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1857-S 50C MS62 PCGS....

2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #454

 
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Auction Ended On: Jan 10, 2008
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Orange County Convention Center
North/South Building
9400 Universal Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32819

Lot Viewing, Room 220 D, E, F
Auction, Room 230 B

Description:
Rare MS62 1857-S Half Dollar
Ex: James Bennet Pryor
1857-S 50C MS62 PCGS. Ex: Pryor Collection. WB-103. Medium Mintmark, Recut 1. High R.7 in Mint State. Struck from perfect dies and showing no clash marks or die cracks. The 1857-S is a surprisingly rare coin in all grades, but especially so in high grades. According to Wiley and Bugert (1992) "underrated in all grades, especially when compared with 1855-S." High praise indeed with the high profile rarity of the 1855-S half.
This is a lovely coin for the grade with subdued frosted mint luster. The surfaces are free from any noticeable abrasions and there are only the tiniest marks visible with magnification. Sharply defined, the only weakness is on the centrils of the stars on the left side of the obverse. Mostly brilliant, there are occasional swirls of subdued gray-violet toning on both obverse and reverse. One of the finest examples of this scarce, early S-mint half available.
Ex: Samuel Wolfson Collection (Stack's, 5/1963), lot 1170; 1975 ANA Sale (Superior, 8/1975), lot 606; Richard Bennett Pryor Collection (Bowers and Merena, 1/1996), lot 158. (Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24HU, PCGS# 6292)

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