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    Very Rare PR63 Medium Date 1846 Half

    1846 50C Medium Date PR63 NGC. Like all proofs struck prior to 1859, the mintage of the proof 1846 half is unknown. The 1993 Wiley-Bugert reference states, "less than 10 known." All of these appear to be the Medium Date variety, although business strikes were also coined from Tall Date dies. A roster of known proofs was presented in our Central States Platinum Night, lot 2386 from the Phil Kaufman Collection, although the present piece was inadvertently omitted.
    This is a razor-sharp piece with undisturbed surfaces. Electric-blue, apple-green, and peach embrace the fields and devices. The designated grade is conservative, since close evaluation is unable to locate marks, spots, or hairlines. Housed in an early generation holder. Census: 4 in 63, 4 finer (4/08).
    Ex: Dr. Charles L. Ruby Sale, (Superior, 2/1974), lot 1623; Jascha Heifetz Collection (Superior, 10/1989), lot 3711.
    From The Silbermünzen Collection.
    (NGC ID# 27T8, PCGS# 6390)


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