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1852-O HALF DOLLAR

PCGS No: 6269

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 144,000
Proofs: estimated 5

Designer: Obverse by Thomas Sully, executed by Christian Gobrecht; reverse by Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 30 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 206 grains (13.4 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "O" (for New Orleans, Louisiana) below the eagle on the reverse

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Significant examples:
NGC Proof-62.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection" Sale, May 28-30, 2001, Lot 717, illustrated, sold for $24,150.00, where it was described as follows: "1852-O. NGC graded Proof 62. It is not known why the New Orleans Mint decided to coin 3 proofs in 1852, but they did. Here is one of them, it has clean surfaces for the grade, and the coin is toned a radiant golden color, with extremely sharp device detail throughout. Liberty's foot is not supported, as noted in Breen, and the die file marks are visible below UNIT to the eagle's wing. We note a small tick mark in the reverse field left of the point of the eagle's beak, and this should help in tracing the pedigree. The first and third stripes in the shield show areas of weakness, at the top and bottom respectively, again confirming this coins status as a proof. A single coin has been graded by NGC, none by PCGS. Breen notes all 3 were "poorly cleaned".  All branch mint proof issues are extremely rare. They were coined sporadically apparently for special occasions. Perhaps these were coined as the last of their kind before the planchet weight was changed, and arrows added to the dies in 1853. Whatever the reason, here is a beautiful example of this extremely rare proof issue."

Recent appearances:
AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1301 at $1,495.00  From the Stack's sale of March 1984, Lot 686

EF-40.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1742 sold for $207.00

Varieties:

Notes:
The finest example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, April 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service