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||HALF DIMES - SEATED LIBERTY, LEGEND OBVERSE
||H10C 1869 S
||NGC MS 67
V-3 with the 1 8 in the date recut. This variety is not listed in Valentine, who records only a V-1 and a V-2. In Breen's supplemental notes to Valentine's book (Coin Collector's Journal 1958) he lists the recut date as an extension of the V-2 variety. Blythe gives a very full description of a coin which he terms a V-3, a description which almost defines the current piece verbatim (including the weakness of strike on the obverse shield, and weakness in the upper part of the wreath on the reverse). While technically of high grade the uneven mottled toning detracts from the eye appeal particularly on the reverse. Still an R-5 coin in mint state, and one of just two graded MS-67 by NGC with PCGS grading none higher than MS-66. Bought from Park Avenue Numismatics, April 2004.