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1815/2 50C

2001 June Long Beach Signature Sale #263

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Auction Ended On: Jun 1, 2001
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Location: Long Beach, CA
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1815/2 50C VF 25 PCGS. O-101, High R.2. The 1815 has long been recognized as a key issue in the Bust half series. Only 47,150 pieces were struck and only one die variety is available to collectors. Halves dated 1815 were not struck until late in the year and were released on Jan. 10, 1816, just before a fire broke out in one of the Mint's outbuildings, ruining the rolling mills. As a result, no more half dollars were produced until 1817. This is a lower grade (and therefore affordable) piece that shows even wear over the deep, charcoal toning that covers most of the coin. Problem-free with no mentionable distractions on either side. (NGC ID# 24F5, PCGS# 6108)

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