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1892 Columbian Expo Half NGC MS63PL $425
1892 Columbian Expo Half NGC MS63PL
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 1892 Columbian Half Dollar which has been graded NGC MS63PL. The proof-like designation assigned to this coin is well-deserved and somewhat rare to find in the classic commemorative series. This coin has relatively strong proof-like reflective mirrored fields and frosty devices. Some rim toning ins present around the outer edges of each side adding to the eye appeal. The prooflike fields reveal many small hits and marks that have limited the numerical grade of the coin. An excellent prooflike example of the commemorative Columbian Half Dollar.
 
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