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    Wondrous 1879 Seated Half, MS68

    1879 50C MS68 PCGS. The Philadelphia Mint was more than usually monomaniacal in 1879, as spewing out millions of Morgan dollars was its sole preoccupation. Any other denomination, including the Seated half dollar, was a distinct afterthought. So it is that only 4,800 business strikes were manufactured--a mere four times the number of proofs produced. Fortunately, astute collectors of the era appear to have saved some of those low-mintage Seated halves, so the present wondrous coin is available to collectors. The silver-white surfaces are so pristine that the piece could nearly pass for a true proof, but the surfaces are coated with thick mint frost rather than possessing a mirrored prooflike appearance. The strike is essentially full, and there is no bothersome contact, as expected for the grade. This piece is one of only two coins certified MS68 at PCGS, and there are none 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


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