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Lot 409

1855-O Liberty Seated Half Dime. PCGS graded AU-58. This coin was purchased at Kosoff/Kreisberg's Numismatic Gallery sale of The World's Greatest Collection. In that sale, the cataloger's graded this as "Extremely Fine" and estimated the value to be $1.50. The coin sold for $2.50 at that sale to Dr. Benson, and the original envelope is included with this lot.
As to the variety, this is V-1a, with a healthy die crack through stars eight to thirteen. with a lighter crack through the first seven stars to Liberty's head. Lumps are noted on Liberty's cap, and there is die rust on some of the stars on the right. The date and right arrow are weak, probably due to die lapping. Toned with deep blue and gold on the obverse, the center bright white with the reverse with light gold around the edge, and mostly white. A rare coin in or approaching mint state, and expect a battle when this sparkling little jewel crosses the block.
Estimated Value $150 - 200.
From the Benson collection and purchased directly from Numismatic Gallery's sale of the "World's Greatest Collection" May 11, 1945, with envelope included from that sale.

Realized $529

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