1896-O 50C MS (PCGS# 6475)


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1896-O 50C MS65 NGC. The 1896-O half is an issue that is known to most numismatists who are vaguely familiar with 19th century numismatics. While the mintage was not all that low with 924,000 pieces produced, it has an extremely low availability as grades increase. It is especially challenging in Mint State. David Lawrence has rated it an R.6 in Uncirculated grades. NGC has certified only three Gems with one finer, while PCGS has graded three MS65s with three others finer (3/08). This absolutely splendid coin's most impressive feature may well be its mint luster. New Orleans coins are known for satiny finishes, but this is somewhat different with a hard, metallic sheen that rolls around each side as the coin is tilted beneath a light. The obverse is fully struck, while the reverse displays the usual softness of detail on the right (facing) side of the eagle. Lightly golden-toned on each side, and nicely balanced in appearance on both obverse and reverse.
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