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1892 50C Columbian PR61 NGC. The first 101 1892 Columbian ...

2002 November Santa Clara Signature Sale #304

 
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Important 1892 Columbian Half Dollar in Proof
1892 50C Columbian PR61 NGC. The first 101 1892 Columbian Half Dollars were struck in proof format. Apparently, this was done by hand, with the Mint foreman and his assistant supplying the pressure. In addition, the 400th, 1,492nd, and 1,892nd coins struck were also proofs. These rare and coveted specimen strikings of the United States' premier Commemorative are distinguishable from business strikes by the razor sharp definition in the center of the reverse. In particular, the rigging and waves show considerably more sharpness of detail on the proofs than on the business strikes. We do not know which number in the order of production this coin holds, but it is unmistakable as a proof. Rich antique-copper and charcoal toning envelops both sides with faint, mottled, golden-blue and reddish tinged undertones. The surfaces are a little subdued with scattered hairlines that account for the assigned grade. (PCGS# 9295)

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