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    1863 Half Dollar, PR66
    Among the Finest at PCGS

    1863 50C PR66 PCGS. WB-101. The near-flawless surfaces of this Premium Gem proof feature streaks of cobalt-blue, golden-tan, and lavender on the obverse, while the reverse shows mostly violet-gray, rose, and golden patina. The Bowers and Merena cataloger noted: "Pieces with such vivid iridescent toning are typically encountered only when old-time collections are brought to the market." Encapsulated in an old green label holder.

    Variety: WB-101, the only major variety for the date.

    Population Data (9/15): This is one of two top-graded proofs at PCGS. NGC reports four Premium Gem proofs and four finer submissions.

    Heritage Commentary: The proof half dollar mintage dipped to a low of 460 pieces in 1863. Understandably, collector interest waned at the height of the Civil War, and the proofing charge first implemented in 1860 further reduced the demand for proofs. This example, housed in its original holder, has been off the market for 18 years. A rare opportunity to acquire one of the finest coins at PCGS.

    Provenance: Craig M. Morgan, M.D. Collection (Bowers and Merena, 11/1998), lot 198.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 27TP, PCGS# 6417)

    Weight: 12.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2015
    28th Wednesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 8
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    The Draped Bust Half Dollars of 1796-1797 by Jon Amato is the culmination of more than 10 years of research into the Draped Bust Small Eagle half dollar series, one of the most coveted type coins in American numismatics and one about which remarkably little has been written.

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