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    Fantastic 1902-S Half Dollar, MS67+
    The Sole PCGS Example in This Grade

    1902-S 50C MS67+ PCGS Secure. CAC. Ex: Duckor/Price. The obverse is cracked across the entire bust, with a second crack across the bust tip from the 2 to star 13. There are no cracks or other die defects on the reverse. The strike is excellent overall, with only slight weakness among a few obverse stars and leaves. The right-center reverse is a trifle weak, especially at the claw, arrow feathers, and base of the wing. All other design elements are sharply defined.
    Faint roller lines on the cheek remain from planchet preparation. When the planchet stock was passed through the rolling mill to reduce and fine-tune its thickness to that of the finished coin, parallel grooves were introduced to the planchet surfaces. They remained visible after the coin was struck in instances where the press supplied inadequate pressure. Those rolling lines are frequently seen on San Francisco Mint coins from the late 1890s and early 1900s, usually on Morgan dollars but also on Barber half dollars.
    A few other MS67 examples of the 1902-S Barber half dollar survive, but this coin from the Price Collection is undoubtedly the finest known of the issue. A few tiny surface marks are evident but inconsequential. The obverse has champagne and reddish-gold toning that does little to subdue the frosty mint brilliance. The reverse has deeper color, with intermingled champagne, gold, violet-brown, and iridescent toning. Population (6/10): MS66 (6); MS66+ (0); MS67 (1); MS67+ (1).
    Ex: Dr. Thaine B. Price (David Akers, 5/1998), lot 156.
    From The Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Barber Half Dollar Collection.
    (Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 24MH, PCGS# 6494)

    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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    Auction Dates
    August, 2010
    11th-15th Wednesday-Sunday
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