100362 | UNITED STATES. 1925–S silver Half Dollar. NGC MS67.
100362 | UNITED STATES. 1925–S silver Half Dollar. Commemorating the Diamond Jubilee (75th Anniversary) of California (29mm, 6h). San Francisco mint. By J. Mora.
A prospector (forty-niner) kneeling left, panning for gold / Grizzly bear advancing left. Edge: Reeded.
Graded NGC MS67. Exquisitely toned, with beautiful tinges of electric cobalt and burnt sienna scattered throughout. A charming and wholly pleasing piece, full of character for the connoisseur. Exceptional quality upon which it is hardly possible to improve. Note: The toned character of this piece is not fully reflected in the photographs. In hand, the colors are much more vibrant.
Generally regarded as one of the more attractive early US commemoratives, the California half dollar features a grizzled prospector panning for gold on the obverse and the iconic grizzly bear on the reverse—the symbol of the Bear Republic. The first piece struck was given to the Memorial Museum in Golden Gate Park, while many others from the initial set of dies had a cameo effect due to their specially polished nature. Current NGC trends list an MS67 at $2,700, while an MS68 has realized a hammer of $17,500.
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