1937 50C Antietam MS (PCGS# 9229)

New York Signature Sale

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1937 50C Antietam MS69 NGC. Struck to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Antietam, examples of this Half Dollar are a mainstay in our auctions in lower grades. At the MS69 level of preservation, this coin is a major numismatic rarity with just two pieces at NGC and none at PCGS (4/02). Portraits of Major General George B. McClellan, commander of the Union Army of the Potomac and General Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, adorn the obverse. The reverse depicts the bitterly contested Burnside Bridge over Antietam Creek, at which Brigadier General Robert Toombs' Brigade repulsed the Union corps of General Ambrose E. Burnside. This is a tab toned example with rich crimson-lilac and olive-green colors over the obverse and around the reverse periphery. Sharply struck with not even a single distraction, the surfaces are awash in warm frosty luster. Among the several awe-inspiring Silver Commemoratives that we are offering in this sale, and a coin that is sure to inspire spirited bidding among specialists.
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