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    1981-P Kennedy Half, MS68
    Sole Finest at NGC and PCGS

    1981-P 50C MS68 NGC. The Kennedy halves of the late 1970s-early 1980s era are well-known to collectors as some of the most elusive in high Mint State grades. Beginning around 1973 and continuing through the mid-1980s (excepting the 1976 Bicentennial coins), a series of hub changes continually enlarged the Kennedy portrait while reducing the hair detail. The coins seem a bit featureless, which tends to emphasize small contact marks and make them appear poorly struck.
    The present brilliant coin is sharply struck and has essentially no contact marks, however, requiring a loupe to see the few tiny ones present. As the only MS68 of this issue currently certified at either service, this piece should be a real prize for NGC Registry Set collectors. When Rick Tomaska published his recent series guide, he noted that no MS68 pieces had yet been graded.(Registry values: N491) (NGC ID# 24UW, PCGS# 6739)

    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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