1867 50C PR67 Ultra Cameo NGC....
Finest Known of This Early With Motto Issue
Both sides of this Superb Gem proof have deeply mirrored fields with fully lustrous and frosty devices, appearing as if someone carefully painted the devices with white, but of course this appearance is strictly the result of production from fresh dies with polished fields and unpolished design elements. Close examination reveals evidence of a specially prepared planchet, highly polished in preparation for the careful production required to produce proof coins. The centers on each side are fully brilliant with rich gold, lilac, and sky-blue toning near the borders and encroaching only slightly upon the stars and letters.
Little is known about the proof half dollars of this date. The original mintage was 625 coins, and most or all of those pieces were probably distributed. A survival rate of 40% to 50% is a good general rule, indicating that 250 to 300 proofs still exist today. Walter Breen reported With Drapery and No Drapery variations for these coins. Those lacking the drapery at Liberty's elbow represent later die states after the coinage dies had been lapped or resurfaced.
Ex: National Money Signature (Heritage, 3/2007), lot 833.
From The Greensboro Collection, Part II. (PCGS# 96425)
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