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    1849 Half Dollar, MS64
    Condition Rarity

    1849 50C MS64 PCGS. CAC. Despite a plentiful mintage, the 1849 is surprisingly elusive in XF and finer grades, presumably because of extensive melting by speculators. The bullion content of silver coins exceeded face value by late 1849, as bountiful California gold mines wreaked havoc with the nation's bimetallic monetary system. This well-struck, near-Gem representative displays a light gray patina that is intermixed shades of moss-green and tan along with a few small splashes of electric-blue. Several small die cracks appear on the reverse. Population: 14 in 64, 1 finer (3/13).(Registry values: N2998) (NGC ID# 24HE, PCGS# 6262)

    Weight: 13.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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