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    Engaging 1909-O Half Dollar, MS66
    Only One Finer PCGS Example

    1909-O 50C MS66 PCGS Secure. Ex: Duckor/Emery-Nichols. The obverse is cracked through the bust tip, with a continuation across the truncation to the back of the neck. No other obverse cracks are evident, but the die shows extensive erosion from long use. Minor die bulging on Liberty's neck extends upward across the draw, giving rise to the "Mumps" nickname. The reverse is similarly eroded, with no die cracks visible. The mintmark is upright, minutely right of center, and close to the eagle's tail feathers. The strike is above-average but falls short of full, especially at the obverse center. Both sides have satiny silver luster beneath champagne toning, with peripheral reddish-gold, sea-green, and iridescent toning. A single small mark on Liberty's cheek is the only blemish of any consequence on this Premium Gem.
    Following the production of 3,958,600 coins in 1909, with a total face value of $1,040,400, the New Orleans Mint was closed for good. The building then served several years as an Assay Office. In later years the building served the Veterans Bureau from 1927 to 1930 and as a federal prison from 1932 to 1943, confining offenders of the national Prohibition laws. The building was then used as a U.S. Coast Guard reception center, and for Coast Guard storage after that. The building was transferred to the State of Louisiana in 1966.
    Today, following repairs in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans Mint houses the Louisiana State Museum and Historical Center, along with a world famous jazz exhibit and numismatic displays. Population (6/10): MS66 (2); MS66+ (0); MS67 (1).
    Ex: The Emery and Nichols Collections (Bowers and Merena, 11/1984), lot 847; Dr. Thaine B. Price (David Akers, 5/1998), lot 179.
    From The Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Barber Half Dollar Collection.
    (Registry values: N4719)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 24N9, PCGS# 6517)

    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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