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5575

1901-O 50C MS66 NGC....

2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction #1151

 
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Auction Ended On: Jan 6, 2011
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Location: Tampa Convention Center
333 S. Franklin St.
Tampa, FL 33602
Description:
Satiny MS66 1901-O Barber Half
Prime Series Rarity
Tied for Second Finest Certified
1901-O 50C MS66 NGC. The 1901-O Barber half is a prime rarity in the series, even though a few other issues such as the 1904-S or 1892-O Micro O may have attained greater notoriety. In the Premium Gem grade of the present piece, there is only a single certified example finer at either service, namely the Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor MS67+ PCGS example that we recently offered (Heritage, 8/2010, lot 3201), which realized an amazing $63,250. At that time we noted that there were two MS66 examples at PCGS; there are also two (including the present specimen) at NGC, making four coins for the issue that are tied for second place in the certified Condition Census.
This piece exhibits satiny surfaces with bright, semireflective fields that are essentially free of any post-Mint contact, save for a single mark below the W of WE, and largely silver-white with light accents of pink and gray at the rims on each side. Portions of each side are boldly struck and portions are weakly struck, not an atypical occurrence for an O-mint Barber half. Light roller marks on the cheek did not strike out fully, but the prime area of softness is, as usual, the eagle's right wing and shield corner, here also extending up onto the neck and head. On the other hand, many of the peripheral stars on the obverse are sharp, and the reverse is pleasingly bold elsewhere. A fine coin for a fine collection, perhaps the finest obtainable example today of this rare issue. Census: 2 in 66, 0 finer (10/10).
From The Joseph C. Thomas Collection, Part Two.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 24MD, PCGS# 6490)

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