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    1908-D Half Dollar, MS68
    The Sole Finest Certified

    1908-D 50C MS68 NGC. CAC. The bright, satiny surfaces are almost perfectly preserved, and the fields display a semiprooflike glow that adds considerable brightness to the multiple layers of toning on each side. Lavender and sea-green colors are dominant with varying amounts on each side, and several other colors intermingle as well around the obverse periphery. The surfaces are sharply struck throughout.

    Variety: Both dies are perfect with the mintmark upright, centered, and close to the eagle's tail.

    Population Data (7/14): This is the only MS68 1908-D Barber half dollar ever certified. NGC has only seen eight others above MS65, including just one MS67. PCGS has never certified an MS68, and they have only seen four MS67. As the only certified MS68 of its issue, it is naturally also the only CAC-approved example.

    Heritage Commentary: The 1908-D is certainly not a scarce issue in lower grades, as 3.28 million pieces were struck. Even at the Gem level it is relatively available, with a couple of dozen pieces certified at that level. However, apparently no other 1908-D halves were preserved as well as this remarkable coin.

    Provenance: FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2005), lot 4250.(Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 24N5, PCGS# 6513)

    Weight: 12.50 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2014
    27th Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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