David Akers: This is one of the most famous and well known issues of the series due, in large part, to the rarity and popularity of the Quarter of the same date and mint. However, this issue is sufficiently rare to stand entirely on its own merit, and ironically, it is even more rare in Gem condition than the Quarter. Like the 1901-O..., to which it compares very favorably in terms of overall rarity, the 1901-S Half Dollar is probably solidly in the top ten or so issues of the series in terms of both population rarity and condition rarity. Gems are exceptionally difficult to find (the Eliasberg coin and the Emery-Nichols example being the most notable exceptions), and even Choice and Very Choice Uncirculated examples must be considered to be very rare.
San Francisco Mint - S. Benton Emery - Walter P. Nichols - Bowers & Merena 11/1984:821 - David Akers 1/2004 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3202, $86,250 - Greensboro Collection, Part V - Heritage 8/2015:4084, $51,700
John C. Hugon Collection - Heritage 1/2005:4228, $34,500 - Heritage 7/2009:1135, $54,625 - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11461, $34,500 - Joseph O'Connor, sold privately in 8/2012 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30559 , $30,550
David Lawrence Rare Coins - Dr. & Mrs. Peter K. Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5401, $18,800 - “Perfection 9” Collection