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    1856 Half Dime, PR66
    Tied for Finest Non-Cameo Graded

    1856 H10C PR66 NGC. V-2. Violet, blue, and copper hues dominate the obverse of this well-struck Premium Gem proof 1856 half dime. The reverse is a more-uniform pale copper-gold, but both sides are impeccably struck.

    Variety: V-2. The 856 are all closely spaced and rather coarsely struck, with an upright 5, closed 6 with extra artifacts, weak 5, and the 85 especially close.

    Population Data (7/14): NGC reports five PR66 with no non-Cameos finer, plus two Cameos, one each in PR66 and PR67. The numeric finest at PCGS are one each in PR65 and PR65 Cameo.

    Heritage Commentary: The weak "irregular" striking on the proofs of this issue is typical, as Akers noted for the Choice proof 1856 half dime in the Pittman Collection catalog. He also opined that the 1856 is "decidedly underrated in comparison" to the 1855 Arrows proof half dime, which is "only a little more rare."

    Provenance: Purchased from Jason Carter (5/2013).(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, 2014
    27th Monday
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