinage at the Aug. 2011 ANA Convention.  Those in attendance will attest to both the excitement surrounding the sale and the quality of Roger’s coins, half-dimes through dollars.  Capped Bust half-dollars were Roger’s favorite.  Here is marvelous example.  Est. $2,750 to $3,500. 7 $3,200 $3,550 $3,520  
16 1808 O.109a R.3 PCGS AU 53 Ex Charlton E. Meyer, Jr, noted on the PCGS label.  Brilliant and untoned save for a handsome swath of copper iridescence through the right hand stars and legend opposite.  This was Charlton’s set piece from the day he picked it up at Stack’s June 1993 sale, lot 2014.  Virtually full cartwheel luster captures the eye despite a few wipe lines.  The central devices are nicely impressed.  Est. $1,200 to $1,500. 6 $1,450 $1,450 $1,595  
17 1808 O.110 R.5 PCGS VF 35 CAC The parade of desirable 1808s concludes with this offering, the rarest die pair of the year.  Most seen have a die break, star 7 to nose.  It is absent, as here, on early die states.  Medium grey toning lends an air of originality to the coin.  Is it time to complete your set of 1808s?  This is a nice opportunity.  Est. $1,000 to $1,500. 4 $1,126 $1,335 $1,239  
18 1809 XXX Edge O.102 R.1 PCGS AU 50 CAC Gorgeous antique blue-grey toning will command your attention.   Luster flickers through the stars and legend, yielding noteworthy eye appeal.  After previewing the lot you may feel that an upgrade is in order.  Do not be misled by the O.102 R.1 rarity rating.  Only a few early die states were struck on planchets with the XXX edge.  Expect and enjoy competition for this scarce Red Book variety.  Est. $2,000 and up.  2 $2,000 $2,312 $2,200  
19 1809 III Edge O.107a R.4 PCGS AU 55 Ex Dr. Charles Link, noted on the PCGS label.  A distinctive die break fills the gap between stars 11 and 12, making its way from the rim to Liberty’s curls.  Rich antique toning graces the obverse.  The reverse is lighter, allowing the coin’s nearly full compliment of luster to dazzle the eye.  It will be interesting to see whether the winning bidder is motivated by the III edge or by the scarce O.107a die state.  Est. $1,500 to $2,000. 1 $1,500 $1,750 $1,650  
20 1809 III Edge O.108a R.4 PCGS XF 40 (III Edge, not noted on holder.)  Ex Keith Davignon and Dr. Charles Link.  Last offered at the January 2014 FUN Show, MB 38, lot 6, where it brought $2,844 and was described as follows:

An important coin despite its relatively modest grade.  It is a curious fact that the 1809 O.108 and 110 die pairs, both R.4, are almost never seen in grades above XF.  Uncirculated examples are R.7 or R.8.  I’ll never forget the look on Elton Dosier’s face when I purchased a nice AU 1809 from Jim O’Donnell at the 1984 Long Beach show and brought it back to my table for Elton to attribute.  He was busy examining another coin until Henry Hilgard said “Elton, I think you better look at that 1809 Sheridan just bought.”  Elton looked at it, did a double-take and with a degree of urgency I’d not seen before said, “How much you want for that coin?!”  It became his 1809 O.108 set piece, later passing to the collection of Gehring Prouty.  The current offering is certainly in the top 5% of known examples.  The natural “grey-dirt” toning glows with underlying luster.  The strike is superior to most though weak in the central curls, the eagle’s neck and head.  The PCGS grade is distinctly conservative. 

Davignon  acquired the coin from your cataloguer raw [thus the certainty regarding the III edge] in November 2005.  He had it encapsulated by NGC as XF 45. 
Est. $2,000 to $3,000
0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
21 1810 O.106 R.4 PCGS AU 50 CAC The primeval crust of grey toning is enhanced by iridescent shades of red, copper, turquoise and pale blue.  First rate eye appeal is the result.  The addition of a CAC sticker was automatic.  What a nice AU 50!  What a lovely 1810. NB – this is NOT a common 101, 102 or 103 but the scarce O.106, a die pair notorious for a paucity of high grade examples.  Est. $900 to $1,500. 5 $950 $1,311 $1,045  
22 1811/10 O.101 R.1 PCGS AU 55 Lightly toned with full cartwheel luster.  Reasonably early die state: the underlying 0 is visible, bottom left and top right of the first 1 in the date.  The coin saw little if any actual circulation as the surfaces are virtually free of contact marks.  Last offered in Heritage’s Dec. 2008 auction, lot 605, bringing $2,086.  It will do better today.  PCGS Price Guide suggests a generous $3,500.  Est. $2,000 to $2,750. 1 $1,800 $2,250 $1,980  
23 1811 Large 8 O.104a R.1 PCGS AU 58 Raucous luster erupts from the fields and devices.  A beguiling halo of album toning provides eye candy.  A trace of friction on the cheek explains the grade.  The coin shirked its duty to enter and smooth the flow of commerce.  The Large 8 variety, of course, is tougher in all grades than its Small 8 cousin.  Est. $1,500 to $2,000. 9 $2,400 $2,400 $2,640  
