1923-S 50C MS (PCGS# 6586)

2009 CSNS PN

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1923-S 50C MS66 PCGS. A master die change in this year produced higher and deeper gown lines on Liberty, improving the general overall appearance of the coin (Bruce Fox, 1993). This is manifested on the current Premium Gem example, which shows crispness not only on the gown lines, but nearly complete definition on the other design features. Specifically, considerable separation is evident between Liberty's thumb and the adjacent branches, and the face and cap are sharp. The same can be said for most of the eagle's plumage, except for the usual softness on the feathers of the right (facing) leg. Both sides of this beautiful specimen display faint golden-beige and violet-blue patination that is nearly imperceptible except under magnification, and each is awash in bright, intense luster. The nicely preserved surfaces reveal just a few trivial marks. While these do not detract, they might well preclude an even higher grade. A small mark on Liberty's neck, another on the temple, and a couple to the lower right of the eagle's eye are mentioned solely for identification purposes, as they will aid future catalogers and researchers in pedigreeing the coin. In summary, this magnificent Walker generates outstanding eye appeal, and will elicit considerable interest among enthusiasts of the series. PCGS and NGC combined have certified only 16 examples at this grade level, and a mere two coins finer (3/09). From The Joseph C. Thomas Collection.
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