1909-S 50C MS (PCGS# 6518)

2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction #1154

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1909-S 50C MS67 PCGS Secure. Ex: Duckor/Queller. Struck from perfect dies, with no evidence of cracks, clash marks, or other signs of die wear. This Superb Gem exhibits some strike weakness, probably due in part to parallel rolling lines visible on both sides. Two small marks on Liberty's cheek are all that separate this piece from virtual perfection. Both sides of this piece exhibit frosty luster and full mint brilliance beneath gorgeous original toning. The obverse has delicate gold at the center, with a lovely frame of blue, green, and yellow. The reverse is deeper-colored, with lilac-brown at the center surrounded by thick iridescence. The San Francisco Mint only coined 1,764,000 Barber half dollars in 1909. However, census data suggests that a small group of high-grade pieces may have been preserved. The combined NGC and PCGS population records 12 MS66 coins and seven MS67 specimens. A single MS68 NGC coin that appeared in our January 2005 sale of the Hugon Collection no longer appears on the NGC Census Report. The Hugon coin is now MS67 PCGS and part of the Shireman Registry Set of Barber half dollars. This specimen, which we handled once previously, is the fifth MS67 PCGS example of the 1909-S half dollar Heritage has been privileged to offer. Population (3/11): MS66 (4); MS66+ (1); MS67 (7). Ex: James A. Stack (Stack's, 3/1975), lot 630; Queller Family Collection (Stack's, 10/2002), lot 814; Dr. Steven Duckor; Boston ANA Signature Auction (Heritage, 8/2010), lot 3229.
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