24 1812/1 Sm. 8 O.102 R.2 PCGS AU 55 CAC Ex Steve Nomura and Dan Holmes.  Bold luster and peripheral toning hallmark this alluring example of a popular overdate.  Steve Nomura, long known for his keen eye, consigned the coin to me some years back.  The late Dan Holmes, famed collector of large cents, saw the coin and decided to assemble a Red Book set of bust halves.  His illness [ALS] arose shortly thereafter.  Dan brought me his modest collection.  This coin found its most recent home during the January 2009 FUN Show.  It is as pretty as I remember it.  Est. $2,000 to $2,500. 2 $1,700 $2,250 $1,870  
25 1812 O.104 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC A flashy 1812, untoned save for fleeting hints of emerging gold.  Well struck with smooth surfaces.  As with many from this die pair, the reverse is rotated about 20° clockwise.  A great coin for the date or Registry Set collector.  Est. $1,400 to $1,700. 2 $1,300 $1,400 $1,430  
26 1812 Single Leaf O.110b R.6 PCGS Gen. VF Details A third time visitor.  I offered it privately several years ago.  It returned for a place in my Aug. 2015 ANA sale, MB 41, lot 25, with the following description: The rarity – and cost – of this Red Book variety is such that most collectors never expect to add it to their collections.  A dozen or so examples are known.  This one was plucked from circulation and turned into a brooch.  The pin, once anchored to the reverse, is missing.  Clumsy solder marks survive.  The obverse sports a natural patina that nicely conceals a nick and faint scratches in the left field.  So display this rarity face up!  Barry Broyde’s VF example (ex Elton Dosier) found a new home last month at $9,000 in Stack’s/Bowers Baltimore Sale, lot 7119.  There is no reserve on this one.  Given the demand and extreme rarity of the issue it will not be overlooked.  Est. ??? 7 $275 $288 $302  
27 1813 50/UNI O.101 R.2 PCGS AU 53 CAC Coveted early die state – the UNI feature is readily visible to the naked eye.   Untoned with slightly subdued cartwheel luster.  The surfaces are essentially free of contact marks.  A premium quality coin from Don Willis’ Premium Numismatics in October 2006.  Est. $1,300 to $1,800. 1 $1,300 $1,300 $1,430  
28 1813 O.107a R.1 PCGS AU 55 CAC Ex Jules Reiver.  A stunning coin.  Richly toned in vibrant shades of gold and pale blue atop a thoroughly original antique grey patina.  The coin is utterly free of distractions.  This was lot 22711 in Heritage’s Jan. 2006 sale of the Reiver Collection.  (I was the buyer at $1,495.)  The coin was housed in an NGC AU 58 capsule and attributed as O.107.  I landed on O.107a, recognizing the coin to be an intermediate die state.  It hardly matters.  The selling point remains eye appealEst. $1,500 to $2,000. 4 $1,600 $1,750 $1,760  
29 1813 O.109 R.3 PCGS MS 62 Ex Gehring Prouty and Keith Davignon.  The provenance guarantees a coin of exceptional quality.  Keith acquired it in May 1996 from MB 17, lot 137.  I offered the coin raw, grading it AU 58, with this description.  This coin is a knockout!  A trace of friction on the chin is all that separates it from MS 63.  The luster is thick and creamy.  The die state and strike are comparable to the Overton plate coin (graded MS 62 by NGC.)  There are simply no defect to mention.  My advice?  Streeeetch for this one!  Nearly 24 years later I offer the same advice.  Est. $3.500 to $4,000 1 $3,500 $3,575 $3,850  
30 1814/3 O.101a R.2 PCGS AU 58 A morass of clash marks and swirling die breaks come with the territory.  The overdate is bold.  A thin steel-grey patina fails to conceal full cartwheel luster.  Here is a delightful opportunity for Registry Set and Red Book collectors.  Est. $3,000 to $3,500 5 $2,500 $2,504 $2,750  
31 1814/3 O.101a R.2 PCGS AU 55 A pretty coin with glossy, evenly toned surfaces.  Nearly full luster, muted somewhat by the toning.  Liberty’s curls are unusually strong.  Bust half overdates, especially the early ones, remain in strong demand.  This one was put away after I offered it at the 2007 FUN Show.  Est. $1,600 to $2,100. 1 $1,400 $1,400 $1,540  
32 1814 Single Leaf O.105a R.4 PCGS AU 50 CAC A perfect coin for the grade.  The obverse fields are free of contact or clash marks – most unusual.  The light tan patina is both original and attractive.  Aside from Keith Davignon’s marvelous AU 55 I cannot recall handling a CAC approved 1814 AU Single Leaf.  This is a pretty one.  Est. $2,500 to $3,500. 6 $3,500 $3,750 $3,850  
33 1814 O.106 R.5 PCGS AU 55 This Condition Census rarity has been hidden away since it last traded hands, privately, in 2003.  Luster glows beneath the light amber patina.  The reverse toning is a bit darker.  The strike is first rate for the issue.  The obverse die was first used on the O.105 (see preceding lot) and always shows weakness at the rims.  The surfaces are free of contact marks, telling us that the coin may have never entered circulation.  The only comparable O.106 to appear in recent times is Davignon’s AU 55.  (Lot 15, MB 39 – Aug. 2014 – at $5,082.)  I’ve called R.5 die marriages caviar for collectors.  When an AU example appears, I prefer the sobriquet that Walter Breen coined for branch mint proofs – Peacock’s Tongues!  Pass the truffles.  Est. $4,000 and up 3 $3,900 $4,250 $4,290  
34 1814 O.107 R.2 PCGS AU 58 CAC A spectacular 1814 with nearly pristine surfaces. I see no signs of the coin having circulated.  The coin is brilliant with full, boisterous luster.  Early dates of this quality are SO difficult to find.  Est. $2,500 to $3,500 6 $2,400 $2,400 $2,640  
