1916 50C MS (PCGS# 6566)
The June 2011 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 2795
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This is the single finest 1916 Walking Liberty half dollar known to PCGS and NGC, and it is pedigreed first and foremost on the list of "Significant Examples" of the issue provided in the 2008 book <em>Collecting & Investing Strategies for Walking Liberty Half Dollars </em>by Jeff Ambio. While this is a well produced and generally well preserved issue, the intensity of luster and pristine surfaces possessed by the present example are truly remarkable even to this cataloger (who, ironically, happens to be Jeff Ambio). Both sides are bursting with a richly frosted texture that is further enhanced by delicate champagne-gold iridescence. There is hardly even a minuscule abrasion in evidence, and the outward appearance is expectably smooth for the assigned grade. Fully struck, as well, this jaw dropping example belongs in the finest Walking Liberty collection on the NGC Set Registry.