Laibstain. The last coin we needed in our set to get all examples in MS 65 or better. The achievement of having the whole set in gem or better was a major milestone with this set. Originally our target was MS 63-64, then we upped the bar to MS 65 or better. Along the way, many coins were bought and sold, a lot was learned, and the most important thing: it was fun! Our example is a blast white coin with great luster and strike. A very common coin in circulated condition, but in MS 65 and up is not so easy to find. One of the dates that makes a good type coin as it is plentiful in most grades from G to MS 64. We replaced our noteworthy MS 65 coin with an MS 66 example that became MS 66+ when the plus grading became available. It is now one of two in its grade with four finer examples graded.
In 1908, the Denver Mint was the second most prolific producer of Half Dollars, though the mintage was not quite as large as that of the previous year. The 1908-D Half Dollar is a common date that can be found readily in MS63 and MS64. There is also an ample supply of MS65's -- about half the population of MS64's. The low end of the PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census includes some MS66's, but the real rarities are in MS67, where only a few have been certified. NGC reports a single MS68 -- that coin set a record price for the date in 2014, but it resold in 2015 for substantially less.
John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4250, $17,250 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98561, $32,900 - Greensboro Collection, Part VI - Heritage 10/2015:3306, $22,325