35 1814 E/A O.108a R.1 PCGS AU 53 CAC Color!  I wish we knew where this coin was stored over the past 200+ years.  But for the gap in time I would have suspected it was found in Joseph’s coat of many colors.  (Genesis 37:3.)  Ethereal hues of cobalt blue and rose defy description.  Preview is mandatory.  Be sure to examine the surfaces.  Though rumpled with die breaks and clash marks I won’t object if you call them smooth as glass.  The last CAC approved PCGS AU 53 “E over A” to sell at auction was Heritage’s Central States offering of April 2018, lot 3413.  Though well struck the eye appeal of that coin is no match for this one.  Still, it brought $4,920.  Yes, this “R.1” Red Book variety is rare in high grade.  What a coin!  Est. $3,500 to $5,500. 3 $3,000 $5,000 $3,300  
36 1815/2 O.101 R.2 PCGS XF 45 Smooth surfaces and natural toning adorn this lovely 1815.  If you’re still hunting for an XF that fits your set you know how many have been abused, even those that somehow found homes in NGC or PCGS capsules.  Tip this coin under direct light and you will know that the toning and surfaces are original.  An ancient fingerprint, whorls and all, is encased in the patina.  It is not obvious or distracting but it’s there, like the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.  Luster flickers through the stars and legend.  The strike is decent, neither bold nor weak.  In all, a very nice coin for the grade.  Est. $5,000 to $6,000 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
37 1817/3 O.101 R.3 PCGS AU 50 Light grey toning with more luster than you would expect for the assigned grade.  The surfaces were lightly wiped but no marks deserve mention.  The overdate is especially bold.  Est. $2,200 to $2,800. 1 $2,100 $2,375 $2,310  
38 1817 Punct. Date O.103 R.2 PCGS AU 50 Medium grey toning, lighter on the devices.  Good luster at the peripheries, softer in the fields.  Generally smooth surfaces; a minor tick behind Liberty’s head is hard to see.  The dotted or punctuated date of 1817 is one of those “common” die pairs that is devilishly hard to find in higher grades.  But you knew that.  Auction prices for AU examples cover a wide range.  This example was purchased 11 years ago, unattributed, in an NGC AU 53 holder.  Est. $2,000 to $3,000 2 $1,900 $1,900 $2,090  
39 1817 O.103a R.3 PCGS AU 55 CAC OGH Intense luster suggests a higher grade.  Look for bids to do the same.  Housed in a 1st generation PCGS “rattler” holder.  The coin recently and easily earned CAC’s seal of approval.  An attractive ring of pale copper surrounds the stars.  The centers are brilliant and untoned.  Est. $1,000 to $1,500. 8 $1,300 $1,900 $1,430  
40 1817 Single Leaf O.106a R.4 PCGS XF 45 The antique grey/gold toning is alive with mint luster.  Too much, some would say, for an XF coin.  A few ticks adjoin the tip of Liberty’s bust.  So we’ll accept the assigned grade.  From a Nov. 2012 Stack’s/Bowers auction where it sold for $775.  The PCGS label (2005-2011 style period) omits the Single Leaf attribution.  Est. $500 to $800. 5 $650 $650 $715  
41 1818/7 Lg. 8 O.101a R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC Ex Charlton E. Meyer, Jr., noted on the PCGS label.  Mostly brilliant with hints of gold toning on the obverse.  Swampy acquired the coin in an NGC AU 58 holder at the April 2000 Central States Show.  It subsequently crossed to PCGS and was offered in Heritage’s April 2009 CSNS sale, lot 681.  My notes show that I was the underbidder to the current consignor.  The CAC sticker is a recent addition.  Well deserved, I should add.  Est. $2,500 to $3,000. 2 $2,200 $3,000 $2,420  
42 1818/7 Lg. 8 O.103 R.3 PCGS AU 50 CAC Strong luster throughout; the surfaces enjoy a protective “grey dirt” patina.  Friction is confined to the high points.  Top quality for the grade.  I suspect that CAC waivered between a green and gold sticker.  Est. $1,000 to $1,300. 5 $1,000 $1,000 $1,100  
43 1818 O.106a R.3 PCGS AU 55 CAC High rims and sharp stars frame the lustrous, untoned surfaces.  Just a few, insignificant handling marks away from “58.”  Est. $950 to $1,200. 1 $900 $965 $990  
44 1818 O.109a R.1 PCGS Shield MS 61 Ex Dr. Charles Link collection, noted on the PCGS labelSunglasses are the ticket for this amazing 1818.  The fresh, untoned surfaces look just as they did when the coin was ejected from the coining chamber 200+ years ago.  Have you noticed the strike?  Every curl and feather is there.  Thirteen stars with center-points adjoin a full complement of dentils.  I see a few hairlines around the eagle’s head and a short drift mark between the last 2 digits of the date.  Neither affects the eye-appeal.  Est. $3,000 to $3,500. 6 $3,350 $3,350 $3,685  
45 1818 O.111 R.1 PCGS AU 50 The stars and legend shimmer with surrounding luster.  Original dusky grey, gold and rose toning blankets the surfaces.  Last offered in B&M’s March 2007 Baltimore auction, lot 4220, bringing $575.  Est. $500 to $650. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
