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Lot 1791

1859 Pattern Half Dollar. Silver, reeded edge. Judd-237. Pollock-293, Rarity-4. PCGS graded Proof 64. Gorgeous toning on both sides of an irregular crackle pattern that ranges from medium gray to a pretty shade of blue. We suspect that this coin was stored in the Hollinbeck paper envelope for that last 55 years or so, and this environment generated the toning seen today. It would be most difficult to attempt to describe the pattern of this toning precisely, so we'll leave that to the photograph and webpage. Regardless, the coin shows well with its blue and gray tones and sharp strike. A few faint hairlines can be found, but these are not detracting. PCGS in their Population Report show 7 graded this high, with 3 higher as PR-65 and 3 at the top as PR-66 (PCGS # 11966) .
Estimated Value $1,400 - 1,600.
From the Benson collection and purchased from Hollinbeck Stamp & Coin Co. as lot #1548 from a sale circa 1944-46.

Realized $1,840

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