14 December 2000
Another Remarkable 1856-S Half Eagle
High Date, Large S
Breen: "Very rare"
$5, 1856-S AU-58 (PCGS). High Date, Large S. Sharply struck with lustrous light yellow gold surfaces. Highly attractive. Large S mintmark with corner of arrow feather left of this letter. Walter Breen described this as a very rare variety. [SSCA 6852].
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Tied with three others with only one finer example (the MS-62 in the present sale) from the S.S. Central America treasure certified by PCGS.
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