1916 50C. MS-66 PCGS.

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1916 50C. MS-66 PCGS.
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A pleasing Gem example of Adolph A. Weinman’s classic depiction of Liberty from the first year of the series. Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful of all regular-issue U.S. coins, the present coin is an exemplary piece in all regards. The strike is clean, the stippled fields show to their full effect, and soft luster enlivens the fields and small areas of peripheral toning. Only seven examples of this date have been certified finer than the present piece by PCGS. A nice beginning to a complete Gem-quality set of Walking Liberty half dollars.

With the early 20th-century renaissance in coinage sent spiraling to great heights by Augustus Saint-Gaudens in 1907, several well-respected American artists like Brenner, Fraser, and MacNeil took part in the rebirth of America’s coinage designs. Among these greats was A.A. Weinman, whose designs in 1916 graced the new Winged Head of Liberty “Mercury” dime, and the Walking Liberty half dollar. Weinman’s 1916 design for the half dollars included high, broad rims and faintly stippled dies that imparted a soft matte-like appearance that is particularly fetching on high-grade Uncirculated specimens. Weinman’s original stippled die work and rim style was retained through the end of 1917. In 1918 the texture was removed from the fields and the rims brought down slightly in relief and sharpness, signaling the end of those earlier and bolder Weinman characteristics.

PCGS # 6566