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    1859 Half Dollar, PR64
    Richly Toned, Reflective Fields

    1859 50C PR64 PCGS. Type One Reverse. The reported mintage of 800 proof half dollars in 1859 likely counts an unknown number of coins melted at year's end. PCGS estimates 300 specimens survive. This Choice proof is richly toned in dusky violet, blue, and green patina. The fields become noticeably deep and reflective when tilted under a lamp, producing a moderate degree of contrast against the predictably full design elements. Two tiny contact marks occur under the eagle's beak. Population: 44 in 64 (2 in 64+), 14 finer (6/20).

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 27TJ, PCGS# 6413)

    Weight: 12.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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