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    1908 Half Dollar, Gem Cameo Proof 65 NGC

    1908 50C PR65 Cameo NGC. This was the year of the lowest proof mintage in the entire series with one exception: the 1915. Just 545 proof half dollars were produced in 1908, and few survivors are available in the highest grades. In his Complete Encyclopedia, Walter Breen discussed a new coinage hub that was first introduced in 1908. The primary diagnostic is that the tops of WE are joined. No examples have been seen from the old hub, according to Breen. Either this is from the old hub, or Walter was mistaken about the tops of WE touching, as they clearly don't on this piece. This example exhibits a fully brilliant, ice-white appearance overall. Some slight weakness shows at the juncture of the eagle's right (facing) wing and the shield. Census: 3 in 65 Cameo, 4 finer (6/06).
    From The Mulholland Collection.(Registry values: N2998)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 24PC, PCGS# 86555)

    Weight: 12.50 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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    August, 2006
    13th-14th Sunday-Monday
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