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1851-C Half Eagle: New Purchase

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 Posted 07/25/2021  5:56 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hokiefan_82 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
An attractive example with minimal distractions. My want list includes an example from both the Charlotte and Dahlonega mints for my type set, and one like this would definitely make me happy! I'd say VF35.
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 Posted 07/25/2021  6:13 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TNG to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
When I saw it before scrolling down, I thought XF40 and see I'm not alone.
I did not look at photograde or grading criteria. Just a guess and nice coin to own.
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 Posted 07/25/2021  11:02 pm  Show Profile   Check westcoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add westcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My first thought was VF35, but then I thought Charlotte? I'm not so well versed on these aren't they known for being weakly struck or was that Dahlonega? I can never keep them straight in my head since I don't get into gold that much.

Hmmm. I think I'm thinking too much I will just stick with my first gut instinct.
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 Posted 07/25/2021  11:16 pm  Show Profile   Check Pacificoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Pacificoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply



Acquired this this week !
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 Posted 07/26/2021  10:25 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add panzaldi to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
i also had this one at XF40 maybe 45. the surfaces are fairly marked up. not a huge fan. especially at that grade
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 Posted 07/26/2021  11:49 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add IndianGoldEagle to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice coin. Your first photos didn't really show how much luster the coin has.
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 Posted 07/26/2021  11:55 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add TNG to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Glad for you we all guessed low. Congrats!
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 Posted 07/26/2021  12:04 pm  Show Profile   Check Pacificoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Pacificoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The NGC coin pictured is NOT the OP coin , I ADDED pix of THAT one that I just recently acquired for comparison to the OP pictured
coin , which is most likely going to be an EF40 .
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 Posted 07/26/2021  3:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Jaobler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Pacificoin,
Can you post full-coin images of your example (which is obviously higher grade than mine)? I'd love to see the details better.

According to Doug Winter and Coin Facts the 1851-C half eagle is very scarce in AU, so congratulations on acquiring a terrific coin!
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 Posted 07/26/2021  4:32 pm  Show Profile   Check Pacificoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Pacificoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I would if I could , coin bank vaulted today !
See what I can do next trip !


Was able to find a couple of others we took !
Hope these help!
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 Posted 07/26/2021  5:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add RobertRansom to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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 Posted 07/26/2021  5:29 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'll say EF-45.
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 Posted 07/27/2021  11:59 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Jaobler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The PCGS grade is XF-45. There are traces of luster in protected areas around date and legends, consistent with a 45 grade. Surfaces are relatively clean, with no heavy hits or rim issues. Color looks very original and I see no sign of cleaning or abuse.

I'm happy to add this one to the collection.
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 Posted 07/27/2021  12:42 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Zurie to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Congrats on a very nice coin. Just curious why the Charlotte mint put that punch mark on the earlobe of their half eagles that year. Was it an intentional design change, or just an overzealous mint worker?
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 Posted 07/27/2021  6:33 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Jaobler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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why the Charlotte mint put that punch mark on the earlobe of their half eagles that year.

Don't know the reason, but it is found on a couple other dates and mints for Liberty Half Eagles. It's in the exact center of the obverse so maybe it's a toolmark from whatever clamping fixture was used when the die was machined. You see small raised dots in the center of some other US coins like bust half dollars.

Any machinists out there with specific knowledge on this issue?
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