1861 50C, CA PR (PCGS# 86415)
The June 2011 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 2734
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1861 Seated Liberty Half Dollar. Proof-65 Cameo (NGC). Needle sharp in strike and possessed of a decided satin texture, the devices appear to float atop illimitable depth of reflectivity in the fields. Delicate pale-lilac iridescence further enhances already strong eye appeal, the color appearing to drift toward the rims. Uncommonly smooth for the type, and free of sizeable or otherwise individually distracting contact marks. In addition to being rarer than an original mintage of 1,000 coins might imply (due to melting of unsold examples), this Civil War era proof Seated half dollar issue is very rare with a cameo finish as certified by PCGS and NGC.