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    Commonwealth Crown 1653 MS63 NGC, Tower mint, sun mm. S-3214, ESC-6, N-2719. Extremely rare quality for the type, and currently the single finest example graded of any Commonwealth issue at either NGC or PCGS. Close inspection, and knowledge of the "typical" example, reveals just how marvelous this coin is. Struck on a sound flan, there are no fissures as are often seen and the strike in the centers, while not entirely full in the wreath, sharply details the focal shields. More impressive however is the legends, as on both sides, they are sharp and complete; a rarity in its own right. As the grade suggests, no detail loss from circulation is seen. Rounding the appearance out, both sides are sheathed in eye-catching tone with dazzling blue patina that is most noticeable at the edges and a mixture of champagne, lilac and blue color in the centers. All considered, a coin that undeniably belongs as a centerpiece item in a cabinet of seldom-rivaled quality and refinement.

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    August, 2016
    11th Thursday
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