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Tom Caldwell
Northeast Numismatics
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Trio of Walking Liberty Half Dollar Errors

This trio of Walking Liberty Half Dollar mint errors is quite possibly the most impressive that has ever been offered. All three pieces are extremely rare, and together as a group, they present a once in a lifetime opportunity for the serious mint error collector.

The first coin in the group is a 1942-S that has been double struck, with the second strike 85% off-center. Visually stunning, particularly when taking into consideration the denomination. The coin is lustrous and virtually fully brilliant, and has been graded as MS64 by PCGS.

The second coin in the group is a 1945-S that has also been double struck, with the second strike 55% off-center. Probably our favorite of the trio, this coin was not completely ejected from the dies (as with the 1942-S), and a second striking occurred, thus striking another nearly half-impression of a Walker onto the first. As you would expect to see in such a case, the second strike is superbly sharp, as the entire force of the dies is being impressed on a small surface area. The detail of the second striking is sharper than you will see even on most proof issues. As with the 1942-S in the group, the coin is lustrous and nearly fully brilliant. It has been graded by PCGS as a MS63.

The final coin of this amazing group is a 1943-(S) that has been struck on a Peru Half Sol planchet. It has been common practice for the U.S. Mint to strike coins for other countries, the first being in 1876 (for Venezuela). The U.S. Mint struck four denominations for Peru in 1943, and somehow a Half Sol planchet made its way into a run of Walkers. There is no mintmark visible on this particular error, but since all coins struck for Peru in 1943 were struck in San Francisco, it is obvious the Walker was meant to be a 1943-S. An off-planchet errors, particularly on foreign planchets, are ridiculously rare in higher denomination coins. The coin is well struck, and very eye catching, as it is struck on a brass planchet. It has been graded as a MS63 by PCGS. This set is available from Northeast Numismatics for $82,500. Please see our website for additional photos and information.





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