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PCGS No: 5655


Circulation strikes: 712,000
Proofs: 0

Designer: Charles E. Barber

Diameter: 24.3 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 6.25 grams

Edge: Reeded

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

Recent appearances:
Very Fine.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 799, not plated, sold for $287.50

"Last year for the New Orleans Mint.

1909-O is truly a scarce coin. In AU grades it rivals the 1901-S for rarity! In low mint state grades (MS 60-63) demand greatly exceeds supply. It doesn't help that this is one of the poorest struck issues. Detail will be lacking above Liberty's forehead and, on the reverse, on the right side of the shield down to the eagle's claw. The low mintage of this date fuels the demand. It is also very scarce in all circulated grades."1

The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-66's.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

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