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1846 WB.106. Tall Date. Choice Brilliant Proof. Possibly Unique as Proof

From Stack's October 2006 New York Auction, Session 1 on Oct 17, 2006

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Categories  •  Stack's October 2006 New York The George Byers Collection of U. S. Half Dollars, 1795-1964 United States Half Dollars United States Seated Liberty, no Motto Half Dollars
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1846 WB.106. Tall Date. Choice Brilliant Proof. Possibly Unique as Proof. This coin has gorgeous old...1846 WB.106. Tall Date. Choice Brilliant Proof. Possibly Unique as Proof. This coin has gorgeous old toning on both sides which ranges from dusky gray with sunset russet hues in the fields to deeper gunmetal blue surrounding the rims and devices. The colors are well balanced and matched. Examination will discover the deep watery fields and frosted devices, with striking characteristics and details found only on Proofs. The other known Proofs of this date all show the Medium Date, and it is possible that the present coin is unique and the only known example in Proof with the Tall Date. Minor handling marks and traces of hairlines attest to the grade assigned.

The die polishing was incomplete, with breaks in the mirror surfaces below Liberty's chin, others close to the devices. The reverse is similar with the reflective fields lacking from within the olive leaves and arrows, a feature noted by Breen. He also mentions ''a short line from left base of 1'' which is not seen here although the die shows traces of rust or lack of polishing along the denticles in this area. A minor rim cud has formed below the '84' of the date, reaching nearly to the denticles from the extreme edge, seen on the wide flat rim surrounding the edge. It is likely that the present coin is the one seen by Breen in 1953, despite the lack of the extension off the '1', or perhaps there are 2 examples known, with this single coin appearing at auction. A coin of utmost importance to the specialist and once sold, another or the same coin may not appear in a generation or more. An extraordinary opportunity. PCGS PR63.

Ex Stack's Sale, June 1999, lot 2222.

Lot # 1138 Session 1
Hammer Price: $28,000.00

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