The U.S. Mint’s calendar has been updated to reflect November’s releases. Up first will be the Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument) quarter bags and rolls, going on sale as of the 14th. The Walking Liberty Centennial Gold Coin will be available on the 17th. Other calendar updates:
- America the Beautiful quarters circulating coin set — Nov. 22
- Limited Edition Silver Proof Set — Nov. 25
- Congratulations Set — Nov. 29
Images of the Walking Liberty Centennial are not yet available, so we decided to have a little fun with Photoshop. (Scroll down for more on the silver half that was used for this image. Its auction price makes the cost of a trio of U.S. Mint Centennial Gold Coins seem like pocket change.)
The half dollar used to make the faux-gold images above was sold by Stack’s Bowers on June 14, 2011, for $21, 850. The catalog described it thusly:
Breathtakingly Beautiful Superb Gem 1916 Walking Liberty Half
The Single Finest Example Known to PCGS and NGC
1916 Walking Liberty Half Dollar. MS-68 (NGC).
This is the single finest 1916 Walking Liberty half dollar known to PCGS and NGC, and it is pedigreed first and foremost on the list of “Significant Examples” of the issue provided in the 2008 book Collecting & Investing Strategies for Walking Liberty Half Dollars by Jeff Ambio. While this is a well produced and generally well preserved issue, the intensity of luster and pristine surfaces possessed by the present example are truly remarkable even to this cataloger (who, ironically, happens to be Jeff Ambio). Both sides are bursting with a richly frosted texture that is further enhanced by delicate champagne-gold iridescence. There is hardly even a minuscule abrasion in evidence, and the outward appearance is expectably smooth for the assigned grade. Fully struck, as well, this jaw dropping example belongs in the finest Walking Liberty collection on the NGC Set Registry.
If you have a few dollars to spare and you don’t have a way to turn the clock back to 2011, an NGC-graded MS-67 is listed at APMEX for $13,995.