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    1854-C Weak C Half Eagle, MS63
    Tied for Finest Certified

    1854-C $5 Weak C MS63 PCGS. Variety 22-I. On this example, the Weak C mintmark is further complicated by a patch of haze on the plastic slab directly above the mintmark, so do not expect to see much detail in that area. The C mintmark is faintly visible when the slab is tilted, however.
    At the time Winter published his second edition of Gold Coins of the Charlotte Mint 1838-1861 (1998) he listed two Weak Mintmark pieces, one MS62 each at NGC and PCGS, at the top of the Condition Census. It is uncertain whether either of those pieces is the same as the present piece, upgraded to MS63, but it is certainly possible. What is clearly beyond dispute is that this piece is clearly atop the current Condition Census of certified examples, as there is one MS63 each at NGC and PCGS. This piece offers patches of prooflikeness, hazy orange and greenish patina, and considerable field-device contrast. A shallow planchet lamination between the date and star 1 is noted, and several other grainy planchet laminations appear on the reverse. Nonetheless a rare and elusive issue, among the finest known for this challenging Charlotte Mint emission. (NGC ID# 25UJ, Variety PCGS# 98257, Base PCGS# 8257)

    Weight: 8.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

    ‡ The owner placed a late bid on this unreserved lot and repurchased it, subject to applicable commission.

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    May-Jun, 2008
    28th-2nd Wednesday-Monday
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