Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 4,048,690
Catalog: KM-116
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.33 (9/30/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1894 S 50C MS obverse 1894 S 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1894-S Barber half dollar is one of the most elusive dates in the entire series in MS65 or finer grades. In the Price catalog, David Akers wrote:

'Despite its considerably higher mintage, the 1894-S is much more rare in Gem condition than the 1894-O, and is actually one of the rarest dates (in Gem) in the entire Barber Half Dollar series. I consider it to be one of the series' most underrated issues since it has never been widely publicized or even recognized as a rarity yet it bears favorable comparison to almost any other issue in the series.'

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/12/2013

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1894 S 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 26.00 35.00 95.00 160 300 300 430 500 540 585 730 815 960 1550 2700 9250 15000 34500 - - -
$ 340 475 540 600 650 785 880 1050 1700 3500 11500 17500 40000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 218
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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10/13/2014 MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1210/Lot# 7974


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1/4/1996 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 1996 F.U.N. Bullet Sale #148, 148/Lot# 302 $286.00
1/7/2009 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2009 January Orlando, FL FUN Auction #1121, 1121/Lot# 3871 $27,600.00
1/30/2011 NGC VF 25   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 211022/Lot# 22858 $115.00
4/27/2011 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(6), 1154/Lot# 10670 $546.25
7/1/2012 PCGS VG 10   Teletrade Auction 3303, 3303/Lot# 1724 $18.00
12/9/2012 PCGS VG 10   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/09/2012, 52/Lot# 87789 $33.00
2/22/2013 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 1457 $2,820.00
9/29/2013 PCGS AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 771, 780/Lot# 116 $650.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1894 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333206617668639541011109211441271134517252823431251296784837933
3331084336967988939731038110911861295147120913319458456807315837930
0000007988939731038110911861295147120913319458456807315837900
0000008309239921065112612281320159824573815485662327847837900
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 1271
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
Grade: VF 25
Points: 320
Owner: ddr70
 
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