Images courtesy of David
Lawrence Rare Coins
NGC MS-66. Ex - Bowers &
Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 219,
illustrated, sold for $11,500.00
quarters and half dollars of this year are all similar in their scarcity
Since our last Edition in 1991, the
1898-O has risen in rarity from R4 [Very Scarce] and overtaken the 1898-S in
mint state rankings. This date has always been coveted by collectors in all
grades above Fine. It usually comes with a soft strike and decent surfaces.
Like the quarter, it sometimes will be P/L, at least on one side.
This issue will be hard to find in MS
65, as only two have been certified. There are four Superb Gems, but they
may be pricey."1
The finest examples graded
by PCGS are 2 MS-67's.
Sources and/or recommended
"The PCGS Population Report, April 2003" by The
Professional Coin Grading Service
1. "The Complete Guide To Certified Barber Coinage" by David
& John Feigenbaum