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    1861 Confederate Half Dollar, MS61
    Scott Restrike, Breen-8002

    1861 50C Scott Restrike MS61 NGC. Breen-8002. J.W. Scott purchased the Confederate half dollar reverse die from Ebenezer Locke Mason in 1879. Scott was something of a commercial genius, and he lost no time in executing a scheme to benefit from the fame of the extremely rare original Confederate issue. Gathering 500 examples of 1861-dated half dollars from circulation, Scott polished off the reverse design and used the mutilated coins as planchets to strike copies with the Confederate reverse. In the process, the obverse was somewhat flattened on the restruck pieces.

    As usually seen, the reverse on this piece is sharp and the obverse flattened. The sides have toned well, with the Confederate side showing hints of light violet and greenish-gold color and the obverse generally light silver-gray, with pink patina. Listed on page 404 of the 2013 Guide Book.
    Ex: ANA Signature (Heritage, 8/2010), lot 3161, where it brought $8,625.
    From The Fenn Family Collection. (NGC ID# 2C4R, PCGS# 340402)


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