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    1866 Motto Half Dollar, MS68
    Single Finest Certified
    FS-302, Misplaced Date

    1866 50C Motto, Misplaced Date, WB-102, FS-302, MS68 NGC. Ex: Simpson. As of (9/20), the present lot is the single highest NGC-graded business strike 1866 Seated half dollar. PCGS has not certified any pieces above MS67 (9/20). This lustrous and essentially pristine Superb Gem is well struck and exhibits iridescent ocean-blue, walnut-brown, and lilac-gray toning. The top of a 6 is misplaced below the second 6 in the date, an example of Cherrypickers' variety FS-302. NGC has certified five examples as FS-302, none in grades above AU55. Although the 1866-S has both No Motto and Motto varieties, only a single No Motto 1866 Philadelphia half dollar is known, a proof pattern. 1866 is the introductory year of the Motto design, and first-year type collectors will never locate a finer representative.

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 2VTG, Variety PCGS# 413730, Base PCGS# 6319)

    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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