Laibstain. Hugon coin. Very nice originally toned example, and now the finest known; the coin has the inverted mint mark. This 1909-S Barber Half is simply an incredibly beautiful coin. Sharply struck and this is a date I have always liked. One of my first mint state Barber halves was an 09-S with proof-like features, bought as part of a 20th Century type set in an old Capital Plastic board. When submitted to PCGS it made MS 64 and has been owned by several other collectors, including Glenn Holsonbake. Proof-like barber halves are some of my favorites, but are not very numerous. Proof-like coins generally are some of the first struck off of new dies, the proof-like effect wears off the dies fairly quickly.
James A. Stack - Stack's 3/1975:630 - Queller Family Collection - Stack's 10/2002:814 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3229, $12,650
Heritage 1/1998:6947, $12,075 - John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4255, $20,700 - Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter Shireman
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