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    Tied For The Finest Known 1905-S Barber Half Dollar, Ex: Eliasberg Collection

    1905-S 50C MS67 PCGS. This stunning Superb Gem is one of the two very finest graded by both NGC and PCGS, neither of which service has seen any finer of this date and mint. Furthermore, this is the Eliasberg coin, which was purchased directly from the Mint and carefully preserved since that time. The fields are bright and reflective, with champagne-gold toning around the periphery of the obverse and reverse, with a blush of aqua blue through the denomination . A simply glorious example of this date. David Lawrence in his Complete Guide noted that this date is "very tough in grades of AU55 through Mint State" and continuing "A sleeper in Mint State and underrated." On the obverse we note the usual light planchet striae which are seen on the vast majority of San Francisco half dollars of this period, caused by planchet strip preparation process.
    This particular coin is much finer than the James Bennet Pryor coin, which graded MS64, the best he could locate in two decades of extensive searching. Perhaps equal to the Dr. Thaine B. Price coin (David Akers 5/98, lot 164), although that specimen was not certified in that sale, it may be the other Superb Gem MS67 reported in the PCGS Population Report. Advanced collectors know to ignore the mintage in this case (2,494,000 pieces), and go by the Census and Population Report to get a true idea of what is out there in various grades. It is unlikely that more than a few Gem Mint State coins remain tucked away in collections, if any at all, which have not yet been certified.
    In the Eliasberg Sale this specimen was noted to "Possibly the Finest Known" which may well be true, although the other MS67 specimen is not available for comparison purposes. Regardless this is certainly one of the two best graded, and a coin which even the most advanced collector would long be proud to own. Identifiable by a thin reeding mark below the second T of TRUST and another on Liberty's lower neck just above the 0 in the date. There is a thin die crack extending from the curve of the 5 through the truncation to the lower two points of the last star towards the rim. On the reverse we note heavy die file marks, including one that connects UN and another that connect the middle of NI of UNITED, and this is an early die state.
    Ex: Purchased directly from the San Francisco Mint, November 1905 by J. M. Clapp, to John H. Clapp, Clapp Estate 1942 to Louis E. Eliasberg Louis E. Eliasberg Collection (Bowers and Merena, 5/97), lot 2105 where it realized $23,100.(#6503) (Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 24MT, PCGS# 6503)

    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
    January, 2005
    12th-15th Wednesday-Saturday
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