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1853 50C Arrows and Rays MS66 NGC....

2010 April-May Milwaukee, WI CSNS US Coin Auction #1139

 
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Auction Ended On: Apr 29, 2010
Item Activity: 4 Internet/mail/phone bidders
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The Midwest Airlines Center
400 West Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203

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Brilliant 1853 Arrows and Rays Half, MS66
An Essential One-Year Type
1853 50C Arrows and Rays MS66 NGC. Although the 1853 Arrows and Rays half dollar is a common issue with a mintage exceeding 3.5 million coins, most examples seen are in the lower reaches of AU or lower-end Uncirculated. Many examples of the issue are darkly toned, or have excessive contact marks or indifferent luster. This piece, however, has thick, satinlike surfaces that are nearly flawless. In fact, the only surface anomalies we see are some pronounced clash marks on each side that occurred at the time of striking. The coin is fully brilliant and untoned with a soft silver-white appearance. The strike is adequate if not bold, with mentionable softness on stars 12 and 13 and Liberty's exposed foot near the rim. Radiant cartwheel luster abounds on both sides, and it is difficult to imagine an example of the issue that offers more eye appeal than the present example.
First-year type coins, such as the present piece are perennial favorites among large segments of the collecting public, and they also appear to have a future that is equally bright. Census: 15 in 66, 0 finer (3/10).(Registry values: N1) (NGC ID# 24JJ, PCGS# 6275)

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