Archive of United States Coins & Currency Sold by Tipsico Coin, to aid in research and valuation

An archive of some of the items we have sold, both to show the type of material we offer as well as as a research and valuation tool available for the collector or dealer looking for information.

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1793 Wreath Cent, Vine & Bars, Problem Free PCGS Coin
Year: 1793
Condition: PCGS Fine-12
Description: (SOLD Mid-2013 for $7500) Sheldon-6, aka Crosby’s “Warped or Sprung Die”. This appears to be Breen Die State II. This coin emerged from an old time Oregon collection in the second half of 2012, and as such has been off the market for a considerable period. Certified by PCGS as Fine-12, with some claims to a higher overall details grade. A particularly well struck Reverse, missing the outer beading just from about 12:00 down to 2:00. The “market” grade may be limited due to the slight weakness of the bottom portion of the “3” in the date – certainly the overall Obverse detail is stronger visually than an average Fine. About as problem free as you can get, with no obvious planchet issues, smooth “chocolate Brown” surfaces that do not show any signs of monkey business such as re-coloring, or heavy porosity. The coin is a bit darker that it appears in the enlarged images due to the lighting used. A notoriously difficult coin to find as a problem free example in a PCGS holder, even though it may be considered “common” by the standards of early Large Cents. NO strictly comparable examples seem to be available on the market at present, as far as I can tell. If you are looking for a NICE example of this edge variety for Type, an opportunity like this is not likely to be available again soon, as many of the certified examples are closely held.
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Item Id #002837    See Details...
1795 Flowing Hair Half Dollar, Better Variety
Year: 1795
Condition: About Fine
Description: (SOLD April, 2015 for $1,000) The classic Flowing Hair date for Type as the 1794 is barely attainable for most collector wallets. This is Overton-119, a unique and readily identifiable variety due to the "pierced" hair curl and die defect at Liberty's bust. Likewise, the Reverse is unique in the leaf point touching the I in UNITED, so no doubt as to the attribution (I was hoping that it might me the elusive and potentially unknown O-118 though!). A solid Very Good+, close to a full Fine - depending upon the grading guide used, you can make a claim that it is a Fine, although I think the Obverse is short. Be that as it may, a solid coin with a strong full rim without bumps or cuts, which is unusual in this low a grade. It does show some very old, fairly light scratches in the fields, principally between the legend and the top of Liberty's head - some on the Reverse are not as obvious and I have included an extra enhanced image to show them. What may be visible as marks or scratches at the Obverse rim at the 3:00 area are Mint-made adjustment marks. Undoubtedly cleaned a very long time ago (like 100 years or so), the color is decent now. I suspect that this was carried as a pocket piece for a while, accounting for the scratches. Given the problems, which are not too serious in the light of a working coin that is 220 years old, it obviously does not carry the full value of a problem free example (which in any case will cost you a healthy premium, especially if certified), I believe that I have priced it within reason. Interested parties are free to make me a reasonable counter-offer is they disagree strongly. Guaranteed genuine as always, forever, backed by our firms 40+ years in the business.
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1795 Drapped Bust Half Dollar, 2 Leaves, Net Good to Very Good
Year: 1795
Condition: G/VG
Description: (SOLD February, 2017 for $950) Overton-131, Two Leaves (R-4). A coin that shows very well some of the difficulties in grading the early Half Dollars, due to problems the U. S. Mint had striking these large coins due to primitive equipment. This coin has a solid Very Good to Fine Obverse, but a weaker Reverse. The details around the edge of the rims matches the Obverse, but the center is weak. This may be due to the characteristics of this specific variety, as it was the third use of the Obverse die (#18), and the Reverse is noted for a heavy die crack running from the "CA" of AMERICA around the bottom to UNITED. I also suspect that this is later die state. Interestingly enough, the Condition Census for O-131 is on average a lower grade than for some of the scarcer R-5 varieties, which suggests that perhaps many of this die paring were poorly struck to begin with. This specimen shows evidence of having been unearthed in the past, probably with a metal detector, as it shows some scratches and scuffs, as well as the typical cleaning. However, it was a long time ago as it shows some toning, especially along the Reverse rim where some multicolored toning has developed. With a relatively problem free example typically bringing $1200 to $1600, depending upon how it is graded (I have seen coins that look worse than this graded VG), this seems a reasonable compromise for someone who wished a decent example for Type as it shows a strong clear date which is not always common in lower grades. Offered no too much above current Wholesale ($900+).
