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    Proof 1856 Half Cent, Rare B. 1-A Variety

    1856 1/2 C Half Cent PR 65 Red Accugrade (PR 64 Red). B. 1-A, R.7. This variety, which is also known in business strike form, is readily identifiable by the prominent rust pit on the top of the I in UNITED. In his Encyclopedia of United States Half Cents, Breen traces only seven extant representatives of this elusive die marriage, although he does allow for the possibility that a few other examples may exist. Both sides of this coin are fully lustrous beneath a thin veil of milky-white haziness. The reflective fields are readily appreciable, nonetheless, and the surfaces display a few trivial carbon spots and contact marks that preclude an even higher grade. A desirable rarity and a significant bidding opportunity for the half cent specialist. (NGC ID# 26ZX, PCGS# 1331)

    Weight: 5.44 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper


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