||1850 $1 MS63 NGC. This 1850 Seated dollar is certified MS63 by NGC, although the proofs and business strikes share many characteristics in common and have been frequently confused with one another. Only 7,500 business strikes were coined in this year in any case, making both business strikes and proofs rare. The obverse of this piece shows an open 5 in the date, the base of the 0 double-punched, and near-horizontal die file marks at the dentils beneath 50, as in Breen-5443. This obverse die was used for both proofs and later business strikes, accounting for the prooflike appearance of the latter. A few scattered contact marks appear on Liberty's thigh and legs. The reverse die, as in Breen-5442, shows a small die line slanting downward through the horizontal shield stripes, ending at the bottom-right corner. Numerous die file marks appear between the vertical stripes, and the two lower arrowheads are joined. A small die crack runs from (UNITE)D nearly to O(F). There are scattered minor field marks consistent with the MS63 grade. Considerable prooflike surface quality appears throughout both sides, as expected. The obverse is mostly silver-gray with touches of gold, while the reverse shows deeper amber-gold patina near the rim with a silver-gray center. Census: 5 in 63 (1 in 63 S), 3 finer (10/13). Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.
Realized $9,987.50 . Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions, ha.com.