PCGS 8281 - 1859-C $5
The mint began using a much smaller date logo, as opposed to 1858, which was used until its closure 2 years later. All 1859-C Half Eagles have a very mushy, almost "blurry" reverse strike, which was due to an improperly annealed and most likely rusty reverse die. As a result, the eagle, olive branch, and arrows appear very weak, even though the rims and reverse lettering are usually quite strong. To make matters worse, this same reverse die was employed in 1860 with the same result!
Recorded mintage: 31,847.
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