Cameo Gem Proof 1879 Half Dollar
1879 50C PR65 Cameo PCGS. Type One Reverse. Honey-gold
toning graces the borders, while the frosty devices are brilliant.
The glassy fields are void of contact marks, although a single
small spot is noted near star 4. Due to mint-made die lapping, this
precisely struck specimen has only a wisp of drapery beneath the
elbow. Population: 9 in 65 Cameo, 7 finer (5/11). (NGC ID# 27UE, PCGS# 86440)
Exceptional Eye Appeal
Weight: 12.50 grams
Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
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