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    1878-S Seated Liberty Half, MS61
    Rare Series Key, Fewer Than 50 Pieces Extant

    1878-S 50C MS61 PCGS. WB-101. There is a single known variety of the exceedingly rare 1878-S half dollar, the recognized key to the Liberty Seated half dollar series, with fewer than 50 survivors known. The genuine coins possess an authenticating die marker, a small reverse die chip at the top left of the leftmost vertical stripe.

    The production total for the issue was only 12,000 coins. The Mint was at work complying with the Bland-Allison Act of 1878, requiring the production of millions of Morgan silver dollars. In 1878, the San Francisco Mint produced just shy of 10 million of the new silver dollar coins. The previous year, that same facility had produced nearly 6 million 1877-S Seated Liberty halves. The production of quarters is fairly similar: From 9 million 1877-S quarters, the 1878-S Seated quarters only saw a production of 140,000 coins.

    The 1878-S half dollar issue was well-produced with sharp strikes and no signs of die clashing, die breaks, or other issues. The Mint State survivors generally display at least partially prooflike surfaces, as is the case with this pleasing MS61 example, with the reverse in particular exhibiting areas of reflectivity. The obverse displays light gray surfaces with subtle hints of rose. Toning on the reverse includes splashes of green-gray color. Minor hairlines are present but pose no distraction. The coin is housed in a green label holder.

    PCGS has assigned the MS61 grade to only one other example, with a mere 11 finer (11/13).
    From the collection of Donald E. Bently, sold for the benefit of the Bently Foundation.(Registry values: N10218)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 24KR, PCGS# 6360)

    Weight: 12.50 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

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

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2014
    8th-12th Wednesday-Sunday
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