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1908-O BARBER HALF DOLLAR

PCGS No: 6514

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 5,360,000
Proofs: 0

Designer: Charles E. Barber

Diameter: 30.6 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 12.5 grams

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "O" (for New Orleans) just below the eagle's tail on the reverse

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6030, illustrated, sold for $2,530.00

MS-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1783, illustrated, sold for $2,760.00

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 222, illustrated, sold for $1,955.00

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 445, illustrated, not sold

Gem Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1070, plated, sold for $1,725.00

Notes:

"1908-D&O have similar overall populations, but they are very different in appearance. 1908-D comes with a decent strike and luster and there are a high number of Gems and superb Gems graded. However 1908-O, which is often softly struck, comes with such nice surfaces and luster that an incredible number of Gems and superb Gems are in the pop reports. (Only 1892-P has more MS 66s graded and no issue has more MS 67s.) Also, "mumps" specimens are not unusual."1

The finest examples graded by PCGS are 10 MS-67's.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, January 2002" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

1. "The Complete Guide To Certified Barber Coinage" by David & John Feigenbaum

 
 

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