David Akers: It has been written elsewhere that the 1903-O Half Dollar is generally poorly struck. However, I must say that in many years of studying Barber Half Dollars and making copious notes on them..., weak striking on the 1903-O Half Dollars is not nearly as commonplace as it is on some other O Mint issues like the 1898-O, 1900-O, 1901-O and 1902-O, for example, as well as the 1904-O and 1905-O. Compared to those issues, the 1903-O is by far the most often well struck. To be sure, some examples are a little weakly struck, but one almost never sees the flat strike on a 1903-O that the other issues typically have, and very sharp ones, like [the Price] specimen and the Eliasberg coin, are seen just as often as weakly struck ones. This issue is more available than the rarities of 1898-O, 1900-O, 1901-O, 1902-O and 1904-O, which are some of the premier issues in the series. However, it is still a rare issue in grades better than Choice Uncirculated, and relatively few exist in Gem condition. At the superb level..., the 1903-O is exceedingly rare.
Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 11/1988:3630 - Dr. Thaine B. Price - David Akers 5/1998:158 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3207, $46,000
Heritage 8/2007:1695, $16,100 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98528, $9,987.50
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