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1936 50C PR68 PCGS....

2005 February Long Beach Signature Sale #366

 
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Finest Known 1936 Proof Half Dollar
1936 50C PR68 PCGS. Because this was the first year of production for Half Dollar proofs since 1915, a large number of coins fell into the hands of new collectors and non-collectors who did not know how to properly care for proofs. As a result, many were cleaned or otherwise impaired, and today very few are extant with unaltered and original surfaces. This is such a coin, and as such is a singular opportunity for the knowledgeable collector. To date (1/05), this is the single finest certified 1936 proof Half Dollar seen by either service. This one is obviously a product of a first strike from new dies, and was subsequently carefully preserved by a dedicated collector. Every last design element rises noticeably above smooth surfaces with pinpoint striking definition. Distracting abrasions? There are none! The originally preserved surfaces do reveal beautiful gold and crimson patina that is most extensive in a few areas around the peripheries and over the reverse. A jewel in the crown for the serious collector of Walking Liberty Halves.
From the Bruce Scher #1 All-Time PCGS Registry Set.(#6636) (Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 27V4, PCGS# 6636)

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