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    1859 Seated Half, PR67 Cameo
    Extraordinary Untoned, Contrasted Proof
    Ex: Simpson

    1859 50C PR67 Cameo NGC. WB-101. The white-on-black eye appeal of this brilliant, Cameo proof is stunning. Issued a year after the Mint embarked on a strategy of striking a fixed mintage of proofs for the general public (rather than on a made-to-order basis), 800 proofs struck in 1859 -- although it is doubtful all of those were sold. The preservation of the present example is remarkable given the number of mishandled proofs that exist from the early days of the Mint's fledgling proof program.

    When last seen, this coin was a highlight in our sale of the Philip Kaufman Collection, there described as:

    "A simply amazing specimen that must look almost exactly as it did when it left the Philadelphia Mint over 140 years ago. The glittering surfaces are completely untoned with chalk-white features that seem afloat in the pristine, watery fields. One has to examine this extraordinary coin very closely to locate even the slightest imperfection."

    Today, the coin joins one other PR67 Cameo example as tied for the finest-known, and no finer example has been certified with or without cameo contrast. Census: 1 in 67 Cameo, 0 finer (11/15).
    Ex: The Philip Kaufman Collection, Part 4 (Heritage, 2/2003), lot 7832.
    Selections from The Bob R. Simpson Collection.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 27TJ, PCGS# 86413)

    Weight: 12.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

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