The 1908 Half Dollar is a surprisingly scarce date. It is almost twice as rare as the 1907 in Mint State and it is far less available than the 1909. The bulk of the Mint State population of the 1908 rests around the MS64 level, indicating that the quality of the surviving examples is quite high. Part of this is due to the strong strike quality of this date, a general minimizing of bagmarks in transport, and, of course, the care with which collectors have preserved their coins. Approximately a dozen examples are known in MS66 above, with none known above MS67. As is oftne the case with many high-end Barber Half Dollars, the names Hugon, Price, Shireman, and Duckor figure prominently (these are all collectors who assembled superb collections of Barber Half Dollars, often with the assistance of the late David Akers, a dealer with one of the best "eyes" in the business).