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.
Most of the Barber Halves of the 1890s are of similar rarity, at least in terms of the number of certified examples. The 1892 is one big exception where the population is excessively high due to the fact that collectors hoarded the first year of issue. The 1895 is fairly plentiful in Mint State, but most examples grade out at MS63. In MS66 and better grades, this date is very rare, with only a few examples available to collectors.
The luster on 1895 Half Dollars is usually frosty, and most examples show a good to a strong strike.
Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:133, $3,850 - The Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Barber Half Dollar Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3182, $12,650 - Greensboro Collection, Part V - Heritage 8/2015:4073, $8,225
New England Museum - Stack's/Bowers 5/2013:436, $23,500
Bill Nagle, sold privately in 5/2006 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30551, $4,993.75