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[ Coins ] 1861 Original Confederate States of America Silver Half Dollar
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[ Coins ] 1861 Original Confederate States of America Silver Half Dollar. Extremely rare: one of only four struck, two of which are permanently impounded in museum collections. This specimen believed on the evidence to have been Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis' personal coin. Very Fine. 190.5 grains. The only specimen avaliable for sale. The first time an example has been offered at auction in nearly 100 years. Described at length by Walter Breen as specimen No. 4, ``New Orleans Mint to Jefferson Davis via Memminger,'' on page 240 of his 1977 Encyclopedia of United States and Colonial Proof Coins. The obverse is a light combination of pale gray, faint rose-gold, and very delicate blue around the rim. The reverse is more silver in color, with some areas of moderate toning around the rim. The obverse was somewhat softly struck, particularly on Liberty's hair and her left shoulder. Full drapery can be seen in the space below her elbow, and the die is broken from nose to the rim above. On the reverse the design was much more sharply impressed, as expected from this deeply hand-cut die. In the center the seven stars at the top of the shield superimposed upon the horizontal lines are mostly sharp save for those at the lowest left. The vertical lines in the shield were either never drawn in the die or were cut so deep that they do not appear sharply impressed on this example. Above, the Liberty cap on pole is clear and sharp, the leaves in the oak branch to the left and the palm branch to the right are clear and sharp, and the inner spaces within the loops of the bow that ties the two together are clear to the naked eye. All the letters in the all important legend CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA HALF DOL. are crisp and clear. The surfaces are somewhat reflective, particularly the reverse, showing that this piece (as the other three) was struck from polished dies on a freshly polished planchet. While the New Orleans Mint did not produce Proofs of the Philadelphia Mint sort, by using polished planchets and polished dies the product from the press had many of the appearance factors of a Philadelphia Mint Proof. The edge is reeded as expected and the piece has all the appearances of a standard federal half dollar until it is turned over! There is one shallow rim bruise at the upper left on the reverse but no other halfway important detriments that require mention. The piece clearly has been treasured by its owner for many, many years, the apparent signs of its having been a keepsake serve to underline its probable pedigree to Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis. {cp8}(SEE COLOR PLATE) Ex Schnur, Clark, unknown intermediaries, Bream, unnamed Union officer, Jefferson Davis.
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