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    1811 C-1, B-1 Half Cent, SP64 Brown
    From the Norweb Collection, Ex: Mickley
    Breen Proof Encyclopedia Plate Coin

    1811 Wide Date, C-1, B-1, R.4, SP64 Brown NGC. Our EAC grade SP63. 84.5 grains. Breen Die State I. Manley Die State 1.0. This amazing half cent is plated in Walter Breen's Proof Encyclopedia, and also in Wayte Raymond's Standard Catalogue. Breen discusses this particular coin in his Half Cent Encyclopedia:

    "The best perfect-die specimen from these dies is unquestionably the Mickley-Cleneay-Clemens-Cleneay-Ryder coin, now in the Norweb collection. At its various auction appearances, this was always called a 'proof.' It is from highly polished dies, in their earliest state, and it is the sharpest striking known; listed as a presentation coin in my Encyclopedia of United States and Colonial Proof Coins, 1722-1977, p. 37, there with an enlarged illustration."



    In his catalog of the Mickley Collection, W. Elliot Woodward wrote: "Original, bright and uncirculated. I think this Half-Cent has been a proof; it is by far the finest I have ever seen." The buyer was a bidder named Clemens who paid $10 for this coin at a time when few half cents brought as much as one dollar. In 1890, this piece realized $23.50 in the Cleneay sale where the Chapman brothers wrote: "Proof. Sharp impression. Reddish-olive color. Excessively rare. Plate X. From the Mickley sale." As prices increased, so did descriptions. New Netherlands devoted nearly a half-page in their 1954 catalog for this example that realized $320. That cataloger called this piece "A specimen impression" and "The Finest Known 1811 Half Cent."

    When Donald G. Partrick purchased this piece from Jon Hanson after the Norweb sale, he made note of the Bowers and Merena description: "Finest 1811 B-1 Half Cent Presentation 'Proof,''" where the cataloger also noted that it is the most famous 1811 half cent. Considerable mint red appears on the rich olive and steel-brown surfaces of this extraordinary piece that is fully mirrored on each side. The 1811 C-1 is the scarcer of two varieties from the important half cent issue, a key to the Classic Head half cent series. The condition of this piece is remarkable, and it is considered by some to be the finest 1811 half cent known. The illustrious pedigree includes several extremely important names in numismatics, dating back to Joseph Mickley in the 1860s. Census: 2 in SP64 Brown, 0 finer (3/21).
    Ex: Joseph J. Mickley (W. Elliot Woodward, 10/1867), lot 2097; J.B. Clemens; Thomas Cleneay (S.H. & H. Chapman, 12/1890), lot 1961; Hillyer Ryder Collection and Estate; Wayte Raymond (New Netherlands Coin Co., 6/1954), lot 303; Norweb Family Collection (Bowers and Merena, 10/1987, lot 67; Jon Hanson; Donald G. Partrick.

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

    Weight: 5.44 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper


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