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1842 50C Medium Date, MS

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Type Coin
Title 1842 50C Medium Date, MS
Date 1842
Grade AU58
Service NGC
Service Catalog # 6239
Denomination 50C

1842 50C Medium Date, Large Letters, WB-104, AU58 NGC. A relatively plentiful mintage of 2 million Seated half dollars in 1842 represented a significant increase over the previous year's output of just 310,000 coins. The Mint modified the reverse lettering partway through the year, replacing the earlier Small Letters with new Large Letters. Violet-gray patina dominates, ceding to splashes of gold, russet, and gunmetal-blue toning. Every design element is clear despite practically indiscernible friction, but this piece lacks the crispness of a full strike. Readily appealing nonetheless. Ex: "Colonel" E.H.R. Green; Green Estate; Partnership of Eric P. Newman / B.G. Johnson d.b.a. St. Louis Stamp and Coin Co.; Eric P. Newman @ $2.00; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.

Heritage Newman IX, November 2017, lot 15442, realized $660. Images and description courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

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