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Lot 3986

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Type Coin
Title Lot 3986
Date 1870
Country U.S.
Denomination 50c

1870 P50C Seated Half, Judd-933, Pollock-1039, R.7, PR66 Cameo NGC. CAC. Design. The obverse portrays a seated figure of Liberty with shield and olive branch. A scroll is draped over the shield, with the word LIBERTY inscribed, and a Liberty pole is positioned behind the shield. Thirteen stars surround the central devices, with the date in the exergue. The reverse is the design used for regular-issue coinage in 1870. Struck in silver with a reeded edge. Commentary. William Barber's lovely Seated Liberty design is a classic in American numismatic art, and even more beautiful with field-to-device contrast, as seen here. NGC and PCGS have combined to grade 13 specimens, including just three Cameo and two Deep Cameo pieces. The Newman example is the finest that NGC has examined. Physical Description. A stunning Premium Gem Cameo proof, this specimen exhibits deeply mirrored silver surfaces with frosty devices that possess bold, intricate details. Delicate gold and light blue toning resides along the obverse border with champagne toning over the entire reverse. The reverse has a trivial rim indentation, as struck, at 3:30. From The Eric P. Newman Collection.

From Newman I (Heritage Auctions, 4/2013), lot 3986, realized $9400.00. Image and description courtesy of Heritage Auctions,

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