1895-O Barber Half Dollar. MS-66 (PCGS). Secure Holder.This is a simply outstanding coin that really needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. Deep, rich, antique toning blankets both sides and dominates the outward appearance. Closer inspection with the aid of a strong light source calls forth not only iridescent multicolored undertones, but considerable prooflike reflectivity in the fields. In terms of the latter feature this piece is similar to the 1895-O half dollar that we sold as lot 13085 in our March 2016 Baltimore Auction, which was certified Specimen-66 by NGC. PCGS, however, has certified the present example as a circulation strike, perhaps in part because there is no documentary evidence pertaining to the production or distribution of specially prepared half dollars at the New Orleans Mint in 1895. Sharply to fully struck over all design elements, with virtually pristine surfaces that have obviously been well cared for since the day this coin emerged from the dies. As a This breathtakingly beautiful example hails from a mintage of 1,766,000 pieces, most survivors of which are heavily circulated in grades such as Good and VG. Even lower quality Mint State examples are scarce, while with the striking quality and surface preservation that it offers this premium quality Gem is a noteworthy condition rarity. Worthy of a close look, and also a strong bid.From the Fossil Creek Collection.