The 1909-O Half Dollar is somewhat scarce. Apparently, its status as the last issue from the New Orleans Mint meant little or nothing to collectors, as there was no rush to hoard this date. As a result, Mint State examples are not as plentiful as might be expected. In fact, the 1909-O behaves like the 1908-S -- similar populations centered around the MS64 grade, with few Gems, and really few Superb examples. Akers alluded to the strike on this issue, suggesting that it was usually weak, but such is not the case on the examples we've seen. Rather, this date comes fairly well struck for a New Orleans issue, with only an occasional example showing weakness on the upper right shield.