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    1919-D Half Dollar, MS65
    Condition Census Rarity
    The Series Key in High Grade

    1919-D 50C MS65 PCGS. Ex: Simpson. The 1919-D is the preeminent condition key in the Walking Liberty half dollar series. It boasts the lowest certified Gem population at just 16 pieces between PCGS and NGC combined with one MS66 coin finer, and even that small top-grade survivorship is believed to include duplications. Only a handful of different Gem specimens have appeared at auction within the last two decades, and just two Gem examples have appeared at auction within the last 14 years. The most recent of these was the Duckor PCGS CAC coin that appeared in our 2018 FUN Signature where it realized a staggering $240,000, nearing the auction record for this issue set at our November 2004 Palm Beach Signature where we sold the lone MS66 coin for just over $270,000. It is clear that collectors -- and especially Registry Set builders -- understand the incredible rarity of this issue in Gem or better condition. The appearance of a Gem at auction is a headlining event for any sale.

    The Simpson coin does not have a known prior auction appearance from recent times. This piece is truly fresh to the market. Luster glistens like frost beneath a delicate veil of champagne-lavender toning, while the original surfaces yield exceptional preservation, especially in the fields where light abrasions are often seen. The typically poorly struck areas of Liberty's branch hand and the eagle's trailing leg show minor softness, but Liberty's head is well defined. The eye appeal of this piece is simply outstanding.

    A Gem 1919-D Walker is an essential item for a top-ranked Registry Set. The current highest-rated PCGS Registry Set houses the lone MS66 example of this issue, while the #2 and #3 sets showcase attractive Gem specimens. Every lower-ranked set in the PCGS Registry falls at least two grade points short of the Gem level with their 1919-D coins. The Simpson piece offers advanced collectors an incredibly important opportunity to help build their collection into one of the finest Walking Liberty half dollar sets ever assembled. Population: 11 in 65, 1 finer (8/20).(Registry values: N10218)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 24PZ, PCGS# 6578)

    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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    September, 2020
    17th Thursday
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