These IDs are a simple organization of all coins prior to variety attribution and grading. See Coin Details. NGC Coin Explorer. In its first full year of steam-powered coining the Philadelphia Mint struck nearly as many half dollars as it had during the final years of manually-powered presses. Production would have been higher, were it not for technical problems in obtaining a full strike.
NGC Coin Explorer. Its importance was underscored by the fact that in , when United States silver coinage began, the half dollar was one of the first three denominations to be issued in that metal, along with the silver dollar and half dime. Congress passed the law authorizing the U. Part of the delay resulted from complications inherent in setting up a new mint. The intent of this was laudable: to protect the American people from malfeasance. Precious metal coinage then finally got underway. The dollar was the first silver coin to be produced; being the largest and having the highest face value, it was looked upon as possessing the most prestige—something the infant nation sorely needed.
Coin Profiles – Proof 1825 Capped Bust Half Dollar
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The Encyclopedia of U. No Proof half dollar was in the Pittman Collection, though Breen identified Pittman as the owner of one. Neither the George Byers nor the David Queller specimen of this variety, has been certified as Proof, though both are prooflike. The Greensboro Collection coin is the only other specimen to have been certified with Proof status. This example has not been offered at auction in at least 70 years.