1899-S 50C MS (PCGS# 6485)

Denver Platinum Night

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1899-S 50C MS68 PCGS. The single finest example of this date certified by PCGS or NGC in 20 years of numismatic certification. It is our belief that this is the finest known example of the issue. Not even the Eliasberg coin, which was purchased by John Clapp directly from the San Francisco Mint in 1899, is as nice as this example. We have handled this identical coin on two previous occasions, along with a single MS67 that we sold in January 2005 as part of the John Hugon Collection. Otherwise, MS66 is the best grade that we have seen over many years. This is an exceptional Superb Gem Barber half dollar. Both sides have a full strike with every design element showing crisp detail, exactly as Charles Barber intended. This splendid half dollar will easily satisfy the connoisseur. The surfaces have warm, original silvery-gray color with considerable blue, rose, and gold toning on the obverse and mostly vivid gold on the reverse. Although a few tiny abrasions are evident in the hidden areas of the design, these are only visible with magnification. While population figures have increased recently as a result of numerous resubmissions, this date is rare in any grade finer than MS64. The top four Barber half dollar collections in the PCGS Set Registry would each benefit from the addition of this specimen, with current examples that grade MS67, MS67, MS66, and MS64. Population: 1 in 68, 0 finer (6/06). From The Belle Glade Collection.
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