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Item Id #005522    See Details...
1795 Large Cent, Nice Affordable Specimen
Year: 1795
Condition: About Good+
Description: (SOLD March, 2017 for $349) Sheldon-78. A decent, affordable specimen of the 1795 Plain Edge Cent Type. The Obverse makes a Good by the standards of the ANA and PCGS, although not super sharp. Nice bold LIBERTY and date, just a touch weak at about 7:00. The Reverse as is common is weaker, although most of the wreath is visible, and "ONE CENT" and outer legend are partly visible - a classic AG Reverse. I will note that "commercially" if you were to try to purchase this coin at a show (or certainly off a certain, un-named internet site), this would be called a "Good" by almost all dealers - I just call it a good deal as it should fill the hole at a reasonable price.
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Item Id #005708    See Details...
1803 Draped Bust Half Dollar, Large 3
Year: 1803
Condition: VG-8+
Description: (SOLD on ebay Jan. 2015 for $275) Overton-101 (R-3). A decent, original VG - the only glitch is a shallow "dig" spot in the Obverse field. I am not sure that this was intentional, but may simply be a random problem that occurred in circulation. It is very old and partially hidden by the nice, medium gray color. This would otherwise be a $350 coin.
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Item Id #004163    See Details...
1806/5 Drapped Bust Half Dollar, Original VG+
Year: 1806
Condition: PCGS VG-8
Description: (SOLD November, 2016 for $500) Overton-104a (R-5). A very scarce, late die state example of this overdate, with the characteristic "cud" beginning to develop over "UNITED" on the Reverse. A very strong Obverse, the Reverse is characteristically weaker due to the ongoing die damage and wear.
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Item Id #005462    See Details...
1807 Draped Bust Half Dollar, Your Basic Coin
Year: 1807
Condition: Good-4
Description: (SOLD March, 2016 for $200) Overton-103 (R-3) Actually quite scarce: a true Good-4 example of this series without any major problems and apparently original! This shows the value of a Half Dollar in the early 19th Century, as this coin went out and stayed out in circulation for a very long time. Most Bust Halves after the 1830's spent much of their time in bank vaults as cash reserves. Not fancy but an inexpensive example for Type.
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Item Id #004762    See Details...
1810 Capped Bust Half Dollar,
Year: 1810
Condition: PCGS VF-35
Description: (SOLD) Overton-101. An absolutely 100% original example of this common date, not however very common looking like this. This a a late die state of this variety and shows extensive die cracks and a wedge shaped chip out of the die at the bottom most lefthand star. Problem free examples of this variety always seem to sell at a premium mainly I think as they tend to be very poorly struck due to the incipient die failure, so nice coins are scarce. I will note that I think PCGS might have been 5 points too generous in the assigned grade, so I am offering this at a VF-30 price point. PCGS Price Guide value of $305, so my asking price should be reasonable.
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Item Id #004761    See Details...
1810 Capped Bust Half Dollar, Original EF/AU Coin
Year: 1810
Condition: PCGS/CAC EF-45
Description: (SOLD September, 2016 for $669, on ebay) Overton-101. A stunningly original and very well struck example of a date that commonly comes mushy or uneven. The heavy die cracks of this variety show plainly; this coin is an intermediate die state between O-101 and O-101a, some of the cracks not being quite as pronounced as on the latest die state. About as "perfect" as a circulated coin of this period can be - certainly PQ as the CAC sticker attests to.
