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1846 Medium Date Half, PR64
Only 12 Proofs Traced

1846 50C Medium Date PR64 PCGS. CAC. Light champagne toning covers both sides of this gorgeous near-Gem proof, with deeply mirrored fields and satiny devices. On both sides the toning deepens slightly to light gold. Every design element is extremely sharp, including the star, head, and sandal details on the obverse, and the feather, claw, and leaf details on the reverse.
The die notes that Breen recorded for proofs of this date are all visible on this specimen, along with heavy die lines in the spaces between the vertical shield stripes on the reverse. The obverse has the 4 minutely doubled below its crossbar at its left corner. Otherwise, there is nothing unusual or notable about either die.
A complete roster for this issue can be found in our FUN Signature Auction in January 2009. At that time we traced the pedigrees of three Tall Date and 12 Medium Date proofs. A prior pedigree for this piece was not known at that time. (NGC ID# 27T8, PCGS# 6390)


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January, 2012
3rd-8th Tuesday-Sunday
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