Stack's Bowers - The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale Lot #538

  • PCGS
  • 65
  • CAC
  • N

1830 Capped Bust Half Dollar. O-118. Rarity-3. Small 0. MS-65+ (PCGS). Secure Holder.

Probably Finest-Known 1830 O-118 Bust Half

Our research indicates that this coin is the Eliasberg specimen of the 1830 O-118 Capped Bust Half Dollar. Now certified as a premium-quality 65+ at PCGS, this coin surpasses in grade any other example of the die marriage listed in the Spring 2010 revision to Auction & Mail Bid Prices Realized for Bust Half Dollars: 1794-1839 by Stephen J. Herrman.     Both sides are simply exquisite with blended pinkish-silver and olive-apricot central toning that gives way to even more vivid blue, orange and gold iridescence at the borders. The obverse is semi-prooflike in finish, while the reverse is fully prooflike and very flashy. Softness of strike at the borders is a common attribute for examples of this die marriage, but the centers are bold-to-sharp in detail. Bold clashmarks in the fields around the focal devices are as struck, and we see not even a single detracting abrasion. A gorgeous coin that is sure to sell for a premium bid. Among the finest known for the issue, and probably finest known for the die variety.

PCGS#: 6156

Pedigree: Ex: Hesselgesser Collection. Earlier from our sale of the Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, April 1997, lot 1867 and Sheridan Downey's Fixed Price List of August 2000.