Branch Mint Proof half dollar brings $299,000

1839-O Capped Bust half dollar appears in Heritage auction
By , Coin World
Published : 02/10/12
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An 1839-O Capped Bust half dollar, one of only four examples of the Branch Mint Proof known, realized $299,000 Feb. 2 in Long Beach, Calif., during Heritage Auctions’ Feb. 2 and 3 sale.

The auction was held in conjunction with the Long Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo.

The coin, one of 2,120 lots offered in three public sessions, is graded Proof 65 by Numismatic Guaranty Corp.

Of the lots offered, 92.6 percent were reported sold, bringing total prices realized of $9,195,096. Prices realized include the 15 percent buyer’s fee added to the final closing hammer price of each lot won.

For more details about the auction, visit Heritage Auctions online at, write the firm at 3500 Maple Ave., 17th Floor, Dallas, TX 75219-3941, or telephone Heritage at either 800-872-6467 or 214-528-3500.

Some highlights:

1793 Flowing Hair, Chain, AMERICA cent, Sheldon 3 (Penny Whimsy by William H. Sheldon), Professional Coin Grading Service Extremely Fine 45, $57,500.

1859 Indian Head cent, PCGS Mint State 66+, stickered by Certified Acceptance Corp., $34,500.

1899 Indian Head cent, PCGS MS-67 red, CAC, $37,375.

1969-S Lincoln, Doubled Die Obverse cent, PCGS MS-64 red and brown, CAC, $80,500.

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