46 1818 O.112a R.5 PCGS XF 45 Album toning frames the lustrous centers.  The look and detail of the coin is AU.  Though no marks deserve mention the surfaces are slightly busy and may account for the disturbingly modest grade.  Est. $700 to $900. 4 $701 $701 $771  
47 1819 O.107a R.3 PCGS MS 61 Ex Keith Davignon and Dr. Charles Link.  This gorgeous piece was lot 18 in my Aug. 2017 ANA Sale, MB 45.  Link prevailed at $3,850.  Here is the description.  Blast white with intense, unbroken luster.  Crisply struck; all 13 stars proudly display their center points.  Pleasing surfaces for the grade.  Ms. Liberty reached her pinnacle of beauty in the years 1819 through 1822.  Note, especially, her finely detailed hair and curls.  As a date, 1819 is known for a paucity of mint state examples. Acquired privately in July 1998 from North American Coin Co. of Rocky Hill, CT.  Est. $3,000 to $4,000. 3 $3,500 $3,500 $3,850  
48 1819 O.107a R.3 PCGS Shield AU 58 Also from the Link collection, noted on the PCGS label.  (Was he building a roll of this die marriage?)  Similar in appearance and strike as the preceding MS 61.  This one is a notch lower in luster with traces of friction on the devices.  Still, a VERY flashy coin and solid for the grade.  Est. $2,200 to $3,000. 2 $1,700 $1,700 $1,870  
49 1820/19 Sq. Base 2 O.101 R.2 PCGS AU 58 CAC The coin is even prettier than its picture!  Concentric rings of electrifying album toning envelop Liberty, the date and stars.  The coin was recently uncovered by our consignor in a rural New England auction.  This is its first appearance on the main stage.  Here is a coin to preview even if you are without aspirations of ownership.  I won’t belabor the rarity of this overdate.  If you are assembling a date or Registry set the time has come to pull out the stops.  Est. $5,000 and up – perhaps way up! 6 $6,550 $8,000 $7,205  
50 1820/19 Curl Base 2 O.102 R.1 PCGS AU 55 CAC Light grey centers are surrounded by a halo of soothing iridescence.  Luster matches or exceeds our expectations for the grade.  The coin is well struck for the issue and essentially without faults.  Est. $2,200 to $2,700. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
51 1820 Small Date, Curl 2 O.103a R.2 PCGS AU 53 A flashy example, lustrous and untoned save for a ring of pastel copper at the margins.  The strike is first rate.  I suspect that the coin was semi-prooflike when it left the coining chamber.  Should I remind you that mintage is just over 750,000 for this key date, 3rd lowest of the series?  Est. $1,000 to $1,300. 3 $1,050 $1,050 $1,155  
52 1820 No Serifs O.107 R.5 PCGS F. Details The label correctly notes “cleaned.”  The three Es in the legend lack their lower left serifs.  This exceedingly rare die pair is one of 6 Red Book varieties for the year.  Competition between die variety and Red Book collectors has driven the price of low grade and damaged examples to four-figures or thereabouts.  The present offering is well circulated.  Medium grey toning has taken hold after an improvident cleaning.  Est. $500 to $1,000. 3 $600 $640 $660  
53 1821 O.106 R.1 PCGS AU 55 CAC Another coin with remarkable color and eye appeal.  Last offered in MB 44, Jan. 2017, lot 3, where it realized $1,650. The electric blue peripheral toning and pale rose centers yield a spectacular 1821.  Minor luster breaks in the fields prevent a “58” designation, but the eye-appeal is off the charts for a “55.”    Est. $1,400 to $1,700. 4 $1,411 $1,411 $1,552  
54 1822/1 O.101 R.1 PCGS MS 63 The obverse features a delicate veil of gold toning.  The reverse is brilliant.  Both sides offer boisterous, unbroken luster.  The strike is sharp throughout, suggesting an early die state. It’s been some time since I’ve offered a `22/1 of this quality.  Est. $4,000 to $5,000. 3 $3,400 $3,400 $3,740  
55 1822/1 O.101 R.1 PCGS MS 62 CAC Another enticing 1822/1.  Excellent luster, just a tad less vibrant than the preceding MS 63.  The coin carries a regal air, with pale antique grey centers flanked by delicate azure toning through the stars.  The CAC sticker is well deserved.  Est. $3,800 to $4,000. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
56 1822 O.105 R.6 or 7 PCGS AU Details Ex John Crowley, Brad Higgins, Charlton Meyer and Dr. Charles Link, the latter two identified on the PCGS label.  The coin is making its third appearance in my auctions.  Current research suggests that only 6 to 8 specimens are known. Steve Herrman’s AMBPR indicates R.6, with a question mark.  Al Overton never encountered a specimen.  Don Parsley’s landmark revision of the Overton book (3rd ed.) in 1990 also missed it.  Brad Higgins spotted this coin in my Aug. 2001 sale of John Crowley’s nearly complete die variety set (including an 1817/4).  Swampy bought it in 2005 when I sold Brad’s collection.  (MB 31, lot 46.)  When I offered the Meyer coins in Aug. 2009 Dr. Link became the owner.  (MB 34, lot 18.)  This was the description, in relevant part.  Iridescent album toning surrounds medium grey centers.  Once cleaned, not harshly…. Unrecorded late die state from John Crowley’s collection.  Album toning with lustrous, slightly busy surfaces and good eye appeal.  A heavy die break bisects the right hand stars, running from the cap to the rim below star 13.  Higgins’ research into the die state goes back to 1999.  He located 5 examples, including the present offering.  Four are prooflike ….  We may speculate that the obverse die was removed from service and polished just as the fracture appeared.  Est. $800 and up. 6 $1,000 $1,000 $1,100  
