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    Rarely Encountered 1878-S Half Dollar

    1878-S 50C VG8 NGC. Only 12,000 pieces were struck for this final San Francisco Seated Half issue, since the Mint was consumed with production of the new Morgan Dollar. Only a handful of pieces were saved for posterity, probably inadvertently. The L and portions of the RTY in LIBERTY are legible, and some drapery and plumage details remain present. Lavender-tinged fields accompany the lighter pearl-gray devices. A pinscratch across the mintmark provides the sole distraction. The fact that there are two 1878-S half dollars in this auction should not imply that the issue is not very rare. NGC has only certified nine pieces in all grades.
    From The Paulsboro Collection, Part Three.(#6360) (Registry values: N4719)

    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 Info

    Auction Dates
    August, 2004
    18th-21st Wednesday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 12
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