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    1838 Reeded Edge Half, GR-4, MS66
    High Condition Census
    Only One Graded Finer

    1838 50C Reeded Edge, GR-4, R.1, MS66 NGC. Vibrant, satiny mint luster on this Premium Gem 1838 Reeded Edge half dollar highlights the prominent die cracks that are diagnostic of its late die state. Close study with a lens fails to reveal any noteworthy abrasions, and both sides are awash in warm honey-gold toning that lightens slightly toward the central regions. The eagle's left (facing) talons are incomplete, but the design elements are otherwise boldly rendered.

    Variety: GR-4, R.1. This piece is in a very late die state, but not quite terminal. A bisecting die crack extends from the rim above the D in UNITED to the rim below the O in DOL. Numerous other lighter cracks appear, and both sides exhibit clash marks. This is a fairly plentiful variety, one of intense interest among die state enthusiasts.

    Population Data (4/15): For the date NGC reports five submissions in MS66 and a single MS67 finer. PCGS reports a paltry two pieces in this grade and none finer. For the GR-4 die pair, the current piece ranks at the top of Dick Graham's Condition Census.

    Heritage Commentary: The 1838 half dollar owes much of its overall availability to its mintage of more than 3.5 million coins, but the certified population declines significantly in Gem and finer grades. This high-end Condition Census example will serve well as either a type or date representative of seemingly unsurpassable quality.

    Provenance: Purchased from RARCOA (10/2000).(Registry values: N7079)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 24G5, PCGS# 6177)

    Weight: 13.48 grams

    Metal: 89.24% Silver, 10.76% Copper

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

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2015
    12th Tuesday
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