1872-S H10C MM Below MPD FS-302 MS (PCGS# 4401)
The September 2011 Philadelphia Americana Sale
Lot Number: 2663
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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 <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. Breen called it "extremely rare" and cited four known examples, though the writer's experience 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> in 1988. All told, it is still a scarce variety that is far from commonplace.