1897-S 50C MS (PCGS# 6479)

2003 September Long Beach Signature Sale #330

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Lot Description
1897-S 50C MS65 PCGS. This scarce Barber half is comparable in rarity in Mint condition to the much better known 1897-O. However, very few Gems of this issue have been certified by either of the major services. Their numbers combined are only 13 Gems with 11 pieces finer (8/03). Thick, frosted mint luster tells the viewer immediately that this is a product of the San Francisco mint. The top of the obverse retains a swath of original brilliance while the remainder of that side displays rich violet and turquoise toning. The reverse is mostly brilliant with a wide arc on the right side of the same deep patina as seen on the obverse.
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