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Item Id #004744    See Details...
1813 Large Cent, RARE Problem Free Example, Only CAC Stickered Coin
Year: 1813
Condition: PCGS/CAC Fine-12
Description: (SOLD April, 2015 for $695) The Classic Head Cent series of 1808-1814 seems to be one of the absolutely most difficult Copper coinage to find as a problem free, quality coin - and it is the #1 request from collectors I see at coin shows looking for Large Cents as a Type example. The coin offered here is the first NICE, no problem, original example I have been able to buy in quite some time. A recent purchase from the 2015 Portland, OR ANA Spring Show. As an example of the difficulty in finding these coins, I told some dealers that someone at the show had asked what price I wanted for this coin. When I told them that I quoted him something more than $600 as a quick "flip" (having owned the coin for all of 45 minutes or so) and he had passed on it, the overwhelming response was that he was "an idiot". A bit strong perhaps, but these seem to always command a premium over whatever the current price guides say they are "worth". Doubly difficult to find as a PCGS certified coin approved by CAC! Only 16 total at CAC, this is the sole Fine-12 (out of 6 certified by PCGS).
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Item Id #004348    See Details...
1814 Large Cent, Crosslet 4
Year: 1814
Condition: Choice Fine
Description: (SOLD August, 2015 for $539) A nice problem free example, of the second date variety of this year. The certified equivalent would likely be a Fine-15. The weakness of the Reverse rim is characteristic of the variety.
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Item Id #004307    See Details...
1818 Large Cent, Classic Randall Hoard Coin
Year: 1818
Condition: Choice Almost Uncirculated
Description: (SOLD November, 2016 for $360, on ebay) Newcomb-10, with the obvious encircling Obverse crack. A coin undoubtedly out of the famous Randall Hoard of Large Cents; any quick web search will turn up it's history, for those who are interested. As were most of the coin from that hoard, basically new. This was cracked out of an NGC AU-58 slab; perhaps a bit generous, as I think this more like AU-55 as a "Net" grade and this should easily certify as such at PCGS. This shows few if any marks and nice brown surfaces. Perfect as a Type example.
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Item Id #005101    See Details...
1827 Capped Bust Half Dollar, Square Base 2, Stunning Near Bu Coin!
Year: 1827
Condition: PCGS/CAC AU-58
Description: (SOLD July, 2017 for $1,600, on ebay) Overton-118 (R-3). A stunningly attractive, original example - my images do not begin to do it justice. Just some light overall wear with few marks if any to note. Original toning indicating many years spent in an album somewhere, with light lilac fields (slightly more obvious on the Reverse), with yellow, blue & red highlights out towards the rim. The CAC sticker merely confirms the obvious ... this is a PRETTY coin. I believe that this is also in the Condition Census for the variety ... I will check and confirm that later. Perfect as an example for Type.
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Item Id #005841    See Details...
1828 Half Cent, 13 Stars, Original Choice Unc Example
Year: 1828
Condition: PCGS/CAC MS-64BN
Description: (SOLD May, 2017 for $1,100) A stunningly original Choice Uncirculated piece, once more showing why you should not be afraid of a coin certified as "Brown". There are coins that are Brown and no more than that, and coins like this which shows a considerable amount of the original Red as background highlights and on the edge of certifying RB. Certainly PQ for the grade/color as attested to by the CAC sticker - CAC has stickered only 20 in this grade/color; the PCGS Pop is 88 and NGC is 99, so there is a lot of "dreck" out there in certified holders. I will note that Heritage recently sold another PCGS MS-64BN with far less Red and no CAC sticker (given, the coin was "obvious" and probably has a "bean" on it now) for MORE than my asking price - and that is before the 17% bite. Another PCGS example with far less life to the surfaces, no CAC sticker and an Obverse spot to boot, sold for $1000. Given that prices on these tend to all over the board, I do not feel that I am too far off for a solid, PQ coin. I am asking just a bit of a premium, but a 64RB is worth $1600+, and this is close.
