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Gem Red 1835 Classic Head Half Cent Offered in Stack’s Bowers March 2020 Baltimore Auction

Gem Red 1835 Classic Head Half Cent Offered in Stack's Bowers March 2020 Baltimore Auction

By James McCartneySenior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ……
Assistant Engraver John Reich’s Classic Head design type was introduced on the large cents of 1808 and debuted on the half cents of the following year. It was relatively short-lived on the larger denomination and lasted only through 1814, although it was employed on the half cent for nearly 30 years culminating with the Proof issues of 1836.

Featured in our March 2020 Baltimore Auction is an exceptional 1835 Classic Head half cent graded MS-65 RD by PCGS with approval by CAC. The surfaces are essentially as-struck, showing full Mint Red luster across each side and lacking any notable friction. Liberty’s portrait features remarkable definition to every element and the fields are smooth.

We first handled this piece over 15 years ago in our July 2004 sale of the Oliver Jung Collection. At that time, it was tied for the finest seen by PCGS in the Red category and it remarkably remains so today. In fact, our 2004 sale of the Jung Collection marks the last time a PCGS-certified MS-65 Red example has sold at auction.

This coin has since resided in the incredible ESM Collection, which is currently ranked as #3 among the all-time-finest PCGS Registry Sets in the Circulation Strike Half Cents with Major Varieties category. We expect tremendous excitement for this upcoming offering.

It will be featured in our March 2020 Baltimore Auction as part of the ESM Collection of Circulation Strike Half Cents, which includes a complete set of half cents from 1793 through 1857. To consign your collection alongside these treasures or secure a copy of this exciting catalog speak with a numismatic representative today at 800-566-2580 or email [email protected]. Also, download our mobile app to view and participate in our auctions via your Android or Apple device.

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Stack's Bowershttps://stacksbowers.com/
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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