1861 50C, CA PR (PCGS# 86415)

2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach #1186

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1861 50C PR66 Cameo NGC. This coin boasts remarkable preservation for a large proof coin that is now 152 years old, struck in the first year of the Civil War hostilities. Both the 1860 and 1861 half dollars saw largish (for the era) proof emissions of 1,000 pieces each, minus approximately half that number melted as unsold at year's end. Most certified survivors grade no better than Choice proof, however. This Premium Gem Cameo example shows notable eye appeal in the form of excellent preservation and a full strike throughout. Field-device contrast is perceptible, despite light patina in shades of amber and pinkish-gold, with light blue rim accents. A great example of this early Seated half proof. Census: 2 in 66 Cameo, 0 finer (4/13).
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