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    1865-S V-4 Half Dime, MS65
    Wildly Repunched Date
    Bisecting Die Crack on Reverse

    1865-S H10C MS65 NGC. CAC. V-4. The surfaces are light pinkish-gray with glints of golden patina on this attractive Gem, showing a somewhat soft strike that is partly due to the die state as well as the actual impression. UNITED STATES is noticeably softer than OF AMERICA, and the two T's in STATES are weaker than the other letters. The bottom of the O in OF is open. A meandering die crack on the reverse bisects that side, running from the rim at 10 o'clock downward through the H(ALF) and IME to the lower wreath and back to the rim at 4:30.

    Variety: V-4. The 1 shows triple punching, the 865 double punching, especially bold on the last digit.

    Population Data (6/14): NGC reports two in MS65 and one MS66 finer.

    Heritage Commentary: The Gardner Collection contains two examples of this low-mintage date, the other a V-2 with different repunchings in the date. Not all of these varieties were recorded in Daniel Valentine's original 1931 half dime reference; some are later discoveries to which researchers have assigned variety numbers following his system.

    Consignor Commentary: If you want to see a wildly repunched date, just take a close look at the last digit 5. Once thought to be 5/3, the underdigit is a real mess and so indecipherable that the best modern scholars can come up with is a quizzical "5/5?"

    Provenance: Purchased from Kenneth Goldberg (2/2003).(Registry values: N4719)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 234H, PCGS# 4387)

    Weight: 1.24 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2014
    27th Monday
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