1928 50C Hawaiian MS (PCGS# 9309)
The March 2013 Baltimore Auction
Lot Number: 2106
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Among design types of classic commemorative half dollars, the 1928 Hawaiian Sesquicentennial is the rarest and most desired. More than half of these were sold to residents of the Hawaiian Islands and thus passed into non-numismatic hands, resulting in many becoming impaired or damaged. In contrast, the other two key types -- the 1935 Hudson Sesquicentennial and the 1935 Old Spanish Trail -- were nearly all sold to numismatists who preserved them carefully. The present piece is in exceptional condition, fully struck and beautifully preserved. A variegated array of iridescent toning adorns each side, showing hues of apple-green, pastel rose, and russet, over natural silver-gray color. Excellent preservation leaves the smooth surfaces unmarked and virtually pristine. The condition and eye appeal will dazzle even the most experienced specialist in this series. PCGS has seen just a half dozen they consider finer than the present coin, and not many that have earned this lofty grade.