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    Top-Notch 1912 Barber Half Dollar, MS66+
    The Single Finest PCGS Example
    An Extraordinary Condition Rarity

    1912 50C MS66+ PCGS Secure. CAC. Ex: Duckor. A faint die crack from the bust tip passes through star 13 to the border on an otherwise perfect die. The reverse is also perfect, with no cracks or clash marks. This Premium Gem is an exquisite piece, with blue, violet, and gold toning over frosty mint brilliance.
    The 1912 Philadelphia Mint Barber half may be one of the least-recognized condition rarities in the entire series. The date is common enough in circulated and lower Mint State grades that nearly any collector can enjoy owning one. However, in MS65 or finer it is a major rarity. In the Price catalog, David Akers wrote: "This is a very common issue below Gem condition, and it is one of the most common mint state issues of the entire series. However, for some unknown reason, Gems are surprisingly scarce."
    The Duckor specimen is only the second example of this issue that we have offered in MS66 since we established our Permanent Auction Archives in 1993. The previous appearance was an MS66 PCGS example in our March 2001 Exclusively Internet auction. Among current Barber half collections, a single set on the NGC Set Registry has an MS66 example.
    No other MS66 examples have been located in recent auction offerings of any firm. The Price, Hugon, and Friend coins are each MS65. The Queller Family Collection had four different Mint State pieces, with the finest equal to MS65. The Byers, Eliasberg, and Emery-Nichols collections each had proof examples of the 1912 half dollar. Population (6/10): MS66 (1); MS66+ (1). NGC has never certified an example above MS65.
    Ex: David Akers (6/12/2002).
    From The Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Barber Half Dollar Collection.
    (Registry values: N2998) (NGC ID# 24NG, PCGS# 6524)

    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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