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    1970-S Kennedy Half Dollar, PR62
    Struck on an Aluminum Gas Token

    1970-S 50C Kennedy Half Dollar -- Struck on an Aluminum Missouri State Shell Gas Token -- PR62 PCGS. 1.7 grams. Circa 1970, Shell distributed aluminum tokens for each of the 50 states, to encourage visits to their gas stations. A Missouri Shell token was apparently added to a bin of Kennedy half planchets at the San Francisco Mint, presumably as a prank. It would have been virtually impossible for that person to recover the piece post-strike. Likely, it ended up in the hands of a fortunate purchaser of a 1970 proof set. This untoned wrong planchet error shows much of the token design, including concentric rings on the obverse, and the words COIN and JEFFERSON CITY. Struck aligned with the collar die at 12 o'clock, the flan expanded after the first strike, causing broad strike doubling on the date and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Only two other Kennedy half dollars are known struck on Shell tokens, one of which is a 1973-S half on an Oregon token. A Missouri Shell token accompanies the lot, to demonstrate the undertype.

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