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    1904 Barber Half Dollar, PR68
    Beautifully Toned Example
    Tied for Finest Known

    1904 50C PR68 NGC. CAC. From a sheer visual aspect, this may be one of the most impressive proof Barber halves we have seen. The fields are exceptionally bright, the result of vigorous die polishing, resulting in a bright background for the toning present. This piece looks as if a smaller-denomination coin lay on top of it, but somewhat off-center. The left side of the obverse is brilliant, surrounded by a wide arc of deep rose, followed by another wider arc of cobalt-blue. The reverse is similar but lacks the absolute brilliance on the left side. Strong magnification will be required to see what separates this coin from an even higher grade.

    Population Data (7/14): Surprisingly, there are two other pieces certified as PR68 at NGC. None have been so graded at PCGS, and none are finer at either service.

    Heritage Commentary: The Mint's experiment with the no-contrast method of proofing was short-lived and only partially successful. Most of the proofs produced during this period show little or no contrast; but many, such as this piece and the 1904 quarter from the same partial proof set, display moderate contrast on the reverse.

    Provenance: Purchased as part of a five-piece 1904 proof set from Bill Nagle (9/2011).(Registry values: N4719) (NGC ID# 24P8, PCGS# 6551)

    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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