1925-S 50C California MS (PCGS# 9281)

2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando #1166

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1925-S 50C California MS68 S NGC. Little time passed between the 1848 discovery of gold in California and admission of the region as the 31st state on September 9, 1850. This issue was authorized by Congress on February 24, 1925, the same legislation also authorizing the Vermont and Fort Vancouver commemorative half dollars. The design is pure California, depicting a "forty-niner" on the obverse and the state emblem, a grizzly bear on the reverse. James Earle Fraser called the design "amateurish" but the San Francisco Citizen's Committee had considerable political influence, and sculptor Jo Mora's design was approved. This impressive Superb Gem, tied for the finest certified, is a stunning piece with frosty silver mint luster, delicate champagne overtones, and gorgeous peripheral iridescence. Census: 6 in 68 S, 0 finer (11/11). From The Stephen L. Schechter Collection.
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