Heritage. One of our earlier purchases (1996), this is a vibrant and lustrous coin with smooth surfaces. There are surprisingly few coins in MS 66 with only 2-3 finer. This exact coin holds a special place in our collection, being the first coin to be MS 65 or better (our first gem), reaching that status many years ago when the set had only about 40 coins out of the 74 (counting the 1892-O micro O variety), and most were MS 63 and 64. This is a common Barber Half in grades of less than MS 65, and at one time was quite tough in MS 65, but over the years many have become graded in gem, and a few better.
David Akers: As a date, the 1909 is one of the most common issues in the entire series and Uncirculated examples are not at all difficult to locate. Even Gems appear with some regularity, at least in comparison to most other issues of the series.
Bowers & Merena 11/1994:2262 - David Akers 11/1995 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3227, $9,775