Lawrence. Eliasberg coin from Clapp Estate. Very nice original color and decent strike for an O mint. This coin has beautiful coloration and is a very tough date MS 65 and higer, nearly as difficult as the 04-S, but not yet priced in the same leaque. We once owned the Price/Emery-Nichols coin in the same grade, but the toning on the Eliasberg example is prettier, confirmed by my wife and daughter. There are some very nice MS 65 coins that we have seen of this date. We were pleased that when submitted for Secure Plus service, that this coin received a 66+ grade. This specimen is clearly among the top 5 of the issue, and it is very difficult to find an example this nice.
David Akers: In any mint state grade, the 1904-O Barber Half Dollar is a notable rarity, among the very rarest in the entire series, although definitely not as rare as the 1904-S... Relatively few Gems of this issue exist...
New Orleans Mint - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2101, $14,850 - David Lawrence, sold privately - Dr. Peter Shireman Collection
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