1894-O 50C MS66+

CERTIFICATION#: 19806495
PCGS#: 6469

Owner's Comments

Laibstain. Hugon coin. A very special coin. One of my favorites with cameo-type contrast and unbelievable peripheral toning. Our previous example had been a very nice MS 65 that seemed like the best we would obtain. Then along came the Hugon Collection with many great coins in his set. This 1894-O is a masterpiece. Not one in 1000 mint state coins looks like this. Wish they all were this gorgeous. Strikes can vary for this date, but strong strikes are out there. Higher grade examples exist, but it would be hard for me to replace this coin with any other. There is a coin of this issue listed as MS 68 and it may be the one formerly in the Pryor collection with intense proof-like surfaces. The Pryor coin has not been on the market to our knowledge since it sold in 1996.

Expert Comments

David Akers: The 1894-O is not only a low mintage issue by any means, but mint state examples are definitely scarce. In Gem condition, this issue is very rare...

Diameter: 30.00 millimeters Designer: Charles E. Barber Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 2,138,000 Weight: 12.50 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
1
25
1
2
20
3
22
1
4
28
4
6
33
3
20
195
16
45+
405
50+
485
53+
530
1
55+
625
58+
975
61
1,050
7
62+
925
63+
1,250
64+
2,250
65+
8,500
66+
23,500
1
67+
44,000
68
60,000
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 1,250 R-4.9 4 / 74 TIE 4 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 250 R-6.6 28 / 74 TIE 28 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 40 R-8.7 16 / 74 TIE 16 / 74 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade

S.H. & H. Chapman "George Eavenson Collection" 4/1903:610 - S. Benton Emery - Walter P. Nichols - Bowers & Merena 11/1984:801 - Dr. Thaine Price - David Akers 5/1998:131 - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3870, $43,125 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3180, $32,200

2 MS67 PCGS grade  
4 MS67 estimated grade  
5 MS66 PCGS grade John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4206, $20,700 - Dr. Peter Shireman