1897-S Barber Half Dollar, Key Date, PCGS/CAC AU-58, Rare

1897-S Barber Half Dollar, Key Date, PCGS/CAC AU-58, Rare

4,055.00

A bang on ORIGINAL coin, new to the PCGS population, that likely saw no actual circulation, but was put aside and picked up the barest "rub" through contact with other coins. Thankfully left in its original state, rather than any attempt made to "improve" the coin to try to get it to holder Unc.  While considered only a Semi Key date by some, very difficult in a PCGS holder, with only 7 coins at PCGS in the grade, plus one 58+, and 3 at NGC.  Five at CAC, a much higher percentage than usual, undoubtedly as people are incentivized to send these in.  Four different PCGS specimens have transacted at auctions in the last seven years, two of those twice, so a better than average track record to estimate by.  This coin is fresh to market and has not been banging around dealer stock, or offered at auction before. While most of the original AU-58's seen of this date display some toning, this example is a bit more even and less distracting in terms of color and tone to my eye. The luster is strong and obvious beneath the reddish-gray toning.

PCGS 6479.58/36669340

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