1897-S 50C MS (PCGS# 6479)

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Lot Description
1897-S 50C MS68 NGC. The 1897-S is well known as a scarce issue in mint condition, and especially so in MS65 and better grades. To underscore this, there are only 78 coins (minus an unknown number of resubmissions) in MS60 and better grades by both of the major services (11/06). Above MS64, only 26 coins have been certified. This is the finest example certified at both services. The mintage was a generous 933,900 pieces, but apparently the vast majority were dropped into circulation and stayed there. Of the coins that were set aside, a great many '97-S halves have been cleaned and stripped of their original surfaces; thus, it is difficult to locate a coin with original color. The surfaces on this piece are nothing short of extraordinary, as one would expect from a coin in this superior grade. The fields are bright and prooflike with moderate mint frost over the devices. Each side shows a delicate interplay of blue and rose. The brightness in the fields makes the color on this piece especially vibrant. The striking details are especially bold on each side, with the devices sharply delineated from the bright fields. An exceptional Barber half of any date.
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