NEWMAN’S ORIGINAL GEM 1912-D BARBER HALF

1912-D is one of the more available circulation issue Barber Halves in grades up to MS-65, and offers many good options for a type collection needing just one. This is a textbook MS-66+ Barber Half, with no-question original surfaces lightly toned in speckled shades of amber and lavender over pastel blue undertones. Liberty’s cheek shows some slight flan roughness combined with a few post-striking contact marks, including the most notable one on her lower jaw. The strike is nearly full, with only stars 11 and 12 fading at their centers, and the eagle’s inside left wing missing some fine detail.

Prices for most basic type coins have declined substantially over the past ten years, and have now reached pre-2005 price levels. This is partially due to the steady loosening of grading practices by PCGS, combined with a general change of taste by today’s collectors in favor of more modern series. However, the values presented by many of these earlier coins are compelling, and Eric Newman’s 1912-D would be an exceptional choice at roughly half of its 2013 auction price.

PCGS reports 14 graded MS-66, plus four as MS-66+, and a single MS67 finer. CAC includes ten 1912-D MS-66/66+ Barber Halves in it’s census, but does not include the PCGS MS-67.

PCGS #35450392

 

PROVENANCE

“Colonel” E.H.R. Green; St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co. (Partnership of Eric P. Newman and B.G. Johnson); Eric P. Newman @ $8.00; Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society; Heritage Auctions ‘Eric P.  Newman Collection, Part II’, November 2013, lot 33816 @ $8,225 as NGC/CAC MS66+ #2037686-071; Heritage Auctions, April 2018, lot 3511 @ $3,960 as NGC/CAC MS66+ #2037686-071; Legend Auctions, July 2018, lot 333 @ $4,348 as PCGS/CAC MS66+ #35450392.

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