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    1831 Half Dime, V-4, LM-4, MS66
    Ex: Eliasberg Collection

    1831 H10C V-4, LM-4, R.2, MS66 PCGS. CAC. This immaculate coin was cataloged as a proof in the Bowers and Merena catalog of the Eliasberg Collection, but PCGS has now graded it MS66 rather than its former Proof-66 assessment. This coin was formerly also specifically mentioned in the census of the Breen Proof Encyclopedia. Beautiful multicolor toning endows each side of this exceptional specimen, complementing fully mirrored fields. The surfaces are sharply detailed throughout, and faint die striations run diagonally from northeast to southwest on the obverse.

    Variety: V-4, LM-4, R.2. Star 2 is repunched. The reverse, shared with the V-2, LM-3 variety, shows MERI joined at their bases.

    Population Data (3/15): For all varieties, PCGS reports 46 1831 half dimes in MS66 (one MS66+) with 11 numerically finer, the finest an incredible MS68. Several dozen are also in high grades at NGC.

    Heritage Commentary: The distinction between proofs and Mint State or Uncirculated specimens of early U.S. (and Colonial, for that matter) coinage is not always clear-cut, and many educated numismatists can disagree over the status of a particular piece, as in this case. The intent of the coiner is certainly hard or impossible to read -- oftentimes centuries after the fact -- save for whatever evidence remains on the coins themselves.

    Provenance: Eliasberg Collection (Bowers and Merena, 5/1996), lot 916.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 232D, Variety PCGS# 38659, Base PCGS# 4278)

    Weight: 1.35 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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