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Canceled 1870-CC Seated Liberty half dollar reverse die, struck coin in ANA World's Fair of Money exhibit

Littleton Coin Company to mount display
By Paul Gilkes , Coin World
Published : 06/10/14
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A canceled 1870-CC Seated Liberty half dollar reverse die once used as a doorstop and an 1870-CC coin contemporarily struck from the die before its cancellation will be on display by Littleton Coin Company, Littleton, N.H.,  during the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money Aug. 5 to 9 in Rosemont, Ill.

The show is being held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

Littleton President David Sundman a few months ago obtained from Rusty Goe at Southgate Coins in Reno, Nev., a Professional Coin Grading Service Extremely Fine 45 1870-CC Seated Liberty half dollar whose reverse was minted in 1870 using the die that Sundman acquired in 2004.

The 1870-CC coin is one of approximately 200 examples of the 1870-CC Seated Liberty half dollar known to survive, and one of only the few dozen of that total that are of the Wiley-Bugert 1 variety (The Complete Guide to Liberty Seated Half Dollars and A Register of Liberty Seated Half Dollar Varieties, Carson City Branch Mint, Vol. II by Randy Wiley and Bill Bugert).

In total, 54,617 1870-CC Seated Liberty half dollars are reported to have been struck for all varieties.

Sundman purchased the canceled die for an undisclosed price from Fred Weinberg and Co., Encino, Calif.

Weinberg paid $18,375 as the top bidder in Holabird Americana’s Dec. 13, 2003, sale where the canceled die appeared as Lot 623.

Die and coin details

The reverse die bears two horizontal chisel cuts, starting in the dentils and carrying nearly through both of the eagle’s wings.

According to the 2003 Holabird Americana auction lot description, the die is the only known such die canceled in this manner. The usual manner in which these dies were canceled for removal from production was with an X-cancelation through the entire design using a chisel.

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