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    1811 C-1, B-1 Half Cent, MS62 Brown
    Late Die State, Four-Star Break
    From the Virgil Brand Collection

    1811 1/2 C Wide Date, C-1, B-1, Low R.4, MS62 Brown NGC. Breen Die State V, Manley Die State 5.0, with a cud extending through stars 1 through 4. The 1811 half cent claims a small mintage of 63,140 pieces, making it the second-rarest business-strike issue of the Classic Head series. The issue is usually found in lower grades and Mint State examples are prime condition rarities. Two regular-issue die varieties are known for the date, along with an extremely rare unofficial Restrike that was produced in later years and is often attributed to Joseph Mickley. All three varieties are listed in the Guide Book and all are extremely popular with collectors.

    This coin represents the C-1, B-1 variety, with a large leaf below OF, a Wide Date, and a tall E in LIBERTY. Struck from a late state of the dies, a massive cud is evident on the obverse rim, below stars 1-4. Coins with this Four-Star Break are avidly collected and Walter Breen noted this coin was the second-finest example of this die state he had seen. This piece was once a highlight of super collector Virgil Brand's fabulous collection and later passed to the famous Missouri Cabinet, an illustrious pedigree for any half cent. This is the Gilbert plate coin with the Four-Star Break, located at the top of Plate IV.

    This attractive MS62 specimen displays lightly marked surfaces, with a mix of light brown, olive, blue-steel, and golden-tan patina. Lines of planchet lamination are visible on each side, on the obverse below the ear and inside the wreath over HALF. Three small obverse dents are the only flaws other than faint, scattered hairlines. The central design elements are sharply detailed, but the obverse cud absorbed so much of the available metal that the corresponding area on the reverse shows much loss of detail in the legend and dentils. Overall eye appeal is outstanding for this popular half cent key. Our EAC grade XF45.
    Ex: Virgil M. Brand (6/20/1925); Brand Estate; Armin W. Brand; B.G. Johnson (1/25/1944); R. Green (Charles Green) Fixed Prices Lists (1948-1949); Philip M. Showers; Stack's (privately, 1969); Willis Harrington DuPont; Fred S. Werner (2/1976); Superior Stamp and Coin Company, Inc. (2/1976); Joe Flynn and Son Rare Coins, Inc. (4/20/1976); R. Tettenhorst; Missouri Cabinet (Goldberg Auctions, 1/2014), lot 103; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2016), lot 5221 .

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 222S, Variety PCGS# 35239, Base PCGS# 1135)

    Weight: 5.44 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper

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