1902-O 50C MS66

CERTIFICATION#: 19806519
PCGS#: 6493

Owner's Comments

Laibstain. Price coin. A very top-notch incredible example of an extremely tough date in the series. Beautiful original toning complements the striking, and very few marks are noted. Very likey the Emery-Nichols specimen. Akers indicated to us that this coin was held by him for many years before he sold it to Dr. Thaine Price; Akers attended the Emery-Nichols auction (among many others) and bought many of the pristine Barber Halves from that sale. He held many of them until he helped Dr. Thaine Price, then Dr. Steve Duckor build magnificent Barber half sets. Thus, all the factors, including the time-frame would fit well with this coin coming from Emery-Nichols. A very tough middle date coin from New Orleans that is one of the most notoriously poorly struck as a rule, along with the 00-O and 01-O. We have seen some 1902-O's that were horribly struck; if one was looking to find a poorly struck mint state Barber half, one would do well to search among examples of the 02-O. This one is certainly not completely struck but is quite strong for an 02-O. There are some MS 64 coins that are very strongly struck, but lack in other attributes, thus those examples making MS 65 and better are few and far between. Tied for finest known.

Expert Comments

David Akers: The 1902-O Barber Half Dollar is one of the major rarities in the series, certainly ranking in the top 20% of the 74 issues in terms of both overall mint state rarity and Gem mint state rarity. The relatively few Uncirculated specimens that seem to be around of this issue are invariably poorly struck..., and are typically rather lackluster as well. A fully struck 1902-O may not even exist, at least I have never see or heard of one...

Diameter: 30.00 millimeters Designer: Charles E. Barber Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 2,526,000 Weight: 12.50 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
2
19
1
3
17
4
20
3
45+
355
50+
475
53+
575
55+
675
58+
800
61
1,100
1
62+
1,850
63+
3,300
64+
5,500
65+
11,000

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 120 R-7.8 4 / 74 TIE 4 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 25 R-9.0 5 / 74 TIE 5 / 74 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PCGS MS66   David Akers - Dr. Thaine Price - Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter Shireman
1 PCGS MS66   Harry Laibstain - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3889, $16,100
1 PCGS MS66 David Akers 6/1992 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3204, $19,550
4 MS66 estimated grade   Heritage 1/1998:6940, $10,500 - John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4230, $16,100
5 PCGS MS65   Heritage 7/2008:604, $6,900 - Heritage 3/2009:2138, $7,475