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    Attractive 1909 Half Dollar, MS66+
    One of Two Finest at PCGS

    1909 50C MS66+ PCGS Secure. CAC. Ex: Duckor/Akers. Like so many others, the obverse has a short die crack at the bust tip with a continuation across the truncation. Otherwise both dies are perfect, without cracks, clash marks, or any other problems, although some apparently Mint-made defects are evident within the vertical shield stripes. A few other tiny marks are evident on each side. The surfaces are highly lustrous, with mostly light silver brilliance and accents of pale gold toning.
    The Duckor specimen is from the November 1994 Bowers and Merena sale, where it was described as: "Well struck for the issue, sharp in all areas of the design. Frosty, satiny surfaces display strong cartwheel luster and a hint of champagne toning. A most satisfactory gem."
    Among P-mint Barber half dollars, the 1909 is one of the more plentiful issues, even in Gem or Premium Gem grades. This example is the seventh different MS66 to appear in our auctions since 1993. While many old-time collections had a proof 1909 half dollar, the modern collecting emphasis is on Mint State coins, or better yet, both. A study of our auction archives and other sources indicates that about 10 to 12 MS66 examples of the 1909 Barber half dollar exist today, including coins at PCGS and NGC. Population (6/10): MS66 (8); MS66+ (2).
    Ex: Bowers and Merena (11/1994), lot 2262; David Akers (11/7/1995).
    From The Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Barber Half Dollar Collection.
    (Registry values: N2998)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 24N8, PCGS# 6516)

    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
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
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