14 December 2000
Another Incredible 1857-S Half Eagle
High Recut Date, Large S
$5, 1857-S MS-64 (PCGS). High Recut Date, Large S. Satiny light yellow gold lustre with exceptional aesthetic appeal. This is a lovely example and is extremely important to the specialist. Very close to the gem classification. High date with digit 1 much closer to the bust and right corner of 7 touching the bust. The final two digits are recut below. Large S mintmark with lower left serif over center of right serif of V. [SSCA 6094].
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This and the other MS-64 in the present sale are tied for finest certified by PCGS from the S.S. Central America treasure.
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