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1909-S U.S.-Philippines 50 Centavos PCGS Genuine SOLD
1909-S U.S.-Philippines 50 Centavos PCGS Genuine
This coin was minted at the San Francisco Mint for use in the Philippines which were a territory of the United States at the time. Because they were minted for use in a U.S. Territory, minted at the U.S. Mint in the United States and the coins say “United States of America” on them, many collectors are now starting to collect the U.S. Philippines coinage along with their U.S. coin collections. Even the Red Book of U.S. Coins has expanded their listing of USPI issues, see pages 415-419 of the 2015 edition (411-415 of the 2014 edition). This 1909-S U.S.-Philippines Fifty Centavos has been certified Genuine by PCGS. PCGS has indicated that the surfaces of the coin have been tooled preventing the coin from receiving a numerical grade. The coin was sent to PCGS before they assigned details grades to their Genuine coins but it is clear that the coin has high AU details. Upon close inspection, there is a break in the luster on the obverse just under the volcano where I believe a spot may have been removed at some time and is most likely what the PCGS graders decided was the so-called tooling that prevented a normal grade. Notwithstanding, the 1909-S USPI 50 Centavos is a difficult to find key-date issue with a mintage of 528,000 and is particularly hard to find in higher circulated grades and next to impossible to find in mint state. Despite the issue regarding the likely spot removal previously mentioned, this is a really nice example with decent original mint luster, strong details, nice toning and practically no wear. The obverse has a nice golden color across most of the surfaces which gets a bit stronger near the rims with some extra colors popping up as well. The reverse of the coin is mostly white in color with just a touch of golden color near the rims. The coin is much more colorful and lustrous than the images show. The only wear that I can see on the coin might be a touch of wear on the head on the obverse and maybe a touch of rub on the reverse eagle breast, but that might also be a weakness in the strike, it's difficult to tell for certain. Overall, this coin is a great high grade example of this hard to find key date.
 
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