Estimated grade. Sold by B. Max Mehl Jun '41 price realized $36
Ron Guth: The 1811 Mickley "Restrike" is not a proper restrike in that no Half Cent combining an 1811 obverse and an 1802 reverse was ever made. Rather, this coin was made outside the mint from old dies that had been purchased from the Mint by Joseph J. Mickley in 1816. Mickley created a variety of interesting, fantastic mules using his collection of mismatched dies. His estate, including his coin dies, was offered for sale in 1878 by Moses Thomas & Sons. Before the sale took place, the U.S. Mint repurchased (some say confiscated) the dies and destroyed them.
The number of 1811 Mickley "Restrikes" is unknown, but appears to be in the range of 10-15 examples.
Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Encyclopedia of United States Half Cents 1793-1857" by Walter Breen
Philip M. Showers Collection - Stack's, sold privately in 1969 - Willis Harrington duPont Collection - Fred S. "Freddy" Werner, sold privately in 2/1976 - Superior, sold privately in 2/1976 - Joe Flynn & Son Rare Coins, Inc. (Joseph S. Flynn, Jr.), sold privately on 4/20/1976 - R. Tettenhorst Collection - Jim McGuigan Collection
American Numismatic Rarities 1/2005:60, $17,250 - Tony Terranova 5/2008 - Ray Rouse Collection - Goldbergs 9/2008:96, $23,000
The “Heritage Auction #1104:54” reference in the Goldbergs sale appears to be incorrect, as no such coin could be found on the Heritage website
© 1999 - 2014 Collectors Universe NASDAQ: CLCT