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    1889 Seated Half, MS66
    Delightful, Original Toning
    Among the Finest at PCGS

    1889 50C MS66 PCGS. CAC. WB-101. This Premium Gem late-date Seated half is sharply struck, but its chief attributes are deeply reflective fields and impressively eye-appealing toning. Both sides show tinges of mint-green and sun-gold intermingled with violet and blue, while the extreme centers exhibit a blush of pale champagne-gray.

    Variety: WB-101.

    Population Data (4/15): The sole finest at PCGS is one MS66+, supported by 12 MS66 including the present piece. NGC reports 11 MS66 and one higher-graded MS67.

    Heritage Commentary: From a mintage of just 12,000 pieces, this conditionally rare 1889 Seated half is among the finest obtainable in a PCGS holder.

    Consignor Commentary: The "pops" for this coin are interesting. PCGS and NGC combined have graded 23 coins MS66 (one MS66+), with only one numerically higher. The 1889 is the only issue in the 1880s that does not have at least two Superb Gems. The current coin is a solid MS66 with no marks, dings or hairlines. There is a single dark spot in the left obverse field which makes the assigned grade correct. Still, I rejected several of the other equally graded pieces before latching on to this one.

    Provenance: Pre-Long Beach (Superior, 6/2000), lot 1533; Baltimore Auction (Bowers and Merena, 6/2007), lot 878.(Registry values: N2998)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 24L4, PCGS# 6371)

    Weight: 12.50 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2015
    12th Tuesday
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