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1859-C PCGS AU50 half eagle $5 gold, RARE CHARLOTTE MINT ISSUE, Rare strong strike. here's a very rare early strike of this popular Charlotte date. this coin is a bright honey gold and has excellent detail with more luster than you'd expect and outstanding eye appeal for the grade given. compared to many higher graded AU's in our extensive collection, this coin looks like a great candidate for an upgrade. when you think of first strikes from a new pair of dies, you think of extremely sharp details. when you look at the photos of the reverse for this coin, believe it or not you are looking at an early strike, and this is the sharpest I have ever seen a 1859-C in all the years I have been collecting, even in photographs. expert professional numismatists aren't all in agreement as to the cause but I tend to agree with the camp that thinks either the dies weren't properly annealed (hardened) before use or it was left to rust for a long while. looking at it under a glass, it appears it could have been left to rust for a while and then used, causing the highest surfaces of the die to crumble off as rust. not personally knowing the depth of the relief it is hard to say if rust alone would cause loss of so much detail, so I'm personally inclined to think the lack of hardening of the die was the cause, and judging by how fast the die deteriorated throughout the 31,000~ mintage, that seems to be the most plausible cause. that said, the piece is definitely one of the sharpest strikes you will ever find for the date. beautiful example of a very tough coin to find this nice. please see photos and feel free to ask any questions.
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