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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 Capped Bust, Lettered Edge Half Dollars
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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
1031 1817/4 O.102a. Rarity-7. The Eliasberg and Finest Known Specimen AU $270,000.00
1817/4 O.102a. Rarity-7. The Eliasberg and Finest Known Specimen.  About Uncirculated.  This is the...
About Uncirculated. This is the most famous example of this coveted rarity, and the discovery coin. The surfaces show scattered handling nicks expected for a coin which did circulate, and a small cluster of pin scratches between star six and Liberty's forecurl. Not only does the present coin boast the highest technical grade of those known, but it also has wonderful old toning of blue toward the edges combined with light silver-gray centers, toning typically...  more
1032 181.7 O.103. The Punctuated Date. Choice Brilliant Uncirculated CH BU $5,500.00
181.7 O.103. The Punctuated Date. Choice Brilliant Uncirculated, approaching the Gem category. Nicely...
- approaching the Gem category. Nicely toned with gold over silver lustre and ringed with deeper russet and blue. The reverse would grade Gem on its own, the obverse nearly so save for a couple of signs of minor contact behind Liberty's mouth. Boldly struck on Liberty's curls, and all the obverse stars are crisp to their very centers. Single clashmarks are seen on the obverse and reverse. Arguably...  more
1033 1817 O.109. Brilliant Uncirculated BU $650.00
1817 O.109. Brilliant Uncirculated. Signs of a past gentle cleaning have left this coin stark white...
Signs of a past gentle cleaning have left this coin stark white although a few flecks of color are starting to form near the rims. The strike is sharp on the obverse, particularly the stars, but lacking full definition on the lower portion of the eagle's claws and branch stem. If left alone the present coin should tone back in time and would be a welcome addition to an advanced collection.
1034 1817 O.110. Brilliant Uncirculated BU $550.00
1817 O.110. Brilliant Uncirculated or better. Nearly the later die state with an advanced die crack...
- or better. Nearly the later die state with an advanced die crack on the top and right side of the obverse, but the reverse die crack through 'ERCA' is not yet present, and both dies show clashmarks. Satiny lustre throughout and a delight to study as the surfaces are so well preserved. There are some faint hairlines and a shadowy vertical scuff left of the clasp and curl above. Toned...  more
1035 1818/7 O.101. Large First 8 CH AU $1,700.00
1818/7 O.101. Large First 8. Choice About Uncirculated. Frosty lustre on both sides and generally...
Choice About Uncirculated. Frosty lustre on both sides and generally bright silver save for a dark ring of blue and gold at the rims. Well struck and attractive. The surfaces show minimal evidence of wear on the uppermost points of the design. The obverse die crack from star 11 to Liberty's curls is present, but faint, no trace of the reverse die crack is seen.
1036 1818/7 O.102a. Small First 8. Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated VERY CH BU $8,500.00
1818/7 O.102a. Small First 8. Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated, bordering on Gem. A magnificent...
- bordering on Gem. A magnificent coin that boasts rich coppery-gold toning spanning the obverse, with a thin frame of dark blue at the rims. The reverse is well-matched but is more silver-gray at the center, with gold and blue near the edge. Vibrant lustre throughout and a highly appealing coin for the numismatist. The strike is full and complete, with strong definition on Liberty's curls...  more
1037 1818 O.107. Gem Brilliant Uncirculated GEM BU $7,500.00
1818 O.107. Gem Brilliant Uncirculated. A satiny delight that retains mint fresh lustre throughout,...
A satiny delight that retains mint fresh lustre throughout, overlayed with a dusting of russet and gray. The strike is sharp on the stars save for the first and eighth, both of which show minor softness at their centers. The curls on Liberty show good definition, and the eagle's talons are bold. Outstanding surfaces for an early Capped Bust Half Dollar, with no distracting nicks or scratches,...  more
1038 1818 O.113 (Rarity-8 as Proof). Normal Date. Very Choice Brilliant Proof VERY CH BR PF $35,000.00
1818 O.113 (Rarity-8 as Proof). Normal Date. Very Choice Brilliant Proof, approaching the Gem classification....
- approaching the Gem classification. In this particular case, the mirror fields are highly reflective while the devices are satiny, and at a glance any numismatist knows this is a Proof issue and not a typical circulation strike. The curls and talons are all bold as are the stars save for the first and last which show minor softness at their centers. Even the tiny upturned curls on the...  more
1039 1819/8 O.101. Small 9. Brilliant Uncirculated BU $950.00
1819/8 O.101. Small 9. Brilliant Uncirculated. A lustrous coin that has pleasing dark gold toning...
A lustrous coin that has pleasing dark gold toning over lustre. Trace hairlines and handling marks are present, and the strike is average with minor softness on the high points of the curls and feathers. This overdate remains popular with collectors, and the die variety shows more of the underdigit '8' than most others. Both dies have minor field clashmarks.
1040 1819/8 O.104. Large 9 AU $550.00
1819/8 O.104. Large 9. About Uncirculated. A well struck example of this overdate that displays traces...
About Uncirculated. A well struck example of this overdate that displays traces of lustre and attractive golden toning. Minor hairlines are present from a past wiping. Excellent surfaces otherwise. A hint of softness on the 'TA' opposite Liberty's bust, as frequently seen on this series.
1041 1819 O.107 (R-4) AU $800.00
1819 O.107 (R-4). A strong About Uncirculated. A scarce variety in high grades, this particular coin...
A strong About Uncirculated. A scarce variety in high grades, this particular coin has light gray toning with a hint of iridescence, and a few specks of peripheral russet. Boldly struck and boasting well-preserved surfaces that feature no distracting nicks or marks. An impressive coin to represent this variety, with a boldly repunched '5' in the denomination.
1042 1820/19 O.102. Curled Base 2. Brilliant Uncirculated BU $1,800.00
1820/19 O.102. Curled Base 2. Brilliant Uncirculated. Full frosty lustre and generally bright silver...
Full frosty lustre and generally bright silver in color, surrounded by a ring of peripheral gold and blue. The surfaces have faint hairlines that hardly detract. No other surface problems are apparent on this overall appealing coin. This is one of the most dramatic overdates in the series.
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