1914 50C MS (PCGS# 6530)

2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando #1166

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1914 50C MS66 PCGS Secure. CAC. The 1914 has the lowest mintage of the Barber half dollars at 124,230 business strikes, helping to make it one of the key dates in the series. A few hundred examples have been certified through Very Fine. While the population declines in finer grades, the issue can still be located with patience and searching through about near-Gem. Gems are very rare and higher-grade specimens are virtually unobtainable. The present MS66 offering is thus a special coin, with a mere one example each from PCGS and NGC, and none finer at either service (11/11). Splashes of orange-gold and ice-blue adhere to its lustrous surfaces, and an impressive strike delivers sharp definition to the design elements, save for the often-seen minor softness in the upper-right shield corner and on the arrow feathers and adjacent claw. A few unobtrusive minute marks on the leaves of the upper-left wreath and adjacent cap might help future catalogers pedigree the coin. This piece yields highly pleasing eye appeal.
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