1822 50C MS (PCGS# 6129)
The November 2011 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 2271
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1822 Capped Bust Half Dollar. O-106. Rarity-3. MS-64 (PCGS). CAC. A coin that boasts fantastic eye appeal and surface quality as the lustrous fields are undiminished by the usual hairlines or cleaning evidence. Toned with a blush of yellow-gold with an iridescent quality as well. The strike is sharp on the right hand stars and curls, while the stars on the left are diagnostically soft at their centers. Within the top six known in the Condition Census for the variety, and an exceptional coin in quality and appearance.<br /> Numismatists are fortunate in that as a class the Capped Bust half dollars from 1807 to 1836 are readily collectible in higher grades such as EF, AU and Mint State. This is due to the fact that in that era no silver dollars were coined for circulation, and it fell upon the half dollar to be the largest silver coin of the realm, thus often used for bank reserves. The presently offered Mint State example, the desirability of which is enhanced by the CAC sticker, is an especially nice representative.