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Amazing 1901-O Half, MS67+
1901-O 50C MS67+ PCGS Secure. Ex: Duckor/Akers. The obverse
has a series of peripheral die cracks through the date, stars, and
tops of LIBERTY. The reverse also has several peripheral die
cracks, although somewhat lighter. The mintmark is slightly right
of center and close to the tail feathers.
No Other PCGS Examples Above MS66
Slight strike weakness is noted on the reverse. However, this Superb Gem is more sharply defined than any other example we have encountered. The obverse has exceptional design definition, with full stars and hair detail, a sharp band, and excellent leaf definition. Some feathers are indistinct on the eagle, including those at the base of the right wing. The right side of the shield is also weak, as are the right facing claw and arrow feathers. Both sides are highly lustrous and brilliant, with delicate champagne, gold, and iridescent toning. A few insignificant surface marks are only visible with magnification.
The 1901-O Barber half dollar is one of the major rarities in the series. It has the third-lowest PCGS Mint State population behind the 1892 Micro O and the 1896-O issues. A review of our Permanent Auction Archives show just two MS66 specimens in our past sales. The Duckor specimen is finer than any we have sold. It is clearly finer than the Eliasberg and Emery-Nichols specimen, both coins that came directly from the New Orleans Mint in 1901. Population (6/10): MS66 (2); MS66+ (0); MS67 (0); MS67+ (1).
Ex: Stack's (5/1961), lot 1196; Stack's (1/1991), lot 1196; David Akers (2/2/1994).
From The Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Barber Half Dollar Collection.(Registry values: N10218) (NGC ID# 24MD, PCGS# 6490)
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