1901-S Barber Half Dollar. MS-66 (PCGS). CAC. Dominant pearl gray patina is seen on both sides of this fully original Gem with some vivid reddish-apricot peripheral highlights. The strike is razor sharp and the surfaces display smooth frosty luster.Among Barber half dollars minted from 1892 to 1915 the 1901-S is front row, center in terms of its elusive quality, especially in high grades. The mintage is modest with just 847,044 pieces produced. The presently offered 1901-S Barber half dollar compares readily to Eliasberg: 2093 (April 1997, called MS-66 and offered uncertified), a specimen that was purchased at the San Francisco Mint in March 1901 by J.M. Clapp. We suspect many Barber half dollar specialists will queue up for an opportunity to bid on this beauty. Ex Dale Friend Collection.