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Lot 1273

1857 Liberty Seated Half Dime. NGC graded Proof 66. In NGC holder 1500894-005. Uniform midnight violet-blue toning on both sides. This crisply made specimen glows richly with original toning. The dominant hue is dove-gray, but magnification reveals unfolding layers of lovely cobalt-blue color that are seen at indirect angles. The best part about this Gem Proof is that it is free of detracting contact marks, free of spots or tarnish, and exemplifies the solidly graded status as a premium-quality Gem.

The 1857 is one of the final Proof Stars Obverse seated half dimes produced for which we do not have a listed mintage figure. Estimates as to the number extant vary, with Al Blythe (1992) giving a total of just 16 to 20 coins in all grades. This seems low to us, yet the estimate of 25 to 30 survivors that we would propose is not significantly higher. Pop 5; 1 finer in 67. (PCGS # 4436) .
Estimated Value $6,000 - 6,500.

Realized $6,613

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