David Akers (1975/88): The 1893 is a moderately scarce date, certainly much more scarce than most of the Philadelphia Mint Liberty Heads that follow. (The 1898, 1902, 1905 and 1906 are really the only exceptions.) A large percentage of the known examples of this date are uncirculated but, of course, EF and AU specimens are also known. Most of the uncs are heavily bagmarked MS-60 coins and so choice and gem quality pieces, especially the latter, are seldom encountered. This is yet another date that used to be rare in Unc. until substantial quantities were discovered in Europe in the 1960's.
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