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Mail Bid Auction 53

Auction ended on January 15, 2022

Lot Number 105


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1827 Sq. Base 2 -  O.124 R.5 PCGS MS 62


 Ex Dr. Charles Link   Almost certainly the 2nd finest known of this very, very difficult die pair.  The miraculous Getty-Dosier coin, PCGS MS 64, will forever remain no.1.  This frosty, mint state coin made its appearance at the 2018 winter FUN Show, creating an uproar among bust half intelligentsia.  Heritage was offering the “Loma Linda Collection,” a theretofore unknown collection that included a number of bust half rarities, notably Paul Munson’s 1806 Knob 6, No Stem O.108, one of 7 known.  The identity of the collector was not disclosed, nor did Heritage tell us where or when this stunning 1827 O.124 was uncovered.  When lot 3682 was announced at the podium the clamor of floor bidding reached new heights.  Dr. Link prevailed at $16,200.  The coin, carefully dipped, is virtually pristine.  Luster is bold and unbroken.  The surfaces are free of distractions.  It is an honor to offer this remarkable coin to the community of bust half collectors.

The PCGS label lists the attribution as O.124a.  The BHNC has wisely delisted the “a-model.”  A supposed distinction between examples that involved drawn stars and indistinct dentils was deemed fanciful.  I agree with the BHNC determination.

Estimate: $15,000 and up


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