Ex Floyd Farley, John Tidwell and Charlton E. Meyer, Jr. Only XF 45, but one of the 3 or 4 most important coins in this sale. The O.115 die marriage is scarce in all die states. Most [O.115a] come with a massive die break that bisects the obverse from the rim right of the date, through the portrait, exiting between stars 6 and 7. Only a feathery die break, rim to the lowest curl (as here), is seen on rare early die states. You will need a loupe to spot it on the current offering. The coin is handsomely toned, wrapped in an even light auburn blanket. Contact marks are negligible. A hint of planchet roughness occurs in the left obverse field. Again, you will need a loupe to see it. This was Floyd Farley’s (BHNC #2) set piece. It passed to John Tidwell in November 1997 then to Charlton Meyer in August 2004. David Kahn acquired it when I sold the Meyer Collection in July 2008 and Tim picked it up in November of that year. Quite a pedigree. More important – quite a coin!
Estimate: $2,500 to $3,500
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