1950 50C, CA PR (PCGS# 86691)
The March 2012 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 4108
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Exceptional quality and rarity with the desirable Cameo designation and tied with the finest seen but for two with the "+" grade. These were the first year of Proofs being struck for the Franklin half dollar series, with a modest mintage of 51,386 pieces. The early strikes were more satiny, the later ones brilliant. Good depth to the mirror fields and the bright white frost is virtually undisturbed. One thin toning streak on the reverse extends down from the eagle to the A of DOLLAR. Incredible quality and collector appeal for this date.<br />
<strong>Numismatic Reflections by Q. David Bowers</strong><br />
If you like Proofs -- and who doesn’t? -- a nice place to begin is with the new series commencing in 1950. All varieties from that point to the present day are readily collectible, although not always in a high grade with cameo surfaces such as this. The few scattered exceptions are error coins in which beginning in the 1960s the S mintmark was omitted from some Proof dies.