David Akers: Among the 74 Barber Half Dollar issues, the 1896-O has long been prized as one of the rarest and most elusive issues. Look over the great auction sales of the past 50 years or so, and I think you will be surprised how seldom the 1896-O has been offered in Gem condition. Such high priced rarities as 1892-S, 1893-S and 1895 Morgan Dollars, and 1921-S Half Dollars have all appeared with far greater regularity in Gem condition than have not only this Barber Half Dollar issue but many of the other issues in this series as well.
John M. Clapp Collection, obtained directly from the New Orleans Mint in 8/1896 - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers and Merena 4/1997:2077, $44,000 - Stellar Collection - Greensboro Collection - Heritage 8/2015:4075, $88,125
Bowers & Merena “Emery & Nichols Collections” 11/1984:806 - David Akers, sold privately(?) on 8/16/1995 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3186, $37,375 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98547, $44,062.50
Dr. Thaine Price - David Akers 5/1989:137 - John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4212, $29,900 - Heritage 7/2008:1705, $51,750 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2492, $28,750
Bowers & Merena - Dr. Peter Shireman