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    1946 Iowa Half Dollar, Colorful MS69
    One of Four Top-Graded Examples

    1946 50C Iowa MS69 NGC. Legislation for the Iowa half dollars was approved on August 7, 1946. These were the first new commemorative half dollar designs since 1938, and there was clearly pent-up demand. Of the 100,000 coins authorized for distribution (plus 57 pieces for assay), all were sold out by March the following year. The coins retailed for $2.50 to $3 and were designed by medalist Adam Pietz, who worked as an assistant chief engraver at the Philadelphia Mint from 1927 to 1946. While examples of the Iowa half dollar are widely found through MS67, they become scarce in MS68. Just four coins are graded MS69 -- all at NGC, with none finer (11/18).

    Iridescent rose, orange, green, and blue toning covers the entire obverse and most of the reverse, though it is a shade lighter on that side. There are perhaps two or three minor flecks on or near the building but nothing else.
    From The Five Generations of Eby Collection. (Registry values: N1)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# BYGV, PCGS# 9316)

    Weight: 12.50 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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