1822 Capped Bust Half Dollar. O 106-a. Rarity-3. MS-62 (PCGS)

 1822 Capped Bust Half Dollar. O 106-a. Rarity-3. MS-62 (PCGS).
 

Wisps of iridescent copper-apricot toning drift over both sides of this lustrous, satiny example. Sharply defined from an expertly centered strike, overall smooth surfaces have the appearance of Choice Mint State quality. Although not quite Condition Census for the 1822 O-106 dies, this late state example is seemingly undergraded at the MS-62 level and is sure to see spirited bidding at auction.
 

Provenance: From the Greenway Collection. Stack's paper envelope included.
 

PCGS# 6129. NGC ID: 24FG.


$2,175


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1831 Capped Bust Half Dollar. O-117. Rarity-4. MS-64+ (PCGS).

 1831 Capped Bust Half Dollar. O-117. Rarity-4. MS-64+ (PCGS).
 

This lovely near-Gem exhibits iridescent powder blue and reddish-apricot peripheral highlights to otherwise dominant pewter gray patina. Sharply defined for the variety with a smooth, lustrous appearance. This is a scarce and conditionally challenging die marriage of the 1831 half dollar, the finest example listed in Herrman (Autumn 2018 revision) the PCGS MS-62 that appeared as lot 3162 in our (Bowers and Merena's) Frontenac Sale of November 1991. However, Overton lists an MS-65 in his Condition Census, acknowledged both in Herrman and our Frontenac Sale catalog. The present example may be the Overton MS-65, or it may be a newcomer, but in either case it easily qualifies as high Condition Census for the variety. Clearly a significant find for the advanced Bust half dollar variety collector.
 

PCGS# 6159. NGC ID: 24FV.

$5,600

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1832 Capped Bust Half Dollar. O-102. Rarity-1. Small Letters. MS-62 (NGC).

1832 Capped Bust Half Dollar. O-102. Rarity-1. Small Letters. MS-62 (NGC).
 

Pretty cobalt blue and reddish-apricot peripheral iridescence provides strong eye appeal for this boldly struck, satiny example. The surfaces are uncommonly smooth for the assigned grade and suggestive of a Choice Mint State rating.
 

Provenance: From the Greenway Collection. Stack's paper envelope included.
 

PCGS# 6160. NGC ID: 24FW.

$1,400

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1833 Capped Bust Half Dollar. O-105. Rarity-2. MS-65 (PCGS).

1833 Capped Bust Half Dollar. O-105. Rarity-2. MS-65 (PCGS).
 

Slightly speckled medium rose and blue-gray iridescence dominates the appearance of this wonderfully original Gem. Striking quality is superior for a late date Lettered Edge Capped Bust half dollar, both sides with fully denticulated borders and most design elements boldly rendered. A full endowment of lively satin luster rounds out an impressive list of physical attributes for this significant and appealing coin. Wide repunching to the final letter S in STATES identifies this reverse die, which was used only in the 1833 O-105 pairing. Although not included therein, this PCGS MS-65 is tied for CC#1 per the listing provided by Stephen J. Herrman in the Autumn 2018 revision to his Auction & Mail Bid Prices Realized for Bust Half Dollars: 1794-1839.
 

PCGS Population (all die marriages of the issue): 18; 9 finer (MS-68 finest).
 

PCGS# 6163. NGC ID: 24FX.

$6,200


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1836 Capped Bust Half Dollar. Lettered Edge. O-102. Rarity-3. MS-65 (NGC).

1836 Capped Bust Half Dollar. Lettered Edge. O-102. Rarity-3. MS-65 (NGC).
 

Upper end Condition Census for the 1836 O-102 dies, this is a beautiful Gem with intense mint frost to both sides. The reverse is brilliant apart from a dusting of iridescent peripheral toning, while the obverse exhibits delicate sandy-apricot toning throughout. Sharply struck with strong visual appeal. In the Autumn 2018 revision to Auction & Mail Bid Prices Realized for Bust Half Dollars: 1794-1839, Stephen J. Herrman lists several MS-65s as the finest known for this die marriage. The present example appears to be a newcomer to that listing, and it represents a fleeting bidding opportunity for advanced type and variety collectors.
 

PCGS# 39939. NGC ID: 24G2.


$5,400


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1836 Capped Bust Half Dollar. Lettered Edge. O-113. Rarity-2. MS-64 (PCGS).

1836 Capped Bust Half Dollar. Lettered Edge. O-113. Rarity-2. MS-64 (PCGS).
 

Handsome surfaces exhibit copper-gray patina to the obverse, deeper antique copper and steel toning on the reverse. Both sides are satiny in texture with an expectably smooth appearance for the assigned grade. The strike is sharp in virtually all areas and uncommonly well executed for this final year Capped Bust, Lettered Edge half dollar issue. The Autumn 2018 revision to Stephen J. Herrman's Auction & Mail Bid Prices Realized for Bust Half Dollars: 1794-1839 includes a small number of MS-64s in the Condition Census for the 1836 O-113 dies. The present example is a newcomer to that list, a find for the astute Bust half dollar enthusiast.
 

PCGS# 6169. NGC ID: 24G2.


$2,800


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