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Lot 2172

1913. NGC graded MS-65. CAC Approved. Old holder. Lightly toned. An incandescent and sparkling gem whose satiny beauty comes with fully defined design features plus a torrent of varying golden hues on both sides. The epitome of careful preservation by former owners, and sporting 100% crisp detail. Both sides of this distinguished looking 1913-P Half Eagle deserve special mention for their color, fresh appearance, and overall aesthetic appeal. Pop 36; 6 finer in 66 (PCGS # 8525) .

Pres. Theodore Roosevelt, got the idea of making coins with devices sunk beneath the fields -- not true intaglio, but rather with relief designs depressed so that the highest points would not be at once worn away, somewhat in the manner of certain Egyptian Fourth Dynasty stelae. The late Augustus Saint-Gaudens had just bequeathed the nation two coin designs of unprecedented magnificence for the double eagles and eagles (1907); now it was the turn of Mint Engraver Charles E. Barber to turn Bela Lyon Pratt's new devices into workaday coins, which he did expertly, of which this 1913 is a foremost example.
Estimated Value $12,000 - 13,000.

Realized $12,650

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