1905-O 50C MS (PCGS# 6502)

John C. Hugon Collection

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Lot Description
1905-O 50C MS67 PCGS. The 1905-O is a widely recognized O-mint rarity among Barber half collectors. This is immediately apparent from its paltry mintage of only 505,000 pieces, most of which were poorly struck to start with, and most of the coins that survive today are found in less-than-Uncirculated condition. Any coin that is better than MS64 is an important offering and at the MS67 level this piece is among the finest six or seven pieces known. Beyond its obvious absolute and condition rarity, this is simply a visually stunning coin. If one were to cover the mintmark this piece could easily pass for an S-mint, the mint luster is that thick and frosted. In addition, the surfaces are undisturbed by any trace of "improvements" over the past hundred years. Each side has a light addition of rich golden-rose toning with an occasional dab of cobalt-blue interspersed around the periphery. The striking details are also atypically well defined with sharp definition on both sides, only the slightest weakness is seen on the eagle's right claw and the juncture of the shield and right (facing) wing. An outstanding example of this important O-mint rarity and one of the highlights of the Hugon Collection.
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