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    1885 Seated Half Dollar, WB-101, MS66
    Only 5,200 Pieces Struck

    1885 50C MS66 NGC. WB-101. Softly blended hues of amber, aquamarine, sea-green, and champagne grace somewhat frosty luster beneath a thin veil of golden-gray toning. The strike is razor-sharp, and the fields exhibit a touch of the usual prooflike sheen. As the grade suggests, the surfaces are nearly unabraded.

    Variety: WB-101. Type One Reverse (closed bud).

    Population Data (7/14): PCGS reports four MS66 and three finer, while NGC has seen two in this grade and none finer.

    Heritage Commentary: The low mintage of the 1885 Seated half dollar (just 5,200 coins) can be deceiving, as the issue was well-saved and can be located with a little searching today. At the Premium Gem grade level, however, the 1885 becomes genuinely rare, and the opportunity to bid on such a piece is rarer still.

    Consignor Commentary: Based on the pop reports, this low-mintage year is the most difficult late date to find in Gem. Wiley and Bugert give the date a slightly elevated High R.4. Not a rare coin by any means, the current example is nicely toned with good luster. Pretty, with no identifying marks other than a slightly dark patch of toning to the left of Liberty's shield.

    Provenance: (Superior Galleries, 1/2003), lot 789.(Registry values: N2998) (NGC ID# 24KY, PCGS# 6367)

    Weight: 12.50 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2014
    27th Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 17
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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