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Item Id #004230    See Details...
1829 Capped Bust Half Dime, Almost Uncirculated
Year: 1829
Condition: PCGS AU-58
Description: (SOLD February, 2017 for $975) LM-7.1/Valentine-4 (R-4) A sharp example of the first year of Capped Bust Half Dime production, probably put away almost immediately as a souvenir of the new Type, as it saw very little actual use in circulation. Attractive old time album toning. This is also a tougher variety, noted as being very difficult to find above EF. This is the top example in the PCGS Population of attributed coins, and in fact is the very coin you will see on the Coinfacts page for this variety. Encompassing the entire "LM-7" family of three sub-varieties, this is solidly in the Condition Census, being the fourth finest known (there are three Uncirculated LM-7.3's, then this coin). There is a PCGS AU-55 attributed as LM-7.1 that sold for at a Bowers auction in 2013 for $1323, however I have been informed that this coin was mis-attributed and was actually a scarcer variety. Thus establishing a proper value is somewhat difficult; my asking price is based upon communication with some collectors of the series, however it is negotiable - interested parties are free to contact me about this coin.
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Item Id #004646    See Details...
1829 Capped Bust Dime, First of the Small Sized Dimes
Year: 1829
Condition: PCGS AU-55
Description: (SOLD April, 2017 for $3,300) Small 10 C., JR-8, a scarce variety (R-4). A nice Choice AU example of the second year of small sized Dimes struck with the close collar. About half the luster remains on attractively toned surfaces, and no defects to note, which is a bit unusual. One of only two JR-8's certified by PCGS with an attribution, both AU-55. Of all of the Small 10 C. die pairs, only JR-7 and -8 do not have a PCGS certified Unc, in the case of JR-7 probably because that is an R-1 and "too common" for anyone to pay for an attribution. The other JR-8 AU-55 sold North of $5,000 at a Stacks auction in 2012. It is reasonable to assume that others exist and unattributed coins may lay within Uncirculated holders, but the population is not tremendously large, and many survivors are impaired. The variety is scarce enough that it would be worth re-certifying an Unc coin with an attribution, if only to attract a Registry Set owner. Neither of the two top PCGS Registry Sets of Dimes by JR number contain one of this variety, which says something about its scarcity as a certified coin. For reference, NGC has ONE attributed, a Good-4; lower grade pieces typically are not submitted for grading/attribution, and I have noted a few available. Heritage has sold only four JR-8's since 2002, three damaged/impaired and the one NGC piece. This says a lot about the clubbish nature of the Capped Bust Dime collecting community, as scarce date & varieties typically trade by private treaty through specialists who maintain want lists. One of those specialists has an unattributed NGC AU-50 available at present, to my eye not that attractive of a coin (dark and closer to EF in my opinion than AU), certainly not to match the present specimen. This priced in the range of offers I have received when this was listed on a different web location - interested parties are welcome to contact me to inquire (and please remember my standard 5% "cash" discount for payment by check). As a date, a reasonably large mintage makes this an excellent choice for Type, as there are a reasonable number of coins to chose from. Amazingly enough, there are four distinct Reverse types known, distinguished by the size of the "10 C." (not including an "overtype" Small over Large 10 C.), and two different Obverse types distinguished by the shape of the base of the "2" in the date - not to mention innumerable specific die combinations attributed to JR number.
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Item Id #004582    See Details...
