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    1858-O Seated Half, MS66
    WB-101, Die Pair 29
    None Certified Higher

    1858-O 50C MS66 PCGS. CAC. WB-101, Die Pair 29, R.3. A simply stunning O-mint half and a significant rarity in terms of surface preservation. Dappled russet, crimson, and sea-green accents overlie the otherwise lilac-gray surfaces with strong silver luster. The richly frosted texture complements a strike that is nearly full -- a significant attribute for a Seated half from the New Orleans Mint.

    Variety: WB-101, Die Pair 29, R.3. Struck from an early state of the dies.

    Population Data (7/14): This is the single finest example known to PCGS. NGC has seen only three similarly graded coins and none finer.

    Heritage Commentary: A mintage of nearly 7.3 million pieces would suggest that there must be other Premium Gem coins out there ... maybe not, because just 41 die pairs were used for the entire mintage, an average of 178,000 pieces per die pair. Many coins must have been struck with worn or impaired dies, and likely the dies were widely spaced. This coin continues to sit alone atop the PCGS condition chart.

    Consignor Commentary: The coin is worthy of its grade with good luster and original toning. Bought from Larry Whitlow, a long- (I was going to say old, but modified it out of respect) time dealer and friend who has a terrific eye for top-notch original coins.

    Provenance: Purchased from Larry Whitlow (8/2001).(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24HW, PCGS# 6294)

    Weight: 12.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2014
    27th Monday
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