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1838 50C MS65 NGC....

2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction #1151

 
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Auction Ended On: Jan 6, 2011
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Location: Tampa Convention Center
333 S. Franklin St.
Tampa, FL 33602
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Gem 1838 Reeded Edge Half Dollar
Short-Lived HALF DOL. Subtype
1838 50C MS65 NGC. The 1838 was the penultimate issue in the Capped Bust series and part of the two-year HALF DOL. reverse subtype. The half dollar was the last of the silver coins to use the Capped Bust design; half dimes and dimes first featured Gobrecht's Seated Liberty design in 1837, and the quarter followed suit the next year.
With a mintage of more than 3.5 million coins, the 1838 half is fairly common in most grades, but Gems are seldom seen. NGC and PCGS combined have certified only seven finer examples (11/10).
Appealing lilac and blue colors in the margins blend with hazel and silver-gray in the centers. The stars are a bit soft, but the rest of the details are needle-sharp. This lustrous Gem is a must-have for a serious type collector.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24G5, PCGS# 6177)

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