1834 Capped Bust Half Dollar, Small Date, Original EF/AU
Year: 1834
Condition: PCGS EF-45
Description: (SOLD August, 2015 for $449) Overton-118, 1834/1834 overdate (repunched date). R-4, this coin is just below the Condition Census - there are 2 coins in PCGS Unc and four between AU-53 and AU-58. This is one of three EF-45's, and the case can be made that this is undergraded just a tick. It displays significant luster under the pearl gray toning, and the assigned grade shows PCGS's typical bias against original somewhat more darkly colored coins - they tend to like "white" coins and reward coins with "blast". Unfortunately, it is my opinion that this tends to encourage rather than discourage abuse in the attempt to get higher certified grades. Regardless, certainly a PQ example - I bought this unattributed mainly for the almost perfect color, as it shows some attractive color toning highlights. Difficult to price as there are apparently no records of any of the PCGS EF's selling at auction, and the variety does not trade too often in a public forum, so pricing information is not readily available - I priced it based upon my cost and opinion of value as a near "perfect" circulated example of this popular series. I have also included images of the coin prior to being certified as I feel these better reflect the actual color of the coin.
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Item Id #004264    See Details...
1835 Capped Bust Half Dime, EF With Nice Old Album Toning!
Year: 1835
Condition: EF-45
Description: (SOLD June, 2015 for $245) LM-10, Small Date. An "obvious" die attribution, as the "3" in the date hangs significantly low compared to the other digits. Apparently a slightly earlier die state for the Reverse, as the characteristic crack through the "T" to the scroll had not developed yet. In any case a nice EF+ showing great old time album toning. Sharp stars and some remaining luster on the Reverse, just not enough for me to call it AU. Worth the small premium for the gorgeous toning, which is a bit more unusual on a coin this small (guaranteed genuine and to cert as such).
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Item Id #004534    See Details...
1838 Reeded Edge Half Dollar, Original AU
Year: 1838
Condition: Choice AU
Description: (SOLD September, 2015 for $400) A nice sharp example, with surfaces and detail equivalent to an AU55+ I would say. A bit less difficult to find this way than an example from 1836/37, as the Mint had begun to learn how to properly strike Half Dollars with the new machinery using a "close collar". Dies however continued to be a problem, as this coin shows. The Reverse is struck from a severely cracked die, and the Obverse also shows two fairly significant cracks. Oddly enough, the overall detail is very sharp and "fresh" looking, so the dies must have almost new and cracked soon after entering service, but the coin was struck before they were repolished to refinish the surfaces. Otherwise a wonderfully original coin that escaped being cleaned, and problem free other than a couple of very minor edge problems typical of a coin that saw some use but not abuse (these should not show once placed into an album). A very meaty coin for the price.
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Item Id #002916    See Details...
1839 Seated Liberty Half, First Year of Type
Year: 1839
Condition: AU-53
Description: (SOLD November, 2014 for $475.00) WB-102, With Drapery (R-3) The first year of the Seated Liberty Half type, this date is ridiculously priced. While most First Year of Type coinage is relatively easy to find due to saving by the public, and many specimens tend to be available in better grades as they were put away soon after being issued, the 1839 Half definitely DOES NOT fit this pattern. Despite a mintage of almost 2 Million, I almost never see this date available at shows (that includes the 1839 Bust Half as well). My only guess is extreme pressure as a "Type Date" means these sell almost immediately, which has been the case in my own experience, or a large percentage may have been melted or shipped outside the country. 1839 was in the middle of the "Hard Times" period, and there was significant disruption of the agricultural economy, particularly in the South. Bank insolvencies and the inability of debtors to repay loans due to the drop in crop prices may have led to mass shipment of Silver coin out of the U. S. through Southern ports as many plantation owners were forced to operate on a "cash and carry" basis. This is all speculation on my part, but under these conditions, Half Dollars would have been the preferential means of payment - the New Orleans Mint as well did not produce a significant mintage of Halves until 1840. Who knows! In any case, a nice coin that came out of the Midwest region, and the first that I have had the opportunity to purchase in quite a while.
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Item Id #003550    See Details...
