Assembling an XF or better set of the 15 known 1809 die pairs is a daunting task. Five carry R.5 rarity ratings. The R.4+ 1809 O.108 and O.110 are equally difficult to find in grades above VF. Tim found this handsome example in Mail Bid Sale 12 (July 1994) where I offered lot 113, consigned by Ivan Leaman, as a raw XF 40: A superb example. The detail in both wings is as nice as I have seen. The neck-curl and clasp are soft. Overall, this piece looks too sharp for a 108. Original antique grey toning enhances the eye appeal. A condition rarity for the connoisseur. In the 27+ years to follow, Tim never found a better example to grace his remarkable collection.
Estimate: $1,500 to $2,000
Sheridan Downey, Numismatist 4400 Keller Ave.,
Suite 140, PMB 398 Oakland, California 94605 email@example.com (510) 479-1585