1899-S 50C MS (PCGS# 6485)


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1899-S 50C MS67 PCGS. CAC. The 1899-S is rarer overall than the 1899-O, although the two issues are similar in high-grade rarity. Both issues are quite rare in top quality. PCGS has only certified 14 examples in MS65 or finer, and just two pieces in Superb Gem MS67. A single finer piece has been certified, and the 1899-S is one of just eight issues (10 coins) that PCGS has certified an MS68 specimen. Dale Friend's 1899-S Barber half is finer than the Norweb-Price coin, the Eliasberg piece that J.M. Clapp bought directly from the San Francisco Mint, and the James Bennett Pryor coin that Bowers and Merena sold in January 1896. Both sides have lovely heather and champagne patina with peripheral russet, steel, and lime toning. It is a well struck piece with bold design details. Population: 2 in 67, 1 finer (10/08). From The Dale Friend #2 All-Time PCGS Registry Set of Barber Half Dollars.
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