Dr. and Mrs. Peter K. Shireman Collection

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Weighted GPA 66.096
Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 66.096
 
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About this set: The same as the circulation issue set with the addition of the ultra-rare 1892-O micro O half dollar.NOW THIS SET IS OVER 20 YEARS IN THE MAKING.

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Now the current top-rated mint state Barber Halves in the PCGS registry! What does it take to do this? Passion. Patience. Persistance. Focus. Luck. Decades of searching, hunting and holding. And a GREAT DEALER. All are needed to complete this set successfully at the gem level; our set would not be the high-end PQ set it is today without Harry Laibstain who has helped us considerably along the way. Thanks so much Harry! Your comraderie, great eye for coins, knowledge of numismatics, and market sensibility have aided us greatly. You have helped us find the right coins and avoid the coins that don't work.

Building sets like this is a lot of FUN! This is a set we plan to hold and refine for the long-term; such advice we have received directly from David Hall, and it makes great sense. The set was sent in for Secure Plus May, 2011 and a number of coins upgraded to Plus, a real tribute to the fine numismatic eye of Harry Laibstain. The immense satisfaction and education we have achieved with building this set is unmatched. We have purchased and researched old auction catalogs, and bought any references to Barber Halves that we could find. The Registry Set concept developed by PCGS was a very important contribution to numismatics and has provided a great means of networking among collectors (Steve Duckor and Dale Friend, especially) and dealers. We were able to connect with multiple other collectors and help each other along the way, and the process continues.

Our journey to build this set began in 1994 with an 1892 in MS 64, and was completed with all 73 regular issue coins in mint state in 2002; the last "hole" to fill was the 1911-S. At initial completion of the set the gpa was 63.69, but this has been improved greatly in the interim, particularly since adding numerous coins from the outstanding collection of Mr John Hugon. This now includes the highest graded coin in our set, the 1906-S in MS 68! The sale of the sets of Dale Friend and Steve Duckor has provided us with additional great coins. We also obtained an 1892-O micro O, not part of the regular set, but it is listed in this set with major varieties.

The earliest collectors of the Barber Half series typically collected proof examples for the P-mints, but a trend over the past 50 years or so is to obtain the entire set in mint state and collect the proof examples separately. Thus, collections (sets) put together by Clapp, Emery-Nichols, and Norweb were often obtained yearly directly from the mint and did not include business strike P-mint coins (they collected proof examples of these). Eliasberg bought most of his Barber coins directly from the sale of the Clapp estate, continuing that set mostly intact. A large percentage of the top available coins in the Barber Half Dollar series can be traced to coins put away by these few early collectors. We are not aware of that many collectors putting together complete mint state sets from the 1940's-1950's. Noteworthy collections of Barber Halves in the latter half of the 20th Century into current times included: James Stack (not complete but some exceptionally nice coins), Pryor, Queller, Price, Hugon, Friend, and Duckor.

There are many tough coins in this set in mint state. Gems for most of the dates are very difficult to find. Not all certified gems have the eye appeal we look for. The set is currently being upgraded slowly with a target of MS 65-67. The last regular issue to be obtained in MS 64 or above was the 1900. The last coin needed to attain all MS 65 or better coins was the seemingly common 1908-D; this coin was obtained in October, 2006. Finding a nice gem of this issue was surprising difficult. Specimens are procured from major collections or sales, when possible. The latest addition to the set is the incredible MS 66 + 1896 from a sale of coins found in a Connecticut museum. We love chasing and finding pedigrees for our coins. The Owner's Comments section of our registry lists the pedigrees, where known, and speculates when there is good reason to think the coin has a specific pedigree. Coins range from original and toned to brilliant white coins.

The other serious Barber collectors we have met are also a great addition to the hobby and the set building. Some collect the circulated coins that we love as well. Meeting Dr. Steve Duckor and Dale Friend, fellow mint state Barber Half Dollar registry set builders, has been a real highlight of our collecting experience. The Barber Half display at the February, 2005 Long Beach show was a great opportunity to see three complete gem sets. Attending the auctions of the sets of Steve Duckor and Dale Friend was great fun.

Regarding the population reports of Barber Halves in mint state, most of the numbers are very accurate for coins in the MS 65 and above grades, as so few coins exist and most can be traced with relative ease. With so few coins in the top grade, and many of these listed in registry sets, most can be individually accounted for. There are a few falsely elevated population numbers, but not many in the gem and above grades. This knowledge is helped a great deal by our long-term study of the series, but also aided greatly by the fabulous Coin Facts site that PCGS has developed. We strongly applaud PCGS for this great idea and labor of love that is already a great work, and will only improve with time. All of the coins in this set are imaged using TrueView and can be viewed in Coin Facts, including the large-sized images. A lot of the coins in the set are in the top five or top ten condition census for the issues.

