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Lot 1280

1856-C $5 Liberty. NGC graded MS-60. Only 28,457 struck. Let it be said right up front, the 1856-C is one of the most elusive Liberty half eagle deliveries from the Charlotte Mint. The date ranks sixth in overall rarity among the 24 deliveries in this series. This lovely MS60 survivor is a welcome addition to the sale.

The strike is about as sharp as one could hope to find for a gold coin from this mint. There are few areas where the design is incomplete, but only the eagle's neck feathers seem to lack detail. Light reddish-gold color flows over the faded satin luster. With none but the most trivial abrasions scattered about, we note a tiny reverse mark in the field below the E in UNITED and short nose-nick on Liberty that parallels another on her chin. Pop 5; 7 in 61; 2 in 62. In a new NGC 4 pronged holder (PCGS # 8267) .
Estimated Value $8,000 - 8,500.

Realized $8,625

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