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Like nearly all other Philadelphia Mint Barber half dollars, the 1904 is a great condition rarity. The original mintage was nearly 3 million coins, yet few have survived in Gem grades. David Akers wrote in the Price catalog: 'This issue is one of the most underrated in the entire series, but its rarity is recognized and appreciated by relatively few. All mint state grades considered, it is perhaps slightly less rare than the 1903, but it is every bit as rare as the 1903 in Gem condition.'
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