57 1822 O.106 R.3 PCGS AU 58 CAC Spectacular toning adorns this 1822.  A bit of friction in the fields does not diminish the eye appeal.  Est. $1,200 to $1,500. 7 $1,600 $1,800 $1,760  
58 1823 Broken 3 O.101 R.3 PCGS AU 55 CAC Ex Ellis Robison and James Pryor.  I bought this coin for Tom Palmer at B&M’s sale of the Pryor Collection in Jan. 1996.  (Lot 54.)  Pryor acquired it at Stack’s Feb. 1982 sale of the Robison Collection.  (Lot 1975.)  Robison and Pryor were giants of their day.  Each assembled important collections of US half-dollars.  Each demanded top quality coins.  The same is true of Tom Palmer.  He sold his stunning Red Book collection of capped bust halves to me in 2008.  An astute collector quickly relieved me of the `23-broken 3.  It has been off the market since then.  The coin enjoys topflight eye-appeal, supported by full cartwheel luster and pleasing surfaces.  Light copper toning flanks stars 3-7.  There is little question that on another day the coin might have graded AU 58.  I’m guessing that this lot will gather more bids than any other in the auction.  Congratulations to the new owner!  A minuscule toning spot at the inner point of star 13, another above the cap confirm the Pryor and Robison provenance.  The coin is plated at p.50 of the Pryor catalog. Est. $3,500 and up. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
59 1823 Patched 3 O.101a R.1 PCGS AU 55 CAC Ex Richard Pugh and David Rutherford.  From the same collection as the preceding 1823 Broken 3.  I purchased it for Dave Rutherford in 1992 at Superior’s sale of the Pugh Collection.  (Lot 1164.)  Dave held it until 2007 when I handled the sale of his collection.  The coin is lovely.  Antique grey and russet toning blanket the surfaces, providing an aura of originality.  Luster rolls beneath the toning.  This would be a nice companion to the preceding 1823 Broken 3.  Superior’s auction tag for the Pugh sale survives and accompanies the lot.  Est. $2,500 to $3,000. 2 $2,400 $2,400 $2,640  
60 1823 Patched 3 O.101a R.1 PCGS AU 55 Light silver-grey toning with good luster, especially through the stars and legend.  Friction on the high points and a few signs of handling.  No marks deserve mention.  From Heritage’s Dec. 2008 sale of The Eagle Harbor Collection, lot 636 @ $1,610.  Est. $1,800 to $2,250. 1 $1,500 $1,500 $1,650  
61 1823 O.109 R.5+ PCGS AU 50 More caviar for die variety collectors.  This die pair was a solid R.6 when I entered the arena 38 years ago.  The number of examples has slowly crept above 30, yielding its current R.5+ rarity rating.  AU examples are exceedingly rare.  Let’s say R.7, with fewer than a dozen known.  This untoned example retains much of its original luster.  The surfaces exhibit signs of brief circulation, with stray hairlines but few contact marks.  The strike is surprisingly bold given the late state die state.  I find no prior auction record for this important coin.  Est. $4,000 to $4,800. 3 $3,900 $3,900 $4,290  
62 1823 O.109 R.5+ PCGS VF 35 Light grey toning, darker at the rims.  A handsome piece that was removed from an ANACS EF 45 capsule after Heritage offered it as part of BHNC member Reg Mason’s collection in March 2007.  (Lot 771 brought $3,450.)  The surfaces are smooth except for notable die breaks and a smattering of hairlines.  It is noteworthy to have a pair of 109s in the sale.  Est. $2,500 to $3,000. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
63 1823 Ugly 3 O.110a R.3 PCGS XF 45 Cartwheel luster, slightly diminished in the fields.  This is an old fashioned “45” that would today be offered and purchased as an AU coin.  The surfaces are free of contact marks though very lightly hairlined.  Dipped awhile back, now with a light grey patina.  This Red Book variety remains in demand, with auction prices to prove it.  Est. $1,000 to $1,500. 3 $1,025 $1,200 $1,128  
64 1824/1 O.101a R.2 PCGS AU 58 CAC Steel grey with garish luster that is undisturbed in the fields or across the devices.  The coin never entered circulation.  If asked “Where’s the friction?” I’ll have to pass.  From the same collection that harbored the earlier 1823 broken and patched 3s.  This one was plucked from my inventory at the Jan. 2007 FUN Show.  Nice!  $1,500 to $2,000. 2 $1,300 $1,550 $1,430  
65 1824/1 O.102 R.5+ PCGS F.12 Evenly toned a dusky, dark grey.  Die wear invariably flattens the devices on this VERY rare die marriage.  Here is an honest, well-worn coin that will enable you to complete a set if 1824s without paying a king’s ransom.  Est. $550 to $750. 1 $480 $578 $528  
66 1824 O.106 R.3 PCGS AU 55 CAC A pretty one.  Light gold toning with nearly full luster.  Weak curls behind and below the ear come with the territory on this die marriage.  In high grade the O.106 is particularly difficult to find.  The coin features a thin double profile and a reverse that is rotated 20° counterclockwise.  Interesting and telling artifacts of the early mint though not factors in valuing the coin.  Est. $1,100 to $1,500. 3 $1,300 $2,222 $1,430  
