||1805/4 50C AU55 NGC. CAC. O-103a, High R.5. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. A lovely album-toned coin, the Newman specimen has ivory centers with concentric rings of iridescent deep blue to bright orange. Light gray high points clearly show the area of wear on this lovely half dollar. Only a glass reveals minute slide marks on Liberty's cheek. Perhaps three dozen examples of this rare die marriage survive, including three Choice AU examples that vie for the three top spots in the condition census. This example is a mid to late die state with die cracks from the border below star 1 and through star 2, both meeting at the third hair curl. The area between the cracks appears slightly raised in the form of a retained cud.. This impressive piece is the finest of its die state as the two other high grade coins are early die states that lack the charismatic triangular die break. 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 @ $10.00; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $19,975.00 . Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions, ha.com.