1897-S 50C MS (PCGS# 6479)

John C. Hugon Collection

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1897-S 50C MS67 PCGS. Ex: Eliasberg. The 1897-S is another famous semi-key in the Barber half series. Just under a million pieces were produced, and today only 12-16 MS65 and better examples are known. This is obviously one of the finest coins extant with two other PCGS coins so graded and two other MS67 NGC coins certified with only one finer (11/04). As one would expect, the grade and desirability of this coin is directly linked to its impeccable provenance: the San Francisco mint in the year of issue. Since that time it has only been in the Clapp, Eliasberg, and Hugon collections. The most dominant feature is the smooth, frosted mint luster--this is true even when one factors in the lovely overlay of champagne-golden and lilac coloration scattered over each side. Sharply struck also with a few tiny pinprick abrasions on the obverse (get out your magnifier). The fields on each side are semi-prooflike with just a bit more depth of reflectivity on the reverse. An outstanding 1897-S half. Ex: Purchased by J.M. Clapp directly from the San Francisco Mint in November 1897; John H. Clapp; Clapp estate, 1942, to Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr.; Eliasberg Collection (Bowers and Merena, 4/97), lot 2081, where it brought $15,950.
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