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    Intensely Lustrous MS67 1921 Peace Dollar

    1921 $1 MS67 NGC. After the close of the Great War, there was a proposal for a Victory coin to commemorate the cessation of hostilities. Later, Farran Zerbe was instrumental in converting the idea from a Victory coin to a Peace coin. Anthony de Francisci won the design competition for the new Peace coin and used his 23-year old wife as his model. De Francisci took a cue from Theodore Roosevelt and Augustus Saint-Gaudens and looked back in time for inspiration for his coin. He used a 'radiate' crown similar to that seen on certain ancient Roman coins, but this was also intended to suggest the Statue of Liberty.
    Although saved in significant numbers as a first-year issue, the 1921 is a conditionally challenging coin that is usually found with numerous distracting bagmarks. Strike is also a problem for this issue, as the high relief of the design often resulted in soft definition in the centers. This is a truly amazing specimen. The surfaces are uncommonly clean with a smooth, virtually untouched cheek on Liberty's portrait. The striking quality is above average for the issue with sharpness of detail in most areas and emerging definition over the central highpoints. Finally, the luster is exceptionally radiant with a swirling, frosty texture. A completely brilliant appearance is seen on each side. This coin was obviously well cared for since the day of issue, and we have no doubt that the consignor also handpicked it for extraordinary technical quality and awe-inspiring eye appeal.
    From The Madison Collection.(Registry values: N7079) (PCGS# 7356)

    Weight: 26.73 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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