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1893 Columbian Half Dollar NGC MS64PL SOLD
1893 Columbian Commemorative Half Dollar NGC MS64PL
The World's Columbian Exposition Commemorative Half Dollars are widely accepted as the first U.S. commemorative and the first in the widely collected classic commemorative series. However, some argue that the 1848 CAL. quarter eagles were really the first U.S. commemoratives. The Columbian Exposition Half Dollars were also the first United States coin of regular issue to depict an actual historical person, Christopher Columbus. The silver used to coin many of the Columbian Half Dollars came from the melting of then uncurrent coins which were pulled from circulation and held by the Treasury, many of which were half dimes last minted in 1873. The Columbian Half Dollars were minted for two years, 1892 and 1893. This example is an 1893 Columbian Half Dollar which has been graded NGC MS64PL. The proof-like designation assigned to this coin is well-deserved and somewhat rare to find in the classic commemorative series. This coin is amazingly proof-like with very reflective mirror-like fields and very frosty devices. The coin is mostly untoned with just a bit of golden color along the rims. A wonderful prooflike example of the Columbian Half with loads of eye appeal.
 
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