Gem 1871-S Half Dollar Popular No Drapery, Incomplete Mintmark Variety1871-S 50C MS65 PCGS. WB-103. The scarce 'Incomplete Mintmark' variety, the mintmark was entered at an angle, such that the upper half of the punch did not penetrate the working die. Also a 'No Drapery' variety, the drapery beneath the elbow was removed from the die when it was lapped to remove clashmarks. Even though 2.1 million pieces were struck of the 1871-S half, it is an important condition rarity in the Seated half series. Wiley and Bugert rate the WB-103 as a low R.8 in all grades of Mint State, and this is one of the finest examples known of the date. Sharply struck throughout, the surfaces have a soft, frosted texture and each side is mostly brilliant with a light accent of golden toning around the margins. Population: 2 in 65, 1 finer (9/05).(#6332) (Registry values: N4719)
Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 24K6, PCGS# 6332)
Weight: 12.44 grams
Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
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