1902-S 50C MS (PCGS# 6494)

2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction #1158

  • Auctioneer:
    Heritage Auctions
  • Lot Number:
    7210
  • Grade:
    MS66
  • Price:
    $12,650.00
Lot Description
1902-S 50C MS66 PCGS. CAC. While all Barber half dollars are seldom seen in high grades, the branch mint issues are particularly challenging in Gem and higher grades. Heritage has sold only a handful of Mint State 1902-S halves, and this is just the second MS66 representative we have offered at auction. This remarkable Premium Gem is bested by a mere three examples at NGC and PCGS (two MS67 and one MS67+). Each of the two major grading services report six pieces graded MS66, but this number is almost certainly inflated due to crossovers (7/11). The Duckor/Price specimen, graded MS67+, set a record for this issue at $32,200 when it was sold at our ANA auction last year. The mint luster on this piece is thick and satiny with even, pale golden toning over each side. The striking details are strong except on the upper part of the eagle's wings. From The Oliver Collection.
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