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    Rare Uncirculated 1856-O Half Eagle

    1856-O $5 MS61 NGC. The New Orleans Mint produced only 10,000 Half Eagles in 1856, which ties this issue with the 1892-O for lowest mintage honors among O-mint Half Eagles. Several Mint State '56-O Fives has surfaced in the past few years, one being this coin, but the conditionally rare status of this issue is such that Eliasberg had to settle for an XF 40 representative (Bowers & Ruddy, 10/82, lot 480), and Bass included an AU 58 PCGS specimen in his collection (Bowers & Merena, 10/99, lot 1088). This example is very well struck, indeed close to fully detailed, and subtle reflectivity can be seen in the fields which is only slightly diminished by scuffy field blemishes. The color is a pleasing yellow-gold with a light overlay of reddish patina that only adds to the aura of originality. Solid Condition Census quality. Population: 4 in 61, 1 finer (4/03).

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 25UY, PCGS# 8269)

    Weight: 8.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

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

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    July, 2003
    26th-28th Saturday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
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