1905 50C MS (PCGS# 6501)

2006 April (CSNS) Signature Auction #404

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Lot Description
1905 50C MS67 PCGS. This is a coin for the ages, one that is both Superb in color and surfaces. Note the interplay of iridescent green, gold and russet spanning the obverse and reverse, which come alive when examined under a light. Luster peeks through as the toning is neither dark or thick. As to the strike, the finer points of the design elements are fairly clear, although we note a whisper of weakness on the arrow feathers. This is typical of the Philadelphia Mint coinage, which are generally well struck as opposed to most of the branch mints, where striking quality varies from year to year and coin to coin. While note a particularly rare date, the mintage of 662,000 pieces keeps this one in the scarcer than average class for the series. However, in this Superb Mint State condition, this issue is as rare as the lowest mintage dates, with a grand total of two coins graded this high by PCGS, and none finer (3/06). Housed in an older green insert PCGS holder and worthy of the finest Barber half dollar collection.
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