1920-S 50C MS (PCGS# 6582)

2013 January 9-14 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando #1181

  • Auctioneer:
    Heritage Auctions
  • Lot Number:
    5705
  • Grade:
    MS65
  • Price:
    $17,625.00
Lot Description
1920-S 50C MS65 PCGS. CAC. At the Gem level, the 1920-S Walking Liberty half is seldom seen finer, as each service has certified only a handful of finer coins. PCGS has seen 46 grading events in MS65 with one in MS65+ and five finer (11/12). Of those 47 Gems, only eight also boast the CAC endorsement, including the present piece. Jim Halperin writes of this issue on PCGS CoinFacts: {blockquote}"James Bennett Pryor collected U.S. half dollars as a lifelong passion and he indeed succeeded in putting together a complete 1794 to date set in fabulous condition. Along the way he had acquired an original roll of 1892-S Barber half dollars, which he sold to me in the mid 1970s, and two original rolls of 1920-S half dollars. He sold me the 1920-S half dollars in the late 1970s. They were frosty original coins that would grade MS64 to MS66 today, maybe even MS67 for the best one. It was an amazing deal and the only 'quantity' deal of this rare early Walking Liberty half dollar I have ever seen or heard of."{/blockquote} While we have no hint of the provenance of this coin, it certainly could be a survivor from the Pryor hoard. The eye appeal is far above the norm, with silver and ice-blue surfaces showing few marks amid satin luster. Minor strike weakness appears in the areas the issue is well-known for -- Liberty's hand and the tops of the 19 in the date -- but alert collectors will recognize the premium quality.
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