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May 10, 2015 Sales Archive, Sold - Cents

Lincoln 1918 PCGS MS67+ (CAC)

The Lincoln (or Illinois Centennial) commemorative was one of the first wave of commemorative half dollars issued by the United States Mint. It was produced in relatively large numbers, with approximately 100,000 issued, and the design responsibility was split between George T. Morgan and John R. Sinnock. Morgan had risen to Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint just one year prior, in 1917, and would keep that position until his death in 1925 whereupon Sinnock would replace him and remain there until 1947.

The earlier commemorative half dollars often suffered from careless handling upon sale, which can make the initial mintage numbers somewhat deceiving when searching for gem examples with terrific eye appeal. Although the Lincoln commem has survived in relatively plentiful numbers in near-gem, those examples much nicer than that are fairly scarce. The present piece has fantastic eye appeal with wonderful, complete luster rolling about the surfaces enrobed with glowing auburn, navy and golden toning along the obverse rims. Indeed, the obverse toning serves to frame the clean shaven and mournful portrait of Lincoln, based directly on the statue by Andrew O’Connor. It would be a difficult task to find a coin as fresh and attractive as this commemorative half dollar.


PCGS Population: 14 Higher: 2
CAC Population/Higher: 40/0


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