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    1843 B-1a Half Cent, PR64 Red and Brown
    The Impressive Eliasberg Example

    1843 1/2 C Original PR64 Red and Brown PCGS. CAC. B-1a, R.6. Our EAC Grade PR64. Ex: Eliasberg. 81.5 grains, per the Eliasberg catalog. Rich coppery-orange surfaces exhibit fully mirrored fields with slight brown mellowing on each side. A few carbon flecks will aid future identification of this near-Gem. A small rim imperfection at 6:30 on the obverse and 11:30 on the reverse remains from a minuscule planchet clip. Minor strike doubling on the reverse was mentioned in the Eliasberg catalog and the Breen Half Cent Encyclopedia.

    Variety: Breen recorded Large Berries coins as Originals (B-1a) and "Series VII Restrikes" (B-1b). The distinguishing factors are weight and die state.

    Population Data (4/14): PCGS has certified 20 1843 Original half cents in grades ranging from PR62 to PR66, and 15 of those are designated Brown, indicating the rarity of pieces that retain original orange mint color. NGC has certified six examples with only one retaining mint color.

    Heritage Commentary: A single 1843 Large Berries proof half cent in the Missouri Cabinet sale was identified as the plate coin for Breen's Restrike Series VII. However, the die state and weight of this coin and the Missouri Cabinet coin are identical, indicating the fallacy of Breen's variety scheme.

    The Chapman Brothers described this piece as: "Bright red shading to light olive. On rim of obv. below figure 1, a small depression where the rim is not struck up. Extremely rare." At a price of $66, this piece realized more than any other proof half cent in the Mills sale, and tied the price of the 1852 Large Berries Original proof that was also sold to J.M. Clapp.

    Provenance: John G. Mills Collection (Chapman Brothers, 4/1904), lot 1443; J.M. Clapp; Clapp Estate (1942); Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr.; Eliasberg Estate (Bowers and Merena, 5/1996), lot 458.(Registry values: P3) (PCGS# 1267)

    Weight: 5.44 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper


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

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