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    1901-O Half Dollar, MS66
    Ex: James A. Stack, 'Buddy' Byers

    1901-O 50C MS66 PCGS. CAC. In its Byers catalog appearance, this high-grade half dollar was described as:

    "From the standpoint of raw visual allure, a collector would probably spend countless years searching for, finding, and with any luck successfully acquiring an example of this date than can even remotely hold a candle to the coin presented here. ... We have absolutely no reservations in stating that the coin offered here is among the finest known. ... this jewel will be the benchmark by which you measure every other 1901-O half dollar that you ever encounter!"

    To that laudatory past evaluation, we can add that the peripheral autumn-gold, forest-green, and lilac-red toning is exquisite, and only lengthy perusal beneath a loupe can locate unimportant contact. The strike is good although incomplete near the eagle's right (facing) claw and shoulder.

    Population Data (5/14): PCGS lists two MS66 and one MS67+ finer. NGC show two MS66 and none finer. CAC shows two MS66 and none finer.

    Heritage Commentary: Similar to the majority of Barber half issues, the 1901-O is common in grades below Fine. However, NGC and PCGS combined have certified a total of only 65 pieces as Mint State, a number of which likely represent resubmissions over the past 28 years.

    Provenance: James A. Stack Collection (Stack's, 3/1975), lot 602; George "Buddy" Byers Collection (Stack's, 10/2006), lot 1344.(Registry values: N7079)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 24MD, PCGS# 6490)

    Weight: 12.50 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2014
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