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Impeccable 1912 Half Dollar, PR68
Tied for Finest at NGC

1912 50C PR68 NGC. The Barber half dollar proofs of 1912 were produced to the extent of a nominal 700 pieces, but this piece today is at the extreme top end of the certified population. Both sides are largely untoned silver-white, but each displays a slight golden tinge in addition, and a small complement of pale lilac patina overlying as well. The reverse on its own would likely garner a Cameo designation, although the obverse field-device contrast is insufficient. Contact marks are not a factor, and the strike is well-executed overall while still showing minor weakness on the reverse, in an area familiar to all specialists in the series. The Star designation for superior eye appeal is well-deserved. Census: 3 in 68 , 0 finer (3/11).
From The Slotkin Family Trust Collection.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24PG, PCGS# 6559)

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