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    1879 Half Dollar, Fully Struck Gem
    Only 4,800 Coins Minted

    1879 50C Closed Bud, WB-102, MS65 PCGS. The return of mass quantities of United States half dollars previously sent abroad reduced demand for new coinage production. Resources were also being diverted toward the production of Morgan dollars. Consequently, only 4,800 pieces were struck in 1879. Rainbow hues color the rims, leaving the centers thickly frosted and untoned. Devices are fully struck throughout and prooflike contrast is readily apparent.

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 572260, Base PCGS# 6361)

    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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    November, 2017
    2nd-4th Thursday-Saturday
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