Laibstain. Hugon. A beautifully toned superb gem that is well struck and matches the coin described in the Emery-Nichols catalog, and considering the limited number of coins in MS 66 and up, this example most likely is from Emery-Nichols. Unfortunately, most coins sold at the time of the Emery-Nichols Sale have either small black and white photographs in the catalog, or no photographs at all. This makes trying to match such coins very difficult. In putting this set together, a few coins have been traced back to important collections, but with no designation on the holder when first obtained. Obtaining specific pedigree information is great fun and is very rewarding to us. Occasionally one can find an expert like David Akers, David Hall, or others who can remember specific coins and link them back to a specific set or auction, and that can be a tremendous help. Only one 1903-S is graded finer at MS 68.
David Akers: The 1903-S Barber Half Dollar is a very scarce date in any mint state grade, but it can be located with only a moderate amount of difficulty in grades below Gem condition. However, Gems are very rare...
Harold April 12/1965 - James Bennett Pryor - Bowers & Merena 1/1996:290 - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3893, $11,500
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