||1795 50C Two Leaves MS62 NGC. O-105, High R.3. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. The obverse of this coin is so beautiful that it was selected by NGC to illustrate the 1795 half dollar page at its Coin Explorer website. It exhibits a wondrous rainbow of iridescence that includes light turquoise, amber and pale blue. Words fail! The reverse has silver centers with droplets of toning encircled by a ring of blue iridescence, all courtesy of a magic Wayte Raymond album. The strike is nicely balanced with no areas of significant weakness though the eagle's breast feathers, typically, are not well defined. The 1795 O-105 is a common die pair with a reasonable number of high grade examples. In the face of so many treasures from the Newman Collection we should remind one another that no 1795 half-dollar in Mint State is "common." When a Mint State coin of incomparable eye appeal appears before a discerning collector he or she will compare the presentation to caviar. Or, as Walter Breen once noted, "a plate of peacock's tongues!" Ex: "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate; Partnership of Eric P. Newman / B.G. Johnson d.b.a. St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.; Eric P. Newman @ $50.00; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $117,500.00 . Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions, ha.com.