1908-O 50C MS (PCGS# 6514)

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

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Lot Description
1908-O 50C MS67 PCGS. CAC. This so-called "mumps" variety, named after the disease that causes swelling of the salivary glands in the neck, features a fairly pronounced bulge in Liberty's neck caused by the die beginning to buckle. The 1908-O is a popular type coin because of its relative availability in higher grades compared to most Barber half dollars, and it is not uncommon to find a Gem example in a major auction. For a collector who desires to build a set of only high-grade type coins, the present coin is the perfect piece. Superb Gems are impossible to find for some Barber half dollar issues, and a number of years have only one example graded that high. Between NGC and PCGS there are 16 1908-O halves graded MS67 (7/11), which makes this issue ideal for a type set. Only two specimens have been graded finer (both at NGC). Radiant mint luster cascades over each side of this beautiful Superb Gem, which boasts lightly toned greenish-gold surfaces, with the reverse adding a swatch of pale pink through the center. The strike is sharp for an O-mint half, just a hair short of full. Ex: Central States Signature (Heritage, 3/2008), lot 712. From The Oliver Collection.
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