||1860 50C PR66 Cameo NGC. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. This early No Motto proof Seated half dollar shows a full strike and excellent eye appeal throughout both sides. The silver-white, thickly frosted devices in the centers provide abundant contrast against the profoundly mirrored fields. A touch of iridescent rim toning rounds out this thoroughly attractive Premium Gem Cameo proof. Despite the reported proof mintage of 1,000 pieces, Breen reports that 475 were melted, leaving a net distribution of only 525 pieces. This piece is near the top rung of the Condition Census, made only two years after the Mint began publicly marketing proof coins to collectors rather than supplying them clandestinely to the well-connected. NGC has seen three submissions or grading events at the PR66 Cameo level, and four are 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 @ $15.00; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $11,162.50 . Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions, ha.com.