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    Silver Die Trial 1864 Liberty Round 50 Cent
    BG-1016a MS62, R.8
    One of Perhaps Two Mint State Pieces Known

    1864 50C Silver Liberty Round 50 Cents, BG-1016a, R.8 MS62 NGC. There is no leaf below the 4 in the date, and the 4 is level with the 186. This is NOT the BG-1016A, which has the same obverse as BG-1016 but a different reverse (right stem end much shorter than left, 4 low); rather, it is a BG-1016a, the lowercase a signifying a regular BG-1016 but struck in silver. Breen and Gillio list only two pieces of BG-1016a in their census, an XF45 PCGS coin (Joel Kaplan; Kagin 2000) which this piece clearly is not, and a MS62 PCGS (Joel Kaplan; Kagin 2000), which this coin could be possibly be if crossed into an NGC holder, or else it could be a third known specimen. Although it proves little, the PCGS online Population Report still lists MS62 and XF45 BG-1016a coins as die trials, while the NGC Census Report lists this silver piece as the only one certified at that service in any grade.
    Breen-Gillio note that the XF45 piece was subjected to scanning electron microscope analysis that showed it was basically sterling silver, and this piece has a similar appearance. Much luster is present, with some hazy gray toning appearing under a loupe. A couple of small contact marks account for the grade, but the rarity and importance of this piece cannot be overstated. (NGC ID# 2BYV, PCGS# 10908)


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