1904-O Barber Half Dollar. MS-67 (PCGS). Satin to softly frosted luster blends with powder blue, antique gold, pearl gray and pale pink iridescence on both sides of this gorgeous Superb Gem. The detail is exceptional for a circulation strike half dollar of this design type, especially one from the New Orleans Mint. We note razor sharp definition that extends even to the eagles left talon and shoulder on the reverse. Virtually pristine, this expertly produced and preserved coin makes a lovely impression.In 1904, the New Orleans Mint produced 1,117,600 half dollars that entered circulation unceremoniously where they saw constant use for decades. Thanks to its fairly substantial mintage, it can be easily found in lower grades, mostly about Good-4. The 1904-O rapidly becomes scarce at the middle circulated grade levels. In Mint State, finding an appealing example becomes quite difficult, with PCGS CoinFacts estimating 120 in all Uncirculated grades, a quarter of these at the Gem level or above. As with many of the coins in the Pogue Collection, this half dollar is at the very peak of quality for preservation and for eye appeal. This outstanding representative will be a trophy in the case of its new owner.