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Lot 393

1852 Liberty Seated Half Dime. PCGS graded Proof 66. Superb Gem Proof! This coin is very likely the finest known example of this date, it is the finest graded by PCGS (by 2 points), and a point better than any reported by NGC. Although the mintage is unknown, PCGS estimates that 10 were struck in Proof, which agrees with Breen. Combined, PCGS and NGC report 8 graded in all as Proofs, and this includes the Eliasberg coin, which was conservatively catalogued as Prooflike Mint State in that 1996 sale, but has since been NGC graded Proof 65.
Simply stated, this is a magnificent coin, the devices are toned an enchanting rose gold in color, while the surrounding fields are bluish gray. On the reverse, the devices are fiery gold while the fields are a dove gray. As to the variety, this is Valentine-3, with the date punched high and slanting down to the right. Perfectly centered and struck, with each star and device bold. Heavy die polishing lines can be seen on the obverse. Identifiable by a tiny planchet line (adjustment mark or roller line?) through the lower right foot and serif of the A in HALF. Nearly perfect in condition, and a prize for the advanced numismatist.
Estimated Value $15,000 - 20,000.
From the Benson collection and purchased on September 12, 1945 from James Kelly for $20.

Realized $29,325

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