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    1857-S Half Dollar, MS63
    Rare This Fine, Blundered Date

    1857-S 50C Medium S, Blundered Date, WB-103, Die Pair 3, R.4, MS63 NGC. Only four die pairs are known for the 1857-S half dollar; all are scarce to rare, with WB-103 being one of the more often seen. This variety is easily identified by the blundered date, which shows remnants of an errant 1 in the field to the left of the primary. As a date, the 1857-S half dollar is a significant rarity in Mint State, this stemming from a limited mintage of 158,000 coins. NGC shows only eight Uncirculated representatives, including one MS61, five MS62, and two MS63 tied for the finest (11/15). This example displays soft, satiny luster beneath consistent golden-gray toning that effectively masks any grade-limiting disturbances in the fields. Bold rendering of the design elements delivers exceptional sharpness throughout the stars, gown, shield, and reverse eagle. An excellent example of this challenging No Motto San Francisco issue. (NGC ID# 24HU, Variety PCGS# 572107, Base PCGS# 6292)

    Weight: 12.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2016
    6th-11th Wednesday-Monday
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