1838-C $5 -- Surface Damage -- Genuine PCGS. Breen-6147, Variety 20, R.3....
1838-C Half Eagle, Obverse Mintmark1838-C $5 -- Surface Damage -- Genuine PCGS. Breen-6147, Variety 20, R.3. The PCGS number ending in .98 suggests Damage as the reason, or perhaps one of the reasons, that PCGS deemed this coin not gradable. In our opinion, this coin has the details of an XF specimen that has been damaged -- in fact, the PCGS holder also notes "Surface Damage," the first we have seen like it. The profile of Liberty and the obverse fields show a few hits, but the limiting factor is clearly the date, where some ne'er-do-well has succeeded in effacing most of the bottom of the 1 and part of the lower 8 and 3. The reverse is in better shape, save for small pock marks at AT(ES). This piece may still fill the bill for some budget minded collectors seeking an Obverse Mintmark quarter eagle, as much detail remains elsewhere, with good overall eye appeal despite the noted flaws.
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