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Lot 1491

1886. NGC graded Proof 65. Nice blue and gold toning. Only 886 struck. A high degree of mirror reflection spins smoothly on the beautifully toned surfaces of this elusive Gem Proof Seated Half Dollar. The strike is crisp in most areas, as one would expect from a Proof, with full detail noted at the surrounding stars, Liberty, and eagle. Proofs were struck twice by the dies, and usually on the Mints special medal press, whereas circulation strike coins were run through the main steam (and later, electric motor operated) faster coining presses, and given only one strike by the dies. Hence the clearer, sharp details seen on the Proofs. A lovely example! Doubtless, it required many weeks or months of searching before the consignor located this splendid coin. We expect that bidders will recognize its superior condition and compete aggressively. Pop 23; 26 finer. Estimated Value $3,000 - 3,100


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