Laibstain. Very nice coin with colorful toning over beautiful smooth surfaces and underlying luster. Tied with eight other coins as second finest known grades. The second year of issue and far less commonly saved in mint state than the 1892 issues. This date typically comes well-struck. Surprisingly, there are nine examples tied at MS 66 , with a recently certified MS 67 as the finest known. Although there is no standard rule for dividing up the set, I find it useful to take the 24 years the coins were minted and to divide that into three equal parts, thus considering the coins from 1892-1899 to be the early years, from 1900-1907 to be middle years, and 1908-1915 to be the late years. Each of these groups seems to have some interesting characteristics regarding such features as survival rates, toning, and historical perspectives. There is a minor variety described of the 1893 with a triple die reverse, but as of August, 2013, none have been graded by PCGS. From what I can tell, the coin in our set is not this variety.
David Akers: Although generally considered to be a common date, the 1893 is actually quite rare in grades above Choice Uncirculated and it is very rare in Gem condition.
David Akers 2/1993 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3176, $8,625
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