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