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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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