Laibstain. A very common date even up through MS 66. Saved as the last date, and in roll quantities. This is a nice lustrous coin and a good example for the date. One of the most common dates encountered in circulated condition, too, and one of the most common found in F and VF. A good choice for a type coin, although 1892 is preferred by many as first year of issue. Such circulated coins could be found as late as the 1960's in circulation, attesting to the longevity of this series in commerce. My grandmother collected coins, mostly from circulation in the 1950's and 1960's and had about a roll of Barber Halves mostly grading AG to G. The challenge with a common date like the 1915-D is to find a really good example for the grade, best luster, strike, and overall eye-appeal.
David Akers: This is one of the most common issues in the series, but it is actually common only in the relative sense as that term applies to Barber Half Dollars. In absolute terms, the 1915-D is uncommon in all mint state grades and very scarce in Gem condition. Many Gems I have seen have not been particularly attractive, however, and so when eye appeal and overall appearance are considered along with technical quality (lack of marks etc.), it is apparent that Gems...are quite rare and very desirable.
Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 11/1988:3665 - Dr. Thaine B. Price - David Akers 5/1998:195 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3244, $6,900
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