YO1 - Seated Half Dimes
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||HALF DIMES - SEATED LIBERTY, STARS OBVERSE
||H10C 1849 O
||NGC MS 65
Although I have no pictures to guide me I have to call this coin a V-2 or the heavy date variety. New Orleans coins dated 1849 seem to be particularly tough no matter which Seated series you collect. Certainly the quarter is a major rarity in mint state (R7+) and the mint state dime and half dollar are rated R6+. The half dime is no slouch either even though only rated R6-. At the time I acquired this coin in March 1999, Heritage thought it might be a candidate for the finest known (lot 6289). Today it is the only coin graded MS-65 (by NGC, PCGS still has not certified one stronger than MS-64), but now it is bettered by three NGC MS-66s. May be time to resubmit. The strike on the coin is just average. Most stars do not show radials, and the wreath on the reverse is lightly struck. But the toning is lovely and even throughout, giving the coin good eye appeal.