[ REVISED APRIL 2019 ]
Remarkably, there are two incredible 1906-O Barber Halves known, both certified PCGS MS67+. I have owned both as the successful bidder for each coin at the Duckor and Shireman sales, and it’s difficult to pick a favorite. The Emery-Nichols-Price-Duckor coin (Heritage 8/2010: lot 3217 @ $46,000) exhibits more vivid, multi-colored toning and shows a more finely detailed strike, but it also has a scattering of small contact marks on Liberty’s cheek that the Hugon-Shireman does not have. The toning on the Hugon-Shireman MS67+ is more subtle, yet the surfaces shimmer with satiny luster, and they are clean enough to warrant consideration as MS68.
The third coin graded PCGS MS67, also included as the third CAC MS67, shows a group of notable abrasions under Liberty’s eye, which keeps it well out of the class of the Hugon-Shireman and Emery-Nichols-Price-Duckor coins.
1. MS67+ Hugon – Shireman, PCGS #19806532
Regardless of date, this is a stunning, Superb Gem Barber Half. The obverse appears semi-prooflike, while the reverse luster is satiny in texture, all softly toned in multi-colored pastel shades. The surfaces are literally near perfect, with no noticeable abrasions visible, even under a strong loupe.
John C. Hugon; Heritage Auctions “John C. Hugon Collection”, January 2005, lot 4243 @ $27,600 as PCGS MS67 #71041790; Dr. Peter Shireman; Heritage Auctions “Dr. Peter and Janice Shireman Collection”, January 2016, lot 5408 @ $42,300 as PCGS MS67+ #19806532 to Joseph O’Connor (OCNUMIS).
1. MS67+ Emery – Nichols – Duckor, PCGS #16398745
Again, I have owned both top 1906-O Barber Halves, and it is impossible to pick a favorite.
3. MS67 PCGS #00000000