1899-S 50C MS (PCGS# 6485)

2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143

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1899-S 50C MS67 PCGS Secure. CAC. Ex: Duckor/Akers. A faint die crack on the lower part of the bust joins star 1 and the border near star 2. There are no reverse die cracks evident. The mintmark is slightly right of center and close to the tail. A typical San Francisco Mint specimen, this Superb Gem is boldly defined throughout both sides, save for a few feathers below the shield. Roller lines on the obverse remain from original planchet preparation. The frosty surfaces host original gray-brown toning with hints of blue-green and orange-gold on each side. There are few blemishes noted on either side. The Heritage auction archives record a single MS68 PCGS coin and two MS67 specimens, one NGC and one PCGS, that have appeared in our auctions since 1993. The Duckor coin is equal to or finer than the other MS67 PCGS coin that was offered in our sale of the Friend Collection, and virtually equal to the lone MS68 PCGS example. This Superb Gem is finer than the Eliasberg specimen, an excellent coin that came directly from the San Francisco Mint. It is also finer than the Norweb-Price coin and the Pryor specimen. For the connoisseur who seeks a remarkable example of the 1899-S, the present opportunity should be taken, as a long wait may be in store for the underbidder. Population (6/10): MS66 (6); MS66+ (0); MS67 (2); MS67+ (0); MS68 (1). Ex: David Akers (8/16/1995). From The Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Barber Half Dollar Collection.
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