||1805 50C MS62 NGC. O-106, High R.3. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. This is a stunning coin. Richly toned from repose in an album, both sides have rich bluish-green peripheries, gradually changing to light gray at the centers. The reverse is lighter, may we say less ostentatious, than the obverse. The luster is truly exceptional, obverse and reverse: 1805's just don't come this lustrous! The strike is adequate for the issue. The obverse is a bit weak at the drapery lines and the top of Liberty's head. The reverse is beautifully impressed save the lowest tail feathers. In more than a quarter century of third party grading, NGC has only certified six Mint State 1805 half dollars of all varieties. The Newman collection increased the Mint State census to 10 examples. That statement clearly puts the rarity of high grade 1805 half dollars in its proper light. Census: 4 in 62, 3 finer (10/13). 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 @ $25.00; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $21,150.00 . Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions, ha.com.