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1942 50C PR69 PCGS. This issue's proof mintage of 21,120 ...

2004 May (CSNS) Signature Sale #346

 
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Finest PCGS Certified 1942 Half Dollar PR69
1942 50C PR69 PCGS. This issue's proof mintage of 21,120 pieces and generally high level of preservation allows for thousands of Gem quality specimens for today's collector. Of course the desirability of these classic mid 20th century proofs is at an all-time high and even this quantity is hardly sufficient to meet the ever-increasing demand. Even a typical Gem example, however, is going to exhibit a minor blemish or mint-caused distraction of some sort and the chances of a specimen approaching perfection is understandably remote. Offered here is one of those lucky few that managed to survive in a virtual pristine state of preservation. Its peerless mirrored surfaces are outlined in a halo of golden-gray patina, leaving windows of near-brilliance in the centers. NGC has a current population of just three coins and, out of the thousands of proof 1942 Walkers submitted to PCGS, this is the only coin awarded a PR69 designation (03/04).
From the Nicholas Collection. (#6642) (Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 27V9, PCGS# 6642)

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The Draped Bust Half Dollars of 1796-1797 by Jon Amato

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