||1853 50C Arrows and Rays MS66 NGC. FS-802. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. Doubled Die Reverse. The fifth edition of The Cherrypickers' Guide lists three different doubled die reverse varieties. On FS-802, doubling is prominent on HALF DOL, AMERICA, some of the rays, and some of the denticles. According to authors Bill Fivaz and J.T. Stanton, this is the rarest of the three doubled die varieties. They opine that only three or four examples of FS-802 are known. The Eric P. Newman specimen and another graded XF40 are the only two examples that NGC has examined (9/13). PCGS has certified a single example in XF45, and ANACS has certified one example graded Fine. The Newman coin is far finer than any other known examples of FS-802. There are only a few certified examples of the other two doubled die reverse varieties, FS-801 and FS-803. The finest certified examples of those others achieve only the MS62 grade level. This is the finest known 1853 Arrows and Rays half dollar with a doubled die reverse. In addition to its rarity as a variety, this Premium Gem is also tied for the finest NGC-certified examples of a one-year type coin. This lovely coin boasts a full strike with dove-gray surfaces accented in olive, pale blue, and amber. Census: 11 in 66, 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 @ $5.00; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $36,718.75 . Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions, ha.com.