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    Important 1902-O Half, MS66
    Tied for Finest at PCGS

    1902-O 50C MS66 PCGS Secure. CAC. Ex: Duckor/Akers. A short die crack through the bust tip on this 1902-O is nearly identical to the crack on the 1902. The mintmark is centered below the eagle's tail and leans sharply to the left. While the leaves on the obverse lack their internal detail, all other obverse design elements are boldly defined. The reverse has typical New Orleans Mint weakness at the junction of the shield and right wing, along with some indistinct details in the eagle. However, this piece is a far finer strike than most survivors. This frosty Premium Gem has considerable mint brilliance with satiny luster, an aesthetically appealing piece that displays light gold, rose, and iridescent toning on both sides.
    The three MS66 PCGS examples, the finest that service has ever graded, include this example from the Duckor Collection, a gorgeous piece from the Dale Friend Collection, and the Price coin that we sold in January 2002. Each qualifies as tied for second finest known behind the MS67 NGC Hugon coin that barely eclipses the MS66 pieces, and the present Duckor Collection coin is more sharply struck than the Hugon coin.
    The 1902-O half dollar easily ranks in the top 10% of all Barber half dollar issues in terms of Gem rarity. In MS66 and finer, only six issues have lower PCGS populations: The 1892 Micro O, 1893-S, 1900-O, 1912, 1914, and 1915. Population (6/10): MS66 (3).
    Ex: David Akers (6/25/1992).
    From The Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Barber Half Dollar Collection.
    (Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24MG, PCGS# 6493)

    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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