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    1871 Seated Liberty Half, PR68
    Single-Finest Certified Example

    1871 50C PR68 NGC. A virtually perfect PR68 example of this elusive proof issue, offering sharply detailed frosty design elements and impeccably preserved surfaces under attractive cerulean-blue, lavender, champagne-gold, and violet toning. The fields are deeply mirrored under the patina. A great-looking coin.

    Population Data (7/14): NGC reports this single PR68 and none finer. PCGS shows none finer than PR67.

    Heritage Commentary: A nominal mintage of 960 proof Seated Liberty half dollars was accomplished in 1871, and this coin is the finest known survivor by a wide margin. All Seated Liberty half dollars are elusive in high grade, and this coin is a mandatory choice for Registry Set enthusiasts.

    Provenance: Orlando Sale (Superior, 8/1992), lot 364; Craig M. Morgan, M.D. Collection (Bowers and Merena, 11/1998), lot 196; Baltimore Auction (Bowers and Merena, 3/2005), lot 577. (NGC ID# 27U6, PCGS# 6429)

    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: 13
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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