||1855/54 50C PR63 NGC. CAC. WB-102, FS-301. The 1855 Seated Liberty half dollar is a very rare issue in proof format. This attractive Select specimen shows the remnants of the crossbar of an undertype 4 inside the loop of the final 5 in the date, identifying the WB-102 variety. The overdate was discovered by Walter Breen on a business-strike coin in 1971. Randy Wiley and Bill Bugert knew of only three proof examples in 1993, but a few more have been discovered since then. After studying population data and recent auction records, we suspect the surviving population numbers 8-10 examples in all grades. Bill Fivaz and J.T. Stanton have this to say about the FS-301, "This is one of the top three varieties of the series, and is a proof die later used for circulation strikes." The present coin features well-detailed design elements and moderately reflective fields, under shades of greenish-gold, violet, and lilac toning. No major signs of contact are evident and eye appeal is quite strong. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $18,800.00 . Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions, ha.com.