1859 H10C MS (PCGS# 4371)

Atlanta ANA Signature Sale #402

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1859 H10C MS68 PCGS. A scintillating, Superb Gem bathed in concentric hues of turquoise, rose-violet, and russet iridescence. Both the strike and surface quality appear to leave little room for improvement. The 1859 half dime was Assistant Engraver Anthony Paquet's first work to reach actual production. This remodeling of Gobrecht's original design is most often noted for the hollow centers in the stars, a design element not found on any other U.S. coin. Perhaps because the figure of Liberty itself was not well executed, or because he did not wish another engraver doing his work, Chief Engraver James Longacre remodeled the half dime again in 1860, after only 340,000 pieces of the Paquet design had been struck at the Philadelphia Mint. The uniqueness of this design earns it one-year type status, long an oversight with collectors assembling type sets. Population: 1 in 68, 0 finer (3/06).
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