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    1856-C Half Eagle, MS61
    Underrated Charlotte Issue
    Rare in Mint State

    1856-C $5 MS61 NGC. Variety 1. Ex: Ashland City Collection. The 1856-C is a low-mintage issue that has been consistently overlooked by non-specialists, and it remains one of the scarcest Charlotte half eagles from the 1850s. Only 28,457 pieces were produced, of which just 150 to 200 examples are believed to survive in all grades. Mint State coins are extremely rare. Although NGC and PCGS combined list 21 Uncirculated submissions, this figure is likely inflated by resubmissions. Doug Winter estimates as few as six or seven true Mint State coins exist, the finest of which is a single MS63 PCGS coin.

    This MS61 piece is unusually well-defined for a Charlotte issue, if only a trifle soft on some of the lower stars. The surfaces show uniform chatter, rather than deep, detracting abrasions, and exhibit soft yellow-gold luster. Census: 6 in 61, 3 finer (2/15).
    Ex: FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2003), lot 4792.
    From The Big Sky Collection.(Registry values: P4)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 25UW, PCGS# 8267)

    Weight: 8.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper


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

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    April, 2015
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