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Lot 1790

1859 Pattern Half Dollar. Silver, reeded edge. Judd-235. Pollock-282, Rarity-6. PCGS graded Proof 63. Steel gray at the centers with lovely peripheral toning on both sides of darker gray hues. The fields and devices do show minor hairlines from a past cleaning or wiping, common and expected for the grade, and these are not too detracting. Identifiable by a short rectangular planchet void (a short thread or piece of debris on the coin at the time of striking) in the field inside of the eleventh and twelfth stars. Sharp on most of the devices, but we note a lack of definition on Liberty's hand on her shield, and the reverse die was lapped, breaking the ribbon above the eagle's head from over polishing the dies. Sharp on the reverse, including the eagle's claws, arrows, and ribbon over the shield. A mid-range grade example of this popular Paquet design (PCGS # 11960) .
Estimated Value $1,200 - 1,500.
From the Benson collection and purchased from an unknown source circa 1945.

Realized $1,840

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