DESCRIPTION Superior Gem 1917-S Reverse Mintmark Half DollarPCGS/CAC MS-65+1917-S Walking Liberty Half Dollar. Reverse Mintmark. MS-65+ (PCGS). CAC.
This exquisite upper end Gem is bathed in billowy mint luster with the rustic satin texture that is celebrated on these 1916 and 1917-dated half dollars. The strike is reasonably sharp with just a hint of softness to the central reverse design elements, common to this design. We emphasize, however, that the strike is well above average by the standards of the issuing Mint, Liberty's head and left hand bold and the feathers at the junction of the eagle's breast and trailing leg with emerging detail. Brilliant apart from a hint of faint golden-russet toning at the lower right obverse border, behind Liberty's foot. This is a true condition rarity of superior quality and outstanding eye appeal.
The conditionally challenged 1917-S Reverse Mintmark issue is a much rarer Walking Liberty half dollar 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 Uncirculated dwindles down to less than 100 distinct survivors, among which the present PCGS/CAC MS-65+ is one of the finest.PCGS# 6573
.NGC ID: 24PU
PCGS Population: 3; 12 finer (MS-66+ finest).
CAC Population: 14; 3.