1905-O Barber Half Dollar PCGS MS68 CAC
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When in 1835 Congress ordered the creation of a mint in New Orleans, the city went all in. It presented the federal government with prime land smack dab in the middle of the French Quarter. Pioneering engineer and architect William Strickland was commissioned for the design, and when finished in 1838, the Greek Revival-style mint stood an impressive three stories high and 280 feet across.
Why did New Orleans need a mint? One reason is New Orleans’ location at the mouth of the Mississippi River, which made it pivotal for trading throughout the Midwest. Additionally, more foreign trade was transacted in New Orleans at the time than in any other city in America. Vast quantities of gold and silver minted in Mexico and South America flowed into the city. And then there’s the fact that there was simply a woeful shortage of coinage at the time. The Philadelphia Mint had been our nation’s only mint before 1838, the US was rapidly growing, and paying for stuff with literal gold dust gets cumbersome after a while.
Things cranked along without great incident at the New Orleans Mint until, in 1861, the Confederate States of America seized the facility. Coin production quickly stopped, however, as the facility suffered from dwindling resources and increasing disarray.
After a little over a year of Confederate rule, the Union captured New Orleans and instituted a severe and unpopular period of martial law. The two-way hostility is perhaps best exemplified by this incident: a riverboat gambler climbed to the roof of the mint, tore down the US flag that hung there, and ripped the flag into shreds. The Union military governor of the city then had him hung — from a flagstaff projecting horizontally from the Mint building.
Like the city it’s in, the New Orleans Mint has a storied history. (Which we at Blanchard are quite proud of, seeing as we’re located in New Orleans.) Today we have a Barber Quarter in MS68 condition from the New Orleans Mint.
There are few surviving New Orleans coins in good condition, making them prized possessions for collectors. The 1905-O Barber Half Dollar, graded and certified by PCGS as MS68 and endorsed with the CAC sticker, stands as a remarkable numismatic specimen. This coin, minted in New Orleans, exhibits an exceptionally sharp strike and pristine surfaces, reflecting its near-perfect preservation and adding a touch of rarity to any collection.
A LITTLE STICKER MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE.
Within each number of the coin grading scale is a small range of condition from low-end to high-end. Certified coins of the same grade can be of varying quality. Many of today’s collectors want coins that are solid or premium quality for their assigned grade. CAC holds coins to a higher standard so you can be confident in the value of yours. We verify previously graded coins … and award our sticker only to those coins that meet the standard for today’s selective buyer.
WHAT THE CAC STICKER MEANS:
- Verified. Your coin has been verified as meeting the standard for strict quality within its grade.
- Guaranteed. CAC stands behind our verification.
THE CAC STICKER IS BACKED BY EXPERIENCE.
CAC was founded by leading members of the numismatic community, including John Albanese, a respected authority on coin grading and the rare coin market.