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Attractive CSA Half, AU50

1861 50C Scott Restrike AU50 PCGS. Breen-8002. The New Orleans mint was the only Southern mint immediately capable of producing silver coinage. However, the provisional government closed the mint because of the "stern necessities of war" as Secretary of the Treasury Memminger phrased it. Only four original half dollars were struck. The restrikes were produced in 1879 from the CSA die on 1861-O halves that had the reverses planed off. As a result, all restrikes are weakly struck on the obverse. This particular piece shows the expected loss of detail on the obverse, while the reverse is strong as always. Probably carried briefly as a pocket piece, just a bit of friction can be made out. The fields are deep gray with bright high points on the devices. (PCGS# 340402)

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May-Jun, 2008
28th-2nd
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