1917 50C MS (PCGS# 6569)

2010 April-May Milwaukee, WI CSNS US Coin Auction #1139

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    Heritage Auctions
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Lot Description
1917 50C MS67 NGC. In the context of early date Walking Liberty half dollars, the 1917 is a common issue. The original mintage of 12.3 million pieces is the highest total for any date in the series before 1936, and its availability in Mint State makes the coin a favorite candidate for a type collection. Surprisingly, the issue's availability drops off sharply above the Gem level. Examples at the MS66 level are scarce, and only six coins have been certified in the Superb Gem grade by NGC and PCGS combined, with none finer (3/10). The present coin is a spectacular specimen, with nearly perfect matte-like surfaces and thick, frosty mint luster. The pale brilliant and lilac centers are highlighted by a streak of golden-rose color along the right obverse. Overall eye appeal is awesome. Census: 4 in 67, 0 finer (3/10).
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