1905 50C MS (PCGS# 6501)

2009 October Signature US Coin Auction #1130

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1905 50C MS67 PCGS. CAC. Ex: Duckor/Price. The 1905 Barber half is one of those several little-noticed P-mint issues that have mintages under 1 million coins. The 1905 was produced to the extent of 662,000 coins, an amount only slightly more than the semikey 1897-O issue. In the Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection catalog, Akers wrote of this piece, "The coin is boldly struck with a sharp square edge, full mint frost and great luster. It has beautiful medium speckled reddish-gold and blue-green toning. The surfaces are extremely clean, nearly pristine, in fact, with only a couple of tiny marks that are hidden under the toning. In terms of eye appeal and overall appearance, this splendid coin is absolutely first-rate. Most of the attention in the Barber Half Dollar series is focused on the rare mintmarked issues, but the Philadelphia Mint issues from 1901-1905 are actually just as rare as most of the rare branch mint issues." A nearly unsurpassable example. Superb Gem 1905 half dollars have appeared in our auctions a mere eight times over the past 16 years, and we have never offered a finer example. Population: 2 in 67, 1 finer (9/09). Ex: Dr. Thaine B. Price (David Akers, 5/1998), lot 163.
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