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    Key Date 1878-S Half Dollar, VG8
    Remarkable Surface Quality

    1878-S 50C VG8 NGC. The availability of 1878-S half dollars in any grade is far less than even the mintage of 12,000 pieces would indicate. According to Bill Bugert's A Register of Liberty Seated Half Dollar Varieties, Volume I, San Francisco Branch Mint, "Circulating coinage was heavily used and consumed by the booming California economy of the late 1870's. Consequently, the few 1878-S half dollars that entered circulation were quickly worn and eventually discarded." Bugert estimates that 60 or so coins are known.
    This piece has remarkably clean surfaces for a heavily circulated Seated half dollar. Even wear is seen over the design elements, and the lighter gray motifs are surrounded by deeper gray accents at the margins. For pedigree identification we note a nick on Liberty's left (facing) arm, another in the right obverse field, and a planchet flaw at the tips of the upper left leaves on the reverse just below the end of the eagle's left wingtip. Sure to be of interest to a wide audience of buyers, not only of Seated halves but also of 19th century U.S. rarities.
    Ex: Old West and Franklinton Collections (American Numismatic Rarities, 8/2006), lot 642, where it brought $34,500.(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.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2011
    5th-9th Wednesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 6
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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