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    1856 Seated Half, MS66
    WB-101, None Certified Finer

    1856 50C MS66 PCGS. CAC. WB-101. Pink and silver satiny luster rolls across the surfaces of this Premium Gem half dollar. The strike has its pluses and minuses -- for the most part, the central details are sharp with only minor weakness on the left (facing) eagle's talon. Peripheral weakness is seen at several stars, the foot, and rock support. A few toning freckles confirm the coin's natural silver appeal.

    Variety: WB-101. Only a few faint die cracks are seen on the reverse, suggesting a relatively early die state.

    Population Data (4/15): PCGS and NGC each show two coins in MS66, although this example crossed from NGC to PCGS and it may be listed twice. There are no finer examples at either service.

    Heritage Commentary: A mintage of 938,000 half dollars was slightly above the 1855 production at the Philadelphia Mint but was half that of 1857, when nearly 2 million half dollars were produced. As usual, few 1856 coins were saved in high grades by collectors, and the bulk of the mintage circulated.

    Consignor Commentary: A delightful coin whose strength comes from its luster and originality. Not quite fully struck up, most stars on the obverse lack full radials and the eagle's left (facing) claw is flat. This piece was also struck from clashed dies, particularly noticeable on the reverse among the shield stripes. But still, its eye appeal and brilliance make it more than worthy of its grade.

    Provenance: Purchased from Rare Coin Wholesalers (9/2011).(Registry values: N4719)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 24HN, PCGS# 6287)

    Weight: 12.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

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