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    1838 Reeded Edge Half Dollar, MS66
    GR-8, Incredible Preservation
    Few Finer Regardless of Variety

    1838 50C GR-8, R.2, MS66 NGC. The GR-8 is somewhat notorious for poor quality even in high grades, but no such problems with this lustrous and well-produced Premium Gem. Star 8 is heavily recut, and both 8s are recut -- most noticeably the second 8, which is broadly recut outside the bottom loop, and recut right on the upper outside loop. Crossbars 2, 3, and 4 extend to the outside shield border. Although many GR-8 examples show planchet roller streaks, they are minimal on this coin.

    Orange-tan toning is strongest below the date and along the margins. before lightening to a translucent hue over brilliant-silver and pale-lilac centers. The strike is razor-sharp throughout both sides. Only a few tiny ticks can be located with diligent search under magnification. Even the most patient Reeded Edge half enthusiast will find it challenging to improve on this splendid MS66, regardless of variety. Census (all 1838 varieties combined): 4 in 66, 1 finer (8/20).

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 531089, Base PCGS# 6177)

    Weight: 13.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Cooper

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    September, 2020
    18th-20th Friday-Sunday
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