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Sale 81

The Pre-Long Beach Sale


Barber Half Dollars
 
 
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Lot 896
1892. PCGS graded MS-64. CAC Approved. In an old green label PCGS holder. Bright and frosty with a light hint of natural tone. The strike on this issue is nearly always very sharp at least so far as the Philadelphia Mint dates are concerned, and the present MS64 is no exception. A sparkling specimen with snowy surfaces and a commanding presence. First year of issue (PCGS # 6461) .
Estimated Value $1,800 - 1,900.
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Lot 897
1893. PCGS graded Proof 65 Cameo PQ. CAC Approved. A fully white gem. Only 792 minted. A splendid brilliant and flashy Gem Proof with forceful luster, a confident strike, rolling mirror fields, and eye appeal that just won't relinquish your attention! On the Quarter and Half Dollar coins introduced in 1892, a heraldic eagle, similar to that featured on the Great Seal of the United States, is the central design element for the reverse. As on the Great Seal, the eagle carries a banner in its beak reading "E PLURIBUS UNUM". A field of 13 stars (the same number as on the obverse, representing the 13 original American colonies) appears above the eagle, while at the top edge, "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" is inscribed, denomination below. Pop 19; 25 finer (PCGS # 86540) .
Estimated Value $2,500 - 2,700.
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$3,525
Lot 898
1897. PCGS graded Proof 66 Cameo. CAC Approved. Only 731 minted. A Gem Cameo Proof. Baking bright white luster whose beauty and sparkle is complemented by cameo frosted surfaces on the main design and legends. A super-sharp impression is seen on Liberty's hair, leaves and cap on the obverse, with similar keen-edge detail throughout the heraldic eagle. Plain to see, the dies were spaced perfectly, and imparted strong metal flow in all areas.

The basic obverse design of the Barber silver coinage consists of a Liberty head with a cap and wreath. This figure was inspired both by classical Greek and Roman models and by the designs of various 19th-century French coins. The word "LIBERTY" appears on the headband in incuse letters. The Liberty head is flanked by six stars on the left and seven on the right, and the motto "IN GOD WE TRUST" appears above it. The date is centered below the figure. Designer Charles E. Barber (1840-1917), succeeded his father William Barber as chief engraver at the Philadelphia Mint when the father died in August 1879. Charles Barber, according to his Wikipedia entry, "had a long and fruitful career in coinage, designing most of the coins used at the mint during his time as Chief Engraver. Barber did full coin designs and also reverse designs." Pop 8; 11 finer, 3 in 66+, 5 in 67, 3 in 68 (PCGS # 86544) .
Estimated Value $3,800 - 4,000.
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$4,406
Lot 899
1898. PCGS graded Proof 65 Cameo+ PQ. CAC Approved. Fully white and quite outstanding. Only 735 minted. A satiny frosted cameo with energetic mirror luster in the fields bright without toning. The coin is so fresh looking that seems to want to motivate bidders to increase their bids as though by subtle means! Probably a good commercial strikes are not as carefully struck as this handsome Proof, which made the Proofs so popular with collectors in that era; no suggestion or even a whisper of weakness at the high points. Pop 2; 18 finer (PCGS # 86545) .
Estimated Value $4,000 - 4,400.
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Lot 900
1898-O. NGC graded MS-65. Normal soft strike in the center. This is a mid-Condition Census example of the '98-O issue, low NGC census (see below). Most collectors recognize the O-mint issues from the 1890s as classic rarities in Gem condition. The 1898-O, however, is a year sometimes lost from view due to the louder proclamations given to 1896-O and 1897-O; and yet, this issue is every bit as rare, especially in top condition. The mint struck 874,000 1898-O Half Dollars. This is one of the rare instances when bidders will get a shot at owning a Gem MS65 example of the issue.

A lovely specimen, it has splendid ivory white luster throughout overlaid by natural toning. The surfaces are exceptional with intense frosty appearance. Only the slightest of surface marks prevent a higher grade. Typical of most Barber Half Dollars from the New Orleans Mint, the design features exhibit slight weakness. A classic and memorable example of this date. Pop 9; 3 finer, 2 in 66, 1 in 67.
Estimated Value $6,000 - 6,500.
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Lot 901
1899-S. PCGS graded AU Details, Cleaning. (PCGS # 6485) .
Estimated Value $120 - 130.
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$282
Lot 902
1900. PCGS graded Proof 65 Cameo PQ. CAC Approved. A nice Cameo Proof. Only 912 minted. Well detailed for this desirable turn-of-the-century P-mint Barber Half Dollar Proof, a low mintage year as were most Proofs from 1892-1915 in the Barber series. A coin with beautiful frosted highlights that adds considerably to the contrast and visual aspect of the nearly pristine mirror surface, truly a first-rate Gem Proof. Pop 15; 27 finer (PCGS # 86547) .
Estimated Value $2,700 - 2,800.
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Lot 903
1905. PCGS graded Proof 63. Nicely toned with some minor obverse hairlines. Only 727 struck (PCGS # 6552) .
Estimated Value $950 - 1,000.
Ex Stack's Empire Collection, Nov. 1957; Ex Teich Family Collection.

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$1,087
Lot 904
1909-O. PCGS graded MS-65. Fully brilliant. A lovely, frosty-white Gem, there are no heavy bagmarks on either side and only very slight indications of bag contact on Liberty's cheek, well within the tight confines of the MS65 grading standard. Strictly original; one of the more attractive examples seen of this final New Orleans Mint Barber coin. One would be hard put to find a more truly attractive gem specimen of a popular issue. Pop 11; 4 finer, 3 in 66, 1 in 67. (PCGS # 6517) .
Estimated Value $3,800 - 4,000.
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Lot 905
1911. PCGS graded Proof 65 PQ. Only 543 minted. Lovely rich rainbow colors. Green, blue, and gold. Full mirror luster underneath this colorful toning on a well presented and fully original-toned example. Elusive as a Gem Proof and better. Soft-edged devices and lettering throughout the centers are rarely seen on this Barber series, but even so, a small percentage of this year's production is found with even more convincing detail to be called "extra bold" and this is one such Barber Half Dollar! Pop 30; 27 finer. (PCGS # 6558) .
Estimated Value $3,000-UP.
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$3,643
Lot 906
1911. PCGS graded Proof 64 Cameo PQ. CAC Approved. A beautiful silvery white coin whose cameo frosted devices are nicely offset by the swirling mirror. Choice, in fact, very choice and on the cusp of Gem quality, with a bold strike on either side. Only 543 minted. Pop 18; 38 finer (PCGS # 86558) .
Estimated Value $1,800 - 1,900.
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Lot 907
1913. NGC graded Proof 64. A blast white beauty. This lustrous example displays shimmering blast of mirror radiance. According to our close examination, this piece also shows extra bold detail on all relief portions. Choice throughout. Only 627 minted. Pop 43; 70 finer.
Estimated Value $1,600 - 1,700.
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Lot 908
1915-D. PCGS graded MS-65. Mostly untoned. Milky white surfaces swirl with luster under the delicate patina, while a meticulous strike occurs on every device, including the key areas of the hair, eagles plumage, legends and stars. Final year of this classic and well-balanced Charles E. Barber design. The Walking Liberty design by A.A. Weinman replaced it beginning in 1916. Pop 58; 17 finer, 16 in 66, 1 in 66+ (PCGS # 6533) .
Estimated Value $2,300 - 2,400.
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Lot 909
  A pair of ICG graded 1914 Barber Halves. Coins were graded VG-8 and VG-10. Low mintage date: 124,230 pieces. Lot of 2 coins.
Estimated Value $200 - 225.
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$235






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