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1904-S Barber Half, MS65
Notable Condition Rarity in the Series

1904-S 50C MS65 PCGS. In an August 26, 2003, Numismatic News article entitled "1904-S Barber Half Outshines Its Brethren," Paul Green writes: "For some reason, the 1904-S, in virtually every grade, is more costly than similar and much lower-mintage Barber half dollars from the period. One possible reason is the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. The banks where coins were stored were destroyed, homes and businesses were destroyed and the 1904-S had only been in circulation less than two years. Moreover, coins made back then in San Francisco tended to stay close to home. We cannot say with certainty, but the 1906 disaster is the one unique thing that occurred that can explain the higher prices of the 1904-S."

This MS65 piece has satiny champagne surfaces with freckles of light gray. The strike is uniformly sharp, save for minor softness on the upper right corner of the shield, the right (facing) claw, and adjacent arrow feathers. The piece has excellent eye appeal and is a coin that will enhance any high-grade Barber half dollar collection. Population: 3 in 65, 5 finer (6/13).
Ex: Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 2/2007), lot 3553; ANA Signature (Heritage, 8/2007), lot 1696.
From The Owen Collection, Part I.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 24MP, PCGS# 6500)

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