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Press Release - April 21, 2004
HERITAGE HOT SHEET: 1901-S Barber 50C MS67 NGC
An irregular news release about upcoming items in Heritage auctions
WHAT IT IS:1901-S Barber 50C MS67 NGC. Ex: Eliasberg.
WHY IT'S COOL:
The San Francisco Mint's output of Half Dollars in 1901 amounted to just 847,044 pieces. Writing in 1991, David Lawrence opined that the '01-S is the rarest Barber Half in Mint State after the 1904-S and 1896-O. The Superb Gem offered here is typically bold and displays peerless surfaces under a coating of mottled dove-gray patina. Perhaps no other pedigree in United States numismatics is as illustrious as those originating from the Eliasberg Collection. It is well known that branch mint coinage from the late 19th century and early 20th century were obtained by J.M. Clapp and his son John directly from the various mints. Many of the finest known silver and gold coins from this era are the beneficiary of this practice, this coin included. The present 1901-S Half no doubt went directly from the San Francisco Mint to the Clapp cabinet. Population: 1 in 67, 0 finer (3/04).
WHAT IT'S WORTH:
There is a pre-auction estimate of $25,000+ on this piece.
WHEN IT'S BEING OFFERED:
Heritage 2004 May (CSNS) Signature Sale #346 to be held May 6-2004.
For more information about this or upcoming sales, or to consign items, please visit www.HeritageCoins.com.