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    1856 Half Dime, PR64
    Deeply Toned Example

    1856 H10C PR64 PCGS. CAC. V-2. Obverse fields of intense blue and gold contrast with a lighter figure of Liberty, awash in coral and silver. The brilliant reverse center is surrounded by thick shades of russet, magenta, and purple. The mirrors penetrate the toning on both sides, and the eye appeal of the CAC-approved half dime, housed in an older-generation PCGS holder, is strong.

    Variety: V-2, the only variety for proofs of this year. The 5 is upright and the 6 is heavy.

    Population Data (9/15): PCGS reports seven PR64 submissions and two PR65 finer. NGC accounts for four in PR64 and 14 finer.

    Heritage Commentary: The year 1856 represents an expansion in proof coinage, and, even though mintage figures were not officially recorded, surviving populations suggest increased collector interest at the time. This half dime issue remains rare, however, and the grading service populations (17 coins certified by PCGS in total, 21 by NGC) are in close alignment with Breen's estimate of 30 to 40 pieces.

    Provenance: Nebraska Part IV (R.M. Smythe, 11/2000), lot 1206.(Registry values: P2) (NGC ID# 235L, PCGS# 4434)

    Weight: 1.24 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2015
    28th Wednesday
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