67 1824 Recut Date O.109 R.2 PCGS AU 50 CAC Silver-grey with extravagant luster for a mere “50.”  CAC agreed.  Stray hairlines are from short-term circulation.  Contact marks are minimal.  The PCGS label is over 20 years old.  It uses the word “overdate” rather than the updated descriptor “recut date.”  The coin last traded in June 2006.  Est. $475 to $600. 3 $620 $620 $682  
68 1824 Recut Date O.110 R.2 PCGS AU 55 An enchanting veil of pastel gold toning envelops the coin.  This time PCGS labeled it 1824/4.  The coin was removed from an NGC AU 58 capsule after it traded hands in Jan. 2007.  Perhaps PCGS was influenced by the flat stars (though the reverse is well struck).  The luster is unbroken, the surfaces unmarked, a combination that befits AU 58.  Est. $650 to $800. 2 $650 $651 $715  
69 1824 O.115 R.2 PCGS AU 53 Even prettier than the photo suggests.  Iridescent shades of turquoise, aqua and rose dance across the surfaces.  How we’d like all our “53s” to look like this!  Luster fights its way through the toning.  The surfaces are smooth save for a hidden scrape above the eagle’s beak.  Est. $400 to $600. 9 $610 $665 $671  
70 1825 O.107 R.2 PCGS AU 55 CAC Untoned with essentially full cartwheel luster.  Just a couple of handling marks away from AU 58 or better.  High rims and sharp dentils are a plus for the date collector.  Est. $450 to $550. 7 $510 $510 $561  
71 1826 O.115 R.5- PCGS AU 58 CAC This is a special coin.  Mint luster glows under a primeval veneer of “grey dirt.”  The strike is exceptional, clearly an early product of the dies.  With a loupe I found a couple of hairlines around the eagle’s head.  There no marks to suggest that the coin saw circulation.  Caviar?  Peacock’s tongue?  A CAC approved R.5 this nice cannot be ignored.  Est. $2500 to $3,000. 2 $2,000 $2,375 $2,200  
72 1827/6 O.101 R.2 PCGS MS 62 Strong, unbroken luster.  Just a hint of pale gold toning.  Well struck except for the tip of the bust.  Nice surfaces.  A charming coin for a high grade date or variety set.  Last offered by the Goldbergs at their Feb. 2008 auction, lot 636.  Est. $3,000 to $3,500. 1 $2,300 $2,300 $2,530  
73 1827/6 O.102 R.1 PCGS AU 58 CAC The ring of iridescent album toning is a key to the eye appeal of this fully lustrous overdate.  The strike and surfaces leave nothing to be desired.  Registry set and Red Book collectors – be on the alert.  Est. $1,700 to $2,000. 3 $1,600 $1,850 $1,760  
74 1827 Sq. Base 2 O.104 R.1 PCGS AU 50 CAC Ex Charlton E. Meyer, Jr., noted on the PCGS label.  Charlton purchased the coin in June 1974 from Lester Merkin’s sale of Al Overton’s dupes.  This was lot 244.  The coin is beautifully toned and free of blemishes.  Meyer never saw the need for an upgrade.  He graded it AU 55.  I agreed when appraising the Meyer Collection in 2008.  The coin will fit comfortably in a set of AU 55 or AU 58 bust halves.  Est. $500 to $600. 6 $690 $718 $759  
75 1827 Sq. Base 2 O.136 R.4 PCGS MS 62 A gorgeous example of this decidedly scarce die variety.  Cakey luster rolls under a diaphanous veil of soft amber toning.  The smooth surfaces are those of a choice uncirculated coin.  Stretch for this one – you won’t go wrong.  Est. $2,400 to $3,000. 2 $2,200 $2,500 $2,420  
76 1827 Sq. Base 2 O.139 R.4- PCGS AU 53 CAC Richly toned with iridescent colors of a tropical sunset.  The eye appeal is A+.  Luster befits a higher grade.  The R.4- rarity rating is a nice bonus!  Est. $550 to $750. 2 $460 $480 $506  
77 1827 Curl 2 O.146 R.2 PCGS AU 58 The lightly toned centers are framed by a halo of electric blue and turquoise toning inside the stars and legend.  The surfaces are nearly pristine.  I note one contact mark on the neck, nothing in the fields.  Friction?  VERY hard to find.  A nice example of this Red Book variety.  Just 2 of 49 die pairs in 1827 have a curl base 2.  Est. $1,000 to $1,300. 2 $1,050 $1,200 $1,155  
78 1828 Curl 2, No Knob O.104 R.3 PCGS AU 55 OGH A light gold patina enhances the eye appeal of this fully lustrous coin.  The surfaces will suit the most finicky collector.  Sharply struck, obverse and reverse.  The Green PCGS label means the coin and holder are past the drinking age of 21.  Est. $500 to $650. 5 $575 $575 $632  
79 1828 Sq.2, Large 8s O.108 R.3 PCGS MS 63 (CAC) Ex Louis Eliasberg, noted on the PCGS label.  Earlier in the collections of George H. Earle and (via Henry Chapman in 1912) John H. Clapp.  A magnificent coin with an incomparable provenance.  My notes on the coin, scribbled in the catalog of the April 1997 Eliasberg Sale, say, “Pretty – well struck; slightly prooflike.”  The handsome silver-grey toning on Eliasberg’s half-dollars was so common that it has come to be known as “The Eliasberg Look.”  I bid on the coin for BHNC doyen Tim Osborne.  We were not successful.  Dave Rutherford outbid us.  When Dave sold his collection some years later Keith Davignon made sure it stayed in the Bust Half Nut Club.  In 2017 Keith consigned the coin to my August ANA Sale, MB 45.  I sent the coin to CAC.  It was returned, as expected, with a green sticker.  Lot 33 sold for $2,548.  The winner (and current consignor) wanted Overton attributions on his PCGS graded coins.  Off it went to Newport Beach.  Oops!  It came back with an attribution but the CAC sticker was lost.  Well, not really.  The PCGS cert number did not change.  A visit to CAC’s web site confirms that cert no. 03954759 is entitled to a green bean. I did not notice the missing sticker until writing this description, too late to have it replaced.  Est. $2,400 to $3,000. 6 $3,450 $3,500 $3,795  
