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    1844-O Half Dime, Pleasantly Toned MS65
    Sole Finest Graded, Ex: Eliasberg
    Finest Endorsed by CAC

    1844-O H10C MS65 PCGS. CAC. V-1. Ex: Eliasberg. Frosty, lustrous surfaces are pleasantly toned light silver-gray in the centers, framed by splashes of electric-blue, russet, and hints of olive and orange-gold at the rims. The Eliasberg catalog description states: "Lightly struck at the centers as always." The hair atop Liberty's head is indeed soft, as are some of the star centers along the left side, the first three letters of HALF, and the bowknot and rightmost bow. The remaining design elements are sharply defined, an important attribute for a New Orleans issue. Both sides are remarkably well-preserved for the grade.

    Variety: V-1, Medium O. Al Blythe writes that the Medium O is more difficult to locate than the Small O, but he assigns an R.6 rarity rating to both varieties in Mint State.

    Population Data (7/14): PCGS and NGC combined have graded only 15 1844-O half dimes in Mint State, of which the present Gem offering is the sole finest certified. This piece's CAC endorsement further separates it from its cohort.

    Heritage Commentary: The 1844-O, from a mintage of 220,000 pieces, is one of the key dates in the Seated Liberty half dime series.

    Consignor Commentary: The Eliasberg coin and the lone MS65 at either service (while NGC currently shows no coins graded MS65 or better, several years ago Heritage auctioned the Pittman coin which was then in an MS65 NGC holder #685271-001). A top-notch example of a semikey date with decent eye appeal and a good pedigree.

    Provenance: Matthew Stickney Collection (H. Chapman, 6/1907); John H. Clapp; Clapp Estate to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. (1942); Eliasberg Collection (Bowers and Merena, 5/1996), lot 962; purchased from Joseph O'Connor (2/2004).(Registry values: N7079)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2336, PCGS# 4334)

    Weight: 1.34 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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