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    1879 Seated Half, Vibrant MS66
    Exceptional Visual Appeal

    1879 50C MS66 PCGS. Lustrous and nearly prooflike with pristine surfaces and a crisp strike. The reverse displays a faint blush of light, wheat-gold toning, but the coin is essentially brilliant. The advent of the Morgan dollar tied up Mint resources, and Seated half coinage was reduced to token levels until 1891. The 1879 business mintage was only 4,800 pieces, though dealers with connections to the Philadelphia Mint secured a few hundred Uncirculated examples. Population: 49 in 66 (3 in 66+), 20 finer (1/17).(Registry values: N2998)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 24KS, 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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    February, 2017
    16th-19th Thursday-Sunday
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