80 1828 Sq.2, Sm.8, Lg. Lets O.112 R.3 PCGS AU 58 CAC Even medium grey toning with russet highlights.  A nice coin with somewhat diminished cartwheel luster, unexpected on a CAC approved “58.”  Pleasing surfaces with friction on all high points.  Est. 750 to $900. 1 $680 $850 $748  
81 1828 Sq.2, Sm.8, Lg. Lets O.114 R.3 PCGS AU 55 Gold CAC Ex Dr. Charles Link.  Intermediate die state.  The reverse die breaks mentioned in Parsley’s latest revisions of Overton are present but the obverse die remains perfect. Antique grey centers, surrounded by gold and aqua iridescence through the stars and legend.  The eagle is awash in pale rose.  Luster is robust throughout.  There can be no argument with the gold sticker.  Est. $600 to $800. 9 $961 $961 $1,057  
82 1828 Sq.2, Sm.8, Lg. Lets O.118a R.4 PCGS AU 55 Ex Dr. Charles Link, noted on the PCGS label.  An attractive coin with natural grey toning.  A paradigm AU 55.  Die breaks on the reverse tell an interesting story.  The die also appears on the 1829 Large Letters Reverse O.110.  Early die states of the 1829 O.110 come without reverse die breaks.  The same is true of the 1828 O.118.  Both die marriages also appear with reverse die breaks.  How can this be?  Remarriage is the answer.  The reverse die was first married to the obverse dated 1828 (offered here).  Then, still in perfect condition, it enjoyed a 2nd marriage with the 1829 O.110 obverse.  After die breaks occurred, creating the 1829 O.110a, the die was returned – or remarried - to its original partner, yielding the 1828 O.118a, a very scarce die state.  What fun!  Est. $500 to $600. 5 $500 $650 $550  
83 1829 O.104 R.5+ PCGS XF 45 Ex Dr. Charles Link, noted on the PCGS label.  The `29-104 is a scarce die pair; most seen come with die chips, causing the tops of A1 and A2 to be filled.  These die chips hallmark the O.104a – a scarce die state.  The early or “prime” die state, offered here, is seen less often.  Its rarity rating is R.5+.  This example is simply perfect for the grade.  The strike is balanced, the toning natural and the surfaces are without problems.  A lesser quality NGC XF 45 appeared in MB 43, lot 64, Aug. 2016.  It brought $990.  I’ve not handled an example since then.  Est. $800 to $1,200. 3 $875 $1,250 $963  
84 1829/7 O.101 R.1 PCGS AU 58 Ex Dr. Charles Link.  Classic album toning alerts the eye to something special.  Cartwheel luster dances across the untoned fields and central devices.  Light streaks on the reverse are imperfections in the planchet, mint made of course and lighter than most drift marks we see.  Est. $900 to $1,200. 7 $1,100 $1,200 $1,210  
85 1829 O.108a R.3 PCGS MS 63 Ex Dr. Charles Link, noted on the PCGS label.  The luster is frightening!  Don your sunglasses.  High rims, complete dentils, perfect centering and razor sharp devices make this a superb coin for the date or type collector.  Last offered in Jan. 2011, Heritage’s FUN Sale, lot 3736, where it brought a healthy but well deserved $3,737.50.  Est. $2,500 to $3,000. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
86 1830 Sm.0 O.107 R.2 PCGS MS 63 CAC Lightly toned centers, pale copper at the margins.  The coin glows with deep seated luster, unbroken at the surface.  A solid MS 63 with superior eye appeal, confirmed by CAC.  Est. $1,800 to $2,200. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
87 1830 Sm.0 O.112a R.4+ PCGS AU 55 CAC Ex Dr. Charles Link, noted on the PCGS labelThe 112a has been flying under the radar.  Fewer than 10 examples are listed in Herrman’s recent AMBPR, none higher than AU 53.  (An MS 62 example was offered but did not sell in Jan. 2000.)  This is a connoisseur’s coin.  A beguiling crust of antique toning protects the surfaces.  Friction is limited to Liberty’s cheek and to the eagle’s wing tips.  The fields lack any signs of disturbance.  Do not let this important coin pass unnoticed.  Est. $1,200 to $1,500. 1 $800 $800 $880  
88 1830 Sm.0 O.113 R.2 PCGS MS 62 CAC Light grey toning with bold luster.  The coin is free of defects and might as well have graded 63.  As a common date and variety it is picture-perfect for the type collector.  $1,400 to $1,600. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
89 1830 Sm.0 O.117 R.2 PCGS AU 58 CAC Ex Green-Newman, noted on the PCGS label.  This was lot 33645 in Heritage’s Nov. 2013 sale of Eric Newman’s remarkable collection. It was offered as NGC MS 61 and brought $2,291.  My notes agree with the PCGS/CAC designation, a top end AU 58.  Newman stored the coin in a brown envelope.  It took on a lovely pale mahogany and rose patina with golden highlights.  The cheek has a trace of cabinet friction.  Clearly, the coin never circulated.  Every serious bust half collector must have a “Newman” coin in his or her collection.  Here is an especially pretty one.  Est. $1,200 to $1,500. 2 $1,050 $1,050 $1,155  
