Gem Frosty 1898-O Barber Half1898-O 50C MS66 NGC. A scarce Barber half that is always in demand in grades from Fine on up. The difficulty of this issue can be accounted for mostly by its low mintage of only 874,000 pieces. Mint State coins are considered R.4, but Gems are of the highest order of rarity with only three others having been so graded by NGC, with one finer (7/03). The surfaces display thick satiny luster on both sides and present a fully brilliant finish. The striking details are virtually complete on the highest portions of the design, while the only complaint of note is the presence of a couple of almost invisible marks on Liberty's cheek. (#6481) (NGC ID# 24M4, PCGS# 6481)
Weight: 12.50 grams
Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
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