1907-S 50C MS (PCGS# 6511)


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1907-S 50C MS66 PCGS. CAC. Unrecorded in the Pryor Collection catalog is the sharply repunched mintmark, with "ears" of the S extending upward from the upper left and right curves. In his Complete Encyclopedia, Walter Breen commented "Positional vars., one with repunched S," although he failed to itemize this as an important variety worthy of its own encyclopedia number. David Lawrence describes the variety as number 101 in The Complete Guide to Barber Halves, and mentions that it is a fairly common variety. Time was that the 1907-S was considered a major sleeper in the series, meaning the value was too low in comparison to its rarity. Much has changed over the last decade or so, and today it is no longer an underrated or hidden rarity. The true rarity of this issue is known, yet finding an example remains extremely challenging. The words that Dave Bowers wrote in 1996 are equally appropriate today, only changing Pryor to Friend at the end of this quote: "This coin could not have been any nicer on the day it was made. The 1907-S is well known for its elusive character in high grades, and even an MS-60 coin would be worth special mention in an advanced collection. The James Bennett Pryor coin is absolutely incredible, and although it is not one of the most famous half dollars in the Barber series, in this grade it certainly is in the front rank of rarity. It is easy to contemplate that the bidder who does not take this 1907-S home may well have to wait years before seeing its equal, and then who knows what the price might be. Here, indeed, is one of the great prizes of the Pryor Collection." A few faint diagonal roller marks on both sides remain from the planchet before this coin was struck. It is a remarkable Premium Gem with amazing luster. The surfaces are full brilliant and frosty, with incredible details. The only strike weakness is at areas also affected by the roller striations. Population: 4 in 66, 3 finer (10/08). Ex: Numismatic Enterprises (2/1966); James B
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