1839 Seated Liberty Half, First Year of Type
Year: 1839
Condition: AU Details
Description: (SOLD October, 2015 for $349 - the listing left posted for the information value) WB-102, With Drapery (R-3). A coin with sharp AU detail, but that was cleaned at some point in the dim past. It must have been in the early part of the 20th Century or before, as this has fully toned back and shows some attractive touches of color. While some hairlines are visible, all in all a very nice coin considering the light impairment,and still worthy as a Type example -discounted a bit however for the "issues". I would not usually purchase a cleaned coin like this, however I have always felt that this date was ridiculously undervalued. While the first years of most issues are relatively easy to find due to saving by the public as souvenirs, and many specimens tend to be available in better grades as they were put away soon after being issued, the 1839 Seated Half definitely DOES NOT fit this pattern. Despite a mintage of almost 2 Million, I almost never see this date available at shows (that also includes the 1839 Bust Half). My only guess is extreme pressure as a "Type Date" means these sell almost immediately, which has been the case in my own experience, or a large percentage may have been melted or shipped outside the country. 1839 was in the middle of the "Hard Times" period, and there was significant disruption of the agricultural economy, particularly in the South. Bank insolvencies and the inability of debtors to repay loans due to the drop in crop prices may have led to mass shipment of Silver coin out of the U. S. through Southern ports as many plantation owners were forced to operate on a "cash and carry" basis. This is all speculation on my part, but under these conditions, Half Dollars would have been the preferential means of payment - the New Orleans Mint as well did not produce a significant mintage of Halves until 1840. Who knows!
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Item Id #004709    See Details...
1839 Large Cent,
Year: 1839
Condition: PCGS AU-55
Description: (SOLD May, 2017 for $735, on ebay) Newcomb-8. This is the first of the Braided Hair Large Cent designs, the "Petite Head", also known as the Head of 1840. Fairly scarce with a mintage of only 200,000, and underrated. Certainly not too often seen today, especially with problem free surfaces. Most seen on the West Coast are darker or show corrosion, possibly as there was a problem with planchet stock. The Obverse of this coin is not as uneven in color as my image makes it appear - this seems to have been due to lighting conditions. Overall, this coin is a pleasing, natural dark mahogany Brown.
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Item Id #005873    See Details...
1840 Seated Liberty Half, Reverse of 1839, Small Letters
Year: 1840
Condition: Choice Almost Uncirculated
Description: (SOLD July, 2016 for $479) A very original AU+ example of this popular Small Letters Reverse coinage, widely underrated by standard price guides. As this is the only Small Letters Reverse type that can be seen as "common", they tend to bring higher prices - the 1839's of a larger Mintage tend to be seen less often in my experience. This date is scarce in higher circulated grades as they seem to have gotten out and circulated widely. This is a sharp AU+, equivalent to PCGS AU-53/55 coins recently submitted, however may not certify due to the darker color on the Obverse if submitted without being "conserved". Regardless, what I would call an "obvious AU".
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Item Id #004138    See Details...
1842-O Small Date Seated Liberty Quarter, RARE
Year: 1842O
Condition: Good
Description: (SOLD July, 2014 for $350) A VERY Scarce to Rare (R-5) variety, Good with a full rim. Original looking surfaces, however someone at one point apparently smoothed the Reverse rim as shown at 7:00 to 9:00, presumably to remove a rim bump (!!). This is unfortunate as this coin would easily otherwise be a $600 item. Absolutely guaranteed genuine. Out of an old time set, from when filling the hole was more critical than quality. Discounted appropriately for the damage based upon what similar pieces have brought at auction.
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Item Id #003727    See Details...
1842-O Seated Dime, Certified EF/AU, Very Scarce
Year: 1842O
Condition: PCGS EF-45
Description: (SOLD May, 2017 for $569, on ebay) An original example of this scarcer date in an older light blue label holder, with no problems. The price on this jumps considerably in AU. PCGS Price Guide value of $700, although that seems a bit high ... priced at about the level of an EF-40 value in the PCGS Price Guide.
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Item Id #004662    See Details...