Country Coins. This is a very tough middle date S-mint coin that comes nice as in this example, but is a very seldom-seen issue The strike on this coin is nearly full and luster is good associated with small bits of toning here and there. This issue is a bit overshadowed by the 1904-S and even somewhat by the 1901-S, but examples are few and far between in MS 64 and up. According to the David Lawrence texts, multiple collectors find the 02-S one of the last coins to fill their collection as they are difficult to locate. This example is tied with five others with two finer known.
David Akers: Not quite as rare as the 1902-O, but still very difficult to obtain better than Choice Uncirculated; in fact, Gems...are definitely very rare.
Stack's 10/1975:396 - James Bennett Pryor Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1996:287 - Dale Friend Collection - Heritage 1/2009:3890, $20,700 - Heritage 4/2013:4289, $25,850 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98556, $18,800
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