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    1859 Seated Half Dollar, PR67
    A Top-Grade Proof

    1859 50C PR67 NGC. WB-101. Gorgeous target toning covers the obverse in cobalt-blue, rose, and apricot-gold hues. The dusky violet reverse displays areas of lighter reddish-gray patina with dappled electric-blue rim accents. Razor-sharp strike definition, typical of a proof, appears throughout, complementing the deep reflectivity readily apparent in the obverse field. Virtually flawless.

    Variety: WB-101, Type One Reverse. At least three different die marriages exist. This example is attributed by the presence of a tiny die lump in the lower obverse field above the flag of the 1 in the date.

    Population Data (9/15): There are five coins in PR67 at NGC (two in PR67 ) and two in the same grade at PCGS. Neither service reports a finer submission.

    Heritage Commentary: The 1859 represents the second proof issue struck in large quantities and distributed to the public at face value. The coins were popular among speculators, and the Mint began charging a proofing fee the following year, assuming demand would remain constant (it decreased). A total of 800 proof Seated half dollars were minted in 1859, and this immaculate, eye-catching Superb Gem is among the top-graded survivors.

    Provenance: FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2003), lot 7204.

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

    Weight: 12.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

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    October, 2015
    28th Wednesday
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