1915-S 50C MS (PCGS# 6534)

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

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1915-S 50C MS67 PCGS Secure. Ex: Duckor. A perfect dies example, this Superb Gem has excellent definition. The S mintmark is right of center and about midway between the eagle's tail and the D in DOLLAR. The surfaces are brilliant and lustrous beneath deep pewter and iridescent toning. The 1915-S is easily the most plentiful Barber half dollar from the San Francisco Mint when all grades are considered. However, Gem or finer examples are truly rare. The same can be said of nearly every coin in the collection. For the specialist or type collector who has been unsuccessful so far, this is the final opportunity to acquire a specimen from the Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection. Over the period of 20 months the number one and number two PCGS Registry Sets of Barber half dollars have come on the market. The two collections have brought to market 145 different PCGS Gem or finer Barber half dollars. Included were 28 MS65s, 63 MS66s, 51 MS67s, and three MS68s. Including an additional half point for Plus coins, the average grade of the 145 coins is 66.3. Newer collectors may think that such coins are available on a regular basis, but nothing could be further from the truth. Dr. and Mrs. Duckor spent two full decades forming this collection of Barber half dollars. Finally, consider that the Duckor Collection has nearly 14% of all Barber half dollars that PCGS has certified as MS66 or better. With this coin comes to a close the most amazing offering of Barber half dollars that collectors and numismatists have ever seen. With 73 of the 74 coins graded MS66 or finer, it is likely that a similar collection will never again be formed. Population (6/10): MS66 (6); MS66+ (0); MS67 (1). Ex: Superior (10/1990), lot 3712; Silbermünzen Collection (Heritage, 5/2008), lot 771. From The Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Barber Half Dollar Collection.
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