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1892'O' Brilliant Proof

From Stack's October 2006 New York Auction, Session 1 on Oct 17, 2006

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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 Barber Half Dollars

1892'O' Brilliant Proof with claims to the Choice category. The reverse is easily Choice or better....1892'O' Brilliant Proof with claims to the Choice category. The reverse is easily Choice or better. The obverse reveals some evidence of very well executed enhancement. Deep cameo design elements are set against incredibly well mirrored fields. A hint of delicate golden toning accents either side. The strike, furthermore is inordinately sharp at every location in comparison to circulation strikes of this issue. Although there is certainly a difference between the rim and edge of this coin and those of a Philadelphia Mint Proof, they are nonetheless definitely squarer, broader, and sharper than a typical circulation strike of this date. In fact, the following 1892'O' circulation strike half dollar is the property of the same consignor and no doubt was purchased as a means of substantiating the status of this coin. Both appear to have been struck from the same set of dies (though the following coin is of a later die state) as both exhibit identical die lines and subtle clash marks in the fields.

The currently offered coin, however, also displays some light lint marks as would be expected on a proof. The overall sharpness, surface fabrication, and lustre is of an entirely dissimilar nature to that of the following circulation strike, and definitely seems to have been produced under different conditions. An excessively rare coin and in all likelihood unique as we are unaware of any others.

Ex Spring Sale (Stack's, April 11-12, 1978, lot 680).

It does not entirely surprise us that such a branch mint proof coin would exist as this not only is the first year of issue for this design, there are also a rather significant number of proofs and possible presentation coins of various denominations from the New Orleans Mint within this date range.

Lot # 1310 Session 1
Hammer Price: $2,750.00

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