1845 H10C PR65 NGC. CAC. R.7. The obverse has a tiny raised die chip between adjacent points of stars 9 and 10, with another near the top outside point of star 12. There is no evidence of date repunching, although the fields behind the closely spaced 845 appear slightly raised. The 1 is comparatively distant from the 8. The exquisite surface shows nearly imperceptible hairlines. The reverse has a tiny lint mark just right of the lower part of the F in OF, with no other imperfections. The reverse die has well-formed letters with no doubling or other anomalies. An impressive Gem with mirrored fields shining through beautiful blue, ivory, and iridescent toning. In our January 2008 sale of the Kaufman Collection, we presented a roster of 1845 proof half dimes that enumerated seven specimens. The Newman coin was unrecorded there, and represents an eighth known example, tied for third finest. From The Eric P. Newman Collection.
From Newman I (Heritage Auctions, 4/2013), lot 3902, realized $25850.00. Image and description courtesy of Heritage Auctions, https://ha.com.
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