1895-S 50C MS (PCGS# 6473)

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

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1895-S 50C MS67 PCGS Secure. CAC. Ex: Duckor. This impressive Superb Gem is boldly defined, with a virtually full strike. The obverse has a faint die crack from the back of the bust toward star 1. The reverse has a diagonal die crack from the branch stem to the OL in DOLLAR, bisecting the mintmark. A heavier crack can be seen through ITED and the wingtip. Additional trivial die cracks are evident on the reverse. Both sides have satiny, highly lustrous surfaces beneath gorgeous blue-green, gold, and rose toning, with splashes of silver brilliance on the reverse. The 1895-S is another condition rarity in Gem or finer grades, and the present piece is one of just two PCGS certified Superb Gem examples that have been graded in a quarter century. We handled an MS67 NGC specimen in our offering of the Hugon Collection, and that coin is the only other Superb Gem that we have had the pleasure of handling. Most of the other great Barber half dollar collections offered over the years have had lower-grade pieces, such as the Eliasberg MS66 example that came directly from the San Francisco Mint, the Pryor-Byers Gem, and the lower-grade Norweb and Queller coins. In his catalog of the Price Collection, David Akers called this piece "one of the many prizes in this extraordinary Barber Half Dollar Collection," and his comment applies equally to the even more extraordinary Duckor Collection. Population (6/10): MS66 (2); MS66+ (0); MS67 (2). Ex: Dr. Thaine B. Price (David Akers, 5/1998), lot 135. From The Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Barber Half Dollar Collection.
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