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: $7.13 (4/20/2014)
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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Last Updated: 11/12/2013

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1894 S 50C MS
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Base $ 26.00 35.00 95.00 160 300 300 430 500 540 585 730 815 960 1550 2700 9250 15000 34500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 209
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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2/3/2010 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2010 February Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1137, 1137/Lot# 1199 $2,300.00
3/31/2011 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 2043 $776.25
6/22/2011 NGC MS 60   Teletrade Auction 3089, 3089/Lot# 1398 $575.00
1/3/2012 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(10), 1166/Lot# 11249 $184.00
1/3/2012 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(10), 1166/Lot# 11252 $431.25
3/18/2012 NGC Details G Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/18/2012, 13/Lot# 39957 $24.50
11/29/2012 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 9305 $411.25
8/18/2013 PCGS VG 8   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 765, 774/Lot# 181 $55.00


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