DESCRIPTION Superior Gem 1917-S Reverse Mintmark Half DollarJust 2 Finer at CAC1917-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar. Reverse Mintmark. MS-65+ (PCGS). CAC.
This elusive Gem is bathed in frosty luster with a satiny texture that is celebrated on these 1916 and 1917 half dollars. The strike is reasonably sharp with just a hint of softness on the central devices, common to this design. Hints of golden-russet toning accent the rims and contribute to the charming visual impact under a light. PCGS has certified just 12 coins finer than the present example through MS-66+. Perhaps most significantly, only two coins have been approved by CAC in higher grades, emphasizing the true rarity of a superior quality Gem like the current example.
The conditionally challenged 1917-S Reverse Mintmark issue is a much rarer Walker in the finer Mint State grades than a sizeable mintage of 5.5 million pieces might imply. This is a second-year issue in its series, which means that it benefited from neither the first-year status of the 1916 issues nor the more advanced numismatic activity of the 1940s, both of which scenarios resulted in the saving of greater numbers of Mint State coins. Scarce even in MS-64, the extant population of the 1917-S Reverse Mintmark in Gem dwindles down to less than 100 distinct survivors, among which the present MS-65+ (PCGS) CAC is one of the finest. PCGS# 6573
.NGC ID: 24PU
PCGS Population: 3; 12 finer through MS-66+.
CAC Population: 14; 2 finer across all services.