Superb 1892-S Barber Half Dollar, MS67+
1892-S 50C MS67+ PCGS Secure. CAC. Ex: Duckor. The obverse
has a short crack from star 1 to the lower corner of the bust, and
another crack across the bust just above its truncation. Another
crack is visible on the surface of the cap below IN GOD. A fourth
crack extends through star 8, up from the northeast point and down
from the southeast point. Each of the cracks is delicate and only
visible with a glass. The reverse has a faint crack from the left
wing tip to the upper left part of the D and on to the border
before the first S. Another crack extends up from the left top of
the scroll to star 1 and the first T in STATES. Another crack
begins at the border over the first A in AMERICA and continues to
the tops of MERIC.
The Finest Known
A bold strike is evident on both sides, save for the lower right claw and the arrow feathers at the lower reverse. Both sides of this Superb Gem exhibit frosty mint luster beneath incredible heather-gray, gold, and pale green on the obverse. The reverse exhibits delicate gold, light green, and pale blue toning. The surfaces are pristine and free of blemishes. Minute doubling is seen on a few obverse stars and reverse letters, probably from machine doubling, although the variety specialist should take a close look.
We have records of just four 1892-S half dollars that grade better than MS65, and the finest of those is this MS67+ PCGS coin. Second best is the Eliasberg coin that later appeared in the John C. Hugon Collection, where it was graded MS67 NGC. Tied with the Eliasberg coin is the Dr. Thaine Price coin that David Akers offered in May 1998. The Price coin reappeared in the May 2005 Superior auction, where it was graded MS67 NGC. The fourth finest 1892-S half is the Friend Collection coin certified MS66 PCGS. We sold the Friend specimen in January 2009 and offered it again in July 2009. Population (6/10): MS66 (3); MS66+ (0); MS67 (0); MS67+ (1).
Ex: Superior (2/3/1992), lot 1683; David Akers (2/5/1992).
From The Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Barber Half Dollar Collection.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24LJ, PCGS# 6464)
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