1872-S H10C MM Below MPD FS-302 MS (PCGS# 4401)

The September 2011 Philadelphia Americana Sale

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1872-S Seated Liberty Half Dime. Mintmark Below Bow. Breen-3136. Blundered Date. AU-58 (NGC). Frosty champagne gold surfaces with plenty of active luster. The scarce variety with a blundered date. The date numerals were punched at least&nbsp;<em>four separate times</em> in the die -- Breen's <em>Encyclopedia </em>(1988) expostulates five times -- but the present writer can only account for four punching incidents.&nbsp;Breen called it "extremely rare" and cited four known examples, though the writer's experience&nbsp;includes far more than that number known. No doubt this variety "came out of the woodwork" after the publication of Breen's<em> opus</em>&nbsp;in 1988.&nbsp;All told, it is still a scarce variety that is far from commonplace.
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