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    1854 B-2 Half Cent, PR65 Red and Brown
    Ex: Eliasberg Collection

    1854 1/2 C PR65 Red and Brown PCGS. B-2, Low R.6 as a Proof. Our EAC Grade PR63. This pleasing, lightly mirrored Gem Red and Brown proof exhibits flashes of original mint red beneath delicate blue overtones. The surfaces are sharply defined, as expected. A few microscopic hairlines and contact marks are all that preclude an even finer grade.

    Variety: A raised rust pit on the upright of the I in UNITED identifies this as Breen-2, although some students of the half cent series suggest this is a die state of the Breen-1 business strike variety.

    Population Data (7/14): PCGS has only certified eight proof 1854 half cents, including this sole PR65 Red and Brown example, and one finer PR66 Brown piece. NGC has graded four proofs, none finer than PR65 Red and Brown. The combined population of 12 proofs suggests that fewer survive than Breen's estimate of 30 proofs known.

    Heritage Commentary: All proof 1854 half cents are from this die pair with the lump on the I in UNITED. Business strikes were also minted from this marriage, most from the Cohen-1, Breen-1 die combination.

    Provenance: Henry Blair Collection; Charles Steigerwalt (10/1896); J.M. Clapp; John H. Clapp; Clapp Estate (1942); Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr.; Eliasberg Estate (Bowers and Merena, 5/1996), lot 478.(Registry values: P4)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 26ZV, PCGS# 1324)

    Weight: 5.44 grams

    Metal: 100% Copper


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

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    October, 2014
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