Labistain. Pryor/Friend. This coin has amazing luster and strike, but does have a few planchet striations, most notable across the cheek. These striations are from worn-out roller fingers that fed the planchets into the striking dies, and can be found especially in coins minted in San Francisco from 1902-1908, and perhaps at other times. The striking of the coin was not enough to "erase" these marks made on the planchets. Still, this is a very tough coin in MS 66 and above, with three tied with this coin and three graded higher. One of the better mid to late dates in the series. This coin is from the James Pryor set of half dollars that was essentially complete from 1794 up through 1963, having all dates and mint marks throughout. The Barber Half selections from this set included some very nice coins, some of which ended up in Dr. Steve Duckor's set, some in Dale Friend's set, and this one in our set. The San Francisco Mint coins collected by Pryor include some very nice coins. There are several other dates from the set such as the 94-O and 98-O that have been off the market since the 1996 auction, and they are likely the finest known of those issues. Their whereabouts are currently not known by us.
David Akers: The 1907-S has sometimes been referred to as a "sleeper" issue or an underrated one in Gem condition. For years, of course, that was true, but in recent times the 1907-S has come to be appreciated for its rarity more than some other issues (for example, the 1908-S...) which are almost as rare as the 1907-S in Gem condition, and yet, according to every standard pricing guide, are worth substantially less. So it may not be really appropriate to continue to describe the 1907-S as underrated, but it is certainly accurate to describe a Gem of this issue as being very rare.
Repunched Mintmark. David Akers 12/1994 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3222, $34,500
Numismatic Enterprises 2/1966 - James Bennett Pryor - Bowers & Merena 1/1996:304 - Dale Friend - Dr. Peter Shireman - Heritage 1/2009:3901, $17,250