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1840 1/2 C Original. PO-1, B-1, R.6. PR63 Brown NGC. PR60 EAC. Small date; Large berries. As an Original of the 1840 issue,...

2006 January Dallas, TX The Jules Reiver Collection Signature Auction #390

 
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Important 1840 Original Half Cent
1840 1/2 C Original. PO-1, B-1, R.6. PR63 Brown NGC. PR60 EAC. Small date; Large berries. As an Original of the 1840 issue, this attractive Proof represents the very first Braided Hair Half Cent. Jules had identified this as the plate coin in the second edition of Cohen. However, it does not appear to match the illustration. All the design details are boldly defined, including all stars and leaves. The surfaces are lightly reflective but not deeply mirrored as usual. Deep olive with hints of steel-blue color.
Walter Breen delved deeply into these Proof issues of the 1840s. Although quite a bit of his writing was based on unsubstantiated commentary and assumptions that he made, the pages of his Half Cent Encyclopedia dealing with these coins are still well worth reading.
Half Cents from 1840 through 1848 were not made for circulation; the limited production was intended for inclusion in Proof Sets and Presentation Sets of the period. Breen suggested that it was not coincidental that Proof Sets were first made at the Mint in 1840.
Ex: Steve Ivy (7/1978). Envelope Included.(Registry values: P4) (NGC ID# 26Z4, PCGS# 1248)

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