Attractively Toned MS64 1842 Half
1842 50C Medium Date, Large Letters MS64 PCGS. CAC. WB-104.
A bit more available than its Small Date counterpart; however, the
larger date variants of the 1842 generally reflect improved
technology in the Mint and the coins are more sharply struck. This
is a high-end piece that has richly variegated gray-lilac and
golden-rose toning over each side. The striking details are strong,
as expected, and the only marks of any note are a couple above the
eagle's head in the upper reverse field. Population: 8 in 64, 2
finer (3/09). (NGC ID# 24GU, PCGS# 6239)
Medium Date, Large Letters
Weight: 13.36 grams
Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
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