1943-D 50C MS (PCGS# 6619)

2009 CSNS PN

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1943-D 50C MS68 PCGS. FS-101. A number of 1943-D half dollars have been seen with obverse die doubling, from a master die carried forward to several working dies. IN GOD WE TRUST is affected, and often the date (as seen here) shows doubling. Walter Breen called it an overdate (Breen-5205) and wrote "presently very rare." Bruce Fox (1993) writes: "Overdate--possibly 1943/2 (43/3 or 43/2 unconfirmed)." In any event, on the present coin, the top of a numeral is clearly visible under the upper loop of the 3 in the date. Bowers and Merena catalogers, in the November 2006 Baltimore Auction catalog, state: "The seven lower grade Mint State examples we have been able to identify as B-5205 have typically commanded a premium of nearly four times (4x) that of the regular issue." The 1943-D, in an absolute sense, has a large certified population through the MS66 level of preservation. Perusal of PCGS/NGC population figures indicates approximately 8,000 coins in the various Uncirculated grades. There is a sharp drop between Premium Gem and Superb Gem, and only five pieces, including the current example, have been assigned the lofty grade of MS68. Light champagne-gold and powder-blue patina assumes a slightly deeper hue on the reverse. This delicate toning rests on surfaces that exude intense luster, all of which results in magnificent eye appeal. In addition, a solid strike delivers bold detail to the design elements, including virtual completeness in Liberty's branch hand. A few minuscule, unobtrusive marks do nothing to detract. A great piece for a high grade type collection or for the variety collector. Population: 2 in 68, 0 finer (3/09). Ex: Bowers and Merena (11/2006), lot 3441. From The Joseph C. Thomas Collection.
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