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1833 1/2 C PR65 Brown NGC. C-1, B-1, R.1. R-5 as proof. Fully reflective and iridescent surfaces with sea-green, lilac, and...

2006 June Long Beach Signature Auction #408

 
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Auction Ended On: Jun 1, 2006
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Location: Long Beach, CA
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Important PR65 Brown 1833 Half Cent
1833 1/2 C PR65 Brown NGC. C-1, B-1, R.1. R-5 as proof. Fully reflective and iridescent surfaces with sea-green, lilac, and gold colors. All design elements are fully detailed. The obverse has a light die crack beginning at the outer point of star 2, continuing to star 7, and into the field over the hair curls. This crack is heaviest between the inner points of stars 5 and 6. Numerous die finishing lines are present on Liberty's bust, neck, and cheek. There are no readily apparent die defects on the reverse. Most important in the context of the present offering is a complete lack of clash marks on the reverse. Certain aspects of the design show evidence of double striking, and this is especially visible on the reverse. The reverse is rotated clockwise about 15 degrees.
Although a few examples are known without the obverse die crack, most have the crack in the same state as this example. There is continuing discussion regarding the criteria for proof examples of this issue, as many business strikes are known with fully mirrored fields. There is no doubt that those few examples without the obverse die crack are proof strikes. It is probably also the case that examples without the reverse clash marks are proofs, much like this coin. Any examples that exhibit clash marks within the wreath are strictly considered business strikes. EAC PR60.(Registry values: P3) (NGC ID# 2239, PCGS# 1198)

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