From the Grading Room: Matte Proof 1925-S California Half Dollar

Posted on 6/24/2008

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Recently certified by NGC is this previously unreported Matte Proof 1925-S California Half Dollar. This coin commemorates the 75th anniversary of California’s statehood, and features two motifs which embody California of the 1850’s: a gold prospector and a grizzly bear.

Matte proof commemorative half dollars were specially prepared for presentation although in most cases very little documentation exists to illuminate their true purpose. The design, rim, and notably the legends on this coin are very crisply struck, much more so than on a business-strike example of the issue. Inherent of proof coinage of this type, it does not possess reflective luster; rather the entire design has a very uniform appearance. Matte proofs allowed designers to showcase the design elements of the coin, and were "fashionable" during the early Twentieth Century.

From the Grading Room is an occasional feature on this site in which we highlight some of the unusual, interesting, and special coins submitted to NGC for certification. You can also learn more about the California Diamond Jubilee Half Dollar in the NGC Coin Encyclopedia.

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