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Finest Known 1819 Overton-108 Capped Bust Half Dollar at August ANA Auction

By James McCartney, Numismatist & CatalogerStack’s Bowers ……
1819 Bust Half Dollar - Stack's Bowers

Showcased in lot 2095 of our August 2017 ANA World’s Fair of Money Rarities Night Session is an incredible 1819 Capped Bust half dollar that exhibits exceptional preservation and beautiful patina.

This stunning Gem should be viewed to be truly appreciated as each side features satiny, cartwheel luster. The surfaces serve as a pristine canvas for rainbow iridescence that is most vibrant across the upper obverse, framing Liberty’s portrait in pastel hues. The strike is impressively sharp despite a late die state, with precise and frosted intricacies to the focal elements throughout. The cracks on the reverse have progressed considerably in this state, with the usual breaks through the denomination, UNITED, and an additional crack protruding down from the border above the T in STATES.

The offered half dollar is undoubtedly the finest survivor from the Overton-108 dies, ranking even finer than the Pogue specimen that was certified MS-64+ (PCGS) in our sale of the D. Brent Pogue Collection, Part II in September 2015. Additionally, this piece is among the top examples of the overall 1819 issue, irrespective of die marriage. Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) shows just a single coin certified finer in MS-66, while the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) Population Report shows one coin in MS-65+ and one in MS-66. The present lot is a magnificent representative of the 1819 Capped Bust half dollar and is certainly an exciting opportunity for specialists and type collectors.

This piece will be featured in lot 2095 Rarities Night in our August 2017 ANA auction, accompanying such astounding rarities as the Lord St. Oswald-Norweb 1794 Flowing Hair dollar and the 1853-O No Arrows Liberty Seated half dollar from the Garrett Collection. Contact us today at 1-800-458-4646 or email [email protected] to secure your copy of this exciting catalog!

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Stack's Bowers Galleries conducts live, internet, and specialized auctions of rare U.S. and world coins and currency and ancient coins, as well as direct sales through retail and wholesale channels. The company's 90-year legacy includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable United States coin and currency collections to ever cross an auction block — The D. Brent Pogue Collection, The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The Joel R. Anderson Collection, The Norweb Collection, The Cardinal Collection, The Sydney F. Martin Collection, and The Battle Born Collection — to name just a few. World coin and currency collections include The Pinnacle Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection of World Gold Coins, The Kroisos Collection, The Alicia and Sidney Belzberg Collection, The Salton Collection, The Wa She Wong Collection, and The Thos. H. Law Collection. The company is headquartered in Costa Mesa, California with galleries in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. Offices are also located in New Hampshire, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, Hong Kong, Paris, and Vancouver.

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