1892-O 50C MS (PCGS# 6462)

2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143

  • Auctioneer:
    Heritage Auctions
  • Lot Number:
    3173
  • Grade:
    MS66
  • Price:
    $18,400.00
Lot Description
1892-O 50C MS66 PCGS Secure. CAC. Ex: Duckor. The obverse is lightly cracked from the upper right side of the 2 across the bust point to star 13. The mintmark is centered below the tail feathers and leans sharply to the left. The sharp strike provides excellent design definition on both sides, and it is much finer than usually seen on this issue. Most of the obverse leaves show their central detail, and the hair above Liberty's forehead is similarly bold. The shield is fully outlined and detailed, and the feathers are bold. The reverse leaves are also sharp. Only the eagle's claws lack strong definition. Both sides have frosty, lustrous silver surfaces. The obverse exhibits considerable lavender-gray toning with a few splashes of blue and green at the border. The reverse has less lavender and more blue and green toning, with additional russet and gold hues. Surface marks on each side are minimal and only visible with 5x or greater magnification. To the naked eye, this example is pristine. This conditionally rare, low-mintage, first-year half dollar has just the right combination of desirability factors to ensure constant heightened demand. The mintage of 390,000 coins is the lowest production of any branch mint Barber half and the fourth lowest in the entire series. For the connoisseur, the present example is one of just three coins that PCGS has graded MS66, with one MS67 and one MS68. Population (6/10): MS66 (3); MS66+ (0); MS67 (1); MS67+ (0); MS68 (1). Ex: David Akers (10/5/1994). From The Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Barber Half Dollar Collection.
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