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    1887 Half Dollar, MS67
    Only 5,000 Coins Struck
    The Best of the Best

    1887 50C WB-101, MS67 PCGS. CAC. Uniform blue and rose toning graces the obverse of this low-mintage Superb Gem representative with significant rose and green concentric color on the reverse. The obverse displays softness of strike peripherally, while the other side is much better-defined overall. There is a small pedigree marker in the right obverse field beside star 11. Beautiful, overtly original surfaces with unsurpassed preservation make this a must-have piece for Registry collectors.

    Variety: WB-101. The Wiley-Bugert reference cites two obverse dies for the date, and each is categorized under this attribution.

    Population Data (9/15): The top-graded coins at both services are five in MS67 at PCGS and another three comparable examples at NGC. Only four Superb Gems boast a CAC approval sticker.

    Heritage Commentary: Vast quantities of Uncirculated half dollars minted throughout the 1880s were set aside speculatively by collectors with an eye toward future profit. Such is the case for the 5,000 coins struck in 1887. Examples can be found with little trouble through near-Gem condition. Only in MS65 does the issue become rare. Superb Gems such as this represent the best of the best. Gene Gardner had one other MS67 example, which realized $24,675 as lot 30524 in our sale of the first installment of his collection in June 2014.

    Provenance: Purchased from Larry Whitlow (1/2004).

    Coin Index Numbers: (Variety PCGS# 572272, Base PCGS# 6369)

    Weight: 12.50 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2015
    28th Wednesday
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