Ron Guth: How have David Akers' comments (see below) on this variety withstood the test of time? Pretty well, actually. He was right that this date is "not particularly difficult to locate in MS-63 and lower grades and even in MS-64" (the most common certified Mint State grade is actually MS-62). Akers wrote, "In MS-65 and better condition, however, the 1909/8 is very rare and almost never available." Again, he is right; PCGS has certified only 16 MS-65, 4 MS-66, and no finer examples (as of April 2011). PCGS differs from Mr. Akers only in regard to MS-67 examples; Akers claims to have seen "at least three superb (MS-67) quality pieces," where PCGS has certified none. However, Akers may be right...it may be that none of the 67's have made it to PCGS yet. Finally, Akers referred to "a few hundred pieces ...found in Europe"; these may be the source of many of the MS-62 and MS-63 examples known today.
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