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    1868 Seated Liberty Half, PR68
    Sole Finest Certified

    1868 50C PR68 NGC. CAC. The deeply reflective surfaces of this spectacular PR68 example appear to have escaped even the slightest post-minting blemish and are toned in a rich kaleidoscope of colors that open to a small oval window of brilliance just to the right of center on the obverse. The design elements are fully struck, and this coin comes as close to perfection as one can hope to find on a specimen of this vintage.

    Population Data (7/14): This coin is the sole finest certified example at NGC or PCGS, including all designations.

    Heritage Commentary: From a small post-Civil War mintage of just 600 pieces, the 1868 Seated Liberty half dollar is very rare above the Gem level. In its appearance in the Orlando Sale in 1992, this magnificent PR68 example was offered along with the other coins in an original 1868 silver and minor proof set that had been kept intact for more than a century. Subsequent owners have continued to preserve this specimen in virtual perfection. As the finest-known example, this coin is a must-have for Registry Set enthusiasts.

    Provenance: Orlando Sale (Superior, 8/1992), lot 336; Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 6/1998), lot 5806; Pevehouse-Davis Collections (American Numismatic Rarities, 10/2004), lot 398. (NGC ID# 27U3, PCGS# 6426)

    Weight: 12.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2014
    27th Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 17
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