1908-O 50C MS (PCGS# 6514)
The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale
Auctioneer: Bowers & Merena
Lot Number: 584
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For reasons that have been lost to history, the New Orleans Mint produced a staggering (for the type) total of 5.3 million Barber Half Dollars in 1908. This is the second-highest mintage of any coin in the Barber Half series, trailing only the 1899, and the 1908-O is obviously a plentiful issue by the standards of the type. This is even true of Mint State survivors, although examples that grade MS-65 or finer are rare from a condition standpoint.<br /> Quite possibly the most beautiful example of the issue that this cataloger has ever seen, this stunning Superb Gem may very well be the finest-known 1908-O Barber Half Dollar. The characteristic die swelling of the issue is hardly in evidence here, the devices instead displaying virtually complete definition from the strike. The luster is full, vibrant and richly frosted in texture, and the surfaces are so smooth as to make even the MS-67 grade seem conservative. Originally toned, as well, with gorgeous cobalt-blue rim highlights to lighter, tannish-rose centers. A coin that belongs in the finest Barber Half Dollar set. Exquisite!