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PR68 Cameo 1885 Half Dollar
Conditional Rarity

1885 50C PR68 Cameo NGC. Production of half dollar business strikes dropped precipitously after the 1878, and branch mints ceased minting halves altogether. Only a few thousand were made each year, but proofs continued to be struck for sale to collectors. Still, just 930 proofs were issued in 1885, and they are scarce today regardless of grade.
As a PR68 Cameo, of course, the date is a condition rarity. Iridescent lilac, gold, and rose toning encircles the pale gray center on the obverse of the present piece, while the reverse is engulfed in teal and reddish-orange. The deeply mirrored fields show impressive cameo contrast against the frosty devices. Magnification reveals only a few nearly imperceptible flaws. Census: 2 in 68 Cameo, 0 finer (3/11).
From The Slotkin Family Trust Collection. (PCGS# 86446)

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