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    1862-S Half Eagle, VF25
    Scarce San Francisco Issue

    1862-S $5 VF25 NGC. The rarity of this S-mint Liberty half eagle permeates the grading scale. Although the Philadelphia Mint shipped two 1862-dated obverse dies west to the San Francisco Mint, only one of them, in conjunction with the leftover reverse of the 1857-S delivery, was used. This die marriage produced 9,500 1862-S half eagles, the vast majority of which have been lost to circulation. The average grade among certified survivors falls below XF.

    Both sides of this coppery-gold piece are uncommonly abrasion-free for a frontier-era half eagle that saw extensive circulation. The wear is moderate to heavy, but evenly distributed, with bold definition remaining in the recessed areas. An arc-shaped scrape is noted over the eagle's neck. Garrett and Guth comment, "The date is very rare in any condition and seldom seen at auction or on the bourse floor."
    Ex: Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2002), lot 7009; Central States Signature (Heritage, 5/2003), lot 7288; Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 5/2008), lot 3267.(Registry values: P8) (NGC ID# 25VR, PCGS# 8293)

    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
    August, 2014
    5th-9th Tuesday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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