1835 H10C Large Date, Small 5C MS (PCGS# 4283)

2001 FUN Signature Sale #244

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1835 H10C Large Date, Large 5C MS 65 PCGS. Unlisted in Valentine, LM-4, R.3. The last half dimes of the Draped Bust, Heraldic Eagle type were delivered in 1805, after which this denomination was ignored by Mint employees for more than two decades. In 1829, Chief Engraver William Kneass created new obverse and reverse dies based on John Reich's Capped Bust half dollar. Production of Capped Bust half dimes commenced on July 4 of this year and continued at a relatively constant level through 1837. The present die marriage was not known to Valentine when he published his monograph on half dimes in 1931, this despite the fact that W. W. Neil first described this variety in the August 1927 issue of The Numismatist. The ubiquitous Walter Breen rediscovered this variety in 1958 and published his finding in Issue 160 of The Coin Collector's Journal. Half dime specialists refer to this variety as B-11. A boldly prooflike example, both sides were struck from heavily polished dies. Nevertheless, evidence of die rust is still visible under magnification, particularly in the fields. There are, however, no noteworthy post-production distractions and the strike is uncommonly bold for the issue. Light golden-gray iridescence is noted throughout. From the Bob Bisanz U.S. Type Set.
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