1914-S 50C MS (PCGS# 6531)

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

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1914-S 50C MS66 PCGS Secure. CAC. Ex: Duckor/Price. Sharply struck from perfect dies, this Premium Gem shows no signs of die cracks, clash marks, or other defects. The mintmark is minutely right of center and vertically centered between the eagle's tail and the D of DOLLAR. The strike is nearly full. Both sides are fully lustrous, with silver-gray surfaces, reflective fields, and wisps of iridescence. The production of 992,000 pieces places the 1914-S among elite company with 20 other issues that had mintages less than 1 million coins. PCGS and NGC have each graded four MS66 examples of the 1914-S half dollar, with none finer. In past sales, we have only handled one example from each grading service. The other MS66 PCGS coin was the John C. Hugon specimen in January 2005. In the Price catalog, David Akers commented on the condition rarity, comparing the 1914-S to other issues: "This is a fairly scarce issue in all mint state grades; it is also a low mintage issue with less than 1,000,000 pieces struck. Rarity-wise, the 1914-S is about on a par, at least in Gem condition, with the 1913-S, and it is far more rare than the 1915-S which concludes the series. Here is an incredible Premium Gem from the Duckor Collection that is destined for a future high-end PCGS Registry Set. Population (6/10): MS66 (4). Ex: Dr. Thaine B. Price (David Akers, 5/1998), lot 193. From The Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Barber Half Dollar Collection.
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