By James McCartneyNumismatist & Cataloger, Stack’s Bowers ……
 

1795 Overton-121 Flowing Hair half dollar

Among the significant rarities featured in our June 2018 Official Auction of the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Summer Expo is a gorgeous 1795 Overton-121 Flowing Hair half dollar in nearly Mint State preservation. This AU-58 (PCGS) example is an exceptional representative of the popular Y over Star blunder that both specialists and type collectors will appreciate. Slate gray surfaces are accented by a colorful display of iridescence on the reverse and feature considerable mint luster around the devices on each side. Subtle traces of planchet adjustment remain across the highest points on the obverse, most notable throughout Liberty’s hair, the denticles, and select stars. Evidence of clashing is apparent at Liberty’s throat, leaving impressions from the eagle’s wing sharply impressed, equivalent to Tompkins Die Stage 2/1. Overall well struck, with the errant star beneath the Y of LIBERTY clearly discernible.

This is an important example of this desirable variety, falling into the lower reaches of the Condition Census. The MS-64 (PCGS) Eliasberg-Pogue specimen ranks as finest-known O-121, followed by a few pieces in lower Mint State and Choice AU grades. The piece in our June auction delivers remarkable provenance, having previously graced the cabinet of actor Buddy Ebsen.

Ebsen rose to prominence in the second half of the 20th century and is most famous for his role as Jed Clampett in the television show The Beverly Hillbillies (1962-1971). He also appeared in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1968) alongside Audrey Hepburn and was originally cast as the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz (1939), although he developed an allergic reaction to the aluminum dust used in the costume and was replaced early in filming. He was considered one of the most enthusiastic celebrity coin collectors, and his collection realized over $7.6 million when it was sold by Superior Galleries in June 1987. The present example was lot 1320 of the sale and was noted to be “a well struck specimen, well centered with excellent detail throughout.”

This beautiful 1795 O-121 half dollar is among the numerous highlights featured in our June 2018 Baltimore auction, appearing alongside such cabinets as the Beasley Collection, the Fairmont Collection and the Boston Old City Hall Collection. The sale will be available for viewing and bidding on our website www.StacksBowers.com, or you may contact our offices to secure a printed catalog. To speak with a numismatic representative today, please call 800-458-4646 or email Info@StacksBowers.com. Also, download our mobile app to view and participate in our exciting auctions via your Android or Apple device.

Plan to Participate in our June 2018 Baltimore Auction

Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to present our official auction of the June 2018 Whitman Coin & Collectibles Summer Expo. View lots and register online today at StacksBowers.com. Download a free copy of the catalog to your computer or mobile device now.

Listed below is the lot viewing, and auction session schedule. We hope to see you in Baltimore.

Lot Viewing

New York Store
June 11-15, 2018, by appointment only

Room 307 at the Baltimore Convention Center
Tuesday, June 19 – Friday, June 22 9 AM-6 PM

Auction Sessions

Room 308 at the Baltimore Convention Center

Session 1: “U.S. Coins Part I: Gold Coinage, Featuring the Fairmont Collection of Liberty Head Double Eagles” Thursday, June 21, 6:00 PM ET. Lots 1-383.

Session 2: “U.S. Coins Part II: Exonumia, Colonials-Silver Dollars, Commemoratives and Patterns” Friday, June 22, 5:00 PM ET. Lots 1001-1604.

Internet Sessions at StacksBowers.com

Session 3: “US Coins Part I” Monday, June 25, 9:00 AM PT. Lots 2001-2724.
Session 4: “US Coins Part II” Tuesday, June 26, 9:00 AM PT. Lots 3001-3800.

Lot Pick Up

Room 307 at the Baltimore Convention Center

Friday, June 22, 10 AM-1 PM
Saturday, June 23, 9 AM-Noon
 

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