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Dr. and Mrs. Peter K. Shireman Collection
ImagePCGS No.ItemDenomGradePopPop HigherOwner's Comments
6461189250CMS67102Laibstain. Troy Wiseman Collection. The most abundant coin to survive in th...
64621892-O50CMS6642Laibstain. A very pretty coin with colorful natural toning that enhances sm...
64631892-O Micro O50CMS6522Laibstain. Nice surfaces under the medium toning. Proof-like as most uncirc...
64641892-S50CMS6622Barberlover. Sale transacted from contact made on the PCGS message boards. ...
6465189350CMS66102Laibstain. Very nice coin with colorful toning over beautiful smooth surfac...
64661893-O50CMS6640Laibstain. Beautiful and colorful toning over good luster. A coin that ofte...
64671893-S50CMS6561Laibstain. This very coin was once owned by Larry Shepherd, and Larry knows...
6468189450CMS66104Laibstain. Duckor/Friend. Picked up directly from the Dale Friend set at au...
64691894-O50CMS66+13Laibstain. Hugon coin. A very special coin. One of my favorites with cameo-...
64701894-S50CMS6641Laibstain. Eliasberg from Clapp Estate. Very nice example of a tough early ...
6471189550CMS66+31Laibstain. Hugon. An amazing original gem with nice toning, great strike, a...
64721895-O50CMS6632Laibstain. Very nice example of a tough date in the series in superb gem. T...
64731895-S50CMS6720Laibstain. Duckor/Price coin. Wonderful coin with beautiful colors, tied fo...
6474189650CMS66+21Laibstain. Magnificent original coin recently found (2013) in a New Englan...
64751896-O50CMS6533Bowers and Merena. Toughest date in the series in mint state by latest popu...
64761896-S50CMS6595Laibstain. Pryor. Very nice and well struck coin. Very tough to find nicer....
6477189750CMS66+12Adrian Crane. We discoverd and purchased this coin from Adrian after the co...
64781897-O50CMS66+13Laibstain. Northbay collection offered at auction by Stacks. Formerly this ...
64791897-S50CMS6740Laibstain. North Bay collection, formerly in New England Rare Coin Auction ...
6480189850CMS66102Dale Friend. This special toned coin with luster bursting forth beneath, wa...
64811898-O50CMS6641Laibstain. Duckor/Akers coin. Very nice coin with excellent strike and nice...
64821898-S50CMS6642Laibstain. A very nice toned and well struck coin, from late 1800's with go...
6483189950CMS66+22Laibstain. Hugon. A very nice example from John Hugon's amazing Barber Half...
64841899-O50CMS66+30Laibstain. Hugon coin. Very nice example with mellow toning and good strike...
64851899-S50CMS66+13Whitlow. Very lustrous coin with nice peripheral toning and excellent strik...
6486190050CMS66+12Laibstain. A very pretty coin from Harry Laibstain. Amazing blue toning is ...
64871900-O50CMS65+12Laibstain. Richmond collection sold at auction by David Lawrence Rare Coins...
64881900-S50CMS6574Heritage. A toned example with nice surfaces and with luster, and overall c...
6489190150CMS6720Laibstain. A very tough to find coin in MS 65 or above. This is a middle P-...
64901901-O50CMS65+13Laibstain. Eliasberg coin from Clapp Estate. This coin is nearly white, dec...
64911901-S50CMS6633Lawrence. Nice coin with original toning over lustrous and clean surfaces. ...
6492190250CMS66+11Laibstain. 2008 Heritage ANA sale. A lustrous and pretty toned example, dri...
64931902-O50CMS6630Laibstain. Price coin. A very top-notch incredible example of an extremely ...
64941902-S50CMS6683Country Coins. This is a very tough middle date S-mint coin that comes nice...
6495190350CMS6650Duckor. This was a duplicate MS 66 coin from Duckor, tied with the finest k...
64961903-O50CMS65+16Friend. Very nice and lustrous white coin, well struck and without problems...
64971903-S50CMS6721Laibstain. Hugon. A beautifully toned superb gem that is well struck and ma...
6498190450CMS65+27Laibstain. Very nice coin. White and well-struck with minimal abrasions and...
64991904-O50CMS66+22Lawrence. Eliasberg coin from Clapp Estate. Very nice original color and de...
65001904-S50CMS6730David Lawerence 1999. Norweb coin 1988. Peake coin 1955. THE KING! Tied ...
