YO1 - Seated Halves
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||HALF DOLLARS - SEATED LIBERTY, NO MOTTO
||50C 1843 O
||NGC MS 66
WB-101. I'm glad I'm not a grader because I don't know what number I would assign to this coin. A very strong strike--full radials in the stars, clearly defined dentils all around, with only a single mark on the obverse (a short scratch extending away from Liberty's knee). Otherwise perfect. The toning appears original but very dark, almost black, around the eagle's head (too close to a candle?). The details are so well defined on both sides of the coin--Liberty's head, both the eagle's left and right claws--that the NGC grader may have gotten it right. Not the most beautiful coin in this set, but there are many girls out there who make up for a lack of beauty with intellect and other strengths that make them very stimulating partners. The sole MS-66 graded at both services. From an ANR sale in June 2004, lot 1031.