1938 50C New Rochelle MS (PCGS# 9335)
The January 2013 Americana Sale
Lot Number: 12736
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Gorgeously toned and impeccably preserved, this intensely lustrous specimen is also fully struck. An outstanding representative of this commemorative type, which was produced to commemorate the founding of New Rochelle, New York, by French Huguenots in 1688. This issue was proposed and shepherded through Congress by the Westchester County Numismatic Club. The distribution was picture perfect -- no scandals, no problems, the Mint (for a change) handled the coins carefully rather than jostling them together in cloth bags, and everything was ideal. Unsold pieces were melted. Today this is the one early commemorative half dollar for which a coin in a grade such as MS-60 to MS-63 would be a great rarity.