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    1909-S Half Eagle, MS66+
    The Finest at Auction in Nearly a Decade
    A High Condition Census Example

    1909-S $5 MS66+ PCGS. Ex: Norweb-Simpson. The 1909-S is a better date in Uncirculated condition, and above MS62 it is among the most challenging Indian half eagles to acquire. Select Mint State pieces are decidedly scarce, and Choice coins are seen similarly infrequently. Only a handful of coins are known in MS65 or finer condition. The Condition Census is composed of four MS65s, three MS66s, and a sole MS67, PCGS and NGC populations combined. However, this trivial survivorship likely includes at least one or two duplications. It has been nearly a decade since an MS65 or MS66 coin last appeared at auction. The lone Superb Gem coin -- PCGS certified, Ex: Brand, Duckor -- has not been seen at auction since Superior's March 2000 ANA National Money Show sale.

    A 1909-S half eagle in MS65 or better condition is the epitome of conditional rarity. We last handled an MS65 coin in our August 2001 Atlanta Signature, and only one other coin in that grade has appeared in any auction house's sales since then. We have previously handled only two MS66 pieces, one in the 2002 FUN Signature, and the other -- Ex: O'Neal -- in the 2011 FUN Signature. The latter piece realized $103,500, which is the auction record for a 1909-S half eagle. The Simpson coin is poised to shatter that record.

    Razor-sharp design elements perfectly complement luminous mint luster, cast in lovely shades of orange-gold and pale rose hues. The preservation is incredibly superb, to the point that there are few surface characteristics that can serve as pedigree markers. Eye appeal is outstanding. Registry collectors have been waiting nearly a decade for a chance to acquire a 1909-S half eagle of this caliber. This is their chance. Population: 2 in 66, 1 finer (5/20).(Registry values: N10218)

    Coin Index Numbers: (NGC ID# 25ZL, PCGS# 8516)

    Weight: 8.36 grams

    Metal: 90% Gold, 10% Copper

    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    This lot is in: 1 - Signature® Bob R. Simpson Collection, Part 2 Floor Session (Live Floor, Live Phone, Mail, Fax, Internet, and Heritage Live):
    (Lots 3001-3279) - 6:00 PM Central Time, Thursday, November 19, 2020.
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