***Auction Highlight*** 1922 Grant w/star Finest Grant w/Star We're Ever Sold Blast White; Amazing Luster Old Commem Half Dollar 50c Graded GEM++ Unc By USCG. This is One of the Keys to the Entire Silver Commemorative series. Less than 5% of the Grant Commemoratives were made with the Star Variety. The Grant Halves are Notoriously Difficult to Grade, partly because Raised Die Lines on the Obverse Look at First Glance like Hairlines or Scratches. Points to Check for Wear include Grant’s Cheek and the Hair Above His Ear. The Reverse’s Dense Design tends to Mask Imperfections and Wear, but Light Friction Often can be Detected in the Treetops. Up for Auction is by far the Finest Grant with Star we have ever offered. Blast white with impeccable luster.
Per David Hall of PCGS “The 1922 Grant half dollar is one of the earlier issues in the classic era (1892-1954) silver commemorative series. Like most of the early issues, the Grant is much scarcer in Gem condition than the later (post-1930) issues. Interestingly, the are two varieties of the Grant half dollar. The more common variety (original mintage of 67,405 coins) does not have a star in the obverse field and the rarer variety (original mintage of just 4256 coins) has a large star stamped into the right obverse field. The reason for the star was apparently to create a rarer variety and stimulate sales, though the "real reason" for the addition of the basically meaningless star is somewhat cloudy.
Whatever the reason for its existence, the Grant with star half dollar has long been considered one of the key rarities to the silver commemorative series. It has also been one of the most expensive coins in the series consistently over the past 50 to 60 years. And indeed, the Grant with star is a rare coin in any grade and a very rare coin in Gem condition.
The typical Grant with star has more satiny than frosty luster. Strike on Grant's hair can be problematic. And of course, toning can either add or subtract from eye appeal.
A Corey's Pick, Bid to Win, Don't let it get Away, you might not find its equal Coin. I give this coin my highest recommendation