|Coins - US - Half Cents|
|Realisation Price||1,600.00 USD|
Goldberg Auctioneers / June Pre Long Beach 2018 (#104) - 10/06/2018 / Half Cents - Draped Bust Half Cents / Lot 52
1803 C-2 R4 PCGS graded VF30 Glossy dark chocolate brown delicately mottled with small splashes of slightly lighter steel brown toning on the obverse. The surfaces are perfectly smooth except for traces of microscopic roughness in the field before the neck. A thin nick or pre-striking planchet chip in the center of the bust and a very thin nick on the nose are the only marks. A shallow depression, possibly caused by debris or grease on the die, covers much of the field behind the portrait. However, the planchet weight is only 77.4 grains, which is significantly lighter than the standard of 84.0 grains, so it is possible that the planchet was thin in that area before striking. But since the reverse is fully struck in the opposing area, the debris theory seems the more reasonable one. Regardless, this is a beautiful example of a tough die variety. EDS, Manley state 2.0 early, with a fine die crack through the top of ATES but before the die cracks at OF and Called CC#5 in the Mike Spurlock census. Noyes photo #73616. The attribution and Green Tree Collection provenance are noted on the PCGS label. Ex Thomas P. Wolf (who purchased it unattributed 9/1993) 11/1993-Doug Roether-Tom Reynolds (on consignment) 8/1/1995-Bob Yuell (The Whister), McCawley & Grellman Auctions/Goldbergs 9/4/2011:36-The Green Tree Collection.