Chances are your set lacks a high grade 1834 O.119. This is a “sleeper” die pair, one of the few to have moved up from its original rarity rating. It was listed as R.3 in the 1970 and 1990 editions of Overton’s standard reference. It remains a fixture on want lists of advanced die variety collectors. This was John Crowley’s set piece. Crowley worked his way near the top of the BHNC census at the turn of the century, assembling a high grade, nearly complete set of the 450 known capped bust die varieties. He consigned the set to me in 2001. It was the highlight of my offerings that year at the summer ANA Convention in Atlanta. It was there that Tim purchased this coin. His pithy description is perfect: “liquid silver, amber rims.” The coin overflows with luster, far more than one expects of a “53.” The surfaces show light handling, nothing distracting.
Estimate: $600 to $900
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