Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 874,000
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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1898 O 50C MS obverse 1898 O 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Among branch mint Barber half dollars from the 1890s, the 1896-O, 1896-S, 1897-O, and 1897-S have historically received all of the attention. As a result, the 1898-O was and still is an underrated issue.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/12/2013

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 108
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 67


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4/27/2014 VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1204/Lot# 9722


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3/24/2004 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2004 March Portland, OR Signature Sale #344, 344/Lot# 5865 $4,370.00
5/27/2007 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1173 $3,105.00
8/15/2007 NCS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 2408, 2408/Lot# 1403 $257.60
2/2/2009 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 330, 336/Lot# 873 $7,245.00
9/6/2012 PCGS VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1174/Lot# 8533 $440.63
12/23/2012 PCGS G 6   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/23/2012, 54/Lot# 88195 $51.00
11/10/2013 NGC Details F Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131347/Lot# 26526 $94.00
2/3/2014 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1202/Lot# 7831 $305.50


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