1915 50C MS (PCGS# 6532)

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

  • Auctioneer:
    Heritage Auctions
  • Lot Number:
    3243
  • Grade:
    MS66
  • Price:
    $41,688.00
Lot Description
1915 50C MS66+ PCGS Secure. CAC. Ex: Duckor. A faint die crack connects the bust tip to star 13 on this Premium Gem, sharply struck from otherwise perfect dies. The surfaces are frosty and highly lustrous, with generous mint brilliance. Delicate gold toning on the obverse and deeper green-gold and iridescent toning on the reverse enhances the remarkable eye appeal. With just 138,000 coins minted the 1915 Barber half has the second-lowest production of any issue. In high grades, above MS65, the 1915 Barber half dollar is extremely rare. This MS66+ example is the only 1915 Barber half that PCGS has certified finer than MS65. NGC has also graded a single MS66 example, with none finer. The 1893-S half dollar, represented in high grades by a single MS66 PCGS coin, and the 1912, with two MS66 PCGS examples, are the only comparable rarities of all the Barber issues. Many coins in the Duckor Collection will sell for a higher price, but this 1915 is one of the most important coins in the entire set, a centerpiece for an advanced collection. This coin was acquired from the Bowers and Merena Denver ANA sale in August 2006, and the lone MS66 NGC coin was offered by the same firm in March 2000, when Dave Bowers and Ray Merena were still the principals. Population (6/10): MS66 (0); MS66+ (1). Ex: Bowers and Merena (8/2006), lot 3401. From The Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Barber Half Dollar Collection.
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