Laibstain. Nice whiter coin with strong strike, intense luster and clean surfaces. Two top coins are MS 67's from Eliasberg and Price. The Duckor/Price coin has amazing luster, but has roller marks that we find a bit too distracting for our taste.
David Akers: This is one of those Barber Half Dollar issues that has never received the respect it deserves considering its high overall rarity. Perhaps this is due to the fact that it is a high mintage issue, and for many years mintage figures were all that people looked at when trying to determine rarity. However, we have now learned that mintage figures and overall rarity are not always directly related, and often have absolutely nothing to do with one another. The 1905-S Half Dollar is a case in point. The mintage is just under 2,500,000 pieces and yet in any mint state grade the issue is a rare one and Gems are very rare.
Purchased directly from the San Francisco Mint, November 1905 by J. M. Clapp - John H. Clapp - Clapp Estate 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg - Bowers & Merena 5/1997:2105, $23,100 - John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4240, $32,200
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