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Imposing 1903-S Half, MS67
Tied for Second Finest Behind the Eliasberg Coin

1903-S 50C MS67 PCGS Secure. Ex: Duckor/Price. This perfect dies specimen has no evidence of die cracks or other die defects. The S mintmark leans slightly to the left and is a trifle right of center below the eagle's tail. The reverse shows light machine doubling, creating extra outlines on the letters and the mintmark. Light but obvious roller lines are visible on the obverse, remaining from original planchet preparation and still visible once the coin was struck. The rolling lines or striations were created during the minting process and have no effect on the grade, quality, or desirability.
The Duckor Superb Gem 1903-S half dollar is tied with one other coin for second place in the Condition Census behind the incredible Eliasberg coin. It is a gorgeous, eye-appealing specimen with frosty mint brilliance. Ivory color at the centers changes to peripheral gold, blue-green, and iridescent toning near the borders. The reverse is similar to the obverse in overall appearance and aesthetic desirability. Trivial contact marks are mostly visible only with a magnifier.
In the Price catalog, David Akers wrote: "From a technical grade standpoint, this is certainly one of the finest known examples of the issue, and when the extraordinary eye appeal of the coin is factored into the equation, this specimen is at the pinnacle of quality, rarity and desirability for a Barber Half Dollar." Population (6/10): MS66 (4); MS66+ (0); MS67 (2); MS67+ (0); MS68 (1).
Ex: Dr. Thaine B. Price (David Akers, 5/1998), lot 159.
From The Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Barber Half Dollar Collection.
(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 24ML, PCGS# 6497)

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August, 2010
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