1938-D 50C MS (PCGS# 6605)

2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction #1156

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Lot Description
1938-D 50C MS67+ PCGS. CAC. The 1938-D half dollar is rather an anomaly, a low-mintage issue produced in the pre-World War II era of generally increasing production at each mint. Made to the extent of a mere 491,600 pieces, the 1938-D is the key to the "Long Short Set" of Walking Liberty halves that begins with the 1934-PDS mintages. This incredible coin displays soft, frosted mint luster over nearly flawless surfaces. Light die striations appear in the obverse fields, the product of die polishing. The centers are almost brilliant, with a hint of color evident under close examination. The right margin on the obverse has arcs of pale blue, yellow, and deep russet toning. The reverse right side displays a similar but subtler color scheme. This piece is sharply but not fully struck, exhibiting minor softness on the branch hand and upper skirt lines. Each side shows one tiny field mark. This piece should prove an incredible prize for Registry Set collectors (or for those who simply desire the finest of the issue), tied with one other MS67+ as the finest graded at PCGS (4/11).
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