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Attractively toned 1843 half dollar

Almost all ancient and most modern coins tone blue. USA silver mostly tones gray, i suspect because till the 20th century the metals used in the alloys were not closely monitored for purity.

Tho not obvious in these original dealer photos, this one has quite a bit of blue toning in it, esp in layers on the obverse where someone touched the surface at the bottom when it was new.
Now has alt layers of med gray/blue where a fingerprint once was.

In person it is very attractive :) and a nice xf. I put it in an "Airtight" brand half dollar container to protect it.
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SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES – Live at Àngel Casas Show (TV3 Channel, Spanish TV, 20 Nov 1984)

SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES – Live at Àngel Casas... by zoot1969

SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES performing "Israel", "Cascade" & "Bring Me The Head Of The Preacher Man" live at Àngel Casas Show (Season 1, Episode 44, TV3 Channel, Spanish TV) aired on 20 November 1984.
Steven Severin: "Oh Lord, we were all so hungover for this show having enjoyed the nightlife of Barca the night before. Pretty sure Jean Moreau was a guest on the show and sat to watch us. That was a thrill."
(Source: Facebook, 08 February 2016)
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Start of Mardi Gras

Today is the start of Mardi Gras for 2016.

The capped bust half dollar above is 1827, the first year Mardi Gras was celebrated in New Orleans.

This is one i won that may have escaped dipping or cleaning, it retains original mint lustre
around the peripherals, (the stars, date and letters) and dirt is still trapped in the fine lines of the shield on the reverse which would make it worth twice as much as the 150 or so i got it for, if i send it in for certification and they assign it a numbered grade instead of xf or so 'details'

This was the largest silver coin minted from 1807 to 1839 in the USA, due to no silver dollars being minted, most were kept in banks to back up currency notes.