1914 50C MS (PCGS# 6530)

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

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1914 50C MS66+ PCGS Secure. Ex: Duckor. This amazing Premium Gem is sharply struck from perfect obverse and reverse dies, with faint striae evident in the fields on each side. The surfaces are reflective, with delicate gold and powder blue toning. It is a remarkable 1914 half dollar. The combination of impressive technical grade and remarkable aesthetic appeal makes this piece one of the finest surviving 1914 half dollars of any mint. The mintage for this issue was halted after 124,230 half dollars were coined, the lowest of the entire Barber half series. The Philadelphia Mint produced a little over 120 million coins in 1914. Assuming a 24/7 operation, the half dollar production for the entire year took a mere nine hours. With a combined population of just three coins in MS66 at PCGS and NGC, the 1914 has few peers at the Premium Gem level. Just three other issues in the series, the 1893-S, 1912, and 1915, have lower combined high grade population totals of 1, 2, and 2, respectively. Dr. Duckor purchased this coin from Larry Shepherd. Known for his keen eye, especially when it comes to original, beautifully toned coins, Shepherd is a widely respected professional numismatist who currently serves as the Executive Director of the American Numismatic Association. Population (6/10): MS66 (1); MS66+ (1). Ex: Larry Shepherd (7/22/1998). From The Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Barber Half Dollar Collection.
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