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1859 HALF DIME

PCGS Nos: 4371, 4438, 84438, 94438

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 340,000
Proofs: 
estimated 800

Designer: Obverse by Thomas Sully, executed by Christian Gobrecht, modified by Robert Ball Hughes, modified by Anthony C. Paquet; Reverse by Christian Gobrecht, modified by Robert Ball Hughes

Diameter: ±15.9 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: ±19 grains (±1.2 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia) below DIME on the reverse

Recent appearances:
NGC Proof-67.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 2369, sold for $21,850.00

NGC Proof-66.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1472, unsold

NGC Proof-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1473, sold for $2,415.00

NGC Proof-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 480, illustrated, sold for $2,300.00

NGC MS-66.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 337, illustrated, sold for $1,955.00

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 132, illustrated, sold for $3,450.00

PCGS Proof-64.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 292, not plated, unsold

PCGS Proof-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7988, not illustrated, not sold  

PCGS Proof-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7987, not illustrated, sold for $920.00  From the Collection of Dr. Joseph M. Seventko

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6889, not illustrated, sold for $264.50

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 454, not plated, sold for $138.00

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The Marvin Taichert Collection of U.S. Type Coins", May 9, 2001, Lot 90, "Paquet's Design", plated, sold for $690.00  Ex 1988 ANA sale (Heritage, July 23, lot 240)

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-68.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 3 PR-67's.

The finest Proof Cameo examples graded by PCGS are 2 PRCA-64's.

The finest Proof Deep Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PRDC-65.

Sources and/or recommended reading:

"The PCGS Population Report, October 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service