Laibstain. Hugon. An amazing original gem with nice toning, great strike, and wonderful luster. Only one finer coin known. The Hugon collection was put together with the help of a great dealer, Larry Shepherd, formerly the executive director of the ANA. Coins placed in the Hugon set were all high-graded and high-end coins and he collected the mint state and proof coins of Barber Dimes, Quarters, and Halves. The auction brought amazing prices for many of these top-tier coins and we were fortunate to obtain some directly from the auction and also added to them later when additional coins were available. This 1895 coin is very pretty with some green color in the toning and is an outstanding example.
David Akers: This issue is definitely not the common date it is generally thought to be, and in full Gem condition...it is surprisingly rare. Most great Barber Half Dollar collections of the past (cf. Norweb, Emery-Nichols, Eliasberg) contained proofs, not mint state business strikes, of the P Mint issue since the Proofs were always considered "better" and thus more desirable than the Uncirculated pieces to old-time collectors.
Dr. Thaine B. Price - David Akers 5/1998:133 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3182, $12,650
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