By James McCartney, Numismatist & Cataloger – Stack’s Bowers ……
Among the many significant highlights featured in Stack’s Bowers December 2017 Collectors Choice Online Auction is a beautiful MS-63 (PCGS) 1902-O Barber half dollar offered in lot 91218. This beautiful Choice Mint State example is mostly brilliant, with just a subtle dusting of apricot patina around the obverse border. Frosty luster blankets each side, and the fields are particularly satiny and smooth. Thin die breaks connect the peripheral design elements on the obverse, adding to the appeal of this attractive and desirable half dollar from the turn of the 20th century.
The 1902-O Barber half dollar is a semi-key date in the series and is a considerable condition rarity in Uncirculated grades. Though 2.5 million half dollars were struck in New Orleans, this amounted to just about half of the quantity struck in Philadelphia the same year. Most of these coins saw heavy circulation upon their release and are typically encountered in Extremely Fine and lower condition. Mint State examples are extremely scarce, with perhaps as few as 125 examples remaining in Uncirculated grades. The present MS-63 (PCGS) specimen ranks near the finer end of this limited census, with just 14 coins tied at the current grade and only 33 pieces listed finer on the PCGS Population Report.
Strong eye appeal and exceptional technical merit combine in this desirable example, and specialists in the Barber series will recognize this significant opportunity!
This delightful New Orleans specimen will be featured in lot 91218 our December 2017 Collectors Choice Online Auction alongside other rarities–including an 1868 Liberty Seated quarter graded MS-66+ (PCGS) CAC in lot 91172. The auction is available for viewing and bidding at www.StacksBowers.com. Also, download our mobile app to participate via your Android or Apple device. Call 1-800-566-2580 or e-mail [email protected] for more information or to consign your collection to one of our future events!
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The December Collectors Choice Sale
Our December Collectors Choice sale is now online! Check out StacksBowers.com to view 700 lots of U.S. Coins and Currency. As a special holiday promotion we are offering you FREE SHIPPING within the United States on all orders totaling $250 or more before shipping or taxes. This offer only applies to our December 2017 Collectors Choice Sale.
The auction features nearly $700,000 of material and over 70% of the sale is unreserved! The auction closes live with an auctioneer on our website or mobile App on December 13, beginning with our U.S. Currency Session at 9 AM PDT, followed by our U.S. Coin Session at 11 AM PDT.
We hope you take advantage of this special offer by participating in our last auction of 2017. Thank you to all who have consigned and bid with us throughout the year. We look forward to an exciting 2018 auction season.