6501190550CMS66104Laibstain. A nicely toned original coin with sharp strike. This date is the...
65021905-O50CMS66+14Laibstain. A moderately toned and beautiful coin with good strike. In David...
65031905-S50CMS6566Laibstain. Nice whiter coin with strong strike, intense luster and clean su...
6504190650CMS6642Duckor. This is a very nice coin with original toning and good strike. It w...
65051906-D50CMS6682Laibstain. Creamy luster and well struck. First issue from the Denver Mint ...
65061906-O50CMS67+20Laibstain. Hugon coin. Tied for the finest known with the Duckor coin. What...
65071906-S50CMS6810Laibstain. Hugon coin and formerly NGC 69 as the only mint state barber hal...
6508190750CMS67+10Laibstain. Duckor/FUN 2004. A previous owner of this top-notch example of t...
65091907-D50CMS66115Duke on eBay. One of a few picked up from the on-line auction site, eBay. T...
65101907-O50CMS6720Laibstain. Friend. One of several coins formerly in the great collection of...
65111907-S50CMS6643Labistain. Pryor/Friend. This coin has amazing luster and strike, but does ...
6512190850CMS6720Laibstain. This was the first MS 67 of the date graded by PCGS, but later a...
65131908-D50CMS66+24Laibstain. The last coin we needed in our set to get all examples in MS 65 ...
65141908-O50CMS67141Laibstain. Duckor/Akers coin. This is a very nice 08-O and lacks the so com...
65151908-S50CMS66+12Laibstain. Nicely struck, good luster with overall pleasing toning. This da...
6516190950CMS66113Heritage. One of our earliest purchases, this is a vibrant and lustrous coi...
65171909-O50CMS6710Laibstain. Hugon coin. Very nice coin with sharp strike and original color,...
65181909-S50CMS67+10Laibstain. Hugon coin. Very nice originally toned example, and now the fine...
6519191050CMS6661Laibstain. A nice lightly toned coin with strong luster, good strike and cl...
65201910-S50CMS67+11Laibstain. A high-end gorgeous lustrous coin with sharp strike and nice ove...
6521191150CMS66130Laibstain. A very pretty coin with good strong luster and nice toning. This...
65221911-D50CMS6684O'Connor. The 1911-D is a relatively common date up through MS 65. Like man...
65231911-S50CMS6652Laibstain. Probably from the Emery-Nichols collection. We bought the coin i...
6524191250CMS6621Steve Duckor. Nice original lustrous coin. This date eluded any grading ove...
65251912-D50CMS66+10Laibstain. Top pop coin. The coin has nice proof-like fields, a not too c...
65261912-S50CMS6680Laibstain. Eliasberg from Clapp Estate. The coin was obtained directly from...
6527191350CMS6651Whitlow. A beautiful and evenly toned example with great eye appeal. The st...
65281913-D50CMS6660Dolney on eBay. Nice even golden toning, none grade higher than MS 66. A d...
65291913-S50CMS6661Laibstain. Lightly toned and nicely struck coin with good luster. We had an...
6530191450CMS65+12Dave Weygant. Nice original toning and good luster. A very tough date in MS...
65311914-S50CMS65+28Bauer, purchased via eBay. A nice lightly toned coin with good surfaces and...
6532191550CMS6631Laibstain. Last year of the series, and an issue of low mintage. More were ...
65331915-D50CMS66152Laibstain. A very common date even up through MS 66. Saved as the last date...
65341915-S50CMS6720Laibstain. This coin is very lustrous and has nice fields. It is very tough...
Comments
Great set, can't wait to see these in person at the Long Beach show. Thanks for making them available for the upcoming display.
Posted @ 9/1/2011 2:37 PM By illini420
Great looking coins and I have a half dozen favorites; thanks for sharing the images with us. One of these days, I have to make it up North and view the collection in hand. Congratulations on all the upgrades; I thought you max'd the set out the last time you submitted the whole set for regrade; guess not. Looking forward to see you in Chicago this August.
Posted @ 6/30/2011 9:00 PM By mfhayes
The tru view images are excellent, and really show off the luster and color. Congrats on the upgrades, and finally passing me up.
Posted @ 6/29/2011 9:33 AM By d2000f