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1857 1/2 C PR64 Red and Brown NGC. B-2, R.4....

2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction #1159

 
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Auction Ended On: Sep 8, 2011
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Location: Long Beach Convention Center
100 S. Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802

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1857 B-2 Half Cent, PR64 Red and Brown
Breen's Series II
1857 1/2 C PR64 Red and Brown NGC. B-2, R.4. Our consignor reports a weight of 86.26 grains (5.59 grams) that identifies this as an example of Series II, according to Walter Breen in his Half Cent Encyclopedia. The reverse has the doubled T in CENT, first appearing on the 1856 B-3 proof half cents, next on the 1857 B-2 proofs, and later on all of the First Restrike half cents with dates of 1840 to 1849 and 1852.
Breen identified proof examples from this die pair as "Originals" with a few dozen known, "Series I" coins with about a dozen known, and "Series II" coins with just four in collectors' hands.
This is a mostly lustrous coin with pink-red luster and mottled medium brown patina. The devices are sharply struck and the fields reveal modest reflectivity at a few angles. A carbon spot at 5 o'clock on the obverse rim is the only mentionable distraction. MRB PR63.(Registry values: P1) (NGC ID# 26ZY, PCGS# 1333)

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