Laibstain. Hugon coin. Tied for the finest known with the Duckor coin. Barber halves in grade MS 67+ and above are really uncommon. This coin truly deserves its grade and is a masterpiece. What a wonderful and beautiful original coin with amazing toning and sharp strike. When the set was first being assembled, the mint marked issues of 1906 were elusive to us, even in MS 63 and MS 64. Eventually we were able to find nice examples, and some of the difficulty finding the coins from 1906 certainly could be considered random, but the 1906-D, O, and S coins still hold a special place in our collection for the difficulty they gave us in finding the right examples.
David Akers: In my opinion, this is a very underrated issue, one that is more rare, especially in Gem condition, than the 1905-O which had a mintage of only a little more than one fifth as great. It is also very nearly in the same rarity category with respect to Gem condition as most of the more publicized, and generally more highly regarded, O Mint issues from 1892-1904.
New Orleans Mint - S. Benton Emery - Walter P. Nichols - Bowers & Merena 11/1984:835 - Dr. Thaine B. Price - David Akers 5/1998:168 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3217, $46,000
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