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Lot 33447

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Type Coin
Title Lot 33447
Date 1817/3
Country U.S.
Service Catalog # 6111
Denomination 50C
Description 1817/3 50C MS64 NGC. O-101, R.3. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. Rings of vivid lavender and sea-green toning encircle the brilliant centers of this luminous Choice specimen. The coin is from an early state of the dies and is sharply detailed throughout. This is important to knowledgeable collectors. Weakness around the eagle's head and left wing is a recurrent problem for the 1817/3. Excellent eye appeal complements the high technical grade. The silvery surfaces vary a bit from the frosty mint luster usually seen on high grade specimens. We note the following on Newman's envelope (which accompanies the lot): 1817 over 13 half. Brilliant Proof. Ext. rare. (See Breen U.S. Proofs.) Turning to Breen's Encyclopedia of United States and Colonial Proof Coins 1722-1977 at page 40 we find the text to which Newman's envelope alludes. Breen identifies an 1817/3 half-dollar, "not too carefully made [for a proof]" with a proof obverse and uncirculated reverse. Breen concludes, "Probably the earliest variety of the year." Is that Breen's way of describing a "prooflike" early strike? Perhaps. Breen goes on to list the provenance of the coin: "Privately placed by New Netherlands Coin Co, ex Newcomer, Green, Wayte Raymond's personal set of proof half dollars." So, despite the notation on Newman's envelope, the Breen coin does not appear to be the one Newman acquired from "Colonel" Green. 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; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. Realized $28,200.00 . Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions,

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