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    1899 Half Dollar, PR69
    Virtually a Perfect Proof

    1899 50C PR69 NGC. CAC. Both sides of this essentially perfect Superb Gem proof 1899 Barber half dollar exhibit a full strike. The fields are deeply mirrored, forming crisp junctions with the devices. Much of the lower obverse is brilliant silver, contrasting against vivid gold, delicate lilac, and sky-blue toning. Most of the reverse is gold-toned, accented with lovely violet and cobalt-blue near the borders. This piece is certified in one of the popular NGC no-line fatty holders.

    Population Data (7/14): For the entire Barber half dollar series, NGC has certified two examples in PR69 (the present 1899 and one 1911), two others in PR69 Cameo (1895 and 1901), and one in PR69 Ultra Cameo (1897).

    The five finest examples that PCGS has seen are graded PR68, including one PR68, three PR68 Cameo, and one PR68 Deep Cameo. They have never examined a PR69 of this issue. In fact, PCGS has never graded a PR69 Barber half dollar of any date. The CAC approval here is cake icing, but it's nice to have.

    Heritage Commentary: This example was the only PR69 1899 Barber half dollar graded when it was offered in 1998, and now, 16 years later, it is still the only PR69. In fact, it was graded PR69 in 1992, according to the Bowers and Merena catalog. Also mentioned in that catalog was the opinion of well-known numismatist Scott Travers, who considers this coin to be a perfect PR70.

    Provenance: Obtained directly from the Philadelphia Mint in 1899 by John Story Jenks; Jenks Collection (Henry Chapman, 12/1921); later, Craig M. Morgan, M.D. Collection (Bowers and Merena, 11/1998), lot 218. (Registry values: N7079) (NGC ID# 6C4V, PCGS# 6546)

    Weight: 12.50 grams

    Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper


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

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2014
    27th Monday
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