1919-S 50C MS (PCGS# 6579)

2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction #1158

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Lot Description
1919-S 50C MS65 PCGS. CAC. Early Walking Liberty half dollars, typically considered to be those struck from 1916 to 1933, are scarce in all grades and rare in Uncirculated condition. The 1919-S is particularly difficult to locate, especially in the better circulated grades (VF and higher) through Mint State. While not as challenging in high grades as the 1919-D, 1921-D, and 1921-S, Gem 1919-S halves are still encountered only sporadically. Only a few dozen 1919-S half dollars have been graded MS65 by PCGS and NGC combined. Higher-grade examples are very rare, with only 20 examples certified at both major services (7/11). This example has distinctive die striations in the fields on each side that impart a bright semiprooflikeness. Much original brilliance remains, with tinges of pinkish-gold on both sides. The strike definition is strong but lacks completeness, as usual. This piece would be a great start to a Gem-quality collection of early Walkers. From The Oliver Collection.
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