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Categories  •  Stack's October 2006 New York The George Byers Collection of U. S. Half Dollars, 1795-1964 United States Half Dollars United States Flowing Hair Half Dollars
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Lot # Description GradeView our Explanation of Comparative Grading Hammer Price
1001 1795 Overton 121 (R-4+). 'Y' punched over a star, Berries 9x8 BU $22,000.00
1795 Overton 121 (R-4+). 'Y' punched over a star, Berries 9x8.  Brilliant Uncirculated,  and approaching...
Brilliant Uncirculated, and approaching a Choice grade. Frosty mint lustre throughout, with a blush of russet and gold on the obverse, more gold and blue toning on the reverse. The strike is quite sharp as Liberty's curls show fine definition on all but a few of the uppermost, and the eagle's breast feathers are clearly outlined on the chest. The left obverse stars are well struck,...  more
1002 1795 O.125 (R-4) AU $9,000.00
1795 O.125 (R-4). A strong About Uncirculated or finer, with even silver-gray toning over lustre....
A strong About Uncirculated or finer, with even silver-gray toning over lustre. Faint hairlines can be discerned with a strong magnifier and light, which disappear as the coin is examined at various angles, and which are minimally distracting. The strike is reasonably sharp on Liberty's curls, although most of the stars lack their central definition. Of importance to the collector, the eagle's...  more
Categories  •  Stack's October 2006 New York The George Byers Collection of U. S. Half Dollars, 1795-1964 United States Half Dollars United States Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle Half Dollars
Lot # Description GradeView our Explanation of Comparative Grading Hammer Price
1003 1801 O.101 (R-3) EF $8,500.00
1801 O.101 (R-3). Extremely Fine or finer. An exemplary coin for the grade, with traces of prooflike...
Extremely Fine or finer. An exemplary coin for the grade, with traces of prooflike reflectivity which survived brief circulation. The fields and devices have scattered handling marks, none of which are particularly distracting. Toned with medium russet and blue near the rims, with the centers enhanced by golden accents which add further depth to the devices. Boldly struck throughout,...  more
1004 1802 O.101 (R-3) AU $2,800.00
1802 O.101 (R-3). Detail of About Uncirculated, but the surfaces have been whizzed and tooled. Snow...
Detail of About Uncirculated, but the surfaces have been whizzed and tooled. Snow white in color save for a trace of gold near the rims. The obverse fields show evidence of buffing and smoothing, perhaps to remove scratches or something similar. Evidence of smoothing is also present on Liberty's face and neck, and on the cloud below OF on the reverse. There are adjustment marks spanning...  more
1005 1802 O.101 (R-3) F $1,700.00
1802 O.101 (R-3). A solid Fine. Steel gray to silver on both sides with traces of iridescent toning...
A solid Fine. Steel gray to silver on both sides with traces of iridescent toning around the edge. The surfaces are average for the grade and there is one hidden scratch on the upper right reverse, grazing the cloud below OF and jumping to the right wing where it crosses three feathers into the left base of the first 'A' in AMERICA.
1006 1803 O.101 (R-3). Large 3 EF $800.00
1803 O.101 (R-3). Large 3. Extremely Fine, but gently cleaned in the past and a bit washed out today....
Extremely Fine, but gently cleaned in the past and a bit washed out today. Still white in color although specks of gray and gold are forming around the rims. The strike is average, with slight weakness on the shield lines and obverse star centers. Examination of the surfaces reveals a small nick near the center of Liberty's chest, and a thin pin scratch slips through the field from her...  more
1007 1803 O.102 (R-3). Large 3 AU $13,000.00
1803 O.102 (R-3). Large 3. About Uncirculated, nearly Choice. One of the finest seen of this variety,...
About Uncirculated, nearly Choice. One of the finest seen of this variety, and with exceptional eye appeal. The surfaces are excellent with minimal signs of handling from circulation and boast fiery orange-gold toning with a touch of iridescent blue near the edge. The strike is rock solid throughout, and there are no adjustment marks. A magnifier will discover a pair of die lumps, one...  more
1008 1805/4 O.102 (R-3) VG $550.00
1805/4 O.102 (R-3). Fine obverse, Very Good reverse. Rim Filed. The reverse rim shows minor filing...
