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Lot 1842

1883 Hawaiian Half Dollar. PCGS graded Proof 63. In a new secure plus holder. Pop 3; 1 finer in 66. Irregular toning on both sides. Some minor obverse marks. This rare coins reflective field is subtly favored by hazy toning of a typical antique-silver hue that makes this example a concerto of originality, sharp detail, and strong visual appeal. What's more, the coin's very small mintage of 26 and low surviving population are keys to its rarity, as is the finding that Proof 63 cameos are within hailing distance of the few pieces graded higher. Fully original -- an important and rare feature for this sometimes cleaned or hairlined issue. No more than the luster and toning comes a desirable strike. This piece is struck with scientific exactness throughout the devices typical of the Proof issue, from the specially prepared Proof dies installed in the Philadelphia Mint's hydraulic press used to strike U.S. Seated Liberty coins of the period and other denominations. An indispensable purchase for the advanced buyer of rare Hawaiian coins (PCGS # 10993) .

Historic note: The Philadelphia Mint struck Hawaiian Proofs in two batches. Six silver Proof sets without the eighth dollar were struck in September 1883. A year later 20 sets with the eighth dollar (5-coin set) were struck in silver Proof. (Eighteen of the sets were struck in 4 denominations, the eighth, quarter, half and one-dollar in pattern copper pieces, identical to the silver and struck from the same dies. Some of these equally rare Patterns are also being offered in the Forsythe Collection.).
Estimated Value $13,000 - 14,000.
The Forsythe Collection.

Realized $18,400

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