Laibstain. A moderately toned and beautiful coin with good strike. In David Lawrence's original book on barber halves, this date was thought to be exceedingly difficult, but a number of higher-end gems have come to light and include MS 68 examples.
David Akers: The 1905-O is one of the lowest mintage issues in the series; in fact, among all of the branch mint Barber Half Dollar issues, only the 1892-O had a lower mintage. Fortunately, a few extraordinary specimens have been saved; the 1905-O in the Eliasberg sale was nearly perfect, for example, and the Dr. Robert Wynsen specimen is also of exceptional quality. Most 1905-O Half Dollars, even those that might otherwise technically qualify as Gems, are poorly struck, often with mumps, and generally have substandard luster.
Paramount "Auction '86" 7/1986:1697 - David Akers 6/1992 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3213, $63,250
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