||1806/5 50C MS61 NGC. O-104, R.4. Ex: "Col." E.H.R. Green. Hands down the more desirable of four overdated die pairings of 1806. Overton's O-101, O-102 and O-103 were struck from a single obverse die (married to different reverses) that displays a barely perceptible remnant of the underlying 5. On the O-104 we have a bold overdate. More importantly it is the only overdate in the entire half-dollar series, 1794 to date, struck from an obverse die that was actually used in a prior year. (The 1806/5 quarter and quarter eagle make the same claim for those denominations.) The obverse die made its debut on the 1805 O-105 and 106. This spectacular coin is toned in attractive shades of lavender, gray, and golden-brown. The luster is slightly subdued and a few slide marks cross Liberty's cheek and neck. The reflective surfaces on the reverse are especially enticing. The finest known example of the 1806/5 O-104 is the Reed Hawn example, Ex: Atwater and Allenburger, now in the cabinet of a Michigan collector. The Newman coin competes with three others for second finest in the Condition Census. 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 $21,150.00 . Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions, ha.com.