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1841 1/2 C RESTRIKE, RB

1999 February Long Beach Sale #197

 
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Auction Ended On: Feb 12, 1999
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Location: Long Beach, CA
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1841 Second Restrike Proof Half Cent--Ex: Benson, Eliasberg Collections
1841 Second Restrike PR 66 Red and Brown NGC. Characterized as a second restrike by the presence of die file marks over RICA on the reverse. This exceptional coin is the finest certified, and most likely finest known, of this very rare proof half cent. Breen states that some proofs of this year show "extreme flaming brilliance." That certainly applies to this coin which, while mostly displaying muted iridescence, still retains a remarkable portion of original red color, especially on the reverse. The fields are remarkably deep in their mirrored reflectivity, and the variegated color seen over each side does little to diminish the intense brightness of the proof finish. A Low R.7 issue, with about a dozen or so pieces thought to be extant today. All restrikes exhibit a die crack from star 3 to 7, being lighter on this piece than any of the others. A perfect companion piece to the 1841 large cent proof which is also the finest known. From the Benson Collection.
Ex: Eliasberg Collection (Bowers and Merena, 5/96), lot 455. (PCGS# 1258)

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