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    1856 Octagonal Half Dollar, BG-915A, MS60
    Only Two Examples at Both Services

    1856 50C Liberty Octagonal 50 Cents, BG-915A, R.8, MS60 NGC. BG-915A was struck circa 1860 from dies previously employed to produce BG-311 coins. The variety features a cud at star 7 and a horizontal die crack on the coronet. This is the only such example at NGC, and PCGS reports a single MS61 submission (11/15), attesting to the extreme rarity of the issue. This piece may also represent a late strike of BG-311; The BG-915A plate coin in the Breen-Gillio reference lacks dentils at 3 o'clock, while this Uncirculated octagonal dollar has fairly clear dentils. Each side displays well-struck centers with softness around the edges. Green-gold surfaces maintain a degree of semiprooflike reflectivity, more so on the obverse than the other side.
    From The Elbert Henry Gary Collection. (Variety PCGS# 45451, Base PCGS# 10436)


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