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    Enchanting 1908-S Half, MS66
    Tied for Third Finest at PCGS

    1908-S 50C MS66 PCGS Secure. Ex: Duckor/Akers. A faint trace of the usual bust tip die crack is visible on this Premium Gem. The reverse die is perfect. The S mintmark is centered below the eagle's tail and upright. Minute evidence of a doubled mintmark appears on this piece, but nearly identical doubling on the DO in DOLLAR suggests a slight double strike rather than a repunched mintmark. The strike is noticeably inadequate at the centers, with horizontal rolling lines visible across Liberty's cheek perhaps causing the design weakness. Both sides of this amazing Premium Gem have frosty mint luster, with ivory surfaces and gorgeous golden toning.
    This is only the third time that we have offered an MS66 PCGS example. The others are the Hugon coin that we sold in January 2005, now residing in the Shireman Collection, and the Friend coin that we sold in January 2009. The 1908-S ranks among the most underrated issues in the entire series. The cataloger has a formula that ranks this piece seventh on the list of underrated Barber half dollar issues in all Mint State grades. PCGS has graded just 14 of these coins in MS65 and finer, compared to 15 examples of the highly touted 1907-S. Compare these population numbers to current market values for an understanding. Population (6/10): MS66 (3); MS66+ (0); MS67 (2).
    Ex: David Akers (6/15/1992).
    From The Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Barber Half Dollar Collection.
    (Registry values: N4719)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 24N7, PCGS# 6515)

    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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