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HALF DOLLARS

1861 CSA Half Dollar

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1861 CSA 50C
PCGS MS65
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1861 50C CSA Scott Restrike MS65 PCGS. Breen-8002. Tied for Finest Known at PCGS! The Scott Confederate States of America Restrikes are generally found in the lower ranges of Uncirculated and AU. They are seldom thought of as condition rarities. Collectors are usually just happy to acquire an example in any grade, and high grade pieces are not available unless a major collection is dispersed. Here is a Gem MS-65 specimen which is tied for finest known at PCGS and factoring in a possible duplication, may be the finest PCGS graded Scott CSA Restrike!

The problem of finding a CSA in such high condition is one that is most easily explained by the method of manufacture. To make an authentic-looking memento, Scott planed off the reverse of 500 1861-O halves. A steel collar was affixed to the coin (now a planchet), and when the piece was struck it was inevitable that the obverse details would be flattened somewhat.

This piece derives much of its grade and desirability to two factors: the exceptionally clean surfaces, and the rich, original surfaces. There are no obvious or mentionable abrasions on either side of this lovely piece and the fact there are no other coins graded finer speaks for itself . PCGS has possibly only certified 1 other MS-65 and none finer (4/08).



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