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    Description

    1858 Doubled Date Half Dime, MS64
    Very Rare FS-301, High Date/Normal Date

    1858 H10C Doubled Date MS64 PCGS. CAC. FS-301, R.6. Silver-gray surfaces on this near-Gem Cherrypickers' variety show interesting doubling in the date, where the original date was first punched in far too high and then corrected, but the original high-date remnants are still bold underneath.

    Variety: Doubled Date, FS-301.

    Population Data (5/14):
    This piece does not seem to appear in PCGS' own population data, even though clearly certified as PCGS #94368, Doubled Date. The PCGS #4368 is for the FS-302 Repunched/Inverted Date. There is one MS64 PCGS example of that variety. NGC also shows one "1858/1858 FS-301" in MS64.

    Heritage Commentary:
    Clearly a very rare variety, one that the grading services are still catching up on. As Mr. Gardner says, this piece certainly appears to be the finest graded at PCGS, at a minimum, and possibly tied with one at NGC.

    Consignor Commentary:
    Rated R.6 in Mint State by Blythe. The pops are very sketchy and undoubtedly incomplete, but no coin is listed as finer than this one. The doubling shows on all digits in the date, and the left side of Liberty's figure shows a double outline as well. The most interesting features are on the reverse. There is a very heavy die line, perhaps the result of clashing, which starts near the top of the right wreath, goes down past the F in HALF, then entwines the E in DIME down to the wreath near the bow. The top of the right bow gives the appearance as though it was severed. There is also a die break that runs from the top of the first T in STATES diagonally through the A, then meanders on towards the O in OF. The coin is solid for the grade with no major blemishes, but there are a few light marks in the right obverse field that limit hopes of an upgrade.

    Provenance:
    Purchased from Joseph O'Connor (2/2004). (NGC ID# 233U, PCGS# 94368)


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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