1897-S 50C MS (PCGS# 6479)

2006 March Palm Beach, FL Signature Auction #412

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Lot Description
1897-S 50C MS67 NGC. The '97-S is an important semi-key in the Barber half dollar series. Fewer than one million pieces were struck, and relatively few Mint State coins are known. NGC and PCGS currently have seen less than 80 examples in Uncirculated condition, and only 25 of these are Gem or better specimens. In MS67, the state of preservation of the present coin, only five examples have been certified, along with one finer. The coin in this lot shows radiant luster and sharply delineated design features. The only hint of softness is seen in the upper right (facing) corner of the shield and adjacent wing feathers. Variegated pastels of gold and powder-blue patination bathe impeccably preserved surfaces. Some barely discernible handling marks on Liberty's cheek and neck are mentioned for accuracy. Census: 2 in 67, 1 finer (1/06).
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