||1805 50C MS63 NGC. O-108, R.4. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. Here is another extravagantly and beautifully toned early half-dollar, paying homage to the album in which it was stored for so many decades. It is a well-detailed Select specimen with vibrant mint luster and only minor signs of contact. Iridescent shades of cobalt-blue, champagne-gold, and golden-brown toning cover the surfaces in a dazzling play of colors. After a one-year hiatus, the Mint produced a total of 211,722 Draped Bust half dollars in 1805, with 14 die varieties for the date. Three of the varieties are overdates. Stephen Herrman lists only one coin in MS63 in his list of auction appearances of the scarce 1805 O-108, leaving the Newman coin in a battle for finest known of the die pair. Census for all varieties: 3 in 63 (1 in 63+), 0 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 @ $35.00; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $28,200.00 . Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions, ha.com.