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1872-S  HALF DIME -
MINTMARK BELOW WREATH

PCGS No: 4401

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 837,000
Proofs: 
0

Designer: Obverse by Thomas Sully, executed by Christian Gobrecht, modified by Robert Ball Hughes, modified by James B. Longacre; Reverse by James B. Longacre

Diameter: 15.9 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 19 grains (1.2 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "S" (for San Francisco, CA) below the wreath on the reverse

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6922, not illustrated, sold for $1,063.75

MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1557, not illustrated, sold for $483.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Superior Galleries "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 174, sold for $402.50

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6920, not illustrated, sold for $103.50

Choice Extremely Fine.  Ex - Stack's "65th 
Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 474, "Breen 3136, Repunched and Blundered Date", not plated, sold for $184.00   Just 12 specimens of this variety known to Blythe in 1992

Notes:
The finest examples graded by PCGS are 7 MS-67's.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, October 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service