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    1857-S Half Dollar, Frosty MS66
    WB-103, Finest Certified by Two Points

    1857-S 50C MS66 PCGS. CAC. WB-103, Die Pair 3, R.4. A frosty, silver-white example with a dusting of russet-brown toning at the margins on the obverse and some larger areas of coloration on the reverse. Bright silver luster visits the fields and central devices for nice flash when the coin is rotated under light. A few tiny marks in the field near Liberty's shoulder and above the eagle's head are minor and do not detract from this boldly struck Premium Gem example. Flatness on star 8 is the only area of strike that is not crisp and full.

    Variety: WB-103, Die Pair 3. Rarity-4 by Wiley-Bugert in their most recent monograph. This is an often-overlooked variety, with evidence of a blundered date to the left of the 1 on the obverse, and a Medium S mintmark on the reverse. A diagnostic die line through the TE in STATES confirms the die pair.

    Population Data (5/14): This is the sole MS66 at PCGS and none are finer. The finest at NGC is one MS63.

    Heritage Commentary: Just nine Mint State coins are reported by PCGS and NGC combined, underscoring the rarity of this low-mintage San Francisco issue. This example is head and shoulders above the others in terms of numeric grade and technical quality. Original surfaces show exceptionally few flaws, and the coin retains much of its just-minted freshness.

    Consignor Commentary: With two small elements of a blundered 1 to the left of the date. Some dark toning patches on the reverse above the eagle's head and near 7 o'clock on the rim. Wiley-Bugert rates this as among the most common of the 1857-S die varieties, but most times it is not recognized. Still a very tough coin in high grade with this coin the only 1857-S recognized by either grading service above MS64.

    Provenance: David Queller; Anniversary Sale (Stack's, 10/2002), lot 557, ex: Queller.(Registry values: N1) (NGC ID# 24HU, PCGS# 6292)

    Weight: 12.44 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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

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