Fine obverse, Very Good reverse. Rim Filed. The reverse rim shows minor filing from the left wing tip and above STATES. Light silver centers combine with darker gold and russet near the rims. Average surfaces show the expected wear and tear from circulation. The obverse is sharper than the reverse, with softness on the shield lines and a star or two above the eagle. The bold overdate...  more
1009 1805 O.111 CH AU $8,500.00
1805 O.111. A very Choice About Uncirculated, with claims to Mint State. Beautiful rose-gold with...
A very Choice About Uncirculated, with claims to Mint State. Beautiful rose-gold with teal on the obverse and reverse, toning which comes alive when examined under a light. The strike is sharp on Liberty's curls and the eagle, but most of the obverse stars lack their central definition. No rim marks or adjustment marks distract the eye, and the uppermost devices show just a trace of rub or...  more
1010 1806/5 O.104 (R-4). Brilliant Uncirculated BU $11,000.00
1806/5 O.104 (R-4). Brilliant Uncirculated, nearly Choice. Dark gun metal gray throughout with the...
- nearly Choice. Dark gun metal gray throughout with the centers slightly lighter rose-gold. Lustre peers out from beneath the toning. The surfaces show scattered handling ticks, including a tiny horizontal tick on Liberty's cheek and a minute round planchet flaw on her jaw behind her chin, which will serve to hallmark the present coin. As always, the strike is soft on the radial lines...  more
1011 1806 O.115. Pointed 6, Stem Through Claw EF $1,400.00
1806 O.115. Pointed 6, Stem Through Claw. A strong Extremely Fine or perhaps a bit better. Light silver...
A strong Extremely Fine or perhaps a bit better. Light silver with a touch of darker gold and blue near the rims with traces of russet toning over the surfaces. Sharply impressed and well preserved, with no significant nicks or bumps that warrant attention. The 'TY' of LIBERTY is boldly repunched on the die, and a thin crack extends from the date into the stars on the left.
1012 1807 O.110a. Choice Brilliant Uncirculated CH BU $22,000.00
1807 O.110a. Choice Brilliant Uncirculated. A glorious example of this final year of issue for the...
A glorious example of this final year of issue for the Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle type, with abundant mint bloom and strong lustre in the fields. Toned with rich yellow-russet on both sides, and framed with splashes of vibrant blue and red on the obverse, less so around the reverse rim. Examination will discover the most minor of surface marks and a nearly vertical nick below Liberty's...  more
Categories  •  Stack's October 2006 New York The George Byers Collection of U. S. Half Dollars, 1795-1964 United States Half Dollars United States Capped Bust, Lettered Edge Half Dollars
Lot # Description GradeView our Explanation of Comparative Grading Hammer Price
1013 1807 O.112. 50/20 Reverse EF $550.00
1807 O.112. 50/20 Reverse. Extremely Fine. Light silver and attractive for the grade, although hairlines...
Extremely Fine. Light silver and attractive for the grade, although hairlines are present. One thin pin scratch above the left wing, another short one near the left point of the shield. Bungled denomination where the engraver mistakenly used the '2' punch for the Quarter denomination instead of the '5' for the Half Dollar, then corrected the mistake by overpunching with the '5'.
1014 1807 O.113. Small Stars. Gem Brilliant Uncirculated GEM BU $45,000.00
1807 O.113. Small Stars. Gem Brilliant Uncirculated. This coin is the Finest graded of the Small Stars...
This coin is the Finest graded of the Small Stars variety by PCGS by a full 3 points, and it certainly is in the Condition Census and equal to the Pryor/Merkin March 1972, lot 133 coin, graded similarly. Deep tawny gold and russet with a blush of blue in the fields covers both sides. The surfaces are smooth and attractive. For identification a tiny scuff in the field near the inner point...  more
1015 1808/7 O.101 CH AU $1,800.00
1808/7 O.101. Choice About Uncirculated. Bright silver with ample lustre in the fields, and ringed...
