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    Fantastic MS68 1879 Half Dollar

    1879 50C MS68 NGC. After the 1878 passage of a silver purchase act that directed the federal government to buy silver and coin it into dollars, production of subsidiary silver coins slowed to a trickle; in 1879, for example, Philadelphia alone minted half dollars, with a miserly production of just 4,800 business strikes. This Superb Gem survivor is easily one of the most breathtaking representatives imaginable, sharply struck with bold, flashy luster and hints of wateriness in the fields. Essentially untoned save for a slight hint of pink on the eagle on the reverse. Census: 1 in 68, 0 finer (3/09).
    From The Joseph C. Thomas Collection.(Registry values: N1)

    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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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    Apr-May, 2009
    29th-3rd Wednesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 11
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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