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    1895 Barber Half Dollar, MS66+
    The Remarkable Dr. Price Coin

    1895 50C MS66+ PCGS Secure. CAC. Ex: Duckor/Price. Boldly struck from nearly perfect dies with exceedingly sharp design details. The reverse has a faint die crack from the left edge of the ribbon, vertically down to the wing. No other die defects are evident on either side.
    This highly lustrous Premium Gem is an exceptional example for the grade, as the MS66+ grade indicates. Both sides have frosty luster beneath vivid iridescent toning. Blue-green, violet, and gold toning resides on ivory surfaces, with a few trivial surface marks mostly confined to the obverse.
    The MS66 PCGS Hugon specimen and an MS66 NGC example in our February 2007 sale are the only two pieces we have offered in that grade, with none finer. In fact, only a single MS67 PCGS coin exceeds this piece in the population reports.
    Although nearly 2 million of these coins were minted, the date is a condition rarity in Gem or finer grades. Most contemporary collectors selected proof examples, a tradition that continued into the 1980s when collectors began to notice the true rarity of Mint State examples. David Akers explains in the Price catalog: "Most great Barber Half Dollar collections of the past (cf. Norweb, Emery-Nichols, Eliasberg) contained Proofs, not business strikes, of the P Mint issues in the series since the Proofs were always considered 'better' and thus more desirable than the Uncirculated pieces to old-time collectors."
    A single notable exception to the rule is the R.E. Cox, Jr. Collection that Stack's sold in April 1962. That collection had business strike examples of every Barber half dollar with the single exception of a proof 1901. However, only one coin in the entire Cox Collection, the 1892-O Micro O that is now traced to the Duckor Collection, was originally plated, making pedigree tracing of all the other coins impossible. Population (6/10): MS66 (4); MS66+ (1); MS67 (1).
    Ex: Dr. Thaine B. Price (David Akers, 5/1998), lot 133.
    From The Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Barber Half Dollar Collection.(Registry values: N2998)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 24LS, PCGS# 6471)

    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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    August, 2010
    11th-15th Wednesday-Sunday
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    The Draped Bust Half Dollars of 1796-1797 by Jon Amato

    The Draped Bust Half Dollars of 1796-1797 by Jon Amato is the culmination of more than 10 years of research into the Draped Bust Small Eagle half dollar series, one of the most coveted type coins in American numismatics and one about which remarkably little has been written.

    This work will be the premier reference for 1796-1797 half dollars for years to come. Institutions having an extensive numismatic library or coin cabinet will find it a valuable complement to their holdings, and catalogers charged with writing up specimens for auction can now have an indispensable source of background and pedigree information. Likewise, coin dealers seeking to purchase one or more '96 or '97 half dollars for a client or for inventory, and collectors who own, have owned, or desire to own one will want this important reference work for their libraries.

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