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    1901-O Half Dollar, Singular MS67+
    Finest-Known Example, Ex: Duckor

    1901-O 50C MS67+ PCGS Secure. Ex: Duckor/Akers. The 1901-O Barber half dollar is one of the major condition rarities in the series. The issue claims one of the lowest PCGS Mint State populations of any date with only the 1892 Micro O and the 1896-O significantly rarer at this level. A review of our Permanent Auction Archives shows nine appearances of an MS66 specimen in more than two decades, with a single previous appearance of this Superb Gem, which is the single finest certified by more than a full grade point (9/15). This piece outranks even the Eliasberg and Emery-Nichols coins, both of which came directly from the New Orleans Mint in 1901. Its closest rivals are four MS66 pieces, two at each service.

    The single most important attribute of this magnificent representative is its unequaled technical quality, but highlighting its smooth, unblemished surfaces is luminous mint luster which exhibits a hint of complementary champagne color. Slight strike weakness is noted on the reverse at the usual point on the eagle's right (facing) wing junction and to a lesser extent on the talons and leg, although the obverse is sharp throughout the stars, hair detail, and leaves, and the overall definition is superior to most other examples of this New Orleans issue. Both sides are highly lustrous and faintly iridescent. A few insignificant surface grazes are only visible with magnification and even then are trivial.
    Ex: Stack's (5/1961), lot 1196; Stack's (1/1991), lot 1196; David Akers (2/2/1994); The Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Barber Half Dollar Collection / ANA Signature (Heritage, 8/2010), lot 3201, which realized $63,250.
    From The Greensboro Collection, Part VI.(Registry values: N10218)

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

    Weight: 12.50 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    Oct-Nov, 2015
    29th-1st Thursday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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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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