90 1831 O.110a R.4 PCGS AU 58 CAC Ex Dr. Charles LinkOriginal is the watchword here.  The toning and surfaces befit a coin that has never been circulated or “improved.”  I see no breaks in luster nor even a hint of cabinet friction.  PCGS undoubtedly settled on “58” because of striking weakness around the rims – mandatory on the late die state.  Est. $900 to $1,200. 9 $1,200 $1,255 $1,320  
91 1831 Overton Plate Coin O.111 R.1 PCGS AU 55 Overton Plate Coin.  Exquisitely detailed central devices.  Untoned with even, soft luster throughout.  This was Al Overton’s set piece, plated in his 1970 2nd edition.  Don Parsley used the plate in each of his three revisions, starting in 1990.  Don found a better example between 1990 and 1993 when I brokered a sale of the Overton Collection.  This coin escaped into the collection of John Crowley (via MB 5, Aug. 1991, lot 140) before that sale occurred, making it one of the few Overton Plate coins to reach the open market.  It reappeared in MB 27, April 2002, lot 152, bringing $1,120 as a still raw AU.  Auction tags and Don Parsley’s personal tag survive and accompany the lot.  The coin is offered without reserve.  Be assured, it will not be overlooked.  Est. $1,000 and up. 10 $650 $918 $715  
92 1832 Lg. Lets. Rev. O.101a R.1 PCGS AU 55 The lightly toned obverse enjoys a ring of turquoise toning through the stars.  The lighter reverse is especially lustrous.  The hallmark die break, olive leaves to left wing, is in full flower.  One day a lucky collector will find this die pair without a die break.  It hasn’t happened yet.  Est. $400 to $500. 4 $387 $444 $426  
93 1834 Lg. Dt. & Lets O.102 R.1 PCGS AU 55 CAC Wow!  I think there is a misprint on the label.  55?  This coin is everyone’s 58 – and a nice one at that.  The blinding luster is undisturbed in the fields.  The strike is magnificent.  I note a trace of friction on the cheek, none on the reverse.  The date is common.  The eye appeal is not.  Est. $600 to $800. 6 $725 $800 $798  
94 1836 Beaded Border O.106a R.3 PCGS AU 55 CAC Yet another Red Book variety with scrumptious, original toning and surfaces.  An enticing halo of iridescent aqua surrounds the pale auburn centers.  The reverse die started life as an anchor for the famed crushed lettered edge proofs dated 1833, 1834 and 1835.  All were struck in 1836.  Est. 550 to $700. 6 $1,100 $1,400 $1,210  
95 1836 Bar Dot O.121 R.5+ PCGS XF 45 Ex Olin “Ole” Carter.  Glossy, medium to dark grey toning, imparted by storage in one of Ole’s kraft envelopes.  The smooth surfaces have stray hairlines from circulation but no marks of any consequence.  The O.121 is a VERY rare variety.  I’ve cherried but one example in 37 years of looking.  The consignor acquired this coin from me as a raw XF in July 2008 at the Baltimore ANA show, paying $4,250.  Prices have slipped since then but not the rarity of this die pair.  Check your AMBPR.  How many XF’s or better have come to auction in the past 10 years?  Answer: NONE!  For you newcomers, Olin Carter was an early member of BHNC, known for his cherry-picking ability.  He uncovered one of 5 known 1832 O.123’s and discovered the 1823 O.113 and 1825 O.118.  Ole was my table assistant (along with Henry Hilgard) at the Long Beach shows from 1985 until he passed away in 2003.  His widow, Esther Carter, parted with the collection in 2008.  Ole’s kraft envelope and insert accompany the lot as do personal notes of the consignor.  Est. $3,000 to $4,000. 3 $2,500 $3,390 $2,750  
96 1836 Reeded Edgs GR-1 R.2 PCGS AU 53 CAC The key to this short series.  (May we ignore the 1838-O?)  It is a sad fact that key date bust halves, 1794-1839, are regularly subject to abuse.   Consider your experience with 1794s, 1796-97s, 1801-02s, 1815s and the date offered here.  Slabbed and raw, we are used to seeing off-quality coins.  Even those that may be described as “nice” are not objectively nice but rather relatively nice.  Here is the rare 1836 RE that is objectively nice!  It has not been cleaned.   The toning is original and attractive.  The surfaces have minimal signs of circulation.  Soft luster abounds in protected areas.  In short, it is an honest coin, preserved by honest stewards. I peeked at the CAC Pop Report for the issue.  Only 5 pieces, including this one, graded AU 53 have received a sticker.  Enough said.  If you aspire to a truly nice 1836 RE this is your coin.  Est. $4,000 to $5,000. 3 $3,900 $3,900 $4,290  
97 1837 Reeded Edge GR-13 R.1 PCGS MS 60 Ex Dr. Charles Link.  Pretty toning but the surfaces were wiped and a fingerprint is seen on the lowest curls and adjoining field.  The coin is indeed mint state and retains its cartwheel luster.  Est. $1,000 to $1,200. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  
98 1838 Reeded Edge GR-8 R.2 PCGS MS 62 Ex Dr. Charles Link.  An original coin with cakey luster under somewhat mottled, steel grey toning.  Mark-free surfaces.  Not flashy but a deadly honest coin.  PCGS suggests $2,250.  Est. $1,500 to $1,800. 0 $0 $0 Not Sold  

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