Choice About Uncirculated. Bright silver with ample lustre in the fields, and ringed with a splash of iridescent blue and gold on the obverse. An average strike and the surfaces are generally clean, with no deep or distracting nicks.
1016 1808 O.108 (R-3) AU $450.00
1808 O.108 (R-3). About Uncirculated. Light silver with a hint of gold toning. One faint pin scratch...
About Uncirculated. Light silver with a hint of gold toning. One faint pin scratch is found on Liberty's neck and chest.
1017 1809 O.102. XXXX Edge. Brilliant Uncirculated BU $950.00
1809 O.102. XXXX Edge. Brilliant Uncirculated or essentially so, but gently cleaned. Still bright...
- or essentially so, but gently cleaned. Still bright and untoned save for a few tiny specks of gray. The devices are sharply impressed, including the stars and eagle's feathers. The obverse has evidence of slight friction in the left field and uppermost curls, and there are signs of contact past the denomination on the reverse. On this particular variety, a row of marks are impressed...  more
1018 1809 O.109a. IIII Edge. Superb Gem Brilliant Uncirculated SUP GEM BU $19,000.00
1809 O.109a. IIII Edge. Superb Gem Brilliant Uncirculated. The present coin is simply stunning in...
The present coin is simply stunning in quality, and is almost certainly the Finest Known of the 'a' die state, and possibly of the entire variety as well. Perhaps the Gehring Prouty early die state example and the Eliasberg late die state coin may be worthy contenders for the crown, but they would have to be compared together with the present coin to make that determination. The coin...  more
1019 1810 O.102. Gem Brilliant Uncirculated GEM BU $11,000.00
1810 O.102. Gem Brilliant Uncirculated. Richly toned with golden-russet to the center of the obverse,...
Richly toned with golden-russet to the center of the obverse, which darkens to crimson and finally teal blue near the edge, well matched on the reverse. Blazing lustre beneath the toning and exceptional eye appeal for an early Capped Bust Half Dollar. This die pairing is generally weak on the left wing of the eagle, as seen here, but the stars and curls on Liberty are sharp. The surfaces...  more
1020 1810 O.108a (R-3). Brilliant Uncirculated BU $800.00
1810 O.108a (R-3). Brilliant Uncirculated. Minor hairlines from a light cleaning are detectable on...
Minor hairlines from a light cleaning are detectable on either side, and the coin has developed peripheral green and russet hues. Lustre remains in the fields, and the coin is still appealing. An average strike for this later die state, with the bisecting crack on the reverse, and two peripheral cracks through the legend. Die clashing is clear on both the obverse and reverse. A plentiful...  more
1021 18.11/0 O.101. The Punctuated Date AU $475.00
18.11/0 O.101. The Punctuated Date. A strong About Uncirculated. Satiny light silver on both sides,...
A strong About Uncirculated. Satiny light silver on both sides, with delicate peripheral gold toning. Well struck on Liberty's curls and the eagle, but the stars are typically weak at their centers. Nice surfaces save for a couple of minor rim file marks, detectable with a glass. The overdate feature on the present coin has faded away with die wear or lapping.
