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1901-S Half Dollar, MS65
Only One Finer at NGC

1901-S 50C MS65 NGC. The Complete Guide to Certified Barber Coinage ranks this tricky issue third in Mint State rarity, surpassed only by the 1904-S and 1896-O emissions. NGC has certified only three Gems of this date with one piece finer; PCGS has certified five pieces in MS65 with five finer (6/13).

This example offers silver surfaces lightly tinged with gold throughout, and even under a loupe there are no singularly distracting abrasions. For an S-mint coin, however, the strike is curiously soft on the right shield corner and the nearby areas. Some interesting die cracks appear on both sides, the sign of die fatigue. Census: 3 in 65, 1 finer (6/13).
Ex: Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 2/2008), lot 674, which brought $25,300.
From The Owen Collection, Part I.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24ME, PCGS# 6491)

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