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Lot 30355

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Type Coin
Title Lot 30355
Date 1723
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Grade 58
Service NGC
Denomination 1/2 P
Description 1723 1/2P Hibernia Pattern Halfpenny, Silver AU58 NGC. M. 4.52-Gb.8, W-13460, R.7. Martin describes both copper and silver versions of variety 4.52-Gb.8. The copper variant is only marginally scarce, while the silver strike is exceedingly rare, and is believed to be a pattern struck from regular dies. The obverse is attributed in part by the high placement of stop one, and the position of the nose and upper ribbon, pointing at the second A and G respectively; the reverse is identified in part by a chip in front of the harp, and the position of Hibernia's head in relation to the second I. This obverse die was also used with reverses Gc.9 and Gc.33, and reverse die Gb.8 was likewise paired with obverse 4.40, though the silver 4.52-Gb.8 variety is by far the rarest use of both dies. This piece is one of only five silver 1723 Hibernia halfpence certified at NGC and PCGS combined (4/14), and exhibits an early die state, with no cracks or breaks. The strike is bold, and only slight friction is seen over the high points of the design. The patina is mainly pewter-gray, with faint turquoise and pale lavender accents seen when turned in-hand. Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society. Realized $35,250.00. Description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

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