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Lot 1499

1917-S. Mint mark on obverse. PCGS graded MS-63. CAC Approved. A popular variety with the mint mark on the obverse. Lovely toning on both sides with russet-golden color throughout. A beauty, with nice snappy luster below the natural golden color on choice, virtually undisturbed surfaces free of spotting or noticeable marks. From the luster, we next take stock of the details of the design. Given the proper amount of strike pressure, the coin was fully brought up by the dies in most areas with the possible exception of the branch end and Liberty's hand on the obverse (the high point on the obverse), and likewise, some residual weakness on the eagles breast feathers and upper right leg. Choice. Scarce.

Mint Director F.J.H. von Engelken (September 1916 to March 1917), said in 1916, "The design of the half dollar bears a full-length figure of Liberty, the folds of the Stars and Stripes flying to the breeze as a background, progressing in full stride toward the dawn of a new day, carrying branches of laurel and oak, symbolical of civil and military glory. The hand of the figure is outstretched in bestowal of the spirit of Liberty."The reverse of the half dollar shows an eagle perched high upon a mountain crag, his wings unfolded, fearless in spirit and conscious of his power. Springing from a rift in the rock is a sapling of mountain pine, symbolical of America." (PCGS # 6572) Estimated Value $3,000 - 3,500

Realized $3,795

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