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Coins Certified as of 5/24

My Coin #19806518

1902 50C MS66+

CERTIFICATION#: 19806518
PCGS#: 6492

Owner's Comments

CAC. Laibstain. 2008 Heritage ANA sale. A lustrous and pretty toned example, dripping with originality. What seems at first to be a coin that would be fairly easy to find in gem, the 1902 is a real sleeper. The population of surviving gems from Philadelphia from 1900-1905 is few, and a perusal of the population reports tells you the real facts. These coins are really rare! Part of this is explained by the fact that many of the contemporary collectors saved proof examples for their Philadelphia examples. This is one of the more recent coins that Harry helped find for us. The coin as a 66+, is the second finest known. You just don't see the middle dates like this one show up very often. Harry's expert eye is very helpful to us in forming this collection.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The 1902 Half Dollar is a common date that is readily available in all grades including Mint State.  Akers' perception of this date as being difficult to locate in true Gem condition is a bit overstated, in light of modern population reports.  In MS65, the 1902 is actually the ninth most populous date, according to the PCGS Population Report.  In MS66, it is no different than many other dates -- yes, it is rare, but no more so than the 1894-S, 1895-S, 1896-S, 1898-O and several others.  MS67 is where this date really shines.  To date, only one PCGS MS67 example has arisen, that being the remarkable coin from the Price and Duckor collections.

David Akers: The 1902 has one of the highest mintage figures in the entire series, just short of 5,000,000 pieces, yet for some reason it is extremely difficult to locate in Gem condition. To be sure, lower grade mint state pieces can be located with a little diligence, but true Gems...are almost non-existent. One would have better luck finding some of the more highly regarded mintmarked issues of the 1890's in Gem condition than one would have of locating a comparable quality 1902 Barber Half Dollar.

Diameter: 30.00 millimeters Designer: Charles E. Barber Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 4,922,000 Weight: 12.50 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 5,000 R-4.0 58 / 74 TIE 58 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 55 / 74 TIE 55 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 50 R-8.5 29 / 74 TIE 29 / 74 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:154, $14,300 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Barber Half Dollar Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3203, $25,300 - Greensboro Collection, Part VI - Heritage 10/2015:3293, $14,100

2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2008:603, $9,775 - Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter and Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:4117, $11,163

3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade   Heritage 6/2005:6340, $5,175
3 MS66 PCGS grade