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    Superb Gem Proof 1885 Seated Half
    Elegant Patina

    1885 50C PR67 PCGS. CAC. Though the late 1870s and early 1880s saw a spike in silver proof set production, by the mid-1880s, output was settling down. The 1885 half dollar, for example, saw production of just 930 proofs. The numerically finest PCGS-certified examples of the issue are two PR67 examples (6/11); offered here is one of them, a well-established presence in the chart if one judges by the green label holder. Blue-violet outer crescents give way to peach, gold, and near-silver colors elsewhere. The obverse has clear separation between the cool and warm hues, while the colors are more fluid and shifting on the reverse.
    From The Daryl J. Haynor Collection. (NGC ID# 27UL, PCGS# 6446)

    Weight: 12.50 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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