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1723/2 1/2P Hibernia Halfpenny MS64 Red and Brown PCGS....

2008 May Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #1108

 
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Auction Ended On: May 29, 2008
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100 S. Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802

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Description:
Single Finest PCGS-Certified
MS64 Red and Brown
1723/2 Hibernia Halfpenny
1723/2 1/2P Hibernia Halfpenny MS64 Red and Brown PCGS. Martin 3.4-Db.1, R.3. The right half of the underdigit 2 is obvious, east of the Small 3 in the date. A scarce variety that is almost never encountered in better Mint State grades with some remaining red mint color. This near-Gem is exceptional from a technical perspective, as it remains essentially as made, aside from the inevitable mellowing of the fields and portrait to a pleasing chocolate-brown hue. The centers show some softness of strike, barely of notice on the king's jaw but more evident near the waist of Hibernia. Nonetheless, it would prove a Herculean effort to locate another 1723/2 Small 3 Hibernia halfpenny of similar quality, and the opportunity should not be lost on advanced Early American specialists. Listed on page 43 in the 2008 Guide Book.
Ex: Oak Collection of American Colonial Coinage (Heritage, 9/2005), lot 56, which realized $6,325.

From The Liberty Collection of American Colonial Coinage, Part Three. (PCGS# 184)

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