1022 1811 O.109. Small 8 AU $375.00
1811 O.109. Small 8. About Uncirculated with respect to wear but lightly cleaned leaving telltale...
About Uncirculated with respect to wear but lightly cleaned leaving telltale hairlines on the surfaces. Bright silver with a hint of gold toning starting to return. The reverse sports the sharp die crack down through the first 'S' of STATES through the top of the left wing nearly to the shield. Both dies show evidence of clashing, and a couple of trivial scrapes hide within Liberty's...  more
1023 1811 O.112 (R-4-). Small 8. Choice Brilliant Uncirculated CH BU $2,600.00
1811 O.112 (R-4-). Small 8. Choice Brilliant Uncirculated. A lovely example of this elusive variety...
A lovely example of this elusive variety which retains ample mint lustre to please the eye, and orange-gold toning with flecks of russet and blue mixed in. Fairly well struck, although the left obverse stars are blunt on their centers, but the balance of the coin is reasonably sharp. Apparently an early die state of this pairing, with four round lumps near the first '1', and the die...  more
1024 1812/1 O.102a. Small 8 AU $600.00
1812/1 O.102a. Small 8. About Uncirculated. There is a single hairline scratch in the left obverse...
About Uncirculated. There is a single hairline scratch in the left obverse field, and a few trace cleaning hairlines. Toned with gold and a touch of blue near the rims, bright silver elsewhere. A visually appealing coin that has a good strike and minimal problems.
1025 1812 O.105 AU $275.00
1812 O.105. A very strong Extremely Fine, nearly About Uncirculated but lightly cleaned. Sharply struck...
A very strong Extremely Fine, nearly About Uncirculated but lightly cleaned. Sharply struck throughout, and light silver with a hint of peripheral gold. Minor hairlines from a past cleaning, although some lustre survives in the protected areas. Scattered circulation marks on Liberty's jaw, neck and bust are visible with a glass. Middle die state with the arcing obverse crack faint, and...  more
1026 1813 O.103 CH AU $400.00
1813 O.103. Choice About Uncirculated. Muted lustre from a past cleaning but still attractive and...
Choice About Uncirculated. Muted lustre from a past cleaning but still attractive and starting to tone back with rose-gold hints on the obverse and flecks of colorful iridescence on the reverse. A pleasing coin overall despite a few minor faults.
1027 1814/3 O.101a. Brilliant Uncirculated BU $3,200.00
1814/3 O.101a. Brilliant Uncirculated, with claims to Choice. Frosty mint lustre throughout, and boldly...
- with claims to Choice. Frosty mint lustre throughout, and boldly executed by the dies. The obverse sports the encircling die crack from the rim near the bust around through all the stars save for the one left of Liberty's cap, where it dives down skirting that single star. Another die crack slices through the first three digits of the date. Bold clashmarks are present on each side. Die...  more
1028 1814 O.103. Choice Brilliant Uncirculated CH BU $2,750.00
1814 O.103. Choice Brilliant Uncirculated from an overall standpoint, but easily a Gem were it not...
- from an overall standpoint, but easily a Gem were it not for light staining on the central obverse. Toned with tawny gold and gray over lustre and still attractive, but the central obverse has acquired a patch of dark gray and blue toning, apparently since its appearance in the Pryor sale a little over a decade ago. The obverse has a faint die crack from the point of star five to Liberty's...  more
1029 1815/2 O.101 EF $6,000.00
1815/2 O.101. A solid Extremely Fine in terms of wear, but cleaned at one time and now a bit washed...
A solid Extremely Fine in terms of wear, but cleaned at one time and now a bit washed out. The surfaces show a couple of trivial pin scratches on the reverse behind the eagle's neck, others below the left wing. Steel gray in color, with a dark gray iridescent frame around the rims. This is the key date to the series, and always sought-after in high collector grades. A single pair of...  more
1030 1817/3 O.101a CH VF $500.00
1817/3 O.101a. A Choice Very Fine, nearly Extremely Fine. Pleasing for the delicate iridescent peripheral...
A Choice Very Fine, nearly Extremely Fine. Pleasing for the delicate iridescent peripheral toning which favors lemon-yellow hues with some lustre remaining in the fields. Decent surfaces for the grade, with minimal hairlines or surface marks. On this later die state, a thin crack extends through much of the right reverse, and both dies show multiple clashmarks. The overdate feature is...  more
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