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    1858 Half Dollar, PR64
    Beautifully Toned

    1858 50C PR64 PCGS. WB-101. This beautifully toned near-Gem proof features lavender, apricot-orange, ice-blue, and olive iridescence over minimally marked and deeply reflective surfaces. Multiple blows from highly polished dies result in moderately frosted, razor-sharp devices throughout. A highly appealing No Motto proof.

    Variety: WB-101, Type One Reverse. The top serifs of LF in HALF are closely spaced. The date is high with the 5 nearly touching the base, as described in Breen's Proof Encyclopedia.

    Population Data (9/15): This coin is among 32 PR64 submissions at PCGS with eight examples finer. NGC enumerates 18 in PR64 (three PR64+) and 13 finer.

    Heritage Commentary: A large number of proof half dollars, reportedly around 300 pieces, were struck in 1858 and distributed to collectors at no extra charge. Previously, proofs were manufactured in limited quantities on request. The 1858 is the first proof Seated half issue that can be considered collectible, but examples are nonetheless rare in Choice condition or better. This piece was color-plated, called "Gem Brilliant Proof" and described in its Stack's 1998 appearance thusly: "Gleaming silver lies beneath jewel-like clear rose gold and lilac toning of the most exquisite beauty."

    Provenance: Museum of Connecticut History Sale (Stack's, 3/1998), lot 526.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 27TH, PCGS# 6412)

    Weight: 12.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2015
    28th Wednesday
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