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1896-P&O are similar to their 1894 counterparts. In each case the P-mint
is fairly tough and the O-mint is very scarce. The 1896-S, with its low
mintage, attracts a lot of collector attention. But with 58 certified in
mint state it is not as scarce as one would think. Collectors not familiar
with this series usually don't give the 1896-O the respect it deserves.
As with all the earlier dates in this
series, the best strike belongs to the S-mint. The P-mint usually will be
decent, but the 1896-O will have an indifferent strike at best."
The finest Uncirculated
example graded by PCGS is a single MS-67.
The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 7 PR-67's.
The finest Proof Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PRCA-67.
The finest Proof Deep Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PRDC-66.
Sources and/or recommended
"The Complete Guide To Certified Barber Coinage" by David &
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The
Professional Coin Grading Service