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A unique NGC-certified half dime draws spirited bidding in June sale


1871 J-1067a half dime graded NGC PF-60 and pedigreed to the Farouk Collection. Hover to zoom.

The recently re-discovered rarity is being offered by GreatCollections.

The only known example of an 1871 standard silver half dime is generating excitement, with 43 bids pushing its price over $18,000 in a GreatCollections auction. Bidding concludes June 20, 2021, for the recently rediscovered coin, which has been certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC).

The 1871 J-1067a half dime is graded NGC PF-60 and is pedigreed to the Farouk Collection. It is offered in the GreatCollections sale as lot 990317. The design was created by Chief Mint Engraver James Longacre and was issued after his death in 1869.

Standard silver patterns were issued between 1869 and 1871. Because of the variety of designs, metal compositions, and denominations, it is surmised they were meant to target collectors. The issuance of the half dime would come to an end in 1873.

To learn more about this coin, click here.

Other NGC-certified highlights also available in sales ending June 20 include:

  • a (1792) copper cent Washington Born Virginia graded NGC MS-65 BN and pedigreed to the Eric P. Newman Collection (lot 885736), with a starting bid of $80,000
  • an 1839 silver Gobrecht dollar J-104 Die Alignment III graded NGC PF-65 (lot 885705), with a starting bid of $75,000
  • a 1786 Beam Straight New Jersey copper graded NGC MS-65 BN and pedigreed to the Eric P. Newman Collection (lot 885734), with a starting bid of $30,000
  • an 1858 silver dollar graded NGC PF-65 (lot 885708), with a starting bid of $23,000
  • a 1910 gold Quarter Eagle graded NGC PF-67+ (lot 986176), with bidding already over $20,000
  • a 1904-S Morgan dollar graded NGC MS-67 (lot 986168), with bidding already over $15,000

Press release courtesy of the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.

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