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    1863 Half Dime, MS68
    Flawless Original Surfaces

    1863 H10C MS68 PCGS. CAC. A softly frosted Superb Gem, this remarkably clean Seated half dime is among the finest certified. Golden-russet toning is confined to the peripheral areas, while the interiors remain brilliant. Liberty's head and gown are well-defined. The LIB in LIBERTY is somewhat softly impressed, as is the upper-left portion of the wreath, but only trivially so. Neither side exhibits a mark of note.

    Population Data (3/15): The finest certified are six MS68, three each at PCGS and NGC. CAC has stickered four of them.

    Heritage Commentary: A total of 18,000 half dimes were struck at the Philadelphia Mint in 1863. By that time, the Civil War had driven most gold and silver coins out of circulation. The certified population data reveal the extent to which the coins were hoarded. There are over 200 grading events in Mint State at both major services combined. Examples are available up to and including MS67. Only in this rarified grade does the issue become challenging.

    Consignor Commentary: With such a low mintage there is only one variety for the year, but it turns out to show repunching on 18 in the date. Evidently all originals have this feature; Blythe believes those that do not were actually restrikes made later in the 1870s. The repunching of both digits is fully evident on this lovely coin.

    Provenance: Purchased from Joseph O'Connor (2/2004).(Registry values: N1) (NGC ID# 234C, PCGS# 4382)

    Weight: 1.24 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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

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    May, 2015
    12th Tuesday
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