1926-S 50C Oregon MS (PCGS# 9341)

2010 April-May Milwaukee, WI CSNS US Coin Auction #1139

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Lot Description
1926-S 50C Oregon MS68 PCGS. CAC. Oregon Trail half dollars were struck intermittently from 1926 to 1939, and the 1926-S had the highest distribution, with 83,055 pieces issued. While the 1926-S is easily located in nearly all grades, as one might expect, it is seldom seen in as high a grade as this fabulous specimen. Only 13 examples have been certified in MS68 by NGC and PCGS combined, with neither service reporting any finer specimens (3/10). Magnificent satiny luster shines beneath a dazzling mix of lilac, orange, light blue, gray, and magenta toning. The surfaces appear pristine to the unaided eye, and the strike is needle-sharp. An appealing representative from the husband-and-wife engraving duo of James Earle and Laura Gardin Fraser. Ex: Louis Bassano Collection of U.S. Commemoratives (Heritage, 7/2009), lot 1458.
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