Laibstain. Richmond collection sold at auction by David Lawrence Rare Coins. The 1900-O is a very difficult date in MS 64 and finer, and a few have proof-like finishes like the Norweb coin in MS 66 that was in the Duckor collection, and two other MS 64 examples we once owned. One of our most favorite dates. This is a very nice and lustrous clean frosty coin that is better struck than the Norweb coin, but has a satiny luster, not the proof-like features alluded to above. Very few coins are graded MS 65 and higher, tougher in gem grade than the 04-S and the 96-O. Strike can vary from poor to decent and it is generally better to get a better struck coin for a particular grade than a weak strike. Gene Edwards, a dealer very knowledgeable in Barber Halves several decades ago, without benefit of third-party grading, population reports, or the Internet, knew that this date virtually never comes fully struck. With the current technologies and grading, his observations still hold up. Such knowledge took years to accumulate in those days, but now is more easily disseminated with the Internet, third-party grading, Registry Sets with images, and auction archives with images. Remember this when you peruse the Coin Facts site of PCGS; they are providing all of this immensely important information in a very handy format at a low cost. The 1900-O is another tough date to find in nice mid and upper circulated grades.
Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 11/1988:3621 - Dr. Thaine B. Price - David Akers 5/1998:149 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3198, $43,125
John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4224, $13,225 - Southwest Collection - Heritage 2/2008:670, $13,800 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:803, $11,500
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