One for die variety collectors. The `27-122 is a solid R.5. Cherry pickers look for 1827s with star 1 distant from the bust, a feature unique to this die (also used on the O.121 and O.123). This coin, formerly in the collection of Jim Ross, was lightly circulated but retains a fair amount of mint luster. Natural grey toning. Dirt is lodged in portions of the eagle’s wing feathers. Consider this a mark of distinction: no one tried to “improve” the coin by cleaning it. The Witham coin, also graded PCGS XF 45, brought $1,725 at Heritage’s 2010 Boston ANA Sale. PCGS blew the attribution on this one. The label identifies it as an 1827 “Curl 2.” Oops!Est. $1,250 to $1,500.
Sheridan Downey, Numismatist Oakland, California email@example.com (510) 479-1585