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1893 Columbian Half PCGS MS66+ CAC SOLD
1893 Columbian Half PCGS MS66+
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 MS66+ by PCGS and is encapsulated in one of their newer-style edge-view holders. The coin has also been certified by CAC as being solid for the assigned grade. The coin has wonderful toning on both sides and decent original mint luster. The obverse is toned with a mostly grey-blue color which becomes a bit more vibrant towards the rims where it transitions to a more green color. The reverse is more target toned, with a nearly untoned center and an attractive band of yellow, orange, red, blue and purple color around the rim; nearly a full rainbow of colors. The close up photos of the reverse show light spotting on the reverse which is greatly exaggerated by the photos and is hardly noticeable when viewed in hand. Just a couple of light hits can be found on the coin which likely kept the coin from grading a half of a point higher and from being worth multiples of the asking price. An attractively toned high-end example of the Columbian Half Dollar.
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