||1817 50C MS65+ NGC. O-106, R.5. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. The O-106 is sometimes called the Comet Head variety because of the diagnostic die flaw from the top of the cap to the right rim. This high-end Gem exhibits sharply detailed design elements, with some clash marks on Liberty's bust below the ear. The centers of both sides are blanketed in attractive shades of champagne-gold toning, with vivid rings of lavender, lilac, and violet at the peripheries. Radiant mint luster adds to the terrific eye appeal. In its dotage this die pair gained fame as the 1817 Single Leaf (O-106a) after one of the two upper leaves was lapped away. Stephen Herrman's survey of auction appearances lists two examples of the 1817 O-106 in MS66, leaving this coin (and probably others) to claim the third spot in the Condition Census for the variety. 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 @ $2.50; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $14,100.00 . Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions, ha.com.