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1893 Columbian Half RPD FS-301 PCGS MS65 SOLD
1893 Columbian Half RPD FS-301 PCGS MS65
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 MS65 by PCGS and is encapsulated in one of the newer-style edge-view holders. A small number of 1893 Columbian Half Dollars also exhibit repunching of the date and that RPD variety is designated as FS-301 in the Cherrypickers’ Guide. Please note that the variety has not been attributed by PCGS, but the coin is a clear match to the description and photos in the Cherrypickers’ Guide as the coin has an obvious underdate showing at the tops of the 9 and 3 in the date. The coin has moderate toning on both sides with decent underlying mint luster. The toning is mostly a grayish golden color, but there are hints of more attractive pink and purple colors toward the rims. This well-struck coin has minimal marks, hits or other issues, certainly nothing too distracting, and is a beautiful gem specimen of this popular commemorative type with a neat variety.
 
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