1916-S $5 MS65+ PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The 1916-S is f...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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1916-S Half Eagle, MS65+
1916-S $5 MS65+ PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The 1916-S is famously
the only half eagle struck at any mint in 1916, and it represents
the last coinage of the denomination until 1929. Mint State
survivors are often seen at auction, but the vast majority grade no
finer than MS63, with occasional appearances of MS64 coins. In Gem
condition, the 1916-S five is a distinguished rarity, and only a
handful of finer pieces are known.
Conditionally Rare This Fine
It has been several years since we last handled an example of this date in MS65, and we have not handled a finer coin since 2012. The Simpson coin is the only Plus-graded Gem at either service. Luster glistens beneath satiny rose-gold and peach-orange hues, complementing well-struck devices and clean fields. Eye appeal is outstanding, and it may be years before a comparable example of this conditionally elusive date becomes available. Population: 11 in 65 (1 in 65+), 4 finer (4/20).
Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 28DY, PCGS# 8532)
Weight: 8.36 grams
Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper
Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.
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