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    1884 Half Dollar, MS66
    4,400 Coins Minted

    1884 50C Repunched Date, WB-102, MS66 PCGS. The thickly frosted portraits of Liberty and the eagle generate significant, albeit undesignated prooflike contrast against the partly mirrored fields. Bands of golden-amber, violet, and cobalt-blue toning surround the frosty centers, enhancing the visual quality of this remarkable Premium Gem. The strike is razor-sharp throughout, and tiny, well-concealed marks fail to distract.

    Variety: WB-102. All circulation strikes show the 4 slightly recut north.

    Population Data (9/15): PCGS reports 18 coins in MS66 and seven finer submissions up to a single MS68. There are 14 submissions in MS66 (one MS66 ★ ) at NGC and nine finer, the finest also a sole MS68.

    Heritage Commentary: This popular issue has one of the smallest mintages in not only the Seated half dollar series, but all half dollar series from 1794 to present. A mere 4,400 coins were struck, as sufficient quantities of half dollars were in circulation. In effect, the paltry production makes every coin a first-strike representative, hence the larger proportion of markedly prooflike survivors.

    Provenance: Purchased from Larry Whitlow (1/2004). (NGC ID# 24KX, Variety PCGS# 572269, Base PCGS# 6366)

    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 Dates
    October, 2015
    28th Wednesday
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