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    Top-Notch 1860 Half Dollar, PR67 Cameo
    None Numerically Finer

    1860 50C PR67 Cameo PCGS. The year 1860 marked the third year of commercial proof set offerings by the Philadelphia Mint, and the popularity of the program was reflected in the generous proof mintage of 1,000 Seated Liberty half dollars. Unfortunately, demand fell short of predictions, possibly because of the economic uncertainty caused by events that led to the Civil War the following year. It is likely that many proofs went unsold and were melted after the end of the year. Walter Breen estimated only 525 examples were actually distributed.
    The present coin is among the finest survivors of this small distribution. Richly frosted devices provide startling cameo contrast with the brightly reflective fields. The design elements are sharply detailed and the pristine surfaces show just a few wisps of golden-tan toning. Population: 3 in 67 (1 in 67+) Cameo, 0 finer (11/12).
    From The Richard P. Ariagno, M.D. Collection. (NGC ID# 27TK, PCGS# 86414)


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