1934-S Peace $1 PCGS MS65+ CAC. Nothing but the best! The 34-S Peace dollar has long been heralded as the key date to the 24 coin series and typically the toughest to find nice. Just looking at all of the lower-grade certified coins on Collectors Corner tells a compelling story and should justify this statement.
To those who will conduct their due-diligence while considering the acquisition of this particular specimen, it will become quite evident that even the MS66 examples that have been endorsed by CAC have their fair share of problems. Just recently Heritage auctioned of one of these, and the images show a sequence of ‘chatter’ marks running north to south on the nose of Liberty. They look like tears. The buyer, however, ended up paying $32,900 in 2015. Four years prior to that, $34,500 was paid out for another PCGS MS66 CAC coin (which imaged far better than the aforementioned piece). In further reviewing the MS65+ CAC examples that have recently crossed the public auction block, we note comments like “…shades of ice-blue, lavender, and golden-brown toning” and “…Traces of champagne toning” and “…a lovely pale gold dusting.” Few, if any, CAC or not, come brilliant white. It’s just that hard to find.
The present specimen is that highly sought-after brilliant white (as best as our scans could represent) and comparatively has the better look that any of the MS66 coins we have photo-compared it to. We bought it raw and certified it once, and submitted it to CAC only once. It is as virgin as the winter snow and surely destined for a top-notch Registry Set.