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    1907 Barber Half, MS67+
    The Finest Certified Example
    From the Duckor Collection

    1907 50C MS67+ PCGS Secure. CAC.
    A previous owner of this top-notch example provided some additional older history:

    "This coin was saved by a collector active in the 1930s and 1940s who saved coins in paper envelopes. A former judge in the Pacific Northwest, he did not build complete collections, but found nice coins and put them away. This 1907 half was later graded and then consigned to the 2004 FUN auction. This story helps illustrate how seemingly random it was for most individual Barber half dollars to make it from the late 1890s and early 1900s to today in gem or better condition. A coin has to beat all odds to make it that long without damage, and to maintain good eye appeal."

    Dr. Shireman explained "his" bidding strategy:

    "This was the one coin I really wanted from Dr. Duckor's set. The bidding for this coin at the Heritage 2010 ANA auction in Boston was going past where I was really comfortable, but my wife, sitting next to me and attending her first ever coin auction, asked me if I wanted the coin. I muttered and nodded my head ever so slightly; she grabbed the paddle from my hand, put it up, and voila, it was ours. Not just a bid, but a cut-bid. She caught on fast! Others watching found this mini-drama quite amusing."



    Struck from perfect dies, this is an amazing, boldly defined Superb Gem with only slight weakness at the junction of the right wing and shield. Aside from insignificant marks near the bust tip, neither side has any mentionable abrasions. The surfaces have frosty mint luster with incredible toning. Light ivory and lavender at the centers changes gradually to orange-gold and iridescent toning with hints of pale green on the reverse.
    Ex: FUN Signature (1/2004); Dr. and Mrs. Steven Duckor (Heritage, 8/2010).
    From The Dr. Peter and Janice Shireman Collection.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24MY, PCGS# 6508)

    Weight: 12.50 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2016
    6th-11th Wednesday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 14
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