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    Rare 1857-S Half Dollar, MS61
    WB-103, R.7+

    1857-S 50C MS61 PCGS. WB-103. Medium Mintmark, Recut 1. This blundered obverse has the left edge of a serif and base of an earlier punched 1 in the field to the left of the prominent date. A scarcer variety of this already challenging issue, rated as a High R.7 by Wiley-Bugert (1993). Just nine examples have been graded Mint State by PCGS and NGC, attesting to the issue's rarity. Soft, glowing luster emanates from light golden-gray surfaces that exhibit sharply struck design elements. A few minor handling marks are scattered about, but a very nice coin for the MS61 grade designation. Population: 1 in 61, 5 finer (11/07).(Registry values: N2998) (NGC ID# 24HU, PCGS# 6292)

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