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    1951 Half Dollar, PR67+ Deep Cameo
    An Unprecedented Offering
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    1951 50C PR67+ Deep Cameo PCGS. CAC. Ex: Blue Ocean. This could very well be the pinnacle of collecting for an advanced Franklin half dollar proof specialist. Like the 1950, this date is usually found with low contrast. Cameo representatives are very scarce, and profoundly contrasted Deep Cameo proofs are extremely rare. Rick Tomaska details the captivating story of his first encounter with a 1951 Deep Cameo half dollar at a 1984 Long Beach show: "I did a double take, as it was a stunning cameo, with exceptional snow-white frost and very deep fields. I looked closer, and was dumbfounded when I noticed the date. It wasn't a 1956, a 1963, or even a rarer 1954. It was a 1951, the most amazing cameo 1951 I had ever seen." Just to put this PR67+ Deep Cameo piece into perspective, the coin Tomaska talks about resided in a PR66 Ultra Cameo NGC holder in 2011. This is the absolute finest example available to collectors. PCGS has seen two Superb Gems, but this is the only one with a Plus designation. NGC reports another six coins, none with an added Plus (6/17). The green CAC approval sticker confirms the unprecedented quality of this offering.

    Each side is utterly pristine with seemingly depthless mirrors and a thick layer of frost over the devices. Die polish lines on Franklin's head are typically found on the best-contrasted examples of this elusive second-year issue. Specialists are encouraged to bid accordingly for the finest 1951 Franklin half dollar proof ever offered at auction.
    From The Blue Ocean Collection(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 27VB, PCGS# 96692)

    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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    Auction Dates
    August, 2017
    2nd-6th Wednesday-Sunday
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