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    First-Rate 1913 Half Dollar, MS66+
    Single Finest PCGS Example
    Low-Mintage P-Mint Issue

    1913 50C MS66+ PCGS Secure. Ex: Duckor/Price. Both sides are perfect except for a faint die crack at the bust tip. This sharply defined Premium Gem has frosty silver luster, with pristine surfaces and full mint brilliance. Traces of mottling are barely visible on each side.
    The 1913 is the first of three consecutive low-mintage Philadelphia Mint issues. In this case, the mintage was a mere 188,000 coins. Survivors are typically found in well-worn grades such as Good or Very Good, or in low-level Mint State grades from MS60 to MS63. Higher-grade circulated coins and high-grade Mint State pieces are conditional rarities.
    When David Akers cataloged this coin for the Price Collection sale, he commented on the mintage and rarity: "This is a moderately rare and very popular issue due to its low mintage of only 188,000 pieces. Business strikes in mint state condition are generally obtainable as long as one does not require a Gem, but Gems are certainly quite rare."
    The Duckor specimen is the fifth MS66 PCGS coin that we have handled in our auctions, representing all but one of the six examples at that grade level. Just two MS66 NGC coins are the best that service has seen. As the lone MS66+ PCGS example, the Duckor coin likely tops the Condition Census. Population (6/10): MS66 (5); MS66+ (1).
    Ex: Dr. Thaine B. Price (David Akers, 5/1998), lot 189.
    From The Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Barber Half Dollar Collection.(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24NK, PCGS# 6527)

    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 Info

    Auction Dates
    August, 2010
    11th-15th Wednesday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
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