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3663

1847 50C PR61 NGC....

2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach #1167

 
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Auction Ended On: Feb 2, 2012
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Location: Long Beach Convention Center
100 S. Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802

Description:
Luminous PR61 1847 Half Dollar
Remarkable Early Proof Issue
1847 50C PR61 NGC. The proof mintage for 1847 half dollars is unknown but undoubtedly low. The profound sharpness of detail on this specimen defines its proof status, with the coin's toned-over reflectivity providing more of an assist. A single tiny dark spot appears over Liberty's left (facing) shoulder; otherwise, light gold-gray patina covers surfaces that have their faults, such as numerous minor hairlines and a pinscratch to the right of Liberty's figure. These faults, however, cannot take away from the historic importance of this coin. Census: 2 in 61, 13 finer (12/11). (PCGS# 6391)

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