CAC. Laibstain. Eliasberg coin from Clapp Estate. This coin is nearly white, decently struck for an 01-O and has nice fields and smooth surfaces. It is a very tough date in all grades of EF 40 and up with less than 10 examples in each listed grade all the way up to the finest coins in MS 67. At MS 65+ we have a coin that is only bettered by three others. The pedigree tells us the coin was collected from the Mint by the Clapp family, later sold to Eliasberg, and shortly after the Eliasberg auction, purchased by us. A very key coin to this set in almost any grade over F12, and a highly desirable and choice gem specimen in this mint state collection. This coin provides an excellent example that fits in this set beautifully.
David Akers: The 1901-O Barber Half Dollar is one of the premier issues in the Barber Half Dollar series and, in fact, there are some experts who have expressed their opinion that it may well be the rarest in the entire series after the Micro O variety of 1892. Personally, I feel there are some other issues in the series that are more rare, but it is undoubtedly the case that the 1901-O is solidly in the top ten issues of the series with respect to both population rarity and condition rarity.
Stack's 5/1961:1196 - Stack's 1/1991:1196 - David Akers, sold privately on 2/2/1994 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Barber Half Dollar Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3201, $63,250 - Greensboro Collection, Part VI - Heritage 10/2015:3292, $64,625