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SOLD at 2012 Jan 30 @ 15:21UTC-8 : PST
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1855-D $5 Liberty. NGC AU Details, improperly cleaned. Nicely toned and quite pleasing. Better strike than average. Q. David Bowers discusses the minting procedures of this issue: "Usually with some lightness at the centers. It is important to remember that 1855-D half eagles--as well as other half eagles of this era--were strictly workhorse coins, made for use in commerce and with no thought of creating specimens for numismatic cabinets. By spacing the dies ever so slightly farther apart, die life would be prolonged and breakage would be minimized--at the very small practical expense of sharpness in the deepest die recesses." Only 22,432 struck.
Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,100.
Provenance: The William H & Beuelaress K. Helem Collection.