Pretty much of a twin to the farthing. Extraordinarily sharp strike on an issue that is often weak and mushy. Hard, almost semi-PL surfaces and finished with lovely dark chocolate brown color. The photo does not do this justice as the few minor darker spots of toning that appear so vividly on the photograph are barely noticeable in hand. Superb.
*SOLD - Henry Hamilton Collection* Exceptionally well struck and defined for an issue which more often than not will be extremely weak at the centers on both sides, obliterating most clothing detail and “Half Cent” on the reverse shield. This appears to be the result of both weak strikes and deterioration of the high points of the dies. I have seen many examples at this grade and higher that are simply unattractive and unacceptable. The present coin is a wonderful specimen which shows a strong, even strike on both sides, with virtually complete detailing of the folds and pleats of the clothing and strong “Half Cent” and shield lines on the reverse. All lettering is bold. The color is a perfect even chocolate brown, virtually identical on both sides (more the color and tone of the reverse image than the obverse, which shows more red than the coin in hand
*SOLD - Henry Hamilton Collection* A perfect companion piece to the above Half Cent. I remember being blown away by the strike and overall eye-appeal of this piece when I purchased it many years ago. Once again, this issue will generally come with a weak strike on one or both sides and that weak strike is often present on MS63 and better examples. The strike on this piece is exceptional, showing complete detailing and folds on the clothing, strong face and hair details and equally complete reverse design. Color is a lovely chocolate brown / tan with deeper patina in and around the devices, adding to the already outstanding eye-appeal. The best of the type for the price that I have seen
*SOLD - Henry Hamilton Collection* CAC Extraordinary quality and eye-appeal. Pop: 6 with only one coin grading higher. The finest of the type I have seen. Well impressed, and this is definitely not always the case with this type. Perfect deep chocolate brown color on glowing, almost prooflike surfaces. Tinges of blue and red-rose highlights add to the appeal.
*SOLD - Henry Hamilton Collection* At the absolute top of the grade, this lovely Classic half cent shows a full, sharp strike on both sides, is basically free of contacts marks. Tinges of violet-rose highlight even chocolate brown on glowing, lustrous surfaces.
Very well impressed front and back with all design details sharp. Perfectly centered with full denticals on both sides. Lovely chocolate brown with flashes of original red in and around the lettering and portrait. Distraction free.
*Henry Hamilton Collection* Starting with a full, sharp strike on both sides, this superior cent shows immaculate surfaces with virtually no contact marks, and rose highlights on even chocolate brown surfaces. Finished with full luster. Top of the grade in every way.
Needle sharp strike and superb surfaces are just the beginning of this fabulous Coronet Cent. A gorgeous blend of brown with violets and blues blend together to give this sparkling piece extraordinary Eye-appeal. Finished with glowing luster. Gorgeous type coin.
*NEW* In addition to dozens of Coronet type large cents I have bought and sold, I have seen and rejected hundreds. This specimen will always be remembered as among the absolute finest for the grade. Deserving of a minimum “plus” designation, this original beauty shows a perfectly sharp strike front and back with a lovely blend of original RED in and around the devices contrasting a natural even chocolate brown. Surfaces are simply impeccable. Reverse is a deep blue-brown with tinges of original red. Finished with full glowing luster and resulting in one of the most Eye-appealing of the type you or I will ever see.
*Aspen Park Collection - HT-195, Portsmouth MA* Very choice uncirculated specimen of this Massachusetts Store Card. Even deep chocolate brown with considerable original RED in and around the lettering on both sides. Pop: 2-62, 3-63, 4-64, 0-65, 1-66.
*NEW* Super nice for the grade, featuring a full strike, virtually mark free surfaces and chocolate brown patina. The color of the reverse image is way too red. The coin is bascially chocolate brown on the reverse.
*SOLD - Henry Hamilton Collection* 1838 HT-81A Hard Times Token (Am I Not a Woman & a Sister) Very sharply struck example of this popular anti-slavery token. Just a couple insignificant contact marks and even chocolate brown color is enhanced by original red in and around the lettering, mostly at the obverse top.
A phenomenal Large Cent and among the best I have seen for ANY date. Fully struck on both sides with flawless fields and full luster over even chocolate brown patina. Original red in and around all devices front and back give this piece exceptional eye-appeal. A stunning coin and rare variety. Comps on Heritage Auctions show prices realized around $20K plus for NON-CAC coins.