1908-O 50C MS (PCGS# 6514)

2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143

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1908-O 50C MS67 PCGS Secure. CAC. Ex: Duckor/Akers. Aside from the usual die crack at the bust tip, both dies are perfect and unblemished. Faint evidence of the "Mumps" die bulging is evident on the neck, but not immediately obvious. The mintmark is about centered below the eagle's tail and tilted sharply to the left. This Superb Gem has an amazing strike for a New Orleans half dollar, with slight weakness at the right shield border and wing, and on the arrow feathers and claw below. Both sides have frosty silver luster with ivory surfaces. A frame of delicate gold and iridescent toning is evident on each side. Only a few minuscule ticks are noted with close inspection. Dr. Duckor acquired this coin shortly after the discovery of a small hoard of high-grade 1908-O half dollars. The hoard apparently appeared in the summer of 1990. In May 1990 an MS67 PCGS coin was described as the only one certified. In October 1990 the MS67 PCGS population was up to four coins, and in May 1991 it was six coins. Today, nearly two decades later, the MS67 PCGS population has only increased another six coins, including resubmissions. An excellent opportunity to obtain a lovely Superb Gem example of the 1908-O half dollar, one of the finest survivors of this second-highest series mintage of 5.4 million coins. Population (6/10): MS66 (16); MS66+ (0); MS67 (12). Ex: David Akers (6/15/1992). From The Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Barber Half Dollar Collection.
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