David Akers: This was one of the last Half Dollar [dates] added to Dr. [Thaine B.] Price's Collection. The reason for this is simple; in years of searching, he was never able to find a really high quality piece with the toning and eye appeal that he wanted. This long search for a Gem 1901 conclusively proved to me what I had long felt to be the case, namely, that this date and the other Philadelphia Mint issues from 1902-1905 are decidedly rare and underrated. They have always been regarded as little more than moderately common issues when, in fact, they are as rare and, in some cases, more rare than some of the popular mintmarked issues of the 1890's and early 1900's that have long been correctly recognized as rarities.