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1830 H10C PR66 NGC. V-5, LM-9.1, R.7 as a proof. ...

2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York #1202

 
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1830 Capped Bust Half Dime, PR66
Second-Finest Certified, V-5, LM-9.1
Possibly Half a Dozen Survivors
1830 H10C PR66 NGC. V-5, LM-9.1, R.7 as a proof. Proof 1830 half dimes are extremely rare. As of (12/13), NGC has certified only four, the present PR66 piece and another PR66 with the star designation that was recently discovered in Europe, a PR64 specimen, and a PR64 Cameo coin. An additional PCGS PR65 from the Eliasberg Collection creates a total third-party census of five examples. There is also an example in the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution.

A delightful proof specimen of the 1830 half dime was included in the collection of Harold P. Newlin, the first numismatist to seriously study die varieties of the denomination. Lot 91 of the Newlin Collection (Captain John W. Haseltine, 4/1883) reads, "1830 A beautiful brilliant proof. Rarer than the above." The preceding coin was a proof 1829 half eagle, and it is interesting that collectors recognized the relative rarity of the 1829 and 1830 proofs as early as 1883. Recent auction appearances of the 1830 proof include the offering of the present coin in lot 848 of our January 2007 FUN Signature, which realized $57,500.

Over the years, any number of prooflike pieces have been offered as proofs, but the status of the current lot is unquestioned. The portrait is thickly frosted, and the eagle is also icy, despite the presence of original golden-brown peripheral toning. The strike is needle-sharp, and the fields are flashy. A couple of trivial hairlines near star 2 and a pinpoint spot at 7 o'clock define the grade.
Ex: Long Beach Connoisseur Collection (Bowers and Merena, 8/99), lot 79, which realized $18,400; Benson Collection, Part II (Ira and Larry Goldberg, 2/02), lot 350, which realized $23,172; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2007), lot 848, realized $57,500; Greensboro Collection.
From The Greensboro Collection, Part VI. (NGC ID# 27CL, PCGS# 4301)

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