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Lot 1789

1859 Pattern Half Dollar. Silver, reeded edge. Judd-235. Pollock-282, Rarity-5. PCGS graded Proof 64. Toned with irregular shades of milky gray with hints of vibrant colors mixed in as well, save for an area of steel gray on the lower right obverse. Similar on the reverse, with medium hazy gray around the periphery and a dark brownish gold area on the eagle and shield. As to the strike, it is full and complete on all the minute details on both sides. Struck before the dies were lapped (see the lapped reverse Proof-63 also in this sale) and while the colors are a bit strange, some will find the vibrant hues on the obverse very desirable, others may not, and as always, we recommend close personal inspection or viewing the coin on our website prior to bidding. PCGS has graded 10 this high, with just 4 higher (all PR-65) of this pattern issue. Curiously, Dr. Benson had 2 specimens of this pattern (PCGS # 11960) .
Estimated Value $1,400 - 1,600.
From the Benson collection and purchased from Hollinbeck Stamp & Coin Co. as lot #1547 from a sale circa 1944-46.

Realized $2,070

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