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    Superlative 1905 Barber Half Dollar, MS68+
    The Single Finest Certified Barber Half Dollar

    1905 50C MS68+ PCGS Secure. CAC. Ex: Duckor. Both dies are perfect, with no cracks, clash marks, or other imperfections. The strike is incredible, with bold details on both sides, showing the design exactly as it appeared in the dies. Both sides have scintillating luster, with satiny brilliance beneath delicate gold toning. From the central obverse, concentric rings of toning gradually change to reddish-orange, lavender, pale blue, greenish-yellow, and cobalt-blue. The reverse also slowly changes from light champagne to reddish-gold, pale blue, and lilac. The surfaces on both sides are pristine, with no marks of any kind.
    It is difficult to imagine how any coin could survive more than 100 years and still be so amazing. Add the importance of the low-mintage 1905 half dollar issue, and the chance survival of such an incredible coin is even harder to fathom. Just 662,000 Barber half dollars were struck in Philadelphia throughout the year. Today, we are able to account for seven of the 13 coins that NGC and PCGS have certified in grades higher than MS65. Following this MS68+ PCGS coin are two MS67 PCGS pieces, five MS66 PCGS coins, and five MS66 NGC examples.
    The NGC Census Report shows a single Barber half dollar, a 1906-S, is certified as MS69. That coin, from the Hugon Collection, now appears in the Dr. and Mrs. Shireman PCGS Registry Set as MS68 PCGS. That 1906-S was the only Barber half that ever graded MS69, but it can no longer make such a claim. The result is that this 1905 Barber half dollar in MS68+ PCGS is the single finest Barber half dollar certified today. The connoisseur who appreciates truly beautiful numismatic specimens will appreciate this aesthetically superior example and will want to take full advantage of the present opportunity. Population (6/10): MS66 (6); MS66+ (0); MS67 (2); MS67+ (0); MS68 (0); MS68+ (1).
    Ex: John Albanese (2/2009).
    From The Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Barber Half Dollar Collection.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 28PX, PCGS# 6501)

    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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    August, 2010
    11th-15th Wednesday-Sunday
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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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