1909-O 50C MS67

CERTIFICATION#: 19806543
PCGS#: 6517

Owner's Comments

Laibstain. Hugon coin. Very nice coin with sharp strike and original color, a prize coin from the Hugon sale. Often the coins minted in New Orleans were weakly struck, but this coin is certainly an a pleasant exception to the rule 1909, has significance in being the last Barber Half issued from the New Orleans mint, as that was the last year New Orleans minted coins. In the Barber Half series, New Orleans struck coins each year from the outset in 1892 until 1909. This coin is the finest known example and one of my favorites. We would love to know the provence on this outstanding coin. Coins such as this one may well have come from famous old collections like Emery-Nichols or Norweb or James Stack. Whatever its past pedigree, it has survived over 100 years with pristine surfaces and a lot of character.

Expert Comments

David Akers: The 1909-O Barber Half Dollar had a low mintage of less than 1,000,000 pieces, and it represents the final year from this historic southern mint. In mint state condition, all grades considered, the 1909-O is only scarce and not rare. This means that in grades below Gem condition, it can be obtained with only a moderate amount of difficulty. However, strictly graded Gems...are very rare, and those that are well struck and have excellent luster and eye appeaal are even more rare since they constitute only a very small fraction of the available mint state specimens. This issue is considerably more rare than either of the two immediately preceding O Mint issues, i.e. the 1907-O and 1908-O, but, of course, it is not nearly as rare as any of the O Mint issue prior to 1907.

Diameter: 30.00 millimeters Designer: Charles E. Barber Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 925,400 Weight: 12.50 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
2
19
3
18
6
28
3
45+
500
50+
675
53+
750
55+
900
58+
1,450
60
1,500
61
1,600
2
62+
1,850
63+
2,500
64+
3,300
1
65+
5,900
66+
13,500
67
22,500
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 1,750 R-4.7 15 / 74 TIE 15 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 200 R-7.0 12 / 74 TIE 12 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 40 R-8.7 16 / 74 TIE 16 / 74 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade   John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4254, $23,000 - Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter Shireman
2 MS66 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena "Emery & Nichols Collections" 11/1984:847 - Dr. Thaine B. Price - David Akers 5/1998:179 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3228, $9,775

2 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:2955, $4,312.50
4 MS65 PCGS grade Heritage 8/2007:882, $4,887.50 - Heritage 7/2009:1662, $3,220