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1898-O and 1898-S are very similar in scarcity, but for different reasons.
The O-mint was not saved because the coins were produced and distributed
in a poor part of the country (at the turn of the century). The humid
climate was also not conducive to preservation."
"However, 1898-O is one of the
poorest struck issues of the entire series. We have seen several examples
of mint state coins which are so poorly struck above Liberty's forehead
that only a few letters of the word LIBERTY could be seen. It is not
uncommon for the hair above the forehead to completely lack detail. On the
reverse, wreath detail will be similarly soft."1
The finest Uncirculated examples graded
by PCGS are 5 MS-66's.
Sources and recommended
1. "The Complete Guide To Certified Barber Coinage" by David &
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The
Professional Coin Grading Service