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Lot 375

1841-O Liberty Seated Half Dime. PCGS graded AU-55. This is a sweet little coin that boasts delicate dark gold toning around the devices and a hint of wear at the centers. On the reverse we see a splash of mottled blue toning at the center, and nice luster beneath. The reverse is struck from clashed and worn die, while the obverse appears new and lightly clashed. One would guess that this particular reverse die spent a long summer submerged in the humid climate of New Orleans, as the lettering and surfaces appear rusted on the die, and cracks have formed from the rim to the left side of the U, through the I of AMERICA and below the wreath, as well as through the tops of most of the legend. Quality control was a challenged at the time, apparently. Scarce in this grade, with a dozen graded higher by PCGS.
Estimated Value $200 - 250.
From the Benson collection and purchased from Ira S. Reed who was his agent at Numismatic Gallery's "World's Greatest Collection" sale, April, 1945, lot 288 for $5.50 with envelope included.

Realized $1,035

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