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    1841 Seated Half, MS65
    WB-101, Sole Finest at PCGS

    1841 50C MS65 PCGS. CAC. WB-101. An impressive early date Seated half, vibrant and lustrous with Mint-fresh satiny appeal. Iridescent fields and devices display silver, gold, and wisps of blue over the lightly patinated Gem original surfaces. Boldly struck on the obverse, including Liberty's head and the star centers. Equally bold on the eagle's head, with only minor blending on the leg and talon details. A few tiny, scattered bagmarks do not diminish the sharp appeal of this coin -- a strong candidate for the finest known of the issue.

    Variety: WB-101, normal date with no repunching.

    Population Data (4/15): This MS65 example is the sole finest at PCGS, tied with four at NGC and none finer.

    Heritage Commentary: Numerous vertical shield lines extend into the horizontal lines above, as well as below the shield border at the lower edge -- an engraver's anomaly noted on many Seated halves throughout the 1840s.

    Consignor Commentary: I don't think of this date as particularly rare or difficult, but Wiley-Bugert rate it High R.6 in Mint State, with this variety listed at Low R.7. A handsome coin; a couple of noticeable ticks on the reverse, above the eagle's left wing, account for the grade.

    Provenance: Sale of the Millennium (Bowers & Merena, 8/2000), lot 4123; Internet Auction #24024 (Heritage, 2/2004), lot 13168.(Registry values: N2998)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 24GR, PCGS# 6236)

    Weight: 13.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

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

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2015
    12th Tuesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 14
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