1846 H10C MS (PCGS# 4336)

2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia #1173

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Lot Description
1846 H10C MS63 PCGS. V-1. The skimpy production of only 27,000 pieces for the 1846 half dime tells only a portion of the story, but it is the lowest mintage of the entire Stars Obverse type from 1838 to 1853. Al Blythe says "Among regular issues, [it] ranks second in price (to the 1853-O No Arrows) in higher grades. Is the most expensive regular issue in lower grades." Certified in a green-label holder, this Select specimen shows deep aqua and pinkish-gold patina over surfaces that are still moderately lustrous and show few signs of contact. The date is punched quite heavily into the die, so that the 4 and 6 touch, and the 8 is partly filled. This piece is apparently the sole finest certified at either service (6/12).
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